Monday, February 28, 2005

Tel Aviv Bombing

So, here's a picture that you might have already seen of the site of a terrorist bombing that took place in Tel Aviv this weekend. This picture was taken from a window that was broken in a building across the street from the bombing.

One of the things that I have found really interesting is that when I was in the U.S., I was one of those people that said things like, "Well, what do you expect? The Palestinian people don't have other ways of expressing their opposition to the Israeli occupation. Bombings are the direct result of the apartheid situation that Israel created. Etc. Etc." Now that I have been here a while (I think that this was my 3rd bombing while in Israel), my attitude has shifted. Yes, the oppressive situation that Palestinians experience daily is HORRIBLE. But there is NO EXCUSE for this kind of violence especially in light of the progress that we've been making toward peace. More and more, Palestinians have venues to express their rage, a government to empower them, and willing participants in the peace process around the world. The people that commit these bombings are not interested in peace. They are interested in keeping the fight going - and this is a product of religious fundamentalism...some fatalistic plan for salvation.

What if this is it? What if there is no heaven or hell? What if your plans are for nothing? What if heaven is what you make of it on this earth...this day...right now? Why not make it as much like heaven as possible? Why wait?

Israel is not going away. Palestine is not going away. We've got to figure out a way to stop this violence, make some concessions, and get along.


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