Sunday, July 6, 2014

Standing on the brink...

I've lived in this country for 21 years (as of next month). I can't count how many times we have been on the brink of war; on the edge of yet another series of days of endless worry as we listen to the news and wonder how and when it will end and if this time, like the last time, was just another instance of cutting back the top of the plant without destroying the roots.

It's really all about the roots - the roots of violence, of hatred, of endless attempts to accomplish what they failed in 1929, 1936, 1948, 1956, 1967, 1973, 1982, 2000, 2006, 2008, violence and almost every year in between, before and after, by political maneuverings, propaganda, and outright lies.

We are, once again, where we were in 2008 when my oldest son was sent to war and again in 2012, when he was again called up as part of a mobilization of reserve forces.

Then, as now, the option of where we go - forward to war or back away from the brink, rests with Gaza and Hamas. Meanwhile, we passed another Shabbat with tremendous violence - over 15 rockets, rioting, buses damaged from more attacks...the brink seems closer today than it has in a long, long time.

1 comment:

Cindy said...

Last night my daughter and I stood in our backyard listening to the dozens and dozens of fireworks going off as a celebration of our nation's independence. We both looked at each other and at the same time said, "I wonder if this is what it sounds like to live in a war zone?" I can't imagine what you must be going through. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers.

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