In our world governments and politicians think twice before acknowledging any wrong-doing. I can’t help but be sceptical about any justice for the Palestinians resulting from these revelations, but once again, I desperately ask the democracy pundits who keep insisting that the rest of the world needs to follow their model to show me a practical and just way where they can use their democratic processes to bring the Israeli government to account.
‘An Israeli military college has printed soldiers’ accounts of the killing of civilians and vandalism during recent operations in Gaza.
One account tells of a sniper killing a mother and children at close range whom troops had told to leave their home. In another cited case, a commander ordered troops to kill an elderly woman walking on a road, even though she was easily identifiable and clearly not a threat.
The soldiers’ testimonies also reportedly told of an unusually high intervention by military and non-military rabbis, who circulated pamphlets describing the war in religious terminology.
“All the articles had one clear message,” one soldier said. “We are the people of Israel, we arrived in the country almost by miracle, now we need to fight to uproot the gentiles who interfere with re-conquering the Holy Land.”’ (taken from the BBC).
Will Barak Obama go against his financiers and members of his administration and demand an independent enquiry, or consider imposing sanctions on Israel until the truth be discovered?
Will the Labour Party Members in the UK go against the wishes of the Labour Friends of Israel and demand justice or investigation?
Will David Cameron, the opposition leader that keeps the democratic government in check, go against the wishes of the Conservative Friends of Israel and demand the Labour Party takes action against Israel?
Will the Obama administration or any other western government that supported Israel’s actions ‘in defending itself’ provide compensation and accept responsibility for ‘aiding and abetting or encouraging’ the Israeli actions?
Will American citizens who stood by their Zionist brethren now consider this to be Semitic fundamentalism and a belief of the sword?
Or will the western politicians accept the bias of self-interest as the foundation of their democratic values?
Attention all democracy lovers: this post is dedicated to you.
The US’s latest strikes on Pakistani territory killed 12 people. Local people report that many were women and children, but I suspect most people reading this will dismiss these as unconfirmed reports.
It’s hard to count accurately the number of lives taken by the US strikes (most of which have previously been carried out by unmanned planes). But I think we can safely assume there were at least a few innocent civilians killed by the US’s terrorist army. Washington and its clones would probably class this as ‘collateral damage’, but I would ask any decent person out there: Why should Pakistan even risk the life of a single civilian in a war that doesn’t serve its interest or purpose? Why should the Pakistani army be deployed to attack America’s enemies? And why oh why should the government be expected to do so when its people don’t want to?
To the democracy pundits: is this not a violation of your sacred democratic principle that the people decide? Isn’t this the reason why America’s at war with Iraq and Afghanistan- to establish democracy? And since the westerners out there are so confident of their democracies in their own countries, that they seem to want to tell the rest of the world to get in line, why don’t you go and convince your democratic governments to leave Pakistan alone and stop meddling in its affairs, domestic or foreign?
If the Pakistanis want peaceful relations with the Taliban, then so be it, and the Pakistani government should accept that. And before any of you come back on this one with raging comments, please consider how your own governments support numerous dictatorships: Uzbekistan is a good example, although trust me, there’s plenty more where that came from.
I’m actually quite sick of the way the media has been reporting this. All this emphasis that Pakistan’s new government’s greatest challenge is to keep away the terrorists… Will someone please educate the journalists and let them know that Pakistan never had this problem before. It had other problems yes, but it has always had amicable relations with this neighbour. It’s the US that has created this problem and it’s not going to go away unless the west stops sticking its nose in the business of other countries. So any westerner reading this, please tell your respective democratic governments to keep away… oh and please let me know how far you get.
2. Non-Muslims are not treated equally in Islam as they are not allowed to take up positions of ruling and therefore subjected to mistreatment.
This is often a passionately contested argument by non-Muslims nowadays, as they see this as a form of discrimination. I don’t think we’ve had an honest debate about this and the energy channelled in criticising this tenet is possibly hypocritical. Read More…