Turning words into action

My heart goes out to the people of Paris. Terrorism is an ugly truth that every human being has to live with. It’s everywhere we look; in the news, on Facebook, even in our own backyards. I have experienced several forms of terrorism myself; disguised as bullies who have nothing better to do than to make my life miserable. We don’t ask for it, but there it is.mother teresa

The group that claimed responsibility for the attacks on Paris yesterday are nothing but bullies, who just so happen to have a huge supply of guns and bombs. The world is letting these groups terrorize the world and we need to stop talking about it and do something to send the message that we refuse to tolerate it any longer. We need to turn our words into action.

America had its first real experience with terrorism in 2001, when terrorists used planes to do their dirty work.  Soon after, May 29, 2002, the Council on Foreign Affairs met to discuss what should be done to combat terrorist groups. Speakers were Frank W. Sesno, Senior Vice President and Washington Bureau Chief, Host of CNN’s Sunday Interview Program, Late Edition with Frank Sesno, CNN, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Counselor and Trustee, Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Samuel R. Berger, Chairman, Albright Stonebridge Group.

Zbigniew Brzezinski made a statement that has become common knowledge since then, but needs to be restated: Terrorism affects the entire world.

“I think it’s very important to understand that terrorism is a manifestation that’s widespread. It’s global. We’re not the only victims of terrorism … My question is who’s the enemy? You know, terrorism is a tactic; it’s a technique of killing people or of intimidating people to achieve a political objective. But you don’t wage a war on a technique. You wage a war on somebody, and I would like to know who the terrorists are.”

This meeting took place 13 years ago, and now that we know who the groups are most responsible for the terrorism, why aren’t we doing more to stop them?

Maybe it’s because when the world celebrated when Osama Bin Laden was killed, we expected something to change, that somehow the terrorism would stop, but it didn’t. Someone immediately stepped in and took his place, and someone else took that person’s place, and so on. There will always be someone to lead these delusional men and women, and there will always be people who want to hurt others in the name of politics and religion.

Our leaders stated years ago America would wage a war on Terrorism, but now it seems that it might be an unwinnable war. It’s not just men and women fighting for their rights; they fighting and killing because they have hatred in their hearts. They kill anyone who doesn’t believe in their religion and/or politics, and won’t listen to reason. They believe they are right and the rest of the world is wrong. They believe murder is the only way to get what they want.

Americans were awaken to the threat of terrorism after 9/11, but countries in the Mid East had it introduced to them much earlier.  Suicide bombings and innocent killing and be-headings had been occurring way before then, but we didn’t pay much attention, until it actually happened to us.

I’ve noticed in the past few years that people are much less willing to talk about their differences; there is too much discontentment, too much hatred in the world, and I wonder if peace is even possible. By creating discord within our own country, we seem to be making it easier for terrorists to recruit those who think their group can offer them a better life.

These people are easy targets because they have low self-esteem, they have a hard time making friends, they hate their lives and they don’t have a reason to live. Terrorists know this. They probably have had extensive training to learn how to recruit unsuspecting victims through social media. They target the weak-minded and it’s so easy because these people are so miserable. Anything is better than where they are. They are promised huge rewards for their servitude and promised adventures beyond their wildest dreams.

Once in their clutches, the groups brainwash the individuals into believing this is what they were born to do; to kill others without a second thought. They are used as weapons.

So how can we turn a seemingly impossible situation into one of action? What can we possibly do to make a difference when it comes to terrorism?

To start, we can try to be better people and set a good example for others. We can raise our children to be compassionate and caring adults.

Mother Teresa once said, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.” What we do ultimately affects others.

  1. Our children learn what they live. They see everything. They learn by mimicking us. Teach them to respect others, and you can set a good example by respecting others, too.
  2. “The world is full of kind people. If you can’t find one, be one.”  A smile goes a long way.
  3. Attitude is everything. When you think positively, you automatically create positive vibes that tend to extend out to others. Have you ever been around a negative person? Yuck.
  4. Figure out what it is you love to do, and do that. If you are happy, you have no room in your heart for discontent.
  5. Be grateful for wherever you are at any given moment. You woke up this morning; that’s something to be grateful for. Gratitude is one of the keys to living a happy life.
  6. Take control and quit blaming others for where you are in life. You make the decisions. You create the life you are living. You alone have the power to change it. “You’re not a tree. If you don’t like where you are, move.”