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Monday, June 04, 2007

Six days and forty years later

I am tempted to write on the eve of the 40th anniversary of the Six-Day War to remind myself of the struggles and hardships endured by the Palestinian people.
It shouldn't even be called an anniversary because it's not a celebration. 1967 should not have happened. And to this day, the Middle East has never been the same. And I doubt it would ever be resolved even for another 40.
Let's take a moment today to learn about history. What events led up to 5th of June 1967. The BBC has a good summary here.
It's so easy for us to point fingers, but I would think everyone is guilty. From the people who just stood by and let it happen to the army patrolmen who barraged through Jerusalem on that fateful day in June 1967.
I think every 5th of June, we should reflect on what had happened in the Middle East and what is still going on there. What have we learned? What should be done? How are we progressing?
For the only logical answer is a two-state solution, which honestly I would think can never be resolved without honest and sincere dedication from both sides.
It would be so easy for me to blame Israel just because I'm Muslim but maybe we should take a step back and look at it from a broader angle. Yes, my heart is with the Palestinians but even you and I know 'sticks and stones will hurt their bones but AK-47s will ultimately kill me.'
Violence is not the answer. It never was. It never will. Easy words for someone living thousands of miles away from the warzone. But the honest fact is, the fighting has got to stop. The cycle of violence needs a halt. Words must be spoken. Action must be taken. It's been 40 years since the atrocities started. When will it end? What is the world doing?
For on the eve of 5th of June, let us pray for a better and more peaceful Middle East. Let peace prevails and the violence stop. Let our prayers be with the men and women of Palestine. Amin.

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