A tough journey of love addressed to the greatness of the American people and
the United Nations
in search of peace and security for all|
By Tarek Ali Hassan
Friday, May 02, 2003
Ghandi taught: take care of the
means and the ends will take care of themselves. With the benefit of
this historically penetrating teaching, the great minds of the founding
fathers of America champions of liberty and human rights, so courageous
and daring for their time could not have failed to modulate their vision
about paths to liberty, freedom, peace and prosperity. In a dream I saw
leaders of their stature rising to the near impossible challenge since
9,11 for to devote their genius to the causal diagnosis and treatment of
violence in our interdependent pluralistic World. I was dreaming of
leaders of stature determined to transcend the tragic circuits of
violence and counter-violence in a shrinking pluralistic World in which
everyone has a right to the pursuit of security and happiness. I was
dreaming of vision and leadership able to transcend the temptation of
thinking that beating the rest of the World into submission since
America pocesses the biggest stick, is the road to peace, security and
I dreamt that the enormity of
what happened on 9.11 shocked leaders World-wide into a new
consciousness, and a determined anti-terror, anti-violence mood and
vision. I dreamt that in the US the shock produced for the country
World leader of a calibre worthy of the grandchildren of Tom Paine and
Thomas Jefferson, A Mahatma, a great soul with the vision to steer the
World, including the US, into safety, security, and non-violence.
I dreamt that the enormity of the shock opened up channels of
memory linking present generation Americans to their nation’s founding
fathers, most of whom, including the great George Washington, were
perceived by the dominant nation of the day, the British government as
culpable terrorists! I dreamt that present day Americans would remember
that some of their most sacred symbols:the Capitol and the White House,
were indeed targeted, not by the then Islamic caliphate but by the
British in 1812!
I dreamt that fair Americans of today may see
the coming words not as a mere foreigner’s intrusion to be rapidly
rejected, but as an act of love from a non-American and a Moslem, who
cares deeply about the best in America and in American history: a song
of lofty human values and achievements that presents for all the path
and the hope to transcend the worst in America and in American and human
Without the full affirmation in the present and future
of the lofty, pluralistic, and cross-national human values, we cannot
hope to transcend a history, the worst of which breeds hurt, violence,
counter-violence, repression and terrorism.
Like in a stream of
consciousness, I heard a voice of wisdom unfolding the following
extracts and quotes:
From the United States Declaration of
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all
men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with
certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the
pursuit of Happiness.”
"There are more instances of the
abridgement of the freedom of the of the people by the gradual and
silent encroachment of those in power, than by violent and sudden
usurpation." - James Madison (Architect of the U.S. Constitution)
"A nation that would give up essential liberty for a little
temporary safety deserves neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin
The following is the address that unfolded in
the dream: a stream of consciousness reflecting inexhaustible faith in
humanity, in the greater elements of the American people and in the UN:
Ladies and gentlemen, representatives of a traumatised World
Yesterday the great American nation was deeply shaken
by a most profound shock that was enough to drive any nation to anger,
even madness. Yet the responsibilities and the stature of greatness, of
being the proponents and protectors of freedom and human rights, force
upon our great nation the responsibility of understanding and causal
treatment of the factors and forces that led to the US being subjected
to this horrendous attack. The depth of the shock calls for self
examination at unprecedented levels, with the courage to
areas of consciousness long denied or suppressed.
We live with a
new reality that has far reaching consequences.
Our World has
become willy-nilly our communal village. The predicament of any of the
peoples of the World, under the new realities of our times, reflect
inevitably on all other peoples of the World. The rich and powerful have
for long neglected this elementary reality.
No country in our
group of united nations can afford anymore to perpetuate a profoundly
"unreal" and superficial stance towards the suffering, deprivation or
sense of injustice of any other peoples.
Earth is a freak small
planet in the solar system, with a freak, fragile and vulnerable
life-sustaining atmosphere. The continued failure of meaningful dialogue
between the races and creeds on this fragile planet threatens all life
Perhaps out of this shock and horror we can birth a
great opportunity for ourselves and for mankind. We in the West, and the
dominant nations of the World, owe it to ourselves and to mankind to
pause for a moment of difficult self examination.
invented mechanised warfare and practiced it with a vengeance, even
though it goes against all the moral codes ever evolved by man along his
painful journey towards social evolution. We have invented and practiced
mechnised impersonal killing. We have invented, introduced and used
atomic weapons and chemical weapons. We have introduced chemical and
biological weapons and carry out active research in weaponising
biological agents. We perceive ourselves as the right and righteous,
defenders of freedom and democracy.
It is a terrible shock for
us to realise the gulf between how we see ourselves and how others see
us. Now with our interconnected small World we naturally panic that
“others” may use our own evil creations against us. In our self
satisfied affluence we have become extremely vulnerable, and desperately
seek ways to make ourselves safe.
Some of us who are
legitimately angry and frightened, but lacking in farsight or wisdom,
are persuaded by those with their hidden agendas to view the path to
safety as being another cycle of using yet more of our creations of
destruction to eliminate all who do not see eye to eye with us. Yet I
see it encumbent upon America, as World leader and protector of freedom
and democracy, to turn this terrible moment of truth into a quantum leap
for humanity to rid itself forever of weapons of mass destruction, and
to cure all humanity of the perverse concept of impersonal killing and
mechanised impersonal war as acceptable means of conflict resolution.
We cannot and must not under any circumstances repeat the old
patterns of the twentieth century and thus bear sad witness to the
acceptability of those old tragic patterns of response.
road to safety and security, no human society, or collection of human
societies, however strong, rich and privileged, can afford to perpetuate
a selective commitment to justice and human rights by allowing racial,
religious, cultural or economic factors to decide whether the “wronged”
belong to a group or country in which it is expedient either to support
human rights or to ignore them.
On the Road to safety, security
and continued prosperity, there is
absolutely no alternative to
international Justice and universal Human Rights in our endeavour to put
an end to the chain reaction conflicts, stresses and abuses of societies
and environment that threaten all and that have emerged with such
terrible effect on 9.11.
