Two attackers were riding a motor bike when they opened fire using machine guns at a checkpoint in Saqqara, a Cairo suburb and site of some of Egypt's oldest pyramids.11:13 28.11.15 | 0 comments
Dear Leon-- Thank you for your letter today. I agree wholeheartedly with you on Gideon Levy being a moral giant. He has proven himself over and over to be a man among men who will lead the way with his moral conscience. I would love to see him get a Noble Peace Prize or get an honorary degree such as a doctoral of letters. I hope you can do your part over there and I will do my part over here to make this happen. To think of all the suffering he must have endure reporting on the death and destruction the Israeli army inflicted upon the Palestinian people in the territories. The emotional strain must have been terrible. You spoke about the suffering people of Afghanistan and Iraq. I was terribly affected by those wars too. I recall Ramsey Clarke said in a speech upon reporting from Afghanistan how the poor people there where disoriented on the roads as the US bombed so badly couldn't find their way. Isn't that awful? One of my nature magazines did a report on Afghanistan last year and it said how the poor people of Afghanistan always managed to scrape a living off the earth...but all the US bombing had made this extremely difficult now too. I think for me the axe will always fall when the US bombed and wiped so many family members out. I recall one boy saying how he lost three or four of his brothers. How could one want to live after? Or the father who last 8-9 members of his family from a blast told Robert Fiske he cried like an animal afterwards. He said he wished he was dead too. So how can we as people live with these crimes either? They re' monstrous -- they overwhelm me. Like the champions of freedom overwhelm you. Now I can ever talk about Iraq after this. Maybe I will find the piece I wrote on that for you. I called it my Bleeding Heart. And that it was in every sense of the word. I am sorry for the blast over there...I hope Tony Blair push Sharon to make deal. Do you know anything about that. I would love an update if you had the time. I don't know if you had a chance to look at the Lebanon assassination off of Rafiq Al-Ahariri. If you don't wish to comment I will understand. Anyway, all my best! Keep writing in. I loved that visit from the professor when you were being held up. I wanted to tell him how much i appreciated his words of wisdom--but he got caught up in a few other conversations and then he seem to be gone...So that was it. I hope I haven't bored you to death. I hope I made sense...Peace for now. Dutch P. S. If you ever feel like taking a couple of swings at Paul Harris -I would appreciate it. He is always out to get me in some way...i wish he watched more Punch and Judy shows over there and leave me alone. Perhaps you aren't aware of him. He is like a chicken with it head hanging off sometimes..