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Er muslimene mer blodtorste enn kristne (Vesten)?

Posted by Fredsvenn den april 25, 2013

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Bombeterroren i Boston gir næring til ideen om at muslimer er en særskilt voldelig gruppe. Men som Juan Cole påpeker, er drapstallene i muslimske land svært lave i forhold til i USA.

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Paa besok i Jerevan, Armenia – 25. april 2013

Posted by Fredsvenn den april 25, 2013

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Her i Armenia gaar alt bra. Mye spennende aa oppleve. Kom for et par dager siden og har allerede rukket aa gjore mye. Spennende og interessant mote med Tatevik, som jeg besoker her, og hennes familie.

Tatevik har vaert i Norge i 1 aar og snakker bedre norsk enn de fleste. Man trenger med andre ord ikke aa bekymre seg – hun forstaar og snakker like bra som en hvem som helst nordmann. Hun kan ogsaa flytende russisk or iransk i tillegg til armensk, men det er jo vanligere her i Armenia. I tillegg kan hun flytende engelsk, noe som er litt uvanlig her, men som jeg ogsaa kan. Kommunikasjonen mellom oss gaar med andre ord straalende, og etter at hun hadde ordnet leiligheten jeg bor i her og hentet meg paa flyplassen, saa dro vi hjem til familien hennes, hvor det ble servert en herlig middag. Men dette vil alle de som kommer til Armenia faa oppleve – den enorme gjestfriheten og hjelpsomheten. Man blir tatt godt vare paa!

I gaar, den 24. april, var vi paa Tsitsernakaberd-minnesmerket i Armenias hovedstad Jerevan sammen – flere hundre tusen armenere var der sammen med oss. Armenere legger her blomster rundt en evigvarende flamme som symboliserer armenernes gjenoppstående for å markere det som her er kjent som «Folkemorddagen». I alle landets kirker ble det avholdt minnegudstjenester, og over alt tente folk stearinlys til minne for de drepte.

Deretter dro vi til en nydelig kirke, St. Grigor Lusavorich kirken, hvor vi ba noen bonner og tente noen lys samtidig som vi onsket oss noe som vi ikke kan rope for noen, ikke en gang for hverandre. Vi dro deretter til en armensk restaurant hvor vi spiste en ytterst deilig middag og drakk en nydelig flaske armensk rodvin, men saa er jo ogsaa Armenia vinens hjemland.

Vi kom oss etter hvert til leiligheten hvor jeg bor og drakk en kopp te for Tatevik maate reise hjem. Hun skal jo jobbe tidlig, og det er vel det eneste aberet her. Skulle gjerne vaert sammen hele tiden, men saa er det jo ferie aa vaere her for meg, mens hun maa leve i hverdagen med alle pliktene som horer til. Skal jo vaere her i 3 uker, saa det blirr alltids tid til aa snakke om alt mellom himmel og jord -og vi har hatt en kjempegod start 🙂

Dessuten er det ogsaa mange andre mennesker her jeg vil treffe, saa skal nok faa tiden til aa gaa 🙂

Norge, Nansen og folkemord

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Armenian dance:

Posted by Fredsvenn den april 19, 2013

 

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EUs krigsbudsjett årsak til finanskrisen

Posted by Fredsvenn den april 17, 2013

EU military spending is ‘elephant in the room’ and key factor in European debt crisis, argues new report. High levels of European military spending played a key role in the unfolding EU debt crisis and continues to undermine efforts to resolve the debt crisis, alleges a new report by Transnational Institute and the Dutch Campaign against the Arms Trade.

The report, Guns, Debt and Corruption: Military spending and the EU crisis,  demonstrates how military budgets across Europe have been largely protected, at a time of severe social cuts. EU’s military expenditure totalled €194 billion in 2010, equivalent to the combined annual deficits of Greece, Italy and Spain. The latest data released today bythe Stockholm International Peace Institute suggests little change in these overall trends.

