Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Burden of Choice

I hope that next year brings changes
I hope next year you’re free of dangers
I hope next year you have only one burden
And that’s the burden of choice.
To choose to talk freely without fear of reprisals
To decide how to express yourself with no recrimination
To opt to travel by whatever means
To select your friends from the millions worldwide
To pick from a vast array of foods to feed your family
To have a desire that can be fulfilled
To want something small and be able to get it
To wish for peace and see the possibility
To favour freedom without facing hostility
To prefer to stay in your family home and not be in fear of eviction
To fancy all these choices as if they were a given
I make choices every day
I have that luxury
I elect to continue to be vocal
To determine outcomes I know to be right
I choose to do what I do
To have choices, you need freedom
That is my dream for you.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Julia dare you

I read this article and the anger rose up in me to the point where I had to respond to Ms Gillard directly and to the Jewish News. I'm venting, so I'm also posting it here on my blog...if for no other reason than to remind myself that you should take action while the reaction is still raw. Had I left this for a day to two I would have toned down my dialogue, been polite and maybe even apologised for my abrasiveness. I am proud of my response......
"I cannot tell you how infuriated I was to read that you attended this function. Why would you choose to ignore the criminal activities of Israel and align yourself with a government that is humiliating, denegrading and raping a country that it illegally continues to steal land from????? And then you make an ignorant statement like "the two countries had wide-ranging commonalities". Maybe in that we also stole land, persecuted our indigenous people and tragically interfere in their lives/livelihood and then take no responsibility for our wrong doings.You cannot begin to understand the anger and frustration I feel. How dare you, as a representative of our government participate in this forum and say "the start of what you would hope will grow into something like that, I thought that was a tremendous privilege and opportunity" & "To have a discussion about economic issues, security issues, world events generally, that was a great privilege,”. How self centred these comments feel privileged to have been courted by the most ruthless, despotic, inhumane power on the planet????????Good for you..I hope it was worth losing any credibility you may have had previously."

I will more than likely read it tomorrow and think of something else I should have added, or said it differently or contemplated a bit longer before writing, but I was seething, and for good reason. It's truthful, emotive and to the I'll live with it and Julia can suck it up.