This knowledge should lead us to lament the terrible damage we have caused, and this should then shape how we move forward.
Acknowledge the brokenness that could produce such gut-wrenching darkness. Internalize. And then get to work . . .
We cannot bomb our way to peace. What is imperative is that we don’t lose sight of the civilians and families whose homes and communities in Syria and Iraq bear the brunt of these never-ending proxy wars fought between the US, Iran, Russia, Turkey, and others.