The World Today

by Fernando Suarez Del Solar

<fvsuarez2000@yahoo.com.mx>

The world today is faced with a possible imminent third world war as we stand at the gates of Hell itself with so many deaths in the misnamed cause of “Peace”.

The occupants of the White House have prepared in great detail the shock waves of terror which have brought these atrocious military attacks on the innocent peoples of Iraq, Lebanon, and Afghanistan and they are preparing to unleash even more violence on the peoples of Iran, Syria, etc. The question then becomes: Where is the world going with this type of activity? What future can our youth look forward to as one by one the doors to universities are closing to them, leaving them only the doors to military bases? Where are we going with this hateful militarism?

Today, the world is experiencing yet another war: Israel against Lebanon. But can we say it is really a “war” when the civilian population of Lebanon is being killed like flies by bombs and missiles manufactured in the United States — bombs and missiles that explode on their homes while they have no real idea why?

Is it right to kill innocent children to rescue two soldiers kidnapped by a gang of wrongdoers called terrorists?

Is it right to destroy an entire people for that?

Today banner headlines tell of the horrific situation of a people, but —

What happened to the ”other war”, the one where more than 2500 north American youths have died, as well as thousands of ordinary Iraqi civilians, the immense majority of whom are children? It seems that human beings have gotten used to seeing the dead of war and to not reacting until it is to their family’s doorstep that the black bag arrives, carrying the mutilated body of their own son or daughter. That’s when they raise their voices and ask for Peace.

Why wait until then? Why not start NOW to raise our voices, to act and demand a cease-fire, the withdrawal of the invading troops and respect for the sovereignty of nations?

That is why I have decided to issue a general call to the population to unite in a single voice, to rise up as one body, and to resist these attacks which are not only aggressions against one people, but against humanity as a whole.

It is ludicrous, and at the same time worrisome, that in the United States, our youth are facing shrinking opportunities for a quality higher education under the pretext of a “War on Terrorism”, and that they have to enroll in a military system which will destroy them sooner or later and end their lives. It is criminal that the Bush government designates millions of dollars for a deceitful system of military recruitment in the schools, while monies for education are reduced day after day.

The truth is I am sickened, disturbed at the whole world’s passivity in this terrible situation. I am tired and frustrated to see the deaths mounting day by day, children dying, parents losing their children, and it seems that there is no hope for a future of peace and justice among the nations.

My son died, and it is true that nothing that I do or write will bring him back. No. But I am convinced that my words, my actions can bring awareness to others so that we can begin to build another type of army — an army of non-violence, an army of peace that fights with words and education for a better world.

Fernando Suarez del Solar

Founder & Director

Guerrero Azteca Peace Project

P.O. Box 300221, Escondido,CA 92030-0221

(760) 233-0630 Direct telephone