Written by: Michael Blair
Whether these are neighbours living next door, or in the next street, town, city or country, we have to learn how to deal with issues which arise, without resorting to violence.
Under our skins, we are all the same. Just ordinary people wanting what is best for our families and neighbourhoods. When some people see discord and unrest, they step in with answers which sound reasonable, but in reality they are preparing to turn communities towards hatred and violence against men, women and children who have lived side by side for generations.
These people are not the friends of the community. They are enemies of democracy and peace. All they want to do is divide and preach hate. This is happening across the whole world. It isn’t just in any particular region. This is something which, if it isn’t faced and dealt with, will cause the end of the civilisation that we know.
In almost every country in the world, there are terrorists who claim to be acting for the oppressed and poor. But in reality, they only want the power to replace the oppressors with a different and more brutal regime. Sadly, some people see these rebels as the answer to poverty and starvation, but they want the wealth of the people they overthrow.
SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA AND EVEN THE USA ARE BEING AFFECTED BY THE SCOURGE OF TERRORISM. CANADA HAD ALSO HAD ITS SHARE OF HOME GROWN VIOLENCE. EUROPE IS IN THE GRIP OF FEAR FROM ISLAMIC TERRORISM, MOSTLY DUE TO THE VAST NUMBERS OF REFUGEES FROM ACROSS THE WHOLE MIDDLE EAST AND BEYOND, WITH TERRORISTS MIXING WITH THEM TO AVOID DETECTION.
Syrian is the latest source of these poor people, driven from their homes by conflict in the name of freedom. All sides in this war are equally to blame for the deaths of innocent civilians, caught up in something they don’t understand. Wide eyed children, covered in dust and blood, look on as their families are killed in front of them. There is no freedom for them.
Any country which seems to be at peace and having a secular society, is being targeted, to destabilise and divide the population by violent means. Egypt has been hit recently by the bombing of innocent people in a Christian church. This is something which has to be stopped before it gets worse. The entire country has to show that this will not be tolerated in a civilised society.
If the whole country stands as one and tells the men of violence, they are not welcome in their peaceful lives, it will show that a united front can and will stop the spread of terror, once and for all.
Education against war and for peace and tolerance, has to begin with children. They cannot be allowed to be radicalised by extremists of any kind. This education has to be on a worldwide basis. All schools should have classes to teach peace. All schools need to show children that war is only used as a means of gaining power over others. War is also used by a tiny minority of unscrupulous businessmen to make billions of dollars from millions of deaths.
Peace is not something difficult to understand. Peace is achievable in any country which has enough brave people to stand up to the violent, and show them there is a better way to live. As long as humans are greedy and want what other people have, there will be trouble. We have to show that to have enough does not mean you need everything.
This will not happen overnight, but with the correct teaching, it can and will be possible one day.