The Pieta

You all know the Pieta, Michelangelo’s exquisite rendition of a devastated Mary holding Jesus’ body in her arms:

With that in mind, tell me what you think of this picture out of Gaza from the always even-handed New York Times? (And for those of you who don’t know me, I’m being sarcastic about the Times.)

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The rest of the pictures in that little photo essay are equally sympathetic to the Palestinians — that would be the same Palestinians who have rained thousands of bombs on Israel, regularly targeted (often successfully) Israel’s civilian population, and have vowed to slaughter every Jew in the land. This picture, however, struck me with particular force because of the way it echoes the Pieta. I will remind you that, if the Palestinians stopped fighting, the war would end; if the Israelis stop fighting, each and every one of them would be dead (and Jews know what that looks like).

Cross-posted at Bookworm Room

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