"We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the world - no longer a Government of free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of small groups of dominant men." - Woodrow WilsonA few days after THAT DAY we call 9/11, President Bush went on TV and told we the people to "GO SHOP!" And that "They hated us because we were free!" I did NOT react with FEAR, but curiosity, and wondered if 'They' hated us so much to target and murder innocent people had something to do with Americans mindless over consumption of the world's resources and apathy towards the poor and oppressed.
Up until THAT DAY we call 9/11, I was your typical self-satisfied, self-centered, uninformed, misinformed comfortable American.
THAT DAY, changed everything and began my search to learn WHY do some people in the world hate us so much that they could target and murder innocent people.
I learned PLENTY!
And being a Christian of The Beatitudes; one who follows what the Master taught was non-negotiable;
That to be forgiven; you must forgive!
That to follow him meant you must pray and bless and love your enemies!
And that it is the Peacemakers who are the children of God,
And so, I was led to the Interfaith non-profit Olive Trees Foundation for Peace, founded by a 1948 refugee from the Galilee, Dr. Khaled Diab and to journey five times to Israel Palestine, for all roads lead to Jerusalem...
What follows, is CHAPTER 10:
excerpted from KEEP HOPE ALIVE; a fact filled fiction and creative spiritual literature
Khaled, now seventy-five and a newlywed since July, turned to Fatiha and cried, “This madness must stop. Retaliation only ups the ante, and the wheel is still in spin. But I am nearing my end. I have been dreaming of mass communication for decades and olive trees my entire life; now, I must act!”
Within hours of viewing the tragic news that stopped the world on that Tuesday morning, Khaled phoned his many friends: Jews, Christians, Muslims, and others to gather in downtown Orlando at Lake Eola and pray for peace. He told everyone, “Praying for peace without action is like praying to win the lottery and never buying a ticket. But unless we work for peace, saying ‘peace, peace, peace,’ means nothing. If we want peace, we must work for justice.”