Peace By Slavery

By David Schussler

A couple of years ago, during a benefit for the heroes, victims, and families from the September eleventh attacks, a well-known actor made a controversial statement to an audience composed mainly of firefighters, police officers and their families. Unfortunately, this statement is representative of what a lot of people in politics (and up for election) are expressing today. He suggested that we should see things through our enemy’s eyes, try to understand them better, and seek a peaceful solution for our problems. He was anti-war. The audience booed him. He was assuming a pacifist attitude that he believed according to his misguided convictions. He had the good fortune to live in a country where he was free to give his opinion. A nation whose liberty has been bravely earned and defended many times to keep it intact.Unfortunately, he was also assuming that his audience, as well as most of America and the world, did not have an understanding of peace and love.

The only true peace, whether social or inner can only exist with freedom. A person can know inner peace if they are completely paralyzed. A person can know peace even if they are unjustly imprisoned. These people are special and few and even for them it still requires the lifting of the sense and burden of oppression or suppression to acquire the freedom to reach that peace. Our freedom in the United States is a result of our aggregate understanding of, desire for,and protection of, liberty and peace. Most of us are the descendants of those who at one time or another have fled oppressive regimes in other parts of the world. Many of our parents or grandparents came just to find a better life even though they may have left a “peaceful” life.

Most recently America learned about “peace through strength” from President Ronald Reagon in the stressfull 1980’s, a lesson, it seems, too easily forgotten. The September eleventh 2001 attacks on our nation served as another wicked reminder that peace does not always come without cost. If you don’t believe it, ask those in our own black community who were unjustly enslaved and imprisoned and who ancesters struggled for freedom for years.

The people of the Soviet Union and other Communist bloc countries knew of peace for many years, but at what cost? Were they free to practice their religion? Were they free to excel at a skill and reap the rewards for their efforts? Were they free to speak out or write about how they felt in their hearts about social and governmental oppression? No! They were enslaved to a government ideology that was often agnostic and constantly oppressed them by force. Were they at peace? Some, yes, until the Berlin Wall came down and they could eventually change the government, allow worship, and seek a better life.

We in the United States have lived in liberty for so long and have become so complacent that often we forget that others in this world have not been as privileged. Our liberty is so desirable that our borders are deluged by foreigners attempting to gain access to our free society refuge.

Many of the people of the Middle East, for the most part, are also enslaved. A “religious power elite” enslaves them. Some of those countries are wealthy with oil and other natural resources, yet very few benefit from this wealth and exist uneducated, and often starving, and dying from sickness and disease. Are they at peace? Maybe, but at a huge cost. What we are doing in Iraq today is protecting our freedom, the freedom of the world, and helping the Iraqis to achieve their personal liberty in a country where it was formerly impossible. Before the U.S. led coalition went in there, those people had no hope of extricating themselves from the yoke of national slavery. Saddam kept the wealth as he threatened the free world, and if individuals or ethnic groups showed signs of not believing in their leader’s ideology, they were cruelly eradicated, often en masse. Just think how much better off the people of Afghanistan would have been if Bin Laden and his wealthy entourage would have used their billions to help the people with infrastructure and industry instead of wasting it fighting a phantom enemy as he has. Today, his radical Islamic followers are sacrificing innocent men, women, and children of Afghanistan and Iraq as human shields or suicide bombers, as they attempt to attain their personal goals of enslaving the world.

It does not surprise me that the audience booed this actor. The audience appeared to be made up demographically of 20 to 50+ year olds. Many of them, by appearance, might have spoken with an accent of some kind. All of them probably were involved with or had relatives and friends involved in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Central or South America, fighting for freedom and peace. They are here now as everyday heroes fighting to save property and lives, reconcile differences, and uphold morals and values. They are here to protect our peace and peace of mind not because they are enslaved and forced to do it, but because they of their free will, in a free country, have chosen to do it. They also believe that everyone in the world has the God given right to choose not to accept peace by slavery, but in the light of liberty and freedom.


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