I don’t think there’s anything sadder than when two people are meant to be together and something intervenes.
It is hard to resist the conclusion that this war has no purpose other than its own eternal perpetuation. This war is not a means to any end but rather is the end in itself. Not only is it the end itself, but it is also its own fuel: it is precisely this endless war - justified in the name of stopping the threat of terrorism - that is the single greatest cause of that threat.
Never waste your time trying to explain who you are to people who are committed to misunderstanding you.