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|Politics / Re: BREAKING: Uganda Supreme Court Strike Down Anti-gay Law. by Sagamite(m): 11:28pm|
all4naija: You are brain-dead! You are sick!
Fcktard, you just finished your session with engineerd?
|Politics / Re: BREAKING: Uganda Supreme Court Strike Down Anti-gay Law. by all4naija(m): 11:26pm|
Sagamite:You are brain-dead! You are sick!
|Religion / You Too Are Qualified by SonofIssachar: 11:24pm|
The next time you feel like GOD can't use you, just remember...
Noah was a drunk
Abraham was too old
Isaac was a daydreamer
Jacob was a liar
Leah was ugly
Joseph was abused
Moses had a stuttering problem
Gideon was afraid
Samson had long hair and was a womanizer
Rahab was a prostitute
Jeremiah and Timothy were too young
David had an affair and was a murderer
Elijah was suicidal
Isaiah preached Unclad
Jonah ran from God
Naomi was a widow
Job went bankrupt
Peter denied Christ
The Disciples fell asleep while praying
Martha worried about everything
Mary Magdalene was demon-possessed
The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once
Zaccheaus was too short
Paul was too religious
Timothy had an ulcer, and
Lazarus was dead!
Therefore, no more excuses!
God can use you to your full potential if only you yield to Him. Besides, you are not the message, you are just the messenger. So, don’t disqualify yourself with your obsession with your inadequacies or insult God by questioning or rationalising His sense of judgement.
God doesn’t call the qualified; but, those He calls, He qualifies.
Meditation: For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are. – 1 Corinthians 1:26-28
You will succeed in Jesus Name!
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|Politics / Re: Heard Just Now That MR President Is Very Sick And Possibly Dead ??????? by Rexxie: 11:22pm|
Sloan: The guy is better left alive than dead. If he dies now, it is too easy an escape route for his eventual disgrace! Let him be alive abeg, and not be in the same category as a President Yaradua, a man much better than this indisciplined drunkard of a president!am pretty sure ur poor old man wud be blaming God for having to keep putting up wit a miserable pathetic visionless n aimless 40+yr old idle arss like u!! N if u dont know hes gonna make mockery of bolts record justta b da cluesless n slowpokn president than havin to sire a gud4nathn loser like u...hell sure he will....u suck big time...
|Car Talk / Re: The Toyota / Lexus Hybrid Thread. by Siena(m): 11:21pm|
Last week, a 2011 Toyota Prius was recovered in on a flat bed truck. It was dead. Dash showed "Check Hybrid System".
I pulled codes from Hybrid Control, using Techstream, which is Toyota's diagnostic tool. The dreaded code - POA94 came up. This is a pretty generic code "DC-DC Converter Performance". Generic enough to prompt me to carry out further tests, using prompts from TechDoc. All tests were conclusive, and pointed to a dead inverter.
As this car had a 5-year warranty, the owner could heave a sigh of relief. Toyota UK would be picking up the tab. We were given the go ahead to replace the inverter. And I had the privilege of being the Tech to carry out this task. This was to be my first inverter replacement.
|Travel / Re: Ghana Bans Flights From Nigeria, 2 Other Countries Over Ebola by Orina(m): 11:08pm|
Ghana is dying your economy is dead dead
Boy, 14, commits suicide at Juaso Crime
Ghana is in crisis, says Dr. Bawumia General
World’s worst currency drops as Ghana pulls back from IMF aid
Ghana’s cedi is world’s weakest currency
One newborn child dies in Ghana every 15 minutes - UNICEF
your inflation rate is high
your currency is dead companies are closing down and yet you talking bullshit
fix your silly country before you talk about Nigeria, only lagos GDP is like ghanas. And an American man died of ebola in Ghana before that liberian died in Naija but we didnt ban anytin wen the american died in ghana mtchew, your currency dead, budget deficit very high, inflation alarming, no light no water... The population of ghana is just 25million...u are 2nd highest exporters of cocoa in africa and 2nd highest exporters of gold as well...U have crude-oil, gold, diamond, raw salk and some other resources...with all this, u shuld be the number 1 in africa-economically....yea, in naija there is serious curruptions, we dnt hide it, but you guys are so hypocritic that u claim everytin is wel and i hate it you always say everytins ok when people a protesting everyday to flagstaff house,whereas if we wanna go by statistics,u shuld be miles away 4m ya present position..oga naija is 200million, proportionally, u got more resources than us..
|Travel / Re: Ghana Bans Flights From Nigeria, 2 Other Countries Over Ebola by kevolysis12(m): 10:52pm|
Mavor: is that an outbreak? or a corpse brought for burial? Please google the word "outbreak" to know its meaningwell.. what you dont understand is that, this is not HIV, that takes a gradual transition. all it takes is just one person who is infected to come into an environment, and it becomes an outbreak... and incase u dont know, a victim of ebola virus, is more dangerous when dead. maybe you should google more about ebola and how it works.
|Religion / Re: Salutations To All Israel On Nairaland. Come And Represent by JesusisLord85: 10:51pm|
We are Israelites, along with many other negro tribes.
