Israel has declared a cease fire over the current battle over the shattered piece of land we know as Gaza. Unfortunately for many, before the declaration, Israeli shells again hit another U.N. refugee compound killing two young boys and maiming numerous others. Hamas has not accepted any terms and appears determined to fight on despite the damage and devastation that has already been wrought in their desperate almost hopeless struggle against a far superior foe.
I would not say that Israel does not have a right to defend itself in such situations but they are culpable for the hundreds of innocent lives that have been lost and forever damaged in this struggle. Hamas is equally culpable for the innocents lost… another way must be found… over 300 children have died.
These children had no stake in this battle… they knew neither the demands of Hamas nor the reasons of Israel and yet still… these precious lights of humanity’s future were extinguished. In a world where the powerful struggle against each other daily, the stories of the weak and the defenseless get easily forgotten… I can only hope that those in charge on both sides of this conflict see the toll that the children have paid for their vanity… I fear that they will not though. If you are in a position to influence those in power do so… and save the children.