We cannot afford to be woken up to
chronic injustices via harsh "reality sandwiches". As the supreme World
power, it is our responsibility to find just solutions to chronic
We must listen to others, not just to chronic
affirmation of our own rosy self perceptions!
towards the "backward" millions in the Southern hemisphere and in
"other" lands, whom we label "backward" compared to us " prosperous,
capitalist, post-industrial, and materialist leaders of civilisation"
must change radically as the fragile overstressed ecology of the earth
CANNOT sustain our model of development and progress if it were to be
taken up by the three or so billion “underprivileged” who are supposed
to follow our model for "progress" and development if they are not to be
labelled backward and inferior.
Ladies and gentlemen,
The shock and awe of the September 11th happenings opens our
eyes to realities deeply suppressed and ignored.
innocent victims in the third World have been harmed caught in the
conflict we call “cold War” since 1945, while we saw nothing but our
fight against communism and/or other ideologies that could prove
unfriendly or a threat to freedom and democracy. The process continues.
This "process" has many variations. It has been given many names. It has
been given many justifications and rationalisations. The trauma and
human cost arising from that process is enormous. The danger to the
World community in the long term is also enormous. We repeatedly fell
into the trap of using extreme violence to protect and impose freedom
and democracy. This is an unacceptable paradox which must be addressed
NOW. While visiting unprecedented violence upon many nations, we
perceived ourselves as freedom fighters and protectors of democracy.
This paradox must be addressed without hesitation if we want to
cope with the problems of counter-violence, terrorism, fanaticism, and
the influx of the impoverished, the "defeated" and the dispossessed into
the countries of the "affluent" and "successful".
of these "unhealthy" aspects of international interaction, and the
absence of true dialogue between disparate cultures, must be addressed
if the "affluent" and the powerful are to be able to address their own
problems, their own profound and profoundly denied crises.
Millions in the Southern Hemisphere have suffered, either in the
clumsy and obvious way of direct violence and oppression, or in more
subtle ways of unfair economic dynamics, or through the effect of
incompetent, non-representative, unaccountable systems of government;
regimes that lead inevitably to the general failure of "natural" human
endeavour, with disease, famine, civil strife and violence as the
chronic expression of that general-social-endeavour-failure. People have
a right to hope, and to be able to see their life and labours bringing
them nearer to the realisation of their hopes and dreams.
have seen in the twentieth century the spread of the phenomenon of
general social-endeavour failure, closely allied to the distortion of
natural socio-political-cultural dynamics and the generation of
violence, mainly through the unprecedented commerce and flow of modern
weapons, all inappropriately introduced by the leading post-industrial
nations of the World. We have witnessed an unhealthy cultural and
conceptual dialogue between the developing nations and the dominant
cultures in the North which enforces inappropriate allocation of
resources to inappropriate technology. Sadly this has been the norm.
It is a process of which we, with all the powerful nations of
the World, are guilty. The whole of this process inevitably resulted
from our failing to enlist the expression of those millions concerned,
or to listen to their voices, oppressed as they are by modern arms
manufactured and supplied by us, and by inappropriate AID generously
supplied by us.
Under the guise of “protection”, "progress" and
development, the right of millions of people from "other" cultures to
"human rights" has been confiscated as a matter of habit. They ARE
backward, we argued to ourselves, and must first become like US before
we can talk to them and listen to what THEIR concept of progress really
Now that the advent of new technology and know-how has
transcended the need to mould man into the distorted early industrial
revolution mould, western man frequently finds himself unable to escape
the trap of a distorting mould. He is in some part deeply aware of the
quantum jump that his more "natural”,”intuitive” "under-developed"
counter parts could take, should they find access to the most developed
human knowledge and technology in the service of human values. There is
understandably a gulf of suspicion and resentment, mixed with admiration
Ladies and Gentlemen,
unaccountable, flagrantly military or quasi military, and by necessity
immeasurably corrupt, regimes of the eternal "STRONG MAN" formula, were
to become the "norm," and were kept in power by direct and indirect aid
from us, including latest technology modern weapons. We thought we were
winning points in our fight against the Eastern block.
Russian empire--before the fundamental changes it went through after
1989 -- frequently played a parallel role in her spheres of influence.
Neither super-power cared that our struggle was deeply harming peoples
in the Southern Hemisphere.
We, the "richer" and more powerful
giants of the Northern Hemisphere, played out our "cold" and not so cold
war games at the expense of the real people of the "other" "poorer" and
"weaker" countries in the Southern Hemisphere, distorting to an extreme
degree the process of socio-political and conceptual development that
was so necessary for their growth, and for their emancipation from the
grip of poverty and life-support incompetence.
The cold war
conflict really started in 1917, when the capitalist countries were
thrown into a panic by the tide of communist revolution. In that panic,
they tolerated, even helped, fascism as a counter monster monster. When
the fascist monster became too monstrous, we plunged into a life and
death struggle of unprecedented violence, first with fascism to 1945
followed by the struggle against the original monster, communism, which
continued to Gorbachov and 1989. This tragic history represented, and
still represents, the conflict of interest, the prejudices and the fears
- real or hysterical - of the West and the Russian Empire as they
evolved in a win/lose matrix. It was a conflict ruthlessly and
relentlessly fought -- especially after 1945 . We in the States became
hysterical: remember our terrible experience with McCarthyism after the
victories of Stalinist Russia and the overtaking of half of Europe. No
one can pretend that our actions then represented the primary or
"natural" cause of the peoples of the Southern Hemisphere .
fight against communism was paramount. It was vigorously pursued. It was
pursued without the least regard to the interests of the millions of
peoples in the Southern Hemisphere. Eventually these became simply
either secure spheres of influence or fought-over spheres of influence
in the "super-power" game: i.e. the freedom versus communism struggle as
we perceived it.
Occasionally we appeased our uneasy consciences
with aid programs.
Europe made full use of the Marshall plan.
There was no cultural or structural gulf. Sadly we did not devise a
similar Marshall plan for the South . We would have been unable to
devise or implement such a plan even if we wanted to. The culture gap
and structural obstacles were so great and creative thinking to surmount
the problem was not forthcoming. We chose other options serving our
interests and the strategic fight against communism. We were in an
emergency and had no space for attempting communication across channels
which did not exist. Our impact on the South gave absolute priority to
the gobal confrontation with communism.
In the South and
underdeveloped countries, did anyone in the US and the West give any
thought to the impoverishing effect of inappropriate "aid" and
technology, and the ravages of non-representative, non-accountable
Regimes practising random violence on a hopelessly
out-powered populace, with the help of northern technology and aid is
not the worst of the picture.
