His Excellency Barack
President of the United States of America
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20500-0001
Respected Mr. President:
It is with deep admiration
and joy that the American people recently celebrated the
inauguration of their leader whom they had wisely re-elected.
I join them in their joy and would also like to add my heartfelt
congratulations for Your Excellency’s dedicated start
of a second term as President of the great United States.
During your recent State
of the Union address, you announced that 34,000 US troops
in Afghanistan, over half of those deployed, will be brought
home by February 2014, and that by the end of next year,
the war would be over. This momentous promise of peace will
surely translate into one of your most remarkable accomplishments
as President. Your legacy already shines with the progress
made through your initiatives, in such forms as the creation
of millions of jobs, the prevention of steep tax increases
for most American people, and improved protection for consumers,
students, and those at risk of poverty and homelessness.
You are bringing more access to healthcare, bettering the
immigration system, improving education, reducing the nation’s
drug problem through drug courts and rehabilitation programs,
improving access to business capital for minorities, women,
and veterans, and defending the rights of all co-citizens
regardless of their race, religion, gender or gender orientation.
In addition, you have promoted stricter gun control laws
to curb violence, ended the war in Iraq, and have been advancing
global nuclear disarmament. Through all these initiatives,
you have always done your best to prioritize the genuine
interest, safety, and happiness of the people.
It has been proven that
those whose names are etched with reverence in both human
history and in Heaven share certain qualities: They act
with benevolence, lead lifestyles of compassion, and adhere
to a love of peace as well as an unwavering love for the
well-being of their fellow humans. You, Mr. President, are
clearly among these great individuals worthy of enduring
praise, especially with this prudent choice to withdraw
troops from Afghanistan. This stands out as one of your
best decisions and one of the finest victories that a peacemaker
could achieve. You truly are a great peacemaker.
Thanks to your compassionate
decision, countless lives will be saved; there will be fewer
widows and widowers, orphans and mourning parents, both
Afghan and American. Scores of unnecessary injuries that
indiscriminately maim young and old for life will be prevented.
The soldiers will come home and use their strength, talent,
and idealism to contribute to a better society. Husbands,
wives, and children will be reunited and gradually look
forward to living normal lives together. Their nation will
have a chance to rebuild, while yours will grow stronger
and more prosperous because so much will be saved in terms
of financial costs and youth at the prime of their lives.
In turn, the entire world will benefit from these reverberations
of peace and harmony.
Only great men with
both courageous spirits and loving hearts are capable of
putting forth such peaceful decisions, and, moreover, are
capable of turning those decisions into reality. Peace is
everyone’s dream as much as it is the intrinsic nature
of all humans, and you are making this shared dream come
true. For this, we thank you. In the name of all citizens
in the world, we bow to God in gratitude, and Heaven and
Earth praise your heroic deed. You will be honored here
on Earth and hereafter in Heaven because we know God loves
those who love and protect Hiers children by peaceful means.
Your example of peacemaking
will spread throughout the whole world and contribute to
global harmony, while your spiritual merit will multiply.
Your family and nation will be proud and will inherit this
meritorious deed, which will be a blessing in all aspects,
including health, happiness, prosperity, peace, love, and
spiritual upliftment. I thank you again. And may Heaven
grant you multifold blessings as you have granted lifesaving
blessings to multifold beings in this world. “As you
sow, so shall you reap.”
In your honor following
this peacemaking event, I will contribute US$250,000 for
the victims of war, including bereft widows, orphans, and
lonely elderly, via the Afghan embassy, if possible. If
not, then the contribution will be sent through the Red
Crescent Society or another benevolent organization.
Our most sincere and
humble wishes for your good health and a second term with
even greater success than the first.
God bless you and God
bless America. All praise to God, all blessing to love,
all glory to peace.
Supreme Master Ching Hai