Today I read in my Washington Post the article “A Refuge that Became a Place of Death“:
“Cradled in his arms was the 27th victim pulled from a partially buried room that had sheltered 63 people in the southern Lebanese village of Qana. The victim’s name was Abbas Hashem, and he was 1 year old. His blue pacifier still dangled from his green tank top
Twelve-year-old Hussein Hashem was removed, curled in a fetal position, his mouth covered in dirt. He was rushed to an ambulance, the jostling making him look lifelike.
Then Abbas Hashem, the baby, emerged, his frail body held above the crowd. A purple bruise covered his forehead, his tongue hung out. He was coated in dust. At one point, a rescue worker gingerly wiped the dirt off his cheek.”
One of my co-workers is Lebanese – a 1st generation American born in DC. I asked her this AM if she had any people there. She said that she did but that – for now – they’re ok. I told her that I would pray for them.
I posted a few days ago on the morality of modern war. Not one comment. I was surprised when the post hardly received any traffic, compared to other posts.
I really resonate with mike todd’s complaint as to the church’s silence on this issue.
I repeat, I don’t believe our response to this is just to debate just war theory versus pacifism. One of the things that made me proud of the American (and Canadian) church had been her response to Katrina – I think I am only aware of one church that didn’t send someone down to practically help. So surely there are some practical steps we can take to address this situation, including blogging about it as mike has done. I would love to see a discussion break out about what those steps are and then see some of us taking those steps. I’m open to suggestions. Please make suggestions.
With regards to the Israel-Lebanon conflict, there seems to me to be some no-brainer ethical violations going on here on both sides of the conflict. Israel is our ally (US) so I think we have the most influence with them to work very hard to protect innocents. I was encouraged to read about the 48 hour cease fire, even if it was limited – though now it seems that’s not going to happen (reports seem confused). But I fully realize that Hezbollah needs to be held accountable too.
What do you think?