the peacemaker

One word is sufficient for the 100 plus spineless murders on November 13, 2015.

Bastards.

That’s right, spoken clearly in the English tongue and in the true meaning of the word.

Illegitimate children masquerading as disciples of light. Bastards. And to you who will somehow equate these senseless killings with Christianity, save your breath lest you be embarrassed. Bastards. (Colorstorm)

Like almost everyone else, I’m horrified and distressed by yesterday’s events in Paris. I’m horrified that people are killing people in seemingly endless cycles.

But my horror is compounded by another spoke in the endless cycle: mindless fury and blinkered condemnation. The soundbites and anger. The refusal to seriously look at motivation, and the sheer lack of interest in looking for deeper ways to cut these cycles.

  1. Religion is the problem. As long as people in power and people on the ground are acting out what they believe is the will of an unseen spirit being, we will continue to see people willing to die and willing to kill others for … nothing.
  2. Casting the poor, misled people who committed these atrocities as monsters, demons, bastards, or whatever other nameless and empty mask we give them, is foolish in the extreme. It compounds the cruelty of their actions, and intensifies the pain they’ve caused. They were people. People with lives, loves and a series of truly unfortunate experiences that led them to make horrific choices. Horrific choices that are unacceptable for the majority of the human race. Horrific choices that were made on the back of atrocities committed, and still being committed, in lands that mean something to them.
  3. Let’s never forget in times like this, that we are only seeing a drop in the ocean of the kind of terror and violence that many of our own governments have spear-headed, supported and contributed to with self-serving meddling in recent times. Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Syria to name a few.

Like most of my posts, I don’t have personal experience or expertise in this area. So I’ll leave the final word with Diane Foley, mother of American journalist James Foley, who was interviewed the other day following the airstrike that killed her son’s murderer, known as ‘Jihadi John’:

It saddens me that here in America we’re celebrating the killing of this deranged, pathetic young man. Had circumstances been different, Jim probably would have tried to befriend him and help him. It’s just so sad that our precious resources have been concentrated to seek revenge, if you will, or kill this man when if a bit of them had been utilized to save our young Americans. That’s what our country should be doing, I think, is protecting our citizens and the vulnerable, the people who are suffering, not trying to seek revenge and bomb. Jim would’ve been devastated with the whole thing. Jim was a peacemaker. He wanted to know how we could figure out why, why all this is happening.

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