Some Thoughts On The State of Things

I do not support our invasion of Iraq. I think what President Bush is doing is an atrocity and a crime against humanity. That’s not to say that what Saddam Hussein has done and continues to do to his country’s people is any better or any worse, it’s just different. I realize I am simplifying something that it quite a bit more complex. You can read about those complexities all over the place. I think you owe it to yourself to get educated about what is really going on and why we are in Iraq. And just for the record, I’m still asking why we are there.

Saddam Hussein is just one of the many mongrels who treats his people like animals. There are many countries that commit heinous crimes agianst its peoples. Why aren’t we doing anything about those countries? Why aren’t we helping to liberate those people? Why are we turning the other way as North Korea builds nuclear weapons? I’m not even suggesting I have answers to these questions, but I do have a lot of questions that aren’t getting answered. Perhaps they will in the days and months ahead.

To all of the war advocates, why the gung-ho attitude? Why are you so anxious to bomb the hell out of a country, kill innocent people and put our troops in harm’s way? I don’t understand. To all of the peace advocates and protestors, should we take a hands-off approach to this conflict? When is war okay? Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want war under any circumstances, but I also feel like we have gone past the point of return, to some extent. I will continue to protest, but these are all thoughts that run through my head. War is not the answer. This is something of which I am quite confident, but again, I’m not sure what the answer is.

Seeing the thousands, if not millions of people worldwide coming out against the war gives me hope that all is not lost, but it’s not always easy to keep a positive outlook on humanity. I do not think that our President has given much thought to what this war will mean for generations to come. I question his faith in God. and just for the record, I am not Christian, but what I know about the religion, it does not condone the killing of innocent people. When the Pope comes out against the war and calls it a sin, I have to think that has had some impact on his conscience, if he has one.

As a Buddhist, I am dedicated to the development of peace, culture and education to make the world a better place. I dedicate a portion of every day to making the world a better place, and believe with all my heart that if we wanted to end this war today, we could. It’s clear to me that we do not and that fills me with sadness and anger. I fear what kind of event it will take for people to wake up to the idea that we are all one giant organism, at one with our environment, and to separate ourselves we are doing a grave disservice.

My thoughts and prayers are with each and every citizen of the world. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the troops who are fighting and putting their lives on the line. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those troops. My thoughts and prayers are with the Iraqi people being put in harm’s way. My thoughts and prayers are of peace, not violence or vengeance.

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  1. shayna Avatar

    well said.

    I can’t understand why so many people are not disturbed by this war. I have never been much of a political person, partly because I have never really informed myself on many issues. however, when it comes to this, I find myself wanting to know whatever information is available. and I am becoming more and more disgusted as the days pass for so many reasons. This war is absolutely wrong. and the ways that people are approaching it are saddening.

    I am with you when you say that we can end this war today if we want to. I wish more people realized that or understood that as human beings we CAN resolve our problems without destroying each other. something must come out of this war. if the people who are over there fighting on America’s side come back and things end there, nothing will be accomplished. we have to get out of the mindset that war is an answer to our problems. that isn’t going to happen by continuing to bully other countries and thinking that we are in the right.

    I wish my thoughts were more organized and clear, and I know I’m preaching to the choir, but I just had to say something because I have a million thoughts about this swirling around in my head. hope you don’t mind me using this as my forum for the moment.

  2. carolyn Avatar

    nice comments, thanks.

    yes, i don’t understand why the war mongers basically just seem to WANT people to die. and they don’t care who those people are. iraqi soldiers or iraqi innocent citizens. american soldiers. i saw a quote where someone in the administration reportedly said it was the manly thing to do. i don’t think killing someone makes you a man, and i definitely don’t think sending someone else over to do your killing for you and possibly die in the effort, makes you a man either.