The inevitable effect of such
governments was to undermine a society's flexibility and effectiveness
in facing the challenges of developmental education and production, and
of natural changes, disasters, social stresses, disease and scarcity ..
etc. It is not surprising, as we pursue the chronicle of famine,
epidemic (most serious in Africa now is Aids), civil war and mass
displacements, to note the enormous and chronic proportions they have
reached, and to relate this mismanagement by enormously corrupt
non-representative governments as being empowered directly or indirectly
Ladies and gentlemen,
If the facts and
figures relating to the human cost to the peoples of the Southern
Hemisphere, of the post second World War super-power conflict and of the
US/western "fight" against "communism" for "liberty" and "freedom" --
were collected and analysed, the full horrors of a veritable "other"
Holocaust would be unleashed, and yet we ignore that holocaust
Every nation -- as is with the individual -- wishes
to develop and keep a conscious-clear, self righteous perception of
itself. We in the US are no exception; a perception protected and
amplified in every possible way, not least by a tacitly enforced
limitation on mass media information. Whatever courage and sense of
justice individuals in the mass media may have, there is this tacitly
imposed limitation on how much can be shown, said or transmitted that
stretches a nation's perception of itself beyond certain limits. The
real danger is that we believe that we are completely free and fully
informed when we are not!
Few people in the West feel the full
impact and significance of this "other" Holocaust because the "other
Holocaust" in this post-war "un-cold" war has been unfolding far away
from the immediate consciousness of "freedom", "human-rights" and
"justice" loving Americans and Westerners. It is unfolding in an area
that is distanced enough geographically and CULTURALLY to the extent
that the disturbing consciousness of the horrors and doubts about them
can be comfortably dimmed.
Without deliberately lying, selective
reporting in the mass media can do the trick, any trick! Witness the
concentration on Iraq and the whipping up of free "public opinion" up to
January 1991 in preparation for our military action, then the almost
complete black-out re Iraq after our goals were fulfilled and our
interests served. Information mania about Iraq is suddenly switched off
while the human disaster reaches paramount proportions, thousands of
dead and dying as the tyrant ruthlessly crushes uprisings encouraged by
us then conveniently forgotten. We lose interest post hot war as
millions of threatened and dispossessed human beings and refugees, are
hounded and persecuted by a series of diverse and disparate forces not
least by our use of weapons containing depleted uranium. I predict Iraq
will reach top of the charts again when and if we (certain forces in a
short sighted administration) decide to take military action again. The
very mass media that transmitted the image of our “strong man” as hero
will do everything in the new stages of the relation to demonise and
vilify the former hero, leader, statesman etc.
After the shock:
We must all face the mirror,
difficult as this may be!
An appropriate critical self appraisal
could mirror to people of good will within the Western Alliance
super-power grouping lead by the US, that their concept of the once USSR
super-power grouping as "Empire of Evil" is in many instances mirrored
in the perception of many countries and peoples in the of us… us, the US
and her allies, as “ the empire of evil”.
In the West we hear
and amplify the grievances of the peoples in Eastern Europe because they
are geographically and culturally nearer to us, and because it is in our
interest to hear them, amplifying our ongoing fight against communism in
the democratic, freedom-loving West. We hear and amplify the grievances
and interests of the Jews because we are guilt ridden, interconnected
and culturally related and because we give up on the Arabs and Moslems
whom we perceive as irrational, incoherent, non-communicative, violent,
corrupt and despotic entities!
As long as we remained on top and
all interactants saw eye to eye with us, we have always upheld freedom,
free trade, democracy and human rights. However, when our interests are
threatened, we can resort without hesitation to the use of suppressive
force worthy of the most repressive regimes. Since September, note all
the legitimately angry voices calling for massive repressive actions,
massive empowerment and financing for unaccountable bodies licensed to
kill, and draconian laws circumventing many of the sacred democratic
safeguards. The after-shock puts to the test of critical and practical
appraisal the depth and the extent of our commitment to universal human
rights and pluralism, and to our "sympathetic" stance towards human
The maligning of the "other" cannot protect us
from the over-whelming fact that ever since the end of the second World
war, neither super-power has shown any real primary commitment to the
human rights of peoples in their spheres of influence. That information
is automatically and fanatically ingrained in western minds in relation
to the USSR, but never in relation to ourselves. In fact since the
Gorbachov era the USSR has shown the greater readiness to self
examination, to take risks and to accept the challenge and danger of
"listening" and responding to change.
The Western psyche is full
to saturation of the human rights violations by the USSR in Eastern
Europe, both in its spheres of influence and within its own boundaries.
It is an easy surrogate "baddy", which if destroyed, made to collapse or
allowed and encouraged to disintegrate and dissipate, then all will be
perfect and ideal in a World dominated by a single "good" super-power
and a single "good" dominant culture "us".
This indifference to
oppression, denial of the right to human rights, denial of legitimate
interests, operates over people in the Southern Hemisphere -- where it
seems life does not matter anyway, while all ears and eyes are open to
abuses in the USSR and Eastern Europe.. It is a licence to indifference
towards "human" considerations which is freely granted in relation to
societies whose populations are non-Europeans and who do not speak a
common language with Europeans. In many cases these people are not only
non-Europeans but they are also non-Christian. They do not belong to the
Judeo-Christian tradition. Frequently they belong to the "Islamic"
tradition which remains a complete and rather frightening enigma to the
majority of Western minds. Alternatively they are "Latins" or "Asians"
who belong to traditions that are strange and bizarre, unpredictable,
violent and cruel. We have as leading World nation done very little
study of Islam and of history, other than our own, and we have
frequently become sucked into a limiting literalist interpretation of
the bible, especially the old testament, as we look upon some of the
oldest and most enriching civilisations of mankind..
made out to the contrary, there exists an enormous cultural and
communication gulf. The bridging of this gulf is of fundamental
importance to the wellbeing and security of the whole World. We must
rise to the challenge. It is the price of greatness and leadership.
In the absence of true dialogue, unless we truly hear and listen
to the voice of the “other,” it is too easy to make the assumption that
"my" interests are the interests of "good," "freedom" and "development,"
and conflicting interests and view-points are "evil". How long have we
been locked into this frame?
