I have really struggled with what to write in this post.
Part of me wants to rant about the dangers of incendiary language, of the fact that words mean things and some people mean things with their words. The other part of me wants to try to ignore yesterday all together, to just overlook the events and continue on.
Perhaps I can split the difference by just listing a few thoughts.
1) We need to start holding people responsible for the words they use. In public. And mercilessly, until people get to the point of thinking about what they say.
2) Countries and empires tear themselves apart from the inside long before they are torn apart from the outside.
3) The longer we as a country pretend that there is not a rhetorical and political aspect to the growing violence, the deeper the divisions grow. I can almost hear them deepening as I write.
4) Most times where civil wars start is often unclear. When they end seldom is.
5) Seldom do the initiators of such events look back after time and think 'That was a pretty good idea." More often, they are looking at the smoldering ruin of what their society once was.