Without Doubt

Without Doubt

Without doubt, there is no awakening. We wake from our sleep or dreams.

The Japanese pilots could not doubt when they dived their aircrafts at the American battleships in Pearl Harbour. It was their religious obedience to their emperor. It was warfare. Their targets were military.

The Nazis could not doubt when they carried out the holocaust. The Ku Klux Kan had no doubt when they slaughtered blacks.

The Muslim hijackers could not doubt when they made the jetliners crash the World Trade Towers. They had faith in an afterlife in heaven. They might even believe they were righteous martyres.

The suicide bombers could not doubt when they detonated their bombs among children with their mothers. They believed in sacrificing the innocent, religiously.

They were the ‘true believers’. (The True Believer. Eric Hoffer. New York: Harper & Row, 1951.) It was fanaticism.

Some were in a trance.

Once you doubt, you wake up to horror at what you are going to do: you cannot do it.

LH Kwan 2006.3.2 Canada

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