The Most High shall gather us together as one nation at the end times.
Luke 21:24 "And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled"
The gentiles referred to hear, are the heathen i.e. other nations.
You may not understand. But read my posts, read some recommended books. and most of all, study the law and prophets and ask for wisdom.
|Politics / Re: In The Event Of A Break War, How The Middle Belt Will Align/fare by semitunde: 10:35pm|
Well, I guess I understand the emotions that come with having to do something, help notwithstanding.
But I'm not talking about if Yoruba will fight or not. I'm talking about how the war might play out. Yorubas will fight if and when they have to. Nothing will change that. It is the how that's up for debate.
Look, your points are somewhat valid as regards defending your territory from an aggressor, the mistake you and many others make is not realising that you do the same, I mean being aggressive to others. But you may not realise it, just like those you accuse don't too.
If you see any part of this country being aggressive, they are reacting to something.
Northerners are mainly represented by their religious people and their extremists are showing their hands. What gets me confused is that Igbo use most opportunities to hit at Yoruba, deservedly or not, and even when the issues have no connection with Yoruba.
Verbal attacks are made on other tribes but the most vitriolic is saved for Yoruba; funny enough Yoruba are the closest to allies the Igbos can get. Its a strange method igbos have chosen to have friends.
I guess you understand this and that's partly why you go with the "we can do it alone anyway" line? Its called pride. It goes before a fall.
|Religion / Re: The Falsehoods Of Paul by omonuan: 10:35pm|
Paul's contradictions of the teachings of Jesus Christ are legion. However, the contradictions are not easy to discern and are easily overlooked or ignored by those who believe in him:
On the time of the coming of the Lord:
Paul says:Rom.13:12 "the night is far gone, the day is at hand."
Jesus says: Luke.21  "Take heed that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name,
saying, . . . `The time is at hand!' Do not go after them."
On the source of the Truth and the true gospel:
1Cor.2:13 "And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who possess the Spirit." Gal.1 For I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
 I have given them thy word;
 Sanctify them in the truth; thy word is truth.
On the God of the dead:
 For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
 Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living;
On the sum of the commandments:
Rom.13 The commandments, "You shall not commit adultery, You shall not kill, You shall not steal, You shall not covet," and any other commandment, are summed up in this sentence, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Matt.22  And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.
 This is the great and first commandment.
 And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
 On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.
|Car Talk / Re: How I Escaped Death Tonite by adanny01(m): 10:34pm|
I got your point quite well and am not contesting the fact that human life is not worth more comparable to a damaged car or a destroyed one.
Not withstanding, selecting Park in that scenerio is still risky and a bad idea that amounts to waste of valuable time and effort in bringing the car to stop.
I know about the mechanism which stops the park pin to fall in place while still moving until the car stops. Why do you think the mechanism was used in the first place? If that preventive mechanism fails to stop the pin from locking, and the wheels lock, the scenerio will change from a potentially dangerous one to a certainly dangerous one especially at higher speeds. You will be certain of losing control from locked skidding wheels (exactly what ABS is designed to avoid) leading you to an unknown situation.
Hand brake is what an experienced driver should use as in most cases that i know, its a cable and may not have failed with the brake which is usually hydraulic.
In addition, for an automatic gear its still possible to downshift as recommended on manual gears. Best way to go about it is shift from 4-3-2-1 or continously tap (-) minus to decrease gear or which ever type the driver is is using. Also note that while on manual gear you can turn off engine for better engine braking, not so on automatic as you will lose the ability to use engine braking.
Panic is the worst thing a driver in such a brake failure situation will do. On automatic trans, turning off engine, park gear and reverse gear are no go areas.
Putting park gear will do one of the two, 1) nothing or 2) lock your wheels. Both are totally unacceptable. Imagine having locked wheels, then skidding towards an oncoming trailer or tree or any other stationary object and certainly no ability to steer away. What a death sentence?
