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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