He never turns up, the one who kept away when I was dying

I've a tendency to watch random things on Netflix while working on puzzles in my free time - silly, I know, but it gives me something to do. One of the things I watched today was National Geographic's: Secrets of Jerusalem's Holiest Sites.

There was a scene toward the end that showed a scene from the Wailing Wall. There was a soldier praying there, and over his shoulder was slung an MK-16. Some kind of automatic weapon, at least.

This, I'm fairly sure, is exactly half of what is wrong with the world.

It reminds me of the season 2 finale of The Closer:

"I remember once hearing a speech about what it meant to be an officer of the CIA. And the man who gave this speech talked about the struggle to control civilization and how we are always fighting the same fight. And he used the dark ages as an example.
He talked about how one side you had the pragmatic King who was greedy and power hungry and basically took advatange of people whenever he could. On the other side you had the idealistic church forcing everyone to follow the same rules and believe the same things.
Neither the King nor the Church was ever completely right. Both sides ended up doing terrible things to get what they wanted. Really terrible things. The point of the story was this, that this struggle from the dark ages had been going on forever. That the church and the King might take on different forms and philosophies, but they would always fight each other.
Pragmatists and Idealists. And that most times, you are better off standing on the sidelines and letting them duke it out.
But every once and a while, one side or the other decides it might be better to just blow up the whole world just to get its own way. And when that happens, you can't stand on the sidelines anymore. You have to pick a team.And so for tonight, anyway, we are serving the King."

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