The other day I heard a 78-year-old man sing, through a cracked voice, one of the most moving and gentle jazz melodies, as the iconic image of a fetishized sports car being driven into the sunset was projected. And, not for the first time in recent years, I was crying at the end of a Clint Eastwood film.
Why do we value blood and tears so cheap? Is it because we all own them? When we grieve the various losses that life brings to us, the tears seem to flow from some inexhaustible source.
We stand at what could be the greatest divide in American history.
As I write this, I am en-route to Egypt on a commercial aircraft with 1/4 ton of priceless kits containing basic medical equipment but no drugs or over-the-counter pharmaceuticals.
It has been over a week now. Over 600 Palestinians and ten Israelis have been killed (seven of them soldiers), and 3,085 Palestinians have been injured.
The dynamics of "violence begets violence" are simple and probably understood by everyone who has ever been in a fight.
It is appropriate and necessary to criticize Israel's excessive military attacks in Gaza.
I can't help commenting on the tragic situation in Gaza after a week like this. There have been many calls for a ceasefire which, of course, I support as necessary and important.
In addition to the obvious and outrageous tragedy of those killed by the Israeli bombing of Gaza (640 killed so far in this
A well-repeated Arab saying dealing with conflicts states: al bad'azlam, "the initiator [of a conflict] is the wrong one." So if you are trying to figure out who is wrong in the current ro