Perhaps there is hope for the
rebirth of real dialogue after the very evident and dramatic bankruptcy
in application of the international ideologies of the "traditional" left
and the rigid "communist" liberators. After the collapse of communism,
we must together create a new pluralistic peaceful World: a
qualitatively different World that has no devil/monster at the door.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
We must not allow one
freak day of horror to cause us to squander all the cummulative gains of
human striving towards justice, equity and security through dialogue and
non-violence. This terrible moment could be turned into a golden
opportunity to lay together the political, cultural and economic
foundations of a pluralistic multilateral World that a fully reformed UN
is empowered to maintain.It is a hard job for all of you, and for the
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is in the
nature of socio-political dynamics that there are change and anti-change
forces. One of our tragedies has been our mistaken stance towards these
very forces of change, branded by us, the western super-power, as the
unacceptable "left”, and so aborted by ultra-right military and quasi
military oligarchies, which we supported to the hilt by our various
agencies, who were progressively empowered to practice the right to
cross borders and boundaries of legality, purportedly to serve our own
supreme national interests. We have since reached the stage, learnt from
the Israelis, of practising without compunction a policy of “targetted”
assasinations of our enemies. These abuses have aquired a form of
perverse acceptability and normality that we now advertise and brandish
them without shame, even with pride!
It is eye opening to find
that in 1991 the arch conservatives, the rightists, the anti-change
forces in Russia, were the communists! Is it possible that while
perceiving ourselves as freedom fighters and democracy supporters we
imperceptibly turn into a major anti-change and anti-development force?
We need to realise the importance of identifying and supporting
forces for non-violent change beyond the short sighted interpretation of
our immediate interests.
The process -- the socio-political
dynamic -- should always have been seen in the light of change and
anti-change forces that allow a free human dynamic amongst pluralistic
forces, whose right to exist and to exert influence in the
socio-political dynamic is maintained and insured by the general faith
in the sanctity of the human rights declaration, which was adopted by
all nations after the terrible trauma of the second World war. Such is
the freedom and democracy support stance worthy of us in the US.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Since 1985 we have started to
dissociate ourselves from the likes of Marcos, Norriega, Pinochet,
Mebotos even Saddam Hussain, the Arabian peninsula despots etc..
However, the devastation created in these countries by the "our strong
man" policy continues. The temptation to recreate our "Strong Man, Hero"
to serve our interests, is still obviously there! It is being
hysterically practised by many very powerful agents in the mass media.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Let me explore with you some
reigning counter perspectives which offer a much easier Western alibi.
Do forgive me, Ladies and Gentlemen, representing the developing
countries in the Southern Hemisphere.
"It is true that the
Southern Hemisphere is in a mess".
"All can see that it is
racked with violence, disease , terrorism, civil wars, regional wars,
debt, corruption, famine, military and quasi military dictatorship, mass
murder, mass torture as state policy, religious extremism, failure of
economic development, mass migrations, forced migrations... etc."
"These people's predicament is of their own making. It is their
favorite boring pastime to lay the blame for everything on our door.”
"They are backward compared to us civilised Westerners. Decades
of colonial rule, attempts to educate and enlighten them and lead them
to progress have largely failed.” We have tried hard to help and
civilise them but failed!
"They are socially and politically
immature, chronically denying their own failures as they indulge in
conspiracy theories in which they see themselves
as heros and us as
"They are inherently irrational and violent. They
inherently see the World in polarised monochrome and can have no
dialogue with the "other" except to destroy them". Of their
fundamentalist religious beliefs, we are sensitised when we hear Moslem
calls for violence, subjugation and destruction of the unfaithful, on
the road to the ultimate triumph of the one and only true religion. We
deliberately cast a blind eye to similar postures or actions by
fundamental Jews, Christians, Hindus etc.
"They are inherently
incapable of a pluralistic attitude to ideas or persons or groups. They
have therefor failed to develop any democratic institutions".
"Democracy is unsuited to them. Inherently they do not believe
in human rights. They create their own dictators if none are imposed on
"They speak mumbo-jumbo that can never be understood and
even if the linguistic barrier were to be bridged, the cultural
difference cannot be, as this cultural bridging is an essential part of
communication by language, so communication is really impossible".
"Even when they speak English or any other civilised language,
you won't understand what they really want to say as their pronunciation
is so perverted and corrupt"
"These millions or billions as a
mass believe in odd and mostly brutal religions. Their beliefs are so
fanatically held that no dialogue on any fundamental issue is ever
possible with them. They are chronic prisoners of their own dogma and
"Remember Bokassa, Meboto, Aidi Amin".
the Untouchables and brutal class systems"
inter-religious massacres in India and Sri Lanka"
“Remember the blatant abuse of women and
"Remember the burning tyres, the black to black violence.”
“ Remember the treatment meted out to the
weak when the oppressed gain power!"
"Remember, the kidnapping, the
hostage taking, the hi-jackings"
“As for the Jews and Zionists
and the Zionist State, they are exempt from all these formulae. They
speak our language, and after all we in the dominant cultures carry
enough sense of guilt towards them to last a lifetime, and they are
pitted against these hopelessly despotic and corrupt regimes and their
corrupted peoples. We cast a chronic blind eye to their anti-human
Facing the realities of the Holocaust in the South, the
real danger of the above Western stance is not that it is obviously
false. On the contrary, its danger lies in that it is superficially
"true" and convincing to the Western mind.
seems to be validated and amplified continuously by the happenings and
"news" as received in Western TVs and as read in Western newspapers.
One has just to remember the news stories generated around
Kaddaffi, Bokassa, Idi Amin, Pol Pot, Khomeini, Saddam, Iraq/Iran War,
Iraq/Kuwait. Iraq/Iraq conflict and gulf wars, hijacking, hostage
taking, terrorist attacks, mass murders, political violence and
persecutions, the interminable civil wars, religious wars, apparent
indifference to human suffering, to life, distress and destruction of
The whole stance is frequently validated
and fed by events as they are superficially reported in the mass media
whenever they deal with news items pertaining to the Southern
The frequently uni-sided non-analytical information
acts to validate a priori assumptions. Our blinkered self-righteous
stance is amplified.
Whenever the easy attitude of sensational
reporting of present "symptoms" without analysis of the causes at the
roots is adopted, the potential positive role of TV and press is
betrayed into a simple assumption-affirming, public opinion-manipulation
role. We in the US and in the West have been perpetrators and victims of
that role for a long time. Thanks again to Michael Moore for drawing our
attention to the effect of our TV Nation status.
