Archive for September 6th, 2014

06/09/2014

God Wills It!

Human Wrongs Watch

By Uri Avnery*

5 September 2014

FOR SIX decades my friends and I have warned our people: if we don’t make peace with the nationalist Arab forces, we shall be faced with Islamic Arab forces.

**Photo: Uri Avnery at a Hadash rally against the 2006 Lebanon War | rotter.net/forum/scoops1/8001.shtml |  Date: 22 July 2006 | Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/13191702@N00/196144343/ | Author: dovblog | Wikimedia Commons

**Photo: Uri Avnery at a Hadash rally against the 2006 Lebanon War

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict will turn into a Jewish-Muslim conflict. The national war will become a religious war.

Religious conflicts are irrational. Each side believes in an absolute truth, and automatically considers everybody else as infidels, enemies of the only true God.National conflicts are basically rational. They concern territory. They can usually be solved by compromise.

There can be no compromise between True Believers, who believe that they are fighting for God and get their orders straight from Heaven. “God Wills It” shouted the Crusaders and butchered Muslims and Jews. “Allah is the Greatest” shout fanatical Muslims and behead their enemies. “Who is like you among the Gods!” cried the Maccabees, and annihilated all fellow Jews who had adopted Greek manners.

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06/09/2014

Indian Ocean Nations to Carry Out UN-Organized Tsunami Readiness Test

Human Wrongs Watch

Ten years after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, 24 countries in the region will participate in an exercise organized by the United Nations to test their readiness to address such rare but potentially destructive events, the UN announced on 5 September 2014.

Photo: UNESCO

Photo: UNESCO

The large-scale simulation exercise – known as “IOWAVE14” – is planned for 9 and 10 September, and is organized under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).*

The exercise is intended to test the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System, which was set up in the wake of the catastrophe that struck the area on 26 December 2004.

On that day, an earthquake off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra sent waves as high as 30 metres crashing into 14 countries, claiming nearly 230,000 lives and leaving around 2 million people homeless.

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