October 26, 2011 § Leave a comment
Still to this day we do mourn over the horrible tragedy that happened September 11th. The American leaders are speaking to come up with an appropriate act of response to this tragedy. The media and people around us are telling the Americans that they have two options of response: the first is to go to war with the terrorists and those countries harboring them. The other option is to do nothing.
The first option of going to war will carry with continuous and many consequences. The most important consequence is bloodshed. The blood of the terrorists, the blood of the countless thousands of innocent people, and the bloodshed of more Americans in the form of troops and victims of retaliatory terrorist acts. The polls are showing that 83% of Americans favor war. This is understandable due to the heinous crimes committed against civilians.
The second option we have been told is to do nothing. If we take this option, we are sending a message to the world and to the terrorists that if they attack us, we will hide in fear.
There should have been the third option and that should be nonviolence! Most people believe that nonviolence is passive, that it is the weaker path to take. But the truth is nonviolence is the more difficult of all three. Nonviolence takes courage and it means putting the past behind us and moving on. Nonviolence is not acting aggressively, it is making a social and political change. Taking a stand without taking When Gandhi told the world he was going to regain India’s independence from the British Empire, and that he was going to do this without aggression, and that Britain would leave as India’s friend, the world laughed at him. Gandhi was able to pull of the largest example of peaceful revolution. There is another man who has shown the path of nonviolence. That was Jesus, there were three main teachings: love, forgiveness, and nonviolence (turning the other cheek). There are many more people like Jesus, and Gandhi such as Moses, Buddha, Mohammed. If we did choose the path of war, so many people, hundreds of thousands of innocent people will be killed.
We will always tell people the story, and our children will know the story, what the terrorists did was wrong, but how would we explain the war that it caused. Americans would be in the wrong to. A war would be resulted in much more deaths and life’s taken away. Aggression causes aggression that causes aggression, and the cycle will continue. America hits them, they hit america. America hits them, and so forth. War and violence does not accomplish anything beyond “payback”. War will always lead to another war. There should not be crime, but there should be deeper punishment to the laws extent. Nonviolence is a path im sure many people think of. I think it takes a lot of courage and love for someone to choose this path. There does not need to be more anger, and hatred and fear. War is a simple and quick answer, but it most definitely is not the correct one.
Martin Luther King said, The goal of nonviolence is not the humiliation or defeat of the opponent, but the winning of the enemy’s friendship and understanding. To be nonviolent does not mean never fight back, or fight for what you believe in. It means to take things and keep it under consideration that other people might get hurt while you giving your “payback” and ask yourself is it worth it.
Nonviolence can consist of people agreeing of all faiths and cultures from Christianity to Atheist. God does not ask us to kill in any religion. God asks for us to love our neighbors.
Now that they are already in war with the Middle East, they should have told the option of nonviolence, They should stop the war and just come home. Canada being known as the peace keepers we should stop the war and let it be, take the Nonviolence path, and continue on with life.