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Today International Day of Non-violence

October 1, 2012
Estherville Daily News

Today is the International Day of Non-violence, a day dedicated to furthering the cause of non-violence throughout the world.

And my, how much it's needed. Whether it's the 'green-on-blue' attacks by Afghan soldiers against their advisors or the war in Syria, violence seems rampant throughout our world today. Just a matter of weeks ago, on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, violence came close to home when four Americans were killed in Libya, allegedly in retribution for a film degrading the Muslim prophet Muhammad.

It takes no thought at all, though, to see through the thin veneer of the so-called reason for these attacks that were planned well in advance and that fell, not so coincidentally, on Sept. 11. Our embassy officials were in fact killed while helping others to escape. They had worked tirelessly toward peace, only to fall victims to violence.

Was their sacrifice in vain?

Absolutely not.

By waging peace, not war, ambassador Christopher Stevens and his attaches were an example the rest of the world could follow. Yes, they were waging peace, unarmed and heroic, when they were murdered by cowards.

And Americans will continue to wage peace, as it were, in their own way. We have it bred into us. We know what is just and right because that was how we were brought up. And we shall prevail against the despots whose sad, sorry excuse for justice is to murder unarmed civilians.

Abraham Lincoln.

Mahatma Gandhi.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

Martin Luther King.

Robert Kennedy.

Menachem Begin.

Anwar Sadat.

Benazir Bhutto.

Christopher Stevens.

All were known for waging peace.

And all died because of it.

"Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall see God."



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