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In the Name of Peace


In the Name of Peace

How did it begin?
Who hurt who?
When will it end?
What will it take?

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The endless cycle—
revenge, resentment,
retaliation,
hatred, anger

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Loss on both sides—
loss of childhood,
families, friends,
education, employment

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Massive destruction—
homes, communities,
priceless art, historic sites,
the earth, water, air

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Sounds of terror
Smells of death
Sights of devastation
Haunting memories

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Only solution
forgiveness, compassion, 
understanding, justice,
compromise, tolerance

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Do we have the courage?
Are we capable of attaining
that level of humanity
in the name of peace?

Mary K. Doyle

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Photo: Anderson Japanese Gardens

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