My thoughts on the current Israeli / Palestine violence…

By now, I’m sure you’ve seen in the news, the recent eruption of violence with Israelis bombing Gaza and Hamas firing rockets into Israel. It is true that the roots of this war lie in the illegal and immoral seizure of housing and land by the Israelis… forcing Palestinians out of their homes and making them relocate.

All of this is cruelty. And it is now likely to continue. Over 80 Palestinians (as of this writing) have died, some children. This will only spawn another cycle of revenge killings… as relatives look to get even for what they view as the unjust murder of their kin.

For centuries, during the Dark and Feudal Ages, Arabs were the guardians and pursuers of science and astronomy. Many of the stars in the sky have Arabic names (Vega, Deneb, Aldeberan, etc.), due to their discovery by Arabic astronomers. For centuries, the great treatise on optics by Ḥasan Ibn al-Haytham (Alhazen) was the most widely read for the subject. It is such a shame now to see such potential wasted on a never-ending war.

It is much the same for Hamas. They are angry, and although I commend them for trying (they did make an offer of a cease-fire, which was soundly rejected), I do not feel they are trying hard enough.

From the rhetoric coming out of Israel, including Netanyahu, it is clear they do not desire a peaceful solution. The only thing they care to deliver at this time (other than bombs) are threats. They are clear about their willingness to use force, but not to seek a mutually beneficial solution to the problem.

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Is there any hope for the future?

Two sides, gripped by bitterness and hatred, and fulfilling the recipe for endless war through guaranteed revenge killing cycles… they will not be satisfied until the entire world is sucked down into extinction along with them. I am afraid this is the truth. I just cannot help but think of all the good science that is being lost, especially when you consider all the money being wasted on weapons and ammunition. Even two thousand years after Christ, humanity still cannot get its values straight.

Religion is a double-edged sword. It can give people hope, and a set of guiding principles to live by. Yet it can also give them a reason to kill one another (albeit this reason comes mostly from those who seek power for their own gain). War has historically spawned from one of two causes: Greed (lust for land or resources) or Religion (Holy Wars and Crusades). If we are to fight the causes of war, and we must for humanity to survive, we must address these issues. Science and spirituality, together, can do so.

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