EU military spending is ‘elephant in the room’ and key factor in European debt crisis, argues new report

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Dele for å skape

Posted by Fredsvenn den april 17, 2013

Mens næringslivet og vekstpolitikken går sin seiersgang i utenriks- og utvikingspolitikken slår den rødgrønne regjeringen et slag for «delelinja». -«Trickle-Down» er «nonsense», fastslo utviklingsminister Heikki Holmås (SV) da han nylig lanserte sin melding til Stortinget: Dele for å skape. Et paradigmeskifte? I så fall på tide: Forskjellene er og forblir store, til tross for stor vekst. Men er Verdensbanken og IMF på SV´s lag nå?

– Dele for å skape

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Anti-Armenism

Posted by Fredsvenn den april 12, 2013

Pan-Turkism: Below, protesters climb the Republican Monument, chanting and bearing flags of Turkic countries, including Turkey, Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan.

Bjørnlund: Virtuous Victims? Imagining Armenians in the West

Anti-Armenianism

Anti-Armenianism: The sign below reads “You’re all Armenian. You’re all bastards” – another sign mocking the Hrant Dink demonstrations.

 

 The sign below reads “We’re all Turks, altogether”—mocking the circular signs held by participants in demonstrations decrying the murder of Armenian journalist Hrant Dink.

 

Anti-Armenianism Alive and Well in Turkey

Media hate speech targets Armenians most, report shows

The Last Word on Armenianism – In search of solutions

Turkey’s desire to champion human rights in the Middle East is a welcome development, but Mr. Erdogan’s condemnation of Syria is remarkably hypocritical. As long as Turkey continues to deny crimes committed against non-Turks in the early 1900s, during the final years of the Ottoman Empire, its calls for freedom, justice and humanitarian values will ring false.

Turkey’s Human Rights Hypocrisy

Turkish education minister apologizes for school map on which Bulgaria is part of Turkey

Armenia presented as part of Turkey in manuals for Istanbul school children

Turkish Government Ignores Armenian Property Rights

What/Where is “Ancient Turkey” Or “Eastern Anatolia”!? A Letter to Director/CEO of the British Museum

Aliyev Punishes Azeri Novelist for ‘Pro-Armenian’ Book

Aliyev Says ‘Armenian Lobby is Our Main Enemy’

Aliyev Unleashes Anti-Armenia Tirade on Twitter

Azeri president says Armenia is a country “of no value”

Azeris in Turkey protest against Armenian-Iranian friendship

Armenia – Kulturelt folkemord

Armenia – Folkemordet

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Krig, løgn og sannhet – Charles Duelfer i samtale med Asle Toje

Posted by Fredsvenn den april 12, 2013

Tirsdag 16. april kl. 1930, Amalie Skram, Litteraturhuset

Det er ti år siden USA gikk til krig mot Irak. Saddam Hussein ble beskyldt for å støtte Al Qaida, og for å holde et arsenal av masseødeleggelsesvåpen. Begge deler viste seg å være feil. Hva skjedde egentlig da beslutningen om invasjon ble tatt? I disse dager kan verden være på randen av en ny krig, i Korea. Kan vi stole mer på det vi leser og hører om Nord-Korea og deres påståtte våpenarsenal enn vi kunne i 2003? Hva er forholdet mellom etterretning og analyse når USA går til krig?

Charles Duelfer er en av verdens ledende eksperter på militær etterretning, masseødeleggelsesvåpen og strategisk analyse. I 2004 ledet han USAs program for å dokumentere forekomsten av masseødeleggelsesvåpen i Irak, som kom til motsatt konklusjon av hva Bush-administrasjonen hadde påstått før krigen. Duelfer har mer enn 25 år i den amerikanske etterretningstjenesten bak seg, i tillegg til spesialoppdrag for FNs sikkerhetsråd og erfaring fra bakken i Irak, gjennom Gulf-krigen. Han har møtt både Bush og Saddam Hussein ved en rekke anledninger, og sitter med førstehånds kjennskap til hva som egentlig skjedde den gangen for ti år siden.

