We should maintain that if an interpretation of any word in any religion leads to disharmony and does not positively further the welfare of the many, then such an interpretation is to be regarded as wrong; that is, against the will of God, or as the working of Satan or Mara.

Buddhadasa Bikkhu, a Thai Buddhist Monk

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Iraq Today

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War has consequences.  Violence breeds violence.  Injustice destroys it victims and warps its perpetrators.  These are human truths that are spiritual at their heart but have devastating consequences for every aspect of human life.  Although our government tried to make the Iraq War as "easy" as it could for the nation, we know that the U.S. continues to pay a heavy price for its part in that war—in lost lives, in harmed lives, and socially and economically.  The people of Iraq continue to pay, however, a price far beyond what we have paid.  A two part television series entitled, "Iraq: After the Americans," shown on Al Jazeera television makes that case.  War has consequences.