Friday, January 09, 2009

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Dear Reader(s) from Ljubljana, Slovenia

I noticed, today, a flurry of readership during December from your neck of the woods. I find Google Analytics to be a fascinating source of entertainment. This little piece of code tells me all kinds of things, like the fact that in the middle of December you visited me quite a few times.

What are the folks in Slovenia, I wonder, interested in--Christmas Carols? Peace? or perhaps both. Your visits spanned postings on Spanish carols and Israeli refuseniks. Whatever your interest, welcome.

I know little about Slovenia. Just that it is nestled there near the top of the boot of Italy, there near where Atlas' left pinky finger might rest if pulling the boot onto his foot. Browsing around I found this picture of your hometown and I was quite charmed.

May I come for a visit? Not just a virtual visit, but one that includes a little mountaineering?

As far as peace goes, I've read that the official Slovenian position on Palestine and Israel is:

Slovenia supports political dialogue and the fostering of good relations with the Palestinian representatives who meet international requirements and are committed to peaceful efforts in resolving the conflict with Israel.
Slovenia also supports the Palestinians' legitimate efforts to reach a sustainable and fair solution of the Palestinian issue by political means, as well as the emergence of an independent, democratic Palestinian state, the Foreign Ministry said.

I agree. I wish so much that dialogue would take place. It seems to me that any talking that does get done is more like a series of monologues than dialogue. Oh, that someone would begin to listen.

Meanwhile the US Congress offhandedly passes resolutions supporting Israel's recent offensive in bi-partisan unanimity. Am I the one who is crazy? I certainly am not in favor of Hamas violence, but the complexity of the situation in Palestine in no way calls for such lock-step and unreflective politicking. My friends from Women in Black are holding vigils and prayer services, but even we know that the path to peace must be a two sided affair and one that recognizes the need for aggressive peacemaking, not aggressive retaliations. Oh dear, oh dear. Though you are far away from Knoxville, TN, would you like to join us in prayer tomorrow? We will be here:

An Interfaith Gathering of Reflection and Prayer Regarding the Middle East will be held on Sunday, January 11, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, located in Knoxville at 6500 Northshore Drive at the intersection of Lyons Bend. Prayers for peace from the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim traditions will be offered. There will be time for silent reflection and meditation. Musical offerings for peace will be included. The public is invited to attend this approximately one-hour service that welcomes all peoples and all traditions in the spirit of peace.

Will you join us in prayer. I think it's at 10 PM your time.



TheUkieVillain said...

I haven't been to Ljubljana, but I've been to Murska Sobota (in the north of the country) and can attest that Slovenia is beautiful! Welcome, Slovene readers!

cadh 8 said...

The analytics are so interesting. Great post.
It does at times seem that our country is not thinking on the Israel/Palestine issue. Can't anyone see that the "same old same old" is not going to work? It will take something new and different. Why can't we, the country of innovation, help with "new and different"? Why can't we, who pride ourselves on our ability to work with people to mutual benefit, see our way to guiding both parties out of this blood and land feud? Instead we act in a way that indicates that perhaps the conflict itself gives us some benefit...Hmmm...
Anyway, I missed the vigil today, but will be praying for peace.

brd said...

Jon Stewart seems to be the only broadcaster who is questioning the Israeli/Palestinian action. I'm neither a Stewart nor a Limbaugh fan, but beyond the crude and cruel stuff, he is speaking the truth.

cadh 8 said...

I do not usually like Jon Stewart either, but really enjoyed this commentary. The last illustration was really funny in its presentation. The whole issue is so disheartening. I try to give Bush credit and I still do hold out that he has done more right than he has gotten credit for, but this issue is really so terribly mismanaged.

I also went on to watch the clip from the same show with the "Road to the Doghouse" puppy debates. Now that was funny. When the puppy protester comes in I really was laughing.