Monday, January 19, 2009
The Tragedy of Palestine
How do you save the world?
It is not a rhetorical question.
Every morning i wake up, open my laptop, and start reading the news of the world.
And every morning my heart sinks a little bit.
Lately (for months really) the only news i'm interested in is that coming out of Israel/Palestine. It is like a train wreck happening in very very slow motion and i can't tear my eyes away. I can't stop looking, even though it makes me sick to my stomach, partially because it is so senseless, and partially because i feel so responsible.
This is our fault you know. The fact that we have this abhorrent bloody mess frozen in amber is our fault, yours and mine. Why? Because we pay for it. The United States spend almost 8 billion dollars a year buying the status quo in the Middle East.
That is almost 3 billion to Israel so it can turn around and use it to buy tanks and weapons from us to terrorize the children of Palestine.
2 billion to Egypt so Mubarak can desperately cling to power by crushing his people's calls for democracy and imprisoning his political rivals.
Half a billion to the Palestinian Authority to prop up a corrupt and inefficient system that has no hope (or apparently desire) of extracting it's people from their decimation.
And another half billion bribe to Jordan so it will continue to look the other way.
Blood is on our hands. We bare the blame.
God help us.