Monday, September 14, 2015


As we drift pass another week in which we commemorate the tragedy of our 3000 plus citizens who died Sept. 11, 2001, now 14 years ago, is it possible we can begin to examine more deeply why that happened, and awaken to the fact that more than a million, mostly Muslims, have met a war-on-terror death since?  Were we just asleep at the wheel when mostly Saudi teams [our best Arab-state friends] commandeered four super-jets to point them at four of the most important buildings in America?  Why then, did we shift so swiftly from a hasty Afghanistan invasion, to a massive shock and awe attack on Iraq, which had nothing at all to do with wounding us on 9-11?  It’s impossible for me to believe as some do, that our government planned to kill its own people, but the manipulation of these events has had terrible effects.

CBS News has learned that barely five hours after American Airlines Flight 77 plowed into the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld was telling his aides to come up with plans for striking Iraq — even though there was no evidence linking Saddam Hussein to the attacks.”  Sept 4, 2002

The answers to these questions are crucial to our future as a nation, yet will be difficult, and slow in coming.  But already the consequences of our war-on-terror-anywhere response to 9-11, are unrelenting and tragic.  Together with the power elites committed to warfare in many countries and factions [Russia, China, France, Israel, Iran, Saudi Arabia, India, name a few] we are helping plunge the world into ever widening violent disasters:  the first one post 9-11 = Afghanistan; then Iraq, then Libya, then Syria, then Ukraine, now Yemen [with Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria as constant sad baselines].   None of these are even close to peaceful resolution, but instead pervasive magnets for weapons and warriors, provided by almost every nation with a robust military industry, ours being the most powerful.
CBS News report Jan 29, 2002
As in the Port Huron Times Herald - Sept. 8, 2015

 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi, one of the thousands that did not make it

Where do all of these waves of refugees come from?  Never since the cataclysm of WWII have so many been swept away homeless.  They come from the all these wars and destroyed economies we have been intimately involved in.   I do hope that when Pope Francis comes to visit soon, that he calls on our government and the faithful, as he has towards Europe, to open our hearts and borders to these millions who’ve lost their homes to war.   May we be called to heed the warning of Luke’s gospel, chapter 16, {the rich man and Lazarus at his gate} and tear down our walls, and gates – beating our swords into plowshares so all may have good work and be fed.

“Human rights groups say that, for the foreseeable future, there is every reason to expect migrants from Syria and other countries in crisis to descend on Europe in ever greater numbers. In Syria alone, 11 million people have been displaced by war, seven million within the country’s borders and four million outside, mostly to Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan.”

“Critics Push U.S. to Help Europe by Taking More Refugees”

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