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Why is the search for peace so difficult?

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How can peace be elusive as it is seemingly now when all you hear these days are clarion calls for stable peace to dawn in Mindanao?  Towards the end of Ramadan there pervades an aura of reconciliatory  vibes and  forgiveness. The yearning for peace is felt from east to west and from north to south.  Despite all these we ask in desperation, “Why is the search for peace so difficult a task?”

If a cease fire agreement can be sustained, then why cannot a permanent truce be attained? What does it take for protagonists to yield to the deafening call of the overwhelming majority for the forces to lay down their arms and silenced these forever?  There is so much land to share, so much resources to develop, the seas are so rich with a cornucopia  of marine wealth.  But the opportunity to make these resources productive is lost in the futile struggle for an independent state that stirs apprehension among those who abhors it. That is why the partnerships and joint ventures among Filipino Muslims, Lumads and Christians is so extremely difficult to attain because that struggle comes in the way to reconciliation, trust, unity  and peace.

As if this desperation is not enough, we allow ourselves to be abused by foreign terrorist clones whose agenda is not only to inflict harm to innocent civilians, be they Christians, Muslims or Lumads, but to sow dissention  and hatred among them.  This ignominy is upon us and yet we allow these small diabolic forces of evil to turn us apart and when given the opportunity, to murder our  innocent sons and daughters. When can we walk the distance from east to west and north to south without fear and apprehension. When  can we walk and talk and laugh and share our sorrows and our joys without having to ask what our religious faiths are, our ranks and station in life like children who harbor no hatred but only genuine friendship and love?

By Menardo Wenceslao




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