I'd rather drive off the road steering away from obstacles than engage park.
|TV/Movies / Re: What Series Are You Watching Now? Part 2 by Iceman296: 10:27pm|
I just had a Loud laugh on seeing this. I miss The wire sha
The Walking dead doesn't have any new Season. Stopped at S4. Its interesting, and I love every bit of It.
Homeland stopped at S3. Im sure if you check the market. You Would find it.
Still on Blacklist. An episode to the end. Not happy the way they made reddington so Perfect. Even the criminals sort out for him. Still following tho
|Religion / Re: Read, Make Amends And Be Saved!!! by emmyskies(m): 10:27pm|
oghalesluv: Well i was not wanting to comment or say anything on this trend but let me say something on this trend. What i want to say on this trend is that satan is working to make sure that christains fall away from the way so he uses any medium to see that christain falls. It is not every prophecies about heaven that are real we should beware of it. Also not all stories of those that say they were dead and are back that are true. Looking it from the words of Jesus in Matthew.6:19-13. Also the bible says eyes have not seen nor ears heard neither entred into the hearts of men what God hath prepared for those that love Him. But hold thou fast to that which you have heard. Jesus loves you
I know not all of them are true for sure. But this particular one, Christ tells us the mystery of heaven is revealed unto the children of GOD and the world can never understand this mystery because to them, it is parable (Mark 4:11). 1st John 4:1 says we should test every spirit to see if they're from GOD. So every believer and non-believer in doubt can test the words of this testimony to confirm the truth. The Bible cannot be re-written each generation to cover the evil that the inventors of evil things have invent that will lead many to hell (Romans 1:30). The evil one keep sowing tares among the good seeds of the Almighty to bring as many to condemnation(Matthew 13:25). This is why JESUS CHRIST issues out warnings to His beloved children, as truth as He did to the seven churches which were in asia (Revelation 1:11). Remember brother also, that is has been written:
"And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the KINGDOM OF OUR GOD, and the power of his CHRIST: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by THE WORD OF THEIR TESTIMONY; and they loved not their lives unto the death." (Revelation 12:10-11).
|Politics / Re: Suggest Ways To Stop Tribal Bashing On NL by gratiaeo: 10:20pm|
anago9010:Who on nairaland does not know that you are suffering from acute madness...... I will advice u to take the depression test to see whether you are
suffering from this
|Politics / Ebola: Lagos Govt Confirms 2 Contact With Dead Victim Had Fever by Samueldo(m): 10:13pm|
Ikeja – The Lagos State Government on Friday said two persons out of those who had contacts with Mr Patrick Sawyer, the dead Liberian Ebola victim had manifested symptoms of fever.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, made the disclosure when he addressed newsmen on the update of the country`s first Ebola case in Ikeja.
Idris said the two persons were among the 70 contacts being monitored and investigated for any symptoms of the disease by the state government and other partners.
The commissioner, who said the two cases were under observation, however stressed that they did not test positive to the virus.
Idris said the state government would continue to monitor all contacts with the victims until the end of the 21 incubation day period of the virus.
“Our Rapid Response Team is currently tracking all contacts of persons exposed to the dead passenger with Ebola virus.
“The contract tracing team is following 70 contacts of the EVD case and linking them to clinical support when needed.
“Two suspect cases had fever, they are under observation and so far have tested negative to the virus.
“The monitoring of suspect cases will continue until the end of them period of 21 days from their exposure to the victim,’’ he said.
The commissioner said an emergency operation centre had been activated in Lagos ,by the state and its partners as part of efforts to check the threat of the virus.
He added that the Federal Government had stepped up measures to screen incoming passengers to Nigeria to identify any traveler with symptoms through, airport, seaport and border crossing.
Idris said a deceased body was recently brought to Nigeria from Liberia, explaining that the government was investigating if he died from Ebola.
The commissioner urged residents to collaborate with government in checking the Ebola threat in the country by reporting suspected case for government`s intervention.
While saying diseases thrived well in dirty environments ,Idris urged residents to maintain clean body and environment to reduce the risk of the virus.
Also speaking. Prof. Abdul Salim Nasidi of the National Disease Control Centre said noted that though disease had no cure ,it was treatable.
He warned members of the public against emphasizing that the virus had not cure,saying it might discourage those with suspected cases from accessing treatment.
