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Against war and propaganda / Contra las guerras y sus propagandas

I had only written a post in this blog "World Press", in which I tried to capture what it means to me to have access to the Internet, which changed my life and how it remains indispensable part of my daily life. Today I want to share, from here, my concern about how it is affecting my relationships "online" for many years the propaganda war on the Arab-Israeli conflict.

My previous post was titled "Internet saved my life" but in reality, the meaning of that sentence is much longer, as it should be "Internet was the vehicle that allowed me to meet wonderful people who helped me change my life" ; for reasons of space, I chose four words, but without forgetting that behind the machine are provided, people with soul today still have a special place in my heart. I never made distinctions (at the time of talk, to socialize, and even less, establish new friendships and beautiful), based on prejudice of any kind, neither age nor sex, or religion, or political ideologies. For me, the most amazing thing I could offer to all / as Internet was precisely the possibility to interrelate with people who live far away, that operate in other cultures, with other ideologies, beliefs, and needs, however, in the background, they share the respect for life, love of the world and the ability to listen, discuss and, especially, debate, intending to contribute and learn, but without intent to disrespect or to impose their views . That was the only filter that mattered to me when talking to someone through our respective keyboards and, with the only condition, I opened my mind and my heart for allowing myself to receive all this wealth and provide a link in that chain of communication, from the beginning, was (and is) International. Today I can boast of people from different countries, religions, ages, sexual orientation, political parties, etc., I believe enough for me among their contacts, and I them. My schedule looks like any UN employee (just kidding).

However, I have learned that time goes away some the destination when the wheel turns and we have to change course and although always be in my heart, I learned, long ago, to respect those goodbyes. Everything has meaning, even the fact that we have to say goodbye to someone who would like to have with us for the rest of our lives: when a loved one dies, when the time comes to break a relationship that no longer ago, when someone is packing to start a new life elsewhere; but I'm finding it very strange how suddenly is taking a deep gap between my friends because of a war. Until now, I thought we had in common the rejection of all forms of violence and interest in creating a reality, each in their life, large or small space, based on peace and respect for life and persons, to Human rights and equality. I thought so ... but I'm seeing that, when present, really, an extreme situation (like what is happening in Gaza), it tests us how far we are willing to keep us under the banner of peace, come into play when the war propaganda of any party, or personal or family interests of everyone. "Peace, yes... but as I do not touch mine, because then I become warrior I will crush my enemies to exterminate." We've spent years together peace building, fleeing and learning to avoid and move away from violence ... how can it be that, now, we're testing a slaughter, when we should be all more united than ever? Nobody realizes that wars are simply the most powerful weapon of abusers, violent, those who do not respect? What should go against those who are benefiting from the conflict, not against those who are compelled by force or trained from small to fight them? What a war between nations is always a decision of states, governments, who encourage hatred and separatism? What I do not want is to be part of such flows that promote hatred, injustice, crime, the arms trade and oil, massacres, genocides? Am I the only one who thinks so?

During the early days, while watching the news, I wanted to remain neutral and pronunciarme exclusively for ceasefire and peaceful solution. But as the days passed, that position was bothering my friends from both sides: both those in favor of Gaza as those who believe that Israel has the right to "defend" all claimed me a clearer positioning: o am with a / as, or I'm with other. No one understood what I was trying to say. And that scares me. If I say I want peace and understanding, a say other support large, however, I am unaware that the guy is also violent. If I say I am for allas civilians on both sides of the border who are against the war and those (such as children) do not even know what's going on, believe that equidistant stance favors opposite side.

I do not understand why it is so difficult to understand I do not want to justify any use of weapons, and to pity those who do is raise my voice for the innocent population. I'm no judge to say who is at fault, who came first, who has the right to be in a certain place, that should fix others ... but I am appalled that the force is used, which is to slaughter a village just can defend themselves or escape routes and have shed innocent blood that is something I'll never be justified, or on behalf of the law or on behalf of history, let alone in the name of God.

For me, the wars are always unjust. Innocent always die. Always destroy everything builds peace. And they are always created to defend the interests of those traveling in first and gather in large banquets while the most ignorant, the poorest, the most deceived, kill and die in his name. For me, all these wars on the border with Russia and the Arab world are a prelude to something very dirty and we are preparing against what I have just my voice, little, weak, nobody understands, that only says:

loose weapons,

disobey,

open your hearts,

understand ...

