Here’s a sobering report from the front lines of battle in Gaza City between Hamas and Fatah. In this case, the front lines are right at the door of this reporter’s apartment, where he spends entire nights with his wife and child huddling in the outer corridor because bullets are blowing out their apartment windows. No matter how crappy your life is right now, I guarantee you’ve never had it as bad as what these people have to go through every day. And make no mistake, this is a religious war. You’ve had these two groups of people, Israelis and Palestinians, and they’ve been killing each other without end over possession of lands believed to be theirs by divine mandate. As a result, horror ensues. If religion did not play such a central role in this area, the hatred and tribalism and attitude of “hey, you have a beard, I have to shoot you!” would not exist. It’s as simple as that.
People, could you just please please stop with the religion thing?
Just stop it! Fuck!