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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.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Ancient warfare

Catapulting the propagandaThe Jack Abramoff scandal is kind of fun to read about, kind of disgusting, and kind of ominous. These people – Abramoff, Norquist, Rove, Reed, Bush – are much more (or less) than criminals and sociopaths. There is a desperation to their criminality, a feverishness, that boggles the mind. They really want power, money, influence and privilege very badly.

There has been much written about Bush’s state of mind. "Bush on the couch" presents the case that George W. Bush is a sadist, driven by a need to retaliate, an alcoholic in denial, irresponsible, paranoid, projecting his destructive fantasies onto others. Capitol Hill Blue has reported on Bush’s mental lapses, temper tantrums, and erratic behavior. And OpEdNews expressed concern about Bush’s claims that he is on a mission from God, and that God tells him what to do.

Whatever Bush’s state of mind, he is an evil presence on Planet Earth, and should not be holding any kind of office, public or private. He should be breaking rocks in the hot sun for the rest of his life.

As far as his cronies, his partners in crime, their particular states of mind are not matters of great interest either. The important thing is that they should be on the same chain gang as Bush. Hooh…aah! That’s the sound of the men working on the chain ga-a-ang! Hooh…aah! That’s the sound of the men working on the chain gang (Apologies to Sam Cooke). Visualization, then actualization.

This is no time to be complacent, though. Numerous reports are appearing that the Bush gang is planning to attack Iran with nuclear weapons. Partly, this has been the plan all along, the next step in the Project for the New American Century’s scheme to take over the world. The added frenzy can be accounted for by the Bush crime family’s desperation to stay one step ahead of the law.

It will remain to be seen if public and international pressure, criminal prosecution, media exposure and criticism, and wild card events will be able to stop Bush’s attack on Iran. The corporate news media, though increasingly challenging the criminal Bush regime, are still providing cover and interference for it, however futilely. Wolf Blitzer of CNN got publicly shamed by Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean the other day after trying to connect Democrats to Jack Abramoff.

In other words, there is a system of criminality and support for criminality in the United States. The Bush crime family operates within a protection network of legislators, news media, the court system, intelligence and law enforcement agencies, and individual and corporate money suppliers. Internationally there is also a support network of politicians like Tony Blair of Great Britain, Silvio Berlusconi of Italy and John Howard of Australia; international corporations that benefit from war, pollution, gun running, and control of oil; dictatorial regimes in the Mideast; and, of course, Israel.

Indeed, Israel is the most unfortunate ally of the Bush crime family. Founded in the wake of the World War II atrocity, the country has benefited for decades from the guilt capital it has with the civilized world. It could have been a beacon of light for the entire planet, but has instead descended into the nether regions of brutality, oppression, and paranoia. Given the hostility of the neighborhood, the path Israel has taken is understandable, but that doesn’t make it something to be admired. Now Israel is reported to be the main accomplice in the impending attack on Iran.

What about us, the broad masses of people on the planet who haven’t been asked about starting a nuclear war? Are we mere spectators to this madness, with no say in the matter? Apparently. We can march, write to our elected representatives, write letters to the editor, and in some cases try to disrupt the "business as usual" of everyday life. But mostly we are hostage to the mass system. It is set up that way.

But the situation is not hopeless. The network of support for the Bush crime family just might be having second thoughts. It is one thing to plot attacks on other countries. What follows, as we are seeing in Iraq and Afghanistan, is another thing entirely.

Given the fragility of oil supplies worldwide, our European "allies" might have a misgiving or two about getting on the Bush World War III bandwagon, however secret the bandwagon may be. Soulless corporations, in other words corporations, might be a tad uneasy about the likely economic disruptions that would result from another war. Dictatorial regimes throughout the Mideast would likely fall, their populations inflamed by yet another "crusade." Indeed, regimes in the "free" world would not have such an easy time, with simmering social unrest likely to reach the boiling point. The populations of Europe and the Mideast will be the ones to bear the brunt of the radiation that is spread by a nuclear attack, and are not likely to accept it without a fight.

So the real burden of consequence rests immediately on the ruling elites of Planet Earth. They all know that the Bush regime is a criminal operation, and that it is now desperately trying to salvage its dream of world domination, and at the same time is desperately trying to stay out of jail. Even though large corporations are essentially criminal operations themselves, they know when their own survival is at stake. Oppressive regimes are also criminal operations, but they also know when their own survival is at stake. Tony Blair and John Howard, morally bankrupt though they may be, know that a nuclear attack and/or war would likely result in their fall from power, and worse. In Blair’s case in particular, he knows he is vulnerable to prosecution as a war criminal, and he faces a risk of imprisonment.

This is all in the context that the power structure of the planet is faced with solving the problems of climate change, pandemics such as Bird Flu and AIDS, environmental degradation, overpopulation, and the fact that the worldwide economic complex is an infinite growth system on a finite planet. The planet, being finite, does not have the resource capacity for infinite growth. Almost needless to say, it especially cannot grow infinitely on an energy system that is fossil fuel based. If we don’t solve these problems, we suffer the fate of failed civilizations throughout history. We become history.

So even if the Bush crime family succeeds, it fails. Indeed, if the impending attack and/or invasion of Iran does "succeed," it will accelerate either the demise of world civilization or the saving of world civilization. Whether civilization is saved or destroyed, it is safe to say that it will not be ruled by the Bush criminal organization.

Given this reality, Bush’s only hope is to "catapult the propaganda" in a desperate and vain attempt to make his "dream" work. It’s all or nothing for him. The long arm of the law is reaching for him, his wars are not working, worldwide problems are calling for solutions, and the disruption and distraction of another war are all he has. If his catapult doesn’t work, he just might find himself catapulted into prison, and his support network just might go there with him. Such an irony. In the nuclear age, the biggest battles are being fought with catapults.


Blogger Davidb said...

loved reading your blog and I was particularly interested in the link to Bush on the Couch.
Here in Australia I would love such an analysis of our Prime minister ,John Howard.
His ideologically driven 'reforms' to workplace laws, media, war in Iraq and Afganistan, his vision of a secure 'comfortable ' Australia harking back to values of the 1950s would I feel be excellent material for a qualified analysis.
Maybe we need to analyse the Australian populace for voting him leader for 10 years with no sign of him standing down.
keep up the good work

2/23/2006 5:17 PM  
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