05 January 2009

"Sitting next to a dead or dying person is becoming normal"

... from a blog that everyone should be reading.

The numbers slaughtered and injured are so high now – 521 and 3,000 as of this morning, Gaza time – that sitting next to a dead or dying person is becoming normal. The stain of blood on the ambulance stretcher pools next to my coat, the medic warning me my coat may be dirtied. What does it matter? The stain doesn't revolt me as it would have, did, one week ago. Death fills the air, the streets in Gaza, and I cannot stress that this is no exaggeration.

This eyewitness report is from a Canadian in Gaza. Given her courage to stay there and bear witness, we must have the courage to read her accounts. If they upset us, that's all to the good.

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