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Ian Joseph

Why Don’t They Ask Why?

Why is there no one who is asking why?

Why after 75 years of constant war and violence are Israelis not asking why?

Why do mothers not ask “Why are we, after 75 years, still sending our children to fight and die?”.

Why do people not insist that there has to be a better alternative to living by the sword?

Why do grandfathers not ask “Why are we, after 75 years, still sending our grandchildren to fight and die?”.

Why do our elected leaders not find an alternative to violence?

Why do great grandfathers not ask “Why are we, after 75 years, still sending our great grandchildren to fight and die?”.

Why do so many people keep repeating the mantra “There is no alternative”?

Why do fathers not ask “Why are we, after 75 years, still sending our children to fight and die?”.

Why do so many people just take it for granted that, we cannot live here without an army?

Why do grandmothers not ask “Why are we, after 75 years, still sending our grandchildren to fight and die?”.

Why are there so many ex generals in the Knesset? Is that a desired state of affairs?

Why do great grandmothers not ask “Why are we, after 75 years, still sending our great grandchildren to fight and die?”.

Why is the army, the navy, the air force and military service held in such high esteem? Are they not trained to kill?

Why do brothers not ask “Why are we, after 75 years, still sending our brothers to fight and die?”.

Why does nobody question the need to kill, kill again, kill some more, and just keep on killing? It’s been going on for more than 75 years.

Why do sisters not ask “Why are we, after 75 years, still sending our sisters to fight and die?”.

Why do we not think there is a better way? Surely the startup nation could find a better way?

Why do children not ask “Why are we, after 75 years, still sending our parents to fight and die?”.

Surely there has to be a better way to live here?

Just ask why.

About the Author
Born and educated in South Africa, a graduate of Jewish day school and Habonm Dror, Ian Joseph served in the IDF as an officer in combat units, and currently resides in North Carolina and Cyprus. Ian holds an MBA from Shulich School of Business in Toronto, is certified as a Master Instructor by the American Sailing Association and is currently retired from IBM. Among other pursuits Ian edits a weekly newsletter of Israeli news items, teaches sailing around the world and certifies sailing instructors.