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False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil. (Plato, Phaedo)

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My personal story:
I am (still) trying to work out what I'll really do/be when I finally grow up. Worked in IT most of my life. Feel the need to work with people rather than things. I am concerned with and about various social justice and (re)conciliation issues. I tried for quite a while to keep SULHAoz alive here in OZ.
Why I want peace:
Seems like a good idea. :-)
Interests and activities:
Drinking good espresso coffee, talking with people, playing with computers, being a devil's advocate... After all, I am genetically and neurotically Jewish.
Something you didn't know about me:
Wouldn't you like to know? :-) To begin with, I must acknowledge that I am bigoted. I think that to some extent all people are. Is bigotry desirable? Of course not! (Bigot: A prejudiced person who is intolerant of any opinions differing from his own.)
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What I want to achieve here:
I'd like to meet and possibly work with a bunch of people who actually LISTEN to the other.
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Some uncommon common sense...

Here are some relevant brief pearls that make sense to me:

  1. "All babies and young children smile in the same language. Why don't all adults?" (PmR)
  2. "False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil." (Plato, Phaedo)
  3. "Pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple." (Oscar Wilde)
  4. "Peace is not an ideology, it's a way of life." (Cofounder of SULHA, Gabriel MEYER)
  5. "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." (Margaret MEAD)
  6. "Blessed are the cracked, for they let in the light. (Spike MILLIGAN)
  7. "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." (Oscar WILDE)
  8. "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. (George SANTAYANA)
  9. "Never ascribe to malice that which may adequately be explained by incompetence." (Napoleon BONAPARTE)
  10. "When in doubt, tell the (whole) truth." (Mark TWAIN)
  11. "Text without context is pretext" (Dr. Eugene GARCIA)
  12. "When I was 18, all things were black or white. Now my hair is grey, I know that was not right." (PmR)

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Lethal Politics: Antisemitism as Human Rights -- By Anne BAYEFSKY (July 2008)

Posted on January 1, 2010 at 3:00pm 3 Comments

[Comment: Long but worthwhile read. Explains what many Jews and Israelis feel and think. ==PmR]

Lethal Politics: Antisemitism as Human Rights


ADC Gandel Oration -- Melbourne and Sydney, Australia

July 6 and 8, 2008


Human rights have become a weapon. A potent force for denunciation and defeat – not in the hands of the abused, but in the hands of the abusers. Those powerful few who know…


The Goldstone Illusion -- by Moshe HALBERTAL (TNR -- November 6, 2009)

Posted on November 9, 2009 at 6:00am 3 Comments

[Comment: Some consider this to be the most comprehensive and effective analysis of the The Goldstone Report. PmR]

The Goldstone Illusion

What the U.N. report gets wrong about Gaza -- and war


The New Republic

November 6, 2009



Bill Moyers interviews Richard Goldstone == Parts 1 & 2 (PBS TV == October 23, 2009)

Posted on October 26, 2009 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

[Comment: There is another copy of this at . Because of it's length, this transcript cannot be posted as a discussion. Please discuss it in one of the several related targeted discussions here or elsewhere.. PmR]
Bill Moyers interviews Richard Goldstone - Parts 1 & 2 PBS TV October 23, 2009

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Escalation in the Gaza Strip – Update (IaTIC -- November 6, 2008)

Posted on November 9, 2008 at 2:00pm 3 Comments

Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center

at the Israel Intelligence Heritage & Commemoration Center (IICC)

Escalation in the Gaza Strip – Update, November 6 1…

Al-Aqsa TV, November 6

Cut and run won't do --by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (The Australian -- Nov 04, 2008)

Posted on November 4, 2008 at 12:30pm 1 Comment

[Highlight: "When the US effects such a strategic withdrawal from the Middle East, it will leave the region open to the energy-hungry Chinese and to Russia. Unlike the US, they care little about democracy, human rights, borders or boundaries. They will be more than willing to come to terms with even the most repressive Islamist regimes as long as the oil flows their way, or through their pipelines."]

Cut and run won't do -- by Ayaan Hirsi Ali…


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At 6:42pm on August 16, 2011, chukwudi valentine said…
hello my friend.
At 12:45pm on October 9, 2010, B.R.shrestha said…
At 7:04pm on June 24, 2010, MONKA BLANKE said…
Hello Paul,
I'm a peace-loving person....peace for all of us humans, peace and shalom....,blessings from monka
At 9:32am on April 13, 2010, ahmed w. said…
hey Paul mate ..
how are you
thank you so much for these words and i want to tell you i am doing the
best i can, because i always consider myself away from problems and
its not good to wast short life on hate on the time love is so much better
At 10:24am on March 5, 2010, chukwudi valentine said…
At 2:33pm on February 18, 2010, اسامه محمد said…
لا اعلم كيف ترون الحق ولاكن انا ارى الحق مسروق
At 2:33pm on February 18, 2010, اسامه محمد said…
I do not know how you feel right, and I see I'm right stolen
At 10:42am on February 14, 2010, اسامه محمد said…
هناك قانون يحكم الجميع قياده أسرئيل تتحدث عن السلام والقانون حكم أن فلسطين أرض عربيه وهى مشتركه بين الدوله العبريه والدوله الفلسطينيه وأوصى أسرائيل بتعيين الحدود وحتى نخلق السلام علينا أن نلزم أسرائيل بتعيين الحدود وتمضى فى الطريق الصحيح ان الحروب تخلق حروب ولا أعتقد بأن الشعب الاسرائيلى يوافق على هذا الرهان ان الرب خلقنا لنكون أصحاب رسالات قبل أن نكون أصحاب حق ورسالتى أن أمنع الحروب وأصنع السلام والمطلوب هو أن نقف جميعا أمام أمام بابان .. الباب الأول\قرار الأمم المتحده والذى يجعل فلسطين أرض عربيه مشتركه بين الدوله العبريه والدوله الفلسطينيه ويوصى أسرائيل بتعيين الحدود والصادر فى تاريخ 29\11\1947 .. والباب الثانى \ قرار الحرب والنار والذى يجعل من فلسطين ارض مشتركه لصناع الحروب تحرق الاخضر واليابس والصادر فى تاريخ 14\5\1948
At 10:41am on February 14, 2010, اسامه محمد said…
There is a law governing all Jaisalmer Osriil talk about peace and the rule of law that Palestine is Arab land are common between the Jewish state and a Palestinian state and recommended the appointment of the border and Israel in order to create peace we must commit Israel border demarcation and moving in the right to create wars, wars do not think that the Israeli people agree This bet that the Lord created us to be the owners of the messages before we take the right to block messages of war and peace, and create what is required is that we all stand before the front doors .. Part I \ UN resolution, which makes a common Arab Palestine is a land between Israel and the Palestinian state and Israel recommended the appointment of the border and in the history of 29 \ 11 \ 1947 .. And Part II \ decision of war and fire, which makes the land of Palestine joint makers of war burn vegetation and the ground and in the history of 14 \ 5 \ 1948


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