The Hague, The Netherlands
I know nothing about either politics or international security. I have no knowledge of any of the things that go on within our governments and therefore must and will trust that our leaders will decide what is best. Let them handle it. It's what they do best. Nonetheless, I asked myself what can I do as a human being to help our governments in these difficult times. What can I do to make this a better world and help humanity to defeat terrorism?
All of a sudden a voice from the past recited, "Find what makes an organization strong and you'll find it can be turned into its weakness." Hmm... an interesting thought, but what makes these terrorists "strong"? It's most certainly not political conviction or religion. This evil event on September 11th was nothing like any terrorist acts we've seen all over the world until this very day. No demands were made or hostages used for "trading." The evil event on Tuesday, September 11th was an act of pure destruction, intended to kill as many as possible and strike America with terror and horror where it would hurt most - preferably leaving the world in shock. Destruction of life and buildings, hoping to leave the free West in disarray and despair in order to ruin everything we value in the long run, would leave the rest of the world in fear with the knowledge, "If this can happen to the USA, it can happen to any of us." It made no difference as long the destruction was as complete as possible.
Buildings can be rebuilt. A city can rise from its ashes. Everything "material" can be replaced, but not life. It must have been the purpose of these terrorists to take as many lives as possible, considering the hour they chose for their horrific attack, and they made no difference! They made no difference in nationality - religion - age - gender, or education.
No difference at all!
What is the most important thing we've learned about these terrorists?
They have a total contempt for life and make no difference at all!
I started wondering how we, mankind, can change this so-called "strength" into a "weakness" and use it as a weapon to destroy terrorism - wipe it from the world. The answer to this question is so incredibly simple and feasible I felt somewhat silly for not thinking of it before.
Change "total contempt for life" to "love and respect for life" and "make no difference at all!"
If we can only reach out worldwide in love and respect for each other, a worldly peace is bound to be the answer and terrorism will be wiped out.
Of course, this doesn't mean you all of a sudden have to agree with everybody on everything, but we can still respect one another even if we differ in opinion.
Of course, it doesn't mean you all of a sudden "love" everybody - run outdoors and start hugging everybody you see, but it won't hurt to show a friendly face and greet or smile to the people you see every day.
Of course, it doesn't mean Christians should start praying to "Allah" and Muslims pray to "God", but we can respect each other's religion. I have never heard, nor read about any religion that speaks of; "Go and destroy those who believe differently." ALL religions speak of love, not of destruction; and those who "read" this in their religion are what we call "extreme" and do not understand what religion is about. I have no "God" I pray to or "Allah" to call upon, but I do believe in a Higher Power. I do believe in Good and Evil and it is my firm belief it makes no difference who you turn to in prayer, as long as you represent "good." We all have to find our own path in life and a different path doesn't make it wrong, just different.
Of course, it doesn't mean that when someone hurts you intentionally you cannot say what's on your mind; but let it be from one human to another and not because of colour of skin, religion, or simply because you're wearing the wrong clothes.
Let's just respect one another for who and what we are and add a little love wherever possible.
If we can do just that - reach out world-wide and respect each other as human beings, in spite of all our differences - we can beat terrorism - we can wipe Evil from this world. That's what we can do to help our governments. That's what we can do as human beings. No Evil can conquer Good, so let's join hands and reach out.
I'm not sure if this is the correct forum to post this topic, but I trust on the moderators to move it if needed.