"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 Wilson
A 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.
I learned PLENTY!
And being a Christian of The Beatitudes; one who follows what the Master taught was non-negotiable;
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