It’s time someone speaks out and puts the carnage happening in the Middle East in perspective. First, war is not a solution, never has been, never will be. It may end conflict, but it doesn’t resolve conflict. The “war to end all wars” didn’t do so. We stopped the carnage of the Jews but inflicted it upon the Japanese. Korea split a country, and now half is one of the biggest threats to our democracy. Vietnam was based on a lie, as was Iraq. 

Millions of innocent people have died, have been slaughtered, because man can’t get along, is aggressive, and chooses violence over diplomacy—and when I say man, I do mean the gender. Not going back to Roman times, the male half of the species has perpetrated these wars, and the ones in Russia and the Middle East are no exceptions, nor were the ones during the western expansion. Manifest destiny was religion-based, and we wiped out the Indigenous people to such an extent they could no longer effectively object to our occupation. This is what Netanyahu appears to be doing. 

Now before you get your knickers in a twist, the attack by Hamas was unconscionable, and they must be held accountable, but slaughtering the innocent Palestinians is not the answer. This must be stopped. Man and politics are controlling the destiny of our world, and we’re losing. Where are the women when needed? Oh yeah, they’re being raped and murdered.

Patrick McGibney
Los Osos

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