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Pray for peace [Jan. 12th, 2009|09:49 pm]

To all people of good will of all nations and religions.
I propose following:

1) Each day at 5 pm by your time I propose to spent 5 minutes for pray for peace beetween arabs and people of Israel.

2) Let's fire a candle each evening.

3) Let's post this message in your LiveJournal.

P.S. All rasists messages will be removed.
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The Unruly Hamas [Jan. 5th, 2009|12:55 am]
[mood |annoyedannoyed]

Today Israel is not targeting the democratically elected Hamas alone; it is targeting the whole Palestinian population including the West Bank, which today has left over 400 families without sons, daughters, mothers and fathers. Today Gaza has been left with nothing, no bread, no oil, no electricity and no medication to treat the injured.

This barbaric criminal attack is not aimed at the democratically elected Hamas, it is aimed at the soul of the Palestinian people. It is aimed to break the Palestinian people's will for freedom, independence and justice. However Israel must learn that violence and death will not break this will, only strengthen it.

In the last week Israel has carried out a brutal and ruthless attack on Gaza City killing over 350 people with the mast majority being innocent civilians including children. This has been the bloodiest week for Palestinians in more than 20 years. Israel would never of dared to have gone this far if it was not for the silence of the International community especially America. It is impossible to equate Hamas with Israel, out of all the rockets Hamas have fired, only one Israeli has died and that occurred today after over 150 Palestinians were brutally murdered by the inhumane and racist regime in Israel.

America said today "The United States urges Israel to avoid civilian casualties as it targets Hamas in Gaza." Urges? Avoid? What kind of condemnation is that? American must stop unconditionally supporting Israel or they will be made to pay. Condoleezza Rice said today "We strongly condemn the repeated rocket and mortar attacks against Israel and hold Hamas responsible for breaking the ceasefire”. The ceasefire she talks about was brokered by Egypt and it was Israel that broke the ceasefire and not Hamas

The terms of the ceasefire included an end to all Israel – Gaza violence including rocket fire and crucially easing the blockade and siege in Gaza. What actually happened was that the Gaza blockade got even worse to a point where nothing was allowed in or out including humanitarian aid. The UN even stated earlier this month that crucial aid to Gaza must stop for the foreseeable future because of the Israeli imposed blockade. Hamas did not say they do not want a truce, they said they wanted to renegotiation a truce that helps the Palestinian people as well the Israeli's. Therefore statements from the Condoleezza rice are inaccurate and clearly show unconditional support for Israel and this must stop.

I would just like to point out one thing. Barack Obama who last week was rightly named the Time magazine person of the year will not and cannot change the Middle East and will not stop the unconditional support for Israel. In his very long Interview with Time magazine he devoted only one sentence to the Israel – Palestine conflict. "And seeing if we can build on some of the progress, at least in conversation, that's been made around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will be a priority." Now I am a big supporter of Barack Obama but has this guy gone mad? Did he actually say the word progress? May I ask what progress? Is it the killing of over 150 Palestinians today? Or is the Blockade that has left Gaza with no water, electricity, food and medicine for months

I must also point out my disappointment with the utter silence from the Arab States, and predictably only Iran and Syria have offered full support to the Palestinian people. The Arab world is just as much at fault as America because of its sheer silence and disjointed effort in the peace process. The Arab world must cease all diplomatic relations with Israel and use its economical power to end all support for Israel until there is a free and fair Palestinian State. I strongly believe that Israel should be recognised but only when a fair Palestinian Sate is recognised.

But I guess it's the same old story. The Israelis only want peace. The unruly, riotous, murderous Palestinians only understand violence.

That's what Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said, "There is a time for calm and a time for fighting, and now the time has come to fight". Which is about as near to a declaration of war as you can get.

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(no subject) [Dec. 3rd, 2006|03:51 am]
[Current Location |My Comfortable Abode]
[mood |distresseddistressed]
[music |I Hope Your Heart Runs Empty - Neverending White Lights]

I need to get this down on paper. But I don't even know where to begin. There is so much to say and so much to cry about, and there is so little meaning these words can convey. What can I say anyway? How can I possibly get this all out of me and put it down somewhere outside myself so that I am not always carrying it around with me? 

What words do I use? What words can I use? Are there any words which haven't been abused, which haven't lost their meaning, which can properly convey the depth of this suffering I see in the world everyday? I want to cry even now as I am writing this. I am crying. I want to tear my heart out to show the world what this is doing to us. What all this injustice and pain and misery which we simply do not - cannot? - see is really doing to us inside. We are all dying. Slowly and painfully. But you can see it if you really want to. The more than just metaphorical hearts being ripped out. The more than just real suffering going on in this world. 

But again I am losing myself. There are no words. I can't find the words. 

Where can one possibly begin? This narrative is too large, encompassing far too many things, encompassing all of humanity and all of earth and all of the oceans and each single individual being. This narrative is too neatly woven together - to put it into words would be to pull out one of the threads and look at it minutely. In detail. How many strands do you need to look at before you can see the woven cloth? How many unique sufferings do you need to counter to feel some semblance of hope in this world? 

I still haven't said anything. Perhaps I have said too much. 

I want to talk about the daily horrors of the Palestinians. I want to yell and scream and force the world to just SHUT THE FUCK UP for two minutes and just listen. That's all. Is that too much to ask? Just be quiet. Please. Just be still enough to actually be human for once. Is that really too much to ask?

I want to tell the world that nothing ever just happens. That war & occupation is never just a coincidence, a seemingly incoherent mass of buildup. Wars are planned and strategized upon and usually successful in achieving their intended goal. I want to tell the world that there is always someone pulling the strings. That the majority of human beings don't revel in killing each other. That we are all human beings, one and the same no matter what anyone tells me or what I tell anyone. 

