" 'Only violence pays,'has been the lesson often taught both [the Palestinians and the Hezbollah] by Israel, and by the many militant groups who oppose her in the Middle East." So reads this morning's sad BBC report.
In another report we learn that 10 more Lebanese civilians were killed by an Israeli a missile strike as they tried to flee over the southern border.
And in this report filed by two Mennonite peace workers located in Bethlehem, we learn that
Israeli military shelling led to the destruction of the facilities of the Palestinian Authority foreign ministry as well as the home of a Palestinian family in Gaza City leading to the deaths of nine Palestinians, including seven children, all from the same family.Finally, Ken Seitz, a Mennonite Central Committee worker located in Beirut, tells us in a podcast that Lebanon is effectively under seige. The country has again become the "soccer field for what is happening between Iran and Syria and Israel," as it was in the late 70's. He describes the blockade and the electricity outage... no lights and the road to Damascus cut off.
Right now it's Israel, Hamas, and Hezbollah (and their supporters)...and in the country located between Syria and Iran, it is the shiite militias, the IED-makers, and us...cutting off the Light and cutting themselves/ourselves off from the road that could lead to self-questioning and to revelation:
As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?" (Acts 9:3-4)...the revelation that in persecuting our enemies, it is always the Holy One that we persecute.