The Answer Is No

Is a videotaped beheading
More barbaric than a double-tap
Signature drone strike on a wedding
Or funeral gathering?

Is burning prisoner alive
More barbaric than running
A secret and world-wide gulag
Of torture chambers?

Is the execution of non-believers
More barbaric than the assassination
By a government of its own citizens
Without due process of law?

Is blowing up cultural monuments
More barbaric than enforcing sanctions
That deprive millions of food and medicine
And clean drinking water?

Jon Taylor lives in Nashville, TN. He can be reached at Read other articles by Jon.