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Paul Redling

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The Middle East

What should be done about Jerusalem? It's sacred to so many different people, and the issue needs to be resolved before we have a Nuclear Crusade on our hands. What is your standing on the importance of religious values? Which religion is more valuable? Who gets Jerusalem? Why?

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  • Jul 17 2012: They have been fighting over the 'holy' land for thousands of years now. The only way the fighting will ever stop is if people can finally learn to accept that everyone has a right to believe what they want as long as they're not affecting anyone else negatively.

    Unfortunately, when you've had it drilled into your head by your parents from birth that your religion is right and the other is wrong, it's very hard to change your way of thinking. Neither religion is more correct/valuable than the other, and they need to learn that. Personally I see no reason why they can't learn to love one another and live in peace like their religions teach.
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      Jul 17 2012: People have been fighting over Europe for thousands of years too. Remember WW1, WW2, the Balkans.
      Still fighting in lots of places.

      I don't know if there was much fighting in the ancient Canaanite lands during the centuries of Ottoman rule leading up to WW1.

      And WW1 had nothing to do with religion and the current struggles go back less than a century.

      I guess there were centuries leading up to WW1 when the Jews did not fight the Muslims in the levant because they were a small minority before Zionist immigration over the last century or so.

      But agree religion does not help, especially the fundamentalist Jews and Christians. Is it true some Christians are trying to bring about conditions for end times?

      I'm not so sure how much of the Muslim reaction is just a reaction to their land being handed over to Jews, rather than full on religious. Plenty of other indignities inflicted by the West on the Middle East too.

      I don't think most Americans would be too happy if the UN gave half the USA to Native Americans.
      • Aug 4 2012: Not half of it but we can give them the Dakotas :) after all Israel only got a fraction what the extent of Biblical Israel was.
    • Jul 19 2012: Right. People have been fighting over the Holy Land for thousands of years. Who do you think should win? Who do you think will win? Why?
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        Jul 19 2012: I think they should share it, whoever is there now.

        Go back 100 to 500 years and the Palestinians should have control

        The Brits should have let them form their own nation and self govern in 1918.They should have been given the right to govern who comes into their land like everyone else.

        The Jews seem to be winning. Why, they are more powerful..

        Human history until very recently has been the strong doing what they want. Still is, but what they want is tempered by enlightenment human rights etc.
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        Jul 23 2012: RE: "Easy Edward"-- What "attack" is there in my comment? I merely pointed-out the Logic Law which says one cannot prove a negative. No attack there. That was done as a defense of my argument, not an attack on EG. The only other point I made is an acknowledgement of EG's right to refuse to believe my opinion (which many people exercise). No attack there. Your attempts to moderate the conversation are, in this case, heavy-handed and inappropriate. Please allow respondents to freely exchange opinions without your supervision. As to answering your question: "What needs to be done about Jerusalem?" my answer remains as stated in my initial response.

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