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Today is a grim news day.

American troops have been targeted and killed in Afghanistan. As we write this, unknown numbers of our troops, possibly American civilians, certainly foreigners, and Afghanis are all casualties of a suicide bomber at the Kabul Airport in Afghanistan.  First reports say children are among those murdered. Our only observation is that when someone is willing to die, they can turn themselves into a dangerous weapon that's difficult to defend against.  More needs to be known, as Larry Mendte points out in this Commentary.  In the days/weeks to come, we'll provide that perspective.  Just not in a rush to judgment today.

In the late '50s, Pete Seeger had an idea for a folk song.

For lyrics, he'd use Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8.

Few things have been written more simple or powerful than that portion of the Bible.  It works.  And it works for anyone, not ONLY people of faith or of Judeo-Christian heritage.

The Byrds covered it with an electric folk sound in 1965, and it became an international hit.

Maybe you don't quote the Bible chapter and verse.  But you do know the words, and you've heard the lyrics.  And without spoiling Larry Mendte's Commentary today, see if his thoughts don't remind you of this verse that became a pop tune.

Ecclesiastes 3  1-8

(New Living Translation)

For everything there is a season,

A time for every activity under heaven.

A time to be born and a time to die.

A time to plant and a time to harvest.

A time to kill and a time to heal.

A time to tear down and a time to build up.

A time to cry and a time to laugh.

A time to grieve and a time to dance.

A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.

A time to embrace and a time to turn away.

A time to search and a time to quit searching.

A time to keep and a time to throw away.

A time to tear and a time to mend.

A time to be quiet and a time to speak.

A time to love and a time to hate.

A time for war and a time for peace.

After you watch Larry, we invite you to write him @Mendte  and let him know if you agree or disagree with him.

And as always, Thank you for watching the RoseBud Channel and reading the Mail Tribune.