PEACE!

FOR ALL! FOR ALL!

--------------------------------- <3 <3 <3 -----------------------------------

Solo había escrito una entrada en este blog de "World Pulse", en la que intenté plasmar lo que supone, para mí, poder tener acceso a Internet, en qué cambió mi vida y cómo sigue siendo parte indispensable de mi día a día. Hoy quiero compartir, desde aquí, mi preocupación por cómo está afectando a mis relaciones "online" de tantos años la propaganda bélica sobre el conflicto árabe-israelí.

Mi entrada anterior se titulaba "Internet salvó mi vida" pero, en realidad, el sentido de esa frase es mucho más largo, ya que debería ser "Internet fue el vehículo que permitió que conociera a personas maravillosas que me ayudaron a cambiar mi vida"; por motivos de espacio, elegí cuatro palabras, pero sin olvidar que detrás de la máquina están, siempre, las personas con alma que hoy en día siguen teniendo un lugar especial en mi corazón. Nunca hice distinciones (a la hora de conversar, entablar relaciones sociales y, menos aún, establecer nuevas y hermosas amistades), basándome en prejuicios de ningún tipo: ni edad, ni sexo, ni religión, ni ideologías políticas. Para mí, lo más increíble que podía ofrecernos a todos/as Internet era, precisamente, la posibilidad de poder interrelacionarnos con personas que viven lejos, que se desenvuelven en otras culturas, que tienen otras ideologías, creencias o necesidades y que, sin embargo, en el fondo, tienen en común el respeto a la vida, el amor al mundo y la capacidad de escuchar, dialogar y, sobre todo, debatir, con ánimo de aportar y aprender, pero sin intención de faltar al respeto o de imponer sus posturas. Ese era el único filtro que me importaba a la hora de hablar con alguien a través de nuestros respectivos teclados y, con esa única condición, abrí mi mente y mi mi corazón para permitirme a mí misma recibir toda esa riqueza y servir de eslabón en esa cadena de comunicación que, desde el principio, fue (y es) internacional. Hoy puedo presumir de que personas de diferentes países, religiones, edades, orientación sexual, partidos políticos, etc, me estiman lo suficiente como para tenerme entre sus contactos, y yo a ellos/as. Mi agenda parece la de cualquier empleado de la ONU (es broma).

Sin embargo, he aprendido que el tiempo va alejando a algunos/as cuando la rueda del destino gira y nos toca cambiar de rumbo y, aunque siempre estarán en mi corazón, aprendí, desde hace mucho, a respetar esas despedidas. Todo tiene un sentido, incluso el hecho de que tengamos que decir adiós a alguien a quien quisierámos tener junto a nosotros/as por el resto de nuestras vidas: cuando un ser querido fallece, cuando llega el momento de romper una relación sentimental que ya no hace bien, cuando alguien hace las maletas para iniciar una nueva vida en otro lugar; pero me está resultando muy extraño ver cómo, de repente, se está produciendo una honda brecha entre mis amistades por culpa de una guerra. Hasta ahora, creía que teníamos en común el rechazo a todo tipo de violencia y el interés en crear una realidad, cada cual en su espacio vital, grande o pequeño, basada en la paz y el respeto a la vida propia y ajena, a los Derechos Humanos y la igualdad. Eso creía... pero estoy viendo que, cuando se presenta, de verdad, una situación extrema (como lo que está sucediendo en Gaza), se nos pone a prueba hasta qué punto estamos dispuestos/as a mantenernos bajo la bandera de la paz, cuando entran en juego la propaganda bélica de alguna de las partes, o los intereses personales o familiares de cada cual. "Paz, sí,.. pero mientras no me toquen lo mío, porque entonces, me convertiré en guerrero/a y aplastaré a mi enemigo hasta exterminarlo". Llevamos años unidas/os construyendo paz, huyendo y aprendiendo a evitar y a alejarnos de la violencia... ¿cómo puede ser que, ahora, nos esté poniendo a prueba una masacre, cuando deberíamos estar todas/os más unidas/os que nunca? ¿Nadie se da cuenta de que las guerras son, simplemente, el arma más poderosa de los maltratadores, de los violentos, de los que no respetan? ¿Que hay que ir contra quienes estén beneficiándose de los conflictos, no contra quienes son obligados por la fuerza o adiestrados desde pequeños/as paraa luchar en ellos? ¿Que una guerra entre pueblos siempre es una decisión de los estados, de los gobiernos, de quienes alientan el odio y el separatismo? ¿Que yo no quiero ser parte de esas corrientes que fomentan el odio, la injusticia, los crímenes, el negocio de las armas y del petróleo, las matanzas, los genocidios? ¿Soy la única que piensa así?

