Why do some hate more than others? (B)Written by Terry Dashner
Why Some Hate (B)
Terry Dashner…pastor of Faith Fellowship Church in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
It’s entitled, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to World Conflicts (Alpha 2002/Steven D. Strauss). It cost $18.95 at a Barnes and Nobles book store in April 2003. But, even at that price, it was a real bargain. Why? It has taught me insanity behind world conflicts today. The fighting makes no sense at all; nevertheless, fighting continues unabated.
Let me begin by introducing some countries of world that hate other countries particularly.
According to Steven Strauss, author of book above, whole world is at war. Says he, “The world is a crazy place, and it seems to get crazier by moment. If Islamic extremists aren’t attacking United States, then Serbs are attacking Kosovo, Palestinians and Israelis are killing each other, or Protestants are blowing up Catholics. North Korea is digging what former President Clinton has called ‘a big hole in ground,’ supposedly to hold nuclear weapons intended for use against their estranged brethren in south.”
Strauss continues, “A few years ago, Thailand made some economic mistakes that affected entire Southeast Asian economy. The entire Pacific Rim was then jarred, and for a while, whole world was on verge of recession. The downturn in Asian economy then caused an already hurting North Korea to become even more aggressive toward its rival South Korea.”
Because world is connecting through trade, it is becoming smaller and inexorably linked in a chain whose links affect each other. In other words, ripple effects from one are bound to reach world wide no matter how small country. This is “cause and effect.” This is power of a unified world market.
Today there are 192 countries on earth (2002 statistic) and in past half century, almost every one of them has been involved in more than one conflict. Some have had many (ibid. page 5). Of course it might not surprise you that U.S. has had most conflicts in past 50 years. Why? We’ve become everybody’s big brother who guards over little brother to keep him from getting beat up by school-yard bullies. We have become world’s “police officer,” for lack of a better term. If we look at world’s conflicts by region, it is Middle East that wins “most conflicts” category for 20th century (At beginning of 21st century, 43% of its countries were at war).
Why do some hate more than others? (C)Written by Terry Dashner
Why do some hate more than others? (C)
Terry Dashner…………………………………….Faith Fellowship Church in Broken Arrow, OK
Again quoting from my trusty text entitled, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to World Conflicts (Alpha 2002/Steven Strauss), “…war, what is it good for?”
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in a press briefing on September 18, 2001 said, “It will not be quick and it will not be easy. Our Adversaries are not one or two terrorist leaders, or even a single terrorist organization or network. It’s a broad network of individuals and organizations that are determined to terrorize and, in so doing, to deny us very essence of what we are: free people.”
Do you realize costs involved in being and remaining a “free people?” I think you do because you voted in 2004 to stay course in Iraq in spite of death toll of young American soldiers, civilians, and negative consequences associated with standing up for what is right: Freedom—that’s what’s right, and that’s what costs so much. Before I get carried away, let me return to topic at hand: Why do some hate more than others?
“According to a report by Radio Free Europe journalist Anthony Georgieff, Center for War and Peace Research in Uppsala, Sweden issued a report which stated that most armed conflict today occurs within a country’s own borders, whereas in years past, most wars were fought between different countries.
“What is even more interesting, according to report, is that poverty was major cause of about 80 percent of today’s wars. Poorer countries were found to be three times at greater risk of war than richer countries. Indeed, throughout decade of ‘90s, most wars were fought by countries with severe economic problems.