Azimabadi and Syed Manzoor Alam
Our "rational" pundits
simply cannot go beyond thinking in instrumental terms. Despite the
hopelessness of its situation, Hamas's rocket fire can have a multitude of
reasons other than wanting to provoke an Israeli assault. Very simply, it could
be the deep-seated human desire to fight for freedom -- a desire that is and
has been common to all of humanity.
every epoch we have instances of people fighting against impossible odds with
the desire to do something, anything, about their condition, with hope rather
than the expectation of victory. If it wasn't for such motivations, nobody
would ever fight their oppressors -- as by definition such a fight is difficult
and often seemingly impossible to win. But people do, they always do.
(New Age Islam's collection of articles from world media) seem to blame the
victim -- Palestinians -- for what is being done to them. Yes, the Palestinian
leadership could be more strategic in its approach, yes it has many individuals
who care more for personal gain than the Palestinian cause. But the real story
here is Israel's illegal occupation and genocide of Palestinians with the
complicity of the most powerful governments of the world and their
institutions. The rest is a footnote.
for Hamas's motivations, the authors would do well to take note of its decision
earlier this year to reconcile with Fatah and form a unity government for both
West Bank and Gaza. The government would have basically been Fatah-run, managed
out of Ramallah, but it would have helped make day-to-day conditions a little
better in Gaza. But it was Israel and the US, who often decry Palestinian
infighting for lack of progress on "peace", who scuttled these moves
-- leaving Hamas and the Palestinians nowhere.
and helplessness do not indicate Hamas's "ulterior motives" behind
"provoking Israel" into bombing Gaza. They instead are the very
motivations behind why Hamas fires its measly rockets on Israel's apparently
unbreachable Iron Dome. It's the same motivation that made Mandela, Gandhi,
Walter Wallace and a million other freedom fighters to rise against impossible
Athar Azimabadi - 7/18/2014 11:22:38 AM
Very well written by Mr Azimabadi. It
pains me that after a few years when some of the Palestinian children, who have
not been bombed by the Israeli forces, when they will take up arms to
retaliate, the world (including me) would call them terrorists. How easily we
try to blame the others, without knowing the root causes for their actions. I
am sorry to say but just because the Bible says that Palestine is the
"promised land" for the Jews does not give them the right to kick out
the inhabitants of that place.
where is the US (the moral police force of the world and protector of civil
rights) and the UN?
would also like to add, however that a few days ago I saw a photo on facebook
showing the image of Hitler and it read " Now do you know why I killed 6
million of them?" It seems to me that the Muslims are (just like any other
community) is stereotyping all the "other" in the same way, in this case, the Jews. Not
all Jews are bad, but those who are need to be stopped.
I can only pray.
Syed Manzoor Alam - 7/19/2014 10:39:10 AM