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Let’s pray for peace both here and abroad

The tragic and awful scenario that unfolded in Boston Massachusetts earlier this week has reminded me that Bermuda is a blessed little Island.

We get the occasional hurricane but we are fortunate to have been spared from major disaster.

The bomb that went off in Boston this week could so easily have been planted in Bermuda. We may think that we have not really done anything to tick off another nation, but that is not always the reason or motivation behind such gruesome acts of terror.

President Obama has wisely chosen not to label the event as a terrorist attack and he has intelligently not suggested who the culprits might be. However, as I have told friends, I feel sorry for whoever did this, because WHEN America finds out who they are, they will kill them.

We will never win this war against terror, because the people who commit these acts have a different mindset. This is like a Holy War to them. They brainwash young people into viewing death for a cause as honourable and the spin placed on what America is doing is such that the USA is viewed as the Big Bad Wolf.

If we were living in the streets of Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan or other hot spots in the world where the Allied Forces have conducted air raids, drone strikes and waged war against our home, we too would view America as the Big Bad Wolf.

The solution is that people must put down their arms, all arms nuclear programmes; any investment in weapons of mass destruction. In addition, peaceful negotiations must prevail or there will just be more and more bloodshed.

I believe that you can negotiate with anyone if you come in peace. If you come aggressively, with force, there is no trust and there will never be peace.

This incident is an opportunity for the US to come in peace with a view to halting all wars but we all know that retaliation is coming. It will be decisive, swift and extensive, with maximum firepower. It’s what we are taught in the military as the most effective way to attack the enemy.

The perpetrators must be brought to justice but I fear that this will involve more bloodshed. All of that to say that we in Bermuda are just so blessed that we have not been affected by acts of terror such as our neighbours 700 miles to our West have faced on far too many occasions.

We would be well advised to not only give thanks to God for keeping us safe from such calamities, but to pray for those who have been maimed, harmed, lost limbs, lost loved ones or who in anyway have been affected by terror, war and everything that comes with it.

We can also send a message to the thugs in Bermuda that unless they stop the gun crimes, this situation could so easily escalate into a more devastating scenario where people start using more powerful weapons, and thus begin to cause even more harm than is currently happening in Bermuda.

In closing, let’s pray for world peace, for peace in Bermuda and give thanks. Even though we have our problems, we are still very blessed and highly favoured!

And now, The Top 20

Still at #1 is

Thrift Shop by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz.

Soaring to #2 is

Suit and Tie, by Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z.

Tumbling to #3 is

F*ckn Problems by A$ap Rocky.

Falling to #4 is

Scream and Shout by will.i.am and Britney Spears.

Down to #5 is

Right Now by Rihanna and David Guetta.

Improving to #6 is

Harlem Shake by Bauer.

Slipping to #7 is

Bring it to Me by Kes and the Band.

Down to #8 is

She Ready by Machel Montano

Down one space into the #9 spot is

Don’t You Worry Child, by the Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin.

Up to #10 is

Started from the Bottom by Drake, arguably the hottest rapper in the game.

On the way up at #11 is

Sweet Nothing by Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch.

Tumbling to #12 is

Nah Go Change (One Cent) by Demarco

Way up to #13 is a former essential selection,

As Your Friend by Chris Brown featuring Afrojack.

Improving to #14 is last week’s essential new tune,

Beam Me Up (Kill Mode) by Cazzette.

Stay, by Rihanna, falls to #15. This really is a sweet ballad.

Up to #16 is

Sexy People (The Fiat Song) by Arianna featuring Pitbull.

Improving to #17 is another ballad,

When I Was Your Man, by Bruno Mars.

New at #18 is

Feel This Moment by Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera.

Down to #19 is

Surge by Clockwork featuring Wynter Gordon.

Tumbling to #20 is

Don’t Stop The Party, by Pitbull.

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Published April 19, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated April 18, 2013 at 7:23 pm)

Let’s pray for peace both here and abroad

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