I have been a news junkie for a long time and I don’t know that it is good for me anymore. The world, or should I say the news, is depressing. And the 24-hour news stations are worse. The repeat the same things over and over and over, usually not even bothering to change the words or the videos. I have decided this means that I watch it way too much. I don’t even watch the same station, but go back and forth. It still doesn’t change. This post is not really about the media, however, nor is it about my watching too much news. Nor is it about how in addition to this; I read not one, but two political printed materials. This is about all the comments I am reading about the current war between Israel and Hamas.
The conservatives are mostly on the Israeli side, while the liberals are mostly on the Palestinian side. No one is on the Hamas side. At least no one that I have heard about in the media, and as I have established I pay attention.
I do believe that every country has a right to defend itself. I mean could you imagine if a country was digging tunnels into the US? Oh yeah, they are. And the US went to war with a country who really didn’t do anything to us, no one got upset about that for a long time. And when we did go to war with the country that MAY have been responsible for attacking us, we haven’t done such a great job. I don’t have totals, however, I wonder just how many civilians have been killed in these wars. Of course they were, doesn’t anyone remember “Shock and Awe?”
The thing that is causing my anger to rise is that no one is talking about HAMAS, which “everyone” agrees is a terrorist organization that wants to destroy Israel. People in the US are protesting the death of civilian Palestinians being killed by Israel; and , I agree, I do not like the death toll either. And it infuriates me that these people cannot get out of this piece of land. How can this be? There should always be a way to flee the country. Not just in times of war, but also for natural disaster or spread of disease. After all, the supposed “decision makers” of Hamas are not even in Gaza, they are safely in Qatar; again according to the media. So who is getting killed, the poor Palestinians who are trapped in a no win situation. And they are trapped with tunnels and bombs that are part of their homes, schools, hospitals and places of worship. Even if they are not complicit with this, they still may not have a choice with it. I am not there, I am not Israeli nor Palestinian, however if I was a Palestinian living in Gaza I would have done everything I could to leave there after the first, second, third one of these wars. If I could have; I have no idea if it is possible.
I am all about homeland and sentimental belonging, however, I am also about life and preserving a “way of life” and not a “place of life.” That has been a lesson hard learned for me in the past three years. I am also all about free speech and believe strongly that everyone has the right to say whatever they want, hence this post. I also think that with free speech comes responsibility for one’s words. And that one’s words does not give someone the freedom to do things that are irresponsible. Inflaming situations without giving thought to the ramifications of the escalation, is not helping to raise awareness or even to get out one’s point of view. It is simply to sensationalize so that they can get their fifteen minutes of fame. Protesting is wonderful, it has accomplished a lot in this country and in others; violence is not. It is sometimes difficult to see this however, when countries frequently use violence to settle their disputes and call it war to make it ok.
Is there an answer to all of this? I don’t have one. I am not there. I live on the other side of the world. And I don’t believe it is the United States fight. Does the US have a stake in the outcome? Doesn’t every country. I hear in the media that, “The US has to get involved because it is the only country to have major influence any more.” So what, just because the US has major influence, does it have to use it? It seems so, it seems that the US has to use it everywhere, which is why so many countries are “unhappy” with the US. I understand that everything is global now, there is no way that any country can operate without being engaged with other countries. I just do not know if that includes telling them how to live.
Now, there is the issue of Russia and Putin, but not today. I do feel horrible for the 298 people who perished and all the people who love them. No, not a topic for today; after all, I am missing the Sunday morning news shows…