There Are As Many Truths As There Are People To Tell Them

Over the last couple of days, I’ve watched more-than-I-care-to-see versions of Israeli soldiers storming a Freedom Flotilla ship that sought to bring supplies to the blockaded Gaza strip in Palestine.

As a paciivist, I find the escalating violence, hatred and seemingly irresolvable conflict nauseating. I want to turn it off, as one would a light switch.

At the same time, my insatiable desire for peace is eclipsed by my thirst for understanding and my deep-seated belief in balance and fairness.

That’s why I feel compelled to share the video below. Like the ones I’ve seen over the past two days, it is also clearly NOT objective. And so it will add grist to the mill, possibly within my community here in Dubai as well as beyond.

YouTube videos, media reports, tweets, hearsay, opinion, gossip. Amidst this minefield of bias and perspective, a multitude of conflicting truths awaits discovery – all valid, defensible, and multi-partite lame excuses for not taking responsibility to resolve “the situation in the Middle East.”

It’s time for a change. Let’s take a look at some new truths. I’d like to start with love, compassion and non-violence. How about you?

One thing for sure, I haven’t seen much evidence of these new truths in any of the media coverage of this tragic incident, this one included… But this time it looks to me as if the activists are the ones being brutal…