What's wrong with anti-zionism?
I find the notion of religious states depressingly dumb (Ergo I wouldn't like to
set foot in the Vatican, in Iran, in pre-war Afghanistan, Israel, nor in any other country strongly linking religion with governance).
As atheist (or should I say Nihilist?), I find the notion that any people have right to a land occupied by others simply because of some random scripture offensive. If I found a sect and write a religious dogma entitling me and my (hypothetical) followers to own & rule over, say, Romania, simply because part of my family history lies there, who's gonna take that seriously? And why on earth should they? Religion (ALL
religion) is the opium of the masses - it's hollow, empty, and nothing but a huge set of lies pulled over people's eyes. To claim land with only religion as justification is a crime on humanity, spitting in the face of logic and science. But alas, it is far too late to ever correct the mistakes made in the 40s and 50s. Now these people are doomed to either wreak genocide (which is, effectively, what they are trying to do) or live in everlasting conflict, hatred and fear (which, failing to achieve full genocide, is what they'll probably end up doing for several generations). Peace and stability? Probably not achievable in my lifetime, or for several generations. But they brought it on themselves, so I'm not particularly sympathetic. It's not the first generation of settlers I feel sorry for, but the second and following ones. The ones who never really had a choice but live in that vicious cycle because of the mistakes of their forefathers. Then again, even that "feeling sorry for them" only lasts so long, and as they chose their government to be one that thrives on bloodshed and enjoys prolonging the conflict, even that shred of sympathy is lost.
Quite frankly, just like native Americans & Australians have the moral highground (being the victims) and more right to the country than the ruling majority in my view, so Palestinians have more right to the land occupied by Israel. So the pilot should be respected for his views expressed in his simple, short announcement, but I agree from an employee's point of view he should not have made it. I suppose when there's a conflict between one's strong beliefs and loyalty to the employer, everyone has to choose. It seems his opinion was more important to him than his job security.
Funny how one pilot's remark turns a thread in the Civ-Av forum into something resembling the Non-Av forum.
I think it's time to stop reading this thread before I get even more annoyed...