Together with the great Michael Moore, I now see the
tragedy of us having become for many years “TV nations”.
facile western attitude and the sensational reporting and sensationalism
of the mass media is affirming false and anti-dialogue stances in the
West. It is also endangering the great developmental changes towards a
win/win World of a non-power-coerced interaction of legitimate visions
and interests of all disparate elements within a country and in the
World community at large.
Establishing and rooting the win/win
principle and non-violent resolution of conflict is the road forward to
equitable peace, universal disarmament, demilitarisation and
denuclearisation. That was the dream of all the traumatised nations in
1945 when they gave birth to the UN and its charter. It was the
embodiment of a determination NEVER AGAIN. How did we almost
imperceptibly slide into an even more cruel cold/hot War lasting 45
We need all the social forces, within and outside
governmental organisations, as allies in this win/win noble endeavour to
find and re-establish the spirit of non-violent conflict resolution
enshrined in the UN charter.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
need to rise beyond the use of "surrogate" crises in every other part of
the World as a ploy to delay the reckoning of our own dilemmas and
crises. We cannot indefinately postpone critical self appraisal just
because we are too arrogant to diagnose the root problems in our
win/lose conceptual matrix, or to bring to the light the enormously
powerful cartel of mechanised warfare that is so deeply embedded into
the fabric of our economic well-being. These mostly covert dynamics
force us to cling to ever new models of mechanised warfare-as -arbiter
model into which we seem to be chronically imprisoned. What is the way
out? All must help! This is a truly noble cross-border, cross-cultural,
cross-national and cross-religious pursuit, in which all carry a
I must sadly confess that we have
all accumulated a past history which must be understood in a new light
and be atoned for, before we can hope to make amends. All together we
now need to transcend this history.
capitalist World, if it is sincere about development and security, must
not use everybody else's crisis to deny the reality and the necessity of
its own crisis of the need for development and change, "humanisation"
and the transcendence of a history of unprecedented violence, especially
throughout the twentieth century.
Ladies and gentlemen
The US emerged after the second World war to take up her role as
World leader, inheritor of the Anglo-French empires and spheres of
influence, co-arbiter of JUSTICE and the protector of human rights in
the World at the dawn of the "Russo-American Pax". This Pax was
discordant! Our partners were ideologically dangerous and aggressive.
The Anglo-French tried to impose their conditions on their former
colonies. We finally stood up to them and helped thwart an Anglo-French
invasion of Egypt! Our Russian partners strove to turn the World into a
Russian Pax World. We strove to impose the American pax. No holds were
The United States' first full experience of
international role and responsibility after its civil war and prolonged
"isolationism" was to be whisked without any preparation whatsoever,
after World War two, into the position of World leader, protector of the
World against the tide of communism, and inheritor supplanter of the
vast Anglo-French Empires.
With all our good intentions our
foreign policy suffered from enormous lack of experience, rudimentary
knowledge of World history, and little understanding of the World’s
ancient formative cultures. We carried with us to our position of World
domination a host of naive assumptions and misconceptions.
inherited from the former World powers an almost inescapable disregard
for the interests and legitimate aspirations of the "vanquished" peoples
of the Southern Hemisphere and their vanquished cultures. In the end you
cannot consider a point of view that fails to become expressed or
transmitted in any language you can understand. The "other" peoples were
not only "vanquished," they were incomprehensible. They had no voice.
An illuminating example is the wording of the Balfour
".. the British government favours the
establishment in Palestine of a national home for Jewish people, without
prejudice to civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish
A whole non-European people were being
dispossessed, and many of them perhaps being condemned to refugee
status, with a conscience-saving clause added to the edict.(“rights of
existing non-Jewish communities…”)
Recent history abounds with
this inhumanly callous and long term disastrous disregard for the rights
of "other" who are weaker and poorer, especially if their legitimate
rights go counter to "our" immediate and/or envisaged interests.
We, against our principles, inherited the imperialistic stance.
“Their” interests therefor did not count, or counted for the very little
needed to maintain the self- delusion of "humanity". “They” were simply
rather despised "non-US communities," in harmony with the style of the
Balfour declaration dismissing the Arabs of Palestine as “non-Jewish
Inspite of the mounting communication gulf,
and the realisation by a few of the dangers involved, there was to be no
serious attempt to make large scale inter-cultural, interlinguistic and
inter-religious communication a primary concern of governments and
decision makers on either side of the communication gulf.
the human march in modern times persisted in the hitherto recurrent
"pathology" of opting for material power and "brute force" as the
arbiter in human and international relations, it happened that after
"industrialisation" the post industrial nations militarily defeated,
crushed and routed nations that were much richer and much more
"powerful" in the non-material aspects of human existence, and this to
the infinite impoverishment of all sides and of mankind.
and societies that had immense accumulated reservoirs of wisdom,
knowledge, culture, spirituality and understanding in the arts of humane
life-love-death, were humiliatingly crushed and their values despised.
In time they were induced to despise these values themselves.
stress that the impoverishment and the dangers effected victors and
The little experience that the US had had
for an acceptable formula in her "spheres of influence" was her
experience in Central and South America. It has been the formula of the
military or paramilitary dictators acting as the "STRONG MAN" of the
banana republic, supported in power by arms and money provided by the
Ladies and Gentlemen,
If the relation
of the post-war US -- the greatest power in the World --- with the
Southern Hemisphere was already seriously flawed by the American
inexperience and cross cultural limitations, their existed in the
American policy makers' consciousness and dynamics, in addition to the
usual "economic interests and privileges-protection" goals, two
enormously complicating priority goals, namely our obsessive need to
fight communism and to support Zionism, and the creation of a safe and
protected non-integrative Zionist state in the heart of the Arab and
Moslem World. The backgrounds of these humanly tragic and wasteful
stances were, in addition to the well documented economic and political
factors, strongly tied to cultural self-validating misconceptions and
information manipulation factors that were to play an increasingly
important - if little documented - role in our modern World.
Historically both goals are understandable, but the way these
goals were perceived and implemented has been tragic for us and for the
whole World, but most especially for peoples of the Southern Hemisphere,
Africa and the Arab World. Deeper analysis demonstrates convincingly
that hysterical anti-communism (variations on the Senator McCarthy
stance and the "reds under beds" syndrome) and hysterical pro-zionism,
have done a disservice to the cause of "freedom" and to the Jewish
people. They have contributed to the unleashing of chain happenings that
are of tragic consequence to the World, the Jews and to the peoples of
the Southern Hemisphere.
