(CounterCurrents) – Thousands across Gaza live with severe injuries: youth war amputees, mothers severely burned by phosphorus bombs, countless Palestinians coping with physiological wounds, all injuries stemming from the disaster wrought on Gaza by the Israeli military assault in the winter of 2008/2009.
And war injuries remain a consistent reality in 2010.
“Every night, even last night, Israeli warplanes bombed Gaza,” said Muawiya Hassanein, director-general of ambulance and emergency services for the Palestinian Ministry of Health, in an interview from Gaza City during the recent strikes. Continue reading →
It’s my opinion that the root of many of modern America’s problems (and perhaps modern society across the globe in general) is a lack of compassion. Let me explain what I mean by this. People used to live together in a neighborhood and talk to one another. When this happens, people form a bond. No longer is the guy next door just another stranger, but now there is a personal connection to him. You begin to care for him. When folks had less distractions in their lives (i.e. television, computer, iPod, cell phone) they were more apt to hang out in the neighborhood with their neighbors. This is how people came to look out for one another and be interested in each other’s problems and share in each other’s accomplishments. When someone achieved something, everyone (or a number of others) were happy, and when tragedy struck someone, everybody felt it; not just the person/family whom the tragedy struck. Continue reading →
In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies.” Continue reading →
Once upon a time when governments no longer served most of their citizens it was the most economically disadvantaged that could be counted on to rebel against tyranny and injustice. Times have changed, for the worse, despite the spread of democracy. Continue reading →