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While We Still Have Time

In spite of the grimness of the times in which we live, there is still hope. If you feel, like I do, that the usual discourse about matters of critical concern tends to be superficial, misguided, and false, then you might find some solace and inspiration here. I will try to offer insight and a holistic perspective on events and issues, and hopefully serve as a catalyst for raising the level of dialogue on this planet.

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I was born in 1945, shortly before atom bombs were dropped on Japan. I served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1971. I earned master's degrees in Economics and Educational Psychology, and certificates in Web Page Design and as a Teacher of English as a Second Language. I followed an Indian guru for eight years, which immersed me in meditative practices and an attitude of reaching a higher level of being. A blog post listing the meditative practices I have pursued can be seen here.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Private accounts from Hell

Tonight George Walker Bush (I prefer the Spanish version of his name – Jorge Paseante Arbusto. Paseante means promenader.) will address the nation in front of an audience of soldiers at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. No doubt he will insist that his war is going well, that it was done to protect you, and that the world is better off without Saddam Hussein in power.

It’s all tripe, of course. Bush can’t speak before anything but a captive audience, and what more captive an audience than soldiers at Fort Bragg? There’s a Federal supermax prison in Florence, Colorado, but it might be a bit of a challenge to get the inmates to cheer at designated times during the speech. No problema with the soldiers. They’re conditioned to do what they are told.

What he won’t be saying is what the real plan is. What was the war really for in the first place? Why all the torture? Why the massacres in Fallujah and Buhriz? Haven’t heard of Buhriz? Small wonder. The kept press has kept it hidden. Read about it here.

I think I can shed a little light. According to "leftist" analyses, the Bush gang members are "Neocons" (short for "Neoconservative," the supposed symmetrical opposite of "Neoliberal") ideologues, utopian intellectuals from think tanks like the American Enterprise Institute, The Heritage Foundation, and the Hoover Institution. And of course, the Project for the New American Century. These minions do have influence, but the real reason "leftists" focus on them is because they are ideologues themselves. Since that’s the world they live in, then that’s the foe they are up against – other ideologues. It’s "left" versus "right," by definition.

In actuality, the main force behind the "conservative" movement is lust for wealth and power - a mental and emotional state. Whether it is individuals, corporations (made of collections of individuals), religious zealots, or political operatives, the supporting cast in the Bush criminal operation is a vast array of people who want to dominate other people, who want to live lives of luxury and privilege, and who want to have impunity from responsibility.

They also want to kill people. Legally. Commit murder and get away with it. Capital punishment isn’t enough. Massive poverty, disease, hunger, joblessness, and misery aren’t enough. Outright killing on a large scale is what is desired.

The lies that led to the invasion of Iraq can be rationalized by some as the necessary propaganda to enable the great empire, so it can be on its way to triumph. But I believe the real reason the lies came so easy is that they were consistent with the general criminality of the Bush regime. The torture can be explained in the same way. Law enforcement professionals have known for decades that information gained by torture is unreliable, but the Bush crime family insisted on doing it anyway. Why? Because torture is its own reward. Just like the power to take the lives of others, the power to torture creates the false sense of overlordship, of Godhood on Earth. "God" doesn't just talk to George Bush. "God" is George Bush. Or George Bush is "God." "God," being made in the image and likeness of man, since that is all that man's mind can handle, is just another guy, in this limited view. A very powerful guy, but a guy nonetheless. In the words of "right wing" preachers and generals, he is "better" than the Muslim "God." More powerful. More loving. More just and kind. And, curiously, he hates fags. At least that's what all-knowing preacher Fred Phelps would have you believe.

So in the name of Godhood on Earth, kill, destroy, maim, and torture. Render whole nations into abject misery. Terrorize the ones you don’t destroy, maim, and torture. Steal by invasion, extortion, subversion, and deceit.

Which all begs one question: What is gained? All the wealth and power in the universe? Immortality, hah, hah, hah, hah!? Purging of life’s slights and humiliations?

Hardly. The gains are fleeting and fragile. We all die some day, and as Wal-Mart heir John Walton so clearly demonstrated yesterday, you can’t take it with you. Whatever thrill is to be gained from murder and torture, it won’t last, and even a lifetime of murder and torture must end some day. Then comes the next phase, and no mortal arrives there carrying his impunity with him.

Which begs another question. What about all the people murdered? What happens to them? According to the fiction of the murderer, either it doesn’t matter, or they go to a bad place.

Iraqi girl killed during the Shock and Awe campaignBut au contraire, mon président. Over 100,000 people have been killed in Iraq, and unknown thousands in Afghanistan. They went somewhere, and it is likely a better place than the future home of sociopathic criminals. Take this child, for example. What harm did she do, to earn being marked for murder by the Bush crime family? None, of course. Her suffering is over, but I would not like to be in the shoes of those who caused her death.

More to the point, the essence of the error is in thinking that because you have killed someone that you have solved a problem, that you have gotten someone out of the way so that you can accomplish some end. In the case of the Bush crime family there are the multifaceted goals of control of dwindling oil supplies, big money for cronies like Halliburton and Bechtel, control of nations, control of masses of people, and of course, diversion of interest from responsibility for other crimes.

To gain the whole world, but suffer the loss of one’s immortal soul, a warning from Biblical times: Mark 8:36. Then there is the famous quote from Jesus: "It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God" (Matthew 19:24).

Another warning: Thou shalt not kill, the Sixth Commandment. Everyone gambles with misbehavior in their lives, but homicide is one that only fools play around with.

I’m not sure what happens to anyone when their time here is completed, but it can safely be said that what one does on this plane of activity should be undertaken with great care and respect. The illusion of impunity is for the dullard, the criminally insane, and the arrogant. We have a combination of all of these running the U.S. government at the present time, and it’s time we remove them from office, and from impunity. To do less is to be complicit, and to be complicit is to share in their destiny. And that destiny is not a stock in which I want any shares.

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