HOME-GROWN TERROR SYNDROME a vicious-cycle flowchart

A Vicious-Cycle Flowchart
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By Bernie Lopez
Without too many words, the flowchart below attempts to simplify the complex reality of home-grown terror. It hints of a vicious never-ending cycle, which may escalate into total anarchy and annihilation.
We have a human dilemma never before seen in the entire history of Mankind. War is no longer something we export. It is no longer just ‘abroad’ but here’, home-grown. It is in our marketplaces, stadiums, restaurants, in our midst. We invaded them and our soldiers went ‘into their midst’, and now their ‘soldiers’ are doing the same, going ‘into our midst’ in a much more serious way, in the Paris, London, Madrid street bombings. We are all in each others’ midst, bound together in an ever-shrinking world.
This flowchart does not take sides. It simply lays down the reality of it all. It does not offer solutions, only broad cause-and-effect information that may lead to a solution. It is a ‘mind map’ pointing to a change of heart among all stakeholders, peace on Earth to men of goodwill. Without that change of heart, without that goodwill, the quagmire remains a vicious never-ending circle.
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Some people say there are no solutions. It is a dilemma. Others say yes there is, but it entails this change of heart among all stakeholders. It is a test for Mankind not to self-destruct, to transform the cycle of hate into forgiveness. Can old wounds heal? Can forgiveness restore what hatred consumed?

Some say it is impossible, arguing that hate-filled terrorists will never have a change of heart. But are we not ourselves also hate-filled, sending drones and airstrikes to massacre their innocent just as they massacre our innocent? Together, we hold the fate of humanity in our hands, all of us together.
A photo that went viral in the Internet of the Abu Ghraib jail in Iraq, the ‘US torture chamber’, which had a dramatic impact on the rapid global Islamic radicalization, one cigarette butt burning the vast rainforest. Iraqi prisoners subjected to humiliation and rape.
On Forgiveness
we are all in the ‘pre-departure area’
no exceptions, it is just a matter a time
if you knew you would die tomorrow
you would forgive
the most unforgiveable sin against you
the father forgave his prodigal son
who squandered his wealth on wine and women
because he looked beyond the evil deed
overwhelmed with love and compassion
with the prospects of renewal and rebirth
forgiveness heals, hatred consumes
forgiveness strengthens, hatred weakens
forgiveness renews, hatred destroys
forgiveness gives peace, hatred brings war
Lord teach me Your ways
turn my hatred into forgiveness
my anger into patience
my indifference into sensitivity
my selfishness into generosity
my arrogance into humility
Lord give me Your light
let me not grope in darkness
and Jesus said – her sins
as many as they are
are forgiven
because she has loved much
Luke 7:44-
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