Durante los primeros días, mientras veía las noticias, quise mantenerme neutral y pronunciarme única y exclusivamente en favor del alto el fuego y la solución pacífica. Pero, a medida que pasaban los días, esa postura fue incomodando a mis amistades de ambas partes: tanto quienes están a favor de Gaza como quienes creen que Israel tiene derecho a "defenderse", todos/as me reclamaron un posicionamiento más claro: o estoy con unos/as, o estoy con otros/as. Nadie entendió lo que intentaba decir. Y eso me asusta. Si digo que quiero paz y entendimiento, unos/as dicen que apoyo al grande y otros/as, en cambio, que estoy ignorando que el chico también es violento. Si digo que estoy a favor de todos/as los/as civiles de ambos lados de la frontera que están contra la guerra y de quienes (como los niños y las niñas) ni siquiera saben qué está pasando, creen que esa postura equidistante favorece al lado contrario.

No entiendo por qué es tan difícil de comprender que no quiero justificar ningún uso de las armas, que a quienes compadezco y por quienes sí alzo mi voz es por la población inocente. Que no soy jueza para decir quién tiene la culpa, quién llegó primero, quién tiene derecho a estar en determinado lugar, que eso deben arreglarlo otros... pero que me horroriza que se use la fuerza, que se masacre a un pueblo que apenas puede defenderse ni tiene vías de escape y que derramar sangre inocente es algo que nunca voy a justificar, ni en nombre del Derecho ni en nombre de la Historia ni, mucho menos, en nombre de Dios.

Para mí, las guerras son siempre injustas. Siempre mueren inocentes. Siempre destruyen todo lo que la paz construye. Y siempre son creadas para defender los intereses de los que viajan en primera y se reunen en grandes banquetes mientras los más ignorantes, los más pobres, los más engañados, matan y mueren en su nombre. Para mí, todas estas guerras en la frontera con Rusia y el mundo árabe son un preludio de algo muy sucio que nos están preparando y contra lo que solo tengo mi voz, pequeñita, débil, que nadie entiende, que solo dice:

suelten las armas,

desobedezcan,

abran sus corazones,

entiendan...

¡PAZ!

¡PARA TODOS! ¡PARA TODAS!

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LeanaM's picture

Totalmente de acuerdo!

Mar,
Gracias por compartir tus pensamientos. Estoy totalmente de acuerdo con lo que dices y me siento en la misma situacion que tú. Veo tantas cosas horribles en Facebook, todos los amigos posteando a favor de un lado u otro, justificando unas acciones y no otras. No logro entender como llegan a sus conclusiones - siento que todo lo que veo, lo que leo, lo que escuchos es totalmente subjetivo. Los medios, los gobiernos y todos propagan el punto de vista que les conviene a ellos....y así es imposible sentirse empoderado con toda la información para poder definitivamente concluir quién tiene la razón. Y además, en la guerra, creo que nadie puede "tener la razón." ¿Porque uno no puede simplemente apoyar la paz, el entendimiento, el amor al prójimo sin optar por un lado? Cueste lo que cueste, creo que tenemos que mantenernos firmes a nuestras creencias: que optamos por el "lado" que es la paz y la población inocente, como bien tu dices. Da igual su edad, raza, etc. - al final lo que nos une es la humanidad.

