Yesterday was the anniversary of the atomic bomb being dropped on Hiroshima. Saturday is the anniversary of Nagasaki. Every year I grieve on these days. I know the argument is that these bombs ended the war... and frankly that doesn't matter. The bombs were still immoral. I hear the argument that Israel is protecting itself and if large numbers of civilians die, that is just the cost of war.
I'm reminded of the words of a wise Jewish teacher - What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? There are times when survival is not the moral option. I dare not impose my religious understandings on folk who do not share them, but I can raise the questions... at what point does the cost of survival cause us to cease to be who we claim we are? At what point does the oppressed become the oppressor? When does taking on the characteristics of our attacker destroy our soul?
More than once in the history of the United States we have given up our collective soul for profit, for security, to win. In those instances we have ceased to be the people we claim to be and have lost our best selves. We have given away our souls. Dropping atomic bombs on civilians in Japan twice was one of those times. I believe the continued occupation and settlements in Palestine may be doing the same to Israel.