På Litteraturhuset holder Duelfer først et foredrag om bakgrunnen for krigen i Irak, før han møter Asle Toje, forskningsdirektør ved Det Norske Nobelinstituttt, til samtale om dagens kriger og konflikter. Hva var grunnlaget for krigen i Libya, hva vil skje i Nord-Korea, og ikke minst, hva ligger til grunn når et land som Norge går til krig?

Arrangert i samarbeid med Utenriksdepartementets Refleks-prosjekt.

Arrangør og tekst: Litteraturhuset

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History of Law

Posted by Fredsvenn den april 11, 2013

Code of Urukagina

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Fragment of an inscription of Urukagina; it reads as follows: «He [Uruinimgina] dug (…) the canal to the town-of-NINA. At its beginning, he built the Eninnu; at its ending, he built the Esiraran.»

Urukagina (reigned ca. 2380 BC–2360 BC, short chronology), alternately rendered as Uruinimgina or Irikagina, was a ruler (énsi) of the city-state Lagash in Mesopotamia. He assumed the title of king, claiming to have been divinely appointed, upon the downfall of his corrupt predecessor, Lugalanda.

He is best known for his reforms to combat corruption, which are sometimes cited as the first example of a legal code in recorded history. Although the actual text has not been discovered, much of its content may be surmised from other references to it that have been found. In it, he exempted widows and orphans from taxes; compelled the city to pay funeral expenses (including the ritual food and drink libations for the journey of the dead into the lower world); and decreed that the rich must use silver when purchasing from the poor, and if the poor does not wish to sell, the powerful man (the rich man or the priest) cannot force him to do so.

Urukagina

Hammurabi’s Code

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Hammurabi is known for the set of laws called Hammurabi’s Code, one of the first written codes of law in recorded history. The Code of Hammurabi (also known as Codex Hammurabi) is one of the earliest and best preserved law codes from ancient Babylon, created ca. 1760 BC (middle chronology). These laws were written on a stone tablet standing over six feet tall that was found in 1901. Owing to his reputation in modern times as an ancient law-giver, Hammurabi’s portrait is in many government buildings throughout the world.

While the precise date of Hammurabi’s Code of Laws is disputed by scholars, it is generally believed to have been written between the second year of his reign, circa 1727 BCE, and the end of his reign, circa 1780 BCE, predating the Hebrew «Ten Commandments» by about 500 years.

Perhaps the single most striking feature of Hammurabi’s Code is its commitment to protection of the weak from being brutalized by the strong. He believed that he had been ordained by his gods Anu (God of the Sky) and Bel (The Lord of Heaven and Earth, the God of Destiny) to establish the rule of law and justice over his people.

Hammurabi

Hammurabi’s Code

Hamurabi’s Code of Laws

Cyrus Cylinder

One of the significant events in ancient history is the conquest of Babylon by the Persian king, Cyrus the Great. On October 4th, 539 BC, the Persian Army entered the city of Babylon, which was then the capital of the Babylonian state (in central Iraq).

This was a bloodless campaign and no prisoners were taken. Later, on November 9th, King Cyrus of Persia visited the city. Babylonian history tells us that Cyrus was greeted by the people, who spread a pathway of green twigs before him as a sign of honor and peace (sulmu).

Cyrus greeted all Babylonians in peace and brought peace to their city. On this great event, Cyrus issued a declaration, inscribed on a clay barrel known as Cyrus’s inscription cylinder. The charter of Cyrus the Great, a baked-clay Aryan language (Old Persian) cuneiform cylinder, was discovered in 1879 by Hormoz Rassam in Babylon and today is kept in the British Museum. In it, Cyrus the Great described his human treatment of the inhabitants of Babylonia after its conquest by the Iranians. Many historians have reviewed it as the first declaration of human rights.

The document has been hailed as the first charter of human rights, and in 1971 the United Nations was published translation of it in all the official U.N. languages. «May Ahura Mazda protect this land, this nation, from rancor, from foes, from falsehood, and from drought». Selected from the book «The Eternal Land». I am Cyrus. King of the world. When I entered Babylon… I did not allow anyone to terrorise the land… I kept in view the needs of Babylon and all its sanctuaries to promote their well-being… I put an end to their misfortune. From The First Charter of the Rights of Nations Cyrus, The Great, 539 B.C. Founder of The First Persian Empire.

