This madness has got to stop. I can’t take seeing so much suffering and hopelessness eat its way through a whole people. I would say ‘enough’ regardless of which people was in this situation. But in this case they are my neighbors and they are my cousins. And if I can’t take seeing it any more, I can only begin to imagine how awful and terrifying it must be for you to have to live this seemingly endless human catastrophe.
For that reason alone,
every compassionate person should be for stopping this madness now. But I have simply had it. I no longer want to live in a perpetual state of fear, anger, violence and heartache. Enough funerals, mine and yours. Enough tears. Enough loss. I no longer want to be associated with, contributing to, causing, living next to, or witnessing this human suffering. Feel free to choose your own word. How we’ve gotten to this point is of no matter to me anymore. Who did what to whom is irrelevant in the face of this shared chaos. My country is in difficult straits in almost every way except commercially. And your country is simply and sadly almost in shambles in every way.
There is only thing of which I am any longer reasonably certain. If we had honestly and diligently traveled the road to peace five or ten years ago, we simply would not be in the situation we are living today. Is it too late for now? I do not want to be saying the same thing five or ten years from now. That would be a true waste and a deep sin.
I know how much it is going to cost each of us. It will not be easy. But the longer we wait the longer we suffer.
Shalom and Salaam,