A free exchange of opinions is necessary, as is the stipulation that those opinions will (and should) differ. In liberal democracies, however, political discourse should also contain the core principle of fairness, and that involves the abjuration of violence.
For our generation, for the millennial generation, is this indicative of what we can expect of our lives? Will the United States continued to be mired in a "war" of aggression with those who abhor freedom?
The riots in Sweden last week are a manifestation of the socioeconomic disequilibrium pervading much of Europe, and the level of frustration that is beginning to boil over among European immigrants and youth.
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.