Cyrus the Great

Cyrus Cylinder

The First Declaration of Human Rights

Cyrus Charter of Human Rights Cylinder
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Is it really anything to celebrate?

Posted by Fredsvenn den april 10, 2013

ISRAEL-TEL AVIV-ZOMBIE WALK

Israeli take part in Zombie Walk to celebrate Jewish Purim festival in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Feb. 23, 2013. Purim, one of Judaism’s most colorful and popular holidays, was celebrated this year between sunset Saturday, 23 February, and sunset Sunday, 24 February, in most area of Israel. (Xinhua/Yin Dongxun)

Zombie Walk to celebrate Jewish Purim festival in Israel

Purim («lots») is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire, with the aid of the Iranian king Xerxes , from destruction in the wake of a plot by Haman, a story recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther (Megillat Esther).

According to the Book of Esther, in the Hebrew Bible, Haman, royal vizier to King Ahasuerus (presumed to be Xerxes I of Persia), planned to kill all the Jews in the empire, but his plans were foiled by Mordecai and his adopted daughter Queen Esther. The day of deliverance became a day of feasting and rejoicing.

Purim is celebrated by giving reciprocal gifts of food and drink (mishloach manot), giving charity to the poor (mattanot la-evyonim), a celebratory meal (se’udat Purim), and public recitation of the Scroll of Esther (kriat ha-megillah), additions to the prayers and the grace after meals (al hannisim). Other customs include drinking wine, wearing of masks and costumes, and public celebration.

Purim is celebrated annually according to the Hebrew calendar on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Adar (Adar II in leap years), the day following the victory of the Jews over their enemies. In cities that were protected by a surrounding wall at the time of Joshua, Purim is instead celebrated on the 15th of the month on what is known as Shushan Purim, since fighting in the walled city of Shushan continued through the 14th. Today, only Jerusalem celebrates Purim on the 15th.

The Book of Esther begins with a six-month (180 day) drinking feast given by King Ahasuerus, for the army of Persia and Media, for the civil servants and princes in the 127 provinces of his kingdom, at the conclusion of which a seven-day drinking feast for the inhabitants of Shushan (Susa), rich and poor, with a separate drinking feast for the women organised by the Queen Vashti in the pavilion of the Royal courtyard.

At this feast Ahasuerus gets thoroughly drunk and, at the prompting of his courtiers, orders his wife Vashti to display her beauty before the nobles and populace, wearing her royal crown. She refuses, and Ahasuerus decides to remove her from her post. He then orders all young women to be presented to him, so he can choose a new queen to replace Vashti. One of these is Esther, who was orphaned at a young age and was being fostered by her uncle Mordecai. She finds favor in the king’s eyes, and is made his new wife. Esther does not reveal that she is Jewish.

Shortly afterwards, Mordecai discovers a plot by two courtiers Bigthan and Teresh to kill Ahasuerus. They are apprehended and hanged, and Mordecai’s service to the king is recorded in the daily record of the court.

Ahasuerus appoints Haman as his prime minister. Mordecai, who sits at the palace gates, falls into Haman’s disfavor as he refuses to bow down to him. Having found out that Mordecai is Jewish, Haman plans to kill not just Mordecai but the entire Jewish minority in the empire. Obtaining Ahasuerus’ permission and funds to execute this plan, he casts lots («purim») to choose the date on which to do this – the thirteenth of the month of Adar. When Mordecai finds out about the plans he orders widespread penitence and fasting. Esther discovers what has transpired; she requests that all Jews of Shushan fast and pray for three days together with her, and on the third day she seeks an audience with Ahasuerus, during which she invites him to a feast in the company of Haman. During the feast, she asks them to attend a further feast the next evening. Meanwhile, Haman is again offended by Mordecai’s refusal to bow to him; he builds a gallows for Mordecai, with the intention to hang him there the very next day.

