Yeah you don't tug on Superman's cape
You don't spit into the wind
You don't pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger
And you don't mess around with Slim
Jim Croce - You Don't Mess Around With Jim
The logic of firing missiles into Israel completely escapes me. I fail to understand what Hamas hoped to accomplish. Maybe there's some bravado driven slaps on the back that makes this all worth-while to them. Maybe it's their way of solidifying their base. The political, social, humanitarian and spiritual result of terrorism always seems to be negative outside of the few perpetrators who receive some form of self satisfaction in their horrible deeds.
Much more can be accomplished by embracing the non-violent methods of outstanding leaders such as Martin Luther King and Gandhi. The world would be far more supportive of injustices inflicted on and the needs of the Palestinian people if we all didn't have to do a collective 'yea but' because of terrorism.
This in no way excuses Israel from the wrong they have done to the Palestinians. Military occupation always leads to human rights abuses and bad feelings between the parties which has been exasperated by foreign settlements and the hated wall of separation. 'Shock and awe' military excesses especially for punishment is always unjustified. It doesn't deter terrorism, it feeds it a high protein diet because of the deaths, injuries and hardships it forces upon a largely innocent civilian population.
Bush is not blameless. Removing the US from the peace process from the earliest days of his administration was an invitation to kaos. His forceful encouragement of having votes too early in Afghanistan, Iraq and among the Palestinians in his zeal to have instant democracies only brought him instant Karma and disaster for the people of those nations. His embracing of excessive violence over diplomacy has been a disaster for the Middle East and legitimized its use among others inclined to embrace this bloody trap.
The hope of Obama is diplomacy. The hope of diplomacy is people putting aside past grievances, many of which are horrendously terrible and heart wrenching, in favor of mutual cooperation, security and growth.
Loving your enemy, doing good things for them and forgiveness, as Christ taught, needs to be embraced by the Christian community so that we can be legitimate brokers for peace rather than antagonists for doom and destruction.
Whoever says he is in the light,
yet hates his brother, is still in the darkness.
Whoever loves his brother remains in the light,
and there is nothing in him to cause a fall.
Whoever hates his brother is in darkness;
he walks in darkness
and does not know where he is going
because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
1 Jn 2
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