I will pause today to remember the victims of the violence of 9/11/01 when the World Trade Center was attacked. What a horrible and avoidable tragedy that was.
I will also pause today to remember the victims of 9/11/73 when the US was involved in the overthrow of the democratically elected leader of Chile, Salvadore Allende. Pinochet was installed as dictator and 3000 people were killed and thousands more imprisoned or lost. What a horrible and avoidable bit of violence that was.
I will also pause to remember the victims of 9/11/1857 when some individual members of my own church massacred some 120 members of a emigrant wagon outfit. What a horrible and avoidable tragedy.
I will not restrict myself to 9/11 though. I will pause to remember all of the victims of violence throughout the world, both US sponsored violence and otherwise. War and murder are such juvenile solutions to the problems spawned by greed and avarice. When will the world learn… when will the powers that be learn that violence will only beget more violence? The violence our government now sponsors in Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, Georgia etc. will come back to haunt us again. The chickens do come home to roost and it will not be a pretty time for the power that made the world to tremble for so long.
May some of us, at least, learn to love our enemy and to do good to those who do evil to us as the teachings of the greatest teacher of all teach us.