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    • Dutch
    • 24.12.07 | 00:21 (IST)

    Shimon , There has always been an inalienable feeling of decency among the people of the world to protect the innocent and a recognition from time immoral that man is one and what happens to one member affects them all. The American scholar/ philospher Ralph Waldo Emerson pointed out so brillantly in 1844: "It is a doctrine alike of the oldest and of the newest philosophy, that man is one, and that you cannot injure any member, without a sympathetic injury to all the members". So it's not a matter of protection but a matter of allowing the natural will of the people to come together and follow one anothers lead. For example, during World War l the German soldiers felt lonely being away from home at Christmas and began singing Silent Night this prompted the British soldiers to respond in kind and before long they were tossing newspapers and cigarettess across the trenches to one another and eventually worked out a cease fire arrangement. Yes, it disturbed the generals at first but before long they all joined in too and there are pictures of them fraternalizing and sharing tradition wines and fruits & presents to one another. Ever since the Christmas Truce of 1914 it has always been tradit- ion among soldiers and armies to call a Christmas truce. It was considered a gest- ure of goodwill and brotherhood among men. In a sense this is where the real laws of decency in warfare were developed such as the The Hague Convention of 1917 on what an appropritate respond. But history is full of gestures of goodwill and Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol is a wonderful expression of this on Boxing Day, the day after christmas has become a day when the rich sent their left over out to the poor or invited them in. The fact the Jews were attacked during the Holiday season is a tradition most Christians shun and indeed go out of their way to avoid. It's considered disre- spectful towards God's wishes for his people too. Remember, King David wasn't allowed to build the temple as he shed too much blood so it fell to the responsibility of his son Solomon a man consider a man of peace to build it. So peace is God's choice for his people not war and Christmas is our great reminder of this. Dutch

    from the article: Ehud Olmert rejects Hamas' offer of cease-fire in Gaza Strip
    First published 00:00 23.12.07 | Last updated 00:00 23.12.07
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