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Archive for August, 2014

Jews, Hamas, Missiles, Human Shields

Okay, I figure it’s high time I put in my two cents worth on the conflict between Israel and Palestine.

In 1948 Israel announced its independence. The United Nations voted to divide British Palestine between the Arabs and the Jews.

The very next the Arab countries neighbouring Israel mobilised their forces and attacked the tiny state. Much to everyone’s surprise the Israelis won.

Now let’s jump two decades. In 1967, Egypt was amassing its forces on the Israeli border. Other Arab states did likewise. Israel preempted the Egyptians and fired first.

When the dust had settled Israel had won the Gaza Strip and the Sinai peninsula from Egypt and the West Bank of the Jordan River from Jordan.

We’ll skip another decade at this point. Israel and Egypt enter a peace agreement. As part of this agreement Israel gave the Sinai peninsula to Egypt.

We should pause here and examine this a little.

Yes, the Sinai peninsula had belonged to Egypt to begin with. No argument here. But look at how Israel came to take possession:

The Sinai peninsula was an Israeli spoil of war and they had every right to claim ownership of it. Had Israel been the aggressor, as was Nazi Germany in Europe for example, then their ownership of the land would not be righteous. But Israel had been peaceable. Egypt was the aggressor and they subsequently lost the land.

The same goes for the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

In order to establish peace Israel returned this land which was rightfully theirs, to Egypt.

In a nutshell there is nothing Israel can do to establish peace. I heard Dennis Prager speaking on this issue and he expressed the point far better than I can.

“Imagine if you will, two scenarios: in the first, Israel lays down its arms and says, ‘We won’t fight anymore.’
In the second scenario, Palestine lays down its arm and says, ‘We won’t fight anymore.’

“What would be the result? In the first instance there would be an immediate overrunning of the Jewish state. Mass murder and exile. Destruction of the Jewish people.

“In the second scenario, there would be peace.”

It is really hard to argue with that. As Prager puts it, “One side wants the other side dead.”

This isn’t about land rights: Israel occupies .3% of the Middle East. Yes, that is on third of one percent. The 22 Arab States occupy the rest. Israel welcome Muslims in its universities, it’s workplace, and yes, even in its army!

It can hardly be said that Israel is not willing to share its .3%.

But look at all those missiles Israel is shooting into Palestine. Those horrible Jews, targeting children and women, innocents. The death toll is astronomically in Israel’s favour.

One of the reasons for the high death toll in Palestine is because Hamas fire at Israel from schools and other populated civilian areas. Then they cry foul when civilians get caught in the bombings.

Did you know that Israel issues a warning when it is sending a missile into Palestine? What sort of military does that? I’ll tell you; a military that does not want to cause civilian casualties.

Israel’s relatively low death toll is due in part to their missile defence system called Iron Dome. This intercepts missiles and artillery shells before they reach their target.

Don’t be deceived. If Palestine could kill a thousand, a million Israelis, they would.

Now, most of what I’ve written so far is common knowledge. Or if not common it’s very easy knowledge to come by. So this begs the question; Why then do the majority believe that Israel is the aggressor and that Palestine is the poor, pooped upon neighbour?

Bad, biased reporting is partly to blame. Israel’s military actions are far more effective than those of Palestine. This is a cold fact. Palestine is throwing stones at a neighbour with bigger guns. This results in carnage and the media love carnage.

Just look at these poor people bullied by their nasty neighbour.

The news media loves to cheer for the underdog. Now if it was the United States giving Palestine a thrashing we would hear on the news how the US armed forces are routing the terrorists from their hiding places. . . . Oops! I seem to think they did that in Afghanistan.

The sole problem is that Israel is defending itself, very capably. The aggressor is getting battered and bruised and the world doesn’t like to see it.

It isn’t typical. Normally the aggressor picks on a target that they can easily overwhelm. Then what happens is the world falls out in sympathy for the party attacked. But that isn’t the case here. What you have is an aggressor, HAMAS, attacking a country that can take care of itself very well thank you.

We come back to the statement by Dennis Prager: If HAMAS would lay down their arms, there would be peace the next day.

Israel have not preempted Palestine. What the media isn’t telling you is that the Israeli attacks have all been defensive, in response to attacks from Palestine.

It all started with the murder of three Israeli students on June 10. Things are unclear whether the culprits were HAMAS or a group acting on their own.

There was no need for these students to die. Their only crime was that they were Jewish.

Israel responded with a limited bombing campaign against HAMAS targets and Palestinian militant groups fired rockets into Israel.

Can we blame Israel for wanting to avenge the murder of its citizens?

