Arm the World with Books not Guns

Nobel Prize prize winner Malala Yousafzai says President Barack Obama should arm the world with books, not guns.  This is a very naive statement from a 17 year old girl though her cause is an honourable one.  In the wake of the terrorist attacks on Canada, and current world events I object to the naivete.

My aunt was a nun, a woman of God. She was extremely well educated. One day while she was home visiting (at the time she was stationed in Congo, Africa), we were out for a beer, lol, yes she was a nun and loved a beer now and then. We talked about many things. I miss her a lot. She died a number of years ago. I digress.

Anyway, one of our topics of discussion was the military and war. I asked her what she thought of fighting and war. Being in Haiti and Africa for so long and seeing the atrocities I valued her opinion, for she too, knew both sides. She looked at me and said, “sometimes you have to fight for what is right, you cannot let the forces of evil win whatever those forces are.”

This statement came from a well educated woman of God and a former teacher that was helping the far less fortunate in Africa to recover from their physical nightmares in their own environment.

Yes, we need to educate, and maybe two generations from now we will have enough educated though that too is debatable. This girl is from a region where girls were denied education. Perhaps her words on education specifically should be shelved and redirected at equality. Had Malala not had people fighting for her, she would not be here now. Had she not been sent to Britain for rehab after being shot by the Taliban, who knows what would have happened to her.  She comes from a region where FGM (female genital mutilation) is common as is in many other Muslim places.  Most of us object to that.  Both the denial of education and FGM are religious and oppressive actions.

Sometimes you have to fight. There’s a saying in the United States, where gun control is concerned and sadly it is as true globally as it is in the USA.

“When you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns.”

I for one am not interested in being complacent to ISIS, or Boka Haram, or Taliban, or any other faction that prefers those people that oppose them due to their religious or cultural views to be dead.  Terrorism must be stopped … at all costs.  It is everywhere, it is global, and it is also from within our own borders.

Now, more importantly than a nun, though she was Mother General of her order, perhaps we should look to the most peaceful religious leader of the century to see what he says …

“I want to make it clear, however, that although I am deeply opposed to war, I am not advocating appeasement. It is often necessary to take a strong stand to counter unjust aggression.” ~Dalai Lama

So, let us take some pride in our governments that want to end religious persecution and oppression in the face of arms, and let us honour those fighting for our lives as they freely give of themselves and continue to, “love us into freedom.~Sister Alice,” for that, that is exactly what they are doing.


National Anthem of Canada – English and French

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.


Ô Canada!
Terre de nos aïeux,
Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux!
Car ton bras sait porter l’épée,
Il sait porter la croix!
Ton histoire est une épopée
Des plus brillants exploits.
Et ta valeur, de foi trempée,
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.


The French version has slightly different meaning, both, are a blessing.

O Canada!
Land of our forefathers,
Thy brow is wreathed with a glorious garland of flowers.
As is thy arm ready to wield the sword,
So also is it ready to carry the cross.
Thy history is an epic
Of the most brilliant exploits.
Thy valour steeped in faith
Will protect our homes and our rights


Listen to the palms and sing “Oh Canada,” proud, to be part of two nations …

~Loca Gringa

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