Bin Laden's career as a terrorist was born in a previous destruction of Lebanon. I keep thinking of the wonderfully generous and kind Lebanese people I've known while reading report after report of death and bombs. I hope their families are okay.
I have friends over in Israel right now working on an independent movie. They tell me the Israelis are extra nice to them because they have the balls to be there during this time. They say the interviews they're getting for their documentary are especially passionate.
There's all kinds of ways to look at this conflict. Israeli overkill could be compared to the over reactions of post traumatic stress to be expected in a country haunted by a rather recent Holocaust. In nature when something tiny is surrounded by hostile competitors it usually develops some particularly nasty venom or sting to be left alone.
Then there's simply oil, the American need to dominate oil, and Israel's usefulness to us in doing the dirty work we can't. And of course you can't leave out cultural differences like female liberation and economic hostilities, even demographics: the Arab world has a majority of young males, and they have little opportunity.
But in reading the descriptions of the Israeli attack I was struck by something else.
I'm one of those people that doesn't trust the AMA at all. I think of them as being like the inquisition, and once they get in your brain you're in for a lifelong struggle. I have my collection of witch doctors, sophisticated herbal specialists, Chinese masters with healing secrets, and so far so good. But most people in America are creatures of the AMA taking AMA pills and thinking the AMA way.
Pharmaceutical corporations spend more money than anyone else lobbying our politicians.
The Israelis talk about cleaning up the mess. They're going to cut out all the cancer of terrorism in Lebanon. Yes, they admit, they will cause collateral damage, but what else can be done to save the patient? The root causes of the social disease that is terrorism are ignored entirely in favor of a radical, expensive, and destructive solution that only creates more disease.
How many times can a country do this before realizing it doesn't work? Seduced my new more precise and powerful weaponry and by the mirage of better spying our governments seem to think hitting them harder is the way. Just like an AMA doctor killing a patient with surgeries, new drugs, and radiations.
Trying to demoralize a whole nation to kill their will to fight against you and preoccupy them with simply surviving is a good way to breed terrorists, the human equivalent of cancer cells. By killing the cancer they make more cancer. The Israelis, the Americans, and the AMA. The AMA is not big on preventive medicine. Preventitive medicine is the best kind though.
We need some holistic doctors on the case. We need to look at the roots of the disease. We have to restore sanity to our societies. We need to change the habits of a whole lot of people. Get them thinking in new ways. That's where real healing comes from.
Globalization is either going to bring a future where the rich use military power to brutally surpress and exploit the poor, or it's going to bring a second Enlightenment, when we use our superior intelligence technology to study and implement ways of fairly distributing self sustaining and renewable resources. Hereditary dictatorship or intelligent management, do we still have a choice?