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Sunday, October 22, 2006

A World in Crisis

The headlines make for grim reading this week.

Israel has admitted to using chemical warfare against Hezbollah in Lebanon in July and August, while a senior US state department official has said that the US has shown "arrogance and stupidity" in Iraq just as George W Bush has now decided to adapt his policies in the war-torn country.

Amid the search for a least-worst option in Iraq, the month of October has been the bloodiest so far in regard to the rising number of Iraqi and US military deaths, with even Bush forcing to concede similarities between Iraq and Vietnam.

Casualities derived from the fixation of two friendly administrations are not the only cause for distress, however, as on American home turf more human remains have been found at the former site of the World Trade Center in New York.

Add to the mix reports of the religious division in Britain, North Korea in nuclear tests, the United Nations told to leave Sudan in the wake of the continuing Darfur disaster, a Taleban leader threatening a new war in Afghanistan, and Iran's president warning that Muslims will take revenge on Israel - and the world seems to be in crisis.

But out of this modern Pandora's box unleashed on to the world comes hope, and the measure of forgiveness in humanity is found in the strangest places. The widow of a man who shot dead five Amish girls at a school in the US state of Pennsylvania has thanked the Amish community for their love and support, who have not only forgiven the murderer but have helped set up a fund for his family at a local bank.

As Americans are apt to say - "go figure".

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