Re: A Letter to Israel's Ambassador
Posted by Kevin Bates on July 30, 2006, 10:43 pm, in reply to "A Letter to Israel's Ambassador"
A footnote - 50 peole killed in Lebanon today - Sundzy - most ofhtem women and children. Are they terorrists?!!!|
: The Honourable Naftali Tamir
: Embassy of Israel
: 6 Turrana Street
: Yarralumla, ACT 2600
: July 27 2006
: Dear Ambassador.,
: After two weeks of relentless bombing,
: maiming and killing by your people and the
: pathetic protestations by your spokespeople
: about Israelís alleged victim status, I have
: to write to you to protest in the strongest
: Your attacks on Lebanon are of the most
: barbaric ilk, masquerading as a war against
: terrorists. There is no doubting that the
: people of Hezbollah, and their Iranian and
: Syrian friends are barbaric themselves in
: the way in which they conduct their affairs.
: I would expect a nation that believes in
: God, and which professes a certain code of
: justice to respond with more wisdom,
: cleverness and compassion than you have so
: far shown.
: If you wanted to get your two or three
: soldiers back from these people, why would
: you not employ a few Mossad agents to go in
: and get them out? Why mutilate a whole
: country and use this little kidnapping as an
: excuse for this gross invasion?
: Why bomb families escaping your military
: wrath in their mini-van after you had
: instructed them to leave their village and
: they had obeyed your orders? Why bomb into
: oblivion buildings in Tyre, Beirut and other
: locations just in case the enemy are there?
: It is a stupid, clumsy, and criminal way to
: conduct your affairs.
: Why bomb the UN post in southern Lebanon
: where people there were genuinely working
: for peace, unlike your ruthless military
: Why blast the electricity supply in Gaza the
: other week so that the ordinary people there
: are deprived of electricity, water and other
: basic services?
: You are mindlessly creating more terrorists
: by your behaviour, and are becoming a
: Terrorist State yourselves.
: You canít play the martyr card forever you
: know!! It doesnít hold credibility any
: Since 1947 when Mehachim Begin wandered the
: West Bank with his gang of Irgun terrorists,
: you have repeatedly broken all the rules of
: civilized conversation and diplomacy, and
: have tied the US Senate up with your money
: so that the US is pretty-much a puppet in
: your hands. Always you have drawn on the
: incredible suffering of your people at the
: hands of the Nazis to justify any behaviour
: you chose. There have been the West Bank,
: Golan Heights, the 1967 War Ė and all of
: them have proved futile in increasing
: Israelís security.
: Then there is your childish and violent
: wall-building program, cutting people off
: from their families, homes and livelihoods.
: Do you imagine that this will engender any
: kind of peace? I think not!!Q
: Isnít it time you looked at some other
: possible approraches?
: I have lived on the West Bank and in
: Jerusalem and I have felt first-hand the
: paranoia of a State in fear of its life.
: You have many friends around the world who
: support your right to freedom and to exist.
: I am one of them and unequivocally support
: Israelís right to exist.
: I also support the right of the Palestinian
: people to their own dignity and their own
: independence., and also the people of
: I ache for the people of Haifa as I do for
: the people of Beirut and Lebanon as a whole.
: Why canít you see that violence only ever
: breeds violence? Itís a lesson the U.S.
: refuses to learn also. Killing people never
: brings peace, and even if you succeed in
: destroying Hezbollah, which I doubt that you
: can do using your present tactics, even
: then, peace will be an impossibility.
: Only love, forgiveness, real justice, and
: real conversation can bring peace. You
: canít sing LíChaim with a gun in your hand.
: I continue to pray that the destructive
: policies of your nation can be changed by
: wiser heads and more generous hearts. You
: have killed your one great sign of hope in
: Yitzhak Rabin and since then your leaders
: have been alternately weak or bellicose. Is
: there no other way?
: I write this not in a vindictive way, but in
: with an anger and a conviction that our
: world can no longer sustain the sorts of
: ideological and religious nonsense that you
: and your Islamic foes insist on continuing.
: I plead for a greater wisdom, the courage to
: seek peace through peaceful means and a new
: understanding that violence never brings
: real peace. In war everyone loses.
: Yours Sincerely.,
: Father Kevin Bates sm