Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World

Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World
Red Roses for You, My Sweet Friends ... Total Love.

My Sweet Friends

My sweet friends,

We grow closer to each other;

When we interact together and share ideas;

The common faith that we share,

Binds our hearts in one accord.

For sweet friendships last a life time,

When built on mutual respect, humility and understanding;

Throughout each different season,

We find we are one in life.

Sweet friends are there through times of grief;

And times when hope is gone;

Always there with encouragement;

So we can carry on.

I thank the Lord for you,

My true and faithful friends;

To fondly speak with you, whether we agree or not,

On this, our beloved blog;

For sweet friends will stay, no matter what;

Giving support.

Together, our hearts and minds truly unite;

With the amazing love of sweet friends.

In the spirit of true friendship,

Best wishes, my sweet friends;

May the Lord bless you abundantly.

I remain, yours truly,

B.B. Bakampa.

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Friday, August 5, 2011

Create An Independent Palestinian State Now

By Bakampa Brian Baryaguma
bsaint3@gmail.com; www.bbbakampa.blogspot.com

Palestinian President Mahmood Abbas has decided to take his people’s drive for statehood to the United Nations. He requests that the body does recognise Palestine as a separate and independent state in the family of nations. Abbas argues that this is the only possible alternative after failed negotiations with Israel.

In his opinion, talks with Israel on this matter are headed nowhere and are bound to fail. He accuses Israel of dishonesty and disinterestedness in ever achieving the goal of a fully fledged Palestinian state existing peacefully alongside the Jewish state.

I think there is merit in Abbas’ assertions and that he has a valid and justifiable cause. The conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians has gone on for far too long and it is high time the world comes together to find a permanent solution to this perennial problem in international relations.

For a long time, this Israel-Palestine issue has caused untold suffering to millions of arguably innocent people and the rest of the world cannot afford to look on indifferently any more. The plight of both Israelis and Palestinians cannot be ignored or condoned any more. Its continuation is evidence of narrow-mindedness and a mockery of the intelligence of mankind. It is an impeachment of our great civilisation.

While Palestinians have been denied a place they truly call home by Israelis, the Israelis on the other hand have been denied peace in their own land by Palestinians. Israel continues to besiege Palestinians through its Gaza blockade and Hamas vehemently swears to exterminate the Jews. The bottom line is that this state of affairs is as injurious to Palestinians as it is to Israelis. It is therefore, unsustainable and untenable. The solution lies in creating separate homes for both groups.

Recognising Palestine as an independent state will guarantee the security of both Israelis and Palestinians since the two neighbours will be governed by international law which obliges states to respect one another’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. The rest of the world should recognise and defend a state for Palestinians just like it did for Israelis in 1948 and has continued so to do.

Although the Israeli government has criticised Abbas’ move as unilateral and brought in bad faith, I don’t think this is true. It should be disregarded by the international actors and be dismissed with the contempt it deserves. No doubt, Abbas is being pragmatic and realistic. I call upon the United States administration and President Obama in particular to support Abbas’ initiative as it offers a unique opportunity for the realisation of the proposed and widely endorsed “two state solution” to this long-standing conflict.

Truth be told; there is no more room and time for exchanging pleasantries and niceties in high level meetings. If some sections of Palestinians and Israelis are still dilly-dallying in serious matters, then now is the time for the rest of humanity to show them that it is time to mean business. Ordinary people want a solution now, enabling them to live together harmoniously. Politicians ought to wake up to this reality.

Israel should be forced to abandon construction of settlements in the contested territories and accept to abjure the extension of its pre-1967 boundary. Paranoia and defensiveness on the part of some Israeli politicians like the Deputy Speaker of the Israeli Knesset, Mr. Danny Danon should be condemned. Racism and labelism such as terming all Palestinians as terrorists will not take us anywhere better.

On the other hand, Hamas should be forced to recognise the right of Jews to exist peacefully in their own land, without incessant provocation. Therefore, the Hamas leadership should denounce provisions of its Charter calling for the destruction of Israel. Israel’s existence shouldn’t be thought of as a mere privilege but a fundamental human rights issue.