Like so many around the world, we have prayed for peace in Israel and the now forgotten Ukrainian war. We pray for the victims and the families. We pray for the families of the hostages. I have no clue how the families of the hostages could be managing themselves at this point. I'd be curled up in the bathroom picking flowers off the toilet paper on the verge of a meltdown. I suppose God grants strength when needed, perhaps even when we don't know to ask.
We have also been talking about what is happening. My youngest pointed out something. He said [Hamas] did it on purpose for a reason. That is, there is a reason Hamas has done this horrible thing. There is a plan.
In recent years, over the last decade or so, we've seen how these things work out. Hamas or some radical Islamic group launches a random attack against Israel. Israel responds. The world piles on Israel.
This time, it's as if Hamas went out of its way to make it impossible to be that simple. In literally the worst massacre of Jews since WWII, Hamas immediately made themselves the villains in the eyes of the world. A world that has made it clear it's wanting to, waiting to, and willing to make Israel ever and always the villain.
Why? My son is right, bless his heart. You can't just say savages, barbarians, bronze age thugs. There is a method to this. What is the end goal here? When you think of how the 9/11 attacks brought America down a notch, increased divisions, and left us far worse in the world than we were to begin with, what is this about? I've said the 9/11 attacks were what Japan wanted Pearl Harbor to be but it wasn't.
So why did Hamas do this? Why did they purposefully go out and commit atrocities so heinous that many who normally wait to trounce Israel have been forced to start with condemning Hamas? What's the game plan here? Does it involve America, the world, China? It's worth pondering. I just hope our best and brightest in Washington are already working on solving what my youngest son was able to figure out.