A relative of 15-year-old Palestinian boy Ayman Zua'rub weeps next to his body at Khan Younis refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip 20,2002. Palestinian witnesses and hospital officials in the central Gaza Strip refugee camp of Khan Younis said that Zua'rub was shot and killed by Israeli troops guarding the settlement of Morag to the south. Photo by Suhaib Salem/Reuters
War: what is it good for?
War is, in reality, one human being murdering another human being.
War is generally defined as armed conflict between nations, but it is
individual human beings who do the actual murdering and the dying.
War is one man murdering one woman, one woman murdering one man,
one man murdering one man, one woman murdering one woman, one
child murdering one adult, one adult murdering one child. War is one
human being murdering another human being.
Whatever the stated causes of war, the truth is that it is nothing more
than the sacrifice of our children. It is our children who we allow to be
murdered in war and their families must then live with an inconsolable
sorrow. How can this be acceptable to anyone?
War is the result of frustrations in a society that comes to believe that
there is no other solution to a particular social problem. No nation goes
to war with clean hands. No nation murders on the battlefield with
Powerful nations murder because they think they can get away with it.
They may impose their will on the survivors, but they simultaneously
sow the seeds of future wars. The thought that murder is a solution to
social disagreements is tragically laughable.
How can we delude ourselves into believing that if a person lives next
door to us, he has the same rights as we do, but if he lives in a foreign
land, his life has no value? Is human value, in truth, based upon the
physical location of one's home?
We are all God's children and we are each at one with each other. The
murder of anyone sends irrevocable and intolerable vibrations throughout
the world. The legacy of violence is always more violence and the legacy
of war is always more war.
We are at one with God and at one with each other and we can never
justify the murder of any human being. Words like justice or God's will
can never justify the great tragedy of humanity murdering itself.
As members of a World Society, we must embrace the great moral
condemnation of murder as the legacy of war. There is no victory in
war without murder and there can never be victory of any kind with
Inner peace comes in the knowing that when we all accept each and
every human being as our neighbor, not only will we refuse to murder
anyone, we will never have to concern ourselves that our life's blood, our
children, will be murdered by anyone else.
August 20, 2002
How can we manifest peace on
earth if we do not include everyone (all races, all nations, all religions, both
sexes) in our vision of Peace?
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