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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Five Years of War in Iraq.

It has been five years since the start of the Iraq war and it is a sad anniversary to say the least.

The length of this war shows us that war only causes more violence, hatred and mistrust. There are very few wars that have done much good, the only one that I can think of would be World War II. However, even that war caused much unnecessary suffering and death such as the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki or the bombing of Dresden.

I firmly believe that it would have been enough to tell the Japanese that America had such a bomb of mass destruction to get them to surrender. I think another option would have been to simply set the bomb off way out in the ocean where no one would have been killed but the large explosion could be seen and be convincing enough to bring about a Japanese surrender.

Even in the midst of the war in Iraq there are those who would start another one with Iran. I believe firmly that we can settle disputes with the Persian country if we engage in meaningful and in-depth dialog with them. In not talking with them America is increasing the tension and distrust between the two countries.

The Iranians do not want to suffer just as everyone does not want to suffer. It is vital that the world understands that we are interconnected and that we cannot over-come our suffering and fears by creating suffering and fear for others.

The culture of war may never cease while humans live on this planet but if there must be war may there be as little death, injury and suffering as possible.

May Iraq know lasting peace by this time next year.

~Peace to all beings~

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5 comments:

Gregor said...

Yep, violence and killing begets more violence and killing -- no peace through that course.

Prageeth said...

This world is now run by fear and not by wisdom. The fear of death is the greatest of these fears. War brings death. And so war is used as a tool of intimidation.

It is sad that they do not see the consequences of war. I live in Sri Lanka so I know too well of its effects. Politicians always turn a blind eye. It is a game of power to them.

Wars will be there always. It always has been. All we as individuals can do is to help each other ascend above suffering, as a good Buddhist should do! :)

They call him James Ure said...

Gregor:

It's a vicious cycle.

Prageth:

Yep. To the people running this war it seems as if it's just a chess game.

And I couldn't agree more that the best we can do is start with peace in ourselves and do what we can in our perhaps little sphere of influence.

scruffysmileyface said...

The most skillful, the most compassionate, thing to do is to avoid violence. This is why not killing is the first precept, as opposed to the last.

Once in a war, though, the idea of one side simply laying down their arms and walking away is a fantasy. And it's not necessarily the answer anyway. If we pack up and leave Iraq right now, for instance, the Iraqi people will learn a new meaning for the word suffering, at the hands of proven extremist factions from Syria to Iran.

While I (of course) agree with everything that's been said, I must point out that a) The US did tell Japan that we had such a bomb, and they refused to believe it (which is understandable since no one had ever seen one) - and nothing points to them changing their warlike ways just because they see a bomb detonate on the horizon. I'm amazed these days, 60 some years later, at how many people think they know how it should have been done. And b) It was the Iranians, not the Americans, who vowed never to return to the table. Not that a Bush team would be interested in speaking to them anyway (so it goes both ways, like little kids arguing on a playground).

There will always be people you can't simply negotiate with. I don't mean to sound like I'm advocating war (anything but), but there is a reason for its existence (as in your example of WWII).

This present 'crisis' with Iran, in my opinion, hardly rates military action. But we clearly need to put them on notice. Their defiance of the international community (mostly Europe, not the US) scares me more than US policy toward them.

As a friend, I would caution you not to blindly believe the rhetoric we're hearing these days about 'not talking with our enemies'. The US has had a policy of not negotiating with terrorists and rogue states for generations, and it works. The people who are advocating negotiations with Ahmedinijad need to remember that talks need to have a specific purpose, and you need specific goals and carrots on your way in. Right now our entirely inexperienced Senate friend has neither. When you hold talks just to show your people that you can hold talks, the party who's most willing to walk out holds all the cards.

They call him James Ure said...

Scruffy:

Thank-you for your insight. Yes, unfortunately we have to us violence but I believe that many times America jumps to war too quickly.

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