Image via WikipediaAs I write this post, terror and grief is taking a stranglehold in Gaza as Israel squares itself for more airstrikes into Palestine. Death toll has climbed to over 360 while civilian casualties are mounting as Israel targets Hamas military and security infrastructures.
Israel towns close to the border with Gaza are themselves being subjected to rocket attacks, and with election only a month away in Israel, it is believed that this incursion into Gaza is meant to cozy up to Israeli electorate who has increasingly shown low regard for Israel leadership’s handling of security matters vis a vis the rocket attacks. It doesn’t help that these same leaders are believed to be taking advantage of the last remaining days of George Bush administration who has proved to be Israel’s top supporter; the same could not be said of President-elect Obama who has professed sympathy to the Palestinian peoples’ aspiration.
I write this post because I’m simply astounded by the sheer non-sense that has gripped my consciousness the past few days. Yesterday, I posted a shameless plea for more reader interaction in this blog. Unrealistically likening it to a wasteland. I feel like I have whored myself with that post.
True I have been lonely. And longing for companionship. But try this – imagining your house getting blown to bits. And your mother, or sister and little brother – shredded to pieces right before your very eyes even before they can fully experience how it is to have lived fully. Try that for size.
And the help you thought will come – international aid in terms of medicine and food – getting rammed at high seas and blockaded elsewhere. Try wrapping around your mind around this.
I’ve been staring at the tempest in my teacup. What a shame. Sheer and utter non-sense.
I’m deeply sorry.
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