Dona Nobis Pacem

November 7, 2006 at 4:40 pm 28 comments

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 Dear World Leaders,

We live in a technologically advanced, enlightened world, fully equipped to rationally discuss problems and achieve rational compromises.  Grant Us Peace and try this ancient method of conflict resolution, talking. Order your troops to put down their weapons, and all you decision makers pull up an over stuffed chair, put a cat on your knee to pet then listen and talk until you come up with solutions that don’t involve killing our children and wasting our money.  Grant Us Peace.

The cost of war is too high.  Harvard budget expert Linda Bilmes and Columbia University Professor and Nobel Laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz calculate that the war is likely to cost the
United States potentially over $2 trillion dollars.  $2 trillion dollars that could be used to bolster up our social security system, educate our children for the future, provide needed services to our handicapped and suffering.  Provide seed money for new business, build hospitals, and fund socially changing programs.  $2 trillion dollars we could use to lift our less fortunate neighboring countries with basic needs like food, water, shelter, education and opportunity.  Grant Us Peace, so we can use our intellect and money to make the world a better place, safe for everyone. 
 The cost of war is too high.  Young men and women are dieing.  How do we know we aren’t wasting the life of the person with the potential to find a cure for cancer, aids, Alzheimer’s, diabetes?  Maybe that soldier whose loyalty to our country ended in his demise was the one destined to find the key to alternative fuels or global warming.  Grant Us Peace, so no more mothers and wives need cry themselves to sleep at night.  No more children grow up with that hole in their heart from the loss of a parent.   

Grant Us Peace to save your own soul.    Just stop fighting, and start talking.  It sounds too simplistic to work, doesn’t it?  To take a stand for your people and demand no more death is a sign of a true ruler, with the heart of a lion.  Grant Us Peace. 

 

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  • 1. The Rev. Dr. Kate  |  November 7, 2006 at 5:27 pm

    Kat – this is an AMAZING post – thank you for sharing. I’ve always thought that if congress or the president or a world leader wants to fight it out, then THEY should get to do the fighting THEMSELVES. In one of my quote books is a saying that goes something like “Wars can only be fought by men over the age of forty. And if that doesn’t stop war, then they can only be started with the permission of mothers.” Just how long would we be hunkered down in the green zone of Bagdhad if the Bush twins were stationed there?

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  • 2. delmonti  |  November 7, 2006 at 6:44 pm

    The thing is, as soon as this happens, some despot will take advantage and invade…. I’ll be the first to sign up to this kinda pledge, but 2 million years of evolution states that the meek do not inherit the earth, the screaming nutters with sharp teeth do.

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  • 3. tony  |  November 7, 2006 at 7:59 pm

    Are you talking to OUR leaders? …or are you talking to the people who threaten our nation? or both? Your post makes it sound like it’s our fault that we’re at war. I don’t think anyone likes war, but…we didn’t start this thing. Our leaders don’t vow to eliminate muslims as the muslims vow to eliminate us.

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  • 4. mrsjosegoldbloom  |  November 7, 2006 at 8:18 pm

    Unfortunately for peace to happen it takes both sides, and the people we are fighting are anything but peaceful. With the actions they’ve taken Peace is not an option at this point. We have to do what’s necessary to keep this nation safe, and sometimes war is necessary. Such is the case with the American Revolution, if we hadn’t gone to war then where would our country be now?

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  • 5. katcampbell  |  November 7, 2006 at 8:38 pm

    Thanks Dr. Kate, I agree. War looks a whole lot different if your son, your cousin, your nephew or your husband are standing on the front lines.

    Delmonti – I don’t think failing to stab you with my machete makes me meek. If every country stood down and refused to fight with anything but words, we could spot the nutters that still wanted to get their way through violence easier and deal with them accordingly.

    Tony – My letter is addressed to All World Leaders, including ours. I’ve never found any answers in blame, who cares who started it – I just wish those that lead would find a better way to create harmony between the countries of the world without using hand to hand combat.

    Mrs. Jose, we did not have the knowledge and communication skills during the American Revolution that we have now. We used to wash our laundry but pounding it with rocks in a stream, but as we learned a better way, we used a better way. It is the same with war. There are other ways to resolve differences that don’t involve blood shed. You’re right, it takes both sides to agree, and that is why my letter was addressed to all of them.

    Thanks for your comments everyone.

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  • 6. mrsjosegoldbloom  |  November 7, 2006 at 9:22 pm

    Kat you do make some good points. The reason I used the Amer revolution as an example was that they did try negotiations, and other forms of reconciliation before going to war. When they finally went to war there was still a lot of people that were opposed to it, but where would we be now if they hadn’t gone to war.

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  • 7. Vanessa  |  November 7, 2006 at 10:05 pm

    Hear, hear, Kat. Someone needs to start. Blame is futile. Perhaps you would like to check out this site Path to Peace. I love what you wrote.

