Posted by Julia from host194.crp.org (18.104.22.168) on Monday, August 05, 2002 at 2:22PM :
In Reply to: Re: I can't believe it.... posted by pancho from ? (22.214.171.124) on Monday, August 05, 2002 at 1:48PM :
Fred, your words remind me of some kind of point in space where everything inwardly collapses into that point and there is nothing left but oblivion. your hysteria and distorted optic of viewing the world is viable only in your mind.
Most states were born with bloodshed. that's not a new fact. And israel is feeling the costs of its decision to create a state with bloodsheed and illegitimacy. But what we have to do is try to solve the problem, which means compromise and give and take. A two state solution was suggested before this whole mess happened, and its safe to say that most civil parties want a two state solution. And that process is facilitated best by using civil and political means, not by killing innocents.
When an armed man and an armed man fight it out, and one dies, is it a murder or a casualty? For some sick reason the world came up with rules of war (geneva conventions) saying that if it comes to the point where peoples need to battle it out, they have to follow certain rules. its perverse in so many ways but that is just how huamnity has been ever since history was recorded. and the rules include not striking women, children, elderly, those not wearing uniforms, those that cannot defend themselves...
for some sick reason that's how the world choses to operate. and i believe all war is bad, whether follwoing the rules or not. but following the rules of war is definitely the lesser of the two evils, because striking someone who is prepared to fight is inherently different froms triking someone defenseless.
I will express my opinion not because you asked for it but because i want to express it. ANd i truly believe that the israelis need to end the peace, and so do the palestinians, and this can onlybe done with parallel reforms. Israel pulls out of their settlements, Palestine cracks down on Hamas and militant factions favoring a one state solution, and to go even a step further declare holy sites under international jurisdiction.
On another note, I just want to remind you how you propose to raise the name of Assyria - through art and literature and peaceful movements. i don't see you detonating yourself in the name of Ashur. i dont' see you killing little kurds so that we can get a piece of land. we are trying to use the peaceful route to get recognition and to bring back the assryian name. Maybe it's because you believe in peace and little children unveiling statues to bring our name to the public rather than corpes covering apple stands in open markets. A lot of people see you as a crazed loon, but even you have the heart of a gentle flower and you want to introduce Assyria to the world with statues. You won't get front page headlines in newspapers around the world, and hamas will issue statements through their press clubs, but who is the better person? you are. You and Hamas are in many ways fighting for the same thing, but you are using your hands to bring artifacts of our history to life rather than ending life through suicide bombings.
The reason why I stick around because i believe there is something inherently good in your approach to use art to promote our culture and heritage. And i KNOW palestinians who believe that too. But the palestinians who kill only perpetuate a cycle of violence that israel fuels as well.
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