As we learn from history, we discover
that the very same goals could have been served much more effectively
with a less hysterical stance and a less blinkered approach, carefully
avoiding violence as a mode of policy implementation, and capable of
continuous and original dialogue with all the parties concerned.
Many of the individuals and movements destroyed in the
"hysterical" anticommunist stance were liberals and nationals and
potential statesmen of the highest order, who legitimately saw the
validity of certain socialist policies for their countries as well as
the validity of non-alignment. They were -- in the Southern countries --
extirpated as "communists". Whereas the US managed to "tolerate" a
Wilson, a Palme, a Schmidt, a Craxi or a Mitterand in Europe, it would
generally use everything in its formidable overt and covert gamut to
dislodge and extirpate the parallel counterparts of the Wilsons and
Mitterands in the third World.
The peoples of the "inherited"
Southern Hemisphere had in our spectrum of options, no right to human
rights if that meant that they would vere left !
"Strong man" used his dictatorial powers to throw his country into the
bosom of the "rival" super-power. In this case, we screamed “communist
take over” and the country was turned into a "hot" interface for the
then active "cold" war, with deliberate external destablisation, civil
war and flow of arms to rival miltias, fanatics and terrorists, whom we
would label as heroic freedom fighters (Indonesia, Angola, Nicaragua,
Ethiopia, Afghanistan, etc..)
In the end the "battle" against
communism was to move to resolution by "enlightenment", culture and
communication, and the process of dialogue within the society -- so
courageously responded to by Gorbachov -- and the same dynamics of
dialogue, were eventually the salvation and healer of disparate and
Visiting the greatest museums of human
cultural and civilisational march communicates very forcefully that many
of the peoples of the under-developed countries were much more
developed, "advanced", and sophisticated than their “industrial”
conquerors in many domains of life, culture and "civilisation," until
the industrial revolution put material force as the absolute decider of
who "wins" and who "leads."
Ladies and Gentlemen,
industrial revolution produced POWER but not culture, power but not
wisdom, material abundance but not sensitivity . The industrial and
later technological revolutions produced almost unlimited power in the
material domain but not in the domains of communication, understanding,
growth, healing, communion with self and with nature, harmony. In the
arrogant denial of these vital elements, including the denial of the
culture and knowledge of the "other", technology and industry can turn
-- and have turned -- into a threat and not a blessing. Without the
modesty to make all these forces and riches secondary to life and human
considerations, they will lead us to mastery but not to harmony, to
material wealth but not to happiness, to privilege but not to peace. We
shall then remain a threat to life, to our environment and in the end to
ourselves. Why is it that everytime we have a globalisation conference
we are surrounded by the angry protests of the best of our youths!?
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I have already admitted that
in the post second World war period, the "Super-power" formulae for
"spheres of influence" were those of "control" and not of mutually
modifying dialogue with true interdependence. These "alien" countries
and alien cultures were to be ruled by some anticommunist "Strong Man"
aided into power by the full weight of Super-power agency and money.
These "Strong Men" would "control" their peoples in a natural attempt to
stay indefinitely in power.
They would exercise that control
instead of the formal colonial occupation forces. They would use for the
control the national armies, who were to be re-armed with modern western
weapons and to be thrust into a position of unwarranted and
unprecedented privilege: a position from which it would be near
impossible to budge them.
National armies, armed to the teeth
with the most modern twentieth century weaponry, were now occupying an
incongruously privileged position, protecting their "strong man"
benefactor, and performing for his masters the role of the occupation
forces of the colonial era. By suspending the right of the people to
self determination and basic human rights, and suspending the right to
have an effective say in their own government and its decision making,
the efficient management of the country and use of its resources in the
best interests of its people was prevented.
Now I admit this was
a short sighted cynical policy.
To those who doubt this cynical
mechanism I ask:
How else could any company of people, whatever
their creed, color, race or culture, tolerate and support mismanagement
and corruption at a scale that turns former economic independence and
prosperity into debt several times the gross national product ?
How would societies support governments and leaders who led them
from disaster to disaster? and from one massive expensive defeat to the
next ? How would people ravaged by disease, famine., civil war, crop and
production failure, hail the wisdom of their government and the
greatness of their leader ? People had to be overpowered and crushed
systematically and continuously by the overwhelming force of modern
technology and weapons supplied in abundance by the North, to accept the
We are guilty!
Ladies and Gentlemen,
May I point out to you stages in the evolution of the “our
strong man” formula.
Many of you represent “our strong man” regimes
all over the World, yet in this terrible hour truth is more important
than all other considerations. Please then forgive my calling a spade a
Certain patterns in the our “strong anticommunist man”
formula emerged: it became a euphemism for ruthless military or
quasi-military dictators or archaic premedieval family monarchies
squandring trillions of petro-dollars on everything other than
meaningful education, human growth and development, which are all
obviously dangerous for dictators and tribal monarchies.
pattern of the “our Strong man” regimes regularly evolved as follows:
Destroy all opposition, terrorise the whole populace, especially
intellectuals and liberals, by the now "normal" campaigns of
persecution, torture, prolonged imprisonment and murder, thus completely
sterilising political, intellectual and artistic life by the terrible
"licence to be tortured or killed" label of "communist".
control of the information media and sources, educational content and
orientation, and achieve generations of brainwashed "followers" full of
admiration and "love" for the hero and "saviour", part of a repeated
nightmare scenario, until the "strong man" isolated dictator enters into
the inevitable delusional state phase.
The “I am Almighty and
Divine" state is reached ! Most of “our strong men” reached this stage;
an inevitable end stage for absolute rulers and dictators, isolated by
their own success in achieving and maintaining absolute power.
At that stage it is not very becoming for the "Saviour" himself
to remain a loyal servant to the super power even though it was the
super-power that made it all possible in the first place.
more intelligent "Saviours" start by playing one super-power against the
other and experiment with games of blackmail against both. Others dare
to declare "independence". We call them renegade or rogue states.
We would "suddenly" discover that our loyal Strong man Hero
"Saviour" of his people, is a corrupt criminal, murderer, thief
surrounded by thugs, drug smugglers, murderers and thieves. Suddenly !!
