War – Peace – Justice – Regret – Rememberance – Hope

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“The past is prophetic in that it asserts that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows. One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means. How much longer must we play at deadly war games before we hear the plaintive numbered dead and maimed of past wars?”
– Martin Luther King Jr
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War

Should we also include the approximately 600,000 civilian executions, 100,000 murdered Kurds, 500,000 Iraq/Iran war casualties, and 400,000 children dying before age 5 of preventable malnutrition, all of which occurred during Saddam Hussein’s regime?

War – Death – Pain – Suffering – Hatred – Loss
What is the price of peace?

But, what about the 8 million Iraqis who voted in the last election. 8 million people who risked their lives because they believe in the right to be free. The right to self-determination. Women, who had not been given the right to vote, had the opportunity to have their voices heard. Young girls now have access to education … something that wasn’t allowed in the last regime. Young men sign up to become Iraqi Police, because they believe the right to freedom is worth protecting. All of these people have come from the shadows of a dark dictatorship and have taken the risk to very publicly demonstrate their desire to be a free people. What has prompted them to do this … the United States of America.

There are no easy answers. There is no simple solution. Should we just pull out and let the Iraqi’s figure out their own chaos? Should we keep our military presence over there and police the Iraqi’s to ensure their freedom.
What we do know is that we must pray that the killing would stop and some sense of peace be gained.

 

Thoughts and photos taken from Shaun Groves Blog

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~ by genelking on March 28, 2008.

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