Isaiah once said, "Come, let us reason together. Thou your sins be as scarlet they shall be white as snow." Personally, I don't believe that but I do believe in negotiation and in honest conversations. When Hamas first launched it's attack on Israel we all thought it was too outrageous to be true and that it must be a false flag.
So then I look up who's in charge of Hamas. What do they have to say? Are they claiming responsibility or denying it. Are they saying it wasn't us it was ISIS and the CIA. Nope. They said yeah it was us without any hesitation or remorse. That my friends is bat sh*t crazy.
Then we have protesters and counter protesters here in Vancouver. Here in Vancouver we actually had protesters endorsing what Hamas did. That my friends is bat sh*t crazy and we definitely need to talk about it.
As I've said before I do not blindly endorse Israel. Israel is not always right and Big Brother is not always wrong. When I say Big Brother I'm referring to Russia. I don't agree with everything Russia or anyone else does but I will state they are not always wrong. That's why we have to look at the issues and examine the facts.
I must admit, I didn't see the footage. I was skeptical as to what sources to believe. My daughter who is normally very supportive of the Palestinians said she hadn't posted anything yet because she wasn't sure what to believe. She felt the idea of beheading babies was too outrageous to believe but she definitely didn't agree with kidnapping civilians. She said she found the footage very disturbing and said she spent most of her time crying. I said stop watching the footage.
It's like watching snuff films. It's not healthy. We need to preserve the sanctity of life.
However, there are indeed many things we need to talk about. All I saw was a couple of guys with guns parasail in to a music festival. I didn't even see the footage of the shooting and I don't want to. If that actually happened, then by god we are morally obligated to fiercely denounce it. That is double haram. Then there's allegation of hamas militants raping women. If that is true then quadruple haram. Rape is double haram. Raping civilians in an unprovoked attack is quadruple haram. Then there's the beheading. If hamas militants beheaded anyone then OMG. You need to beg Allah to strike you down because the hell he has prepared for you is far worse than death.
There are completely separate issues at play here. Forced evictions and the Israeli response are completely separate and we will discuss them but before we do we need to stop right here and acknowledge what hamas did was abominable and inexcusable. Anyone who endorses what they did is mentally deranged. Now an eye for an eye does not mean you kill one of ours, we kill one of yours. An eye for an eye means if someone has committed murder that person is charged with murder. You don't murder some other random person from their community. In this case, the leaders of hamas who sanctioned this attack need to be executed. That's all there is to it.
Having said that, I don't agree with forced evictions in West Bank. I don't think they're doing that in Gaza. If you want to stand with a sign and say forced evictions are wrong then I will stand beside you but if you want to kill and rape civilians then I will denounce that will all my being.
If you want to go old school then go after military targets but don't go after civilians and pretend it is noble or justified because it's neither. Hamas is new. We all remember the PLO. I remember seeing PLO graffiti beside the IRA graffiti in West Belfast. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. When I mentioned that to Sebastian he said he remembered seeing PLO graffiti beside FLQ graffiti in Montreal. We both thought that was a bit odd.
I remember Yasser Arafat. He was a man like unto Michael Collins and was well respected. He was Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) from 1969 to 2004 and President of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) from 1994 to 2004.
Yasser Arafat cut a deal just like Michael Collins did. He signed the Olso accord which recognized Israel's right to exist and in exchanged created the Palestinian Authority which was self rule. He liberated Palestine. No doubt some extremists were upset with him for recognizing Israels' right to exist just like extremists in Ireland were upset with Michael Collins for agreeing to the creation of a Free State. The free state was a stepping stone to becoming a free republic which it now is.
Gerry Adams later signed the Good Friday accord in the north in which the IRA agreed to a cease fire. It also recognized the existence of the British government. This was a huge step forward and likewise some militants were defiantly opposed to it. They created a splinter group called the Real IRA which was anything but. My point is everyone wants the violence to stop. What Hamas did and plan to do is wrong. We need to denounce it and Israel has every right to execute their leaders in retaliation for that attack. Hamas is not the PLO. Hamas is Haram.
When you see the abomination desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place. Take the higher road. Sailors rights. Protection of persons and property.