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The War on Terror

The War on Terror
It was 2 a.m. and everyone at home was sound asleep. One of the boys was dreaming of playing in the finals of the World Cup, while six year old Sarah dreamed of riding on a pony.
2:05 a.m. Calm. Like the calm the ocean experiences right before a storm.
2:06 a.m. EXPLOSION!
No time to react. No time to run out. No time left to live. Four lives lost in a split second.
Why? Because the neighbour next door was involved with extremists and foreign governments decided it was the right time to strike.
The oldest son had been away at college and returned home to find his house and more tragically, his entire family gone.
Anger, resentment, sadness, grief, and hatred all brewed up within him like a wildfire. Someone must pay for this, he shouted.

Someone once said, love your enemies. Public speakers give examples like Ghandi and Nelson Mandela to show that this idea is possible (Although Nelson Mandela did use violence to reach his aim at one point).

Try and imagine this scenario though. If someone comes into your house and kills everyone in your family, what do you think would be the natural reaction? If someone hurts you emotionally or even physically, what do you think would be the immediate response?

Revenge or forgiveness?

Why is the world so messed up?
Why are there wars everywhere?
Why do we fear what is different?
Why can’t we all (just) get along?
It is Us vs. Them
We are good they are not
They are violent we say
We are peaceful we think
But perhaps something lies
Way beneath common sight
Where the forces of night
Have control of our minds
Could it be the interest of some
That fuels all this hate?
Not a flag or a border
Not a culture or religion
But the god of money, power and greed?
Bow to the god of no feelings
To the god who cares not for your life
Serve your master, Consumption
And watch their pockets fill up
Oil prices are low
There’s one way to fix it
Let us go to war
That’s worked in the past
Let’s create a foe
That is evil and scary
And together we’ll fight
To protect our great land
And so we believe
And we chant and we scream
Death to the terror
The evil outside
But I so believe
And I chant and I scream
Death to the terror
The Evil inside
 Jorge Robleto
Hannover, GERMANY

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