News on the television show me pictures of dead men, women, children, and even of the elderly. A bomb blew up a house or ten, what does it matter? 15 Palestinians dead after air raid on…, 2 Americans died after a bomb went off in…, 9 Iraqis died from a blast in… What does it matter really? Human blood has become a cheap commodity in the hands of the world politicians.
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Send 150,000 troops….. relocate the troops….. tell the troops they will be here longer than expected. Don’t these people have families that love them? They want to be home and safe also. Sadly, they are sent to kill people living in their own safe homes, people who have done nothing to them, who they have never met or heard of in their lives.
So here is what happens, a few families are eradicated, a couple of hundred orphaned, and a couple of thousand are wounded. They start fighting back, and they are instant criminals-terrorists-murderers (whatever the new word is). Soon, both parties are criminals, no one knows who is right or wrong anymore, no one wants to take the time or effort to find out. Let’s just bomb the hell out of each other and kill off the planet; because honestly, I don’t have the heart to watch the news anymore.
For the sake of what? Greed? Hate? I seem to have forgotten. Just fight the one wearing the other uniform. You see your blood is a bargain, and so is mine. Who is going to care if my house is bombed while I am in it, are they going to know who I am? Are you going to remember me, or know that I died for the sake of something-I don’t even know what it is? Just kill me and get it over with. You won’t gain anything and neither will I, but maybe some politician somewhere will be content.
Your blood is cheap and so is mine, but mine might be cheaper. You see, I am a woman, and I am from that part of the world where people are killed just for being human. My brother, my sister, if one day you should carry a gun and face me, I will forgive you because I know you don’t want to be holding it in your hand. If I should defend myself forgive me also. I pray that at that moment of insanity we will look each other in the eyes and remember our humanity and forget politics. I hope a moment of sanity in the midst of chaos makes you my friend instead.
"Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding" Khalil Gibran, The Prophet