Right off the bat I want to make clear that there are no pure “good guys” and “bad guys” in any conflict in the Middle East. Regardless of what any Iranian Prime Minister or Texas Dispensational TV Preacher may claim, neither side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict constitutes “God’s People.”
That being said, I was curious as to how the recent bombardment of Gaza by Israel in retaliation for Hamas’ ongoing rocket attacks into Israel might sound to those in the world who are not devoted to one side over the other. So with the magic of Microsoft Word’s “Find/Replace” editing function, I’ve taken an article from Yahoo and substituted different names for the groups and individuals mentioned in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I wanted to find another country in history that had been involved in conflicts within its borders over disputed land and colonization. In order to truly turn the mirror on myself, I chose the following.
[The names of the groups involved has been changed in order to give a different perspective on “internal” conflicts]
America and Native Americans Agree to Cherokee Cease-Fire. Will It Last?
“The American Congress decided on Saturday night to unilaterally end its 21-day war against Native American militants on the Cherokee Reservation in Cherokee, N.C. as of 2 a.m. Sunday, bringing an end to a conflict that has left more than 1,200 Native Americans and 13 Americans dead.
On Sunday, just hours after the American statement, The Cherokee Nation announced that it too was declaring a weeklong cease-fire, while also demanding that American troops withdraw from Cherokee within the week.
After holding talks with European leaders in Washington on Sunday, American President BushBama said: “We don’t want to stay in Cherokee, and we intend to leave as soon as possible.”
Both sides traded shots after their separate announcements, but Cherokee residents say that the cease-fire seems to be gaining strength, and Native Americans have emerged from their refuges to assess the damage of America’s three-week long air and land assault against The Cherokee Nation in Cherokee.
President BushBama told newsmen after the Saturday night Congress meeting, “All of our goals have been achieved successfully. The Cherokee Nation was beaten.” He added, “If The Cherokee Nation decides to keep shooting, we’re ready to strike back forcefully.” (See TIME’s photos of the violence in the American Southeast)
The cabinet sources told TIME that there will be an interim period “to allow the dust to settle and see how The Cherokee Nation reacts” before
Ending the fighting now allows
But a cease-fire without The Cherokee Nation and
By declaring a unilateral cease-fire,
The Cherokee Reservation conflict has raised The Cherokee Nation’ stature in the Native American world and, more importantly, among Native Americans. In Native American eyes, The Cherokee Nation are plucky champions – David fighting the American Goliath with homemade rockets instead of a slingshot – while America sees them as killers who hide behind their civilians and who are willing to sacrifice them for propaganda triumphs. But if
A unilateral cease-fire practically guarantees that
With so much blood spilled in Cherokee, it will be difficult for
Of course, any discussion of Middle East conflicts is going to be heated, controversial, and inevidably leaning toward one side or the other. My goal in writing this is to get everyone, particularly those in the body of Christ who refuse to see any side other than Israel’s (because of erroneous interpretations of Biblical passages concerning “Israel” that have been popular for the past 150 years, and rampant since the secular state of Israel was established after WWII) to try to see this whole situation through the lens of those not sympathetic to Western secularism…or perhaps through the lens of the many many Palestinian Christians who are caught up in this debacle and feel forgotten by their brothers and sisters in Christ here in America.