Israelis shoot zoo animals, apparently for fun

Just in case the absolute futility and nihilism of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict wasn’t apparent enough, some Israeli soldiers have decided to emphasize the point by deliberately shooting – with small arms and with rockets – animals in the Gaza Zoo. I suppose the soldiers weren’t content with conventional ethnic cleansing, and decided that their supremacy needed demonstration against other species, too. Perhaps the soldiers thought the lions and camels gunned down while they cowered in their cages had designs on some of the acreage the soldiers believe was handed to them by a fictional character in the sky. Perhaps they were just so far gone in their zeal to kill anything that moves and breathes that other options were simply off the table.

The soldiers who did this are scum. They are filth of the lowest order, beneath contempt and richly deserving of a slow death by progressive tomographic vaporization (patent pending). As for the larger issues at stake in their bloody conflict, well… sadly, there are no larger issues. The entire conflict appears to be based – someone please correct me on this if I’m in error – on a fictional account of ancient goat herders being given perpetual deed to a plot of arid desert, by a fictional god-creature who claimed to be omnipotent but was apparently incapable of even removing the other flea-infested tribes already occupying said worthless expanse of sterile sand. Oh, I think there was also a building people were fond of, at some point, and the Israelis want the blasted ruins of said building back.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the dispute, we have a throng of screaming killers loping straight from the 7th century, who cage their women, want to take over the world and make it their own theme park of blasted ash and wailing death, and who also desperately need to regain control of the same stretch of worthless real estate the Israelis now control. Oh, yes, and they also dream fondly of the same ruins the Israelis do. Did I leave anything out?

Following the Second World War a collection of idiots decided the best way to compensate the Jews for the pointless horrors they suffered under the Nazis was to ship them off to one of the most inhospitable regions on the planet, where they could be surrounded by people who hate them with a passion that defies quantification. Incredibly, many of the Jews themselves argued for just this outcome, apparently on the basis of fairy tales from the late Bronze Age. As one might expect, the warring remnants of the recently-collapsed Ottoman Empire did not want a new nation full of their sworn enemies – this time on the basis of early Medieval, and not Bronze Age, stupidity – to suddenly manifest in their midst. Not content to merely slaughter each other – mostly their women – out of sheer meanness, the former Ottomans quickly pounced on their new neighbors, who just as quickly pounced on them in return.

Both sides in this dispute are amoral savages. Nowhere in this entire bloody, murderous geopolitical dispute is there a shred of constructive purpose. Millions of otherwise peaceful villagers and townsfolk on both sides must live lives of horror because of decisions made on their part by idiots, and wars fought in their name by more idiots. It is nihilism in its purest form, one hundred percent of which can be laid at the door of blind, stupid, ignorant religious faith.

And they claim it’s the atheists who are immoral.


~ by Planetologist on January 30, 2009.

2 Responses to “Israelis shoot zoo animals, apparently for fun”

  1. Been lurking a-while, but just wanted to say thankyou for the fantastic blog. While I get a lot out of all of the informational posts, I sometimes need someone to rant for me, and you do an excellent job of putting my own outrage into print on subjects such as this one.

    • Much appreciated. The rants have been thick lately…. I need to get back to science news, methinks. But it is not an untrue statement to say that ranting is fun, and probably therapeutic.

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