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Peace on earth
The Palestinian Center for Human Rights says 825 people have been killed by drones in Gaza since the capture of Gilad Shalit, who was released in October. Most of those killed, according to the organization, have been civilians mistakenly targeted or caught in the deadly shrapnel shower of a drone strike.
By comparison, the New America Foundation says U.S. drones have killed at least 1,807 militants and civilians in Pakistan since 2006. Since 2006, Palestinian rocket fire has killed 16 Israelis, the vast majority of them civilians.
People of many religions and people of no religion associate this season with that which is dearest to the human spirit -- love, loved ones and the giving of oneself. At Christmas time, let the guns of war fall silent and even enemies share a brief but blessed moment of "peace on Earth, good will toward men."
Ted Rudow III, MA