We’ve heard about this topic and we talk about this. Call me sensitive but I can’t think about war without thinking about one life at a time.

I’m following the middle east crisis with interest. The Israeli position, the Hezbollah resistance, the evidently deliberately slow attempt to reach a ceasefire, the suppressed outrage of hitting the UN post; allegedly by accident. The positions and players float around me like random crossfire. Just a bunch of carefully placed words apparently aiming to settle a difference which is rooted firmly in irreconcilable ideological and religious differences manifested in the guise of security and justice.

Among all this noise, people are dying.

Lest we over dramatize this, not that I am saying that this is not tragic or sad, consider some of this:

More than 11 million children die each year before reaching the age of five; of them, 70%, or around 8 million children, die from one or more of five causes: pneumonia, diarrhoea, measles, malaria and malnutrition – World Health Organisation (WHO)

23 Children die every minute from hunger – www.care.org

Excerpts from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_toll:

62,000,000 – World War Two

15,000,000–66,000,000 – World War One

2,300,000–3,800,000 – Vietnam War

1,100,000-1,400,000 – Auschwitz Concentration Camp

2,986 – September 11th (911)

66,000–237,062 – Hiroshima Bombing

and mind you, these are excerpts.

These are not death toll statistics. These are individual deaths – what about the other lives these deaths affect?

Count your blessings.