Late last night, in Gaza, gunships made those menacing sounds again: more rockets landed on the strip. This invasion will end sooner than later but the scars that the inhumane death toll, nearly 2000, will leave behind will not. It is the same with Rabaa, one year later,, the scars of 1000 dead are fresh and its effect on the national soul are akin to arsenic running through Egypt’s veins.
When innocents are slaughtered it is not a mere matter of families affected or economies disrupted. What is really at stake here is the damage done to the liviing. The fury that injects itself into the national dialogue is the stuff of future conflicts. In essence, with every adult killed you give birth to a young child whose governing intellectual map becomes revenge and resistance. The autocrat, whether Israeli or Egyptian, has a short sighted outlook that prevents the understanding that by killing one ‘enemy’ you may very well create 10 more. Moreover, failure to admit guilt by both the Egyptian and Israeli states only compunds the egregious crinmes committed. Bullets may kill, rockets may obliterate but they, unbeknownst, to those who fire them give birth to stronger future generations. You can not bury opposition in graves, history is laced with many a failed state who thought so.
So to Netanyahu and Sisi I say sleep well tonight for you have a long fight ahead of you.