There are two things polite people “shouldn’t talk about”: religion and politics. I’m sorry but I have to.
<rant subject=”The West Bank: Israel and Palestine”>
My question is, why cannot the media and governments of the world admit that this is a medieval style feud that does not belong in modern society.
Most of the casualties are innocent civilians.
There is no way that this ends without both sides giving up the idea of this being “sacred land” and “a religious right” but instead thinking of it as a human rights violation, an illegal war and a blood feud that will not end without compromise.
The leadership of both groups are getting more and more extreme. Supporting either side’s “right” to do what they are doing is flat out unethical.
Worse than just emphasising their “religious rights”, is people using “facts” to support their actions or positions and those “facts” turn out to have no data whatsoever to support them. Whether it be cherry-picking of data or wholesale fiction.
Seeing the deaths as numbers and not people is flat out wrong. People are dying and those people have names, families, personalities, hopes and dreams.
I’m astounded that secular governments such as the US can so vocally support one side and that Australia can sit idly by.
We are in the 21st century and the only way to move forward (and yes, I mean that as a direction that is worth moving for the benefit of all mankind) is not just to forgive (which is essential) but to give up on the idea of physical things such as land being sacred. If anything on earth is to be sacred it should be the lives of the children in the school that was blown to pieces, and certainly not land.