It has been a sad July so far. The (alleged) takedown of MH17 by pro-russian militants of Croatia will go down as one of the most cruel and despicable acts of this decade - nearly 300 innocent people killed without warning. A single boom and the light was out. The photos of the wreckage and the description of bodies spread across 15 km (and loaded into chilling containers for transport) still sends a chill down my spine. The hype created by the media only adds to the sadness.
What happened with MH17 was a one off incident, there is another act of terrorism that is hogging the limelight in the last few days. Interestingly, there are few leaders who have the balls to call this an act of terrorism! While the world leaders wear a blindfold (and earplugs!) and act as if nothing is wrong, Israel has incessantly bombed the population of Gaza with no mercy.
(Note: If you are really interested in the background of this conflict, hit this link before you read on: http://goo.gl/mYcT)
The death-toll has cross 800 as I write this. More than a third of these are children. The number will be redundant when you read this. The scale of this massacre in the name of “anti-terrorism” is sickening. The Hamas has used the residents of Gaza as a human shield but this has not deterred Israel which is hellbent on proving its might in the region. Every evening hundreds of Israelis gather at the border to ‘patriotically’ see their country blast missiles into Gaza and turn living and walking people to lifeless chunks of flesh and bone.
Are palestinian lives not valuable? Does this really deter the Hamas who are safe in their bunkers? Should this go on till every person (Hamas or non-Hamas) in the conflict region is turned to food for grave-worms?
When I think about it, this isn’t very different from the wars fought by Hitler and Stalin or the cold war. And it is indeed a replica of the wars fought by America in Iran and Afghanistan on the pretext of finding weapons or a guy called Osama bin Laden (interesting fact: US was the only country against the UN resolution condemning the acts of Israel in the Gaza region). More people were killed fighting terror than terrorism itself! Israel was very strong in its choice of words when it condemned American sieges on these territories. Where has the morality vanished when the war is in their own backyard? Was it all talk and no substance? Ask this to Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu and I bet you will be rewarded with either silence or death.
Dear Israeli government, we all want peace. We all want commerce and we all want happiness. Sometimes, drastic steps have to be taken to ensure that. But, terrorism cannot be fought with terrorism. Please take your war to a place where innocent children, women and men don’t have to be thankful for every sunrise and sunset they see. Take the war to the boardroom instead of the border and sort your differences out. If you meet the Hamas halfway, they will go the distance to ensure peace. You just have to be more tolerant and willing to compromise. The world can definitely do with fewer dead bodies. As they say in my mother-tongue (Gujarati) - “ભગવાન તમને સદબુદ્ધિ આપે! - May god grant you the wisdom to know what is right and what is wrong.”
(1) http://www.democracyinlebanon.org/war/hezbollah-israel-war2006.htm (representational image)