Israel is the problem


Published: Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at 12:44 a.m.
The Bible tells us we reap what we sow. We are told that if we live by the sword, we die by the sword and how we begin is how we end.
Almost 60 years ago, a group of Europeans established a western-style theocracy in a small portion of Palestine. This was not the first time Europeans tried this; the previous attempts historians refer to as the Crusades. In this past six decades, this state has marginally expanded its borders and its control over extra-border territory has waxed and waned. And, these theocrats are currently in control of Jerusalem, the long sought after prize.
The cost of these efforts has been incalculable. Millions of people displaced, hundreds of thousands injured, tens of thousands dead and hundreds of billions of dollars in destruction.
Archaeologists tell us of many communities that have insured their own demise through trashing their surrounding environments. Today, around the fringes of Palestine, we see destruction, fetid conditions and the breeding grounds for disease, despair and disdain.
It may be too late, but I can only hope that history does not repeat itself and the sword can be put down before it kills us all. I hope its not too late to sow seeds of peace and shared humanity. I hope they will break their cycle of violence and not end as they began.

Kim A. Popejoy,

Gainesville

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