chief Rabbi in
… Jonathan Sacks… says
the greatest weapon of mass destruction is the human heart.
quote is especially true today when we hear so much about terrorism
whole world has been disturbed by the recent events in
when terrorists took over a school in
and over three hundred people died as a result.
of the dead were children.
newspaper… the Guardian… reported the Ossetian men are now angry.
They say their revenge is blood for blood. They want to take three
times more blood for the dead children than the terrorists did.
Russian authorities are worried.
to the Russian intelligence reports… most if not all of the
terrorists involved in the school siege are now dead.
the men from
want to take out revenge… the only people who will most likely be in
the centre of this revenge… will be the people from the same nation
…. the same country as the terrorists.
are reports some of the terrorists were Ingushetian… a country
… some were Russian… some Aarabic… and some Chechen.
means more violence and death is to be expected in the Southern region
sad certain nations are going to be blacklisted only because some
terrorists came out of them.
father went to work in
over ten years ago. He is a building engineer and his contract was to
build houses in the destroyed capital of
was working under the protection and command of the Russian
authorities… yet his employees were Chechens.
admitted to me once he was worried about working under such
circumstances. He heard many stories about how violent and hot
tempered the Chechens could be. He had his own prejudices.
when he arrived in
and started working with the people… he realised they were just like
him. They were normal human beings with dreams and hopes and plans for
would sometimes go and visit them in their homes for a dinner or a
drink. He would learn about their culture and understand how their
religion influenced their lives.
once told him they couldn’t understand why he had only one wife. As
Muslims… they would marry more than once and they tried to encourage
my father to do the same. He laughed it off and said one wife was
enough for him.
would simply talk to them like he would to any other friend.
he also knew the very same people would go out at night and kill
he returned into his own country… he came back with a different
understood the people a bit more. He knew they hated the Russian
occupation. They wanted their freedom and that was what they were
didn’t just have one sided prejudiced view of
. He knew things were more complicated than just seeing the Chechens
as barbaric terrorists.
have changed greatly over the ten years since my father last visited
. There might be more terrorist groups. There might be more violence.
the common people are still the same. They still dream about peace,
about re-building their own homes and possibly about living in a free
those angry men from
decide to go and revenge their dead children… they will most likely
want to kill the Chechens and Ingushetians. They might be able to find
terrorist groups among the people. But I’m afraid they will most
likely go and kill anyone from those nations. They will not care
whether their victims are terrorists or just innocent women or
children. After all the terrorists in the school didn’t care either.
problem is though these men will then unleash a circle of killing and
revenging the killing and revenging the revenge of the killing. And
this circle of violence will never end because there will be too many
people and families involved in the killing in order to revenge their
Jonathan Sacks says… the greatest weapon of mass destruction IS the
human heart because its anger has no boundaries. When it explodes it
spreads and infects others with the self same anger and lust for
we are able to stop and control our anger and forgive those who’ve
hurt us… we will never be able to stop the revengeful circle of
violence. We will only bring more pain into this world… not healing.