That night, Ahasuerus suffers from insomnia, and when the court’s daily records are read to him to help him fall asleep, he learns of the services rendered by Mordecai in the earlier plot against his life. Ahasuerus asks whether anything was done for Mordecai and is told that he received no recognition for saving the king’s life. Just then, Haman appears, and King Ahasuerus asks him what should be done for the man that the King wishes to honor. Thinking that the King is referring to Haman himself, Haman says that the honoree should be dressed in the king’s royal robes and led around on the king’s royal horse. To Haman’s horror, the king instructs Haman to do so to Mordecai.

Later that evening, Ahasuerus and Haman attend Esther’s second banquet, at which she reveals that she is Jewish and that Haman is planning to exterminate her people, which includes her. Ahasuerus instead orders Haman hanged on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. The previous decree against the Jews could not be annulled, so the King allows Mordecai and Esther to write another decree as they wish. They decree that Jews may preemptively kill those thought to pose a lethal risk. As a result, on 13 Adar, five hundred attackers and Haman’s ten sons are killed in Shushan. Throughout the empire 75,000 of the Jews’ enemies are killed (Esther 9:16). On the 14th, another 300 are killed in Shushan. No spoils are taken.

Mordecai assumes the position of second in rank to Ahasuerus, and institutes an annual commemoration of the delivery of the Jewish people from annihilation.

Adolf Hitler banned and forbade the observance of Purim. In a speech made on November 10, 1938, (the day after Kristallnacht), Julius Streicher surmised that just as «the Jew butchered 75,000 Persians» in one night, the same fate would have befallen the German people had the Jews succeeded in inciting a war against Germany; the «Jews would have instituted a new Purim festival in Germany.»

Nazi attacks against Jews often coincided with Jewish festivals. On Purim 1942, ten Jews were hanged in Zduńska Wola to avenge the hanging of Haman’s ten sons. In a similar incident in 1943, the Nazis shot ten Jews from the Piotrków ghetto. On Purim eve that same year, over 100 Jewish doctors and their families were shot by the Nazis in Częstochowa. The following day, Jewish doctors were taken from Radom and shot nearby in Szydłowiec.

In an apparent connection made by Hitler between his Nazi regime and the role of Haman, he stated in a speech made on January 30, 1944, that if the Nazis were defeated, the Jews could celebrate «a second Purim». Indeed, Julius Streicher was heard to sarcastically remark «Purimfest 1946» as he ascended the scaffold after Nuremberg.

There is a tradition in the Hasidic Chabad movement that supposedly Joseph Stalin died as a result of some metaphysical intervention of the seventh Chabad leader, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, during the recitation of a discourse at a public Purim Farbrengen. Stalin was suddenly paralysed on 1 March 1953, which corresponds to Purim 1953, and died 4 days later. Due to Stalin’s death, nation-wide pogroms against Jews throughout the Soviet Union were averted, as Stalin’s infamous doctors’ plot was halted.

As early as 1907, Stalin wrote a letter differentiating between a «Jewish faction» and a «true Russian faction» in bolshevism. Stalin’s secretary Boris Bazhanov stated that Stalin made anti-Semitic outbursts even before Vladimir Lenin’s death. Anti-Semitic trends in the Kremlin’s policies were fueled by the exile of Leon Trotsky. After dismissing Maxim Litvinov as Foreign Minister in 1939, Stalin immediately directed Vyacheslav Molotov to «purge the ministry of Jews».

According to historian Yakov Yakovlevich Etinger, many Soviet state purges of the 1930s were anti-Semitic and after more intense anti-Semitic policy toward the end of World War II, Stalin in 1946 reportedly said privately that «every Jew is a potential spy.» Furthermore, after purportedly ordering the development of bombers capable of reaching America, supposedly convinced that Harry Truman was Jewish, Stalin reportedly remarked in private that «we will show this Jewish shopkeeper how to attack us!»

