Laden's Death is a 'Call to Arms' for the World's Clergy
"How have we come to such cruel hatred? How have
we come to respect ourselves so little as a species that we go around blindly
killing one another? … after the death of bin Laden, we should all draw a great lesson. The religiosity of humanity seems to me to be fundamental to escaping blind panic. It is time that all religions foster a coming together among peoples."
Terrorism cannot be accommodated in a civilized world.
The U.N. itself has always energetically condemned in the strongest possible
terms - and what else could it have done - all acts of terrorism in its many manifestations,
regardless of motive. Therefore, to my mind, as important as it is to fight, it's
also important to look for and defend the human rights that the sowers of the seeds
of terror have no respect for. Moreover, neither is it humane to rejoice at anyone's
death, nor the avenging of another's death, but rather to reflect on the value
How have we come to such cruel hatred? How have we
come to respect ourselves so little as a species that we go around blindly
killing one another? If there's one thing life has shown me, it's that compassion
always penetrates deeper than bitterness, forgiveness is preferable to justice
for justice' sake, and if one goes through life with an outstretched hand, friends
will be made. And I hold that friendship is worth more than treasure.
Thinking about this, that is to say, this world of
affection that all of us need, I think that after the death of al-Qaeda leader bin Laden, we should all draw a great lesson. The
religiosity of humanity seems to me to be fundamental to escaping blind panic.
It is time that all religions foster a coming together among peoples and a
dialogue between cultures to bring about a healthy, robust dialogue. Any belief system that is genuinely pacifist and peace loving, allows
no pretext for conflict and wards off clashes of civilizations, is a symbol of
hope that carries within it kindness, respect and harmony. Therefore, the fact
that true religion and peace go hand in hand ought to highlight [for
their adherents and clergy] the need to be more aware of their
responsibilities. Without doubt, religious leaders have a duty to do everything
they can to encourage the search for, and acceptance of, all that is good in
others. I am one of those who believe all of us have some good within us,
including the most wicked of men.
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Indeed, today the world fears reprisals over the death
of bin Laden, when what it should provoke in us is a desire for forgiveness and
a love of life, not vengeance; and that carries with it, among other things, the
abandoning of weapons production. There is no just death, just as there is no
just war. People have created too many inhumane lexicons and not enough lexicons
with soul. It is known that throughout history, creeds and religions have been
manipulated, which makes it even more necessary to generate debate and promote
understanding between different faiths. It's also clear that those who sow
terror seek to modify our behavior, graft fear onto our bodies and divide
society. In any case, we all have a right to exist and help create a more human
Religions have the favor of the masses, which is the
key to breaking down the walls that separate us. Let them now practice the love
they preach. Let us begin. We can all agree that a global shortage of love is
good for no one.
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