If everyone followed the Golden
by Chris Elliott
October 06, 2004
I've been following the recent
discussions regarding Muslims on Sitnews and also, since 9/11,
in the newspaper, Time & Newsweek, CNN, Fox, etc. The idea
of decapitating someone or stoning someone to death or raping
someone or withholding medical supplies & food from sick
and starving people is repugnant. Brutal dictatorships are repugnant.
But, Muslims don't have a corner on this market. There are
sick people everywhere, people who don't care about their fellow
man, who will do anything to get what they want for themselves.
Human life means nothing to them. This is so foreign to most
of us that it's impossible to understand. Most people would
chose peace over war. Most people would avoid confrontation
if they could. The aid that America gives to Israel has apparently
contributed to the hatred SOME Muslims have for America as has
our presence in Afghanistan and Iraq. I have no idea whether
our policy toward Israel is right, and from what I gather, many
Americans aren't sure either. The party line is that we are
protecting Israel from Palestine, that Israel would be overrun
if not for us. So, the terrorists bomb the USS Cole & take
down the World Trade Center because of our policy in Israel.
In retaliation, we go into Afghanistan gunning for bin Laden.
Still shell-shocked from 9/11 and getting antsy about Iraq's
refusal to cooperate with UN resolutions, we end up in Iraq.
At that point, everything that moved looked like a terrorist.
The unbelievable had been brought right to our door. Maybe
we should just pull out and leave Israel and the rest of the
world to their own devices. The people starving in Africa and
those being tortured by brutal dictators would have to do without
our help, because helping one side would inflame the other.
If everyone followed the Golden Rule, the world would be at peace.
Lennon not Lenin was right.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
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