I recently found these photos of young Israeli girls signing bombs that were to be sent into Lebanon. My emotions ran the gamut from anger, disgust, disbelief, pity and shame. I was immediately distraught and confused as to what type of parent would first of all let their children near live bombs, but then would also encourage them to sign the very tools that would kill other children. After reading the range of comments on this blog I started to think. Someone brought up the point that the other side is using children to fuel this conflict as well. I realized that this conflict is beyond merely politics at this point. Generations of children have been, and are being taught and brainwashed to hate on both sides. If we want a lasting peace, we must start with them. I know this all sounds a bit Whitney Houston, but the children really are our future.
Take a look at these children and tell me, how can they grow up and work for peace if these are the lessons their parents, their teachers, their leaders are teaching them.
Israeli girls singing bombs
Young boys in gaza ready for the next generation
In other news, someone from the UN has finally called what is happening a War Crime, now if only Israel could be prosecuted.
The United Nations’ top human rights official said Wednesday that the killing and maiming of civilians under attack in Lebanon, Israel and Gaza and the West Bank could constitute war crimes.
“The scale of killings in the region, and their predictability, could engage the personal criminal responsibility of those involved, particularly those in a position of command and control,” said Louise Arbour, the high commissioner for human rights.
How sad is it though that we all know nothing will ever be done. It kind of makes the whole idea of the Geneva Convention moot. It is kind of ironic that these laws were established after WWII, and now the biggest victims of that war are the perpetrators of crimes against humanity.