While saying the Federal Government was doing everything to check the threat of the disease,Nasidi urged citizens not to panic as no fresh case had been discovered yet in the country.
http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/08/ebola-lagos-govt-confirms-2-contact-dead-victim-fever/ (UC Browser)
|Politics / Re: Heard Just Now That MR President Is Very Sick And Possibly Dead ??????? by jjcbuthot: 10:11pm|
I dont want him dead. I would rather we disgrace him out of office and bundle him to the Hague to face the charges that are waiting for him.
Boko Haram which he has helped to operate freely to destablise and weaken the northe for political gains has killed more than 10,000 nigerians.
By God grace, he wont go free... He will pay for the atrocity together with his co-travellers (criminal jet flying religious leaders) who want to use religion to win election.
|Religion / Re: Read, Make Amends And Be Saved!!! by oghalesluv(m): 10:02pm|
Well i was not wanting to comment or say anything on this trend but let me say something on this trend. What i want to say on this trend is that satan is working to make sure that christains fall away from the way so he uses any medium to see that christain falls. It is not every prophecies about heaven that are real we should beware of it. Also not all stories of those that say they were dead and are back that are true. Looking it from the words of Jesus in Matthew.6:19-13. Also the bible says eyes have not seen nor ears heard neither entred into the hearts of men what God hath prepared for those that love Him. But hold thou fast to that which you have heard. Jesus loves you
|Travel / Re: Ghana Bans Flights From Nigeria, 2 Other Countries Over Ebola by kabba7(m): 9:59pm|
I can understand why the Ghanian's ban flights from Nigeria the government here is a lying one , so could have been lying on the scourge for.long . Agreeing to the one dead now could be just a little attempt to save face, remember not too long ago the government deny the existence in Nigeria but with the latest expo its very likely the government has been lying all along . Wont be surprised if South africa follow with thier own ban befoe too long .
|Politics / Re: Breaking: Jonathan sacks NNPC Boss, appoints replacement by tit: 9:57pm|
Descartes: GEJ should as a matter of urgency sacrifice Deziani at the alter of the masses via TACTICAL resignation
That would be making a sacrifice to people who want him dead.
No sense doing that.
|Celebrities / Re: The Reality Show Must Go On: Big Brother Israel Adds Bomb Shelter by harthonder(m): 9:53pm|
I can't breathe
In the time it takes to take a breath
Another Palestinian might BE dead I can't sleep
Knowing for another child the prospect
of DEATH LOOMS
While my child is sleeping PEACEFULLY in
the next room I can't sleep
I'm consumed in GUILT
Palestinians are CAGED rabbits
Funded by MY spending habits I can't sleep
My stomachs in KNOTS
Knowing the first noise a baby hears is
Their mothers voice but GUN SHOTS I can't sleep
Because I know the moment I wake up
The DEATH TOLL will make my eyes well
up I can't sleep
I can't help but weep
Because WHAT IF I DIE in my sleep?
Die knowing I didn't do ENOUGH to help
Because THEIR SUFFERING IS OUR TEST I can't breathe
In the time it's taken to take a breath
ANOTHER PALESTINIAN IS dead
|Car Talk / Re: How I Escaped Death Tonite by Readone35L(m): 9:44pm|
U didnt get my point I wasn't talking about the risk
But if that would stop the vehicle and safe the op's life then it should be done.
A dead soul can't achieve
A but a living poor man can buy a Pagani Zonda tomorrow
Note : not all transmission locks
Like in op's case
MI accord 05 I use b4 I bought my dodge charger ...i was to go gt something in ikeja. So my friend decided to drive .before the journey started in my area at festac. He said my brake was behaving funny.later during the journey he was on 70-80kmph on this oshodi road when the wanted to make a turn he said the brake has failed suddenly the speed was increasing no break oh
It went down than a manual cluth self
He tried errtihn ...before I could say jack he threw my transmission in park. w.t.f
Omo I no notice anitin joor
He then put it back in neutral and switched of the engine. He quickly turned to the highway ...speed reducing until a final stop
I sat inside the car for 5mins
Thinking of my life
The mech said I had a bad breakpad and broken brake oil pipe
So I don't know what happens BTW d tranny without locking the wheels in park
The tranny still works till date.
