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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, December 17, 2014

It's About Time

Tougher than toughDick Cheney is acting up again, making the rounds of pundit shows. It is hard to say who is the most evil human being on the planet, but Cheney is certainly a top contender. He is an advocate for torture and murder, without reservation or discernment of victim, other than "suspicion." It could be anyone, foreign or domestic. Salon has a great analysis. I had this response:
Excellent analysis. Except for one thing. The completion of the Cheney plan could not have taken place without the attacks of September 11, 2001. They were way too handy. At the very least the Bush criminal regime engaged in VERY active negligence in advance of the attacks. In the Senate 911 hearings the questioning was easily deflected with bureaucratic doubletalk. Too easily. Bush was allowed to testify in private, not under oath, and with Cheney available to coach his testimony.

The criminal negligence in advance of the attacks is both clear and prosecutable, even now. Their negligence led to the deaths of 2997 victims in the 911 attacks, 5281 military deaths in the "war on terror," countless Iraqi and Afghan deaths, thousands of deaths of NATO troops, and deaths of many hundreds of innocent people in drone attacks.

A slight pause in reading 'My Pet Goat'
There is no statute of limitations on murder, and in international law there is no statute of limitations on war crimes. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Powell (yes, Powell), Wolfowitz, Perle, and others will be prosecutable for the rest of their misspent lives.

In Economics there is a term known as "as-if," used to explain behavior that can't be directly traced to a motivation, but inferred. Using the "as-if" principle, the Bush regime behaved as if they were consciously enabling the 911 attacks. They couldn't have done a better job of enabling if they were indeed actively planning the attacks, and therefore it can be safely inferred that they in truth were paving the way for the attacks. The way they behaved afterward is consistent with what guilty parties would do to deflect attention away from their criminality, and especially from holding them responsible.

And, in the news of the day, the president is ending our ruling elite's isolation of "Cuba," announcing that he is establishing diplomatic relations, plans to open an embassy, and exchanged prisoners. I responded to a National Public Radio story about the announcement in this comment:
I'm sure the term "game changer" is being bandied about, but what may be more appropriate is momentum shifter. This is a brilliant move on several levels. One is that Obama has pulled the rug out from under the "Republicans," the mythical "right wing," Fox News (where a collective primal scream can be heard), the parasitic and manipulative Miami Cubans, and whatever national security "interests" (and their money backers) might have in continuing this evil campaign against Cuba.

One of the benefits of the change in policy just might be the return of Guantanamo Bay to its rightful owners, the people of Cuba. If Obama can't close the illegal prison any other way, he can just revert Guantanamo to its rightful owners.

We can look back with some amusement, and some anger and indignation at all that has happened in our relationship with Cuba since 1959. Ridiculous attempts were made to assassinate Cuban President Fidel Castro, including an exploding cigar, poisoning, and terrorist attacks. An attempt was made to blame the assassination of John F. Kennedy on Castro. A frustrated and paranoid Castro invited the USSR in with its nuclear missiles, and as a result we almost engaged in a disastrous thermonuclear war.

Obama, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, is now earning the award. His momentum shift came just in time. Hopefully it will be enough to reverse the harm that has been done to not just Cuba over the decades, but to our own country. Here's hoping he follows up on this momentum shifter with many others. He has two years left in which to do it. He's off to a great start.
 Momentum is shifting everywhere. It's about time. The silliness we have been experiencing since about the time JFK was assassinated couldn't go on forever. I don't mean to be a Kennedy apologist. It's just that in phenomenological terms the great decline began the day he was killed. Symbolically and mythically, attempts were made to blame his assassination on Fidel Castro. Now we can start a new myth.

Here's a song to celebrate with.

Buena Vista Social Club.

Here's some celebration music from another part of the Caribbean.

Here's a song for old times' sake.

We should never forget John O'Neill, who worked tirelessly to prevent the 911 attacks, but was thwarted by the Bush criminal regime. He died in the World Trade Center.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

O'Neill, like Oswald was simply the patsy, a Company cover for Poppy's "Reichstag" PNAC Attack upon OUR Own people. But King/Obamanable, knife-in-the-back "progress" is being made; with 'only' an exponentially everless number of casualties in the present Pnacis' war of terror! A mere 5K compared with 50 each in EastAsia and 300K in the Big ONE!! HALLELUJAH!!!

12/18/2014 10:45 AM  
Blogger John Hamilton said...

It sure is a big world out there. At first this looked like the predictable "right-wing" trash talk, but on second read it's more in the "left" domain. Of course I put both "left" and "right" in quotes, because they are myths perpetuated by the news media, politicians, and adherents.

Nonsense can be free of any pretend "ideology." It's a sign of the times. A monk told me a long time ago that we're living in an era when even an insect can have a human birth.

12/18/2014 12:31 PM  

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