thanks Raph, I haven't visited counterpunch in over a week, so I'm way overdue
I read that article. I never doubted it might come to this. *sigh* It's bringing back memories of hours and hours of discussions, often late into the night, on the kibbutz. And that was in 1972. So long ago, and yet as if it had been yesterday. We did not have religious services on that kibbutz. On the 'holy' days, I was given the great honor of reading a special prayer in front of all the kibbutzniks and volunteers, who came from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, Switzerland, Swede, Holland, Denmark, Belgium, England and Wales, USA, and even Japan. As a volunteer worker, I was also honored by these people who asked me to organize a Christmas celebration for all the 'Christians' volunteers.
Funny, I was not Jewish or Christian, but an avowed agnostic at that time. (I still do not 'belong' to any organized religious group.)
It was a time I'll never forget. We were like a mini UN coalition some days LOL, but not without disputes. The council of elders would listen to a problem if there was a complaint, and make a decision that all would abide by, for the sake of unity. Many years later, as an active Bahai (I am no longer active) I experienced a similar circle of friendship that functioned at its best when everyone worked together for race unity teachings and celebrations.
My point? Around the world, there are thousands who actively seek ways of communicating and working with peoples of different mindsets, ethnicities, political and economic differences. I know that if we all focus on these types of groups, and actively support anti-defamation and anti-hatred groups, we can somehow find our peaceful pathways. I am not giving up hope, and the terrorists SHALL NOT PREVAIL unless we let them divide humanity into splinter groups of hatred and violence.
[This message has been edited by Midnitesun (10-30-2004 08:46 PM).]