With any issues
Even tho I drive my dodge more than d accord
|Health / Ebola: 69 Under Watch, Two Isolated, Says FG by Sanchez01: 9:13pm|
The Federal Government has placed 69 persons who had first contact with the Liberian-born victim of Ebola Virus Disease, Patrick Sawyerr, on surveillance, while two persons have been quarantined, the Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, has said.
|Politics / Re: Buhari’s Wife Asks President Jonathan To Resign Immediately by meforyou1(m): 9:11pm|
anago9010:coward of the highest order.
|Politics / Re: Two Nigerians Arrested In Ghana For Joining Protest March by anago9010(m): 8:56pm|
morrafucker sired by confused headbanging alcoholics, the whole of the Ghana nation can't even stand the Oyo empire. you cursed never do well Nigerian wannabes. may the gods strike you dead. we forget our tribal alliances when we wanna kill y'all pest irritant from a kerosene background.
|Politics / 7 Things To Consider Before Choosing Sides In The Middle East Conflict. by twosquare: 8:54pm|
Are you "pro-Israel" or "pro-Palestine"? It isn't even noon yet as I write this, and I've already been accused of being both.
These terms intrigue me because they directly speak to the doggedly tribal nature of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. You don't hear of too many other countries being universally spoken of this way. Why these two? Both Israelis and Palestinians are complex, with diverse histories and cultures, and two incredibly similar (if divisive) religions. To come down completely on the side of one or the other doesn't seem rational to me.
It is telling that most Muslims around the world support Palestinians, and most Jews support Israel. This, of course, is natural -- but it's also problematic. It means that this is not about who's right or wrong as much as which tribe or nation you are loyal to. It means that Palestinian supporters would be just as ardently pro-Israel if they were born in Israeli or Jewish families, and vice versa. It means that the principles that guide most people's view of this conflict are largely accidents of birth -- that however we intellectualize and analyze the components of the Middle East mess, it remains, at its core, a tribal conflict.
By definition, tribal conflicts thrive and survive when people take sides. Choosing sides in these kinds of conflicts fuels them further and deepens the polarization. And worst of all, you get blood on your hands.
So before picking a side in this latest Israeli-Palestine conflict, consider these 7 questions:
1. Why is everything so much worse when there are Jews involved?
Over 700 people have died in Gaza as of this writing. Muslims have woken up around the world. But is it really because of the numbers?
Bashar al-Assad has killed over 180,000 Syrians, mostly Muslim, in two years -- more than the number killed in Palestine in two decades. Thousands of Muslims in Iraq and Syria have been killed by ISIS in the last two months. Tens of thousands have been killed by the Taliban. Half a million black Muslims were killed by Arab Muslims in Sudan. The list goes on.
But Gaza makes Muslims around the world, both Sunni and Shia, speak up in a way they never do otherwise. Up-to-date death counts and horrific pictures of the mangled corpses of Gazan children flood their social media timelines every day. If it was just about the numbers, wouldn't the other conflicts take precedence? What is it about then?
If I were Assad or ISIS right now, I'd be thanking God I'm not Jewish.
Amazingly, many of the graphic images of dead children attributed to Israeli bombardment that are circulating online are from Syria, based on a BBC report. Many of the pictures you're seeing are of children killed by Assad, who is supported by Iran, which also funds Hezbollah and Hamas. What could be more exploitative of dead children than attributing the pictures of innocents killed by your own supporters to your enemy simply because you weren't paying enough attention when your own were killing your own?
This doesn't, by any means, excuse the recklessness, negligence, and sometimes outright cruelty of Israeli forces. But it clearly points to the likelihood that the Muslim world's opposition to Israel isn't just about the number of dead.
Here is a question for those who grew up in the Middle East and other Muslim-majority countries like I did: if Israel withdrew from the occupied territories tomorrow, all in one go -- and went back to the 1967 borders -- and gave the Palestinians East Jerusalem -- do you honestly think Hamas wouldn't find something else to pick a fight about? Do you honestly think that this has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that they are Jews? Do you recall what you watched and heard on public TV growing up in Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Egypt?
Yes, there's an unfair and illegal occupation there, and yes, it's a human rights disaster. But it is also true that much of the other side is deeply driven by anti-Semitism. Anyone who has lived in the Arab/Muslim world for more than a few years knows that. It isn't always a clean, one-or-the-other blame split in these situations like your Chomskys and Greenwalds would have you believe. It's both.
2. Why does everyone keep saying this is not a religious conflict?
There are three pervasive myths that are widely circulated about the "roots" of the Middle East conflict:
Myth 1: Judaism has nothing to do with Zionism.
Myth 2: Islam has nothing to do with Jihadism or anti-Semitism.
Myth 3: This conflict has nothing to do with religion.
To the "I oppose Zionism, not Judaism!" crowd, is it mere coincidence that this passage from the Old Testament (emphasis added) describes so accurately what's happening today?
