It had been my intent to write a blog entry every week. However, something happened that I feel compelled to comment on. They finally did it—they finally combined the two most horrific things we have to deal with these days: people who murder children and people who murder in the name of God.
For those of you who haven’t heard, yesterday Taliban militants entered a school in Peshawar, Pakistan and murdered 141 people—mostly children. We know it was the Taliban because they are bragging about it. They say it is revenge for attacks on them by the Pakistani military.
It is true that the Pakistani military has attacked the Taliban. This was their response to a constant stream of terrorist attacks by the Taliban—killing hundreds of innocents. Even Gandhi said that evil must be opposed. In this case it seems apparent that non-violent means will not work.
This incident shows the Taliban for what they truly are: cowardly power-mongers who seek power for its own sake, not for the glory of God as they claim. I believe this is true for all of the Islamic terrorists.
So where does that leave me in my quest for a more compassionate life? Certainly I feel compassion for the victims and their families. That is easy. Of course I also feel gratitude that none in my immediate circle of friends and family have been directly affected by this heinous crime.
However, I must also guard against judgmental thinking. I know that judgmental thinking can be more harmful to me than the object of those thoughts. To be fair, I must also try to find some compassion for the perpetrators. I am sure that they do not consider themselves to be evil. Clearly they are the victims of wrong thinking. One can only hope they will come to understand this and change.
Having said that I must repeat that they must be opposed and stopped.