September 25, 2002

Turning Tide of History #9: There is a Growing Light at the End of the Tunnel


Hello everyone

This is quite an exciting compilation. Lots of good stuff! And there is LOTS more coming your way this week. I also received Matthew's new message on Love and Light and it is REALLY beautiful and profound - it is coming your way later on this week. Same thing regarding a summary I requested from Wade Frazier about his writings.

Stay tuned!

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
http://www.cybernaute.com/earthconcert2000

P.S. Check also my latest Media Compilation #88: Other Perspectives on the U.S. War Plans With Iraq --- Posted at http://www.cybernaute.com/earthconcert2000/Archives2002/MediaCompilation88 htm


"America has a Higher Destiny. As with generations past, our destiny can take us to places we have never been, or can only imagine. Places of peace. Places of plenty. Places of hope. Places of love. We have a right to live our ideals. That is our birthright. We should not trade it for the pretensions of empire. Nor for delusions of grandeur, nor for all the gold in Fort Knox, all the tea in China or all the oil in Iraq. America has a Higher Destiny."

- Dennis J. Kucinich in his recent awe-inspiring speech in Berkeley (whole speech below)


"We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone!!"

- Nelson Mandela - Sent by "Annegret" <boskat@mweb.co.za>


CONTENTS

1. Feedback to Meredith Tupper's comment
2. Hearing the real truth
3. A SECOND RENAISSANCE: Berkeley Speech by US Rep. Dennis Kucinich 9/14/02
4. Please keep peace alive in the U.S.
5. Republican Congressman Ron Paul's statement concerning Iraq to US House of Representatives
6. Calling 9-11: America and Iraq
7. A GOOD REMINDER




1.

From: CoetaMills@aol.com
Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2002
Subject: RE: Meredith Tupper's comment "Some Americans are awake" Re: Revisiting 9-11 Series #4: The United States of Mass Denial --- Posted at
http://www.cybernaute.com/earthconcert2000/Archives2002/Revisiting9-11-4.htm

Meredith,

I suspect that there are many of us speaking out as you have stated that you are doing. I've been writing and calling congress people frequently -- very frequently, too.

I've considered writing an opinion letter to some of the foreign press (like the Guardian - UK) saying that I, along with many other Americans, do not agree with what the Bush administration is doing. We ARE speaking out; but the word is not getting out because of our controlled media. Perhaps many of us should do just that. Such opinion letters are more likely to be printed in the foreign press than our domestic press.

Coeta




2.

Date: Sat, 21 Sep 2002
From: Ian-Q@gmx.de
Subject: Hearing the real truth

Hi Jean!

It´s very helpful for me to see how many people in this world want the world to become a better place to live for everyone of us. But when i see what´s going on in this world, for example the U.S War Plans supported by the British government, i think there are too few of us that can stop such madness. I really hope that more people get awake to see how much is going wrong in this world! I think, your website and newletter are very helpful for this.

I also want to thank you for your time and for making it possible to give information (that is usually hard to get) to everyone who wants to hear the real truth and watch behind the facade.

I wish you all the best!

Ian from Germany




3.

I RECEIVED THIS FROM SEVERAL PEOPLE AND INCLUDED IT IN MY LAST MEDIA COMPILATION YESTERDAY WITH THIS NOTE: HERE IS A MAN OF AMAZING VISION - PERHAPS A FUTURE U.S. PRESIDENT?
I also saw an interview of Dennis Kucinich tonight on CNN Presents and he was a-b-s-o-l-u-t-e-l-y outstanding!

From: "Sunny Ariel" <sunnyariel@mindspring.com>
Subject: Berkeley Speech by US Rep. Dennis Kucinich 9/14/02
Date: Sat, 21 Sep 2002

US Representative Dennis J. Kucinich
The Redwood Sequoia Congress
University of California, Berkeley, California
Saturday, September 14, 2002

A SECOND RENAISSANCE

Last week I joined hundreds of members of Congress in solemn commemoration of 911 and in solidarity with New Yorkers at Federal Hall in the City. You can sense a special energy at this sacred shrine to democracy where George Washington was sworn in, where a Congress of two centuries ago received the Bill of Rights. As I stood there in a moment of reflection I could envision that Congress of long ago gathering as a Galaxy of Stars cascaded from the sky through the circular opening above the rotunda.

