I was in Gaza last week - a week before the election. Election posters, billboards, & flags where everywhere. There seemed to be less tension in the air than the last time I was there just before the Muslim feast - Eid El Adha; maybe it was just me. I've ridden with Yousef, the taxi driver, many times so I guess he could tell me things he wouldn't say on the street. He didn't think much of the election... You can't trust them. The politicians will tell you anything to be elected. (Some things don't change wherever you go.) As we were leaving he was pointing out the things that were wrong with Gaza. I just listened. To climax his sermon he said, "The biggest problem is that everybody just does what they want. There is just no order. Nobody follows the law." I have to admit that IS a problem, but it was hard to take his words seriously ... because we were going the wrong way down a one way street. An American friend said once, "There are no traffic laws in Gaza; only traffic suggestions."
Today is the parlimentary election. Pray that men and women of courage and wisdom will be elected who will lead the Palestinian people toward peace.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
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