Isn’t it ironic that we pray for innocent kids caught in the quagmire of violence and destruction in Syria, Iraq and other war-torn regions and then push for war in our own backyard?
Make no mistake, folks. War ain’t pretty. Nobody really wins a war. And what is happening in Syria and Iraq could happen in our own neighborhood too.
The only reason nations go to war is because it is good business. Every year weapons worth billions of dollars are bought and sold all over world in the name of SAFETY and SECURITY. Peace is not good for business…because nobody buys weapons in peace time.
Think about it. You didn’t get up this morning wanting to kill anyone. You just want to go about your day, take care of yourself and your family without bothering anyone. You’d be happy to help anyone if you could. Because you are good. And guess what? There are millions of people like you everywhere, Even Across The Border. They want to live in harmony, help someone in need if they can. They want to do good. They want to take care of their families. They want to finish their work, eat their food, and go to bed. They don’t want to bother anyone. They just want to live in peace.
There are innocent kids on both sides of the border. Good men and women who wouldn’t even hurt a fly. Let’s not play into the hands of those who incite violence and hatred for PROFIT.
All of this war-mongering by political establishments in both India and Pakistan, this 24/7 coverage of spy-pigeons and what-have-you by the media is nothing but baloney. Politicians do this for a living because they don’t have any other job, remember? And most of them, as we know, are thugs and crooks. Violence comes naturally to them.
The media is also doing this because they finally have one more thing to harp on about. If they didn’t endlessly report on the conflict and who said what and create controversies where none exist, what would be left for them to do? They are doing this because it’s the only job they have. And they are going to milk it for all it is worth.
Yes, there are bad people in the world. And we must fight them and bring them to justice when we find them. But how do you justify war and the killing of thousands of people as retribution of the actions of one or two individuals.
Imagine this. Someone with your last name blows himself up in one part of the country while you are busy going about your day. Suddenly, you find yourself surrounded by a mob wanting kill you and your family in revenge. Would that be fair? You didn’t even know that guy. You didn’t ask him to blow himself up. And yet you are paying the price. Is it fair?
Well, when we shout WAR against an entire nation as retribution for the actions of a few crazy men, We Become That Mob.
You see the accompanying picture? Do you see the trauma in those kids’ eyes? When we shout WAR, we are basically telling our government we don’t care about innocent kids and civilians. Let’s add a few more to the list.
Because we presume that this will not happen to our kids. But war is war. Once you light the match, you cant control where the fire will burn.
Look at the picture again. Is this what we really want?
In the US, the very politicians who voted ‘Yes’ for the war in Iraq are now trying to prove they were always against the war. Why? Because they don’t want to be held accountable for the devastating consequences.
It’s for good folk like us to decide what is good and what is bad. We must determine for ourselves what makes sense and what does not.
Personally, I don’t want any child dying anywhere in the world for me….just so that I can feel happy and safe.
War ain’t pretty. And it is not the patriotic thing to do either. It’s just good business. And I want no part of it. The blood of innocent children won’t be upon me.
I stand for reason.
I stand for peace.