Monday, January 21, 2008

Religion must make people insane…

posted by Bill Arnett @ 12:25 PM Permalink

From the Huffington Post:
Gaza City was plunged into darkness Sunday after Israel blocked the shipment of fuel that powers its only electrical plant in retaliation for persistent rocket attacks by Gaza militants.

The power cut sent already beleaguered Gazans to stock up on food and batteries in anticipation of dark, cold days ahead. Gaza officials warned the move would cause a health catastrophe while a U.N. agency and human rights groups condemned Israel.

"We have the choice to either cut electricity on babies in the maternity ward or heart surgery patients or stop operating rooms," Gaza Health Ministry official Dr. Moaiya Hassanain said.[…]

Israel justified the fuel cutoff because of continuous rocket attacks by Gaza militants. Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Arye Meckel said the Gaza Strip continues to receive 70 percent of its electricity supply directly from Israel, which would not be affected, and another 5 percent from Egypt.

The blackout "is a Hamas ploy to pretend there is some kind of crisis to attract international sympathy," Meckel told The Associated Press.[…]

The regular fuel shipment from Israel did not arrive Sunday because the fuel terminal was closed, and the power plant has almost no reserves, said Rafik Maliha, director of the power plant.

The U.N. organization in charge of Palestinian refugees warned the blockade would drastically affect hospitals, sewage treatment and water facilities.

"The logic of this defies basic humanitarian standards," said Christopher Gunness, spokesman for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, or UNRWA.

The British group Oxfam called Israel's cutoff "ineffective as well as unlawful." Gisha, an Israeli group that has fought the fuel cutbacks in Israel's Supreme Court, said: "Punishing Gaza's 1.5 million civilians does not stop the rocket fire. It only creates an impossible 'balance' of human suffering on both sides of the border."

Israeli Cabinet minister Zeev Boim said that rather than condemning Israel, the U.N. should condemn Palestinian militants for firing rocket barrages at Israel.

"I don't hear the U.N.'s voice," Boim said
No one in Israel heard the U.N.'s voice when it ordered Israel to withdraw to its 1967 borders in U.N. Security Council Resolution 242 of 1967 either. Had they done so and allowed the Palestinians to form their own state on the ancestral lands Israel stole from them the Middle East would be a very different place.

Why don't the Israelis just admit that, having been victims of the Holocaust, they are somehow entitled to kill without discrimination, force entire societies from their homes, and conduct a genocide of their choice against anyone whom they please. (Desiring to nuke Iran along with the U.S. wouldn't ring a bell, would it?)

I concluded long ago that there is no god and the bible is nothing but the greatest work of fiction and propaganda written and propounded to keep evil men in charge of the world.

Seems to me that religion drives men insane, without regard to whether the religion is christian, muslim, jewish, or evangelical.

The only religion that truly preaches love, life, care for the environment, and the improvement of man's station in life is Buddhism. But the other religions will soon see Buddhism is exterminated in the name of their god.

Religion makes people insane.

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