Looking for signs of hope in this world full of flaws is a fool's game. The Dove knows it. Of course humanity is flawed and continues to provide us reasons for despair.
The latest killings worldwide are so sad, so unnecessary, so wrong: in Israel, in Palestine, in Russia, in Iraq.
Perhaps the path our leaders are taking does not work?
Perhaps we could try peace, reconciliation, negotiation and compromise?
I said it in the comments and I'll say it again, in a new way: no gulag, no wall, no army, no air force, no occupation, no pacification will put an end to the cycle of violence in Israel (or Iraq, or Russia, or even my hometown of Oakland, where the gun murder rate has begun to climb after a long descent).
In September of 2001, Tikkun published an essay of mine, reflecting upon the death of my Lebanese grandmother at the hands of an enraged mob of Palestinian refugees. I wanted to convey in that piece that injustice creates more violence, that the innocent die for the sins or errors of others, that suffering creates more suffering. I pleaded with Israelis and American Jews not to let Israel sink into the quagmire that Lebanon suffered during its long civil war.
I wrote the piece just after the beginning of the second intifada in fall of 2000, when I feared that the misery of the Palestinians threatened to bring apocalyptic war upon the whole of Israel. It was unbelievable coincidence that the piece ran in the September 2001 issue. The message applied to myself, to my own country, the United States.
The first e-mails I got from my New York City friends starting September 12, 2001 all said the same thing: however bad this attack is, we don't need to kill people to make it better.
In the three years since September 11, 2001, has the world become a safer place? Has the Bush war on terror created peace and security in Afghanistan, Osama's home, or anywhere in the Middle East?
When your elected representatives make war upon others, you may suffer consequences nobody foresaw.
It's always a tragedy when the innocent die. Let us honor all our dead by raising up our voices and demanding change. Only peace and justice bring true security.
The Dove is going to come out as a follower of mystics: true peace cannot be found in the material world. Peace radiates from the still center. You must search within.