What do we believe in?

I watched a brief excerpt of George Tenet grandstanding about how we knew about Osama bin Laden before 9/11 blah, blah, blah. I feel sorry for Mr. Tenet and even sorrier for the United States. We are a country that has put spying and lying ahead of the Gospel. We are a nominally Christian nation and there are some who want to post the Ten Commandments in prominent places because they feel strongly that they belong there. Just because we have “In God We Trust,” on our money doesn’t mean that we really trust in God. If we did trust in God we wouldn’t have a CIA or trillions of dollars in weapons and a large standing army and navy. If we really believed in God we wouldn’t need all that. What do we really believe in?

Since the so-called War on Terror began, we have spent billions of dollars but we have only created more violence, hate and fear. We have not succeeded in removing terrorism, neither in its expression nor, most importantly, in the minds of the people. It’s time to come home to ourselves and find a better way to bring peace to ourselves and to the world.–Thich Nhat Hanh–Calming the Fearful Mind.