Desmond Tutu Tells World Forum: Terrorism Cannot be Defeated in Current Climate
Unless, like Howie, you believe that Islam is a monolithic religion of hatred whose sole goal is the suppression of human freedom under an absolute world domination (sort of like, for those of you old enough to remember, Communism), you probably wonder what motivates a human being to kill an innocent person, or hundreds of innocent people, or to be killed. South African Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, speaking at the start of the 2007 World Social Forum in Nairobi, Kenya has some ideas:
The war on terror will "never" be won "as long as there are conditions in the world that make people desperate," like dehumanising poverty, disease and ignorance...Despite Bush administration and neo-conservative assertions to the contrary, both terrorism and the (so-called) "war on terror" are necessary by-products of the "culture of death," a culture where self-interest predominates at the expense of the common good.
Tutu emphasised that the "fundamental law of our being" is that "we are bound to one another". Because of that, "the only way we can make it is together, all of us". Only together can we be free, safe and secure.It is a founding principle of the Project for a New American Century -- one taken up by the Bush administration (if that is not redendant) -- that American military power and our status as the sole global superpower give us the ability and obligation to spread American values around the world. And that's fine, as long as we know clearly what our values are. Bush and the "religious" right in the US claim to stand for a "culture of life." They "talk the talk," but their walk is kind of crooked.
"God is weeping," Tutu told the ecumenical gathering at Nairobi's Holy Family Roman Catholic Basilica, at the sight of the awful things happening in the world today.
"God weeps and says: 'Who will help me so we can have a different kind of world, one in which the rich know they have been given much so they can share and help others?'" A creation that was very good has "turned into a nightmare".