In my mind's eye, I could see a Galaxy of Stars representing universal principles pouring into the venerable site, informing the pledge Washington made to a new nation, Freedom's Holy Light illuminating the Bill of Rights. In that moment I had a new understanding that this flag, as spangled with Stars as a bolt of Heaven itself, connects the United States with eternal principles of unity, of brotherhood, of sisterhood.

The energy of the Stars presented at the birth of this nation is with us still. It is upon that dark blue cloth of our flag. One bright Star shines for hope. Another Star for optimism. Another for well-being. One for freedom. One for abundance. One for creativity. One for togetherness. One for peace. One Star to wish upon to create your highest aspirations, to make your dreams come true.

This, our country and our very selves are all made of Stars as a popular song goes. This is who we are. This is what gives higher meaning to being an American. This is what gives higher meaning to patriotism. I love our flag. Though some would make it stand for chaos and war, I see the field of Stars as standing for the highest expression of human unity.

A higher meaning of the United States is that we express wholeness through the unity of 50 states. "Out of many we are One." We present ourselves to the world as an exemplification of the principle of Oneness, of the universality of all, of the confirmation of One in the many. The World: "Out of many nations we are One." Universality! This is where we come from.

The idea of America emerged from the intellectual energy, the heart energy and the spirit energy of the Renaissance. The genesis in a journey of "lovers marrying their fortunes together" bound for America, looking for that lamp lifted beside the Golden Door of Liberty.

The quest for universal principles of justice, of human rights, of civil rights, of opportunity, of a meaningful future is what caused millions to see America as the Light of nations. These universal principles are stars by which those who came to our shores sailed. These are stars which can guide us past the shoals of arms dealers and oil interests who today would crash our ship of state upon the rocks of war.

America has a Higher Destiny. As with generations past, our destiny can take us to places we have never been, or can only imagine. Places of peace. Places of plenty. Places of hope. Places of love. We have a right to live our ideals. That is our birthright. We should not trade it for the pretensions of empire. Nor for delusions of grandeur, nor for all the gold in Fort Knox, all the tea in China or all the oil in Iraq. America has a Higher Destiny.

Today I want to speak to you about the America that can be. About reestablishing the context of our nation. About remythologizing America. About a Second Renaissance which can begin in this nation, with this generation.

First let us travel to the place where civilization was born thousands of years ago, upon the banks of the Tigris and the Euphrates. Let us see if there, instead of dancing with death, and killing untold thousands of innocent people, we can change directions, pull back from war with Iraq, change the outcome, connect with our aspirations for peace and reclaim our ingenuity and creativity in human relations.

Why is war with Iraq presented as inevitable? Isn't it time to insist that our leaders suspend their incessant talk of preventive war, of assumed right to unilateral action? Isn't it time for insistence upon preventive diplomacy and our obligations to work with the world community on matters of global security?

Why is this war presented as inevitable? The headlines from The New York Times of September 12, 2002, read:

Bush to Warn UN: Act on Iraq or US Will; He Leads Nation in Mourning at Terror Sites.

There is no credible evidence linking Iraq with 911, with Al Qaeda or with the anthrax attacks. There is no credible evidence that Iraq has usable weapons of mass destruction, the ability to deliver those weapons or the intention to do so. That Iraq possessed and used such weapons, they did so, quite sad to say, with the knowledge of, and sometimes with materials from, the United States.

During the Administration of Ronald Reagan, 60 helicopters were sold to Iraq. Later reports said Iraq used US helicopters to spray Kurds with chemical weapons. According to the Washington Post, Iraq used mustard gas against Iran with the help of intelligence from the CIA. Intelligence reports cited the use of nerve gas by Iraq against Iran.

Iraq's punishment? The US reestablished full diplomatic ties around Thanksgiving of 1984.

Throughout 1989 and 1990, US companies, with the permission of the first Bush government, sent to the government of Saddam Hussein tons of mustard gas precursors, live cultures for bacteriological research, helped to build a chemical weapons factory, supplied West Nile virus, supplied fuel air explosive technology, computers for weapons technology, hydrogen cyanide precursors, computers for weapons research and development and vacuum pumps and bellows for nuclear weapons plants. "We have met the enemy," said Walt Kelly's 'Pogo,' "And he is us." US.

By the way, it's called the Department of Defense, not The Department of Offense. Unilateral action on the part of the United States, or in partnership with Great Britain, would for the first time set our nation on the bloodstained path of aggressive war, a sacrilege upon the memory of those who fought to defend this country. America's moral authority would be undermined throughout the world. It would signal for Russia to invade Georgia; China, Taiwan; North Korea, the South; India, Pakistan; and destabilize the entire gulf and Middle East region.