Nevertheless, during the period 1945 to 1947, overt anti-Semitism had been suppressed in the USSR, because Stalin was considered the savior of the Jews, the man who defeated Hitler and had liberated the Eastern European concentration camps from the Nazis. Moreover, during those years Stalin needed the Jews for propaganda purposes, and some of the old Bolsheviks were Jewish, including Leon Trotsky, Lev Kamenev, Gregory Zinoviev, Lazar Kaganovich, Maxim Litvinov, Yakov Sverdlov, Polina Zhemchuzhina (the wife of Molotov), etc.

Jewish communists Abram Slutsky, Sergei Shpigelglas, and Genrikh Yagoda, had led the intelligence and security organs of the Bolsheviks and subsequently the Soviet state, and there were still many Jewish cadres in the cultural organs, the Party, the intelligence services, and the security apparatus. Thirdly, Stalin had initially supported the creation of the Jewish state of Israel.

With the beginning of the Cold War, the State of Israel allying with the West, and Stalin’s suspicions of any form of Jewish nationalism (and indeed nationalism in general), the Soviet regime eliminated the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee in 1948 and launched a campaign against rootless cosmopolitans. Also, in the course of his career, Stalin became increasingly suspicious towards physicians. In his later years, he refused to be treated by doctors, and would only consult with veterinarians about his health. After trials of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee 13 members were secretly executed on Stalin’s orders in the Night of the Murdered Poets.

The Doctors’ plot in 1952–53 was the most dramatic anti-Jewish episode in the Soviet Union during Joseph Stalin’s regime, accusing a group of prominent Moscow doctors, predominantly Jews, as conspiratorial assassins of Soviet leaders.

This was accompanied by trials and anti-Semitic publications in the media. Scores of Soviet Jews were promptly dismissed from their jobs, arrested, sent to the Gulag, or executed. The doctors’ plot was to be the catalyst of Stalin’s campaigns against Soviet Jews, but was ultimately stopped short by Stalin’s sudden death in March 1953.

After the death of Stalin, the new Soviet leadership stated a lack of evidence and the case was dropped. In 1956, the Soviet leadership declared that the case was fabricated.

Purim

Doctors’ Plot

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Green Talks

Posted by Fredsvenn den april 10, 2013

Green Talks

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Faglunsj med Eva Quistorp

Posted by Fredsvenn den april 10, 2013

Faglunsj med Eva Quistorp

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Show your art & save Borgen!

Posted by Fredsvenn den april 10, 2013

Show your art & save Borgen!

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Fred på Mono 15. april – Global Day of Action on Military Spending

Posted by Fredsvenn den april 10, 2013

Fred på Mono 15. april – Global Day of Action on Military Spending

 

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Popvenstre: Radikale løsninger på den økonomiske krisa

Posted by Fredsvenn den april 10, 2013

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Fra konflikt til forsoning

Posted by Fredsvenn den april 10, 2013

Dette er ingen konflikt mellom muslimer og kristne, og heller ikke mellom muslimer, kristne og jøder. Dette er ikke noen god tid for antisemittisme eller dobbeltstandard. Dette er ingen tid for diskriminering, marginalisering eller annen forskjellsbehandling.

Antisemittisme handler om å kritisere Israel, men la andre, som gjør de samme tingene, gjøre det samme. Kritiserer vi Israel er det ikke på grunn av at israelittene er jøder, men på grunn av at de begår urett mot andre. Kritiserer vi Israel skal vi også kritisere andre, der i blant oss selv. Norge kan boikotte Israel, men dette er kun for å tilfredstille den norske befolkningen hvis vi ikke krever at Norge endrer sin politikk når det kommer til annen urett som skjer. Vi vil jo ikke kaste stein i glasshus, for det er jo ikke akkurat så smart.

Mens de kommersielle mediene skriver om hva som skjer i Gaza, som jo er viktig, men som skiller seg sterkt fra medienes dekning av situsjonen i Irak, som i etterkant av 2003 invasjonen har innført sharia og hvor de etniske utrenskningene ser util å kunne utslette de kristne minoritetene (den kristne urbefolkningen i regionen har blitt halvert de siste 5 årene), fortier de de kristnes situasjon i Irak.

