Hello, I am Australian by birth, consider myself to be open-minded, and have no religious, racist or political persuasions or tendancies whatsoever.
I have to admit that I am somewhat ashamed of the actions of my caucasian forbears and ancestors before me, in their oppressive treatment of the indiginous peoples of Australasia; superb caretakers of a beautiful piece of the world for many thousands of years. My ancestors believed naively that their actions against these beautiful people were justified by their god and their queen.
My knowledge of events occurring in the middle east is more than likely naive and biased by media persuasions, but I cannot help but feel pity for a race and culture of people who are oppressed for similar reasons to those which have occurred in the past on this big island that I call 'home'.
With open arms I now proudly share this large but fragile island with peoples of many diverse races and cultures.
Whilst I emphatically deplore the actions of a minority of radicals to murder innocent human beings, I also deplore the actions of a group of peoples to oppress, vilify and depose another race of human beings in the name of a religion.
I have viewed many 'us and them' opinions on this web site, opinions that offer no solution to the problem in the middle east, and never will, unless tolerance, humility, empathy, compassion and understanding is adopted as a realization by all, regardless of race or religion, not only to achieve peace in the area, but to also achieve a much-needed peace world-wide.
Are these ideals too simplistic to be considered, or have segregative religious ideals become more important than our ability to embrace our neighbours?