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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.

Sunday, December 31, 2006

Transitions great and small

Partners in crime. Or is it strange bedfellows? To read about Donald Rumsfeld and Saddam Hussein, go to this URL: http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB82/index.htmI didn't feel any joy or relief at the hanging of Saddam Hussein. Just sadness. His death symoblizes the entire debacle of "Iraq," from its creation to its present state of meltdown. The history of "Iraq" is one of outside occupation, oppression, invention, interference, invasion, and assassination. And of course, there is the oil.

The outsiders have consistently been the ruling elites of "Great Britain" and the "U.S." It was the "British," under the guidance of Winston Churchill, who created "Iraq" in the first place. "American" involvement increased following World War II, in contrivance with the "British," with the overthrow of Abdul Karim Qassim, which paved the way for the tyrannical rule of Saddam Hussein.

As Eric Margolis notes today, it was Winston Churchill who first ordered the gassing of the "Kurds" of "Iraq," setting the example so enthusiastically followed by Saddam. Every perfidy, every evil of Saddam Hussein and his henchmen can be traced to his "British" and "American" backers. Whatever "weapons of mass destruction" he ever possessed were supplied by his Western enablers. Whatever torture and oppression of his people he fostered was in turn fostered by his Western enablers. Whatever invasions he foisted on his neighbors were enabled by his Western enablers. This includes the invasion of Kuwait, which almost certainly was an entrapment, a more foolish gambit, in hindsight, than the current debacle. It was the tacit approval of Saddam's invasion that set into motion the long process that has culminated in the farce we are now seeing.

The real question is what the future will bring. There is much lament that Saddam died before he could reveal the secrets of "American" and "British" involvement in his crimes. In the grand scheme of things it matters little. There are much greater forces and inevitabilities than can be controlled and manipulated by little men like George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Tony Blair. Ever the optimist, I see the unraveling of the Bush crime family's adventure in "Iraq" as a pivotal phase in the transition to true civilization. My best sense of the future is summarized in the comment I made to a Smirking Chimp article this morning:

http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/4325

The downsizing of the Bush crime family

I wouldn't hold my breath in anticipation of the "American" people demanding the truth about Saddam Hussein. There's plenty of truth out there already.

The wheels of Karma grind slowly sometimes, especially when it comes to world affairs, the interactions among nations, criminal cabals, and individual lawlessness. George W. Bush is not going to be a revered national hero, no matter what success he has in covering up his crimes. He will die in disgrace, likely in a drunken stupor at his "ranch," with the official reason being something akin to choking on a pretzel.

No matter what the outcome of the Iraq fiasco will be, something is coming to an end. The Industrial Revolution has reached its pinnacle, and now is beginning its descent. With global warming and numerous other environmental pressures, raw criminality at the governing level of society will not yield the gains that perpetrators enjoyed in the past. The need for survival will be paramount, and the luxury of "leadership" by the likes of Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush, and Bush will be a thing of the past. Likewise for "leadership" by the likes of Kennedy, Johnson, and Clinton. A Carter-type would do, but we will need to do better.

Ultimately, the criminal era of "American" empire-building around the planet is over. There will be a few last-ditch desperate attempts like attacking Iran, Syria, North Korea, and maybe Venezuela and Cuba, but the game is up. The species will very soon be focused on its survival. Little men like George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and their various clones around the planet will have to settle for lower-level crime like armed robbery, burglary, and rape.

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