There is one thing I don’t like about Politicians. They behave like Peter and in the end the fight against terrorism and wars becomes a still-born project. But who is this Peter? Well, if you have read the series of books called gospels you may have heard about him. If you haven’t, no worries, I will tell you a little about him.
His full name is Simon Peter, a disciple of Jesus of Nazareth. Peter is spontaneous both in action and words. You wonder at times how much he reflects on what he intends to do or say. He seems to burst like a pop up. Let’s take some examples.
People who have been following Jesus decide to ditch him when they don’t tolerate any longer his teaching, especially when he talks about giving them his flesh to eat. Then Jesus turns to his close followers, known as the twelve. He asks them, “Do you want to leave too?” While others are still searching for an answer, Peter says suddenly, “Lord, to whom should we go? You have the words of eternal life.… » There are other incidents too.
Jesus sees that his relation with the religious authority is degenerating he warns his disciples of his imminent arrest and condemnation to death. He tells them, “This very night you will all abandon me”. But even that is too little to throw Peter off-guard. He responds almost instantly: “Even if everyone else abandons you, I never will…I am ready to go with you even to prison and to death.” What a generous man! But let’s see what happens when the moment arrives.
Peter is true to his word
When Jesus is arrested Peter is not paralysed by fear. He swings into action in defense of his master. He draws his sword and strikes one of those who have come to arrest Jesus. Here, Peter is true to his word. You can count on him. It is only his master who calms him down and tells him to put his sword back in its sheath. You can call Peter impulsive and unreflective, someone who risks finding himself easily into trouble. But that will only be one side. There is another. Peter is generous in action and his word. He acts and withholds no word for himself. While other disciples abandon their arrested master, Peter and another disciple continue following. However, despite all that there is still a thing I can’t bear about him. This same thing I detest in politicians.
Peter does worse than deny his master
At the palace of the high priest Peter is spotted to be a follower of Jesus and is confronted three times about it. But Peter denies rhetorically: “A curse on me if I’m lying, I don’t know this man you’re talking about!” Obviously, Peter is only saving his skin. Yet, it’s not the denial that disturbs me but rather what he does afterwards.
Peter joins a group that not long ago he considered as enemy and he was even ready to fight it. It is understandable that he deny his master probably out of fear. But going as far as joining this enemy group and basking in their fire; could there be a better expression of his communion with it? Peter switches camps. He identifies himself with the enemies of his master. What a betrayal! Unfortunately, the world continues to suffer similar duplicity of politicians.
Duplicity of politicians
Politicians stand on the podium and speak of their determination to rout out terrorism and the lords of war. They leave us no space for doubt. We believe their word. But then when you look at the weapons used by terrorist groups you realise that they are made and sold by the countries that seem to be championing the fight against terrorism. So, there is a trade going on! That gives me some leeway for imagination.
Selling and buying arms is not like buying bananas on the road side. I guess it involves a great deal of bargaining. That’s why when finally the deal is made it calls for a little celebration. I imagine, in some discrete place, well-dressed persons mingle together to celebrate their partnership in the selling and buying of weapons. They propose a toast with glasses of champagne. Yes, it’s expediency that counts for many politicians. And there you see a connection with Peter warming himself around the fire in the company of the enemies of his master. Then, you have the permission to doubt, what we see on TV about the fight against terrorism is but just a big fuss. Why?
Simply because while the right hand, seen on TV, strikes hard on the spots of terrorists the left hand, secretly, pats their back. It receives their money, their oil. In turn, terrorists are well furnished with all the weapons they want. With such double standard how to you hope to end terrorism? How do you hope to neutralise the lords of war?
That is why for us on this blog single humanity fighting terrorism is all about acting humanely to one’s neighbour. Any act that is humane, no matter how simple, defeats terrorism. Fighting terrorism is not about using weapons. It‘s about rendering them useless. And counting on politicians for that is actually living in the world of illusion.