BP #79 EDITORIAL, SPRING 2017
By A.M. Stickel, Editor
Executions of Innocents
witnessed, among other atrocities, the gassing of Syrian children. It reminded
me of the slaughter of the Holy Innocents (babies and toddlers) by that jealous
ruler, Herod, shortly after the birth of Christ over 2000 years ago.
Our world annually
commemorates the greatest politically-motivated execution of the most innocent
human who ever walked among us, showing us how to move beyond greed and
heartless politics. So when are we going to wake up and realize how long the
Powerful have been oppressing the Helpless by not only building walls and
facing off across borders, but also by the outright unapologetic and
inexcusable murder of innocents?
The stories and
poems contained in this issue highlight the senselessness of violence and the
often self-destructive nature of the protagonists, whether natural or
supernatural. They provide a warning, not an example to follow.
On the personal
side, a male cat occasionally trespasses on the territory of my 3 females—two
short-haired calicos and one medium-furred gray-and-white. Unfortunately, he
closely resembles the longer-haired female. This has led to attacks by the two
females who are related and resemble each other on the third, to the point
where her life is miserable.
While an ostracized
pet in intolerable pain can be euthanized, that option is not open to normal
human beings who consider themselves more evolved. After all, we are not in
charge of even our own resurrection. That is the purview of the Innocent we