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.

2 comments

  1. Anonymous10:28 AM

    I certainly agree with the premise of the article, two wrongs do not make a right. However, peaceful talks will most likely never occur.

    As the author put it, 'It is a way determined to engage in viable talks and serious negotiations, and a way that cares for just peace.'

    How can serious negotiations take place when the majority of the countries in the Middle East refuse to recognize Israel as a country?

    I want peace, but I also think that Israel has the right to defend itself. The recent war was certainly overkill and most likely created more hate (as the author pointed out). But hopefully the Lebanese military will control the border and keep Hezbollah @ bay.

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  2. Thanks for the comment. I agree that the likelihood of real and lasting peace coming is slim. Yet, I pray and hope for it anyway. The author of the article could probably be accused of wishful thinking, but that is what we as Christians should be about.

    I agree that Israel should be able to defend itself and that the terrorist attacks are wrong. I also agree with you that Israel went overboard in their response. Unfortunately, there does not seem to be an easy answer—if one at all—to this conflict.

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