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December 31, 2008

ISRAELIS KILL 20 TIMES AS MANY IN THREE DAYS AS HAMAS HAS IN SIX YEARS

With the death toll of Palestinians rising above 400 after three days of illegal Israeli warfare, it is worth noting that the blame for this action is being placed on Hamas' missile attacks which - according to the Guardian - have killed just 19 over the past six years.

15 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, that's only fair. The Palestinians are killing Israeli citizens and the Israelis are killing Palestinian terrorists. In fact, 20 to 1 probably understates the relative value of civilians to terrorists.

Of course, the resident anti-semites will sing a different tune.

December 31, 2008 1:40 PM  
Anonymous 420 said...

The Rainbow Bridge to Peace On Earth

A New Message for World Peace

The phrase "To All My Relations" is an English translation of a Lakota Sioux prayer of oneness and harmony with all forms of life: other people, animals, birds, insects, trees and plants, and even rocks. It reminds us that we are connected to these other aspects of Creation, that we share a common kinship in the Hoop of Life. It is an acknowledgement of love, respect, humility, and gratitude for everything in the Universe.

Every action we take in the Universe is connected with everything that exists, from the smallest creature to the farthest star. Quantum physicists have been investigating this mystery for years. Gregg Braden has written about this web of energy in his book The Divine Matrix.

During our travels, we were fortunate enough to happen across a gathering of Peacemakers in Spring City, Utah. There, on the evening of November 17, 2008, beneath a gigantic horseshoe formation of stone in the mountain (a giant "semicircle of stone" if you will), the Rainbow Bridge Ceremony, also known as the Last Ghost Dance, or more appropriately the Last Dance of Friendship and Welcome, began on November 17, 2008 at the Wind Walker Ranch and ended at dawn on November 18, 2008. By any other name the prayer (or heart song, intention, meditation, invocation, or wish - it's all good!) that follows is a new message for world peace. It lets departed loved ones know where they can go to find a Stairway to Heaven...whatever version or understanding of Heaven an individual's particular spirituality celebrates. It can be spoken at any cemetery, memorial, for any loved one, or any place with a troubled history in need of healing to let "stuck" spirits and souls know where to move to the Light of Heaven if they so choose.

Following are English language versions of the Peace Prayer interpreted in the most common spiritual understandings. Choose the one that resonates with you.

~~~~~~~
This spiritual gateway to Heaven is known in Norse Mythology and by some Native American groups as the Rainbow Bridge:

To All My Relations,
The Rainbow Bridge Is Open
In Spring City, Utah
At The Wind Walker Ranch!!!
~~~~~~~
The prayer as understood in ancient Sanskrit and Hinduism reads as follows:

To All My Relations,
The Antahkarana has been completed
In Spring City, Utah
At The Wind Walker Ranch!!!
~~~~~~~
In the language of the world's oldest spiritual practice, Shamanism, as well as several others, the prayer reads:

To All My Relations,
The Axis Mundi has been completed
In Spring City, Utah
At The Wind Walker Ranch!!!
~~~~~~~
In the Hebrew Bible, as well as Christian, Mormon, Kabbalistic, and some Islamic traditions, the Rainbow Bridge is known as the Tower of Babel. It is not a physical tower, as is commonly envisioned, but a spiritual gateway for anyone to ascend into Heaven should they so choose.

To All My Relations,
The Tower of Babel has been completed
In Spring City, Utah
At The Wind Walker Ranch!!!
~~~~~~~
In Islam, this is known as the completion of the House of Peace:

To All My Relations,
The House of Peace has been built
In Spring City, Utah
At The Wind Walker Ranch!!!
~~~~~~~
In terms of the Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime, it is called the Rainbow Serpent:

To All My Relations,
The Rainbow Serpent has returned
In Spring City, Utah
At The Wind Walker Ranch!!!
~~~~~~~
In terms of numerology, the message reads:

To All My Relations,
The Rebirth began
In Spring City, Utah
At The Wind Walker Ranch!!!
~~~~~~~
In common Buddhist terms, the message reads:

