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As I’ve written many times before, “terrorism” is, and from the start was designed to be, almost entirely devoid of discernible meaning. It’s a fear-mongering slogan, lacking any consistent application, intended to end rational debate and justify virtually any conduct by those who apply the term. But to the extent it means anything beyond that, it typically refers to the killing of civilians as a means of furthering political or military goals.

Glenn Greenwald
Terrorism in the Israeli Attack on Gaza
The Intercept, 29 July 2014

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MUSIC FOR MERGING WITH THE SEA

One Sunday afternoon I was sitting on the beach when this piece came up on iPod shuffle. The combination of time and place, the music’s aching longing, a simultaneous sense of separation and oneness gave me big big big chills.

I can’t replicate the moment for you, but here is the music. Now find your beach.

Friend?
Music by Carter Burwell
Gods and Monsters: Music from the Original Soundtrack (1998)

FOR THE DEAD AND DYING CHILDREN IN GAZA

The children cried: ‘Mummy!’
‘I have been good!’
‘Why is it dark! Dark!’

You can see them
going down
you can see the marks
of small feet here and there
going down

Their pockets full
of string and pebbles
and little horses made of wire

The great plain closed
like a geometric figure
one tree of black smoke
vertical
a dead tree
starless its crown

Tadeusz Rózewicz
Massacre of the innocents

Photo: Jewish children awaiting transportation to Auschwitz, 1940s

Photo by Oliver Weiken: A man with the body of his son, who was killed July 24, 2014 at a school sheltering Gaza residents. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which is helping Palestinians displaced by the conflict, said that more than 140,000 residents of Gaza were not staying in 83 schools where it runs shelters.

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