This reflection is entitled...
9/11 ~ A Call to Unite Not Divide
9/11 was a wake up call to the United States that we can no longer
ignore the plight of our uneducated and poor brothers and sisters
throughout the world.
As Butler Shaffer recently wrote ~
To begin with, the destruction
of the WTC did far more than kill nearly 3,000 people. It also
visually symbolized the ongoing collapse of vertically-structured
social systems .
It was not a call to arms but instead a call to the heart and commonality
~ for the only way the war on terror can be won is by altruism,
social cooperation and a worldwide war on poverty.
Dan Jones, founder of the September 11 families for peaceful tomorrows
organization, said :
" We wanted justice, not war. War is no way to
get justice. It took a long time for the man who blew up the plane
over Lockerbie to come to justice, but it happened in the end.
We wanted this pursued as a crime, not to be considered as an act of war.
The war in Afghanistan has not brought those who plotted my brother-in-law’s
murder to justice. And the war in Iraq has certainly not served
that purpose either . "
This tragedy was never meant to be used as an excuse to illegally
invade and occupy another country and kill over 20,000 innocent
civilians under the false banner of freedom and democracy .
As Sy Safransky , The Sun , so accurately writes :
George W Bush
leapt upon the tragedy of 9/11 like a vulture on fresh roadkill
. Now three years later, he's still feasting on the remains .
Let's put 9/11 in the proper perspective of a CALL TO UNITE NOT
On September 11, 2001 - 36,000 children worldwide died of hunger.
- Where: poor countries
- News stories: none
- Newspaper articles: none
- Military alerts: none
- Presidential proclamations: none
- Papal messages: none
- Messages of solidarity: none
- Minutes of silence: none
- Homage to the innocent children: none
On September 11, 2001 - With the terrorist attack , collapse of
the Trade Towers and 3000 dead ( representing 87 different countries
) ~ the world reached a place of shared grief and COMMONALITY .
- Where: Most of humanity lives in poverty and is politically disenfranchised.
- Where: Three out of five children receive no education at all.
- Where: We are fighting a stateless adversary that has nothing to
lose since their common root beginnings are despair and disenfranchisement.
- Where: We can only WIN by creating a foreign policy whose aim is
altruism , social cooperation and the well being of the destitute and
- Where: We can no longer individually, and as a country, go through
the motions and be selfish spectators in life - ignoring the plight
- Where: We realize that the first step towards self-realization and
compassion is commonality.
- Where: We can no longer be guided by greed and self serving arrogance.
- Where : The September 11th families for peaceful tomorrows rightfully
proclaim ; " We call for an end to war as
our nation's one blunt instrument of foreign policy in our increasingly
complex world. We recognize that our freedoms and security derive
not from politicians or the Pentagon, but from our Constitution, and
call on all Americans to rise in its defense against the triple threats
of fear, lies and ignorance . "
- Where: 9/11 is seen as a call to unite, not divide. For one shining
moment in time and shared grief ~ all the world were Americans
. A moment that was lost when the Bush administration chose the
path of an unjustified war on Iraq and rationalized revenge ~ and
the world was divided in the process.
We must now remake that decision and surrender to
our innate urge to unite and the truth of these words
by Teilhard de Chardin ~ If there were no real
propensity to unite, even at a prodigiously
rudimentary level, indeed, in the molecule itself ~
it would be physically impossible for love to
appear higher up in the ' hominized ' or human
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