Here are the thoughts I posted on the matter back on the first of the month, for anyone who hasn't seen them, and will only add that as I watch the CBS evening news coverage of the conflict it is always tagged..."War in The Holy Land"...which I wish they would not do since...
A. Massacres aren't quite the same as wars, per se.
B. Is a land really Holy if it's always a violent place.
If the recent events in the middle east answer any lingering questions, such as what exactly does organized religion organize for, then now the answer is clear…they organize for violence.
There is no such thing as a Levantine religion of peace.
Subsequently to this we must wonder what it is about the Levantine oriented beliefs that so virulently promote violence, not only in the middle east, but worldwide.
And the answer to that is the enabling idea of an afterlife, and all the phantasmagorical promises that come with it. Once a rube is conditioned (groomed) to be a part of the afterlife belief community then they no longer have a stake in the community of the here and now living reality, with all of its obvious inconveniences. Thusly all such belief is a de-facto death cult since they enable all the psychological motivation many suicidal and homicidal folk already possess to commit the atrocities which are often at play in their ugly emotional crannies.
Heap into all this the industrial surplus of weapon idolizing conservative culture in every corner of the uneducated world and we have the perfect global recipe for total war, which is what the global apocalyptically minded conservatives had in mind all along.
What to do? Just what may the remedy be?
Frankly, the world has progressed well past any point of return toward some sort of peace-loving existence because the practitioners of invective have already poisoned the common mindset so badly that war is inevitable. Conservatives know full well that there are enough weak-minded people who can, and have been, inculcated toward all manner of hideous social sabotage.
Even a cursory historical survey is enough to let us conclude that almost all warfare has been attributable to conservative scheming and hyperactively maniacal rhetoric. Even “peaceful” biblical traditions such as shunning do not encourage conflict resolution, other than continued warfare.
Ratio and proportion used to be valued in the classical world, so much so that the notions were even applied to judicial practice, but the total warfare encouraged by capitalistic elites regularly nurture the reprehensibly massive kill ratios of many multiples of civilian casualties for every combatant, all to preserve the welfare of each and every inaccurately perceived “chivalrous” trooper, who commonly commits a sickening diversity of war crime.
There’s not much we can do as individuals, but we can choose not to associate with the people we already know are afterlife idolizers and violence enablers. Many of us already know this at some level, but now is the time to call a murderer for what he is, no matter who, or at whatever social station he happens to be, if only to keep the conscience clear.