Unabashedly and suddenly ! Norriega, Saddam, Bin Laden, Marcos, our
former heros, become presented to the World as evil criminals and
Sometimes the "Saviour" in his state of grandeur
was ousted by us and replaced. Sometimes he would be so entrenched as to
be unbudgable except by death, assassination, senility or war! e.g.
Pinochet, Norriega, Galtieri.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I repeat at this terrible hour: we are guilty of a great many
mistakes and miscalculations. We need to be mature enough to face them
and transcend them. We should now be mature enough and believe strongly
enough in humanity to carry the burden of knowing that violence does not
erupt out of the blue! Hatred and suicide missions are not a natural
primary human choice!
As an illuminating example, let us
together review the happenings in Iran.
We felt threatened: a new
pattern had been allowed to emerge . New licenses were taken by secret
cross national agencies. A truly frightenening pattern of licences was
creeping into the code of behaviour of several secret agencies including
“the licence to kill”. And this was on behalf of an unknowing American
people who were being fed on misinformation. More and more moral and
legal barriers were being over ruled. We blythely and short-sightedly
forgot about the teachings of the great Ghandi: “take care of the means,
the ends will take care of themselves”. We surrounded ourselves with
James Bond and 007 conspiracies for World domination that possibly
reflected a deep deep subconscious desire in some of us. We put all this
on celluloid and on digital and virtual reality media. Very few realised
that we were thus engaged in justifying a rising amorality in our
relation with “other”. We were engaged in justifying the blatant rise of
non-democratic institutions that were immune from rules of transparency
What would the grandchildren of the freedom
and justice loving founding fathers do or say if they knew fully what
our cross national agencies and forces have been doing and justifying in
their name? And in the name of freedom and the free World whose
interests were those of America?
As we examine Iran as an
example, we see ourselves deliberately, ruthlessly and cynically
frustrating legitimate aspirations.The Mossadaque government and its
actions towards Iranian petrol in 1951 were representative of true and
legitimate national aspirations.
The nationalisation of Iran's
petrol by the legitimate government of Iran, led by prime minister
Mossadaque, when investigated without the prejudicial effect of the
"dirty" word "nationalisation," and with the invaluable contribution of
hindsight, meant nothing more than the right of Iran and its people to
have more say in the management of their country's petroleum resources
and a more just share in the returns: just demands which no man or woman
of good will can argue against: just demands that the West had to
concede in the seventies after a tragic and unnecessary struggle, whose
human and material cost should have been unacceptable and insupportable
had "human" considerations been the guideline for appropriate and
inappropriate action in conflict dynamics.
The "West" does not
show the slightest hesitation to cease assets and even freeze
enterprises and put up tariffs, the minute it decides that it is in
their interest to do so. Witness the overnight dissolution without
warning of the "Bank international of Credit and Commerce", with all its
dealings well known, shared and participated in by the West up to the
point when it became against Western interests to allow it to continue.
Witness the tariffs on steel and on Japanese cars! Any parallel actions
by Southern nations trying to assert their sovereignty immediately
appeared to us as a communist plot that must be aborted.
"Western interest" schemes to depose Mossaddaque, eventually aided and
abetted by our CIA, are common knowledge, written about blithely by
Western writers, former secret service men, and "Game of Nations"and
“Spy catcher” writers from the West and the USA.
activities led to the deposition, arrest and imprisonment in August 1953
of Iran's freely elected prime minister -- echoes of Chile and Allende
and of parallel happenings in many Latin American, Asian and African
Countries. The return and re-institution of the Shah was plotted. The
CIA’s chosen man; army General Zahidy and his "loyal" military forces
arrested the country's legitimate prime minister and occupied the
Simple! America's will was done!
This was followed by massive "aid" to buy American arms, to
equip and arm "control" agencies, including the notorious SAVAK, and to
implement, or rather to enforce, progress "Western style".
brief to the grateful Shah, his generals and his agencies of "power" and
"control" was : "EXTIRPATE COMMUNISM"!
The ensuing era of
"magnificent" progress was marked by US aided and abetted persecution of
the "communists": an umbrella term which encompassed -- as a recurrent
pattern -- liberals, intellectuals, thinkers, dissidents, left of center
nationalists, and then in time leaders of the religious movement.
In time the religious right, the only remaining "opposition"
group with any cohesion left, was sucked into the net of persecution.
No atrocity was spared while the Iranian society was being
sterilised of everything that "smelt" of left or of opposition, all in
preparation for magnificent progress, "Western style".
as state policy, murder, assassination, extermination, massive
imprisonment, concentration camps, became normal occurrences. They
became "normal" features of daily life. Police, army and "secret"
services regularly and systematically unleashed their worst against the
unprotected civilians -- the unfortunate and beleaguered citizenry. All
these terrible dynamics were entirely unknown to the great American
people, grandchildren of the founding fathers and some of the most
important defenders of freedom, constitutional democracy and justice in
Such was the encouraged and accepted pattern in
privileged Iran – as in many former colonies -- enjoying the Pax
Americana and perceived as a vital front in the fight against communism.
The whole sorry story can come under the tiltle:
unnecessarily lost Iran squandering millions of dollars and wasting
millions of lives”
Yet the pattern unfortunately became deeply
ingrained, deeply established.
All in the sacred cause of
fighting communism and opposing nationalisation movements that might
jeopardise short term American and/or Western interests. We admit now --
rather apologetically -- that we were in a panic. What a price for
temporary American/Western panic!
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The short of it is, that as we thought that we were serving
the interests of freedom and the fight against communism, we were in
fact creating, supporting and arming not only non-representative
despotic regimes, but at the same time recruiting, training and arming
extremists of all sorts, especially Islamic extremists in Afghanistan
and in the Arabian peninsula.
The rise of Islamic extremism in
Iran has been the only viable response to overpowering chronic state
violence and to torture as state policy, and has been a "natural" result
of the disbalance created by the enforced suppression of full spectrum
socio-political forces. It represents just one example of how we helped
create fanatics and terrorists in our wake.
It has been
repeatedly demonstrated that the Strong Man regimes, whether they be in
or Central American, Africa, the middle East or East Asia, sterilise the
intellectual and artistic lives of whole peoples. They cannot and will
not tolerate opposition, dissidence or pluralism. They cannot afford to
cede any concessions on human rights for the people, who must be
"controlled" otherwise they will immediately go communist and
subversive! They practically ban all manifestations of human life
without a priori authority licence and control!
