To The Daily Sun,
We have been fighting in the Middle Eastern countries for 13 years, unable, so it seems to extricate ourselves from foreign wars. If our stated aim was to bring peace to that troubled region, we have failed repeatedly. Violence follows us like a mad dog. Why is this endless conflict our responsibility? Why do American citizens put up with it?
If I was an anthropologist I would say, "We tolerate violence because it is an inherited gene!" We are not a peaceful people. We are generous, kind, caring for our own — but intolerant of people unlike ourselves. When injured we strike back in blind fury exacting untold pain and loss on our enemies. (Understand what "Shock and Awe" is all about!) There is no end to our retribution. We will feel safe — no matter what the price.
To bring a meaningful peace into our lives this holy season we ourselves must practice peaceful living. Do not accept violence in any form. Stand firmly against it — in movies, literature and every media, and in your own life, and that of your family.
In this age of liberal thinking everyone wants to "get along," please everyone, be "one of the crowd." But the time is past due for responsible people to assert their intolerance of violence. It is urgent if the world is to ever banish wars and killing. It starts with you ... yes, you. Peace is possible if we all work for it.
You know the parable of the "mustard seed!" A seed as small as you can achieve marvelous things.
Leon R. Albushies
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