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Laudable Directive May Draw Talent to Banks

 

 

Dear Editors,

As the public debate on whether or not to forgive the imprisoned former Derg officials lingers on, we are being treated to all sorts of wayward opinions.

Two confused and confounded contributions to this newspaper spurred me to respond. In his letter headlined, “Derg officials’ imprisonment lenient punishment for atrocities” (Volume 11, No 559, January 16, 2011) Daniel W. Selassie expressed his shock and outrage that I had forgiven the killers of my “Prince” father.

I simply wonder what his reaction would be when he learns - perhaps for the first time - that the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, had himself forgiven those who crucified him.

Would Daniel then be equally shocked?


In the same edition, the longwinded view of Makonnen Endalkatchew headlined, “Opposition to pardon in search for justice, not vengeance,” he preached that, “Repentance and religion are the last refuges of the desperate.”

I have no doubt that Christians and Muslims alike would regard such an assertion as the mother of all gaffes. Religion provides inspiration, not perspiration.

Trying to instil the virtues of forgiveness in someone who believes that repentance is for the desperate would be like trying to square a circle.

 

 

Mulugeta Aserate Kassa
mulu.akassa@ethiopianembassy.ie
Dublin, Ireland

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