We live in a world, which is at war. It started a long time ago continuing with innocuous names like skirmishes, incursions and storms. We are numbed by it. Perhaps we have accepted the fact that peace is not possible. So we just live around the concept and avoid dangerous destinations.
Peace is an ideal which is dictated by our individual beliefs and that of the nation in which we reside. Step over a line or swim across a river and that idea or ideal may be radically different.
"Did you ask me do I believe in peace? You betcha. My kind. Leave me alone. Don’t bother me and I won’t bother you. I respect your right to practice your own faith. I ask the same from you.I want us to live in peace. Okay?
What? that's not Okay? You want peace on your own terms and not mine? And you will kill for it? That's rather harsh!"
YOUR PEACE OR MINE...something to think about
Dar-es-Salaam –is an Arabic term which means haven of peace.
The following is an excerpt from a book entitled THE HAJ by Leon Uris. I was published in 1985. It is a story about the early days of Israel and the Arabs who lived there. The following paragraph often comes to mind:
“"Before I was nine I had learned the basic canon of Arab life. It was I against my brother; me and my brother against our father; my family against my cousins and the clan; the clan against the tribe; and the tribe against the world. And all of us against the infidel.”
Shiite VS Sunni Vs Kurd? All of them against Americans, Russians, Europeans, Christians and Jews?
WHO SENT US THE INVITATION:
Are Americans liberators or imperialists? Did we arrive with an invitation or did we crash the party in the Middle East. We usually favor the Sunni regimes but are now the more religious and conservative Shia are taking control. And we don't deal that well with theocratical governments. We are having a hard enough time here with respect to church and state issues in this country.
Somehow we just can't seem to get it right. We stay too long or not long enough. The Iraqis seem are closing ranks again ; going back to their old ways. Afghanistan is a tribal place and will remain as such. It is impossible to please everyone when everyone wants a different outcome.
Our young men and women in the armed forces went there for noble purposes. Many have given their lives peace. We are grateful and humbled by their sacrifice.
But it just may be that differences which lie between Islam and the rest of the world's faiths are unsolvable. It is possible that there can never be one haven of peace until we are all of one mind. And that won't happen with out great blood shed. I am afraid that these current embassy attacks are simply baby steps towards a Great War whose name is WWIII.
Whether the “film” blamed for the recent and ongoing uprisingwas in fact produced by an Egyptian Coptic, or a radical Islamic sleeper group or an Israel Jew, matters not. It is now obvious that it was planned to provoke and irritate. It got the results the producers wanted.
We are moving towards closed societies rather than inclusive societies. We are moving toward intolerance rather than tolerance. We have no idea who will lead in the years ahead.
Hopefully cool heads will prevail. But we may run out of patience.
The United States cannot and will not take away the right of free speech in this country. However, there are those who will use it against us. And that is the beginning of another essay. Censorship? Again?
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