On the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, I think of what L. Ron Hubbard wrote in Dianetics the Modern Science of Mental Health in 1950, 6 weeks before the official date of the beginning of the Korean War.
The lines of battle that were drawn at that time were between the US and her allies and Soviet Union and hers. At that time Mr. Hubbard stated,
“The farmer in Iowa has no quarrel with the storekeeper of Stalingrad. Those who say such quarrels exist lie.
“There are no international concerns which cannot be resolved by peaceable means, not in terms of supranational government, but in the terms of reason.”
Last year at the celebration of the anniversary of the International Association of Scientologists David Miscavige made much the same statement.
Well, six years after 9/11, I have no quarrel with the goat herd or farmer or oil well worker if Iraq and I feel nothing but the greatest sympathy for the people of this country.
Oxfam and the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Coordination Committee in Iraq have reported just last month in a paper, called “Rising to the Humanitarian Challenge in Iraq,” that the plight of the Iraqi people has not bettered but has worsened since US and other countries invaded the country.
“Eight million people are in urgent need of emergency aid; that figure includes over two million who are displaced within the country, and more than two million refugees. Many more are living in poverty, without basic services, and increasingly threatened by disease and malnutrition.”
So on this day of reflection and remembering I state I want to put an end to all war of Man against Man, and work together with my fellow man to battle our common enemies: ignorance, poverty, starvation and the elements.