I had to stop for gas this morning before going into work. As I walked up to the pump I saw that the prices had now jumped from the 2.40s to the 2.70s. I was a little upset mainly because this weekend I will be going to Chicago and the gas there and back just became a bigger expense. I remember when it took 20 bucks to fill my tank, yes in my current car. Now it takes close to 40. I did not even fill up the tank today, just put 30 in. I started to think of the economy and where everything is at right now. Cielo and I were just talking about the so-called “Energy Bill” and how it did not do a darn thing for us. What difference did it make but make the oil companies richer?
Then I got back into my car and continued to listen to the Morning Edition on NPR. They were talking to a correspondent from the Gaza strip about the withdrawal. I am no expert on the Israel-Palestine conflict but it saddens me to hear about, it like any other human struggle where innocent lives are lost. Then on the same program they interviewed an actual young settler. It was a moving interview, she started to cry… she used one of the most powerful words in my eyes… she felt raped because of the people that were there to help them “move” were sleeping uninvited in a place that just yesterday she called her home. I then felt a little guilty about being so selfish and thinking paying more money at the pump was something to be mad about. I could not even begin to imagine what it would be like to be forcibly removed from my home of 25 years.
I have a glimpse at what it is to move from my home, but it was voluntary and not my government telling me you have until this deadline to move. A lot of young people are going to try to make the withdrawal as difficult as they can in hopes that it will deter Israel from doing the same thing in the West Bank. That is the plan though, to have Israel withdrawal from the West Bank happen also. I sure hope that this is the first step towards some peace between those two nations and not the spark that will light the conflict up even more.