The Losers of Every Battle . . .

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This post was written about the Georgian conflict but the message applies to the Gaza conflict as well…
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Wars are fought for many reasons but they can’t protect the civilians in the cross-fire. The Georgian conflict is purely political—adult children fighting over land and prestige.

From the International Crisis Group: Human Cost of Georgian Conflict “The number of civilian casualties has yet to be independently established. Moscow claims 2,000 people were killed. US-based Human Rights Watch has said this cannot be independently verified.”

From the Los Angeles Times: Georgian refugees’ plight is grim “The Georgia-Russia conflict is estimated to have displaced as many as 100,000 people, many of whom are yet to receive any aid.”

From the Kansas City Star: Amid the chaos in Georgia, Missouri doctor perseveres “Trish Blair, the founder and president of the nonprofit ACTS International, has been helping the people of Georgia since 1992.
“The refugees will need medical care, she said in an e-mail.
“With a decision that has simultaneously horrified her friends and made them proud, the former trauma surgeon chose to stay.”

If you believe in a Life after this one on Earth, you must wonder how the people killed in war are received by those who passed on in comfortable, serene surroundings.

Some believe that death is birth into the Next Life—graduation from this school that tests and develops our virtues.

To those left behind, children with no mother, mothers with no children, the anguish is not easily abated by thoughts of the reward their dead have received—their escape from thismortal coil . . .

“Ye observe how the world is divided against itself, how many a land is red with blood and its very dust is caked with human gore. The fires of conflict have blazed so high that never in early times, not in the Middle Ages, not in recent centuries hath there ever been such a hideous war, a war that is even as millstones, taking for grain the skulls of men. Nay, even worse, for flourishing countries have been reduced to rubble, cities have been levelled with the ground, and many a once prosperous village hath been turned into ruin. Fathers have lost their sons, and sons their fathers. Mothers have wept away their hearts over dead children. Children have been orphaned, women left to wander, vagrants without a home. From every aspect, humankind hath sunken low. Loud are the piercing cries of fatherless children; loud the mothers’ anguished voices, reaching to the skies.
“And the breeding-ground of all these tragedies is prejudice: prejudice of race and nation, of religion, of political opinion; and the root cause of prejudice is blind imitation of the past — imitation in religion, in racial attitudes, in national bias, in politics. So long as this aping of the past persisteth, just so long will the foundations of the social order be blown to the four winds, just so long will humanity be continually exposed to direst peril.”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 247

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16 thoughts on “The Losers of Every Battle . . .

  1. Of course the war in Georgia is political. All wars are political, because politics is about power and war is a tool to give others power. The person, or persons, who actually started the war are often not those that are obvious. Many conflicts are “engineered” by outsiders in order to produce a shift in the value of a currency, the balance of power in an entirely different region, or just to weaken an enemy in another field, or strengthen the hand of a friend. Sometimes, they are started just to direct attention away from some unrelated incident that is political, financial, fraudulent, embarrassing, or whatever. Many acts in a war may be heroic, or devilish, or compassionate, but the war itself … nah! It’s just some bastard manipulating ordinary people for his/her own ends.

  2. Having been ,pawned, across board by those who play these games!
    I will never cease to see my past contributions, in the faces those now “Foddered” in any battle.

    In that I would share this previous post “Nevermore” as it speaks to my (albeit somewhat superstitious) belief as to the fate those faces.
    At least those that I contributed….

    Nais Tuke (Thank You)
    Kem Shahol

    http://ravenscawl.wordpress.com/2008/05/14/nevermore-warning-graphic/

  3. War and Peace?
    If one person gains,the whole world gains with himand if one falls,the whole world falls to that extent.
    All philosohhy is based upon the premises that we think,but it is equally possible that we are being thought.
    It is..belief and believing the truths is within ourself.!

  4. ~Catherine

    There are many ,Tuths, for each carries their own…

    What of those who gain from creating the fall of others… does the world indeed benefit? Does their belief now become ,the, truth?

    ~kem

  5. Power tends to corrupt,and absolute power corrupts absoluteley..
    Patience is the way of wisdom,one either believes in truths, or the cruelest lies are often told in silence.

  6. Whether through gain of freedom, the loss of a loved one, or even the loss of ones self, The article, the pictures, the comments and commentators, have all brought into evidence the shapings of ,our feelings, our passions, our beliefs, and indeed our truths.

    Provided as such by the ,gains, of an absolutely currupt
    power….

    Wisdom might be found in excepting this as truth, as it is what now provides some us with the power to speak against it.

  7. “Wisdom might be found in excepting this as truth, as it is what now provides some us with the power to speak against it.”

    Oh, yes!!!

  8. What of wars born of greed ,and resource expansion?.. These are not wars founded in diplomatic dispute and most often begin without provocation.. With respect the refusals and failures to compromise through diplomacy are indeed quite often egocentric, and usually only apply to ending a war.

  9. Isabella,

    Whew! So glad I check my spam regularly, your comment was in there!

    I appreciate the award Isabella but…

    Well, I just don’t have seven blogs I could nominate + my current design would not permit the award image, plus I’m still facing massive challenges in my recovery from all those meds for hep c, plus if there’s any “brilliance” on my blog it’s in the closing spiritual quotes.

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