There is a way out.

We need a comprehensive solution to the crisis in Iraq.

It must involve the United Nations and can be facilitated by Russia which just signed a $40 billion trade agreement with Iraq.

Inspections for weapons of mass destruction should begin immediately.

Inspectors must have free and unfettered access to all sites.

New negotiations must begin concerning the counterproductive policies of regime change and sanctions.

Emergency relief should be expedited.

Free trade, except in arms, must be permitted.

Foreign investments must be allowed.

The assets of Iraq abroad must be restored.

A regional zone free of weapons of mass destruction should be established.

If we can take a new direction in Iraq and the region we can begin a New Era of Peace. We can refocus our efforts on the conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis. We can bring new initiatives to help Pakistan and India resolve Kashmir.

The United States can repair its position in the world community, through cooperation, not confrontation. We can change the world for the better.

WE CAN LOOK TO HEAVEN ITSELF FOR GUIDANCE. We can begin by banning any research, planning, or deployment of weapons in outer space. Human destiny has always been linked with the Stars. How grim that America is planning to put weapons in outer space, to seize the ultimate high ground, to attempt to gain strategic advantage over every nation on Earth. We must turn back from such arrogance. We must let the name of peace be hallowed on Earth as it is in the Heavens with a Space Preservation Treaty. We must direct our efforts toward solving conflicts on this planet rather than spread war in perpetuity, throughout the Universe in a plan paradoxically called "Vision 2020."

I have a vision of nations working together, cooperatively, using what President Roosevelt called the "science of human relationships." That is the basis for the creation of a Department of Peace, which seeks to make nonviolence an organizing principle in our society for domestic as well as international policy. War is not inevitable unless we refuse to work for peace, patiently and tirelessly.

I envision a new US leadership to end the threat of nuclear destruction by realizing the promise of the Nonproliferation Treaty. Seventeen nations possess, are pursuing or are capable of acquiring nuclear weapons. Now is the time to provide incentives to stop the nuclear arms race, to stop building nuclear weapons, and to stop testing. America should restore the ABM treaty and begin again with Russia true arms reductions, toward the day when all nuclear weapons are abolished.

America can lead those 26 nations which possess, pursue or are trying to acquire chemical weapons of mass destruction to move toward participation in the Chemical Weapons convention and agree to have such weapons eliminated world wide.

America can lead the way toward the destruction of all biological weapons of mass destruction by signing on to the Biological Weapons Convention. Twenty nations have designs on such weapons. Let America lead the way toward abolishing biological weapons.

We have much work to do to regain world leadership in ending the proliferation of Small Arms by signing the Small Arms Treaty and to eliminate the scourge of Landmines.

America can help to strengthen the cause of international justice by agreeing to the International Criminal Court. Certainly a nation which has an interest in bringing to justice those in violation of international law should support an international court which would accomplish just that.

Two weeks ago I represented the United States at the World Summit on Sustainable Development. There, Congressman George Miller of California, Earl Blumenauer of Oregon and I called for our nation to join with the world community in solving the challenge of global climate change, and work to reduce carbon emissions, greenhouse gases. America must lead the way toward sustainability and renewable energies. As the first step, I joined with Mayor Jerry Brown proposing an $50 billion solar initiative in cooperation with Mikhail Gorbachev's Global Green.

It is the United States which can lead the way toward a global community which is inclusive and sustainable, which promotes democratic values and which enables the growth of the potential and the health of each person by putting human rights, workers rights and environmental quality principles into each and every trade agreement.

There is much to do on the world stage. But we cannot do it by creating war when we ought to be working for peace. Iraq is not an imminent threat. But an unemployment rate which approaches 6% is an imminent threat. Forty-one million Americans without health insurance is an imminent threat. The high cost of prescription drugs, an imminent threat. Unregulated energy companies which charge confiscatory rates for electricity and gas are an imminent threat. Large corporations which lie about their value and deprive stockholders of their life savings constitute an imminent threat. Seniors losing their pensions. That's an imminent threat.

So too is the climate of fear which is being cycled in this country. Each time a civil liberty is rolled back or undermined in America, a little bit of our free nation dies.

Each government report which drums terror and fear weakens our nation. When Francis Scott Key wrote "oh say does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave, o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave," he made the essential connection between democracy and courage.

