Do Good to them that Despitefully Use You and Persecute You
"Instead of sending our sons and daughters around the world to kill
Arabs so we can have the oil under their sand, we should send them
[voluntarily, privately funded] to rebuild their infrastructure, supply clean
water, and feed starving children. Instead of continuing to kill hundreds of
Iraqui children every day with our sanctions, we should help Iraquis rebuild
their electric power plants, their water treatment facilities, their
hospitals, and all the things we have destroyed and prevented them from
rebuilding. Instead of training terrorists and death squads, we should close
the School of the Americas [Ft. Benning, GA.]. Instead of supporting
insurrection, destabilization, assassination, and terror around the world, we
should abolish the CIA and give money to relief agencies. In short, we should
do good instead of evil. Who would try to stop us?"
This is short and to the point.
(Note that it was written in 1998)
This came in as: "Interesting Perspective from a Catholic Bishop and
ex-fighter pilot." It is the most direct and powerful statement yet of
you and I know, and what the American people need to hear. Please use
means at your disposal to get this re-printed and read by as many people
possible. Suggestion: send it to all your friends and to your local
Robert Bowman flew 101 combat missions in Vietnam. He is presently (1998)
bishop of the United Catholic Church in Melbourne Beach, FL.
printed in The National Catholic Reporter, Oct. 2, 1998.
The "Security" Charade by Robert Bowman
If deceptions about terrorism go unchallenged, then the threat will
continue until it destroys us.
The truth is that none of our thousands of nuclear weapons can protect us
from these threats. No Star Wars system no matter how technically
no matter how many trillions of dollars are poured into it, can protect
from a nuclear weapon delivered in a sailboat or a Cessna or a suitcase
a Ryder rental truck. Not one weapon in our vast arsenal, not a penny of
the $270 billion a year we spend on so-called defense can defend against
terrorist bomb. That is a military fact.
As a retired lieutenant colonel and a frequent lecturer on national
security issues, I have often quoted Psalm 33: "A king is not saved by
mighty army. A warrior is not saved by his great strength." The obvious
reaction is, "Then what can we do?" Is there nothing we can do to
security for our people?"
There is. But to understand it requires that we know the truth about the
threat. President Clinton did not tell the American people the truth
why we are the targets of terrorism when he explained why we bombed
Afghanistan and Sudan. He said that we are a target because we stand for
democracy, freedom, and human rights in the world. Nonsense!
We are the target of terrorists because, in much of the world, our
government stands for dictatorship, bondage, and human exploitation. We
the target of terrorists because we are hated. And we are hated because
government has done hateful things.
In how many countries have agents of our government deposed popularly
elected leaders and replaced them with puppet military dictators who were
willing to sell out their own people to American multinational
We did it in Iran when the US Marines and the CIA deposed Mossadegh
he wanted to nationalize the oil industry. We replaced him with the Shah
and armed, trained, and paid his hated Savak National Guard, which
and brutalized the people of Iran, all to protect the financial interests
of our oil companies. Is it any wonder that there are people in Iran who
We did it in Chile. We did it in Vietnam. More recently, we tried to do
And, of course, how many times have we done it in Nicaragua and all the
other banana republics of Latin America? Time after time we have ousted
popular leaders who wanted the riches of the land to be shared by the
people who worked it. We replaced them with murderous tyrants who would
sell out their own people so the wealth of the land could be taken out by
the likes of Domino Sugar, Folgers, and Chiquita Banana.
In country after country, our government has thwarted democracy, stifled
freedom, and trampled human rights. That's why it is hated around the
world. And that's why we're the target of terrorists.
People in Canada enjoy democracy, freedom, and human rights. So do the
people of Norway and Sweden. Have you heard of Canadian embassies being
bombed? Or Norwegian, or Swedish?
We are not hated because we practice democracy, value freedom, or uphold
human rights. We are hated because our government denies these things to
people in Third World countries whose resources are coveted by our
multinational corporations. That hatred we have sown has come back to
us in the form of terrorism and, in the future, nuclear terrorism.
Once the truth about why the threat exists is understood, the solution
becomes obvious. We must change our ways. Getting rid of our nuclear
weapons unilaterally if necessary will enhance our security. Drastically
altering our foreign policy will ensure it.
Instead of sending our sons and daughters around the world to kill Arabs
we can have the oil under their sand, we should send them to rebuild
infrastructure, supply clean water, and feed starving children. Instead
continuing to kill hundreds of Iraqui children every day with our
sanctions, we should help Iraquis rebuild their electric power plants,
their water treatment facilities, their hospitals, and all the things we
have destroyed and prevented them from rebuilding.
Instead of training terrorists and death squads, we should close the
of the Americas [Ft. Benning, GA.]. Instead of supporting insurrection,
destabilization, assassination, and terror around the world, we should
abolish the CIA and give money to relief agencies.
In short, we should do good instead of evil. Who would try to stop us?
would hate us? Who would want to bomb us? That is the truth the American
people need to hear.
While I am emailing you, I thought I would include the following:
The Healing of America, book by Marianne Williamson
note it was published in 1997 (I think it is pretty prophetic).
"Within the next ten years, America will experience a renaissance or a
catastrophe. Something is going to happen to take us back to who we are.
have lost our spiritual rudder, and without it we have neither individual
nor collective wisdom. Our culture has lost its sense of sacred
to any power or authority higher than ourselves. Our national conscience
barely alive as we slither like snakes across a desert floor toward any
hole where money lies. Nothing short of an internal awakening will heal
this wounded nation..."
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