The use of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was objectively immoral as are all intentional killings of noncombatants during times of war. Many Japanese opposed to the imperialist regime were unjustifiably murdered in those bombings. We also now know that the US was aware of Japan’s intention to surrender to the USSR and of US Secretary of Defense Henry Stimson’s desire to see the atomic bomb in the hands of both the Soviets and the US as a deterrent to a World War Three, the concept of Mutually Assured Destruction before it was given a name. The strategy … Continue reading Just another post on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
‘We Are Safer’: President Obama Marks Formal End of War in Afghanistan I don’t worry about my own safety. I worry about the safety of Afghans. I don’t concern myself with national security or civil rights. Instead I worry about global security and human rights. As far as I am concerned we are all in the same struggle across borders and frontiers for equal rights, economic justice, ecological and economic sanity, secularism and personal freedom, access to education, living- wage-paying employment, healthcare, and an end to discrimination based on gender, race, and sexual orientation. I do think Afghanistan is far … Continue reading But is Afghanistan safer?
Tommy Robinson Speaks at the Oxford Union Tommy Robinson gives his account on the EDL. This is one of the most important lectures I have heard in a long time. I cannot recommend this enough. My comments to some online critics of this lecture, some of whom probably did not watch the video: Robinson was never racist. He did once view all Muslims as a threat but never all immigrants or foreigners or Arabs or Pakistanis. He began to become friends with anti-jihadist and anti-Islamist Muslims and apologized for stereotyping all Muslims. He now works with Quilliam Foundation. Islam is … Continue reading My comments to critics of Tommy Robinson’s lecture at the Oxford Union
It is religion that teaches subjective morality. I have an objective morality that does not square with the concept that genocide is wrong…except when god does it. If there were such things as the mythical beasts we call “gods” then they too would have to be held to the same moral and ethical standards of justice and fairness as the rest of us. If your right and wrong are simply a matter of “god said so” and not something that can be reasoned and deduced then your “morality” is simply a subjective set of rules derived from an egocentric delusional … Continue reading Morality derived from religious doctrine can only be subjective unlike secular humanism which can be based on a more objective form of ethics
I got into a debate with someone about whether religion was used an excuse by the plotters of 9/11 who were “really” more interested in power or, as I argued that 9/11 was done for political reasons exclusively derived from an ultra right interpretation of Islam. Then she asked me for the “sources” employed in my research. This was my reply….typos and all: Well first of all anyone who wants to understand Islam should read the Koran and some of the Hadith. The NJ Dawood translation is a good one. “Milestones” by Said Qutb which is the ideological guidebook that … Continue reading Then she asked me for the “sources” employed in my research
Tunisia needs to control it’s own energy sector. Working with foreign companies and foreign investment is fine but most of the money should be kept in Tunisia to benefit the Tunisian economy. Tourism needs to increase. Tunisia has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. To increase tourism Tunisia needs to improve sanitation, especially garbage collection…crack down on the Salafists and improve security….enforce traffic laws on the streets and improve public transportation…emphasize local Tunisian culture, cuisine, music, et cetera…open up the country and connect Tunisians with the rest of the world more…the stupid regulations preventing Tunisians from being … Continue reading Improving Tunisia’s economy is a matter of political will
I am so sick of people arguing about whether Palestine or Israel has always existed in the Levant. Neither one has always existed. There was an ancient Israelite tribe there and other tribes as well such as the Canaanites. The area has been conquered and ruled by Egyptians, Assyrians, Persians, Arabs, Romans, Turks, Byzantines, and the British who ruled over both the Arabs and Jews of Palestine before the creation of the modern state of Israel. “Both sides” lie about history often. All Jews have middle eastern ethnic origins. Hebrew and Arabic are both Middle Eastern languages with linguistic similarities. … Continue reading Which “occupation” and whose “Holy Land”?