Courage will guide our nation through this crisis. Courage will enable us to set our government right. Courage will enable us to go to the campuses, to labor halls, to church halls and to the streets to organize against a war which will undermine our nation, ruin our reputation, kill innocent people and damage the economy of our nation and the world.

We are at a critical and creative moment in human history where we have it within our power to change the world. It is about evolutionary politics which follows an evolutionary consciousness. We can do it by changing the way we look at the world. By contemplating and realizing the universal brotherhood and sisterhood of all persons. We can do it by tapping our own unlimited potential to think anew. Imagine if we could look our nation with the same daring with which our founders gazed.

Imagine if we could regain the capacity of spirit which animated freedom of speech, the right to assemble, the right to vote, freedom from fear, freedom from want.

I tell you there is another America out there. It is ready to be called forward. It is the America of our dreams. It is the America of the flag full of Stars. It is the America which is in our hearts and we can make it the heart of the world. Thank you.

Email responses to info@thespiritoffreedom.com or Dkucinich@aol.com

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Global Renaissance Alliance, PO Box 3259, Center Line, MI 48015
office@renaissancealliance.org

http://www.renaissancealliance.org

NOTE FROM JEAN: This is a very inspiring website! Pay it a visit!




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Date: Sat, 21 Sep 2002
Subject: Please keep peace alive in the U.S.
From: Liz Daly <dalyreiki@adelphia.net>
To: Dennis Kucinich <DKucinich@aol.com>

Congressman Kucinich:

I, too, awaken each day with a grateful heart with the mission of being of service to our wondrous planet. I just read your September 14 speech. Thank you for the words and the energy behind the words..

I am a Californian... you are backed by many in the spiritual communities of all countries on Earth. Please know, too, that there are many, many Americans backing the consciousness of Peace. And, you, Dennis are a miracle of the Divine. Thank you for your courage and thank you for your heart. We need your words. We need your consciousness. We need your leadership.

With Warmest regards and deepest respect for all you represent...

Liz Daly
West Hollywood, California

P.S.: When you run for President, you will know me well, as I will work very hard on your behalf.

NOTE FROM JEAN TO EVERYONE ON THE ERN LIST: I'm sure Dennis Kucinich will be delighted to receive comments of support and encouragement - and similar commitments! - from all of you...




5.

From: "Judith Iam" <judeiam@cwnet.com>
Subject: FWD: Republican Congressman Ron Paul's statement concerning Iraq to US House of Representatives
Date: Sat, 21 Sep 2002

Please read the enclosed statement and respond as you are led by the wisest part of you...

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On September 10, 2002, Congressman Ron Paul (Republican from Texas and a physician who served in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War) read the following to the U.S. House of Representatives:

Soon we hope to have hearings on the pending war with Iraq. Here are some questions I would like answered by those who are urging us to start this war: * Is it not true that the reason we did not bomb the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War was because we knew they could retaliate?

* Is it not also true that we are willing to bomb Iraq now because we know it cannot retaliate -- which just confirms that there is no real threat?

* Is it not true that there are those who argue that even with inspections we cannot be sure that Hussein might be hiding weapons, and at the same time simply that we can be more sure that weapons exist in the absence of inspections?

* Is it not true that the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency was able to complete its yearly verification mission to Iraq just this year with Iraqi cooperation?

* Is it not true that the intelligence community has been unable to develop a case tying Iraq to global terrorism at all, much less the attacks on the United States last year? Does anyone remember that 15 of the 19 hijackers came from Saudi Arabia and that none came from Iraq?

* Was former CIA counter-terrorism chief Vincent Cannistraro wrong when he recently said there is no confirmed evidence of Iraq's links to terrorism?

* Is it not true that the CIA has concluded there is no evidence that a Prague meeting between 9/11 hijacker Atta and Iraqi intelligence took place?

* Is it not true that northern Iraq, where the administration claimed Al Qaeda were hiding out, is in the control of our "allies," the Kurds?

* Is it not true that the vast majority of Al Qaeda leaders who escaped appear to have safely made their way to Pakistan, another of our so-called allies?

* Has anyone noticed that Afghanistan is rapidly sinking into total chaos, with bombings and assassinations becoming daily occurrences; and that according to a recent U.N. report the Al Qaeda "is, by all accounts, alive and well and poised to strike again, how, when, and where it chooses?"

* Why are we taking precious military and intelligence resources away from tracking down those who did attack the United States -- and who may again attack the United States -- and using them to invade countries that have not attacked the United States?

* Would an attack on Iraq not just confirm the Arab world's worst suspicions about the United States? And isn't this what bin Laden wanted?

