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Comment Re:Here's a novel idea (Score 1) 278

Everything you have written is a lie. The Brits handed equipment? Evictions? Resettlings..!? The day "the minority got military control"? An open air prison? What parallel universe are you living in?
Sorry, but Arabs have been butchering Jews at every opportunity for centuries. This started long before Israel was created, even long before Britain was even in the picture. You are clueless.

Comment Re:Here's a novel idea (Score -1, Troll) 278

The 1929 riots are more interesting. [..] With the benefit of hindsight we might say they had a point.

This was a blood curdling massacre of dozens of innocent of men, women and children who had nothing to do with the Arabs' "disappointment of their political and national aspirations". I find your sympathy towards these murderers as well as your general choice of words appalling.

There are loads of reasons to think that the attacks will *never* stop until the settlements are disbanded, for several reasons [..]
Removing the settlements won't stop the attacks on civilians (although it will stop attacks on settlements), but it is at least a start towards a solution.

Very funny. Now seriously, there was no peace before the settlements, why do you think there would be peace after they are disbanded? Exactly what sort of 'solution' do you think performing an ethnic cleansing of Jews will achieve? A final one perhaps?

It's not as if Israeli politicians are immune to the hatred though: rabbi Dov Lior is at least as big a wanker as any member of Hamas.

Rabi Dov Lior is not a politician and holds no legal power. Hamas are the governing body of Gaza. Your comparison is a testament to your ignorance and hatred.

Comment Re:Here's a novel idea (Score 1) 278

If you want the Palestinians to stop attacking Israelis a good step would be to stop the settlements

The Palestinians attacked Israelis as a matter of course long before any settlement existed. What makes you think they will stop if they were gone?
(Hint: Removing all settlements from Gaza only made matters far, far worse.)

Comment The flaw in the argument is that the game sucks. (Score 1) 951

If all humans are just a figment of a computer simulation then we wouldn't actually 'be' here in the sense that we experience life from within our bodies and minds rather than observe them externally (as we observe a computer simulation).

Since I am experiencing my life, I am either 'real' or I am an external entity who is busy playing a very very very long and immersive computer game (in which case everything else around me is possibly a simulation). But if this were a game, why does it suck so bad? Surely the external me would have had the sense to choose a more fun game or at least change a few settings before starting. Sorry Elon but no, I think I'm real. Or some green tentacled creature who doesn't read game reviews.

Comment Re:Missing information (Score 1) 70

Thanks. My point was that Slashdot, as well as the linked article, failed to report the most interesting and relevant information pertaining to the subject. That you had to seek the scientific paper and download a 2.2 MB document to obtain this information merely strengthens my argument. Also, like mrsquid0 before you, you broke the minus sign. :)

Comment Re:Missing information (Score 3, Informative) 70

Thanks. I was going to inquire about the difficulty of seeing Cassiopeia from Canada, when I found (thanks Wikipedia!) that you had missed the negative sign in the Declination... anyway, apparently this object is located in the constellation Hydrus near the celestial south pole. Why this was so difficult to write in the summary or the linked article is beyond me.

Comment Re:Radicalization (Score 1) 868

Lets see...first, you're ignoring the Israeli violence that precipitated the bus bombings. Secondly, uniformed Israeli soldiers used those buses for transportation. Using Israeli reasoning, that makes the buses valid military targets (since the IDF bombs anything they claim has anything to do with Hamas) and the Israeli government a bunch of soulless terrorists for using the bus passengers as "human shields".

Israeli violence? This was 1993-4, the peak of the Oslo peace process. There were no violent events in that time. If you are referring to events that had occurred before that, well, by that logic there is no way to ever achieve peace.
Soldiers use public transportation to get from their homes to their bases and back. It works that way everywhere in the world (I've seen it personally in the US). Comparing that to Hamas' strategy of storing rockets under schools and homes is unacceptable.

Lets see...that's a lie. Even Israeli official will tell you that Hamas had, unlike Israel, been observing a cease fire prior to IDF dropping bombs on Gaza. Not only that, Hamas was arresting those who were firing rockets.

When Israel disengaged from Gaza, it did so under a constant barrage of rocket fire which did not stop for any significant period ever since. Picking some specific period where one Palestinian faction fought with another over whether today is a good day to fire rockets or not is irrelevant. The naval blockade was imposed to stop the incoming flow of GRAD rockets to Gaza.

Sorry to inform you, but that's a pile of racist bullshit. Just because the people of Palestine didn't have a flag doesn't mean there hasn't been a place called Palestine or a Palestinian people.

