Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Batshit Crazy in the Middle East

A balanced twofer from the BBC tonight.

First off, from the Gaza Strip:

The black flag of Islamic Jihad was pinned on the wall behind her and two Kalashnikovs were carefully placed in camera shot. Her husband, an Islamic Jihad fighter himself, tied on her "martyr's" headband.

Umm Anas - not her real name - had just graduated from a programme to train female suicide bombers in Gaza.

When she spoke of becoming a suicide bomber, Umm Anas's voice was strong and steady: "This is a gift from God.

"We were created to become martyrs for God," she continued, her eyes burning behind the full face veil.

The use of Palestinian women as suicide bombers was once thought of as immodest - and therefore un-Islamic - but that changed, the militant groups say, because of shortage of male candidates and because women were better able to get close to their targets.

It seems rather paradoxical that Palestinians like Umm Anas are increasingly embracing religious fervor as their plight worsens. These people worship a god that they believe to be all powerful, and yet they have to resort to brainwashing teenage girls to become suicide bombers. If Allah is so powerful, why doesn't he just cause all of the Israeli Jews to spontaneously combust? Face it Palestinian people, Allah is a loser! Want to end your suffering? Embrace Buddhism and non-violence and all of your problems will go away.

For the sake of balance though, I turn to Acre, Israel, where "Jewish youths attacked [an Arab man] after he drove into a conservative area in the east of the town" during Yom Kippur.

Religious Jews fast and refrain from driving on Yom Kippur, regarded the holiest day of the Jewish calendar.

An Israeli-Arab mob subsequently rampaged through the streets after the rumour spread that Mr Jamal had been killed.

In the days that followed, crowds of Jews and Israeli Arabs tried to attack each other, and each other's property. At least three Israeli-Arab homes were torched, police said.

I have to confess that I am getting sick and tired of this shit and the negative reverberations that it has worldwide. Sometimes I feel that Israel and the Palestinian territories should just be walled in for ten years. Let the Israelis and Palestinians have one long cage match until either one side or the other is wiped out, with the understanding that the rest of the world has to accept the winner.

Either that, or come to accept the obvious. The Palestinians will never get 100% of all of the land and the Israelis will never get 100% of the land. The only solution where everybody wins is to share 100% of it. And that's all I have to say about that.

7 comments:

tina FCD said...

The last paragraph makes a lot of sense to me. :)

The Barefoot Bum said...

Overall a good post. However...

I have to say that although the only part of her veiled face that is visible are her eyes, she does seem to be potentially very hot looking, which would make it a damned shame if she blew herself up.

But it would be just peachy if she were ugly?

Don't say sexist shit like this. I know you're just trying to be funny, but you're failing. It just sounds retarded.

Tommy said...

Don't say sexist shit like this. I know you're just trying to be funny, but you're failing. It just sounds retarded.

Thank you for your constructive criticism.

Of course it was meant only in jest.

NotZed said...

Let the Israelis and Palestinians have one long cage match until either one side or the other is wiped out, with the understanding that the rest of the world has to accept the winner.

Had the same idea years ago, something like a game of Brockian Ultra Cricket. But of course, that is hardly fair for the poor sods who's only fault was to be born in that tiny part of the world.

Still - can the world afford to tolerate this sort of behaviour anymore? Can it ever be resolved? Particularly with bloody religions messing everything up.

tina FCD said...

I know you meant it in jest but, I also thought that was kinda weird of you to make that comment.

It IS sad that people choose to waste their life on this kind of thing.

Tommy said...

Oh alright! I took it out now.

valdemar said...

But... but religion is the basis of morality. Without it people would do terrible, immoral things - like kill total strangers and stuff.

And yes, I'm being ironic. I'm British, it's one of the services we offer.