Full circle. (Letters).IT IS ASSUMED that a magazine like yours aims to develop the spiritual gift of discernment. This is the ability to separate fact from fiction, truth from lies, and stated agendas from hidden ones. Sadly Peter Ackerman Peter Ackerman is the founding chair of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict and the managing director of Rockport Capital Incorporated. He was born on November 6 1946 in New York City, New York. As an undergraduate he attended Colgate University. and Jack DuVall (in "With Weapons of the Will"), rather than ferret out the hidden agendas behind wanting to topple Saddam, have opted for the more benign "we can do it nonviolently non·vi·o·lence
1. Lack of violence.
2. The doctrine, policy, or practice of rejecting violence in favor of peaceful tactics as a means of gaining political objectives. ."
Let's face it: There is only one country that has used weapons of mass destruction Weapons that are capable of a high order of destruction and/or of being used in such a manner as to destroy large numbers of people. Weapons of mass destruction can be high explosives or nuclear, biological, chemical, and radiological weapons, but exclude the means of transporting or on civilians, and it wasn't Saddam (remember Hiroshima?). I am also old enough to remember when Iraq (and bin Laden) were given weapons--ostensibly to kill the enemies of America (Iran and Russia). Life has a funny way of coming full circle, and the weapons given to these groups now threaten America.
The spiritual lessons of bin Laden and Iraq are a) that violence re-creates itself no matter who uses it; b) that ultimately what we do unto others "Unto Others" is the seventh episode of the fourth season of the HBO original series, The Wire. The episode was written by William F. Zorzi from a story by Ed Burns & William F. Zorzi and was directed by Anthony Hemingway. It originally aired on October 29, 2006. we do unto ourselves; c) there is no difference between the bad guys and the good guys--we are all reprehensible rep·re·hen·si·ble
Deserving rebuke or censure; blameworthy. See Synonyms at blameworthy.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin repreh and will use mass murder to achieve our selfish ends; and d) creating friends out of our enemies gets much more done than maintaining enemies (remember Russia?).
This is the type of perspective that a so-called Christian magazine ought to be focusing on: spiritual depth rather than shallow discernment.
Celia Davis Toronto, Ontario