Journal Entry # 80
May 31st, 2010
In the ongoing dispute between Israel and whoever is trying to kill them at the moment we have yet another incident where according to the news outlets Israel is to blame once again. The link to one article is below. Also I have made available 2 videos of news coverage of this event. One from CNN which I hoped would just report the news and not be bias in any way and Aljazeera. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aljazeera link to info on the Arabic news network. Is its coverage unbiased? You be the judge.
Israeli commandos raid flotilla killing 9 passengers
Israel Attacks Humane Ship Aljazeera news
Israel attacks Gaza aid fleet. Up to 20 people were killed and more than 200 people injured CNN news
Now that you have an idea of what the issue is about I would like to present an alternate point of view on the entire Israeli/Palestine issue. I will start off with this event. My understanding is that a large group of boats left from Turkey to bring supplies to the Gaza strip area because it has been under blockade for about 3 years from Israel and Egypt. Now this supposedly peaceful mission is well aware of the blockade and yet they choose to go anyway. This is not the first time. They are sponsored by an Islamic group to bring supplies and protest the blockade to Islamic people. They have all been trained in non violent confrontation and are instructed not to resist any advances from the Israelis. According to the video I saw on CNN they did not resist they attacked the soldiers. Now they were aware that the soldiers had a job to do and would definitely do it. Why were they even there? This is not the way to protest a blockade. You don’t try and break the blockade and then say you are peaceful. The very act of breaking the blockade is an act of provocation. How silly.
I can understand Israel’s position. Islamic decree sates that all Jews are to be killed. It is widely known in the Muslim world. So what is Israel to do? How do you negotiate with a foe that will not negotiate and will stop at nothing short of your extinction? Israel certainly has its unrealistic religious views as well. Both sides are not willing to negotiate due to their unshakeable religious dogma. This is what must be changed if there is ever to be a chance of Peace in this conflict. Also there has been so much damage and death on each side that people are constantly seeking revenge and retribution. This also must stop or it will continue forever.
The crazy fundamentalists on each side must stop. Each group must first view themselves as humans and not the chosen ones of their gods. They are like sandbox junkies, each one fighting for that extra inch in the sandbox but never willing to just step outside of the sandbox and see the situation for what it is. This will never stop until people change their ideals and put religion in the place it belongs, the realm of fantasy.
I believe that all involved in continuing this conflict are wrong because it will always be harmful to all involved. The lies must stop. When the lies stop the violence will stop. I do believe that the majority of people who live in this conflicted area want peace. Again we see a situation where the diluted demands of a few control the fate of so many. The blame game will never end until someone takes responsibility.
Seek the truth always
Gary David Currie