* How can Hussein be compared to Hitler when he has no navy or air force, and now has an army one-fifth the size of 12 years ago, which even then proved totally inept at defending the country?

* Is it not true that the constitutional power to declare war is exclusively that of the Congress? Should presidents, contrary to the Constitution, allow Congress to concur only when pressured by public opinion? Are presidents permitted to rely on the United Nations for permission to go to war?

* Are you aware of a Pentagon report studying charges that thousands of Kurds in one village were gassed by the Iraqis, which found no conclusive evidence that Iraq was responsible, that Iran occupied the very city involved, and that evidence indicated the type of gas used was more likely controlled by Iran not Iraq?

* Is it not true that anywhere between 100,000 and 300,000 U.S. soldiers have suffered from Persian Gulf War syndrome from the first Gulf War, and that thousands may have died?

* Are we prepared for possibly thousands of American casualties in a war against a country that does not have the capacity to attack the United States?

* Are we willing to bear the economic burden of a 100 billion dollar war against Iraq, with oil prices expected to skyrocket and further rattle an already shaky American economy? How about an estimated 30 years occupation of Iraq that some have deemed necessary to "build democracy" there?

* Iraq's alleged violations of U.N. resolutions are given as reason to initiate an attack, yet is it not true that hundreds of U.N. resolutions have been ignored by various countries without penalty?

* Did former President Bush not cite the U.N. resolution of 1990 as the reason he could not march into Baghdad, while supporters of a new attack assert that it is the very reason we can march into Baghdad?

* Is it not true that, contrary to current claims, the no-fly zones were set up by Britain and the United States without specific approval from the United Nations?

* If we claim membership in the international community and conform to its rules only when it pleases us, does this not serve to undermine our position, directing animosity toward us by both friend and foe?

* How can our declared goal of bringing democracy to Iraq be believable when we prop up dictators throughout the Middle East and support military tyrants like Musharaf in Pakistan, who overthrew a democratically elected president?

* Are you familiar with the 1994 Senate Hearings that revealed the United States. knowingly supplied chemical and biological materials to Iraq during the Iran-Iraq war and as late as 1992 -- including after the alleged Iraqi gas attack on a Kurdish village?

* Did we not assist Saddam Hussein's rise to power by supporting and encouraging his invasion of Iran? Is it honest to criticize Saddam now for his invasion of Iran, which at the time we actively supported?

* Is it not true that preventive war is synonymous with an act of aggression, and has never been considered a moral or legitimate U.S. policy?

* Why do the oil company executives strongly support this war if oil is not the real reason we plan to take over Iraq?

* Why is it that those who never wore a uniform and are confident that they won't have to personally fight this war are more anxious for this war than our generals?

* What is the moral argument for attacking a nation that has not initiated aggression against us, and could not if it wanted?

* Where does the Constitution grant us permission to wage war for any reason other than self-defense?

* Is it not true that a war against Iraq rejects the sentiments of the time-honored Treaty of Westphalia, nearly 400 years ago, that countries should never go into another for the purpose of regime change?

* Is it not true that the more civilized a society is, the less likely disagreements will be settled by war?

* Is it not true that since World War II, Congress has not declared war and -- not coincidentally -- we have not since then had a clear-cut victory?

* Is it not true that Pakistan, especially through its intelligence services, was an active supporter and key organizer of the Taliban?

* Why don't those who want war bring a formal declaration of war resolution to the floor of Congress?"

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Thank you for considering Congressman Paul's remarks; and if you have been persuaded, as I have been, that military action in Iraq is not warranted, please take whatever steps you can think of to prevent it's occurrence.

Thank you for your time.

Jim Wells

Peace Is Patriotic

Jim Wells, M.D.
Center For Creative Balance
5024 Boulder Run Road
Hillsborough, NC 27278
jim@creativebalance.com
http://creativebalance.com




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Sent by Ricardo" <ricardo@auroville.org.in> on September 21, 2002

Calling 9-11: America and Iraq

by Ramzi Kysia

This week, PBS is showing a documentary, "Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero," that examines how America's faith has been challenged by the terrorist attacks on our country a year ago. It asks, "Where was God on September 11?"

Living in Iraq right now, trying to stop this war, I find myself with questions of my own. I wonder whether my fellow Americans really believe they are the only real people on this planet - or whether they just act that way?

