Well, now. Kudos to Sweden for taking the bold step. How about it, United States? *crickets*
Adam Kawalek has had a change of perspective after going to Gaza to tend to the wounded. He believes in Israel having it’s own state, but after witnessing the devastating destruction, he changed his views on their moral authority. Good for him.
So…been thinking about the whole situation in Syria….and I can’t get away from that bad feeling that something is not right.
Last year, the Russians moved warships into the area when we threatened Syria. They are again making statements that we should not mess with Syria.
My gut feeling last year was that if we went into Syria, World War III would break out, bringing Russia and the U.S into war against one another, plus the Middle East.
This year, I am still feeling the same, but now with ISIL, Saudi Arabia is threatened. And they have threatened us, as well. Now they have beheaded a British citizen, guaranteeing that the UK will be involved in any effort against ISIL.
And I don’t know what to say. I hate war, as you all know. But when diplomatic efforts are ignored or even laughed at, what does one do?
I have always maintained that violence is unacceptable–only in cases of self-defense, with someone coming at you with gun, knife, or fist– is that justified. Here we have a group that is killing innocent people whom, to my knowledge, have done nothing against them.
I watched DN! the other day with Medea Benjamin (Code Pink) saying how terrible the U.S. is–and believe me, I’ve read People’s History of the United States, so I know we’re no angels–but when do you say that too many people have died? She did not offer any evidence to the contrary of the innocent people being killed. Would she have the same opinion of Nazi Germany? Should we have left them alone, too? Where is the line drawn?
There is so much more about the Middle East that I don’t know–the history, for one. I’m trying to inform myself, but it is not easy. The Middle East grew out of several of the areas in uproar right now–Syria being one of them. There’s more history there than we Westerners know–blame that on our isolationist education–a comprehensive history not given nearly as much importance as Math, technology, and repeating facts from memory instead of thinking for yourself, via NCLB and Race to the Bottom.
Like I said, there is something nagging at me about this situation–something isn’t right. And I can’t shake that feeling of dread of it escalating into a full scale war with Russia.
Gene Logsdon has put up a post on his thoughts on population growth and food availability.
It’s a touchy and uncomfortable subject….to say the least.
It brings up eugenics–there are stories out there of people like Bill Gates and the Rockefellers advocating for population control via eugenics and even through genetically modified food. There is a video out there of Bill Gates advocating vaccines for this purpose. I don’t know what to make of the video, so I’m not posting it– you’ll have to go find it yourself.
I think advocating de-population is morally and ethically wrong. We get into the self-righteous, superiority of those who think they are *more special* than the rest, therefore, they should live while others die.
The comments are as interesting as the blog–with one suggesting that the population growth perhaps was a spiritual one of bringing more light into the world….
…with that, I would disagree. There is so much negative energy on Earth that I would happily volunteer to go right now if God would take me. Just give me enough morphine to stop my heart, and I’m good to go…
Speaking of negative energy, I was just thinking last night how much I missed teaching. I enjoyed it and the kids’ earnest quest for knowledge. I also liked that I didn’t have to put up with office politics nor office gossip. When I was teaching, I would stay in the room and eat my lunch so I didn’t have to hear the teachers gossip (yes, they gossiped…mostly about stupid substitutes…). I went in, did my job, and went home while avoiding all of that negative energy. I didn’t have to put up with the tired questioning of my single status–there is definitely a prejudice against single people in this country. The downside, of course, is the pay and the work-on-demand instead of a steady schedule.
And if you try to avoid the gossip and cut people off…as some suggest you do…you’re still screwed because the gossips then turn on you as a target. I’ve actually had that happen to me. I ended up leaving a good job because of it.
I suppose the questioning of population growth is related to our bad economy…not enough jobs that pay living wages….while jobs are shipped to other countries for even lower wages…and Burger King and their ilk go to other countries so they don’t have to pay their fair share of taxes….while war hawks push us towards another war again…while not taxing the rich….
Yeah, I’m in a negative mood…how could you tell? 😦
If I am reading between the lines correctly, Israel is now seeking to cash in on the destruction it caused to Gaza. My mind is just reeling. Disaster capitalism at the very worst. Holy crap.
Yair Lapid announced a “diplomatic initiative” to increase efforts to “demilitarise Gaza and the transfer of authority in the Gaza Strip to the Palestinian Authority (PA) while maintaining Israel’s strategic security interest.”
He called for Egypt to host a conference to be attended by the US, EU, Russia, Jordan, the PA and the Gulf States that would discuss Gaza reconstruction and establish “economic ties between Israel, the Palestinian Authority and the Arab world.”“The initiative also calls for the involvement of states which will provide economic support for the rehabilitation of the Gaza Strip and the creation of projects which will lead to long term economic cooperation in the region,” the statement from Lapid’s media advisor said –
So…we have a bully that bombs the hell out of a place, destroying homes, schools, hospitals…killing women, children, innocents sitting in a cafe listening to the World Cup…who now wants to greedily make a profit off of rebuilding that which they destroyed.
…are having a back-and-forth about Gaza and the meaning of genocide….
The Observer is somewhat slanted, so it doesn’t surprise me that they will not retract the headline’s sentiments.
This piece is so slanted I nearly fell off my chair reading it….
Rabbi Shmuley chooses to ignore President Carter’s monumental act of getting Egypt and Israel to broker a peace deal…a peace that has lasted decades. And the hostages deal is a cheap shot. They were deliberately held so that Reagan could claim victory…a piece of history that strangely is never reported by the brain-dead media.
Rabbi Shmuley chooses to ignore the interference of food, water, jobs, paychecks, and the ability to earn a living that Israel has imposed on the Palestinians…leaving them little choice. He also ignores Israelis’ own bloody history of killing innocents to gain control of what was once Palestinian land. And he ignores Palestinian wishes for a two-state solution.
Carter states in the video that he does not agree with bad things Hamas has done.