To All My Relations,
The Buddhist Stupa Has Been Built
In Spring City, Utah
At The Wind Walker Ranch!!!
~~~~~~~
In terms of Tibetan Buddhist beliefs, the message can also read:

To All My Relations,
The path to Shangri La can be found
In Spring City, Utah
At The Wind Walker Ranch!!!
~~~~~~~
The Essenes, a Jewish religious group which share mystic, eschatological, messianic, and ascetic beliefs, would know the message as:

To All My Relations,
Oneness with God has returned
In Spring City, Utah
At The Wind Walker Ranch!!!
~~~~~~~
Expressed one way in Rastafarian beliefs, the message would read:

To All My Relations,
The way to Rainbow Country is
In Spring City, Utah
At The Wind Walker Ranch!!!
~~~~~~~
The word "Babel" in the Torah roughly translates as "confusion," as the original Tower of Babel was a monument to the notion that humankind could somehow be equal to the Creator, rather than honor the Creator by living with Love and Harmony from the heart. In the Hebrew Bible, as well as Christian, Mormon, This spiritual tower represents reversal of the scattering of the races across the Earth, and the confusion of many languages, which slowed down the spiritual growth of people everywhere. The word "Babel" in Hebrew has a reversed spelling, which in the English language is pronounced "Levav," meaning "Heart." Reflecting this reversal, the prayer would read:

