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Dear God, is Last Man Standing our only solution?

A business client
a few nights ago
lost 9
members
of his family
when their
house
in Gaza
was bombed.

Last night
I watched
the movie
Raid on Entebbe
about the Israeli
rescue mission
in 1976
to save
their compatriots
from
the PLO
hijackers
in Uganda.
I recall
how thrilled
and in awe
I was
when I heard.
Made Soweto
June 1976 less
painful
somehow.

Yesterday
I was
in a
phenomenal
secondhand book
store.
Picked up and
put down
Chaim Potok’s History
of the Jews
(1978).
Wanted to read
it
but found myself
angry
Neither side’s hands are clean
in Gaza.

I need a peaceful
heart
to be open to
the story Potok wrote.
Now isn’t it.

So picked up
a book of my own
history: the persecution
of the Huguenots by
the Catholics in
France.

It was an Air France
plane at Entebbe.

Was the Nakba
the Palestine
St. Bartholemew’s Day
equivalent?
The Troubles in Ireland?
Or, Little Big Horn?

And then there’s Syria
which
I don’t understand.
And Turkey’s Kurds.
Don’t speak
of
the Congo or
Rwanda.

What are we
to
do as a nation
of earth dwellers?
Is Last Man Standing
the only
way we know
to save
our planet’s
other
species
and
fulfill our visions
of God?

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