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  • 8. kat campbell  |  November 7, 2006 at 11:25 pm

    Mrs.Jose you are absolutely correct about the American Revolution, there was no choice. Words are cheap if the voice that forms them is cheap, so there is much to be done before solving the world’s problems could be achieved strictly through talk and compromise. But isn’t it a lovely dream….

    Vanessa – I will check out that site.

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  • 9. Mimi  |  November 8, 2006 at 1:06 am

    Great post!

    It is simple which is why it won’t happen. If it makes sense, they won’t do it.

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  • 10. DaveM  |  November 8, 2006 at 1:38 am

    Hope you have all voted today. Things could get very tough for Bush after today.

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  • 11. katcampbell  |  November 8, 2006 at 3:24 am

    Thanks Mimi, simple always looks suspicious.

    First thing I did was vote today. Record turnout in my little town. Woo hoo! Even if my candidates don’t win, I’m happy people are out there voting their opinion.

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  • 12. Hammer  |  November 8, 2006 at 3:24 am

    The reason we have relative peace in the US and don’t have to worry about beheadings and roadside bombs on maple street is becuase we are fighting the terrorists on their turf.

    Two trillion is a lot to pay but not having to worry about my child’s school bus exploding is priceless.

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  • 13. The Old Fart  |  November 8, 2006 at 3:51 am

    Beautiful words Kat, but I don’t think war will ever be rid of. Sometimes war is needed to clean out the system.

    In 4 days we will honor our Veterans here in Canada. I am so greatful what a lot of Brave Men and Women did 60 plus years ago.

    I would love to see a world without war but don’t have that much confidence. We have too many leaders who are looking at the world with blinders on.

    Stopping by to wish you Peace by way of Mimi

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  • 14. katcampbell  |  November 8, 2006 at 3:57 am

    I have no problem taking on terrorists Hammer, but rather than war, shouldn’t we be spending the money to develope a system to spot these nutters before they ram a plane into a building?

    Thank you for the peaceful wishes OF, and thanks for coming by. At present our leaders are still warmongers and I mean all the worlds leaders, not just mine. But things can always change.

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  • 15. jackie  |  November 8, 2006 at 4:49 am

    From your lips to God’s ears, girlfriend.

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  • 16. katcampbell  |  November 8, 2006 at 5:01 am

    The power of numbers, Jackie. There was a time when women couldn’t vote… now we can.

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  • 17. vanessa  |  November 8, 2006 at 7:05 am

    Kat: Path to Peace has been fixed so you can comment.

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  • 18. Velvet Sacks  |  November 8, 2006 at 7:11 am

    Politics aside, to those who feel compelled to defend the status quo and think this is as good as it gets, “All we are saying is give peace a chance.”

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  • 19. katcampbell  |  November 8, 2006 at 7:22 am

    Thank you Nessa! I’m hoping that will also open the door to lots of other people!

    Right on Velvet, if enough people get single minded we will be able to “teach the world to sing in perfect harmony”.

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  • 20. sunfloweroptimism  |  November 8, 2006 at 7:30 am

    Thank you Kat, compelling post. I say throw them all in a room, no food, water or escape until they settle things amicably.

    I don’t think we are fighting terrorists in Iraq – I think we are causing them to be churned out all the faster. I don’t think fighting in Iraq makes us any safer – look at the bombings in London. Every single day I worry about my husband who commutes into NYC.

    I think what will make us safer is to devise alternative energy sources that will quash our dependance on foreign oil.

    Peace, Kat.

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  • 21. andrena  |  November 8, 2006 at 7:30 am

    Peace be with you always…came via Mimi’s Peace Globe…

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  • 22. katcampbell  |  November 8, 2006 at 7:52 am

    I agree with you Sunflower. How amicably would we look at some stranger strolling into our town and telling us what to do? We wouldn’t.

    Thank you for coming by andrena.

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  • 23. Bond  |  November 8, 2006 at 9:58 am

    Peace to you and yours and the rest of the world

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  • 24. Quilldancer  |  November 8, 2006 at 10:34 am

    If the world leaders were expected to LEAD their troops (from the front), there would be much more talking and much less violence.

    Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.

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  • 25. Janet  |  November 9, 2006 at 5:18 am

    As a fellow Ohioan, I was pleasantly surprised to see the results, even if some of what I voted for didn’t turn out how I wanted. Let’s hope that the Democrats can turn things around.

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  • 26. Janet  |  November 9, 2006 at 5:18 am

    oops, commented on the wrong post!

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  • 27. katcampbell  |  November 9, 2006 at 8:20 am

    I found you anyway Janet! I know some of the issues that passed were very discouraging.

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  • 28. Sandy  |  November 9, 2006 at 9:30 am

    That was beautifully written Kat and something that we all wish for. Now that the dust has settled maybe there will be a chance for some change. I don’t look for the troops to come home soon, but maybe sooner than we would have hoped for with a different outcome on Tuesday.

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