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What the World Needs Now

What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love
No, not just for some but for everyone

As it says over on the right side of my blog …
 
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
Put it differently …
 
Astronauts, when they first see the Earth from space, tend to share a complicated, but common, reaction: a sense of wonder. Mixed with a sense of peace. Mixed with a sense of appreciation of all that we share by virtue of sharing a planet.
 
That quote is from a piece that appeared at theatlantic.com.  The piece includes a photo taken from the International Space Station as it orbited above Israel and the Gaza Strip.  The astronauts can see flashes of light signifying the explosions.  The astronaut who took the picture described it as “the saddest picture yet.”  Maybe what the world needs is a different perspective.
 
What the world needs is a Martin Luther King, Jr., moment.  What the Middle East needs is somebody who can and will rise above the hate and the history and stop pointing fingers and preach the value of love.  Of forgiveness.  It seems to have been lost in so many ways in the conflicts raging throughout the Middle East.  Problem is there doesn’t appear to be any capacity for such a figure to rise.
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The Root of the Problem

The failure to recognize this … “Israel aspires to exploit its military dominance to create irreversible facts on the ground in the West Bank and Jerusalem, heedless of Palestinian rights.” … is why I have such a problem with what passes as debate and discussion about what is going on in the Middle East. Hamas started it. Hamas is a terrorist group. They are targeting civilians and using their own as human shields. As long as people are unwilling to acknowledge Israel‘s role in the dispute, a role that has developed over the course of decades, one simply isn’t willing to consider how to resolve the situation. That statement above, and the article linked to here, written by a friend of Israel, states as succinctly as possible the nature of the problem … the player with the power is using that power solely to press its advantage, rather than using its power to reach a resolution.

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