Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Its not such a big deal in Russia...

Nothing makes me shake my head like reading the news. Two major headlines today: First off, apparently now rockets from Gaza can reach Tel Aviv. None have yet, but that doesnt mean they arent coming. Add that to the fact that Lebanon is insisting that Israel fired the rockets that landed in Kiryat Shmona last week (on ourselves? Really?) and it could be an interesting winter. I am hoping there will be no more activity, but the rockets never really stop in the north/west. Here in KG things are quiet, as always.

Second piece of news relates to the brutal murder of a family (two kids, parents and two grandparents) that happened last month. They arrested a man who used to work for them as a waiter, and who was apparently upset that he had been fired. In revenge he murdered everyone. This, in and of itself, would be disturbing, but apparently when being questioned he asked the police why they were making such a big deal out of it. After all, he said, "This isn't such a big deal in Russia".

Really? Thats your defense for killing a baby, a three year old, their parents and grandparents? Its not such a big deal? I pray that this man is an anomaly, and not really what this world is coming to. Murder, in this style, is very rare in Israel, though there has been a sudden increase this year. The police are insisting that its not a trend, and just a fluke... I hope so. People here are so friendly because everyone bonds against the "common enemy" and not in attacking each other. While this is sad in many ways, it has created a society that allows its children to play without adult supervision after dark, allows families to leave their doors unlocked during the day and allows one to feel comfortable asking anyone for almost anything. I hope this doesnt begin to change- I like my almost small town feel. Here in KG we are still pretty far removed, so things are peaceful, may they stay that way

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