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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Conservative Trail Head: Peace Illusion

Conservative Trail Head: Peace Illusion

I don't normally go for the philosophical, as I am no philosopher and it shouldn't be pretty evident.

What is peace? I'm pretty much at peace most of the time, if not I try to be. Striving for world peace? I wonder how we would go about doing that? People have all sorts of different views on so many things. What is world peace to you? What is world peace to a Palestinian or a respresentative of Hamas? Maybe not your everyday Palestinian, but the Hamas fella would likely feel more "peaceful" with Israel sleeping the peace of death.

People bust on it, but we're in Iraq for that reason; as bizarre as it is sometimes it has to be forced. As it stands now many people have a different idea of how Iraq should be or should have been handled. Some the status quo, for the purposes of stability, which leaves many under the thumb of Hussein; others believe(d) he should be toppled, as we've done. But then of course there are those that then step in in their attempt to impose their idea of peace, so they go around blowing up and killing your everyday Iraqi going about their daily business in pursuit of a peaceful existence.

Old age cynicism or old age wisdom? You got me; but it might just be bumping into reality, no matter how much we so often fight seeing it.

Maybe peace is why human beings have always practiced some type of religion; anyplace has to be better than here, unless you believe in a heaven and a hell, then hell wouldn't be so swell. The ultimate peace in death and we're all destined to fulfill that one.

Maybe peace is a short stint in life, like childhood. Playing around without a care in the world and believing world peace is possible.

I don't know Henry, but if everyone can try to be at peace from time to time we may find that that is as close as we can get to it. World peace isn't the place people want it to be, but it is a state.

Hopefully, for their sake, the people that posted comments on your post weren't too worked up when writing.


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