Tenk dere om den palestinske befolkningen hadde blitt halvert på 5 år, da hadde nok Israel fått høre det. Men desverre er det mange folk, også på den tradisjonelle venstresiden, som velger å ikke se, men later som de er døve, stumme og blinde. Saken er kun den at man ikke kan velge bort realitetens brutalitet. Det som er ved å skje er en av verdenshistoriens største tragedier.

Saken er at de kristne er fanget mellom barken og veden og at det ikke er noen som støtter dem, verken muslimene i Sørvest Asia eller Vesten. Irak, ikke minst de kristne minoritetens land og sivilisasjon, blir frarøvet sine kulturskatter, sin sivilisasjon, samt sitt etniske og religiøse mangfold, der i blant alle de kristne, uten at de kristne på noen som helst måte reagerer.

Det er de radikale og venstresiden som presser frem anerkjennelse av folkemordet mot armenerne og assyrere ikke som man kanskje skulle tro høyresiden og de kristenkonservative.

Krigen mot Irak har gjort lite annet enn å ytterligere skade de kristne der og det samme kan man si om Muhammed karikaturene og lignende påfunn som har til formål å svartemale Islam. Jeg kaller det bomerangeffekten. Vesten kaster den og muslimene, som plyndrer, voldtar og dreper kristne, er bomerangen på vei tilbake.

Men dette skyldes ikke kun såkalte muslimske folkeferd foruten det kristne Vesten, og da ikke kun på grunn av at man som under folkemordet i 1915 unnlater å gjøre noe, men fremprovoserer bevisst angrep mot den kristne befolkningen, som ikke aller minst må bære ansvaret for det såkalte kristne vestens handlinger på tross av at de ikke støtter Vestens politikk. De kristne står med andre ord klemt mellom ”muslimene” og de ”kristne”. Dessverre, for det er smertelig å si det, så bør Vesten raskest mulig komme seg ut av Irak – Det er ingen som ønsker dem der – heller ikke de kristne som føler seg forrått.

Det er alt for mange som kritiserer Israel, USA og Norge, men som velger ikke å fokusere på de kristnes situasjon i Irak og andre områder, men dette er ikke til palestinernes fordel for det gir Israel og alle dem som misliker muslimene et enormt godt våpen. For det den andre ikke gjør, det trenger ikke en selv å gjøre. Det å ignorere ødelegger all diskurs og fremmer generalisering og hat.

Hva som skjer med den ene part vil også skje den andre. Begge parter har det med andre ord best viss det hersker fred. Dialog må finne sted og respekt og kjærlighet innta ignorantens og hatets plass. Klarer vi dette vil det ikke ta tid før israelittene og palestinerne tar hverandre i hendene og starter det forsoningsarbeidet som skulle ha begynt for lenge siden. Om det skal være en stat, to stater eller ingen stater får fremtiden avgjøre.

Verden er ikke delt mellom regioner og religioner, slik at Israel er jødisk, Europa kristent og Sørvest Asia muslimsk. Virkeligheten er langt mer komplisert enn som så. Jerusalem, Guds hovedstad, er delt i fire kvarterer; muslimsk, kristent, jødisk og armensk.

Sørvest Asia står høyt hos Gud og lidelse i denne regionen, som med andre regioner, smerter Gud. Sørvest Asia er rik på historie, kultur og sivilisasjon.

Jerusalem, som skulle være gledens hovedstad, har blitt offer for en drakamp mellom de ulike abrahamiske religioner som alle utgår fra samme kjerne. En kamp som gjør lite annet enn skade.

Tiden har kommet for at vi på nytt samles og heller bygger opp enn å rive ned. Sørvest Asia må på nytt stråle i sin fargeprakt for på den andre siden av regnbuen ligger en enorm rik skatt.

Lenge leve UTU, Sha-mash (solen), rettferdighetens og visdommens gud, som skal vise vei for oss alle!

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