Thursday, November 22, 2012

Turn on activist mode (put on the extra compassionate)

Now that Israel has started bombing the Gaza Strip again, it seems we have international activist mode turned on - as if it turned on the extra compassionate in us. I found it interesting that it, in this case, became a fight for the weaker and not for justice. The side that kills the most people is the side that becomes the ruthless killer. Here's the principle that's troubling. Life's complicated, especially when trying not to follow the 'eye for an eye' principle. If the feeling isn't mutual, you'd end up with none. And when you know the feeling isn't mutual, you know that if you don't do something about it, somebody gonna get a very big hurt very soon.

Activist mode is when you are not among those getting hurt, but when the extra compassionate comes on. The other mode is when you're in the thick of it and you are busy enough ensuring you keep your two eyes. Sometimes keeping one is a more realistic hope and keeping the other one is a bonus. It's easy to play activist. You just create principles. When your minding your eyes, you usually don't have a choice. You may do things you regret, but to keep your eyes, you have to. You really don't have time to think. Some people wouldn't know what it's like to live next to an ever-threatening neighbour. They strangely can't even relate to a situation where he would actually become that threat in action and you respond to keep you and your own.

People have told me Gaza doesn't direct bombs at Israel. They throw eggs and tomatoes. Maybe they should pass that information onto Iran who is funding Hamas, who is responsible for the act. They'd want to know how their money is being spent. I'm sure they didn't give it for tomatoes and eggs. There are comparisons of inflictions which are more on the Gaza side like this. Their opinions tend towards Israel being inhumane. Well, one would hardly think that Israeli government has a lack of PS2 commando games to score points that way. The Hamas guys fired a lot more fire power. They either landed in open areas or were intercepted. The losses could be because the independent Gaza administration really hasn't done much in its seven years of rule to improve the situation over in Gaza, maybe.

There also this open air prison accusation. The reason why it is an open air prison is because since 2007, it has been ruled by Hamas. A result of this has been the blockades so that military firepower doesn't go in on Israel's part so that it isn't fired back and on Egypt's part for similar security and terrorist group recognition concerns. Even Egypt, Palestine's ally, bails on them for reasons of merit.
A exact parallel probable situation is if the Taliban forms a political party and comes to power with its ideologies intact. We wouldn't accept that, but we would accept Hamas as the rulers of Gaza. To add to which, they seized power in a coalition leaving out the other partner and use money from Iran to fire bombs at Israel. Maybe Iran and Hamas can be taken seriously if they use that money for the upliftment of Gaza.

It's easy to cry, and cry hoarse, but it's more effective, objective, reasonable, true and just to not let emotions rule the day, especially when you're formulating their independent acceptable standards in perfect comfort. This post is not to make a case for Israel. The details are just for substantiation. It's meant to highlight how we selectively can become (or became) passionate about some things conveniently when it's clearly not the case. Avaaz has been making a strange case, getting tears out of ducts by the many, but their case holds no merit except putting on the ignorant (or blind) extra compassionate. There are also many photos being posted on FB towards the same effect.

What's also interesting to note is that the only crime is the consequence. You could send in as many bombs as you like but what you can't end up hurting hapless, innocent people (like how they also hurt hapless innocent people who apparently are insidious murderers because they are bombing them *back* to keep their eyes).

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