Lets give peace a chance.........please

2014-10-11 07:17

Peace is in your hands and mine.

I may not live to see the day when people transcend prejudice and hate barriers and stop killing each other in the name of God or ideology but I know we're getting there.

I must not lose sight of the fact that as Pakistani and Indian forces were busy shelling and killing each other over Kashmir, the Nobel Peace Prize Committee announced that Kailash Satyarthi of India and Malala Yousufzai of Pakistan were conjointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014.

In the 1970s John Lennon sang the words "all we are same, so lets give peace a chance". How many human beings have died since then at the hands of people in the name of God or ideology?

And so with that announcement I saw this possibility that we'd stop killing each other in the name of God or ideology come a step closer.

Both awardees are worthy recipients of that accolade and coming from nuclear armed nations that have fought three wars and are still fighting and killing each other I see the message that it proclaims.

I consider the joint award to have a political message of hope that if two individuals can do so much to advance the cause of peace then India's Mr Modi and Pakistan's Mr  Nawaaz Shareef must do likewise and free themselves from the religio-politico barriers that wall them in and stop this internecine insanity.

And, coincidentally 11 October is the International Day of the Girl. Malala Yousufzai and Kailash Satyarti both fought for the rights of children especially girls to receive education and to be afforded freedom and human dignity. Satyarthi fought against children in  modern day slavery. Malala against extremists, and the Taliban are not the only extremists in town,who violently deny girl chidren the right to education and human dignity.

It is thus very fitting that Malala, the youngest person ever to be awarded this year as co - recipient of the Nobel Peace Prise and to join the pantheon of peace laureates like Mandela,De Klerk and Tutu leaders who demonstrated that peace was achievable and possible.

I also believe that those hypocritical leaders in the West, especially Barack Hussein Obama, a so called Nobel Peace Laureate can learn from this.  Judging from the proliferation of   literature  on issues such as targeted and sanctioned killings over which religious leaders of all denominations have been silent about I believe that this is damning.  But like I pray and hope........

Yes, we're getting there..........

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