Could the Arab–Israeli Conflict Be Avoided?

Couldn’t Have, Shouldn’t Have, Wouldn’t Have



Memorial Statue of Harambe the Gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo — Photo source: Cincinnati Enquirer

On May 28, 2016, a young child fell into Harambe’s enclosure. To protect the child, the zoo staff decided to shoot and kill Harambe, as they believed that the child’s life was in imminent danger.

While reading a recent post by Barack Obama here on Medium about his thoughts on the current conflict in Gaza, the story of Harambe the Gorilla flashed across my mind.

Let’s just address the elephant in the room.

What could we, should we, would we expect to happen when an irresponsible parent(s) allowed a vulnerable child to come into close proximity to a 400 lbs Gorilla?

And what could we, should we, would we expect to happen when Israel was placed in the middle of the Arab nations?

Please do not say this was for the sake of providing the Israeli people with a home.

Did the British government, and the subsequent ‘backbone’ to the Israeli government, namely the United States of America, think the Arab nations and Israel would hold hands and sing Kumbaya?

To make matters worse, the situation between Israel and the Arab nations back then, and now with the Palestinians for the past decades is a lot more complicated than a child accidentally falling into a Gorilla’s enclosure.

The Israeli government is clearly not a vulnerable child, nor has any intention of leaving the enclosure from the start.

If we take a step back and take a look at what’s happening in the world today, we’re faced with crises from global warming to racial and gender inequalities, from war to famine.

Most are direct or indirect results of governments’ and enterprises’ agendas and propaganda, are they not?

These were never about the people! Democracy isn’t dead, it just never truly existed if you ask me. It’s only a matter of speech and convenience.

As humans, we all want to stand for something. Something righteous, believing that we can all make a difference. And we can!

But instead, for centuries, people have been played and manipulated into standing up for the wrong thing.

There’s nothing wrong with the Israeli soldiers and reservists wanting to protect their country, nor is there the slightest inadequacy in the Palestinian people wanting a normal life.

Who got these people here and for what reason is the real problem.

Before we start taking sides in this clusterfuck of a situation, we need to think very carefully about who we’re actually up against, and what we want to stand for?

Even the soldiers from the Christmas Truce of 1914 during the First World War knew better when they say ‘Fuck it, let’s come out of our trenches to have a friendly match of soccer and exchange greetings and gifts.’




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