I understand the complex nature of the Middle East. I understand the potential geopolitical chess matches currently in play. I understand the media's
role in how the story is shaped for our consumption. I understand that both sides are pumping out propaganda faster than Hollywood and Bollywood could
put out together.
I understand that some Muslims strap explosives to their bodies and bomb public places, killing innocent civilians.
I understand what could drive a person to such an depraved act.
I understand that Israel felt the need to build the largest wall since the division of Berlin to keep these madmen out.
I understand that people should have the freedom to live anywhere in the world, if there is room and they are willing to share with those already
there. Not kick people out.
I understand that Israel has claims to a "homeland".
I understand that Israel is a fundamentalist theocracy, surrounded by other fundamentalist theocracies.
I understand the religious importance of these events and this area to zealous true believers and their interpretation of myths.
I understand that Israel has been responsible for atrocities like Sabra and Shatilla, and killing innocent civilians.
I understand that Israel has been attacked first.
I understand that Israel has attacked first.
I understand it has been going on for a very long time.
I understand some people use human shields.
I understand some people don’t care.
I understand that Israel needs water, wants more territory, and wants to extend the BTC pipeline down to Haifa.
I understand that Israel has been oppressing and excluding people based on ethnic and economic status for decades.
I understand that Israelis live in fear of being "pushed into the sea".
I understand Israel's neighbours not appreciating Israel's treatment of people or its "targeted assassinations" in broad daylight and reported in
the media for all to see.
I understand that Israel is a US outpost and protectorate, their Middle-East guard dog supplied with weapons both legal and illegal and paid for by US
I understand that Israel is not subject to UN resolutions.
I understand there is a powerful Jewish lobby in Washington D.C. and the influence they have on their clients.
I understand the greater regional goals involving oil and it's geopolitics in this age of tightening supplies.
I understand the economic windfalls for the military industrial complex, the oil companies and the fundamentals of "disaster capitalism".
I understand that bombing Lebanon to destroy Hezbollah is about as productive as bombing Italy to destroy the Mafia.
I do… I understand it all... I do "get it".
You probably do as well.
What I don't get is how lobbing ordinance at each other (be it in deeds in real life or in words on these forums) could be any part of the solution
to these problems... and I don't understand picking sides for whatever ideological reason and cheerleading.
Am I also to understand that bloodlust and collective mob madness are to be allowed to gain a stranglehold over any rational or honest approach to
Our "leaders" sure act like it.
The world is watching.
[edit on 31/7/2006 by Mirthful Me]