Well, it’s 3.27 am on Thursday morning and I can’t get to sleep. My legs itch and while having a scritch I did check that it was still plural. I checked them twice in case like other asses I had forefeet. In the (almost) week since the last nurse signed me off to fend for myself I haven’t managed to lose a leg and that’s something I don’t think that any of them had faith in. To be honest I think they would have considered coming until my right leg was fully healed but as the last one left clutching her tin of chocolates , she did mumble something about them all having to go on diets. I’ve missed them this week and their mostly tender ministrations but it’s honestly no reflection on them if I say I won’t mind if I never have to see them again. Unfortunately that’s just not likely to happen so I might as well build up the stocks again. Anyway, as the young ladies from the Chemist’s deliver my meds they still have to collect their share.
The situation in Israel has been bothering me as it has so many others worldwide. While both sides are shooting missiles at each other I read that the Israelis say they try to be careful to avoid civilian casualties and yet I saw that they concentrated their artillery on just one street causing civilian deaths which is bad but with multiple children’s deaths which is worse. I ask myself if there is anyone who could broker a peace deal that could stand. How many countries can the Palestinians trust? The British can’t stand too high in their estimation since the Balfour plan tried to create a Jewish homeland after WWI. Other European countries have also tried to do the same thing. Joe Biden has called for a ceasefire but the U.S. can’t be considered an honest broker when they fund the Israeli war machine to the tune of almost 4 billion dollars per year.
You might have to forgive me if I sound perplexed but why do the Americans still allocate this amount of money to a country that has a taxable population and that trades with the world. Their armed forces are formidable and they’ve beaten back foes far stronger than themselves. They are now at peace with many of them but making peace with the Palestinians still seems to be beyond them. It may be that in peace they will no longer be able to continue stealing land to build on for their ever increasing population. With hawks like Benjamin Netenyahu in charge it’s unlikely a common peace will be found but if he is found guilty of breach of trust, fraud , and accepting bribes then maybe peace will be a step nearer.
It may sound naive but I shall ask anyway. Would it not be possible to have a ruling body composed of both Arabs and Israelis who can ensure that land is not owned by the state so that it can be bought and sold. Palestinians could be compensated for their stolen lands and for those that still own land they can choose whether to sell it for Israeli redevelopment or to farm it as their families have for years. This continual killing has to cease though before the Middle East erupts again in total warfare which could easily spread worldwide. With Iran and Iraq already like tinderboxes and Afghanistan probably ready to blow as the American soldiers withdraw. The world has not known a sustained peace since the end of WWII we don’t need the next in the series. Man should be able to live with man at a time when so many countries are committed to saving the planet from global warming. We don’t want the next global warming to be nuclear.
Hugs to you all.