Wednesday, June 02, 2010

David and Salomon or Yes We Can't!

David and Goliath is an important story for the believers of the three Abrahamic religion. It is an allegory, how the weak can overcome the mighty opressor.

Jewish people were prosecuted through the ages, since they represented the perfect "other" for uncivilized communities to build their identities. The story of David and Goliath must have helped them in their darkest hours, this I am sure.

But the story of David does not end there. After uniting the kingdoms of the Israelites, David brought the Ark of Covenant to Jerusalem, intending to build a temple in the name of Jehovah. Jehovah forbids David from building this temple, since David has blood in his hands. The temple is built by Salomon, his son.

The government of Israel should remember the second part of the story. They cannot build a peaceful homeland for their citizens with blood on their hands.

On the other side, I am disgusted by the lack of compassion and the calculatedness of the words of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Mr. Yes We Can. His reaction was "We are sorry for the dead in this unfortunate accident."

This is a truism, which is true, but has no value. It is equally satisfying as "The sky is blue" to the same question. I am not expecting America's stand on Israel to change, given the strong dependence of American democracy on lobbying money. Still, it is sad to hear another example of Obama's words being not even hot air.

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