Dear Colleagues,I am not a supporter of any state, or political system, or any religion and as close to being a pacifist as one can be without being one. I don't support terrorism either, whether it be by a so called liberation or revolutionary organisation, or by a nation state. Having said that, and after reading the confidential Israeli Project Report of 2009, available on Cryptom*e.
* see url: *2014-1040.pdf <http://cryptome.org/2014/07/il-global-language-dictionary.pdf> *I did some research on Hamas and where they came from and what they believe in and what actions they have taken since coming to power in Gaza. Their history is that they developed out of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, many, many decades ago. The same group which was recently deposed from power in a military coup organised by the Egyptian armed forces, after their elected leader was arrested for advocating and organising violent methods to spread the cause of the Brotherhood, whilst state President. Hamas advocated a policy in the past which they have yet to revoke, which says that Jews are the lowest scum on the planet and to be removed from their lands and that Israel should not be recognised as a state. You can look it up on the web if you don't believe me...
The Middle East is becoming a right old mess, with masses of people being murdered, raped, abused, tortured, captured, enslaved, made homeless and countryless. The "western" powers have really helped screw things up too, and have to take their share of the blame. Now they don't know what to do, except a bit more bombing and violence, and supplying arms, logistics and intelligence to people who were once enemies and now being considered as friends...or the lessers of two evils...or the evils of two lessers. They are sending in some humanitarian aid, peanuts of course, compared to the massive expenditure on war materials over the last 15 years. As Christian countries we don't want to welcome even Christian refugees from the Middle East to our countries, even though our Christian governments are a large part of the problem.
I don't understand why cutting off someone's head whilst they are handcuffed and still alive, filming it, putting it on youtube and boasting about what a great achievement it is, and saying how brave and revolutionary they are; or how such an act will get me to support Islam, or Moslem philosophy, or how it is supposed to make me either fear them, or make me fall in love with their religion and adopt their belief systems either. To think that some of these extremists were educated and lived in the UK for most of their lives, they didn't starve, they have decent homes...there may have been discrimination at some point in their lives, but surely the UK wasn't that bad. There is some kind of sick and faulty logic there. I know that there are some nasty practices and theories described in the Christian Bible and know about the Crusades of early Christianity, and I assume that there must be similar descriptions in the Koran. Those books are not the only sources of inspiration or ideas or imagination in the world, and never have been.
I don't understand why, either, those rich Arab States such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia, Bahrain or Iran are not sending lots of humanitarian aid to Gaza and encouraging peace, helping it to rebuild instead of supporting the likes of Hamas, whilst doing little or nothing to help the citizens of Palestine. Arabs have lived in the Middle East since time immemorium, for at least 3000 years. The Jewish religion has been around for 2500 years and the Christian religion for 2000 years and the Muslim religion for 1600 years. There have been many mass migrations into and out of the Middle East in that time. Is it a struggle for dominance, for ownership of land and resources between Muslim and Jew, is it religion, is it beliefs and if so, is this really the best, or the only way to go about it. Huge sums are being spent on armaments for the region which are then supplied by the U.S. and the U.K. and other European countries, to various countries, such as Egypt and Israel, and Saudi Arabia and Qatar, whilst huge amounts are spent by the Russians and the Chinese on the likes of Iran. The terrorists appear to get supplied by everyone, one way or another.
I am old enough to remember the IRA and Protestant terrorist organisations in Northern Ireland using bombings, kidnappings, kneecapping, torture and other forms of violence to punish or keep certain dissenting sections of the population in check, self-policing they called it, showing their might and strength. They also raised money from businesses by using protection rackets of various kinds, as well as fund-raising from gullible people and states abroad. The money was used to buy arms from the likes of Libya and through back doors from some of the main arms manufacturers. And I remember too, the bombings in London, I was living and studying there at the time. Though the explosions were frightening, they didn't change my mind or stop me from carrying on as I have always done. In fact they made me more determined, that the peaceful protest is and always will be the best way to progress and move society forward. Eventually, the IRA and the Protestant groups screwed the nut, realised that they were on a hiding to nothing and negotiated a ceasefire and eventually, a peace agreement and destroyed their weapons and adopted the political route. People are now a lot better off, alive and kicking, even though the economy has slowed down a lot.
It is no use, it seems to me to allow Gaza to have a free right to import what it likes, when even the cement given by the Israelis for building and rebuilding homes and other facilities is used to build tunnels, where the terrorists can move banned goods such as armaments and hide and launch attacks on Israel, yet the ordinary people cannot get access to them for protection from the bombings by Israel. Elected or not, Hamas is a terrorist organisation, in my mind, and being elected does not mean that terrorist methods should be used to subdue the population, or to attack another state just because they are different and don't want to recognise their existence.
The Vietnamese used tunnels to protect their populations and industries when they were fighting against a foreign state occupying their land and which was attempting to take it over permanently, for the reason of killing off the communists and proving the "Domino Theory". In fact there were tunnels under Da Nang Air Base with quite a sizable community producing goods to help their war effort, unsuspected by the USA. Wouldn't happen nowadays, of course, such projects are well known around the world, the element of surprise has gone, and all sorts of technology can be used to find out where the tunnels are, and attacks have to come from somewhere. In Gaza there are tunnels which not only bring in goods which break the blockade, but penetrate into Israeli territory, where attacks are made on the civilian population.
It's a crazy ole world right enough... ATB Dougie.