Sunday, July 30, 2006

And the wait begins again

I was thinking a lot how to write today. What to write today.

I'm back north in my parents' apartment, but somehow my own fears seem irrelevant today.

Something awful happened today, and no matter how you look at it, it's horrendous. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about - the terrible tragedy in Lebanon.

Whether I accept the IDF's position of the 6 hour discrepancy between the air force bombing of the building and its final explosion and collapse, or whether I accept the quick world judgment and condemnation of Israel, it matters not. It doesn't matter to those who died, I'm sure.

It's a war and people die in wars and that's exactly what is so dreadful in a war. And yet, there still seem to be people who can't, won't, understand that.

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Jacqueline Smith said...

Hi Melly,
I am sitting in my cozy Jamaican and home and your blog has taken me to where you are. I feel for you. I actually have a horrible feeling in my stomach. I can't think of what to say but I wanted you to know that I'm following these posts.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on not having lost your sense of compassion!
Newspapers report that the reaction of ordinary Israelis on the tragedy in Qana is mostly indifferent.
It's uplifting to see evidence to the contrary.
All the best to you and your family!

Melly said...

Jacqueline, thank you so very much.

Anon, I'm not sure who reports what, but let me tell you the reaction is very different from you may have been told. Quite the opposite of indifference.
Of course, most Israelis are grappling with the issue of how to fight a guerilla that uses civilians as human shields and fires rockets on Israel from houses of civilians, so you may have heard reports pertaining to that.

Anonymous said...

So true. War can never be sanitized. No matter how many computer chips we put into bombs, horrendous things will happen (as if the deaths of soldiers aren't bad enough).

My thoughts are with you, and everyone under threat.

Carter said...

My heart goes out to the Lebanese caught up in a war they don't support.

On the other hand, I am very, very troubled by the extreme silence and lack of indignation over the Israeli women and children who have been and are being indiscriminately killed by Hezbollah missiles and rockets.

Why can't we human learn that the only outcomes of war are death and grief and inflamed hatred? I grieve for all who die and pray for an end the killing.

Melly said...

Thanks Jason, you're so right.

Carter, Israelis (and Jews in general) are accutely aware of what you've mentioned. I'm not sure why that happens. Why the 100 rockets that Kiriyat Shmona got yesterday (before Qana) was hardly mentioned, why the over 1000 homes damaged in Nahariya isn't mentioned and so on. Why the direct hit on Nahariya hospital, home for the elderly in K.Tivon, a school, kindergarten etc. - why these weren't mentioned.
In any event, as you noticed, it's a touchy subject.
Of course, this has nothing to do with how much I'm appalled and distressed by what happened in Qana today. One wrong does not absolve another.
Thanks Carter. It seems many of us here think alike.

Anonymous said...

I did't hear much compassion here in your post. I heard a kids die, "shit happens" tone... the same tone Israel takes to civilian deaths.