In the rubble of war we see a woman caked in heavy dust, her face wiped clean in streaks but with tear stains sacrificing grief to gravity. She has long black hair covered in the gray powder. The woman is holding the empty body of a small child with the head unsupported, the legs and arms drape boneless from her outstretched hands and fingers. The toddler is barefoot, dirty, bloody, broken.
The woman’s dark inset eyes are focused on her child as she sobs.
The mother and child have the same desert-brown coloring of Moses, Jesus, Mary, Mohammed. We do not know if the mother and child are Israeli or Palestinian, we can’t tell --
The camera pans and we move on…
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Still in the jungle but older, tougher, wiser...
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In securing a sovereign and inviolate Israel and Palestine:
the Armeggeddon-puzzle of solving war should include the parents of children with no future --
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Are the Central American children refugees or illegal immigrants, those fleeing from the drug cartel/gang-infested and American-market-driven illegal-drug wars? When a fireman puts out a fire does he concentrate on containing those refugees fleeing the conflagration to first put out the blaze or does he put out the fire and attend to the survivors simultaneously?
Is the recent Supreme Court Hobby Lobby ruling at its core the legal establishment of the rights of the employer’s religious beliefs over the employees? I hope not because I’m unemployed.
Was the kidnapping-murder of three innocent Israeli teenagers a happenstance in time (followed by the retaliatory kidnapping-murder of an equally innocent Palestinian teenager) or perfect timing by Hamas within the context of the adjacent ISIS regional conquest, specifically designed to produce further tragic and horrific results for Palestinian and Israeli innocents and others alike?
When the Berlin Wall was dismantled to unite a divided city was it then reassembled in the U.S. Congress to keep Democrats and Republicans from producing Bills of mixed parentage? I hope not in that I have a relative that married a Bill of Mixed Parentage, they had children, and this seems to have worked out just fine.
Given the circumstances and the fact that, besides his three registered firearms, he had all of his worldly possessions in the back of his pick-up truck, Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, a twenty-six-year-old Marine Corps Veteran of Afghanistan (who, since his arrest has gotten to know an aspect of Tijuana better than many locals) wasn’t trying to invade Mexico. Let him come home… I would like to visit, though (I like Carta Blanca and Dos Equix and Mexico).
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This cartoon was suggested by a Homeric woman a long time ago...
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