But again I am wasting words. Or the words are wasting me. I can feel so much suffering that I can't even find the words to tell the world how I feel. And yet, I am not even the one who is actually suffering. 

How can they possibly think that words are sufficient to tell their story. How can they possibly suffer so much without wanting to hurt someone else? How can we really be shocked when only so few are resorting to violence to relieve this suffering? I am shocked BILLIONS of people are not blowing their guts out because their stories can't be heard. That is not a spelling mistake. I truly mean billions.

And yet...now I feel better. Now that I have gotten something down on paper I will be able to get through another gut-wrenching day. Perhaps I will even go about my day feeling better about myself. But what does that do? What have I really done - except somehow relieved a tiny bit of my suffering by putting it down on paper? 

Ripple effect?

From where I'm standing, the ocean looks pretty still to me. Dark and dirty. Static. 

I see no ripples. 

Because the ripples are just an illusion in the first place. Perhaps my heart is turning to stone. I was afraid I would lose my youthful idealism and look its happening already. My expectations are being lowered. I can see now that the only way I can remain sane in this insane world is by expecting very little in the way of good from it. But why? WHY is it like this? Why do we need to constantly dominate and subjugate and control and manipulate entire groups of people? Why? Is humanity really just a plague on this earth - destroying and clearing everything that lies in its path? What other sane conclusion can one come to by sanely looking at this insane world? 

Everytime I ask someone about this - even people who are really aware and wise - they tell me that humanity also has the capacity to do an enormous amount of good. But if I could fathom some balance in the equation it would quell my fears about the most violent and greedy animals on this planet. But there is no balance in the equation. It is so lopsided it seems any day now it will fall in on itself. How can this answer possibly be enough for us? That we also do *some* good. So? What the fuck does that matter to the Palestinian woman who lost her enitre family because of an accidentally-on-purpose missile the Israelis launched to feel 'safe' in their Holy Land?  What does it matter to the millions of Congolese slaves who got their hands chopped off when they dared to take a moment's respite from their gruelling, day-long labour? What does it matter to their children, and their children's children, who have to suffer through generations and still not be able to relieve the pain inflicted upon them? Is this the ripple we are talking about? Suffering past down to each new generation that has the gift of life stolen from them before they are even out of the womb? What are you going to do? Are you - can you - really find solace in this misguided notion that if we do just *this* much then its all okay? 

So many questions I have and so little answers. So much to yell about and so much to find peace in. I am not looking for easy answers. That would be like giving up. There are no easy answers. 

But deep down I still need to believe that it doesn't have to be like this. Before the Portuguese and the French and the Belgians saw the Congo and started salivating at the prospect of stealing all the natural and beautiful abundance of the land, the people of the Congo had been living for hundreds - perhaps thousands of years - without wanting to take it all for themselves. They did not feel the need to make each individual pay for what was naturally there. Why were they like that? Why were they able to put each other before themselves, unlike their future colonial masters? Why is it that even now, after everything they have been through, they are able to open their homes and offer whatever they may have to a passing stranger? 

If there is anything that gives me hope now, it is the ability of the oppressed to retain their humanity after witnessing the most sinister evil our species can come up with. To be able to feel love, and joy, and kindness, after you have been violently denied all these things. What can possibly be greater than that? That is truly the ultimate pinnacle of our desire for a better world.

And yet...we have no shame. We call them barbarians and savages and evil creatures because we refuse to consider the possibility that that's who *we* are. We are the ultimate savages of this world - the most sophisticated ones. Who can maintain our moral high ground while doing everything we possibly can that is not morally good. That is not good, period. We should all be hanging our heads in shame and asking not to be slaughtered like chickens at the corporate farms we ourselves have set up. The unreality of the real is the most depressing thing to accept, even to just understand. Do we really think that because on the surface we appear to be normal human beings that we really are normal? To call ourselves human is to pollute the very notion of humanity itself.

But we don't stop. And we won't stop. Because we truly are the savages and the barbarians and the evil beasts walking upright somehow. It doesn't look like we care if we destroy the whole planet because we didn't want to share it with each other. We will destroy the whole thing and still not learn the lesson. 

Please god, don't let these words be prophetic. If this is all there is to life, then death truly seems more appealing. If this is what it means to be human, then being the dirt under our feet seems like a better option. We cannot go on like this. Even the dirt must recoil when we humans place our feet upon it. It must know that we don't deserve to have stable, unmoving ground beneath our feet. That even the most violent earthquake mother nature can come up with is less than what we deserve.

This is how I feel. Can I save humanity? The answer echoes with a thousand resounding NOs. Can I save myself? That remains to be seen.
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Oakley show complaint! [Sep. 6th, 2006|07:35 pm]

[Current Location |work]
[mood |accomplished]

The John Oakley show is left-wing propagandist BULL Shit! Here's the letter I sent to the programming director, Gord Harris, in regards to a recent show topic about Afghanistan:

Suck my left one, OakleyCollapse )
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New Community [Sep. 3rd, 2006|08:05 pm]
[mood |optimisticoptimistic]

WELCOME war-resisters! Welcome all!

We decided to start this community to give the Toronto and Ontario communities a place to discuss the current crisis in The West Bank and Gaza. In a society where our media is filtered through political party cheese cloth and nothing is shown in the context of reality, we wanted a forum to post news clips, alternative media, comments and maybe even get a dialogue going! Maybe we can even get some much needed organization going on!

Please let everyone know!
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