Written by: Rick Staggenborg, MD on Sep 29, 2009 12:36 PM PDT
Of course, it may be argued that this was in response to earlier efforts to spread Islam at the point of a sword not long earlier. In all likelihood the invasion would have happened anyway. As they say, "Onward, Christian Soldiers." This metaphor is taken literally by those who see the global "war" on terror as a Holy War against Islam itself. As with most conflicts, there is undoubtedly blame on both sides. To find a peaceful solution we must look beyond assigning blame and work together in the common interests of all.
Rick Staggenborg, MD
Pasadena, California-Where the fires were burning hotly as this was written.
Please support Jewish peace activists in Israel and the United States by joining their organizations and their fight for justice for Palestinians.
Although some would revile any organization that seeks a two-state solution, when a serious discussion takes place in Israel about negotiating for peace, it will be around the issue of a two-state solution. These individuals are facing widespread hate and even violence for opposing settlements and other violations of Palestinian rights. While we can put pressure on the Israeli government, we can only force it to broker for peace in Israelis join us in calling for an end to the madness.
It will become apparent in time that a one-state solution is the only hope for lasting peace, but Israel must come to the table first, because they will not be forced to negotiate. Citizens of Israel are not any freer than those in Gaza if they are trapped in a thinking that leads to eternal conflict. They must free their minds to be truly free of the endless threat of violence.
When one of us is not free, none of us truly are.
Jewish Voice for Peace