I was in New York City on September 11, and everything I saw, and everything I felt, only reaffirmed my faith. I saw grief everywhere I looked, and I saw courage in the face of that grief. I saw Americans, suffering under terrible tragedy, come together to try and overcome our terror. I felt a spirit of brotherhood and sisterhood, from people who I had feared would look at me, a Muslim, as "the enemy." The fears I have of our fast approaching war with Iraq were born, in no small part, on September 11. But what hope I have that we will overcome those fears, and stop this war, also comes from that day.

There is something passing for a debate, raging in our country today, that attempts to segregate war between those that believe it will be easy, and those that believe it will be hard; between those who fear it will cost too much, and those who fear no cost could be enough. There must be other voices. We have to stop discussing the practicality of war - because that discussion prevents us from discussing the morality of it. How comfortable would we be about a discussion in the Middle-East about the practicality of bombing U.S. cities and killing thousands of Americans, in order to oppose U.S. foreign policy, or protect Arabs from the threat of further attacks? September 11 tells us. How comfortable would we be if Iraqi warplanes flew over our skies, bombing our cities and towns every few days, over 12 long years - with absolute impunity? September 11 tells us.

How comfortable could we be if Iraq had thousands of nuclear bombs, chemical and biological weapons, the most powerful military in the world, and was threatening us with destruction if we didn't do whatever they wanted us to do? September 11 tells us.

The sign at the memorial in Union Park last year that stands out in my mind more than any other simply read, "We don't want this to happen to anyone else ever again." It does happen, all the time, all over the world. It happens here, in Iraq, every day. It happens when U.S. warplanes accidentally bomb civilians, over and over again. Our defense is "self-defense" - we bomb every time Iraqis challenge our right to control their skies. It happens when uncounted Iraqi children starve to death, every day, because our bombings and sanctions have deprived them of adequate income, adequate food, and access to safe drinking water.

According to UNICEF and the Red Cross, among others, hundreds of thousands of children here have died because of U.S. actions against Iraq over the last 12 years. That's a children's 9-11 every month - 250 skyscrapers filled with babies and toddlers, crashing to the ground. Are these innocents any less real than those killed in New York and Washington last year?

Does the use of chemical weapons by Iraq's government in order to achieve military and political goals during a war 17 years ago justify the slaughter of innocents today? Does their government's failure today to meet our conditions for disarmament justify the slaughter of innocents?

Before we answer, we should ask whether we believe Hiroshima or Nagasaki, or the thousands of atomic bombs we maintain to this day, justified September 11. If the failure of the Iraqi people to establish a non-violent government requires their destruction, then does our failure to do the same thing require ours?

Someday Iraq might terrorize America, but today America terrorizes Iraq. The people who will die here when we start our war are just as real as those killed on September 11. Their grief is just as strong. Their anger is just as righteous.

I don't know why God allows atrocities to occur, but then I don't understand why we commit them in the first place, and I think that should be where the questioning starts. If there was a purpose to September 11, we won't realize it until we start seeing the rest of humanity as we see ourselves.

That challenge is where faith begins, and the failure to realize it is where faith dies, for the only place we can possibly wage war against inhumanity is in our own hearts.

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Ramzi Kysia is a Muslim-American peace activist, working with the Education for Peace in Iraq Center (http://www.epic-usa.org). He is currently in Iraq with Voices in the Wilderness (http://www.vitw.org) helping to set-up the Iraq Peace Team (http://www.iraqpeaceteam.org), a project to bring 100 Americans to Iraq prior to and during any future U.S. attack.




7.

Forwarded by Suzanne Ward <suzy@pacifier.com>

A GOOD REMINDER

The most destructive habit.............................Worry
The greatest Joy......................................Giving
The greatest loss.......................Loss of self-respect
The most satisfying work......................Helping others
The ugliest personality trait....................Selfishness
The most endangered species................Dedicated leaders
Our greatest natural resource......................Our youth
The greatest "shot in the arm".................Encouragement
The greatest problem to overcome........................Fear
The most effective sleeping pill...............Peace of mind
The most crippling failure disease...................Excuses
The most powerful force in life.........................Love
The most dangerous pariah.........................A gossiper
The world's most incredible computer...............The brain
The worst thing to be without...........................Hope
The deadliest weapon..............................The tongue
The two most power-filled words......................"I Can"
The greatest asset.....................................Faith
The most worthless emotion.........................Self-pity
The most beautiful attire.............................SMILE!
The most prized possession.........................Integrity
The most powerful channel of communication............Prayer
The most contagious spirit........................Enthusiasm







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