Thursday, July 27, 2006

Innocence Lost!

The Middle East (*sigh*) what can I say that hasn't already been said. Just the mere mention of this blood stained part of the world in any context conjures up images of war, suffering and religious tension. Being the birthplace of the the worlds three main religions Islam, Christianity and Judaism it should rather be a place of peace and religious solitude, but we know differently, where religious ideals clash people die. Throughout history it has been embroiled in conflict and I doubt the conflict will end anytime soon.

You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

The disproportionate use of force by Israel against the people of Lebanon is appalling to say the least, they have "Hijacked" a nation, but with The United States of America backing them, condemning them verbally is the best we can do. I have been keeping up to speed with the conflict online and I came across the above photo and thought that to myself that something as innocent as a toy doesn’t belong in that picture.

A toy in essence is something that brings about happiness and joy to children all around the world but to the children in Palestine and Lebanon this is a foreign concept. These faceless souls do not have any toys, all they have are the images of war which they will never forget. They wake not to the sound of their mothers voice but rather to the sound of the bombs crashing down around them which resonates throughout their minute frames. Clutching their ears, tears rolling down their cheeks they try to make sense of what is happening around them, but they cant. No child deserves this, No human deserves this.

Children might or might not be a blessing, but to create them and then fail them was surely damnation. Lois McMaster Bujold, "Barrayar", 1991

Children are amazing in many ways and are very adaptable but in an environment that is inherently wrong on so many levels how can they adapt without loosing their innocence, which is undeniably the hallmark of a child. This war is not their war, they don’t understand what its about or why it is happening, but they are learning about the harsh reality that is their life. Does the life of Israeli soldiers justify destroying the lives of thousands of innocents? How do you quantify either’s worth?

This conflict may end tomorrow or next month, but the scars it will leave will remain for years to come. Many children will be left traumatized, homeless and orphaned as a result of this madness, with nobody to console them and wipe their tears. Forever changed by this conflict, they may harbor a deep seeded anger towards their oppressors. Isn’t it funny that no matter how many so called "Terrorists" they kill, they help to create thousands more?

Kuwabara, Kuwabara
The Lone Writer


queen_Lestat said...

what to do, what to do, tis a sick world we live in. And yes sadly it is the children that are left with a legacy of material nothingness and violence. They're denied mercy at the hands of those who supposedly take the course of war to ensure peace. irony. too true @ last comment. Very well said.

syandiedtoday said...

so sad that the citizens of lebanon, who are still recovering from a civil war, now have to contend with paying for the greed and blind stupidity of politicians. where are they expected to go when the bombs start to fall?