America went to war over the murder of its citizens on 9/11.

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Atheist – Smile

As a Christian internet user who visits the occasional public forum, watches videos on Utube and contributes to the comments section, I encounter a lot of people who don’t share my spiritual views. This is to be expected but it hasn’t always been the case. It wasn’t so long ago that I wouldn’t have heard from these folk unless I was actively evangelising.

Put it this way. The internet has not only given Christians a new platform from which to spread the word, it has also given voice to a generation of people who might previously have kept quiet.
Naturally there will be objection from some quarters if you are street preaching – the hecklers will always speak up – or one-on-one witnessing. But those who would normally keep their thoughts to themselves now have an anonymous megaphone.

At certain times this can ignite lively and thought provoking conversation. This is the public forum at its best. At other times I have found myself the object of ridicule by mean spirited people with virtually zero knowledge of the scriptures they are rubbishing.

A favourite topic of these folk is the supposed contradictions in the scriptures. A popular one is the account of Judas Iscariot:
Matthew 27:5 tells us that Judas threw the money into the Temple and went off and hanged himself.

Acts 1:18 says he bought a field with the money. There, he fell headlong and burst open, his intestines spilling out.

Theologians have written tomes about these two accounts. They have been studied for years, pulled apart and dissected. Men and women with advanced degrees, people that for whom if they had studied medicine for instance, would be specialists.

Now some tosser with no understanding of scripture whatsoever wants to establish an understanding that the Bible is fake based on his or her great find. Whoopi-doo. These are the same folk who cling to the premise that the great singularity –

er, gotta pause here . . .

Don’t you love that word, ‘Singularity, What it means is “I don’t have an explanation or sound reasoning for my theory, any reasonable application of the English language would fail like army boots with a wedding dress.” Here’s a trick, let’s make a new word.”‘

– you know, when nothing spun around really really fast until finally, with a great big bang, gave us the universe and everything in it! We shall call this momentous event, a Singularity.

Now I expect mocking and a guffaw or two over that one. That’s the wrong application of the word. I’m an idiot who doesn’t understand the subject. Well here’s one that effectively shuts all the nuclear traps:

Creation, therefore, Creator.

Now, let’s go back to the smelly old corpse of Judas Iscariot.

Any two Newspapers, from the same town, with reporters at the same event, witnessing the same thing, and then aided by sophisticated computer editing software, digital cameras and professional photographers, will give different accounts.

Two cars crash, a Ford and a Toyota. Three people are injured, one seriously.

That very night three newspapers, two TV networks and a radio station report the story. Interestingly enough, there are some variations in the story. One reporter said there would be a recall on one of the vehicles because of a possible fault in the brakes. The other media sources didn’t even mention this although it is the single item that could send a relatively small story into a front page scoop. Then it turned out that the recall vehicle wasn’t involved in the crash.

What is the story? Two cars crashed, three people were injured, one of those seriously. That is the nitty gritty of the tale.

Jesus was betrayed by Judas. He was subsequently crucified to death, now if that’s not enough, sealed in an airless tomb for three days, then he rose from the dead.

In the meantime, Judas, feeling guilty, or terrified because he had indeed had a hand in murdering the Son of God, topped himself.

That’s the story. It’s all there.

Another favourite of the savvy biblical illiterate is to quote the non biblical as if it were.

“God helps those who help themselves.”

Really? Where did you dig that up? It isn’t in the Bible. As a matter of fact the Bible is full of, and most Christians can attest to, incidences when God helps the helpless. In fact if people want to live their lives helping themselves, without God, He frequently leaves them to it.

Or my personal favourite: “The problem with you Christians is you go on and on claiming yours is the only way.”

You really can tell who has done their homework: Islam claims the same – except its practitioners will kill you if you don’t believe. All the world’s major religions claim to be the sole path to salvation. (With the exception, of course, of those who don’t believe salvation is necessary, and yet these too, believe they have the only way).

The Bahá’í believe that all the major religions come from the same place as long as it is Bahá’í.

The internet has opened this doorway. Loaded with good and bad information the internet confirms and validates every opinion. This is the post modern mind. Everyone is right.

Except Christians it seems.

In a matter of seconds a person can have at their hands the fruits of what only a short time ago required hours of exhaustive research. You get the answer but not the education.

The internet is the University of Bits n’ Pieces.

We really need to watch it, folks. They’re coming at us dumber and louder.

Arm yourself with The Word. Know the Truth. And the next time an atheist fixes you with a cheesy grin and asserts that the universe and everything in it was once squeezed into something the size of a pinhead, you can look at them and say, “That’s nice.”