Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Saturday, 2 August 2014
Carol has just asked me what I do to try and make any change in the world, other than just blogging. Good question.
People like John - she says - save lives on a daily basis, the Christian screams the Scriptures at people day and night, she writes letters of complaint to the President of the USA, but all I do is write this stuff and make the houses and gardens of rich people a little more cluttered.
Sometimes passive observers can do more than a whole platoon of U.N. soldiers, whether or not they are sent in just to passively observe. The lot that were sent to Bosnia to witness the executions of the 'ethnic cleansing' without being able to do anything to prevent it are still asking themselves what good they did in that situation.
One of the commanders of those troops - Paddy Ashdown - was on the radio this morning, making exactly the same points as I have made in the last two posts about Gaza, and I wonder what change he is making to the situation as well.
For someone as addicted to escapism as I am, I seem to be spending quite a lot of time on this little topic, but right now, the only thing spoiling this wonderful Summer for me is the history being made in Gaza, and the history will be interpreted in many different ways, according to who writes it.
The Christian accused me of ignoring the history of Afghanistan, etc. but the difference is that what is going on in Gaza right now is - to a certain extent - steerable, even if there are to be hundreds more children killed, simply because it is history in the making. Ironically, the only way to stop the killing is to deliberately ignore the very recent history of the whole area.
The reason why Carol asked me this question (I think) is because I got back last night to find an inane attack from a Born-Yesterday fundamentalist Christian, who seems to have sided with Israel simply because his interpretation of the Bible - written by about 200 people 2000 years ago and translated from about five different languages into English in the 17th century - tells him that the Israelis are the rightful owners of the Holy Lands, and if that means that hundreds of infidels must die in order to retain it, then so be it.
He caused me to lose my sense of humour, and I still haven't got it back this morning, even though I have deleted the three abusive responses to him left last night and regretted this morning. The essence of my responses remain, however, and this is that I think he is at best deranged, and at worst just plain stupidly nasty. I can accept people who are naturally simple - I often admire them - but I find it hard to forgive self-inflicted ignorance, especially when it is a matter of life and death.
There is a difference between evangelism and persuasion, even though the net success of both is about the same.
Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.