Dear Hemant, dear all,
Yes, I heard about the 10 dead.
Yes, I think that the situation in Gaza and Westbank is unbearable
Yes, Israel behaved outrageous.
No, 'they' don't have concentration camps in Gaza.
No, 'they' are not abusing all human rights possible.
Please stop and think about this again for a few minutes.
It's very good to not to be "politically correct", please not only this one time but every time. Without honesty we will not learn were we make mistakes and cannot have a meaningful discussion. If we don't speak from our hearts truth will slip away, cynicism and confusion remain. To think about a question and to try to be careful is also not to use euphemisms to hide the problem. On the contrary, and I do not want to convince you that Israel "is not terribly, horribly wrong here", that those killings are f.e. simply a 'defense' or 'natural reaction' etc., no it's another pathology in a pathological conflict, and I want to tell you that blind rage will not bring us anywhere in this conflict or in any other.
Hemant, on your facebook-blog (under the brilliantly motto 'morals vs. greed', Yes! That is pretty much what all is about! But not only in politics, also in thinking about the world) there you posted an article about violence and terrorism in India, of "how both the police and the Maoists claim to be acting in the interests of the people they seem to kill with casual impunity."
Can't the same logic not also be applied to the conflict in the Middle East? What is the real difference of those all kinds of shady actors with dubious agendas provoking conflicts for profit? Do those Islamists attacking the entering naval forces didn't know exactly what they were doing? And is the Turkish Prime Minister who now makes such a fuss really interested in Human Rights and the compliance with UN resolutions, considering Turkeys very 'slow progress' in 'those questions' and 'their' own 'occupied territories' on Cyprus including settlements on stolen, ethnically cleansed land and police state in Eastern Anatolia? Isn't this all just more salt in an open wound?
When I read the brutalities of police and Naxalites in India I thought woefully about Mohandas Ghandis teachings of non-violence, based on Satyagraha – literally “holding on to truth” - called by Martin Luther King the 'Soul Force'. You know that the American Civil Rights movement applied this successfully to their own struggle against injustice and discrimination. Also the Palestinians, whose corrupt leaders for decades allied themselves with Nazis, leftist terrorists, Arab fascists and Iranian Religious fanatics finally learn the art of nonviolent struggle and are organizing boycotts against the products of the settlers.
When Martin Luther King rallied the people, black and white, to end segregation he spoke to them in a language they all understood, he opened a book they all had read to unite their souls in the believe that God is Love and this awoke their passion to overcome their divisions and injustice and to resist the violence done to them and not to answer with it. This was the only way to achieve lasting peace, another step on a journey that continues.
I'm not a Christian, actually I've always had a very hard time believing in anything, but I do believe that true love for mankind, call it philanthropism or humanism or however you want, can be felt by everybody who becomes free from all fetishist ideologies, this perverse love for things untrue, to figments of our imagination, to lazy short cuts of the mind, to the anger that builds walls in our heads of which the real walls and fences in this world are just materializations and in which place there could be promenades for couples holding hands.
Let’s not rage consume us or sorrow or fear, maybe these famous words by Paul of Tarsus also speak to you all: 1 Corinthians 13 - The Gift of Love