September 11, 2006
So I see that it is September 11.
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I just came across this picture. It
is a little girl from Lebanon the week that the Israelis
were bombing it to bloody bits.
I believe it is long past time for
the American government to take a different course.
The United States could use its power to disarm countries like Israel, a country that depends so much on the USA for support. It would have a more difficult time with, say, North Korea, because it doesn't have the same kind of influence there. But the USA could have prevented Israel from its inhumane bombing, one result of which was what we see in this child's face.
The United States could be using its educational system to raise a new generation of international peace activists. Instead of "No child left behind" the theme could be "No teachers with a violent mind."
The United States could be using its universities to teach scientists who would work for companies making non-lethal weapons instead of the deadly ones they now produce by the thousands. These deadly and hate producing weapons are not only misused by people like George Bush in the USA, but they are manufactured for export and blatant profit-making.
Yes, the people in the United States could have prevented what happened in Lebanon. They could have prevented this girl's pain. They could have prevented the escalation in the hatred towards Israel and the USA. It doesn't even take one week in good emotional intelligence course to know that bombing people's homes, streets and offices won't reduce their hatred towards you. I say a "good" course because most courses are designed to help a person be more "successful", which usually means to be more productive, to sell more of something, or to be more emotionally skilled in your ability to manipulate people who work for you or take orders from you in other settings such as schools. Most courses don't even discuss the topic of wars and killing. I learned more in a one-day course on conflict management than the leaders of Israel, and USA seem to know about it. That was the rule of de-escalating the conflict, not moving it to a higher and more dangerous level.
The people in the USA don't have as much influence on the Arab countries as they do in Israel. So if they want to be leaders in any direction, they must use the influence they have. I suggest they lead us away from killing and destruction. And I look forward to they day when they elect someone who we can call a real leader and not a mis-leader.
By the way, if you cry when you stare at this little girl's face, please let me know. You are a rare person.
And if you want to give her a hug and promise you will do everything you can to stop the killing in the world, then I believe you have high emotional intelligence. I don't care, by the way, if you use drugs, or disobey your teachers or can't do geometry or think about killing yourself or aren't considered a "success" by those around you. I don't agree with the so called experts in emotional intelligence. I have my own definition and measures of it.
So if you are really moved to action by just looking into her face and thinking about the way the world is right now, then I say you have exceptionally high emotional intelligence.