posted on Sep, 11 2006 @ 11:12 AM
This is an op-ed piece...my own opinions with no external links.
September 11th, 2006
This has nothing to do with Republicans or Democrats, Liberals or Conservatives... because it deals with all of us in one way or another. Why All of
us? Because hate effects all of us.
Five years ago today, a horrific act of hate was preformed upon not just the United States, but upon all of us, black, white, rich, poor, straight,
gay, Christian, Jewish, Muslim...all of us. In many ways upon the good Muslims most of all because it was their faith that has been hijacked and
All of the great teachers; Moses, Zoreaster, Buddha, Krishna, Christ, Muhammad, Baha'u'llah, all of them have enjoined us to reject hate, to turn
our hearts to love, to compassion, to mercy.
The acts that were preformed that day were deep and profound twisting of the teachings of Islam from community and service to God, into acts of rabid
egotism and hatred.
If there is a God who wants such hatred and bloodshed as some, and not just Muslims either, (There are so-called Christians who get indecently excited
over the idea of an end of days and how those who do not believe as they do, will suffer) seem to believe, then he is not my God.
My God has taught me that without compassion we are no better than our prejudices.
My God has taught me that there is no greater act than love and forgiveness.
My God has taught me that revenge is no better than the act that sparked it.
I will not place blame on one party or another or one politics or another for this tragedy except to say that to make political hay from it, in my
book disqualifies the politician who does it from my vote. To do so exposes them to be callow, without compassion or mercy and soulless.
We are now engaged in a so-called war on terror...sadly though it is a vain and short sighted war. Understandable perhaps but still wrong. You cannot
wage in a war against ideas with bullets and bombs. It just does not work. Blood and tears produces nothing but more blood and tears. Hate fuels
nothing but hate. And it is hate that sparked the terrorist movement to begin with.
The sad reality is that our government, and the corporations for which it serves, policies in the middle-east and elsewhere have fueled a deep and
abiding resentment for, not just the government of the United States, but the west in general. The major features of those policies over the past 100+
years have been colonization, exploitation and manipulation for the colonizers gain and the population be damned. The United States did not start
this, but we have become in so many ways the heirs to not only British imperialism, but the west in general that the resentment is passed on to us.
Our cold war support of Saddam Hussein, the Shah of Iran and The royal despotic families of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia among others, have not helped
matters either. You can deny these truths but that does not change the truth of them. Add to that our unwavering support of Israel against the peoples
of Palestine and we have unwittingly created a very toxic brew.
To say that the terrorists hate our freedoms or that they are a danger because they are trying to re-establish the caliphate is so simplistic it is a
wonder that anybody with any inkling of social or cultural history would fall for it. Put bluntly, they don't give a damned about our freedoms, they
resent our actions...pure and simple. BUT if you accept that as a truth then it follows that to prevent anymore attacks, we would have to critically
examine our actions... and as the team Bush has pointed out..."They don't do nuance." As for the caliphate and its empire being re-established,
that is just plain laughable... nationalism is too far along to allow anything like that from ever being established again, and I am sure even Osama
Bin Laden doesn't even believe that little bit of rhetoric.
I have no idea how to combat terrorism though I instinctively feel that military action is the wrong approach. After all how can you fight men without
a country except to violate the rights of the countries they hide in? And when we do that, we fuel more resentments...and so it goes. The European
approach of treating them as criminals is probably much more effective in the long run.
There are those who will laugh at this but until we start addressing the global issues that fuel these hatreds and resentments and start behaving as
good citizens of the world instead of taking the stance of "The world is mine oyster whom with this sword I do open" then nothing is going to
change. After all these are not clash of civilization issues or America against the terrorists issues, but at the most fundamental level, they are
I wrote the following on 9/11/01
what have we done
to this world
and our souls?
Show us your hand;
let your love,
your mercy rain
down upon us.
Please O Lord:
I beg you,
It still rings true.
[edit on 11-9-2006 by grover]
[edit on 11/9/2006 by Mirthful Me]