American history is longer, larger, with great variety; more beautiful, and definitely more terrible than histories of other nations….though, I have to say the UK is or was a close second around the turn of the last century. Remember the atrocities of the empire where the sun never set?? Remember Jalianwala Bagh in India?? Just google it please to know what happened there.

We have all seen the destructive and damaging way that this super power has single handedly alienated the native people of this land, and herded them into Reservations, and we have seen how tragic that is! Somewhere I read that no man consciously seeks evil because it is evil; he only thinks that he is grasping happiness as his ultimate goal….what mistakes we make! What crimes and sins we commit!!

The seed of terrorism grows in the soil of hopelessness, depression and fear; it grows in the soil of poverty, injustice and hunger, and it grows in the black hearts of prejudice! Killing innocent civilians, and occupying countries, exacerbate terrorism. We have seen this happening after the Iraq invasion. Remember the pictures of mothers lifting their hands up to the sky, their mouths open in agony, asking for retribution while the slain bodies of their sons or husbands resting in their laps?? `And you cried with them and for them while their silent screams on the paper went unheeded!

Imagine a world, where America stood for nothing else but humanitarianism, to help and provide for disaster relief… to help the underdogs of the earth…. and imagine, after helping, the Americans waved good bye and left a happy and satisfied country; imagine if that would happen: and then if ever a disaster with terrorism struck the shores of US, the love and support and help will be on our side; the rest of the world would help us and we wouldn’t have to defend ourselves. The rest of the world would do it for us.

What?? You say I am thinking with my heart and not with my brain??? Sure! I am naive.

We were all born with the same grain of humanity, of grace and love. Somewhere while growing up, our values changed. We became selfish and self-centered. We began to look about the differences of equality and oppression. We went against our grain. Look at Trump! What, tell me please, other than his wealth, makes Donald Trump the deity of vulgarity, worth being mentioned in a column of a respectable newspaper?? Does he have an iota of humanity in him? The mosque in Minnesota was bombed. Did we hear from him? Did he talk about living in peace, and loving neighbours and say he was sorry to the Muslims of that community for the prodigious calamity they faced? No he didn’t. At least not that I saw in any newspaper, condemning this act of terrorism and violence. Why? Because he has lost the finesse of the valued grain of humanity from his soul. That he is evil, I understand. But, I don’t believe that any man willingly and consciously chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for the happiness he seeks, and thinks that he can rejoice in the outcome.

And fools walk brazenly where angels fear to tread!

We cannot feel the pain and the anguish of a man who is being crushed. The man crushing the other, feels nothing. He is going after his goal of acquiring leadership. Unless one has placed oneself on the side of the oppressed, to feel with them, one cannot understand, the feeling of being terrorized, of being ridiculed, of being de-humanized, of being treated with prejudice.

Let’s hope that there is a better game than war…. Nuclear or not! Let’s hope that we do not terrorize each other so much that two foolish ego maniacs would think that playing a war game is good for their country and for their own plausible and credible morale, if they have any!!

I apologize for the length of this post. It had been a long time coming.

About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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22 Responses to Terrorism

  1. Well said,my friend. I dare think with my heart and not my head as well I pray..these two egos..this hatred we are facing doesn’t kill us all. I think you are right about the happiness part too..Too many think only of what they want..what they can achieve believing it will bring happiness. It rarely ever does..or not for long anyway.
    Hope you are doing well now. Love and hugs.

    • Zakiah says:

      Elizabeth, I appreciate your comment. Thank you. Wearing blinders and following someone blindly without common sense, is tantamount to ignorance in my opinion. We have seen the various historic catastrophes of Europe and other countries.
      Hope you and the family are doing well. Love and hugs.

  2. jstnotherday says:

    “Does he have an iota of humanity in him?”

    Greetings Zakiah,
    I appreciate your passion but yes, Trump does actually. It’s just that it’s very little reported.

    “The mosque in Minnesota was bombed. Did we hear from him?”

    There was much that escaped the attention of president Obama too.
    There is much that escapes the ‘public’ attention of president’s in general.

    I don’t think american history is particularly more violent than the history of any other nation. They all have their shameful pasts as humanity has been evolving. America surely does not have the longest, or largest history.
    There is certainly far worse going on in and between other nations than what is going on in the United States in this present time. Myanmar and Nepal come to mind….

    I don’t think we can call president Trump evil.
    Now Kim Jong Un…. that is another story. He makes the people of his nation bow down to him like a god. They are kept so isolated that they do not know any different.

    I guess you have lots of time for thinking these days. 🙂
    I trust and pray that your healing is going well.
    Blessings to you friend. I hope you don’t mind me expressing my view. ❤

  3. murisopsis says:

    Amen. I am trying to bring reason into my world with compassion, tolerance, and the most powerful tool of all – Love. Your post is excellently written and expresses the reality of our current situation so well!

