Rights and wrongs

I don’t fight ; nor do I argue. Not that I can’t but that these two are worthless pursuits. Why are these worthless, I shall explain now.

Each one of us is in a journey of our own. My journey is different from yours. It is a matter of chance that we meet. And when we interact, we bring our experiences to the table and showcase them. Obviously there would be differences in our experiences and in our lives and hence there wouldn’t be unanimity. I understand this and acknowledge the differences. So I don’t feel like arguing.

Let me give some examples : I have lived in India, USA, Japan and Singapore. In this journey over the past 20 years, I have met several people. And there have been differences as we are different persons. If I had chosen to argue and fight in each place , my life would have been hell all through. I acknowledge the differences and go ahead. And when I move to another country, it is a different set of people, different cultural values and aspirations. Thus I carry great memories from one country to another and friends too.

Same is the case with my beliefs- religious and otherwise. If I get into arguments with fellow travelers, I would get to carry memories of despicable and hostile people. So why fight or argue ?

I apply this principle not only for inter-continental travel but also for life in general. People come and people go. I consider each association as an opportunity to learn about a different culture, different standard of life and completely different approach to problems. If I can learn something from them, I learn and change my ways. If I don’t agree, I accept them as they are and proceed with my life.

I have this fundamental belief : We live for an insignificant time in an average planet that is powered by a half dying star. Our time and actions don’t change this cosmic story. So, there is no point in fighting or arguing.

You might ask if I don’t have an opinion on anything and that I don’t want to establish what I consider as true. I have definite beliefs and opinions. But they are not absolute. They, I believe, are true now. But they could change later. What is true today, is not true after a couple of years. Speaking to a person through a hand held device was not true some decades ago but is true now. So what is true and what is not ?

Take life for instance. A man-woman relationship, called “live-in” now, was not acceptable a couple of decades ago. It is being accepted slowly in our society. I have strong views on that. But I also know that this style of relationship would become a fully accepted one some decades later. So what is the point in fighting over it ?

My late professor used to say that no one ever won in an argument. It is that arguments are abandoned mid-way. I didn’t accept that when he told me many years ago but I see the wisdom in his words now.

If only the ISIS, Hamas, Al-Qaeda and the assorted groups know this, the world would become a better place.

What do you think ? Have you thought about these on these lines ? Do write back.

Un-dressing the HAMAS

If this is not worth reporting, then what is ? Kudos Srinivasan Jain for this fantastic piece of journalism.

NDTV, the Indian television network has done a splendid work of filming an actual Hamas rocket firing from inside a residential area in Gaza. All along, the leftist media and the Hamas apologists have claimed that it was Israel that was targeting innocent Palestinians. 

So, if Hamas fires hiding behind civilians, are they warriors ? If you want war, should you not at least come out of civilian areas ?

Now, would the ‘elite’ media report the true Hamas ? 

Burn Israel, shall we ?

‘Burn Israel’ seems to be the most acceptable solution according to the world media.

Let us take a step back. 

How did this latest Israel-Palestine flare-up come about ?

Did Israel start the war ? Did they start the helicopter attack on Gaza?
Did Hamas not provoke the fight ? Did they not rain rockets on Tel Aviv? Are rockets fired to shower rose petals ? So, if they attack you , should you keep quiet and proclaim ‘Ahimsa paramo Dharmaha‘ Non-violence is the best virtue ?

Let us get our facts straight.

The obnoxious ISIS advances on Iraq, capturing its cities and destroying Shia mosques. There was no way of stopping them. With Saudi backing, they progressed. This is one part. 

In Palestine, the Hamas government couldn’t even pay salaries to its 40,000 employees. Its influence started to wane when it entered into a compromise with Fatah, its own opposition group in Palestine. Its main sponsor Saudi Arabia was beginning to back ISIS to capture Iraq. If that happens then Hamas would become obsolete.

Syria’s President  Bashar al-assad was the other main benefactor of Hamas. He fought with other Islamic rebels in his own country and that antagonized Hamas. So another funding source dried up.

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood government supported Hamas. Now that Mohammad Morsi has been ousted, the military backed government of Egypt stopped support. Yet another funding source evaporated.

An unified Iraq and Syria under a caliphate would sound the death knell to all other sundry groups like Hamas and Hezhollah. Therefore, to remain relevant, Hamas has to act, a last desperate death defying action, and hence chose the common enemy-Israel. Hitting Israel would help galvanize the islamic world and at least help the temporary life sustaining fund from Saudi Arabia and other theocratic states. 

Israel would anyways respond in a heavy manner and thus would help Hamas achieve its fund target. More so, the month is also auspicious. So Hamas capitalizes on the charity of the islamic nations. Donating to charity is ordained in the religion and Hamas stooped so low to take advantage of the noble gesture. It even spoiled twice,the truce brokered by Egypt. Need to achieve target funding you see.

Can’t depend on old ally Iran as well. Ahmadinejad has since retired and the new leader wants to be friends with the US and therefore wouldn’t want to get into the wrong side of Israel.

So, with  Saudi, Syria and Egypt having been effectively antagonized, Iran having become impotent in so far as funding is concerned and Gaza’s borders with Egypt and Israel walled and no traffic of material and people possible, Hamas’s only way to relevance is to ‘fight’ Israel and thereby elicit concessions from the former countries.

Pretending not to know any of these, the too generalistic media proclaims otherwise.

Now, shall we burn Israel ?