Sunday, August 27, 2006

War-Torn Middle East Seeks Solace In Religion | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

This is an incredible piece, the Onion, a satirical paper has literally transcended satire to a plane I like to call "I-just-wanna-break-down-and-cry-because-it's-all-too-true"

Let's a few choice paragraphs:
JERUSALEM—As an uneasy truce between Israel and Hezbollah continues, millions of average men and women in the Holy Land are turning to the one simple comfort that has always seen them through the darkest days of their troubled history: the steadfast guidance of their religious faith.

This is the interpretation I like to take of that old canard, "There are no Atheist in foxholds."

"I take solace in knowing that my faith is a sanctuary, an escape from the bloodshed and turmoil," said Haifa resident Yigal Taheri, who last week lost his wife and newborn daughter when a Fajr-3 long-range rocket launched by Lebanese militants struck the synagogue where his family was attending services. "YHWH, Elohim, whatever you wish to not call Him—His love comforts all those who are willing to open their hearts to Him. Praise be to G–d."

Just like Rwanda, Somalia, the Holocaust (read Night, it's incredible), Bosnia and almost every single conflict raging right now across the world.

Palestinian Omar Abdel-Malik, a resident of the Gaza Strip town of Khan Younis, credits his Islamic beliefs for preserving his sanity.

"The Israelis have fired missile upon missile on my neighborhood, but it has only made my trust in Allah that much stronger," Abdel-Malik said. "I cringe to think where the people of the Middle East would be right now if it weren't for our steadfast belief in one true, merciful, and loving Supreme Being."

I've seen such sentiments before

"It's always frightening to be reminded of your own mortality, as we all were this past Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday," Hezbollah commander Mahdi al-Zaidi said. "But rather than react irrationally, I looked deep within my faith, consulted the Quran, and by the mercy of Allah, I gained the resolve to oversee a massive airstrike against the enemy."

"We will get through this, so long as we have God on our side," he added

And these as well.

What does it say that the best newspapers and sources of information are pieces like the Onion and Jon Steward and the Colbert Report?




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