Less than 48 hours since the violence in Boston on Monday, and with scant and conflicting evidence, the divination of who is responsible has opened up significant political fissures, but also many bridges.
Let us not embolden extremists by shrinking from a debate about the supremacy of federal law and the government's role in vindicating and protecting individual rights. Out of this terrible tragedy in Newtown arises the potential to recommit to the pillars of democracy in our Constitution.
Judging by their relatively low level of interest in discussing America's longest war, the Obama and Romney campaigns seem to be calculating that the path to the White House in 2012 does not go through Afghanistan.
Mourning and nation building are inextricably linked. By remembering Walter Trochez we add our voices to the calls of the resistance for a re-founding of Honduras on the basis of human rights, dignity and accountability.
How have we reached the point where violence is promoted as an acceptable response to democratically-enacted legislation? The truth is that political developments over the past three decades have made such violence tragically inevitable.