Thursday, January 8, 2009

Is It Genocide?!

Is it possible that we are witnessing another genocide -- in Gaza?! How else to explain the horrors suffered by civilians at the hands of Israeli forces? The Geneva Conventions, of which Israel is a signatory, expressly forbid abandoning wounded and sick civilians as well as combatants. Ambulances have been blocked on their missions, forcing the wounded -- many of them children and their mothers -- to suffer unimaginable pain, anguish and preventable deaths. In a truly extraordinary move, the International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (ICRC) broke it's own confidentiality rules. Normally, it would only share complaints and concerns with the offending party. The situation is so dire, however, that ICRC found it necessary to publicly air the facts. It's appalling to think that a nation who's forebears included survivors of the Holocaust are inflicting the same sort of atrocities on their neighbors. BOTH Israelis and Palestinians have the right to exist. Whether they call the Supreme Being God, Allah, Yahweh or any other name, they are bound by His commandments and the laws of Man. I have to wonder if the mothers of children on both sides of this conflict support it. The fighting is no longer confined to distant battlefields. It's being waged in their own neighborhoods and homes. Revenge is perhaps the worst characteristic in mankind. It is hardwired into many cultures and precludes forgiveness and peace. If only some peace-broker could convince all parties to choose a stopping point for revenge from whence all previous affronts and crimes would be forgiven and forgotten. We need to find a way to make waging peace as profitable as waging war. The savings in human life, natural and manmade resources would be huge. Who knows; repurposing all those resources might bring about cures for diseases.

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