"I will establish your borders from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, and from the desert to the Euphrates River. I will give into your hands the people who live in the land, and you will drive them out before you. Do not make a covenant with them or with their gods." - Exodus 23:31-32
Or this one?
"See, I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the land the Lord swore he would give to your fathers -- to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob -- and to their descendants after them." - Deuteronomy 1:8
There's more: Genesis 15:18-21, and Numbers 34 for more detail on the borders. Zionism is not the "politicization" or "distortion" of Judaism. It is the revival of it.
And to the "This is not about Islam, it's about politics!" crowd, is this verse from the Quran (emphasis added) meaningless?
"O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you--then indeed, he is [one] of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people." - Quran, 5:51
What about the numerous verses and hadith quoted in Hamas' charter? And the famous hadith of the Gharqad tree explicitly commanding Muslims to kill Jews?
Please tell me -- in light of these passages written centuries and millennia before the creation of Israel or the occupation -- how can anyone conclude that religion isn't at the root of this, or at least a key driving factor? You may roll your eyes at these verses, but they are taken very seriously by many of the players in this conflict, on both sides. Shouldn't they be acknowledged and addressed? When is the last time you heard a good rational, secular argument supporting settlement expansion in the West Bank?
Denying religion's role seems to be a way to be able to criticize the politics while remaining apologetically "respectful" of people's beliefs for fear of "offending" them. But is this apologism and "respect" for inhuman ideas worth the deaths of human beings?
People have all kinds of beliefs -- from insisting the Earth is flat to denying the Holocaust. You may respect their right to hold these beliefs, but you're not obligated to respect the beliefs themselves. It's 2014, and religions don't need to be "respected" any more than any other political ideology or philosophical thought system. Human beings have rights. Ideas don't. The oft-cited politics/religion dichotomy in Abrahamic religions is false and misleading. All of the Abrahamic religions are inherently political.
3. Why would Israel deliberately want to kill civilians?
This is the single most important issue that gets everyone riled up, and rightfully so.
Again, there is no justification for innocent Gazans dying. And there's no excuse for Israel's negligence in incidents like the killing of four children on a Gazan beach. But let's back up and think about this for a minute.
Why on Earth would Israel deliberately want to kill civilians?
When civilians die, Israel looks like a monster. It draws the ire of even its closest allies. Horrific images of injured and dead innocents flood the media. Ever-growing anti-Israel protests are held everywhere from Norway to New York. And the relatively low number of Israeli casualties (we'll get to that in a bit) repeatedly draws allegations of a "disproportionate" response. Most importantly, civilian deaths help Hamas immensely.
How can any of this possibly ever be in Israel's interest?
If Israel wanted to kill civilians, it is terrible at it. ISIS killed more civilians in two days (700 plus) than Israel has in two weeks. Imagine if ISIS or Hamas had Israel's weapons, army, air force, US support, and nuclear arsenal. Their enemies would've been annihilated long ago. If Israel truly wanted to destroy Gaza, it could do so within a day, right from the air. Why carry out a more painful, expensive ground incursion that risks the lives of its soldiers?
4. Does Hamas really use its own civilians as human shields?
Ask Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas how he feels about Hamas' tactics.
"What are you trying to achieve by sending rockets?" he asks. "I don't like trading in Palestinian blood."
It isn't just speculation anymore that Hamas puts its civilians in the line of fire.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri plainly admitted on Gazan national TV that the human shield strategy has proven "very effective."
The UN relief organization UNRWA issued a furious condemnation of Hamas after discovering hidden rockets in not one, but two children's schools in Gaza last week.
Hamas fires thousands of rockets into Israel, rarely killing any civilians or causing any serious damage. It launches them from densely populated areas, including hospitals and schools.
Why launch rockets without causing any real damage to the other side, inviting great damage to your own people, then putting your own civilians in the line of fire when the response comes? Even when the IDF warns civilians to evacuate their homes before a strike, why does Hamas tell them to stay put?
Because Hamas knows its cause is helped when Gazans die. If there is one thing that helps Hamas most -- one thing that gives it any legitimacy -- it is dead civilians. Rockets in schools. Hamas exploits the deaths of its children to gain the world's sympathy. It uses them as a weapon.
You don't have to like what Israel is doing to abhor Hamas. Arguably, Israel and Fatah are morally equivalent. Both have a lot of right on their side. Hamas, on the other hand, doesn't have a shred of it.
5. Why are people asking for Israel to end the "occupation" in Gaza?
Because they have short memories.
