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The Cost of Victory

Posted by admin on August 16, 2014 in Uncategorized |

Has Israel accomplished its goals and objectives? The last real victory was the 1967 War and unless Israel’s military echelons instill that victory “cost something” there will be continued bombing from Gaza. Israel must destroy every element of Hamas and this includes those who support them. When Israel listens to public opinions, policies of the US and Europe and makes decisions based on those opinions then Israel will surely fail. The axiom “What will the international community say” strikes a chord. Israel must ruthlessly destroy the enemy stronghold expel the population and then annex it. A plan of removing the Palestinians from Gaza should be implemented quickly.

In a recent survey conducted by an Israeli firm on August 1, 3,450 people were surveyed and the results were astonishing. A whopping 97.2 percent wants the government of Israel to completely destroy Hamas. This staggering number shows that there is no room for neutralizing Hamas by just destroying tunnels. The survey crossed all sections of Israeli population from the left to the center and the right. This clarion call of destroying Hamas proves again that Israel is united in ending a terrorist organization in their mist. Since this is the desire of Israeli citizens every effort should be made to implement the wishes of her citizens. Anything less than the complete removal of Hamas will embolden more attacks against its citizens.

What would it take for Israel to dismantle Hamas completely? It takes a willingness to lose soldiers and sacrifice their lives for the good of the nation. Here lies the problem. Israel’s reluctance to lose soldiers in order to halt the bombing is the “real issue”. The second issue is what to do with a hostile population? What is Israel left with? The complete destruction of its military apparatus and its terrorist network is the key to victory and expulsion of the entire population. If Israel expels the population they would not have to worry about administering the 1.8 million hostile pro Hamas inhabitants.

If this sounds drastic it is not. There is precedent it expelling populations. In 1970 Jordan expelled 200,000 Palestinians. In 1994-95 Libya expelled thousands of Palestinians and demolished their homes. In Kuwait 400,000 Palestinians were expelled during the Iraq war. The demilitarization of Gaza is not the answer because it still allows the population to remain in Gaza. The government of Israel must act quickly the citizens of Israel have spoken they don’t want rockets and missiles looming over their communities. With the influx of Jews coming from France, Great Britain and other parts of the world, these new arrivals can settle in Gaza and make it a flourishing economic oasis.

 

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The Reality of Necessity in Human Society

Posted by admin on August 16, 2014 in Uncategorized |

Necessity means the object that we human being needs to survive or to live. It is the sole word and the most important fact in human life depending on various situations. We notice a great change in the life of human being depending this term. People judge everything in this strange world according to its value, whether it is a thing or an animal. We all people live in a society as well as in a country where a great law is established over the pages of books or constitution that man is for man and society is the symbol of brotherhood and unity. This would be a great virtue in human society if it existed in the practical world forever. But the truth behind this word ‘necessity’ is somehow tragic and painful.

In this society, every man holds a position according to his financial and educational state. The other people inferior to him try to respect, convince and help him. Besides, we should not forget that the other people superior to us try to dominate, humiliate and degrade us. We have to remember the truth that what we see in the morning would not be the truth based on the reality of past and present.

For an example, if we observe the role of a father in a family, we get the true answer to every question. A father is the root of a family in case of financial authority and decision-making. He seems the highest authority of that family where every member of that family can be dominated by his own decision. After that, with the time, he becomes an old person as well as feeble both physically and mentally. In those days of his old hood, he was bound to lose his supreme power in the same family. As he has no active participation in the financial function, most of the people neglect him in that family. Sometimes he seems to be deprived of his basic rights when he needs it most. Isn’t it a tragic truth for that man who has served the whole family and its members for a long time is now a burden to others? So where are the respect and love which he had once more than demand?

Now observe a life cycle of a domestic animal. A domestic animal is reared up at our home and it serves us in our several hard tasks such as food production, transportation and so on. Finally, when it becomes old and unable to finish the given task successfully, we sell it to others or slaughter it to get the least profit from it. We don’t consider it as a member of our family, which has served us for several years with its last effort. We do not like to get us in a loss project anymore.

So, it is clear to us that there is a little difference between a man and animal comparing their ending part of life. Both of them face a tragic future when they lose their necessity in a family as well as a country.

Are these words ”respect, helping, love” true in real sense? Who can answer?

Yes, Time, the teacher of life can answer all these questions according to the moment. The most valuable and honoured person can be rejected by everyone when he degrades from his position, whether because of immoral act or an accident. So, the real fact in this circumstance is nothing but the necessity. Every man behaves according to his need.

