Through a discussion with my mother-in-law, a recent devotee of Buddhism, I am coming to understand the rationale of the hard-core peace philosophy (an odd juxtaposition of words, I know).
The bottom line for no-war-period people is that "war begets war," and that by refusing to indulge in the urge to war, we can send out a vibration of peace, that with enough participants swelling the wave, can overcome aggressive impulses and engender an era of peace, love and happiness.
I am all for this as a long-term philosophy, and I do believe in the power of collective vibrations, really, but here is the problem: long-term solutions do nothing to counter an immediate threat. And our threat is very immediate, very real - not just 9/11, but attacks and aggression from the Islamic world against us and our way of life world dating at least back to the Iranian Mullah revolution of 1979.
These people cannot be appeased, cannot be converted to peace: their philosophy of hatred toward all who are not like them is just as firmly held as anything we believe, including the power of peace and love. Peace and love won't protect us from this kind of actionable hate, only the physical and psychological crushing of those who hold these views.
To this point of view, gestures of "peace and love" are seen as weakness, as unfitness for world leadership, and are to be reviled and pounced upon and exploited, which is how bin Laden has explained 9/11. Saddam, though no Islamist but a Stalinist dictator, thinks the exact same way: weakness is to be exploited, lack of resolve equates to unfitness. This kind of stark Darwinian thinking cannot be appeased with "peace vibes."
That is why such gestures as this are so irrelevant and counterproductive:
- Good News Corporation (GNC) , a not for profit, and the Global Entertainment and Music Summit (GEMS) are pleased to announce that on Monday 03/03/03 at the stroke of Midnight from the Global Entertainment and Music Summit*- we will Pause The World and Say No To War!!
So, please join us as we take 3 to Pause/Meditate/Silence - THREE MINUTES TO PAUSE THE WORLD AND SAY NO TO WAR!
This is immediately following the closing of GEMS, which is being held at the Le Bar Bat on 311 W 57th St, New York, NY, we will sing John Lennon’s Give Peace a Chance with a group of world celebrities and leaders.