Saturday, January 3, 2009

Is ignorance really bliss?

"Papa!, mari sini!" At first, i thought i was hallucinating. Then again "Papa!, mari sini!". I rushed to the door way to find my 2 1/2 year old son squatting by the fallen baby stroller. He looked at me and waved his left hand gesturing me to come closer to him and and gently uttered, "Papa! Mari sini", "See! it fall down". He was oblivious to his grammatical error and i didn't mind. But, what i did mind though, was, how out of touch i was with my son's development. I have been ignorant of the fact that he had picked up a second language. "Where have i been all this while?" i thought. "I had to make good this break and start catching up with my very much back logged family life". And make good, i did. No computer, no newspapers, no Malaysiakini, no The Malaysian Insider, no blogs. I was in my own "sanctuary", where i remained politically stupid for a week. My time was spent catching up with wify and my two little ones, oblivious of the happenings around me. What a good week it was. Ignorance was bliss!

Returning back to work just for a day on the 30th, knowing that i'm going to be on leave again the next two days was a real drag. That morning all i wanted to do, as i laboured myself out of bed, was to get back in bed and cuddle up with my nice, warm and cozy son!

Got back to the clinic, turned on my laptop and ran through the happenings in Malaysia and around the world with my thoughts still visualizing how i was going to be spending the next two days with my kids. Then, while reading of the happenings at the Gaza strip, i chanced upon some pictures that made my heart sink:

A relative carrying the body of 4-year-old girl, Dena Balosha, during her funeral in Jabalya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip.

Did they launch rockets on Israelis too?

What do you think she's going to tell her children when she comes out of the hospital?

One lesser place to seek solace.

Where do you think they spent new year's?

While New Year revellers were misbehaving on the streets of Malaysia, these Palestinian youngsters were on the streets trying to protect whatever little roof left for their loved ones.

Guess what kind of "Fire" works display they were watching during the new year countdown? We had a home to return to after watching ours. Did they?

I dread to even guess what this guy is asking for in his prayers.

The brave warrior! and i'm not talking about the guy in the uniform. This David has no chance in the world to beat the Goliath in this one.

Some of the thousands who were robbed off their childhood and their lives. They did not deserve this! What kind of animals do this to innocent children? If these photographs did not send tears rolling down your cheeks, i don't know what will.

Here's the guy who is currently playing god! (seated in the middle, Ehud Olmert, Prime Minister of Israel).
One can stumble upon thousands of gruesome photos of slain Palestinian women and children in the Internet. But of what value are these pictures and write ups when all that we can do is sit and complain. What's the use of the UN? I will not start with the U.S. as it would be a waste of my precious time.
I had some Palestinian buddies during medical school. They were Palestinians living in various parts of the world other than Palestine. From them i learnt that the well connected and well to do Palestinians had long left their homeland to seek refuge in other countries. The ones left behind to live through this nightmare are the poor souls who were not gifted with the financial affordability to tag along with their more well off Palestinian brothers and sisters.
Where is the justice in Israel's actions? Some defend Israel's move by condemning the barrage of rockets fired from Gaza into Southern Israel even through the period of the truce. Come on people, let's compare an apple to an apple please. Rockets vs sophisticated, state of the art warplanes? Rockets vs latest technology equipped armoured tanks? Stone hailing youths vs specially trained arm force with heavy armour and sophisticated weapons? You kill 3 of ours and we kill 400 of yours?
Mr.Olmert, please stop. Enough of sacrificing innocent people to quench your thirst for revenge and political mileage. You snatched their land from right under their noses and now you call them terrorists. Who is the real terrorist here? Please stop these atrocities and genocide immediately and unconditionally. Stop playing god!
I join hands with all peace loving humans of the world in condemning this utterly inhumane and cowardly act by your Zionist regime. Shame on you!
Shame on me too. What is my microscopic discomfort compared to the agony of these very unfortunate creations of god? Now i ask myself, is ignorance really bliss?
For those who are still unclear of the history of the Israel-Palestine conflict, you can read it from my previous post here.