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What Would Buddha Bomb? The New War on Libya.
Submitted by Lawrence Grecco on Mon, 3/21/2011, 11:25am
I don't know how to reconcile Buddhist teachings with the realities of international politics and war. Given the current state of world affairs, I wonder if it's truly possible to practice the precepts or the four immeasurables if you're a world leader dealing with one foreign crisis after another.
I have no idea why certain situations warrant United States intervention while others don't seem to matter enough for us to get involved in. For some reason it's ok that government supporters in Yemen or Bahrain have opened fire on protestors but it's not ok that Qaddafi was doing the same thing in Libya.
So we're bombing the #%$@! out of them and ignoring the rest.
Pro-war types argue that military action is appropriate whenever "United States interests" are at stake. So much for interdependence.
Wars are always entered into under the guise of righteousness, noble causes, and necessity. That's just the way they're spun. (Remember Operation Iraqi Freedom?)
Perhaps we'll eventually learn that the act of war is always sewing the seeds that eventually lead to future conditions that create other conflicts and more wars. Not to mention more shooting, more bombing, more death, more destruction, more suffering.
Most people in this world want peace just as they want happiness. But ultimately, peace can never be brought about by war. We've had wars that do seem to bring about a desired result, at least initially, but all we've done is kicked the can further down the road and eventually someone else ends up tripping over it.
It's cause and effect, plain and simple.
Maybe one day some world leader will launch an Operation Freedom campaign, sort of a war on war that emphasizes non-violence and encourages everyone to practice, realize the true nature of things, and to stop creating the conditions that lead to more discord and suffering.
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