September 2006

not-afraid-of-the-demon.jpg Politics is the benchmark of hypocrisy, and “political correctness” as defined by the West is false virtue.

Rule # 1: In the Middle East, it is always the Arabs that attack first, and it’s always Israel who defends itself. This is called “Retaliation.”

Rule # 2: The Arabs, whether Palestinians or Lebanese, are not allowed to kill Israelis. This is called “Terrorism.”

Rule # 3: Israel has the right to kill Arab civilians. This is called “Self-Defense,” or these days “Collateral Damage.”

Rule # 4: When Israel kills too many civilians, the Western world calls for restraint. This is called the “Reaction of the International Community.”

Rule # 5: Palestinians and Lebanese do not have the right to capture Israeli military, not even a limited number, not even one or two. This is called “Kidnapping”.

Rule # 6: Israel has the right to capture as many Palestinians as they want (Palestinians: around 10,000 to date). There is no limit. There is no need for proof of guilt or trial. This is called “War on Terrorism.”

Rule # 7: When you say “Hezbollah,” always be sure to add “supported by Syria and Iran.” This is called “Axis of Evil.”

Rule # 8: When you say “Israel,” never say “supported by the USA, the UK and other European countries,” for people (God forbid) might believe this is not an equal conflict. This is called “Helping our Friends.”

Rule # 9: When it comes to Israel, don’t mention the words “occupied territories,” “UN resolutions,” “Geneva conventions.” This could distress the audience and is called “Distress Fox News Audience.”

Rule # 10: Israelis speak better English than Arabs. This is why we let them speak out as much as possible, so that they can explain rules 1 through 9. This is called “Neutral Journalism.”

Rule # 11: If you don’t agree with these rules or if you favour the Arab side over the Israeli side, you must be a very dangerous anti-Semite. You may even have to make a public apology if you express your honest opinion. This is called “Democracy.”

via: Uplink Space Forum: Rules by Masta Shady

Iran president berates US and UK: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has accused the US and UK of using the UN Security Council for their own ends.


sidgau-tm.jpg On a certain day when the Buddha dwelt at Jetavana, a celestial deva came to him in the shape of a Brahman. The deva asked the Buddha, “What is the sharpest sword? What is the deadliest poison? What is the fiercest fire? What is the darkest night?”

The Buddha replied, “A word spoken in wrath is the sharpest sword. Covetousness is the deadliest poison. Hatred is the fiercest fire. Ignorance is the darkest night.”

The deva asked, “What causes ruin in the world? What breaks off friendships? What is the most violent fever? What is the best physician?”

The Buddha replied, “Ignorance causes ruin in the world. Envy and selfishness break off friendships. Hatred is the most violent fever. The Buddha is the best physician.”

from: Teachings of Buddha edited by Jack Kornfield, Shambhala Publications 1996