Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said a cursory glance at the following events of the Second World War suggests the issue of holocaust is an excuse by the war winners particularly the US and Britain for domination over the world.
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September 13, 2003, I left a cousin's wedding reception very early. Before I arrived, I kept missing the roads that would take me to the country club where the reception took place, although the place is not far from where I live and I have been there before.
It was as if fate was telling me not to go. It was a lousy day to begin with and I was quite grumpy. I became even grumpier when I found that my sister, a few strangers, and I were to be seated in a small room adjacent to the banquet hall.
We grew up with the groom. Not only was he a cousin but more like a brother to me. Why were my sister and I pushed aside, made invisible? When I left I said no goodbyes. I am sure nobody missed me.
Several hundreds of miles away, another cousin, Brian, jumped to his death off the balcony of his apartment.
A few weeks before he died, he would ask his parents why the world was so violent. Why did people have to hurt each other. He didn't want to live in this world anymore. He wanted out.
His parents were stricken by Brian's quick turn into depression. They could only suggest that he talk to someone.
Brian was resolute. He would not be talking to anyone.
#000080">To love is just a word I've heard when things are being said Stories my poor head has told me cannot stand the cold And in between what might have been and what has come to pass A misbegotten guess alas and bits of broken glass...
James Taylor was also suicidal. In his youth and early adult years, he had been in and out of mental hospitals. But Taylor found an outlet for his anger and misery. If Brian had an outlet, he lost it.
He was just a month younger than me. We were never close. The last times I saw him were in 1997 at my brother's wedding, 1996 at our grandmother's funeral. Still I have fond memories, although few, of Brian from childhood on.
And one day, a month after his death, my sister and I went to the movies. The young man behind the ticket counter looked exactly like Brian did in his early adult years - in face, hair, eyes, the soft-spoken voice, the eagerness to be helpful, tireless in offering information.
I didn't want to stop looking at this young man. I didn't want to stop hearing his voice. So I asked many questions about several movies I didn't even care about. Finally, I couldn't ask anymore questions, and I had to get to my seat where my sister was waiting...still, as I walked away, I couldn't stop turning to look at this stranger behind the counter.
That happens a lot. You lose someone and suddenly there is something in others that remind you of that person.
Kind of like the way James Taylor bends his head down a lot while he talks to the audience. Brian would bend his head down, also, while in conversation.
The human skeleton is associated with the grave, tombstones, poison, and not just death, but ugly, gruesome death. Poor skeleton!!!
But our blood is made in the bones. 10 to 15 million new blood cells per second. At the same time, the same number - used cells - is struck down by the marrow and spleen. A little more than 50% of our bones are in our hands, feet, and head.
Our strongest, hardest bones are the jaw, tooth enamel and the femur. The femur is stronger than concrete.
The biggest most insidious detriment to our bones?
CocaCola and Pepsi!
So what a great tribute to the human skeleton done in this video. All the while, the lyrics play around with the question: why are we here?
Donny Hathaway, as a young boy, sang in his church choir. My cousin Brian never attended church or the mosque, although his father was born a Muslim.
Donny had a wife and two children. Brian was never married and had no children. Donny was born poor. Brian was born into middle class to wealth and had a steady, well-paying job at the time of his death.
Donny had demons probably due to a failing brain chemistry, but maybe he was beginning to feel isolated and overwhelmed spiritually, as well. Maybe both.
This song [ in the last video below ] has been done by so many artists, but no one can come close to the magic of Donny.
We can easily say there is no God because of suicides and other tragedies. And why do people like Brian and Donny choose to leave, while those like the ship breakers in Wadosy's post choose to stay, hardly a cozy life, theirs.
In the face of a seemingly unending wave of fake encounters, killings and arrests of innocent #ffff99">Muslims across the country falsely accused by the police of being 'terrorists', a three-day Peoples' Tribunal was recently held in Hyderabad on 'Atrocities Committed Against Minorities in the Name of Fighting Terrorism'.
There are two main developments that underlie the emergence of Indo-chic in Israel. One is the Oslo accords of 1993 that led to a normalization of diplomatic and economic ties with Israel for many countries.
I have come across this phenomenon too many times in the past from other blogs, as well as debates on TV. You can say "zionist" forever and "they" will reiterate a bit too dramatically that you hate Jews, REGARDLESS that one never says "jews".
It doesn't matter to them. Why should it matter to us? I can't see how the debate can be resolved, or any solutions be found with this kind of circus-act behaviour.
IF ANYONE DARES TO READ THIS POST - DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK. DUE TO THE FACT THAT I DID NOT CREATE THIS POST IN RICH TEXT EDITOR - FIRST - EVERYTHING GOT SCREWED UP WHEN I TRIED TO ADJUST A FEW THINGS. FOR NOW I AM TOO TIRED TO COMPLETELY READJUST AND FIX THIS POST.
SORRY FOR THE CONFUSION AND DELAY IN RETURNING IT TO ITS ORIGINAL FORM.
Dear Grim Reaper :)...at first, I wanted to say that you are wrong about why you thought I might be depressed. Lebanon 2006 is the reason I started blogging. The ones alive to suffer keep me going. I am not nearly as depressed as I am angry. But you made a good point, Grim. So I will concentrate on more positive pictures in the future.
Crimes of Zion...thank you for that spiritual video. I greatly appreciate the message and your thoughtful and cheerful words.
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