- Christian heart in Atheist mind.
If you are neutral in situations of injustice you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral the mouse will NOT appreciate you ~Desmond Tutu
Irish. Old. Atheist. anti Zionist.
If the shoe was was on the other foot, then I'd be for the Zionists. Your race, your religion, your sex, or your whatever are irrelevant to me. If I was German, I'd stop the Holocaust. If I was Israeli, I'd block the tanks from entering Gaza. Or try, at least. No fool like an old fool. My humanity demands this of me, the little that I do. In the Holy Land, Palestinians have less rights than animals in Ireland!
For an atheist, I'm very catholic in my range of friends, many being Muslim where their first language isn't english. I can stumble over some American irony particularly in those very short one liners that give no clue as to the intent of the writer. What must it be like for 'second languagers'? My dyslexic Irish version of english is a difficult too, I'm sure.
A LESSON: If in doubt, ASK! We need all the good people. We don't need to misunderstand and fall out when all on the same side, and my friends. Hugs to all. ♥
- "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."
~~~ George Orwell
"I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I'm a human being, first and foremost, and as such I'm for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole."
~~~ Malcolm X
* "It is the function of the CIA to keep the world unstable, and to propagandize and teach the American people to hate and fear, so we will let the Establishment spend any amount of money on arms."
* "Enemies are necessary for the wheels of the U.S. military machine to turn."
* "Short, successful military adventures are as effective as the Super Bowl in diverting peoples' attention from unpleasant truths."
In 1980, he said,
* "if the Soviet Union were to disappear off the face of the map, the United States would quickly seek out new enemies to justify its own military-industrial complex."
~~~John R. Stockwell, former CIA officer
“Every time anyone says that Israel is our only friend in the Middle East, I can't help but think that before Israel, we had no enemies in the Middle East.” –
~~~~John Sheehan, S.J. [Society of Jesus]
If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
~~~ Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa
“First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out.
Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out.
And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.”
~~~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The tragedy of the people of Palestine is that their country was "given" by a foreign power to another people for the creation of a new state. The result was that many hundreds of thousands of innocent people were made permanently homeless. With every new conflict their numbers increased. How much longer is the world willing to endure this spectacle of wanton cruelty? It is abundantly clear that the refugees have every right to the homeland from which they were driven, and the denial of this right is at the heart of the continuing conflict. No people anywhere in the world would accept being expelled en masse from their own country; how can anyone require the people of Palestine to accept a punishment which nobody else would tolerate? A permanent just settlement of the refugees in their homeland is an essential ingredient of any genuine settlement in the Middle East. We are frequently told that we must sympathise with Israel because of the suffering of the Jews in Europe at the hands of the Nazis. What Israel is doing today cannot be condoned, and to invoke the horrors of the past to justify those of the present is gross hypocrisy.
—Bertrand Russell, 31 January 1970