While talking on the phone with my dad today, of course we spent some time talking about the situation over there since (to those of you who don’t know already) he happens to be living in Israel where things are very scary right now. Everyone who is praying for peace is expecting Barack Obama to swoop in with Hillary by his side and fix all that mess somehow. Wouldn’t want to be in either of their shoes what with all these extremists on one side and the other screaming bloody murder.
It makes me sad to think that one generation after another of Arab children are taught to hate the Jews and the Israelis in particular with propaganda campaigns that, if they weren’t directly inspired by them, make the Nazis look almost like amateurs by comparison. It saddens me that all these Palestinians who were just living their lives are taken hostage by politicians and their own agendas and forced to live like refugees in what was their only home for countless generations. And the truly nightmarish part is that there are many who are doing everything in their power to provoke a war. As if that was ever the solution to anything.
And all I can do is sit here on my comfortable couch far removed from it all and hope and pray that somehow a miracle will happen and everyone will wake up, come to their senses and realize we are, all of us human beings made of the same flesh and bones and how senseless it is to spill more blood. If only they realized that with some good will on all sides, compromises can be reached. But of course, men of war don’t seek to make compromises. “If we can’t have it, then neither can they” they’re probably saying, like children fighting over some toy. But when there are bombs and missiles involved nobody calls it a game anymore. Even though war, at the end of the day, is just politicians playing Russian roulette with other people’s lives.
So what is there left to do? Well I’m a child of the 60’s so there’s always this—maybe if we all sing it loud enough then they’ll stop and listen?
(By the way, the video was recorded right here at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal where John Lennon and Yoko Ono had their bed-in in 1969)