I don’t look to the leadership of either the Israelis or Palestinians for any hope at all. I look to God and, God willing, the small and unheard of people who are, on both sides, determined to live in peace. People like Pelosi, who pretend that Hamas is (I am not making this up) a “humanitarian organization” (presumably firing, not rockets, but rapid delivery pyrotechnic fun kits for kidz!) are not treating with reality. Similarly, people who seriously pretend that Israel’s treatment of Palestinians has been something other than barbaric for the past generation and a half are likewise not treating with reality. Not without reason does “self-hating Jew” Jon Stewart accurately describe our state and media support for anything and everything Israel does to the inhabitants of the world’s largest open air prison as a “Moebius strip”:
The bottom line is that both Palestinian and Israeli leaders–and the zealous American supporters of Israel and zealous European supporters of Hamas–all favor murdering children for the greater good.
Meanwhile, particularl in the case of this God-damned (and I mean that with technical precision) war, I think more and more of Pope Benedict’s words: “We must begin asking ourselves whether as things stand, with new weapons that cause destruction that goes well beyond the groups involved in the fight, it is still licit to allow that a ‘just war’ might exist.”
I don’t have answers about what Israel is supposed to do about Hamas. But I do think I have an answer for me about what I should do with the leadership of both warring peoples. I have no business backing either side with my money, since both are, at the end of the day, powers that use my money to murder children. I can’t fix it. But I don’t see why I need to be party to either of the powers in this power struggle. I’d rather put my support toward the small and quiet people who are working below the radar healing and building and not toward the butchers on either side who are killing and destroying.
Update: Here’s another small light as a Lebanese newscaster takes a stand against the butchers.