I have been reading the blog Little-Israel.blogspot.com. Today the blogger, Ilan, posted a 'button' he made, and welcomed readers to use it. I've tried to get it in here, but am technological incapable, at least as far as that goes! (Now, watch, as soon as I hit 'Publish' it will appear-hope so!)
I've tried to figure out how I feel about this latest "Middle East Unrest" and I'm trying to make sense of a headline-"IDF-Hezbollah Clash" I saw on CNN online a few minutes ago.
I'm sorry, "...Clash"?
Is this like the Vietnam "Conflict"? I remember that one.
Anyway, the button I keep trying to paste in here says "NO WAR" and I agree. I am also trying to find the wisdom and possibilities in the philosophy espoused by a commenter at Little-Israel-which is essentially: NO WAR-NOT EVER-FOR ANY REASON.
During Vietnam a popular poster cried out-"WAR IS NOT HEALTHY FOR CHILDREN AND OTHER LIVING THINGS" and featured a child's drawing of a potted plant. Long before I was Fox's Mom, and 'Bas's grammie, I agreed.
War is a horrible, horrible thing.
If the British had not answered Europe's call in September of 1939, would any:
"Mental/Physical Defective*Homosexual*Gypsy*Jehovah's Witness*Non-Aryian*Resistance Fighter*Jew be alive today?
ELEVEN MILLION NON-COMBATANT PEOPLE DIED-BECAUSE THEY WERE A MEMBER OF ANY OF THE ABOVE GROUPS AT THE HANDS OF THE NAZIS-BECAUSE THE NAZIS BELIEVED THE REST OF THE WORLD SO ABHORED WAR AND WAS SO MORALLY BANKRUPT THAT THE NAZIS WOULD NEVER HAVE TO ANSWER FOR WHAT THEY THOUGHT THEY HAD THE IMPUNITY TO INFLICT.
WWII ENDED THAT.
"What if they gave a war and no-one came?" Hope floats.
All that comes back to me as I think about this nightmare, these nightmare days, is this:
Hamas got what they'd been screaming-crying-whining-KILLING-TERRORIZING for:
Sharon issued withdrawal orders, and lo, the settlements were emptied-some by IDF force (imagine having to evict your own people from their own land to give to the people who had been trying to kill your people for many, many years).
His own people were outraged; when life caught up to Ariel Sharon and he became a comatose stroke victim, who/what was blamed for his condition-not for the years of 'hard living', oh hell no!
An unfortunate lot of people, all over the world claimed God was punishing Sharon for giving into the Hama-nice, no?
Hamas responds-by killing two IDF soldiers and kidnapping a third-who is still "Whereabouts Unknown" and his parents are quietly going insane with the worry...
Hezbollah, seeing the relative impunity enjoyed by Hamas for the kidnapping, goes Hamas one better.
Hezbollah kills a soldier, and KIDNAPS TWO.
Both say they want prisoner exchanges.
Israel says "ENOUGH" and responds with missles, air strikes, and a few select ground forces.
After days of waiting for the Lebanese government to decry the acts of Hezbollah (which more than likely would have led to an Israeli cease-fire), the Lebanese government says:
"Thank-You Iran, our dear friends..."
The front pages are filled with photos of: war-torn Lebanese people-particularly grieving widows and injured children; traumatized foreign tourists and their children being evacuated by their respective governments...
Sound bites clamor for precedence-"Where is my government, they really should have planned better for getting us out of foreign countries if a war should break out!"
In British, French, Swiss, American voices-all strident through the utter fear that being on the ground when the bombs begin to drop, and the missles start flying, and the bullets whiz past YOUR ear...
But you know, where are the front page pictures of what the Israelis have gone through?
ONE MORE TIME:
HAMAS INVADED ISRAEL, KILLING AND KIDNAPPING ISRAELIS.
HEZBOLLAH INVADED ISRAEL, KILLING AND KIDNAPPING ISRAELIS.
WAR IS NOT HEALTHY-PERIOD.
But sometimes...sometimes...'cause if you don't, the world becomes one big concentration camp.