Saludos,
Leana
Gerenta de Campañas Digitales
World Pulse

Hola, Leana:

Exactamente eso que dices es lo que pienso yo también pero, por desgracia, estos días siguen siendo muy tristes. La guerra cambia siempre el tablero de juego: hay que tomar partido por un bando o por el otro, y yo sigo resistiéndome. Sigo prefiriendo no entrar en ese juego y posicionándome junto a los inocentes y a quienes abogan por el alto el fuego y las soluciones pacíficas. Esta postura ya me acaba de costar, ayer mismo, una relación que yo creía que era de amistad. Es muy triste.

Tam's picture

Beyond current restraints

Dear Mar,

I was moved by your courage in addressing an enormous and critically important question. There is a very strong call for support for Gaza or Israel at the moment, and "taking a side" is seen as necessary by many, in the hope that the international community can provide a strong enough voice to put a stop to current acts of war, that is, killing of so, so many innocent people. Like you, I have agonized for years now, followed closely what is going on in the Middle East, and other parts of the world, holding closest to my heart the desire to affect change so great that all forms of war will become impossible. The response of friends and allies to judge that not taking a side is unforgivable, that it is not helping, that in the case of the Middle East at present, an "opting out" which is seen as either anti semitic, or anti Palestinian, or pro USA, or pro Iran or whoever backs war financially. I have close friends who lost their whole families in the Holocaust. I have close friends who have fled Palestine, Iraq, Syria.

Many women have tried and are trying to hold strong to the ideal goal: the complete end to war, all war. It may be seen as too idealistic, as "not taking a stand", as "being on the fence". We have this life to hold to the highest of goals: that of World Peace in every form. To hold onto that belief takes courage, but I agree with you, it is the only answer. Perhaps it will help to remember that there are the Women In Black in Israel and throughout the world who also hold this position. There are many schools in Israel and Palestine creating the opportunity for young people to come together to learn, and to sing, in hope that they will lead the way to peace. There are grief groups that have been created to bring people together from all sides. Yes, it is the innocent people who deserve our voices. All of them, wherever they are. Thank you for having the courage to invite our sharing of ideas on war in all its forms. I stand with you in believing that we are here to stop it all, everywhere.

With Love in Sisterhood,
Tam

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busayo's picture

I stand with you too

I stand with you too Mar.P that war is senseless and should stop. The innocents are the ones that suffer. Instead of taking one side or the other, what all of us should clamor for is that war and killing of innocent citizen in both sides should stop. Thank you for this wonderful piece and for your courage to speak up.

With Love
Busayo

Busayo Obisakin
Women inspiration Development center
Ile-Ife, Nigeria
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Dani26's picture

Thanks for sharing your story

Hi Mar. P

I've now read two of your posts in a row - what a strong, passionate voice you present in your writing. I can hear your passion and agony at the conflict in Gaza come through in your writing. It can be difficult to call for peace in a situation as politically charged as the conflict in Gaza, with seemingly everyone wanting everybody to take a side. To draw on what you wrote in another blog post (on the importance of multiple media sources and how the internet can facilitate this), I think this issue of media is particularly important here. We receive fairly biased media coverage here in Australia which can make it difficult for people to really understand what's going on in the conflict. The conversations you're having with friends sound difficult, but they are important. It shows that people outside of the conflict care, and you never know what piece of information or conversation may change someone's mind, or help to change public opinion on the conflict. I know it can feel like your voice is small amongst all of this, but I encourage you to keep discussing this with your friends to keep the lines of communication open and to keep the conflict in the forefront of people's minds. Too often conflicts like this fade from the news and public consciousness, but continue to hurt people on both sides.

Thanks again for sharing your insight, and warm wishes for your continued discussions and commitment to peace
Dani

Anita Muhanguzi's picture

Wonderful Piece

Dear Mar,
I totally agree with you that there is need for us to always listen to others and understand their needs than trying to use force and fight. There is need for peace and understanding and we should respect each other. we can use the internet to promote messages of peace, love, respect and understanding so that the world can be a better place for us to live in. Please continue to post lovely stories so that people are able to learn from them. Stay blessed my dear sister.

Mrs. Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Head of Legal and Advocacy
Centre for Batwa Minorities
a.kiddu@gmail.com
cfmlegal@gmail.com
Skype: mrs_muhanguzi

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