I was fuming this morning about the state of the world, specifically about the ongoing idiocy in the Middle East, when my computer calendar chirped and informed me that today was my mother's birthday. She died in 2002 at age 88, and would have turned 92 today.
I got to thinking about my mother, what she taught her children, and how she lived her life. Because the situation in Israel and Lebanon was on my mind, I made some inevitable comparisons. My mother taught her children tolerance and forgiveness. She taught us fairness. She taught us to respect others. Other than in the nation of Israel, are any of these qualities in evidence in governments elsewhere in the Middle East?
People are people. The citizens of one country are much like those of another. It is the politicians and the 'leaders' of nations that perpetuate hatred and war.
The situation in that part of the world is like a boiling cauldron of hate. I have done considerable reading about the area, its history, its politics, and I don't understand why things haven't gotten better over the centuries.
It is popular these days (again) to blame everything on Israel. They, somehow, are at fault for everything that ails the area. They are a tiny nation of only six million inhabitants, almost invisible in a sea of Arabic countries with a total population of over 220 million. Somehow though, Israel, with no natural resources to speak of and no desirable land mass for others to envy, and with no territorial ambitions of its own, is a 'threat' to the rest of the region.
Israel has tried to do everything possible to avoid conflict. All Israelis want, is to be left alone.
Maybe other countries in the region should simply mind their own business, try to find a way to create employment for their youth, and stop spewing hatred.
Do we really need yet another generation of Jew haters?
My mother wouldn't think so. Neither do I.