The other cheek

The Northland Age - - Local News - DEN­NIS FITZGER­ALD Mel­bourne

The Bible in­cludes the quote ‘An eye for an eye,’ and this seems to be the cur­rent so­lu­tion to the prob­lems in Syria, but there should be some con­sid­er­a­tion of the rest of that quote. ‘… But I say unto you, that ye re­sist not evil: but whoso­ever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.’ The Ko­ran adds, ‘But who­ever gives char­ity, it is an ex­pi­a­tion for him’.

There is al­ready too much sad­ness from the bomb­ings, as no mat­ter where or for what rea­son, in­no­cent peo­ple — of­ten chil­dren — are in­jured or killed. It is still time for talk­ing and di­plo­macy, even if it takes a long time.

Many lead­ers and tyrants have found you can­not beat peo­ple into agree­ment, only sub­mis­sion.

We must all keep look­ing for peace­ful solutions.

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