    • Zakiah says:

      Thanks Val. I see on fb that you both are traveling within the state a little bit?? You should expand your steps a little and come into Illinois and spend some time with us. Would love to have you over.
      Thanks as always for a great response to my post.

  4. mrswrangler says:

    Our world is a horrible place today. And I am afraid something big is going to have to happen to spin it back to the good side

  5. slmret says:

    A good read, Zakiah! As I read it, though, I think there may be some additional factors to think about. First — there is NOT going to be a war with No. Korea — at least not yet — thanks to Kim Jung Un backing down from his threats (or am I being naive and missing a sign that he’s just taking his threat underground?)

    I believe that our President is simply a very sick man wanting to prove that he is the only person with any value, and everybody else is inferior. I am now convinced that his view of a great America is one which values male white supremacy, and those who get in the way of that value are worthless. Since Charlottesville, this is beginning to turn against him — and gradually his support base is leaving him. So many Senators and WH staffers are already gone! This is all indicative of the lack of humanity in the White House! As it happens, it is becoming apparent that the response to this lack of value is not necessarily evil, but rather isolating the evil that is so foreign to our national values. The evil values are turning back on those who hold them!

    It’s a scary time in the country right now. It helps me to think back and realize that we’ve lived through similar, though perhaps not so extreme, times. Think back to Nixon, Reagan, and there were others before our time who were pretty radical. We lived through those times, and with any sense of history we will live through this one as well. Many of the worst are already gone — and there is a lot of chatter this week about pardons, and who can grant them, and how they might lead to resignation — that could lead us in the short term to more difficulty, but away from the evil, valueless leadership that we have now — and in the longer term to major changes in the electorate and the leadership going forward..

    Much love and hugs —

    • Zakiah says:

      “Valueless Leadership!” What a profound way of stating my thoughts! Thank you. Trump is delusional. I have seen over and over again his various campaign speeches where he touted that he is the only one who can do things, make negotiations, make America great again blah blah and more blah. His whole agenda is indicative of the nepotism that he is throwing out in front of our eyes unashamedly! He thinks leading a country is a business adventure.
      Yes, I have thought of the Nixon and Reagan era and have wondered where we are headed. I wonder what news/ channels the other side listens to. BBC, and other world news media of the entire world has condemned this mad man, and snicker at his ignorance, and yet many learned among us, are so glaucomatous that they cannot and will not accept his idiocy. He truly is a sick man.
      Hope you are doing well. Lots of love to you.

  6. These are tough times and there seems to be a leadership vacuum. I think it’s up to ordinary people to re-instill time honored values and morals. No need to apologize for the length of the post. Every word mattered!

    • Zakiah says:

      Unfortunately the ordinary people have severe sunburn on their necks!! Every day is a new derogatory jab at the way the leader is conducting his business. What a nightmare!

  7. You expressed your feelings/opinions with such heart and compassion, SweetZ! Thank you!
    I am shocked, saddened, and ill because of what is going on in our country, and in the world. 😦 I remember hearing about a grandmother saying to her grandaughter, “Why would anyone want to bring babies into this world? It is so evil now.” The grandmother said that in the 1950’s. Will/Do we all see such a negative change in the world as we grow from little girl to grandmother? 😦 I can now understand how that grandma felt. I feel how she felt and I worry about my grandchildren’s future. 😦
    I think with my heart, too. I try to listen with my heart. Open heart, open ears, open hands. And I will keep being kind, loving, helpful, compassionate, joyful, giving, hopeful, forgiving, respectful, etc., and pray that all of this is contagious.
    (((HUGS))) and ❤

    • Zakiah says:

      Such a sweet and compassionate response Carolyn. I thank you most sincerely for understanding and for the empathy that you have shown. Love and blessings to you.

      • You’re wlecome, SweetZ!
        I’m just so bummed about the bummer in the White House. 😦 If someone had said to me, even just 10 years ago, that this would be our future I wouldn’t have believe them. 😦

  8. I think the USA are not the only one responsible. I think also the evil is the money which reigns and rules the world unfortunately..
    About Mr Trump, being French citizen I cannot say anything. The young French president tried to change him ( about the global warming ) . Did he succeed ?
    I like your fervent sincerity,Zakiah
    And how are you?
    Love ❤

  9. Hey, SweetZ!
    I just wanted to stop by with some prayers, ❤ , and (((HUGS)))
    How are you feeling this week?

    • Zakiah says:

      Dear Carolyn,
      Thank you for the kind enquiry. I am beginning to feel better. Some days are a little off, but over all I am doing well. I have been busy, lot of company at home. This is the weekend of the Islamic holiday, and again I have a house full of relatives. Hopefully I will have a letter to you by snail mail soon.

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