In 2005, Israel ended the occupation in Gaza. It pulled out every last Israeli soldier. It dismantled every last settlement. Many Israeli settlers who refused to leave were forcefully evicted from their homes, kicking and screaming.
This was a unilateral move by Israel, part of a disengagement plan intended to reduce friction between Israelis and Palestinians. It wasn't perfect -- Israel was still to control Gaza's borders, coastline, and airspace -- but considering the history of the region, it was a pretty significant first step.
After the evacuation, Israel opened up border crossings to facilitate commerce. The Palestinians were also given 3,000 greenhouses which had already been producing fruit and flowers for export for many years.
But Hamas chose not to invest in schools, trade, or infrastructure. Instead, it built an extensive network of tunnels to house thousands upon thousands of rockets and weapons, including newer, sophisticated ones from Iran and Syria. All the greenhouses were destroyed.
Hamas did not build any bomb shelters for its people. It did, however, build a few for its leaders to hide out in during airstrikes. Civilians are not given access to these shelters for precisely the same reason Hamas tells them to stay home when the bombs come.
Gaza was given a great opportunity in 2005 that Hamas squandered by transforming it into an anti-Israel weapons store instead of a thriving Palestinian state that, with time, may have served as a model for the future of the West Bank as well. If Fatah needed yet another reason to abhor Hamas, here it was.
6. Why are there so many more casualties in Gaza than in Israel?
The reason fewer Israeli civilians die is not because there are fewer rockets raining down on them. It's because they are better protected by their government.
When Hamas' missiles head towards Israel, sirens go off, the Iron Dome goes into effect, and civilians are rushed into bomb shelters. When Israeli missiles head towards Gaza, Hamas tells civilians to stay in their homes and face them.
While Israel's government urges its civilians to get away from rockets targeted at them, Gaza's government urges its civilians to get in front of missiles not targeted at them.
The popular explanation for this is that Hamas is poor and lacks the resources to protect its people like Israel does. The real reason, however, seems to have more to do with disordered priorities than deficient resources (see #5). This is about will, not ability. All those rockets, missiles, and tunnels aren't cheap to build or acquire. But they are priorities. And it's not like Palestinians don't have a handful of oil-rich neighbors to help them the way Israel has the US.
The problem is, if civilian casualties in Gaza drop, Hamas loses the only weapon it has in its incredibly effective PR war. It is in Israel's national interest to protect its civilians and minimize the deaths of those in Gaza. It is in Hamas' interest to do exactly the opposite on both fronts.
7. If Hamas is so bad, why isn't everyone pro-Israel in this conflict?
Because Israel's flaws, while smaller in number, are massive in impact.
Many Israelis seem to have the same tribal mentality that their Palestinian counterparts do. They celebrate the bombing of Gaza the same way many Arabs celebrated 9/11. A UN report recently found that Israeli forces tortured Palestinian children and used them as human shields. They beat up teenagers. They are often reckless with their airstrikes. They have academics who explain how molest may be the only truly effective weapon against their enemy. And many of them callously and publicly revel in the deaths of innocent Palestinian children.
To be fair, these kinds of things do happen on both sides. They are an inevitable consequence of multiple generations raised to hate the other over the course of 65 plus years. To hold Israel up to a higher standard would mean approaching the Palestinians with the racism of lowered expectations.
However, if Israel holds itself to a higher standard like it claims -- it needs to do much more to show it isn't the same as the worst of its neighbors.
Israel is leading itself towards increasing international isolation and national suicide because of two things: 1. The occupation; and 2. Settlement expansion.
Settlement expansion is simply incomprehensible. No one really understands the point of it. Virtually every US administration -- from Nixon to Bush to Obama -- has unequivocally opposed it. There is no justification for it except a Biblical one (see #2), which makes it slightly more difficult to see Israel's motives as purely secular.
The occupation is more complicated. The late Christopher Hitchens was right when he said this about Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories:
"In order for Israel to become part of the alliance against whatever we want to call it, religious barbarism, theocratic, possibly thermonuclear theocratic or nuclear theocratic aggression, it can't, it'll have to dispense with the occupation. It's as simple as that.
It can be, you can think of it as a kind of European style, Western style country if you want, but it can't govern other people against their will. It can't continue to steal their land in the way that it does every day.And it's unbelievably irresponsible of Israelis, knowing the position of the United States and its allies are in around the world, to continue to behave in this unconscionable way. And I'm afraid I know too much about the history of the conflict to think of Israel as just a tiny, little island surrounded by a sea of ravening wolves and so on. I mean, I know quite a lot about how that state was founded, and the amount of violence and dispossession that involved. And I'm a prisoner of that knowledge. I can't un-know it."
