This weekend, my patriotic parents will be selling little paper poppies. This is a yearly ritual for them, and something they are very proud to do. My dad is a member of the American Legion and VFW, and participates in many of the activities of those organizations as well as anything related to Veterans.
In my experience as a Hindu, usually Karma is brought in to explain the suffering of innocents. Of course, this is actually a non-explanation because by saying that the suffering of an innocent is a result of their own past actions, we are implying that the said person is not actually innocent.
This always used to make me wonder: Is saying that someone deserves what happened to them count as good action? Will we suffer for saying so? One day, when we suffer for no mistake of ours, will someone else say that we deserved it? Will we say it to ourselves?
What first stands out is the positioning. When the President is meeting with a dignitary of state, he sits alongside, showing familiarity and equivalent, however, this is not the case here. The one who sits in front of the desk is never as powerful as the one who sits behind it.