Who is to blame for the presence of war in the Middle East? No one. Who is to blame for the absence of peace in the Middle East? Everyone.
To the Palestinian people -
PEACE, I salute you.
The fight you are fighting is the fight to end the fighting. In this hope I pray, you are united in nationhood. And in this hope, I am joined with you.
The whole of our world is afflicted by a spiritual darkness. And much may be said about it. But unless it leads our hearts to a remembrance of peace and its promise, of God and the freedom of God, we shall never understand it.
You are a robust people yet war-weary. Persevere with us a little more. For all the nations of the world have a stake in the peace process of which you are a part - let us abide in our hopes for peace. The siege of war may only be broken from your region.
I bid you also to look beyond your region in Asia and to look beyond these times. What choices we make today affect the purpose of greater things. This is especially true of my generation from among your people and from among all the nations; a harbinger of much good or much evil.
The road to peace is not as much a linear path as it is like the numberless stars in the night sky, a shining out - together. It shall take one whole sky to lead us all out of this long night and into the promises of the new age; into that new dawning that await our generations.
By our turning into the light we turn away from the darkness. By our working the works of peace set before us we shall leave the persistent shadows of things past behind us forever.
Let me share with you the timeline I have -
2009-2012 - Complete thy own remembrances and establish yourself a nation and a Republic.
2012-2045 - We shall begin building - together this time - nation, commission, and mission. And in two generations (X and Y), God-willing, we will have turned this thing around as the one family of the nations of Mankind.
Therefore, let us abide in our hopes for peace. I have listened to Abu Mazen being interviewed about the peace process once and I believe him because his intentions speak to my heart. Rally to him and be sincere - pray for peace.
I bid us all Mabuhay! God bless us all.
I continue to pray for peace...
...from star to star, one whole sky.
"Wanderer, your footsteps are
the road, and nothing more;
wanderer, there is no road,
the road is made by walking.
By walking one makes the road,
and upon glancing behind
one sees the path
that will never be trod again.
Wanderer, there is no road,
only wakes upon the sea."
- Antonio Machado (18750726 - 19390222)
Another super typhoon is bearing down on the Philippines - Typhoon Juan (International Codename: Megi).
If PAG-ASA had a storm signal number 4 in its warning categories, I've never heard of a signal #4 before this one: Signal #4 is now officially raised over the Provinces of Isabela and Cagayan.
PNoy and all the nation is watching this one very closely with zero-tolerance for casualties wrought through recklessness or negligence.
Godspeed to all our emergency response personnel and Godspeed to all our affected citizenry: Indeed, Godspeed to all of us affected citizenry - we are after all, my fellow Filipino compatriots, one nation.
Mabuhay ang Pilipinas! God bless us all.