invest in human kindness
LT Smash, who has been so kind as to mention our efforts for the Blogathon twice (and from whom I have received more hits than an Instalanche usually brings), who sends his essay to me to print on the Command Post OpEd page, who has been "roasting" in Iraq, putting his ass on the line for freedom and democracy and safety, received an email from a woman who seems to have a problem with Israel:
Asking for donations for an ambulance in a country founded and controlled by terrorists.
To which LT replied: They say that one man's terrorist is another manís freedom fighteróbut all of us bleed.
Would she prefer that we raise money for an ambulance for the Palestinians? Oh, that's right, they don't need one. Because when a suicide bomber blows up his own people by accident, or when the young martyrs-by-proxy human shields they use to try to claim that Israelis kill innocents are laying bleeding on the street, Magen David Adom picks them up and takes care of them. They don't discriminate on the basis of religion or ethnicity. When someone needs saving, MDA does not see a Jew, a Christian, a Muslim, they see a human being, to paraphrase LT.
Perhaps the woman who wrote the letter to LT should have done some research first. Then she would know who the real terrorists are. It's not hard to spot them - they are usually the ones with the dynamite strapped to their bodies, the ones who are teaching their children to shed the blood of Jews, the ones who dance and cry with joy when an Israeli bus is blown to smithereens with civilians on board.
She then asks LT the same question many people have emailed to ask me: Are you Jewish? And you'll get the same answer from me. No, I am not. I was raised Roman Catholic and I am now an atheist. That does not stop me from supporting Israel 100% because it's not so much a religious issue as it is a human issue.
You do not have to be Jewish to support Israel. You just have to care about human rights, especially the right to live without fear of your school exploding while you are sitting in your classroom. You have the right to bring your children up to believe that all people have some kind of goodness inside of them, even while others are preparing to blow you sky high. Every day, in some way, Hamas and its supporters and allies threaten the idea of human kindness, of seeing people as individuals, as people with hearts and souls, and not as some faceless representative of the J-E-W-S, whom they would love to wipe off the face of the earth. It must be hard to have faith in humanity when you are living in fear, living amongst people who want to practice the ancient art of genocide on you and your family.
MDA doesn't care who you are. If you are hurt, they will help you. They will give you the care you need. They will bandage your wounds and tend to you even though your soul is infested with hatred for the very people that are treating you. Too bad there is no cure for bigotry, hatred and an inherent indifference to murder.
How do we deal with our anger at those like the LT's letter-writer? How do we show them that we support Israel, that we think human lives are worth saving?
One thing you can do is donate to MDA. Sponsor either Meryl, Lair or myself for the Blogathon, it doesn't matter which of us. Or give directly to the MDA, telling them it will go towards the Blogathan, and maybe, just maybe, we can raise enough money to buy an ambulance for MDA, and they can go on saving lives of Jews, Christians, Muslims and whoever else needs their services. We can invest in humanity.
[You can find all the information you need to know - how to sponsor, what the blogathon is, what MDA does, etc. - on top of this page and also on my sidebar.]