For an example, if a person needs the help of a police to be free of charge, he pretends of respecting towards the police in order to get the dishonest help. In our common life, we see how a person passes his life from success to failure. The man in an active and successful position serves a family as well as a nation through his hard works and merits, but when he becomes old and feeble, he is undoubtedly considered as a load to be carried unwillingly. It is hard to reach beyond this hard truth. A man does everything live, to survive only. He gets himself in a crowd of numberless well-wishers.

But everything changes with the time and our condition. We observe the harsh truth based on our present capability. We can experience this truth only through time when we’ll reach in such a condition. When we are strong, we are able to serve; we will get many people around us to delight us, to accompany us. Unfortunately, we’ll observe a great desert in a populated society after changing our condition. Therefore, the value, importance, respect, loves everything depends over our ability of serving in a society. When the necessity finishes, our existence also vanishes from the history of love, friendship, society, and country. Therefore, we are none or nothing except the parts of the ground ”Necessity”.

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Getting on Your SOPA Box – The Implications of Both the Stop Online Piracy Act, and PIPA

Posted by admin on August 16, 2014 in Uncategorized |

The U.S. Senate is swamped in debate on whether or not to pass a bill to “promote prosperity, creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation by combating the theft of U.S. property, and for other purposes.” in a move to further emphasise the reduction of piracy across the internet. This law – should it pass – grants U.S. law enforcement the power to tackle offending websites outside of its own jurisdiction, with the potential ability to censor internet search engines from displaying links to these sites. With the new bill corresponding with the PROTECT IP ACT (PIPA), there are serious concerns that this will jeopardise free speech.

The Senate’s previous attempt with the Combating Online Infringements and Counterfeits Act (COICA) failed to pass in 2010, which was an indication that the bill would never succeed in any shape or form. It has been lying dormant since, but recently Representative Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said that the Committee is scheduled to return debate to SOPA in February. The controversy surrounding the bill came into the foreground when White House officials mentioned the concern of essentially ‘crippling the internet’, by potentially harming perfectly legal activity.

The U.S. Constitution, which has stood as the country’s sense of backbone for over two hundred years – and received amendments as recently as twenty years ago – has always invoked the right of free speech, and may be about to undo itself. Laurence Tribe, a constitutional law professor at Harvard University, said that SOPA “would undermine the openness and free exchange of information at the heart of the internet.” but faces opposition from AFL-CIO President Paul Almeida, saying “Protecting intellectual property is not the same as censorship; the First Amendment does not protect stealing goods off trucks.”

In protest against the bill – which Daily Mail editor Sean Poulter described as “draconian” – information hub Wikipedia has shut down their English-language site, which has roused users across the globe, as well as affecting businesses and students alike. While SOPA isn’t being taken into account until next month, PIPA may be in discussion as early as next week. There are continuing cries that the measures within PIPA are echoes of the online situation in China, which already possesses extreme censorship of its internet.

 

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Should Animals Be Used for Scientific/Commercial Testing?

Posted by admin on August 16, 2014 in Uncategorized |

For a long time, animals have been used as test subjects in a process to approve new drugs, chemicals, and medications. They have become significant tools in searching for cures for life-threatening diseases and checking the safety of products for human use. What many people tend to forget, however, is the serious harm this does to animals, and that there should be no reason to harm any living thing-no matter the goal.

Each year in the U.S., 26 million animals are used for experimental purposes, specifically to help design medical treatments, determine the toxicity of medications, and check the safety of new products made by scientists. Animals are usually the first round in the testing of a new product and because of this, they are the subjects exposed to the possible bad results of the unprecedented product. Not only is that already an act of cruelty, 95% of the animals tested for research are not protected by the Animal Welfare Act law. This law protects many species of animals but excludes birds, rats, mice, and cold-blooded animals. Since it is these unprotected animals subjected to research, many suspect that scientists are just taking advantage of the law.

It is in these labs that animal testing can be clearly seen as an inhuman and cruel act. According to the Human Society International, animals are force- fed, made to inhale toxins, and sometimes deprived of certain necessities such as food and water. Furthermore, animals are also restrained physically for long periods of time, and some of these animals are then killed when they are no longer needed. They are also inflicted with wounds or diseases just so scientists can experiment with chemical formulas and mass-market products. For example, the Draize eye test was performed to study the eye irritation caused by shampoo products.

To do this, scientists used rabbits with their eyelids open with clips, so they could not blink the chemicals away. Another test- LD50- is a test to find out which dose of a chemical can kill 50% of the test animals there.

