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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Questions on the Israeli-Palestinian Issue

I used to be a Pro-Israel person. As far as I was concerned this country could do no wrong. It was surrounded by hostile neighbours and was constantly under rocket and suicide attack from those murderous Palestinian Terrorists. That was until a number of years ago when things that I could not quite understand finally came to a head when I watched a documentary entitled "Occupation 101", which is quite hard to find by the way. Why?

The following questions come to mind when I think about the Israeli-Palestinian issue and I decided to play devils advocate on the side of the Palestinians. Remember as well that I was Pro-Israel at one stage so I am not being biased as I have thoroughly supported the Israeli cause at one time:

1.) What are the differences between the Apartheid we had in my country and what is happening there right now?

2.) If there are no differences as questioned above we already know where all this will end because it has happened in South Africa. So why not just end it? What is the alternative?

3.) Why are the UN Resolutions regarding Israel and its policies ignored by countries like the US? United Nations General Assembly Resolution 3379 states that Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination". United Nations Security Council Resolution 242 states that Israel actually has had to withdraw from the occupied territories since 1967 already.

4.) How can a country like Israel be under threat from a territory like Palestine when Israel is supported by one of the strongest nations in the world? Last time I checked the Palestinians had no tanks, gunships, aircraft or artillery.

5.) Why does the US ignore footage of Palestinian children turning over bits of white phosphour in the streets? I saw the footage on Al Jazeera and as a soldier I know what WP is. As soon as it makes contact with air it burns again. That was definately WP and I have also seen the tell-tale signs of WP air-bursting over buildings. When WP explodes it sends out burning bits in all directions with smoke trails behind each brightly burning piece, but unlike smoke it does burn into the flesh of women and children. That was definately WP and even if it was not why is artillery or mortars firing into densely populated areas like one finds in Gaza? Artillery is what is known as an area weapon. It is not smart.

6.) Does Israel not have the power initiative in the peace process? If she has and peace is not forthcoming does it not imply Israel is not serious?

7.) Why is Israel still building settlements on the East Bank even though that is where Palestinians are living? No law in the world allows for people to be forcefully moved from their homes. I have actually seen a mother being dragged crying and screaming out of her kitchen while she was preparing food for her family on the stove. Moments later her house was bulldozed to make space for an Israeli House.

So, these are some of the questions I pose. Answer them or forever hold your peace. I do not support and Anti-Jewish sentiment or any other type of racism so if that is your take please do not waste my time by posting here.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

The Balance of Military Power and Money

All great wars of the past have been thought to be the war to beat all wars, but we have always been proven wrong. Wars have continued and millions have died, usually for the wrong reasons and the frequency of occurrence of wars are getting more and more. Wars will probably continue until the day when money is not the greatest motivating force for humanity, because everything we fight for, live for and die for is in some way based on money; either not losing riches or gaining riches. Religion and creed are only the great mobilisers of the men and boys who have to fight these wars, they do not initiate wars.

One of the principles of the continuation of war is that the balance of military power will always correct itself. No matter how powerful a country becomes its power will always cause an imbalance, which will auto-correct in some way. One way is that absolute military power leads to more greed as the possession of a seemingly unstoppable military machine makes a nation's rich and powerful want ever more. Therefore their military is forced to over-extend itself and that is where the pendulum starts to swing away from said nation. Their military start losing wars and then they start losing battles and wars. They suddenly do not have enough money and have in this process created more enemies for themselves to fight. More citizens also begin to rebel and eventually the situation rights itself politically, but at the expense of the military. This has been seen with all great military powers of the past.

Of course the only people who never seem to lose are the stupendously wealthy. Even if their countries lose wars they will live somewhere else and some day they will influence the establishment of a dominant military machine again and the process will repeat, but only to make them wealthier. Great leaders like the Lincolns and Kennedys of the past can only hold them back for a while. The only things we can be certain of is that there will be another war and then another. Dwight D. Eisenhower once said "We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex." He knew what he was talking about.

What is even scarier is what one of the greatest propagandists of all time, Herman Goering said. “Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”

What we have are people who want absolute power and can influence the people to get it. Where will all this end?