Kent Shifferd


Good People Doing Bad Things

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“In World War II, good American boys who wouldn’t have kicked a cat flew bombers that set cities filled with innocent German children on fire. German boys, who were raised to be kind and decent, participated in the atrocities of the Holocaust. How is it that normally decent people who are raised to be kind and respectful of others can commit acts of horrible violence during wars? How do they put aside their normal reluctance to hurt others and make the decision to shoot or bomb not only enemy combatants but civilians including women and children?”

Author: Kent Shifferd
Published in: Fountain of Light.net http://www.fountainoflight.net/publish/article_7707.shtml
War is a crime http://warisacrime.org/content/good-people-doing-bad-things
World Beyond War http://worldbeyondwar.org/good-people-doing-bad-things/
The Johnstown Breeze http://www.myjohnstownbreeze.com/
Sierra County Prospect http://www.sierracountyprospect.org/category/guest-columnists/kent-shifferd/
Gilmer Free Press http://www.gilmerfreepress.net/index.php/fpopin/good_people_doing_bad_things/
Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2015/08/18/good-people-bad-things/
The Gilmer Mirror http://www.gilmermirror.com/view/full_story/26812571/article-Good-People-Doing-Bad-Things?
Date: August 18,19,26,2015

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Hope in Hard Times

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“It seems that the news is always full of, well, bad news, such as the long conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. The seemingly intractable war between these two groups has gone on for decades. Too often, all we see in the news are stories of new rocket attacks, new bombings, new assassinations, and implacable hatred. But that is not the whole truth. In her book, From Enemy To Friend, Rabbi Amy Eilberg reports the existence of a different reality. She informs us of “The Bereaved Parents Circle,” which is an organization that brings together families from both sides who have had loved ones killed by the other side. She attended one of their meetings. Two men spoke: Rami (an Israeli) whose 14 year old daughter was killed in a terrorist attack while buying school supplies and Mazen (a Palestinian) whose unarmed father was riddled with bullets by Israeli soldiers for no reason. Each told his story. Then they told the story of an Israeli attack in Gaza aimed at assassinating a terrorist leader which instead killed many sleeping children. Following the attack, local Jews donated blood to help wounded Palestinians. When asked how they could donate blood to “the enemy,” they replied: “It is better to give blood than to spill it.” They started a project in which Palestinians and Jews then donated to a blood bank to help wounded across the region. Then Rami and Mazen, calling each other “brother,” said to the assembled crowd.”

Author: Kent Shifferd
Published in: Truth Out http://www.truth-out.org/speakout/item/29203-hope-in-hard-times, The Sierra County Prospect http://www.sierracountyprospect.org/2015/02/18/hope-in-hard-times-21815/, Huntington News http://www.huntingtonnews.net/106781, Bullhead City Bee http://bullheadcitybee.us/opinions/hope-in-hard-times/, Los Angeles Informer http://losangeles.informermg.com/2015/03/02/hope-peace-hard-times/, The Johnstown Breeze http://myjohnstownbreeze.com/?limitstart=5&fontstyle=f-larger, The Gilmer Free Press http://www.gilmerfreepress.net/index.php/site/C6/
Date: February 18,19,27,March 2,2015
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Five Rules on Which to Base Authentic Security and a World at Peace

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“The latest border changes in Ukraine are just another replay of too many past scenarios: the breakup of former Yugoslavia, East Timor, Chechnya, the Sudetenland Crisis of the 1930s, and the centuries-long back and forth of the Alsace and Lorraine between France and Germany. If we could base the resolution of these types of conflict on recognizing the five principles outlined here, we could greatly reduce the dangers of civil and interstate war.”

Author: Kent D. Shifferd
Published in: The News http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-9-250922-This-world-at-peace,
Counter Punch http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/05/16/a-world-at-peace/, Huntington News http://www.huntingtonnews.net/87662, The Gilmer Mirror http://www.gilmermirror.com/view/full_story/25120995/article–Five-Rules-on-Which-to-Base-Authentic-Security-and-a-World-at-Peace, Sierra County Prospect http://www.sierracountyprospect.org/2014/05/21/we-common-folk-52114/
Date: May 15,16,19,21,2014

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What’s worse than a nuclear war?

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“What could be worse than a nuclear war? A nuclear famine following a nuclear war. And where is the most likely nuclear war to break out? The India-Pakistan border. Both countries are nuclear armed, and although their arsenals are “small” compared to the U.S. and Russia, they are extremely deadly. Pakistan has about 100 nuclear weapons; India about 130. They have fought three wars since 1947 and are contending bitterly for control over the Kashmir and for influence in Afghanistan. While India has renounced first use, for whatever that is worth, Pakistan has not, declaring that in the event of an impending defeat by India’s overwhelming conventional forces it would strike first with nuclear weapons.”

Author: Kent Shifferd
Published in: Salem News http://salem-news.com/articles/january032014/worse-than-nuclear-ks.php, Sierra County Prospect http://www.sierracountyprospect.org/2014/01/03/worse-than-nuclear-war-1814/
Date: January 3,2014

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Jesus and the G.I.

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“Recently a set of very powerful images came across the web in one of those emails that circulate around the country. The opening line said, “If this doesn’t get to you, nothing will.” I thought I could just ignore it, but I couldn’t. It got to me. I found myself waking up at night seeing these tragic images that showed a young woman, sleeping beside a coffin that held the remains of her soldier-husband. I wanted to put my arms around her, to comfort her, to hold her and say, “It will be alright.” But it won’t. Her loss is irreplaceable, her grief inconsolable. And at the end of the string of images was a tag line—the lesson we were supposed to learn from this. “The only two people who ever laid down their lives for you are Jesus Christ and the American G.I.””

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