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Ring In 2016 By Rejecting The Politics Of Fear And Hate

12/23/2015 05:49 EST | Updated 12/23/2016 05:12 EST
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GRAND RAPIDS, MI - DECEMBER 21: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to guests at a campaign rally on December 21, 2015 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The full-house event was repeatedly interrupted by protestors. Trump continues to lead the most polls in the race for the Republican nomination for president. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

As we say farewell to the passing year, I hope the world will unite to say goodbye to the voices of intolerance, division and hate.

I hope that just as Canadians overcame the voice of intolerance and embraced the voice of hope in the election, the Americans will follow suit to reject policies of fear and hate, and choose a voice of sanity that would bring people together.

I can't imagine what our world will look like if Donald Trump becomes the commander-in-chief of the most powerful nation in the world.

My hope is to see a positive and real change in European countries where radical conservatives have dominated the arena.

We only think of particular faith communities when we discuss radicalism. We think of Muslims, but in reality, there are fanatics in every community, including politics. These radicals are probably worse than the one we usually talk about.

Imagine if the Republican radical Donald Trump gains access to the nuclear button, and the impact this could have on our global village.

He will not hesitate to use nuclear weapons if elected as president, according to his campaign spokesperson, Katrina Pierson. On Fox's The O'Reilly Factor, she wondered aloud, "What good does it do to have a good nuclear triad if you're afraid to use it?"

As we have seen in Trump, radicals come in different shapes and sizes. As we track down the so-called Islamic radicalism, we should do the same about other radicals and try to figure out who had played a role to radicalize people like Mr. Trump.

Sadly, humanity as a whole has been sidelined, and voices of sanity suppressed. Only voices of intolerance and extremism are doing any talking. They have effectively hijacked the arena of discourse.

I hope we will all unite to reclaim the banner from these fanatics who are ruining our planet and creating mischief on the land.

They need to be confronted and told the universe is vast enough to accommodate all of humanity, irrespective of colour and creed. We should learn to live and let live.

The world is not as narrow as they portray it to be with the lines they have drawn in the sand, claiming that you are either with us or with the enemy.

We need to show these radicals like Trump and his ilk that the universe is bigger than them and their narrow-minded ideas.

I hope the New Year will be a prosperous one where mankind will once again rediscover its sense of humanity and try to resolve its issues with rationale and dialogue instead of the barrel of the gun and spilling more blood.

My ultimate hope is to see the United States and its allies avoid resorting to bombings that will never bring peace and instead create more death and destruction, fueling instability and chaos.

I hope to see them using their intellect and sanity to tackle the crisis we as humans are facing around the globe.

I really hope to see peace throughout our planet where humans respect one another once again and live in peace and harmony.

Happy New Year.

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