“Words from readers” - Gaza, beyond good and evil

On December 9, 2023, under the pen of Nicolas Truong and the title “The intellectual world is fractured by the war between Israel and Hamas”, you published a remarkable article, nourished by the reflections of historians, philosophers, political scientists, academics, religious dignitaries and biblical references, to the point of requiring the reader to pay very close attention to this abundance of high-altitude thoughts

“Words from readers” - Gaza, beyond good and evil

On December 9, 2023, under the pen of Nicolas Truong and the title “The intellectual world is fractured by the war between Israel and Hamas”, you published a remarkable article, nourished by the reflections of historians, philosophers, political scientists, academics, religious dignitaries and biblical references, to the point of requiring the reader to pay very close attention to this abundance of high-altitude thoughts. Reading and rereading these richly documented lines, from which comes the impression that something is missing which is no longer to be sought in the heights of meditation and the tumultuous swirls of time, but in the simple observation of what is happening. produced today, before our eyes, on earth.

What is the Gaza Strip? A bloody, shredded piece of ground. A sort of refuge in the sand of the uprooted, an open-air prison, an antechamber to the hell of the damned of destiny. Who the people? A swarm of population that has been pushed back and parked here, surrounded, besieged by a warlike power whose entire energy is focused on the concern for its security and survival. Thus, face to face, two human communities, one cultivating strength at all costs, the other undermined by weakness, both haunted by death and destabilized by the imbalance of their confrontations.

The strongest, subjecting the weakest to the continuous control required by the preservation of its own interests and the allaying of its own fears, controls the movements of this captive crowd deprived of freedom, which continues to come up against the narrowness borders that it has not drawn, which, incapable of meeting its own needs, is fed thanks to the bowl handed to it by the good and bad consciences of dominant nations or the conspiratorial trickery of totalitarian States. Forbidden from history, empty of dreams, of hopes, of meaning, of the future, she distracts her boredom as an unemployed woman by conceiving of a proliferating youth in this unfathomable void, this underground existence of a troop which has no other right than to continue to exist, for nothing.

Can we consider this treatment inflicted on men who have been robbed of their human dignity to be anything other than monstrosity? Is there not a reality here which alone explodes the categories of good and evil, reason and madness, right and wrong, legitimate and usurped? Isn't the temptation to choose between two camps in itself absurd and obscene when it claims to discern where there is the least hatred and where there is the most?

“Kill them all, God will recognize his own”, this is the commandment of the curse when, incapable of managing the consequences of errors, cowardice and lies, which they ended up making into a terribly malignant tumor, the leaders expect to a cruel and vindictive God let him get by, as long as he still thirsts for the blood with which he is covered.

Jean-François Collinet, Maillot (Yonne)