I will be the first to admit that I am not an expert on the history of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. There are such deep roots to this that at some point, life and peace must become more important than hatred.
In the Little Book of Atheist Spirituality, French philosopher Andre Comte-Sponville writes:
People do not murder one another for mathematics, or for any other science – nor for any other true fact, once its truth has been established. They murder each other for the sake of what they do not know, or what they are unable to prove. Thus, religious wars are a powerful argument against all forms of religious dogmatism (73).
Granted, there is more to this conflict than religion, but that’s at the heart of it. Religion is behind the politics and behind the hatred and behind the distrust and behind the violence and behind the insanity.
What moral or ethical voice does the United States have left in matters such as this after Iraq? And after all but abandoning the peace process with Israel and Palestinian authorities for eight years?
We don’t know how to wage peace, we have forgotten its language and its practices. We don’t know how to make friends, we don’t know how to allow for others to be differnt without making them monsters and enemies.
This I do know, this. Iron fists continue to build resentment and hatred and Peace saves lives.
I want to curse them both, Israeli’s, Palestinians. Stop, just stop. For God’s sake, For Allah’s sake, For Pete’s sake, for anyone’s sake, I’ll give one of you Arizona. Just. Please. Stop. Says the American whose country made rubble out of Iraq and tortures terror suspects in the name of protecting human rights and freedom.
A Peace on All Our Houses.