We are called to play the good
Samaritan on life's roadside; but that will be only an initial act.
One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho road must be
transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and
robbed as they make their journey on life's highway. True compassion
is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and
superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars
needs restructuring. A true revolution of values will soon look
uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Riverside Church, April 4, 1967
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the Stupid, Stupid. The U.S., in the past few years
having virtually exited from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, has
now initiated a new, two-headed war in Syria and Iraq. Have we
learned nothing from the quagmire campaigns in Vietnam, Iraq,
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