IN THE MIDDLE EAST / IN THE WEST
An eye for an eye
An ear for an ear
A mouth for a mouth
A toe for a toe
A tooth for a tooth
A finger for a finger
A brain for a brain
A heart for a heart
A bullet for a bullet
A soul for a soul
A Predator rocket and bulldozer, for a suicide bomber.
The spirit of perpetual vengeant homicide and holocaust
Thrives on the ongoing body count
Only to be extinguished by courageous acts
Of forgiveness and reconciliation.
In the West we export the weapons, machines and money that fuel the conflagrations—
Until the stench of human sacrifice tortures our nostrils
Reaches somehow beyond TV sets
And in the face of worldwide asphyxiation the only hope is
To renounce our addiction to the militarized oil economy
To convert our fear to trust, in being all God’s family.
By Michael McCarthy PA-C, 01-23-02
Marsh Arabs in an area of southern Iraq not yet touched directly by first or second Iraq Wars
Certainly our wars in the Middle East continue to rub salt into the wounds of a huge U.S. military presence in this area of the world--and Israel remains our primary foothold--the biggest recipient of U.S. military foreign aid. Since its creation, the unjust displacement of Palestinians remains the open wound that won't allow for peace in the Middle East. The Holy Land is in need of healing no weapons can bring. Israel's "Operation Cast Lead," and ongoing blockade against the people of Gaza is a most recent bad example.
Work and pray for peace in Palestine & Israel this Easter. Let justice and mercy resurrect a right relationship.
For interesting balanced stories of recent events see:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/10/world/middleeast/10jerusalem.html?ref=world and http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/03/world/middleeast/03gaza.html?ref=world
Illumination by Kathy Brahney