Hate Versus Love

August 17, 2006

Riad Kassis has a good column at Ethics Daily today called "Hate Cannot Drive Out Hate." It offers some important things to think about concerning the recent Middle East conflict. Here are a couple of highlights:

Unfortunately, many nations and individuals believe that the use of military power will get rid of "terrorism" and pave the way for a lasting peace. This is a simplistic, superficial and useless approach to the problem. Such an approach will surely generate more hatred and produce more "terrorists." Take a look at what is going on in Iraq, Afghanistan, Gaza and Lebanon. This is not the way to conduct a "war on terrorism."

There is a better way. It addresses and solves the root of the problems. It is a way determined to engage in viable talks and serious negotiations, and a way that cares for just peace.

It is the way exemplified by Martin Luther King, Jr. when he said: "Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. ... Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
That is a great quotation from the Reverend King! We need much more love and much less hate. Sadly, even the Christian community is guilty of often choosing the path of hate over that of love.