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Author states that warfare is a worldwide problem

Jerry Henderson talks to people attending his lecture Saturday.

Renowned Author Jerry Henderson, best known for his crusade against wars and other conflicts in third-world countries, spoke at the Colleton Memorial Library Saturday.

Henderson is an author, educational figure, and consultant. He is also a well-known advocate for democracy, good governance, and conflict mitigation around the globe. Henderson has worked in 20 countries, and was consulted for several international organizations, Including the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the International Foundation for Election Systems, and the Africa-America Institute.

Henderson’s latest book is titled, “Where are the Peacemakers, Commentaries about Peace and War.” He said that this book is meant to be used as an education tool and instrument for audiences. The book was inspired by the Bible, and in particular, Biblical phrase Matthew 5.9, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.” It was additionally written due to the influence of the late Pastor L. C. Loman, who was formerly associated with the Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Brundidge, Alabama.

“Pastor Loman, a wise elderly preacher and teacher of the Gospel, often said to us, ‘Somebody ought to say something.’ Pastor Loman ‘s challenge to us were in references to injustices,” Henderson said. “He would say, in the midst of injustices, ‘Somebody ought to say something.’”

Responding to the late pastor’s call to speak out, Henderson, who was born in Alabama, has said a lot. During the past 30 years, Henderson has been engaged in, worked in, and exposed to 11 wars and other hostile encounters around the globe. Henderson said that, it is from this exposure to war, conflict, bloodshed, killings, and destruction, that he stresses that God’s children can do much better.

“The ultimate security of this world is linked to truth,” Henderson said. “Year after year, decade after decade, century after century, war has and is being tried. War has not worked, is not working, and will not work.”

Henderson noted that needless suffering and pain, killings, death, bloodshed, and destruction will only bring about more of the same thing. “All problems have solutions. The problem is war, and the only solution is peace, and not peace talks,” he said. “Human life is precious and very important. More peacemakers are needed and needed now.”

On Saturday, more said recent attacks on American soldiers and citizens by people of the Muslim faith in other countries were not all that out of the ordinary. “Yemen, Syria, Egypt and other middle eastern countries are dangerous for people to go to People have to actually contemplate the reality of this. All this madness is not about a film. The world was a very chaotic place before that film was ever released,” Henderson said.

Henderson was referring to a film put together by Nakoula Basseley, who posted it on You Tube. After it was viewed by people in Muslim countries, a series of violent events erupted because many thought it mocked the Muslim Prophet Mohammed. You Tube officials were asked to discontinue airing the film completely, but refused to do so. Officials did, however, block the film from view in several Middle Eastern countries.

In Libya, four people were killed, including American Ambassador to Libya Chris Stephens. In Afghanistan, four members of the American military were killed by people they were training to become part of that country’s police force. Fifty one of our soldiers have been killed in this manner so far this year. The instruction of the police force’s candidates was suspended after the latest killings. In Egypt, four days of violent protests occurred, and it has been reported that some of the protesters were paid to do so.

Henderson also referred to a passage spoken by the Honorable Baba Diri Margaret, a member of the Parliament of Uganda, Kobo District, in East Africa. He said, “The people who are most effected in these wars are innocent men, women, children, and persons with disabilities. I would strongly encourage other peacemakers around the world to study this book and use it as a tool and reference material in lobbying to bring about peace.”