Monday, July 17, 2006


And another definition of insanity: "doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different result." When will Israel (and George Bush) ever learn that violence only begets more violence? Any problem we aggressively attack only hits back harder (especially in the Middle East.) The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war."


Dear Congressman Waxman: In following up on our conference call last week, I want to thank you for taking the time to discuss the current Middle East conflict with us. At that time, we asked that you take to the floor of Congress to introduce a cease-fire resolution. Since then, the situation, as you know, has gotten much worse with Israelis taking to bomb shelters and thousands of Lebanese refugees pouring into Syria.

I urge you not to support resolutions that back Israel's actions of collective punishment, both in Gaza and Lebanon. As history has proven and as you acknowledged, collective punishment does not work to resolve the problem. In fact, it makes the problem much worse because it discredits the voices of moderation in the Arab world while empowering terrorists who perpetrate systematic acts of violence against the Jewish people. Bombing the electricity plant in Gaza, decimating neighborhoods in Beirut only creates more terrorists, people who might previously have invested their hope and faith in government leaders working with Israel and the United States to establish peace.

Surely, we cannot expect Jews living in Israel to tolerate constant rocket attacks from across the border. Who would argue with answering those attacks with force, a force so great as to hopefully discourage any future border attacks?

I would, as would many Jews.

Retribution, in all its hellish fury, does not work. It never has.

If not retribution, then what?

What might Israel have done instead of bombing the electricity plant in
Gaza, cutting off water and sewage treatment to 1.4 million people? What
other options were available besides turning Lebanon into a river of blood?
Israel could have offered a prisoner exchange, as it did two years ago when
Sharon traded hundreds of Palestinans for a single Israeli.

What might Israel still do? Israel could begin by announcing that it will
no longer hold arrestees for more than three days without filing formal
charges, ban torture, and prosecute those who defy the ban.

Israel might also strengthen the position of Palestinan Authority President
Abbas by giving him the tax monies withheld from Hamas, so that Abbas might
provide much-needed jobs and social services. To enforce border security,
Israel and Palestine could create a joint police force with international oversight.

And if the attacks continued?

Israel might charge the perpetrators with crimes, put the terrorists on trial, and televise the drama to engage the world community. Israel tried Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann for a strategic reason.

At the end of the day, we must ask ourselves the salient question.

What has worked before in other seemingly interminable and intractable conflicts in South Africa, Northern Ireland, and between Israel and the Arab countries? Acknowledgements of the other's narrative. Land reparations. Prisoner exchanges. Strong business alliances with whatever “enemy”. (“Keep your friends close but your enemies closer”),
Truth and reconciliation commissions that bring to light human rights
violations on both sides, a commitment to non-violence, shared governance
in one form or another. All of the above combined.

To those who say, "We tried that and it didn't work," I say then you need to
try again because there is no sane alternative. Hope is embracing the
vision of peace with every ounce of your heart. Without hope, without
vision, without heart, all we have is what we have -- mass murder.

Again, I urge you to support resolutions calling for a cease-fire. It would not be in anyone's best interest to sanction a country's use of collective punishment to resolve conflict. Sincerely, Marcy Winograd


Clif, Gulf Storm Marine Combat Vet said: As violence spreads in the Middle East, a Rapture Ready message board for evangelicals asks, “Is it time to get excited?” Violence breaks out in the middle east and these clowns see that as a good sign?" Clif asks.

THIS IS AN ACTUAL QUOTE FROM THE RAPTURE READY WEBSITE! Originally Posted by WhiteH2OWoman:Forgive them and pray for them. Pray for Bush; he really needs it.

"Y'all don't get too terribly carried away...the Lord could still tarry some, since He is not willing that any should be lost. I'd hate to see y'all have a Great Disappointment (google it, with capitalization...happened in the 19th Century.)

Having said that, I do think it should not be long. If He tarries, I will just have time to get my hair and nails done (you know let all I come into contact with know of my Bridegroom and what He has/will do). So i am all spiffied up for Him when He does arrive to take me home. No disappointment, just a few last minute details to take care of to be more pleasing to look at.

Sound the shofar! Let the Enemy know the alert has been sounded and Y'shua is stepping onto the battlefield. I am a Jewish princess, my Father is the King of Kings!

I have written extensively on this website about the LaHaye-Jenkins Left Behind version of the "rapture." This is a dangerously perverse idea. The God of Love and the Prince of Peace would never come back in a bloodbath to throw any of God's children into hell. This is a shameful, self-serving, unChristian belief and agenda. Forgive them for they know not what they do.