part two: terrorism and war

This is a very touchy subject, but I will say what I need to about it with some questions and thoughts.  Answer me this:  If you lived under oppressive rule where you were stifled from growing as a member of humanity would you want to be set free?  If it meant that war was the final method to be set free would you hope for that?  It’s not easy to answer these questions because there are many factors involved with the issues of freedom, safety and security.  In the U.S. we have the freedom to express what we think, think what we want, and want what belongs to someone else.  We can criticize our leaders and other world leaders openly.  Basically, we can almost do what we want when we want.  We justify unlawful behavior and actions by saying “it’s not against the law unless I get caught.”  Wow!  Do we know how to rationalize or what?!  What does this have to do with terrorism and war?  Everything!

It fascinates me how we are swayed by the media and politicians.  Like I mentioned in my “katrina” entry, people are focusing on the notion that the government is not doing anything to rebuild a city that sits below sea-level, peaceor lives that were devastated by a natural disaster.  With terrorism and the war in Iraq it’s about how the President is “handling” those two issues.  Are you kidding me?  When did we and the media become experts about conducting war and fighting terrorism?  I’m not saying we should trust our government with blind faith.  Nor am I saying the war is right or wrong.  I am saying we are at war and we can’t change that part of our reality.  I’m also saying that whether you agree or disagree with the war on terrorism you are still an enemy of radical Islamic fundamentalists who see America as the “Great Satan.”

I am irritated with the political posturing on every side, yet the reality is that it is politics that makes our country tick.  It is capitalism on which our country has been built.  It is selfishness which has resulted from our history.  My friend says it best:  “Look at the airlines.  They graciously accept a government bail-out after 9-11.  But now, in the wake of foiled terror attacks in London and the prevention of more loss by the airlines, they are threatening to sue the US government for imposing security restrictions that were too stringent and shed light on the incredible shortcomings.  There is something wrong with all of it… with the tone of our discourse and the reality of our entrenched viewpoints.  The country is full of ignorant people blindly defending their ignorance.  This is the fact on both sides of the aisle…as everyone pretends to have answers, but do little more than walk blindly.”

We can, however, help the blind see.  We can be the ones that offer peace to the people around us.  If we are willing to help a soul discover a peace that transcends all understanding then we have made a difference.  Listen, we can’t eat an elephant in one bite, but we can eat it one small bite at a time.  Don’t walk through life blindly, ignorantly, and hopelessly believing everything the media says.  Hell, you don’t have to believe me either.  Seek out the truth, discover the answers to your questions and find the balance of life.  Be part of the solution, but do it with grace, mercy and love.

A thought from Jesus:  “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart.  And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give.  So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27 (NLT)

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