Then and now

It’s fucked up to spend all day in a class about the Book of Judges, reading account after account about how Yhwh is understood to have demonstrated his love for the ancient people of Israel by helping them kill all their neighboring enemies – and then come home to this:

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This image (NYT) comes from airstrikes that occurred in Gaza City today.  This particular child was buried when the Israeli army destroyed a house filled with thirty people – because, naturally, the house belongs to a member of Hamas.  Other highlights from today’s airstrikes are that a U.N. school was hit, killing at least 30.

The most tragic thing is, this new violence isn’t new at all.  There have been 2800 years at minimum, and counting, of cyclical violence in this region – between roughly the same ethnic groups.  So will somebody please explain to me how even more violence now is going to finally achieve the peace for which both sides have so long been fighting?

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One Response to “Then and now”

  1. Fran Says:

    Tom, I can’t find any words about this situation. I am hollowed out and left with the feelings of rage accompanied by despair.

    Your post hit me in a way that others have not. And yes – how fucked up is it?

    I saw a bumpersticker on the way to work yesterday that said something like “Why do we kill people who kill people to make sure they don’t kill people?”

    That photo – I can’t even speak any more.


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