“Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.” – Blaise Pascal
I’ve purposely reserved judgement on the entire Gaza problem that has dwarfed the region in war over the past few months, simply because I do not know enough about it.
All I hear is “Israel did this to us!!!!” and then “Hamas have done this to us!!!!!” Both sides have legitimate greviances. It isn’t as if one side of the argument is right and the other is wrong. It just isn’t that simple. The debate goes back generations. And rather disgustingly, involves religion. How many people need to die before the ignorant start to turn their backs on their destructive and evil religious beliefs based on disastrous levels of intolerance.
Jews are seen as just Jewish. Muslims are seen as just Muslims. They are not observing each other as people, as having lives, emotions, ambitions, a sense of humour, a sense of love, a friendly side, a sensitive side, these people view each other as either Muslim or Jewish. This, is so indescribably wrong in the modern World.
My thoughts echo those of my fellow left wingers, across the planet. Palestinians deserve there own settlement equal in rights to that of Israel. Do I think a two state solution would solve the issues? No, of course not. Israel has systematically attempted to displace all Muslim life from it’s borders since it’s creation and similarly, the Palestinians have no desire for peace with Israel.
I refuse to succumb to Palestinian influenced blogs doing the rounds on WordPress, that speak of a rather disturbing and an increasing hatred toward Israel. Some, such as Maqtanim who says on his rather bias and simplistic over view of the conflict “I always spoke against Hitler. I could not support what he did with the Jews. I hated him… until this January!” I do not know what kind of intelligent human being can connect the horrendous suffering of the people in Nazi occupied nations during the 1930s and 1940s to the war in the middle East today. It makes very little sense to me, other than the very loose link with religion and Judaism. The innocent lives lost during the Second World War have absolutely nothing to do with the Israeli Government and it’s disproportionate use of force in Gaza.
The people who lost their lives to the Nazi regime of the 1930s and 1940s have deeper links to the people who have lost their lives during this conflict today, both the lives of the Israelis and the Palestinians who have died, than they do to any religious sect of the past.
“Religion to me has always been the wound, not the bandage.” – Dennis Potter
One of the comments on Maqtanim’s blog states “i really don’t find it wrong…what Hamas did…” It is obnoxious and ignorant comments like this, that penetrate the hearts of generations of Israelis and Palestinians who blindly follow the cause of their leaders without stopping to think of the devestation left in it’s wake.
Hamas sending rockets into Israel during a ceasefire is not Israels fault. Nor is it the fault of the innocent people killed during those rocket attacks. Nor will it dismantle the state of Israel, it simply makes matters worse. It works only to provoke Israel into a war that Hamas could not possibly win, but will unite the blindly acquiscing Gazans to it’s rather dubious cause of, and I quote from Hamas’ Charter “”Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.” Israel exists. Innocent lives are growing every day. Hamas and the Muslim people cannot change that. And killing people in order to raise it’s profile, is not the answer.
Now forgive me for my niavity, but if Canada suddenly declared it wanted to “obliterate” America, sending rockets across the border, America has a right to blockade Canada’s ports and America has the right to fight back, and to do whatever it can to protect it’s citizens against a Fundamentalist evil that wishes to “Obliterate” it. The Muslim leadership of Gaza in the shape of Hamas is hypocritical, and represents the oppressive, fundamentalist and destructive wing of Islam. The same Muslims who marched on London in protest of the Iraq War with signs reading “Europe; your 9/11 is coming” and “behead those who insult Mohammad“. These people give Islam a bad name. Hamas represents these people.
Hamas’ Charter also states “There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.” These people are designed for war. The Palestinians seems to assume that they have a right to kill whoever they want to kill, to threaten whoever they want to threaten purely because they’re Muslim, and Israel should just let it happen. Until the Palestinian people, and the completely disgusting fundamentalist Muslims understand that they are not a higher form of human than any one else, and that their elected officials are provoking war, this conflict will never be resolved. The comment on Maqtanim’s blog, goes to show the level of blind obediance shown to Hamas.
“You’re basically killing each other to see who’s got the better imaginary friend.” – Richard Jeni
This is not to say that Israel has acted respectfully and with dignity. Up until this war, Israel had my full support. At the present time, Israel is responsible for the slaughter of 1500 people, many including children. That is not war, that is genocide. The Israeli government should be held responsible. They have acted with malice and harnessed their entire military might with the prime objective of shameful murder. Some, like myself would say they have gone too far. Others, and I can see where they are coming from, may say that with the continued threat from the parasites of Hamas threatening security every second, who seemingly expect no retaliation for their rocket attacks, Israel is well within it’s right to say “enough is enough, this cannot continue.“
I differ somewhat with my fellow left wingers, as many seem to be in complete support of the Palestinians, I on the other hand feel somewhat uneasy by the goals and aspirations of Hamas, and therefore the goals and aspirations of the millions of people who voted for Hamas…..
Hamas member “cleric Yunis Al Astal” stated in 2008 that Rome would soon become….”an advanced post for the Islamic conquests, which will spread though Europe in its entirety, and then will turn to the two Americas, even Eastern Europe.” If an Islamic group were to launch rocket attacks against Rome whilst systematically call for it’s immediate turn to Islam, and Rome struck back, like Israel is well within it’s right to do now, can I assume that people such as Maqtanim would refer to Rome as murderers too? Or will he finally admit that the Palestinians are not all together free of blame?
The problem within Islam lies with groups like Hamas and it’s supporters. It leads groups within Countries like Britain to preach hatred toward Islam on the whole, as if every Muslim on the planet is some great evil, which is wrong. Similarly, when such a large portion of the muslim population of Gaza vote for a terrorist government whose mission includes the destruction of Israel, they do not do themselves any favours.
There is no easy conclusion, the Palestinian people properly and accordingly elected a terrorist government hellbent on war and destruction, who now take the “woe is me” route when their devious little plan didn’t work out too well. However, the Palestinian lives that have been lost were innocent, many children, slaughtered for political reasons. One government disliking another government has lead to a genocide perputrated by the Israeli government, and this is entirely wrong. It doesn’t matter what religion one is, it doesn’t matter what Country you are born or who your allegiance is too, systematic slaughter of innocent lives, is wrong. They have gone too far. All I can possibly say on the matter is that neither side is innocent, boh sides have committed evils, and so both sides cannot be held too far from the overall blame. Nor can Religion be far from the blame.
As usual, religion, or more specifically; the blindly faithful, in their attempts to please their oppressive God’s, stand to create an ‘us versus them’ mentality, whether it be pro-life vs pro-choice; Homosexuality vs the anti-homosexuality brigade; the role of women as nothing but sub servant to man vs the role of women as free and equal; Palestine vs Israel. All of this is based on nothing more than personal feelings of intolerance; based on the past; based on something they cannot prove but use quite disturbingly to justify their own appalling prejudices and grandiose ambitions. This in turn leads to violence, hatred, ignorance, a feeling of supremacy in comparison to those of other faiths, and ultimately to death and war. I firmly believe that Religion and those who refuse to question some of the more extreme perversions hidden deep within their respective doctrines have nothing to offer the World other than a barrier to peace and justice, hope and progression. This is the real issue facing the middle East and the World in general. Defeat Religion, defeat intolerance.
“One of the great tragedies of mankind is that morality has been hijacked by religion.” - Arthur C Clarke