Thursday, December 3, 2009
Waging Peace on Earth
What if, at this reflective time of year, we considered waging peace instead of war?
How about, instead of military troops, we spent billions on engineers, builders, teachers, interpreters, agronomists, doctors, nurses, farmers, etc. And they were to travel to all parts of Afghanistan and the Middle East building schools, clinics, mosques, water and sewer systems, and basically bringing hope, health, and self-sufficient means for the Afghans and other "terrorist" cultures to grow food, treat illness and injury, educate their children, and maintain their traditions?
What if we gave the world of ourselves? What if we fought to build lives instead of ending them? What if we gave young Muslims hope and a reason to stay in their villages making life better instead of turning to the likes of Al Qaeda? How about Americans did this without any mention of the Christian religion or our "civilized" ways?
Why can't we wage peace?