Sedona, AZ — Humans have been killing each other since the beginning, as depicted in the biblical story of Cain and Abel.
Mass killings, such as the nuking of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the U.S., the killing of six million Jews by the Nazis, the killing of even more millions by Stalin, and the modern killings of today, continue unabated.
There was mass killings in the ancient world by great conquerors from Alexander the Great to the Mongols.
And, of course, the Crusader campaign against the “Saracens” in the Middle East and the Cathars or Albigensians in southern France in the 13th century.
Then there are the actions of the Spanish in the New World in the first half of the 16th century, where they wiped out the indigenous populations of North and South America.
It’s what we humans do. War is war.
And now, we have the killing in Gaza, where the entire population of Palestine is huddled in the south, dying from explosions, starvation, and disease, displaced and no longer functioning as a society, their culture and identity as a nation, destroyed.
Call it what you want. Little difference does it make to the women and children, elderly and infirmed that are suffering and dying every day, in great numbers, with no end in sight.
Yes, it’s war, and collateral damage is all a part of it and is to be expected. Still.
The war started when Hamas invaded Israel, killed 1,200 people, and kidnapped 250 souls, resulting in a full-scale invasion of Gaza by Israel that so far has claimed the lives of over 20,000 Palestinians, according to Palestinian authorities.
Imagine what the families of the dead or injured on both sides must be feeling; those whose relatives are still held hostage; and those in Gaza witnessing their spouses, children, mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers crushed in buildings, starving, living in filth, and losing all hope.
Think of the mothers who can’t feed their kids, living in tents or under plastic garbage bags, dirty, smelly, unable to bathe, no toilets, wondering when death at any second will come plunging from the sky and blow them all to bits.
Unfortunately for the innocent, the guilty hide behind them, and no bomb is that sophisticated that it can tell the difference.
The world has to put a stop to this. The hostages need to come home, and the bombings have to stop. Aid needs to be received. Food and medicine need to be provided. Relief needs to be allowed in. Hamas must understand that soon, there will be no Palestine left to rule.
One would think in the course of human history that by now, we humans would have ended all wars. All this talk of universal peace, spirituality, and evolution as a species. Baloney! Maybe we have become more civilized but even more barbaric at the same time
From killing each other with rocks and pointed sticks, we now do so with drones and hypersonic missiles.
And, of course, we have not forgotten how to kill the old-fashioned way, with knives and bullets.
Now we have the saber-rattling of North Korea. The world can only hope to God the North Koreans don’t do anything too stupid because the U.S. has nuked cities twice before and given a choice between a protracted war between the Koreas, nuking Kim might be the quickest way to end it.
Iran is satisfied just lighting firecrackers and running away, watching everyone around them fight while they twiddle their thumbs and whistle innocently behind the scenes.
China will play the benevolent peacekeeper and has no intention of messing with their best customer — meaning us.
In Ukraine, the beggar is running out of cash, and it won’t be long before the Russians quit playing around and bomb him into submission. After all, the U.S. is going to have to redirect its bomb-making resources to deal with an aroused Middle East should the Hamas/Israeli war blister.
But none of this means anything to the Gazan civilians forced to live like animals in the streets, no home to go back to, and only darkness ahead.
Humanity needs to find its soul. The suffering must end. Now!
By Tommy Acosta / Editor Sedona.biz