Gil Mildar
As the song says, a Latin American with no money in his pocket.

Walking Through Shadows: A Tribute Amidst Echoes of Conflict

In a land etched by the scars of time and strife, a man walks, his thoughts embroidered with the sadness of days and the bewilderment of endless nights. His weary eyes observe the titans of politics, figures who, like ancient oaks, seem unmoved by the changing winds.

This man, a silhouette against the desert of lost hopes, reflects on the leader whose name has become synonymous with controversy and polarization. To many, it sounds like a battle cry; to others, a sigh of despair—a leader whose decisions echo through hills and valleys, leaving little room for the whispers of diplomacy.

At the heart of his reflections lies the resounding echo of suffering inflicted by extremists, where life is harvested unceremoniously as if the light of each existence could be extinguished with the indifference of blowing out a candle. He contemplates the more than 1,400 stories concluded, children whose dreams were severed like wheat fields by the scythe of hate.

With each new dawn, the man questions the sanity of a world where survivors of historical atrocity witness terror reborn from the ashes, where blood still cries out for justice amidst the ruins of their own homes. He carries the mourning of a nation, a humanity that seems to have forgotten its essence.

In the squares, the echoes of fiery speeches, promises of retaliation, of a power fed by fear and revenge, can be heard. The man laments the vicious cycle of aggression and vengeance, where each act is justified as a defense but, in the end, only perpetuates pain.

He criticizes the leader and his circle, not for their quest for protection but for their blindness to the consequences of their strategies, for choosing a path that leads to isolation rather than the bridge that could lead to understanding. He sees the far-right as guardians and prisoners of their doctrines.

Before monuments and memorials, the man remembers those lost, not as numbers but as individuals, with loves, fears, and hopes. He recalls the children whose innocence was stolen before they could comprehend the word “war.”

The man confronts the specter of extreme nationalism, which paints the other as the enemy, not allowing for nuance or a middle ground. He questions when the defense of a nation turns into aggression when protection becomes oppression.

He yearns for leaders who seek to heal rather than divide, who extend hands not just to allies but also to adversaries, for he knows that a country’s true strength lies in its ability to create peace, not just in its readiness for war.

As he walks through his kibbutz with his faithful companion, the man meets the empty gazes of those who have survived, witnesses to a history that refuses to end, a cycle of violence that feeds on itself, devouring the possibility of a different future.

He honors the fallen, not with the silence of resignation but with the voice of resistance. A resistance that comes not from arms but from the relentless insistence on memory, justice, and the sharing of stories that must not be forgotten.

In this walk, the man becomes a messenger of a time where words will be mightier than missiles, where dialogue will be the sharpest weapon, and where mutual recognition of humanity will be the sturdiest shield.

With each step, he challenges the narrative that seeks to legitimize suffering as a necessary evil. He rejects the notion that security can be built on the rubble of other lives, on the tears of mothers, and the lost innocence of children.

The man ends his day with a silent prayer, not to gods who seem deaf to the earth’s clamor but to the conscience of every human being, to awaken from the slumber of indifference so that every act of violence is felt as a wound on the very body of humanity.

He walks, a specter of hope amid despair, a whisper of humanity against the roar of intolerance, carrying in his heart the tribute to those who have passed and the dream of those yet to come.

About the Author
Gil Mildar is a 60-year-old Brazilian who made Aliyah a few years ago. He holds a Law degree from the Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos in Brazil and a postgraduate degree in Marketing from the Universidad de Belgrano in Argentina. Over the years, he has had the opportunity to work in Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, and now Israel. For the past 30 years, his focus has been on marketing projects in Latin America.