Go,go,GO…JUST ONE MORE GOAL AND WE BEAT THEM. We beat them by the number of goals we score. Al-falaah Vs Orient. This has been a long drawn-out game like the Palestinian/Israeli war, the only difference being that, it is not points we are talking about and there is no trophy. The points in war are human beings with families and loved ones having to endure brutality, bombings and pain.
Whose side shall we take in the tournament? After all, we feel very good about ourselves when we have a side to back. Will we pick the Palestinians-they are the underdogs, Muslims like us — or shall we pick the Jews of Israel? We would perhaps feel better if the Jews lost more men. Is this how the world looks at a conflict, as a glorified tournament?
In the tournament of war we must of course have a winning side, so get out the boxing gloves since we can never sit down and talk to each other? So the winners claim victory when the losers can fight no more. And then what? What about the civilians? Leave them to pick up the broken pieces of their lives. For some, a life after that will never be the same. What about all the loved ones they will never see again? Nothing, just nothing can replace human life. My heart aches for every picture of the victims I see in the paper. I see the pain and their eyes constantly brimming with tears, anguish and hurt. There is no winner, only a greater collection of broken hearts. Even the soldiers of war cannot resume normal life after a bloody battle – the flashbacks of blood, blown-out limbs and wounded children haunt him forever. His psychiatrist will diagnose him with post-traumatic stress disorder and prescribe anti depressants for life.
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Now, you tell me who are the winners?
God has made us humans, the highest of his creations since he gave us a brain that can reason, negotiate, communicate and engage in constructive dialogue. We have the perfect example right here in South Africa. The White man stepped down and allowed the rightful people of the land to rule. No war, no killings, just an ecstatic moment of freedom as Mandela was released and made president. The oppressed Blacks of the land could have extracted vengeance out of the perpetrators of apartheid, but they were given an opportunity to confess their evil actions and feel remorse. They were forgiven!! What a peaceful takeover.
Then why is it that there are still senseless wars all over the world. What is it? Is it man’s greed for oil, a piece of land, gold?? Is it racial intolerance? What? What is it man is fighting for? Whatever the reason, I firmly believe the battleground is not the solution. Let us look into each other’s eyes and recognize each other’s pain with empathy; let us see the human being behind the race-colour or religious group. Let us force the war-mongers to come to the table and not to a grave to talk. How many more children need to die before we realize there is no revenge for a lost child? God has put all kinds of people in this world for a reason. We cannot wish a group of people we dislike to disappear in a puff. It is not our job to extinguish one another. We need to respect people of all kinds live together in harmony, even with all our short-comings like eskoms load-shedding and Zuma’s avoiding Aids with a shower- since, there is no better feeling than freedom, freedom to do what you want as long as you do not encroach on rights of another person.
I appeal to the world and say: Stop taking sides in the tournament. You are not helping. There is no bonus trophy for America, just a graveyard of dead bodies.- it is time for everyone to support a dialogue toward a long-term process of reconciliation. May peace be upon all of you.