As seen with Gaza in 2005, unilateral disengagement is probably easier to talk about than actually carry out. But if it Israel doesn't work harder towards a two-state (maybe three-state, thanks to Hamas) solution, it will eventually have to make that ugly choice between being a Jewish-majority state or a democracy.
It's still too early to call Israel an apartheid state, but when John Kerry said Israel could end up as one in the future, he wasn't completely off the mark. It's simple math. There are only a limited number of ways a bi-national Jewish state with a non-Jewish majority population can retain its Jewish identity. And none of them are pretty.
Let's face it, the land belongs to both of them now. Israel was carved out of Palestine for Jews with help from the British in the late 1940s just like my own birthplace of Pakistan was carved out of India for Muslims around the same time. The process was painful, and displaced millions in both instances. But it's been almost 70 years. There are now at least two or three generations of Israelis who were born and raised in this land, to whom it really is a home, and who are often held accountable and made to pay for for historical atrocities that are no fault of their own. They are programmed to oppose "the other" just as Palestinian children are. At its very core, this is a tribal religious conflict that will never be resolved unless people stop choosing sides.
So you really don't have to choose between being "pro-Israel" or "pro-Palestine." If you support secularism, democracy, and a two-state solution -- and you oppose Hamas, settlement expansion, and the occupation -- you can be both.
If they keep asking you to pick a side after all of that, tell them you're going with hummus.
|Politics / Re: Buhari’s Wife Asks President Jonathan To Resign Immediately by anago9010(m): 8:53pm|
meforyou1: start coming. And shut d hell up
why the fvck will anyone want to beat a dead horse, you are the totem pole goon.
|Politics / Re: In The Event Of A Break War, How The Middle Belt Will Align/fare by SamIkenna: 8:48pm|
Unfortunately, we do not see issues the same way, and we don't need to because govts and law courts would be extinct if we did. One of the reasons I say this is because you stated that humiliation is one of the options in the kitty for the East. You see, this is where we irredeemably and regrettably diverge. When the bubble bursts everyone will be in need of friends and allies. The East is not in the business of threatening anyone and has never threatened anyone, and this is why its shockingly ironic because the section where the threat is endlessly coming from is consistently been adjudged to be ally worthy by people who are supposedly endowed with wisdom, while the recipients of the threats are considered dangerous and delusional. If this is not insanity I don't know what is. Anyway, not to get off the subject - when the bubble bursts, it will burst evenly. If you care to join us or them you're more than welcomed, and if you choose to be neutral while some barbarians are laying claim to part of your ancestral land, then good for you too. As for us, we will dig in and eliminate this insanity once and for all. One thing I have decided not to do is to, henceforth, beg people to join in resisting against their own subjugation or domination. You choose to fight, you fight. You don't - no offence taken. As for humiliation, that'll be over my dead body.
|Politics / Re: Nigeria's First Lady Flies Into Rage On Missed D.C Trip---huffington Post by gboss4sure(m): 8:47pm|
All based on the rumors generated from Nigeria... No wonder a friend told me Journalism is dead in the states, they only say what the Government wants them to say
|Romance / Re: How It All Started On The Airplane by akin003(m): 8:47pm|
Nice thread of possibilities though I think it is a bit far fetched. If it was this bad, I can assure you the whole of some countries would have been wiped out years back.
The thing about ebola virus is dt it is not infectious/transmitted until it becomes terminal. So the most likely place u can get infected is in an hospital or when u handle a dead patients body.
Ironically, common antispetics soaps are enough to safeguard against d virus when its not terminal.
Kudos for your creativity though, that is some awesome brain work u put into the story.
|Religion / Re: Does God Speak To You? How? by mcfynest(m): 8:42pm|
Bidam: Interesting thread and views, i took my time to read all through the comments here.
@ d first bold, please what do you understand by the word prophesy? And the second bold, please i am curios to know what you mean by tongues and its interpretations.
|Politics / Re: Heard Just Now That MR President Is Very Sick And Possibly Dead ??????? by Etfash(m): 8:35pm|
There seem to be gross inadequacy in morality amongst the present day youth.
The other day, El-rufai lost a son, many came up and actually cursed him.
Today, here are a group of ingrates who do not have the slightest idea of their identity wishing a human being, a leader, their president dead.
Have we finally lost it in this generation? Must everything be about food, money, stuffs and power?
We are in dire need of reorientation.
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