We start out with our CNN Student News clip for the day, then progress to watching the full 14-minute clip of President Obama’s speech on ISIS via the Times. Then, we read Fox News’ take and a New York Times article on the video. As we are discussing the issue, Nate looks at the graphic available on the Times article and says that it would be “easy” to take out ISIS in Rutba, Iraq, since it is so far from the other ISIS-controlled areas. This gives me an introduction to discussing the costs of war and morality issues about killing others – including innocent civilians. It’s an ongoing talk we have as we learn about historical wars and conquests and current events as well. We discuss risking American lives for affairs in another country that may or may not be our business including the long term effects of action or inaction.
Nate responds that we should do something to “protect innocent people and save their lives.”
I replied to him that “it certainly is a pickle” and one discussed and debated ad nauseam in our society.
“What is a pickle?” Sammi piped up.
I explained that its a tricky situation or dilemma.
She responded, “Oh! It’s like there’s a pickle and two people are fighting over it and its really hard to see who should have the pickle. It’s like ISIS and Iraq are fighting over the same thing – the pickle – and we don’t know who deserves the pickle!” Pickles are actually something fought over in our house quite often. Everyone, except Aaron, wants the pickle.
The things they come up with and the connections they make always blow my mind.