Cultural understanding, goodwill and peace


I have some very mixed feelings about a letter recently written to the U-B.

First off, I have tried to figure out exactly what the point of the letter was. Did Craig Buchanan want to inform the world that Muslims work for TSA? That is great. We have people on the front line who really care about our travel safety.

Did Mr. Buchanan want to let us know we have exchange students attending Wa-Hi who are Muslim? That is also great. It shows acceptance and understanding.

Did Mr. Buchanan want to let us know that he is accepting to all religions? I sure hope so. One thing everyone needs to learn is to have an understanding of differences of culture. Everyone needs to learn to have peace in their hearts. Everyone needs to have a heart full of goodwill.

In 1947 a group of volunteer ambulance drivers from World War I and World War II initiated student exchange programs to provide an avenue for peace, goodwill and cultural understanding.

This organization is American Field Service (AFS). In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower initiated a sister city program to promote peace, cultural understanding and goodwill so we would not have to endure the waste of war. Walla Walla and Sasayama, Japan, have been sister cities for over 40 years. Long before either of the above two programs, Black Elk of the Ogalla Sioux proclaimed there would never be peace until there was peace in the hearts of mankind.

In the United States of America we are made up of a citizenry of every country in the world. We are made up of every religion of the world. We are made up of every ethnic background in the world. Within the United States of America most of us have learned to live in peace, attempt to understand the cultural differences, volunteer and promote goodwill.

Mr. Buchanan’s expressions are not right, not wrong, but different.

Hopefully Mr. Buchanan can learn to respect the rights of others, appreciate their differences and learn as well as understand the cultural differences.

Robert Keatts

Chairman, Walla Walla-Sasayama Sister City Committee



namvet60 says...

Understanding of one and all. An amazing reflection.

Posted 15 July 2013, 1:57 p.m. Suggest removal

fatherof5 says...

namvet, your ridicule of the concept of understanding others would seem to indicate that you believe you have little to learn from foreigners and that your culture must be the best culture ever.

I would recommend [this short article][1] on ethnocentrism and see what you think.


Posted 15 July 2013, 7:57 p.m. Suggest removal

PearlY says...

Are you sure he was ridiculing Mr. Keatts? He could have meant it sincerely.

You have to admit, though, that Mr. Keatts's letter was a little heavy on the Kumbaya factor. There is a place for the peacemaker and a place for the warrior in this world. And we're all worse off if they get their places mixed up.

Posted 15 July 2013, 10:09 p.m. Suggest removal

fatherof5 says...

I'm pretty sure, PearlY. If I was wrong, I will apologize. Namvet often uses the word "amazing" to criticize my posts, AND namvet had previously been defending Mr. Buchanan's letter, so I think I caught his tone. But we'll see...

Posted 15 July 2013, 10:56 p.m. Suggest removal

namvet60 says...

fatherof5 - If everyone were a clinical psychologist we would still disagree (50% effect). Mr Keatts letter theorizes, affording Mr Buchanan the opportunity to express oneself (Mr Buchanan may have had some uncomfortable moments in the past) without condemnation. I have no problem with cultural diversity as long as it is legal and under the guidelines (The Constitution) of the Red, White & Blue of the United States of America. I do not dwell on foreign culture due to defining my own lifestyles and living in the cultures (some forced upon us) we currently exist in.

I prefer to stay with a short and sweet ":)" post so it also behooves the persons trying to analyze people through there postings to get a better perspective of that person. I was not defending Mr Buchanan's letter but objecting to the condemnation there of.

You see fatherof5 we will hardly ever agree because we do not look out the same window and we do not see the same reflection. So I would not expect an apology - Thank You very much.

Posted 16 July 2013, 9:07 a.m. Suggest removal

fatherof5 says...

Okay. I'm still not any clearer as to whether you were being sarcastic with your "amazing reflection" comment regarding Mr. Keatts' letter, but I do agree that you and I look out of different windows. It's not often my post is shorter than yours, so I'll leave it at that.

Posted 16 July 2013, 2:34 p.m. Suggest removal

namvet60 says...

Read the last paragraph of my post and reflect from that. What I espoused was not sarcasm.

What you believe and comprehend are hard for me to understand but my posts are from my thoughts and beliefs. :)

Posted 16 July 2013, 2:53 p.m. Suggest removal

downhillracer says...

But yet you were supportive of Mr. Buchanan's letter, it's no wonder folks find it difficult to follow the most prolific U-B troll.

Posted 16 July 2013, 3:18 p.m. Suggest removal

namvet60 says...

Don't let ignorance overshadow your stupidity. Your posts are nothing but innuendos with no clarity or substance what so ever.

Posted 16 July 2013, 3:32 p.m. Suggest removal

chicoli says...

Let me interject...Oops, I should not use "interject" when posting as
I'll be interrupting no one! Downhillracer, carefull...namvet is just warming up by "interjecting " the word "stupidity" as usual. Aside from this, I don't have the foggiest idea as to what he is trying to "espouse"!

Posted 17 July 2013, 5:18 p.m. Suggest removal

Jo99362 says...

I believe the point is that we are all different based on our past, race, religion, environment, etc. America may eventually get over it's fear/ignorance about Muslims. We eventually got over the issue of Japan & WWII that we didn't need to send any Asian looking people to concentration camps anymore.

Posted 17 July 2013, 3:20 p.m. Suggest removal

ImJustSayin says...

Currently it's not the Japanese crashing planes into buildings or shooting soldiers on a military base or blowing up spectators at a race. It's also not the Canadians, the Australians, the Swiss, the Italians and so on. If people are a little leery of Muslims who want to kill Americans, they have that right. And note I reference those Muslims who want to kill us....not the entire group.

Posted 19 July 2013, 7:30 a.m. Suggest removal

PearlY says...

We eventually got over the "issue of Japan" because we defeated it. You make it sound like US animosity toward Japan during WWII was based on some kind of irrational "fear/ignorance". Sure, there was a nasty racial overlay to it, but we were at war with them because they were at war with us and pretty nasty about it (read about their treatment of POWs ). And we occupied the country for nearly seven years after its defeat.

Posted 19 July 2013, 8:40 a.m. Suggest removal

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