Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I don't expect to stay up with the daily news on this blog. Still, yesterday someone drove a bulldozer in a crowd for the second time in the last month or so in Jerusalem.
For an interesting perspective on this sad new trend, and how it reflects a sad old trend, have a look at the personal and internal processing of the news by a peace volunteer on http://hoseyblog.blog.com/3371641/
For an older report of the devastation caused by a D9 bulldozer in Jenin in 2002, read the following (the number of victims was never stated - no investigation having been allowed):
Am I making excuses for yesterday's tragedy? Not at all. (For a clear condemnation, see http://www.btselem.org/english/israeli_civilians/index.asp. Also see how a few days before soldiers tied a man to the ground and were filmed shooting him in the leg point blank-another form of terrorism. Read http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/press_releases/1216734331?ver=Tue%2C%2022%20Jul%202008%2016%3A45%3A34%20%2B0300).
Am I suggesting moral equivalence? Yes, and no. Yes terrorism by bulldozer is terrorism by bulldozer (always a new low to be found in this land). But I hold a nation-state represented in the forums of the international community to a higher standard than a radical extremist group, or even a "perpetrator acting on his own initiative" (http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1004509.html).
Yesterday, a human being was killed trying to kill other human beings. Why?
All those creating the conditions where this becomes expected are to be blamed and brought to reform.