Before the creation of Israel all its residents were referred to as Palestinians. There were Palestinian Jews and Palestinian Arabs. There was never a Palestinian country or a Palestinian people per se and if there was one, well, my Jewish grandmother was Palestinian as well (and to this day holds a British mandate era passport saying "Palestine"). However your definition of Palestinian seems to exclude the Jews. Sounds a little apartheidish to me.

Other than the constant land confiscations for "parks" or "building code violations", to make way for taxpayer-funded apartments for squatters. Oh, and there's that little system of Apartheid, of course: no right to vote, no right to travel on "Jewish roads", no right to intermarry, and so on.

I have no idea what your first sentence referred to (parks? squatters..?).
Palestinians have the right to vote - for their own government.
"Jewish roads" - these were established as part of the Oslo accords in order to prevent Jews from traveling through Palestinian cities, in order to reduce the tension this caused (Arabs don't like seeing Jews and like to stone their cars). In any case these roads are open for all users and there is no checkpoint preventing anyone's entry.
Intermarriage - you're making this up, right? Or do you have a source?

So if the Romans, the Turks, the British or the Egyptians had wiped out the "continuing Jewish presence" in the area, you would have been okay with that because said Jews were under the thumb of another empire and had no flag of their own?

Of course not. I would fight and establish a state, which is exactly what my grandparents did. What have the Arabs achieved over the past century except for slaughtering innocent people, destroying anything they can, and squandering every opportunity for statehood?

Israel utterly dominates the borders of Gaza, travel to and from Gaza, and what goes into or out of Gaza.

No it doesn't. Gaza has a neighbor to the south who apparently cares much less for Gaza despite being their brethren.

I'm not even going to answer your nonsense about the Marmara, which was stockpiled with more cold weapons than food. But...

Guess what, Slick, that makes it an occupation.

No, it doesn't. You can call it many things, an occupation it is not.

All of Israel's territory grabs in the West Bank and Jerusalem are illegal and always have been. All of them.

By what law? Was the Jordanian occupation before that any more legal? Ever since the Arabs rejected the Partition Plan there is no internationally legal sovereign over the land and all attempts to establish one have failed. Arab houses in Bethlehem are no more legal than houses in Jewish Beth El.

Despite that, Palestinians were willing to make massive concessions

Name one.

Israel started the 1967 war with a sneak attack on the Egyptian Air Force. Their excuse was - after their claims that they were the ones who were attacked first fell apart - that it was to stop the Egyptian blockade of the Straits of Tiran. But guess, what, Slick: by Israeli reasoning that means that any and all attacks in response to the blockade of Gaza are justified.

The blocking of the Straits of Tiran was a unilateral offensive act by Egypt. Israel was not launching rockets at Egypt, so you can't compare the two cases. Anyway, if you think Gaza's attacks on Israel are justified then that's cool with me; just be prepared to deal with the consequences. Such as digging bomb shelters for your population rather than attack tunnels. But Hamas has their priorities and the safety of its civilians is not one of them.

Comment Re:Radicalization (Score 1) 868

So what do you think should Palestine's response to the constant checkpoints, blockading of their ports, airport and border crossings, as well as the occupation and continued confiscation of their land by Israel should be?

Let's see...

* Checkpoints. Well, once upon a time there were no checkpoints and people were free to move about. Then the Arabs started taking advantage of this freedom to enter Israeli cities with explosive belts and blow up buses. Hence the checkpoints.

* Sea/air ports. All was open and free until Hamas started firing rockets at Israel and importing weapons from Iran.

* Border crossings. Well, the crossings between Israel and Gaza were open for passage of goods and civilians (including workers) until Hamas men repeatedly performed terrorist attacks on them, prompting Israel to shut them down. Not sure what other border crossings you refer to.

* Continued occupation of their land. Sorry to inform you, but there has never been such a thing as "Palestinian Land". In recent centuries the land (which the Romans named Palestine as a propaganda tactic - perhaps the most successful in history) was under Turkish rule, British mandatory rule, Jordanian and Egyptian military occupation, and today Israeli occupation in the West Bank. Hamas rules over 100% of Gaza, and Israel isn't occupying or confiscating any of that (except the last few weeks, and not out of desire to do so). The Arab cities in the West Bank are under their own civil control, no one is confiscating land from Nablus. Perhaps you should ask your leaders why, when Israel repeatedly offered to withdraw from almost the entire West Bank in exchange for peace, they refused, launching more and more horrific terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens. Perhaps you should also ask your leaders why, in 1967, when there was no Israeli occupation at all, they attacked Israel rather than live in peace alongside it?

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