To All My Relations,
The Tower of Levav has been completed
In Spring City, Utah
At The Wind Walker Ranch!!!
~~~~~~~

A note on life's lessons: sometimes a number is just a number, a bird is just a bird, the flu is just the flu, and a coincidence is just a coincidence. Yet sometimes in your life you may experience synchronicities, which are patterns, feelings or connections to numbers, animals, or other things you are drawn to. Pay attention, as this may be the Universe speaking to you, and trying to teach you a lesson.

Nearly all spiritualities contain a promise of Life, Death, and Rebirth. Each are different paths to Heaven, though often the message has been confused with the messenger. As the Bahai believe, there are no incarnations of God on Earth, there have merely been prophets. Everyone is free to believe in whatever path they choose: free will does indeed exist in the universe.

~Love Always~

December 31, 2008 1:57 PM  
Anonymous Palestinians are fighting for Eual Rights and justice. said...

That's why the first attacks were timed to coincide with children's release from school , to kill as many terrorists as possible. P.S. anon 1:40, you are an atavistic swine.

December 31, 2008 2:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the first anonymous comment.

No doubt to you all Palestinians are terrorists, including children. And resident anti-semites? How about resident anti-gentiles, or at the very least, resident, anti-Palestinians. You subscribe to the view that the lives of 1,000 Arabs are not worth the fingernail of a Jew, do you?

If Jews are a chosen people, where was their god from 1939 to 1945?

December 31, 2008 2:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Of course, the resident anti-semites will sing a different tune."

Resident anti-semites: are those the ones against the Palestinian semites, or those against the Israeli semites? Certainly can't be those who are opposed to the non-semitic Jewish peoples.

December 31, 2008 2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When Hamas captures a Jewish prisoner, they typically place a "Jew's ransom" of at least 1000 Palestinian prisoners.

They set this human life worth's exchange rate themselves, not Israel.

January 1, 2009 11:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 420....
A Message of new Quests for World Peace.

Into the Fold -
"Before we can officially bring these taunka into the Horde we must recover our armaments from the Anub'ar Nerubians that infest the nearby woods. The armaments were lost when a caravan from Agmar's Hammer was ambushed by the Scourge late last night."

Blood Oath of the Horde -
Within this scroll you will find the blood oath of the Horde. Tradition dictates that our new taunka brothers and sisters utter the sacred words herein.

Agmar's Hammer -
I want you to deliver news of your success to Overlord Agmar in person.

From the Depths of Azjol-Nerub -
The undead Nerubians that attacked Icemist Village came from a gigantic sinkhole known as the Pit of Narjun. If left alone, those fiends will no doubt flank our forces at the Wrathgate and end our march to victory.

Here stops my quest for World Peace as I have only the weakest of armor against my enemy.

January 1, 2009 11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As many have pointed out, the first poster is a bigot in his own right.

Many women and children are being killed by Israelis, let alone innocent men. These are not all terrorists or any kind of ratio like you put forward.

To think that anyone who disagrees with you or happens to disagree with Israel is an anti-semite is an insult to your and everyone else's intelligence. There are many Jews who have denounced these actions because this is a political, not a religious issue, although many use religion as a shield to hide behind when they put forward odious views such as your own.

January 1, 2009 1:03 PM  
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January 1, 2009 1:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the guy is silent, then the point is for the rest of us to show why he needs to change...

See The Hippasus blog for an interesting timeline + links showing how the Israelis set up the propaganda line for their latest atrocity.

January 1, 2009 2:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hell will be waiting for those that have killed or caused to be killed innocent people...regardless of their religion. I'll let God judge and punish. I do wish the 6 million Jews sitting in the middle of 1 billion pissed off Muslims realize that they are in a very similar situation to their European forefathers before the Holocaust. Nuclear deterrence won't last forever. Everyone will eventually have the technology and means. Military parity is inevitable.

January 2, 2009 12:13 AM  
Anonymous Mairead said...

I expect that the first poster was a mere troll, hoping to get everyone all excited.

No honest person who has done even basic research could possibly believe that Israel has any legitimate basis for existing on the land of Palestine, never mind oppressing with Apartheid-like techniques and viciousness the Arabs who are the rightful owners of the country.

In 1946, the UN was created to be an international lawmaking body. In the same year, the Nazi former leadership of Germany was put on trial and convicted of what were declared to be the premier international crimes: the crimes against peace and humanity. Those crimes were declared to be ones for which there could be no possible excuse.

The crime against peace was defined as the initiation of armed attack as a way to conquer territory and deprive the inhabitants of their right to political self-determination (that wasn't the precise wording, but that's what it boiled down to).

In 1948, the US and UK (mostly the US) decided to split Palestine and hand the larger piece (51%) to the Jews living there, most of whom were postwar immigrants. The Jews had title, at the time, to only 6% of the land.

That action was arguably a crime against peace since, while it was done with fountain pens rather than six-guns, violence was very definitely an option and the Palestinian Arabs had no say at all in the division of the land or who got which piece.

There was, of course, no prior agreement that the UN or any of its members could unilaterally decide to invent new countries or determine land ownership. Neither the US nor the UK would have tolerated any such agreement. Which means Partition was completely illegitimate and only "legal" in a might-makes-right sense. The political leadership of both countries should have been brought to trial and, following the Nürnberg precedent, hanged.

After Partition, the Zionists immediately attacked the Arabs with the intent to take over the not-quite-half of their land left to them. This was not merely arguably, but unquestionably a crime against peace for which, again following the Nürnberg precedent, the Zionist leadership should all have been hanged.

Everything that has happened in Palestine since then has been a series of crimes against humanity on the part of the Zionists and their US and European collaborators.

As far as I'm aware, the bombings, rocket attacks, and suchlike by the Palestinians are not legally crimes, although they are horrible at the human level. Legally, though, they are resistance to illegal occupation, and thus legal in international law.

The Zionists could stop those resistance efforts any time they liked: treat the Arabs fairly instead of criminally. But they won't, because they still have the World Hegemon on their side and, like most stupid, greedy people they think that the world will always be as it is today.

During Gandhi's time, the world press pictured Indians as a peaceful people being oppressed by the British. It was very successful propaganda: we swallowed that image hook, line, and sinker.

But now we know better, and the Indians can no longer count on the world's ignorance.

And we're slowly beginning to be less ignorant about Palestine, too.

January 2, 2009 8:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the only way to solve this complex issue is to kill all Jews and Arabs in the region and give the land to the US instead. I think we could all agree that they'll put it to the best use. There problem solved. Besides, we all know the only chosen people are the Colombians in South America. That's why they have so much Cocaine. Stop killing each other over religion and a piece of land and let the fucking kids play and enjoy life. You can't take "Palestine" or religion with you when you die. Quit taking up good news spots that could be used to inform people that we are Killing this earth. Then what are you going to fight about???

January 2, 2009 9:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:40 here. My comment was simply a blunt rewording of the official position of Israeli politicians toward the Palestinians. The reactions were about what I expected. In my opinion, as long as Israel thinks this way, and the US continues to back it up, there will never be peace.

January 2, 2009 11:13 AM  
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