So why are we, as humans, intentionally harming all these animals? The fact that they cannot talk the same way we do and have different survival means does not make them any lower than a human. In addition, the structure between humans and animals are different. In fact, scientists are finding that even if a product passes through an animal’s system doesn’t mean that it will work well for humans. The sleeping pill thalidomide made in the 1950′s was tested on animals before its commercial release. Later on, scientists found out that the pill caused deformities in 10,000 human babies’ births. Similarly, an arthritis drug named Vioxx showed that it had a protective effect on mice’s hearts, but when given to humans, there were reports of 27,000 heart attacks and sudden cardiac deaths. The same also works vice-versa. Certain products may not work on animals, but could be a potential cure for humans. Aspirin is an example of that. Now knowing this method is not fool proof, why are scientists still relying on animals as test subjects, even when there are alternatives?

Another contemporary alternative is in vitro testing, which can prove more accurate results, as the product is tested on human cells rather than animals (which have different cells.) In this way, human volunteers can donate blood for scientists to test their new products on. Skin products can also be tested on human skin rather than animal skin, because test tubes and plastic wells also have the ability to grow sheets of human skin cells. With the advance of technology, computer models of human molecular structures can predict the toxicity of substances without needing animals. Not only does this help prevent animal abuse, this method is less expensive than animal tests. Since this is all funded by the government research center, this alternative way can allow the government research to direct their attention to other problems too.

Finding other ways of testing can save many animals’ lives, sparing them from a lot of torture and abuse. Using these other methods can also make new products more reliable for human usage. This change in eliminating scientific testing on animals could also allow the government to budget their money, save animals-recognizing that they are living things like we are, and produce safer, more reliable cures that will benefit humanity.

 

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Hang Juvenile Rapists?

Posted by admin on August 16, 2014 in Uncategorized |

The burning issue these days is should the Juvenile Rapists be hanged?

Let us understand a bit of law for a better grasp of the issue as per Section 83 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) any act committed by a child above 7 years of age and below 12, who has not attained sufficient maturity of understanding to judge of the nature and consequences of his conduct on that occasion is not to be considered as an offence. Therefore, rape if committed by a person over 12 years of age is automatically a crime and a punishable offence. Therefore the reasoning given by proponents of hang the juvenile rapists that such acts are not considered as crime is incorrect. Such acts are considered as crimes.

About The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000 (Act)

The Act is the legal framework under which juveniles (individuals below 18 years of age), who commit a crime are tried and rehabilitated. The primary motive of the Act is to ‘Treat and Rehabilitate’ juveniles. The Act was brought in compliance of Child Rights Convention 1989 of the United Nations. The objectives of the Act are:

 

  • To consolidate and amend the law relating to juveniles in conflict with law and children in need of care and protection, by providing for proper care, protection and treatment by catering to their development needs, and by adopting a child-friendly approach in the adjudication and disposition of matters in the best interest of children and for their ultimate rehabilitation through various institutions established
  • To Adhere to the constitutional provisions which are:
  • Article 15(3): Special Provisions for women and children
  • Article 39 (e): That the health and strength of workers, men and women, and the tender age of children are not abused and that citizens are not forced by economic necessity to enter avocations unsuited to their age or strength
  • Article 39 (f): That children are given opportunities and facilities to develop in a healthy manner and in conditions of freedom and dignity and that childhood and youth are protected against exploitation and against moral and material abandonment

 

Therefore the Act was primarily for rehabilitation of juveniles who have strayed towards crime so that they can become contributing members to the society.

Understanding Punishment:

Before we jump on #HangTheRapist bandwagon, it is critical to understand the concept and theories of punishment. Punishment typically serve 5 purposes:

 

  • Deterrent Theory of Punishment: Punishment’s primary purpose is to show the futility of crime, thereby teaching a lesson to others. The ideology behind this type of punishment is that crime is committed to further the interest of the criminal, against the well being of the society. The deterrent theory tries to make crime an expensive affair making it a bad bargain for the criminals. The drawback of this theory is that crime is often committed in the heat of the moment and the criminal does not have the wherewithal at that moment to weigh his/her acts, hence the desired effects are generally not seen under this theory.

 

In an interesting judgement of Phul Singh vs State Of Haryana, the young accused had raped a 24 year old neighbour. The hon’able Supreme Court had held, the appellant is a youth barely 22 with no criminal antecedents save this offence. A man like the appellant has a reasonable prospect of shaping into a balanced person, given propitious social environs, curative and congenial work and techniques of internal stress release or of reformatory self expression. The hon’able court observed, the incriminating company of lifers and others for long may be counter-productive, and in this perspective, we blend deterrence with correction and reduce the sentence to rigorous imprisonment for two years.