I know that Facebook is now viewed as a place where old folk like me post their frivolous thoughts, Boomerville!
So why do I continue to post, given that my heart is toward the "Next"?
Occasionally, one of those next Gen's will respond, but more often the older are simply exposed! That's good food for thought as well!
This madness in the Middle East seems to be doing nothing more than to divide nation against nation, when thousands of human lives are at stake.
As I read in Jeremiah 7, were Isreal to follow her own prophets when seeing outside forces coming against them, they might see it as God using brutality to drive them to repentance, rather than a justification for massacre.
As for those of the Christian faith, supporting such brutal response in light of who Christ was seems equal error. Still yet, the more fundamentalist of Christians see this as "signs of the times" and almost applaud the moment as one hastening the day when Christ will return, perhaps preferring an exit strategy over compassion.
Even my Muslim friends, some in Gaza, now see this bloodshed as opportunity for martyrdom, an assurance of heaven!
Thankfully, not all of us are there or no trucks would be trying to deliver relief to Gaza!
Of course, we also have American politics to deal with, left and right, hawks and doves, neither likely understand terrorists strategies (cease fires) or have felt the true suffering of homes destroyed and muffled cries of children as drones hover and missiles descend.
My apologies to the Veterans among us who have suffered the brunt of such madness now for decades!
This whole political season seems to be more about "sides", if not insanity given the objectives of Iran, Russia and others.
If our allegiance is to the scriptures, mercy seems to be the heart of God in both the Old and New Testament.
Prophecy may simply be G-d's way of leaking the inevitable when humans choose sides out of hate!
Plainly evident with such prophecies is the destruction that comes from uber-religious response, though I understand the context of Jeremiah's writing, and the theological error that will embolden many readers to respond to my "idiocy" with a "that was then and this is now", a rational of avoidance!
If you have READ THUS FAR then think about this text:
"And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my heart.  Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that it shall no more be called Tophet, nor The valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of slaughter: for they shall bury in Tophet, till there be no place.  And the carcases of this people shall be meat for the fowls of the heaven, and for the beasts of the earth; and none shall fray them away.  Then will I cause to cease from the cities of Judah, and from the streets of Jerusalem, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride: for the land shall be desolate." Jeremiah 7:31-34 KJV.