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An Open Letter to President Barack Obama - by Yaron Fishman


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An Open Letter to President Barack Obama (12/12/09)

Dear Mr. President,

Some time ago, I watched you make a brilliant speech about the cycle of racism, and the potential we have to break that cycle. It gave me hope that one day you would speak just as accurately about the cycle of extreme violence and how it can be broken. Will you? When you speak of America's "evil enemies", how come there is no mention of their children? Their children (like their parents) were born into a cycle of fear, leading to hatred, which leads to the sickness often labeled as "evil". How do we break this vicious cycle? How do we reach the children of violent extremists? How do we teach them a new way? If more effort was made to CATCH violent extremists rather than kill them, then wouldn't it set a better example for their (our, all) children? Although force may be necessary in certain situations, how much potential is there to constructively use high tech non-lethal weaponry, rather than lethal force? How much potential is there to educate children and show them examples of former combatants who were able to break the cycle of extreme violence? If more money were spent on providing peace education, rather than building more bombs, then wouldn't we be doing more to break the cycle? If more were done to relieve people of extreme poverty, then wouldn't there be less of the fear and desperation that leads to extreme violence?

Mr. President, millions of peacemakers will continue to study and explore humanity's great potential to evolve beyond the cycle of war. Will you join us?

Sincerely,

Yaron Fishman
MyPeace.TV
Founder

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Comment by Yanni Maniates on December 12, 2009 at 4:20pm
Thank you! Yaron.

Beautifully and well-stated!
Comment by Herbie J Pilato on December 12, 2009 at 4:35pm
"Brilliant," as in "Illuminating" through the "Light" of Peace. Thank you, Yaron.
Comment by Marcos A. Rondineli on December 12, 2009 at 4:45pm
Aaron, when you speak of America's "evil enemies" you mention children.
Nobody yet has came from outerspace nor plants or animals are destructing ourselves.
The enimies, America's Brazilian included, as far as I see, are the polution, the corruption, and tanks nor bombs will clean the air nor balance the climate and environment.
People talk... they do not need to kill themselves.
We know, from all long past ago, that prisions are made to stop people (bad educated) from killing others.
We can do that at home, as well as abroad.
Their children, like their parents, were born to live.
Yes, you said, it, "into a cycle of fear, leading to hatred, which leads to the sickness" here "labeled as "evil".
Allow me suggesting to:
"How do we break this vicious cycle?"
Well... changing... stoping the war. Arresting - NOT KILLING! - the alleged enemies.
They are human beens, and we, as humans, have the SAME right to live.
Nobody owns the planet.
Mankind can change it.
By destructing it indeed it is not the best sollution.
By loving, and understanding it, it might work better.
We shall respect ourselvez as brothers.
Who does not, among us, know about that yet?
Osama? Well... find and arrest him.
How about technologie?
Can't we find a virus in Mars? Why not a man on Earth?
Now I can ask you: How come we do not teach the children of violent extremists to become more sweet on their lifes?
"How do we teach them a new way?"
You answered it.
"If more effort was made to CATCH violent extremists rather than kill them, then wouldn't it set a better example for their (our, all) children?

Although force may be necessary in certain situations, how much potential is there to constructively use high tech non-lethal weaponry, rather than lethal force? How much potential is there to educate children and show them examples of former combatants who were able to break the cycle of extreme violence? If more money were spent on providing peace education, rather than building more bombs, then wouldn't we be doing more to break the cycle? If more were done to relieve people of extreme poverty, then wouldn't there be less of the fear and desperation that leads to extreme violence?

Mr President, millions of peacemakers will continue to study and explore humanity's great potential to evolve beyond the cycle of war. Will you join us?"
Comment by Annie Moses on December 12, 2009 at 6:03pm
Beautifully said Yaron. Thank you. I agree wholeheartedly.
Comment by Edward Biagiotti on December 12, 2009 at 6:18pm
Right on. Thank you for inspiring me and reflecting my thoughts and feelings...
Comment by Robert Lodge Groves on December 12, 2009 at 6:22pm
Ditto
Comment by Robert Simms, Jr. on December 12, 2009 at 7:07pm
Wonderful words, beautiful thoughts, Yaron! You give me hope, and inspiration, too. Peace, ~Bob
Comment by Linda Allard on December 12, 2009 at 7:44pm
I truly loved this, it spoke to my heart. We each need to walk with peace in our hearts and out onto our lips. I am never against anything only for it so I give intention to what is good and positive. I loved your letter.

Namaste,

Linda
Jewelrybyheart2heart.com
Comment by Caitlin B. Flaherty on December 12, 2009 at 7:50pm
Well done, Yaron! Persistance is the key. Keep on writing (editorials, letters to your congressional representatives). There is legislation in the house of representatives, HR808, to create a cabinet level of the Executive Branch, Dept. of Peace, that needs support to pass! The bill is eloquent, inspirational and, nothing short of brilliant in its approach to creating a sustainable culture of peace! Check it out and, if at all appropriate, let's get some awarenes and support going through this site! In Peace
Comment by Aase Simonnæs on December 12, 2009 at 8:17pm
Every human being in the world is intitled to hope. If there is no hope you get violent extremists.
I don`t know how to reach their children as long as we don`t understand their fathers.
How can Americas and the rest of Europe send armies to countries in order to stop hate...
Who gave us the right to judge and tell them how to live their lives. I hope that some day soon, we will understand that, we will have to respect every human being and love them and accept them without conditions.

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