Friday, January 02, 2009

Mary and Jesus in Afghanistan

Time magazine has several lists highlighting the "Top Ten Everything of 2008" on its website. There was one picture that really touched me.

Photo Description: A woman sits with her legs crossed on the floor of a dark room. She is wearing a floor-length green dress with long sleeves. A long white scarf is lies loosely over her head and extends down to her elbows. Her face is turned to the left as she looks up. In her arms, she holds a small baby who is feeding from her partially-shown right breast.

The Time magazine caption reads, "Siamoy, an Afghan woman from remote Badakhshan province in Afghanistan, feeds her one-month old baby. The remote, mountain region has the highest maternity mortality rate in the world."

I keep thinking about the biblical story of Jesus' birth. Looking at this picture, I can't help but think about how it reminds me of the Nativity scenes that are so popular in our society this time of year. Mary and Jesus would have looked much like Siamoy and her baby. Our society celebrates the birth of Jesus and portrays Mary as holy and worthy of reverence and devotion. At the same time, many of the same people support the wars that have terrorized and killed so many women like Siamoy and her child.

7 comments:

dmarks said...

I know that at least one of the mosques was used as a weapons depot by the Palestinian government, thus forcing Israel to bomb it. This is similar to how the Palestinian government has troop transports marked as ambulances.

Surely this is in nobody's interest.

bint alshamsa said...

And you know this, how? Look, nobody is forced to slaughter little children. Israel has chosen to pursue genocide as a means of dealing with the uncomfortable fact that these lands that they want are currently occupied by those they haven't managed to kill off.

I think it would really be in people's interest to find out what's going on over there instead of just making excuses for what's being done in the name of national security.

dmarks said...

Does Israel want to possess Gaza, as opposed to ending the more than 6,000 attacks that have come from it?

As for genocide, Hamas's frequent call for the extermination of Jews as a whole (not just Israelis) and the insistence that Israelis don't even have a right to exist, might be considered by some as genocidal. I think that genocide being one of Hamas' most important foreign policy goals probably is more at the root of the problem here than you do.

I agree that both sides must agree to a cease-fire. A situation in which the international border between Gaza and Israel is not crossed by troops, mortars, militants, rockets, or even rocks tossed in anger is ideal here.

bint alshamsa said...

To answer your question: Yes, they want to possess it. If they were interested in ending these supposed "attacks", they wouldn't be razing people's land, taking their crops, shooting their school children, rounding up people and then bombing the facility where they were confined.

As for genocide, Hamas's frequent call for the extermination of Jews as a whole (not just Israelis) and the insistence that Israelis don't even have a right to exist, might be considered by some as genocidal.

Might be considered genocidal? Okay, give me a break! Sure, maybe you could find someone who'd call that genocide. However, Hamas' supposed wishes for the Jews doesn't even compare to how the Israelis are not just calling for the extermination of Palestinians and Muslims in general; they are also actually going and carrying out their genocidal campaign. When Hamas is flying over Israel dropping bombs and confining the Israelis to ghettos, then you might be able to start making a case for how their actions are comparable to what is being done to them.

I think that genocide being one of Hamas' most important foreign policy goals probably is more at the root of the problem here than you do.

Maybe I'd agree with you if you could prove your premise.

I agree that both sides must agree to a cease-fire. A situation in which the international border between Gaza and Israel is not crossed by troops, mortars, militants, rockets, or even rocks tossed in anger is ideal here.

What I see as ideal is for the Israelis to end the occupation and stop stop committing genocide. THAT would be ideal. I've seen kids throw rocks at each other. That doesn't make it acceptable for one of them to get out an M-16 and mow down the rock-throwers entire family.

dmarks said...

"However, Hamas' supposed wishes for the Jews"

Do you want quotes from their charter? You should check into Hamas's statements about Jews to find out that "supposed" does not apply their frequent and emphatic calls for genocide.

As for proving the premise that "one of Hamas' most important foreign policy goals" includes the extermination of the Israelis, and they don't even recognize the right of the people there to exist, is this part even controversial?

You have some very good points to be made to point out Israeli excesses, and you have in this comment. But I just can't agree with the idea of ignoring or justifying Hamas' explicit demands for extermination of the Israelis.

dmarks said...

"I've seen kids throw rocks at each other. That doesn't make it acceptable for one of them to get out an M-16 and mow down the rock-throwers entire family."

Nor does it make it acceptible for the kids to throw rocks in the first place.

Anonymous said...

You are close to the truth.

Jesus did visit Afghanistan on his way to Kashmir.

Before the Russians invaded Afghanistan and destroyed the fabric of society; there was an Afghan Christian community that claimed its roots from Jesus visiting Afghanistan.

Jesus and Mary travelled on to Kashmir and India; where they are both buried.

These are tha true facts of Christianity , not the Santa Claus version of Pagen Europe !!