9.1.09

As you sow, so shall you reap

I stopped watching news on TV. I could not go on with this feeling of guilt that haunts me every time I see a new report. I don't understand how thousands of houses can be destroyed like that, living tens of thousands of Palestinians with no refuge. I can't comprehend how the dead cannot even get the least they deserve, a decent burial, as their bodies lie in the streets and under the rubble.
However, this didn't stop the images of the attacks in Gaza finding their way to me. The hardest is too graphic to be mentioned here. But the images that express the daily plight of those who survived are too strong to ignore.
The Red Cross explains how its teams found young children exhausted in the rubble of their homes as the clutched to the dead bodies of their mothers. Another picture of three children coming out of their collapsing home covered in blood and carrying all their belongings, a sweater that might protect them against some of the winter's cold.
What is Israel trying to do in Gaza, no one knows. They refuse to express their goals clearly in order to be able to portray anything they do as a victory. But what they are doing, whether intended or not, is so clear. They are creating a traumatised generation of children who will grow up with the bitterness created by this inhumane attack inside them. They are creating a new generation of warriors who will be committed to the destruction of Israel. And then, 20 years from now, they will come out and say that the Arabs are terrorists! But the fact of the matter is that as you sow, so shall you reap. And those who sow destruction and murder can never reap peace.

4 comments:

nindee said...

Being an ordinary person lives far away from middle east, i've been having a hard time to breath these days.
But maybe those horrible pictures on tv finally wake people up.
Maybe those see no hear no speak no evil attitude will change.

Hang in there.

Bar Kochba said...

Cry and pretend to be the victims. The people of Gaza brought this war upon themselves when they democratically voted Hamas into power and launched over 4000 rockets into Israel. Israel's goal is simple: stop the rocket attacks on Israeli citizens and towns. You are despicable.

Anonymous said...

Hey Nedal,

Glad to see that you are still writing your blog. Keep up the great work, my friend.

- Fred

Ned said...

Hey Fred,
Nice to hear from you. thanks for the message. How's life?

Best.