Every time there is a massacre in the US, condolences pour in from around the world. And that is right & proper. But Muslims are forced to take distance from the violence, even when someone with only tenuous ties to Islam is involved, & as if they had a damn thing to do with it. Though they are always blamed. The hijab has already entered the TV talkathons though the Orlando gunman didn’t wear one & appears to be more psychotic & homophobic than religious.

At what point will we in the US reciprocate by massively & publicly opposing US wars & bombing which have taken out millions of people? How long will we allow them to grieve alone for unspeakable war crimes committed in our names & with our tax money?

The historic imperative remains: rebuild the international antiwar movement. Because as long as militarism is the gestalt of our era, massacres–both state-sponsored & Orlando-types–will continue. It doesn’t take Nostradamus to see that.