August 10, 2006

George Galloway, telling it like it is

Think what you will of Hezbollah or Israel, but for once, in media, with sheer honesty and straightforwardness, without political games, a person is given\taking the opportunity to speak a few honest cents about media broadcasting of the long ongoing conflict in the Middle East and although I don't support killing of civilians of any kind, no matter what, there is a constant silence when it comes to Israel, as a state (I remind you, a state!), massmurdering civilians, all in the name of justice.

George Galloway, thank you for speaking your mind, and for saying to Anna, the Sky News reporter " It is clear that Israeli blood is worth more...".

It is one of the biggest truths of the past century and it looks like it will be for a long time.,,31200-galloway_060806,00.html


Destitute Rebel said...

It takes balls to speak the way Galloway spoke, sadly there are not more people speaking out against the injustice being done.

James said...

I, too, am glad that Galloway speaks the straight truth like he does. We need to hear it, just like the Lebanese need a life free of Israeli aggression. Shame on all of us for not speaking out. Shame on my country for creating this situation. Shame on those who perpetuate murderous ignorance. Shame on those who choose the crooked path to Jehennum. Words fail. I live my privileged life without thinking about any of this more than abstractly, when in Lebanon bombs that I have paid for with my tax dollars fall on innocents.
May God have mercy on all of us. Astagfirullah.

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Welcome James!

I think there are few governments in the world where one can feel safe with regards to where ones tax money goes. The world and its governments feed on the weak, whether it is through supporting child labour, prostitution or other forms of human exploitation, or wars and downright opressive actions and murder.

At the end of the day, a people makes a country but not its government.

Let us all pray for those whose hearts have died, and hope they will wake up before it really is too late. And above all, let us pray that we do not ever transgress the rights of others for we are all human and all have the potential to do good and bad...

rootsman said...

i wouldnt be surprised if lebanese people think that lebanese blood is worth more. or that brittons think the same about brittish blood. or finns about finnish blood .
if its not so then i do not understand why every country arranged evacuation for their own citizens from lebanon when the war started ?
in its simplicity it is so stupid. nation- and groupthinking (of religious, traditional, cultural, geographical reasons) makes all this happen. few are the people on this planet who sees the humans around him (or her) as the brothers and sistrens they really are, and even fewer who FEELS it in their hearts...
peace, love and understanding from stockholm sweden.
jah bless ya all

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

rootsman, a very valid and indeed true point you have raised. Welcome, by the way :)

Thank you for sharing your thoughts here. Ha det bra!

James said...

Yes, Shaykhspeara and Rootsman,
we've just got to get past any such human partialities, if being partial like that means that we mistreat innocents. I can't see the worth of any philosophy, religion, or any kind of thought pattern if adhering to it means that it's okay to hurt innocent ones, even ONE person (al-Quran 5:32). How can such a thing be justified anywhere, any time? And yet it happens everywhere, all the time. "Collateral damage" - "Oh, well, that's war" - "It's your fault; we told you to leave when we dropped all those flyers over your village - so you must be a terrorist (even though you're only six years old) because you stayed."
Factor in sheer ignorance, too. Is it evil to be ignorant?
When I say all this, I'm not denying my own background or religion or biases. I have all these. It's just that watching wars from armchairs is an OLD thing, and feels real bad. I'm still trying to figure out how to live like a human being ought to.
PS - on a positive note, Shaykhspeara, I am writing this at 10:00 PM United States Mountain Time, on 17 August. What is this wonderful music that you have got playing here? It sounds like Irish music. I would like to get ahold of it and play it for my students when they do their classwork. I used to play Irish music myself...there I go, admitting that I love music and play it, even, but like the conservative Saudi shaykh from al-Khobar said to me, "Better to be a Muslim who plays music than not be a Muslim."

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Salams James!

We are all biased in one way or another. But we are not all unjust or unfair.

The music is indeed Celtic. It is absolutely breathtaking and the artist is Liz Carroll.

I love music. I find spirituality and divinely inspired emotions in certain types of music.

Since man arrived on this planet music has been part of his life. People's of Africa, South America and the beautiful Emerald island have all produced fantastic music inspired by the nature around them. Nature to me is part of godliness. God is all things beautiful and He loves beauty. (Inn'Allaha jameel wa yohibbo'l jimaal)
There are differences of opinion regarding music so there is no need to excuse oneself for appreciating a song that clearly has no negative motive in its text or tune.

If you can't find the song do let me know.

All the best :)

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Oh and, what do you teach if I may ask?

James said...

So that's Liz Carroll on the violin? I've heard her before. Wonderful playing. I'll look up her cds.
Right now, Shaykhspeara, I am about to start my first year of teaching 5th Grade - which, here in the US, means ten- to eleven-year-old children. School starts in three days. My heart and internal organs are in a constant state of electrical anticipation. I graduated from university last May, with teaching as a second career of sorts. "Teaching" here in the public school system of Arizona, USA, means much instruction in reading, writing, and mathematics. I also wish to teach internet research skills, public speaking, elementary physics and other science, and geography as time permits.
Actually, I have taught before - including what is known as "environmental education," in which for four years running I took the entire sixth-grade class from a local school and showed them wild edible and medicinal plants that grew in the desert nearby. Great fun to do with anyone of any age (they loved tasting new plant foods, but I don't intend to introduce anyone to ants anytime again soon)! In any event, I am looking forward to this next year of teaching. It will foster growth, on everyone's part.

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Fascinating james, where did you learn about edible plants and medicinal plants?

Well congrats on your graduation and good luck with the 5th graders. I am sure you will have your hands full!

May I ask, simply out of curiosity, how did you stumble upon my blog? :)

James said...

My mother, long ago, put names to different plants and told me about their uses when we went for walks. Then I started doing the same for myself and haven't stopped since. For me, the act of learning the name of a plant is most significant, because every name carries a story with it, of where you first saw that plant growing, what it smelled like, how old you were, EG "I first found the purple sage, Salvia dorrii, growing high on a bluff, on the tawny brown hills bunched like muscles, above where the Methow River joins the Columbia River. It was a very hot day and I remember the resinous smell of the leaves as I ran my hands through them. I picked a bunch of it, took it back down to the house of my friends, and I sauteed it that night with garlic in tomato sauce, and we ate it on pasta. Some day Insha'Allah I will go back to those same hills..." And the story does not end there, of course.
How did I find your blog? I was thinking about Sarajevo - I am considering traveling to Bosnia next summer. I googled images of Sarajevo on Google Images, came upon your picture of the graves in the football field, and then read what you had to say.

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

You are lucky to have such a mother.

Thinking of Sarajevo ey? That is what I have been doing for a while which led me to travel to Bosnia last month. I wanted to see it for myself. I wanted to try understand what had happened. I strongly recommend going to Bosnia. It is a beautiful country but it will move you in many ways...

I will be updating with more posts from Bosnia.

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