All You Need Is Love

In 2002, we shared a story from the Atlantic Monthly called “How the Terrorists Stopped Terrorism.” The story of how these extremists were changed by giving them something to live for instead of die for is food for thought. Read the story here.


Photo by Roger McLassus via Wikimedia Commons

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    I wonder if there is lasting hope within young people who pay allegiance but have no real political power. The tough issue seems to be changing those who have allegiance and big political power. Power and money is often a deadly potion that people can’t resist. It seems to always lead to corruption and brutal authoritarianism to maintain that power status. I know there has been a lot said that the young unemployed youth of places like Libya, Egypt and other countries have used the social media to push forward the Arab Spring. However, what we see are the men still grabbing for power and protecting their own interests. I have to agree with Hilary Clinton and others that the future for peace in these countries lies in the education of women and the freedom to equally participate in society. In countries where women have the same rights and opportunities as men, there are more stability and peace.

    • MaryJane says:

      That’s the reason I bristled when I read the part about finding “pretty” women for the men. It’s been shown over and over again that when women are allowed to flourish there is more stability and peace in regions that are chronically war-torn.

  2. Karlyne says:

    I found it crazy that it worked. But, then, when you think about it, all anyone (unless he is a sociopath) ever wants is to love and be loved, right? And yet I still find it crazy.

    And another thing I found crazy was that these “pretty” girls went for it. Is the world getting crazier, or is it just my perception of it?

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