Over the weekend, I told someone that I was a Post Nationalist.
I may have made that up.
But you probably know what I mean.
Now, I realize that most of you out there are not.
You still love America or the Mother Land or whatever.
Or at least, you think you do.
But I can't help but think we need to grow out of this.
Our true Mother Land is Mother Earth.
And we need to understand
that we are all sailors
on this ocean of space together,
on a very fine craft called Earth.
And it seems a little silly for the engine department
to declare war on the kitchen.
Or for the infirmary to be blockaded by the quartermaster.
We are all sailors on this sea.
Last night, I saw Munich.
It's a well crafted movie.
Here is the plot.
During the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, eleven Israeli athletes are taken hostage and murdered by a Palestinian terrorist group known as Black September. In retaliation, the Israeli government recruits a group of Mossad agents to track down and execute those responsible for the attack.
But the drama comes from watching the agents as they go through the business of executing their targets without a judge or a jury.
Roger Ebert ranks it the third best movie of the year after Crash and Syriana.
According to Ebert,
"The film has deep love for Israel, and contains a heartfelt moment when a mother reminds her son why the state had to be founded: "We had to take it because no one would ever give it to us. Whatever it took, whatever it takes, we have a place on earth at last." With this statement, I believe, Spielberg agrees to the bottom of his soul. Yet his film questions Israel's policy of swift and full retribution for every attack."
Towards the end, Avna, the leader of the execution squad and a former bodyguard to Golda Meir, says
"There is no peace at the end of this."
Then the camera pans to a New York of the 70s and locks in on the World Trade Center towers.The connection of the violence of the 70s in this movie to the violence of today is unmistakeable.
But we must more fully understood the roots of this violence.
And we should understand that our Nationalism has become a disease.
There should not be a two state solution to the problems in the Mideast.
There should be a NO state solution.
For we are all Sailors on this Sea.
And the Seas themselves,
are challenge enough.
We need the whole crew,
and we need the Whole Earth.
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*art courtesy of Mari Giddings