Thursday, November 05, 2009

Dona Nobis Pacem

Nehru's comment, of course, was directed at the Cold War struggle between the West, led by the United States, and the Communist East, led by the old Soviet Union.

That does not mean his remark is irrelevant today. Indeed, we are today engaged in a great struggle for the future with the forces of militant and ignorant Islamic extremism.

It is a one-sided struggle. Though bin Laden and his ilk want us in the West to proclaim Crusade against a religion that claims a billion or more adherents, most -- nearly all of us, I believe -- want nothing more than for the Al-Queda fanatics in the world to discover the true tenets of their own religion and return to them.

We want to coexist. Nehru's either-or option is very relevant today indeed.

And so we pray: Dona nobis pacem.

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8 comments:

Sarge Charlie said...

Since I am a realest and I know that man had been in conflict with man since the Cro-Magnon encountered the Neanderthal. No one hates war more than the warrior, peace through strength is our only hope. Your president is failing as Commander in Chief.

secret agent woman said...

Reminds me of a buoer sticker I ike that has the etters of COEXIST made uo of different religious symbols.

Michelle said...

Belated Peace Day best wishes to you. :-)

Starrlight said...

Yeah and peace is always going to be difficult given that SOME can not even participate in an event like this without dragging politics into it.

Travis said...

I remember visiting your post last week, and thought I left a comment. My apologies...I'm not usually that rude.

Peace to you and yours.

Anndi said...

Excellent commentary. If we could find a way to reach those who have fallen into that ravine that is extremism and manage a discussion and come to an understanding..

Well said.

Bond said...

Somehow I missed this post last week.

Thank you for participating in this great event and for your wonderful words.

Peace.

Mimi Lenox said...

And so we pray.

Thank you for participating in BlogBlast For Peace in November. I loved this post.

You are #1734 in The Official Peace Globe Gallery.
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Peace to you and yours,
Mimi