They have no
viable model of development and can have none.
violence on such an enormous and overwhelming scale generates such
opposition, which unless it has enormous faith, knowledge and training
in Ghandian non-violent resistance, seems to have no alternative but to
take the path of the fanatic, the terrorist and the violent ! Opposition
will continue to be fanatic and violent for as long as it is forced by
violent and sterile despotic governments of the day to remain voiceless
It is important to understand that the practice of
tacit and overt violence -- not least of which is violence and state
terror in the form of military and quasi military occupation, represents
continuous frustration of the rights of millions to express themselves
and to have representative accountable governments. This generates
violence in many apparently unrelated areas in human society which
overflows into any area of our village World. Even if it is comfortable
to deny it, human society is now inextricably inter-related every where
on the globe. Isolationism for any country is impossible!
man or woman will chose, as his/her primary choice, to make his
statement with an explosive bomb when he knows in his/her heart that
grievances will be justly listened to, understood and responded to,
and that justice will be done. Not necessarily all has to be granted,
but at least a minimal degree of understanding, listening and
In Islamic countries however -- for a complicated
set of reasons that can not be explained here—friendly tyrannical
goverenments have never dared to ban religion. Religion, with its
leaders the Shieks, Ayats and Mullas, its institutions, dogmas, rituals
and practices, represent a last resort refuge for a people persecuted by
untold state-sanctioned violence and cruelty, for a people, deprived of
all natural social outlets by our friendly governments: people whose
intellectual and creative-arts life has been completely sterilised, or
at least is continuously attacked and threatened find refuge in
Variations of religious fundamentalism
are a last refuge for peoples persecuted and pursued by the general
poverty and dire economic straits that are the inevitable result of the
inevitable economic failure, of our anti-communist, anti-disorder,
Strong Man governments, who are always of very limited horizons but
unlimited corruption. Religion that stems from the need for a desperate
last refuge cannot be taken "moderately". That last resort for wronged
and beleaguered peoples has to be held hysterically, fanatically, even
All the desperados generated by our recurrent
pattern friendly countries in the South, mostly Islamic countries, know
from valid experience that outside this fanatically adhered to refuge,
awaits the intolerable vacuum of economic, intellectual and emotional
isolation and sterility, and for dissidents certain torture, persecution
and death meted out to them en masse by their present or former rulers,
who are supported by the formidable power and machinery of the advanced
and certainly "evil" technology of the post-industrial US and the "West"
People are not fools. They perceive with a great deal of
bitterness that all the miraculous technology they watch on TV is
frequently denied them in the arena of development and production, but
"unleashed" upon them in abundance when it comes to the violent process
of war and the implementation of control and repression. The peasant
farmer, who cannot transport irrigation water to his modest wheat patch,
is whisked into military service, where in bewilderment and confusion he
is trained on rocket launchers and laser guided equipment!
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Let me share with you a
perspective on the recurrent phenomena of mounting violence generated by
frustrated human interactions at personal, interpersonal, national and
If the natural "primary intention"
movements towards justice, equity and legitimate human rights are
deliberately and repeatedly frustrated in any stronger/weaker
relationship--whether that be parent /child, old generation/new
generation, ruler/ruled,or rich/poor, on an individual, societal,
national and international rich nation/poor nation level -- a whole
pathological spectrum of "secondary intention" movements are inevitably
The main energy of the "secondary intention"
activities is destructive, inflexible violence in its infinite
variations, which include aggression, terrorism, fanaticism and
intolerance. If in your depths you absolutely believe that the other
person will hurt and harm you and yours if ever they can, a circuit of
self- validating paranoia is generated.
Believing we were
protecting democracy and freedom, the West played a major role in the
frustration of the "primary intention" natural movements in the Southern
Hemisphere and in many Islamic nations. We frustrated Mossaddaque and
the nationalisation scheme. In the second round of interaction, we had
Khomeni. We helped frustrate liberal democracy in the middle East. We
helped frustrate Arab Nationalism and encouraged Islamic fundamentalism.
Then we had Ben Laden. The pattern repeats itself. Everytime we help
frustrate a natural developmental movement we then have to cope later
with a multitude of monsters born out of this frustration.
are some parallels in the tragic relation of Britain and France and
Germany during the first half of the twentieth century. World War
conflicts pursued strictly and short-sightedly under the win/lose
principle could be analysed in a similar way .
After the many
short-sighted decisions before, during and beyond the first World War,
in the next round of win/lose game and with the victorious Western
powers even more terrified by the communist tide, they tolerated, even
aided Hitler until he emerged as the uncontrollable monster out of the
bottle. He was conveniently anticommunist, but quickly became an out of
control monster anticommunist !
Is there a lesson to be learnt ?
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I now come to the most serious and
shaking part of my address to you .
The post-industrial West is in
deep crisis. Outside its glazed enclave of civilised “Us” we have
survived and maintained our privileges and interests by practising
untold violence on the “Other” by the advantageous use of our
post-industrial mechanised warfare. We are now just starting to
experience the Nemesis of that formula. We cannot escape the fact that
it was we who introduced that post-industrial mechanised warfare.
We introduced impersonal killing: indeed mass impersonal
killing. It was we who first over-ruled moral, religious and
humanitarian taboos on such practices.
By over-ruling moral and
religious taboos since the industrial revolution, the balance of power
shifted sharply in our favour i.e in favour of the industrialised
countries. Thus World leadership shifted to the "industrialised" and
slipped away from the cultivators and agriculturists.
agriculturists were vanquished by the brute power of steel and of the
gun; instruments of mechanised impersonal killing. They were crushed
without regard for the invaluable and significant contribution of their
cultures, religions and civilisations.
The agriculturists worked
with life and with nature, knew of rhythms and cycles, respected
intuition and emotion, and those aspects of human existence that cannot
be measured or described but are so important. They were crushed.
The new industrialist masters of the World worked with metals
and machines. They lost touch with "soft" life and its cycles and
rhythms. They developed a new arrogance towards nature, and sought to
master and harness it at will. They laughed at intuition, despised
emotion and true spirituality, and would not acknowledge or respect
anything that could not be measured, described and demonstrated in
tangible ways i.e. captured and reduced to numbers and data.
relation with weapons and arms proves beyond doubt that we have failed
to carry the banner of civilisation and freedom forward in some
When men first invented weapons and pursued
their individual and group interests by using them, they were limited by
the primitiveness of those weapons. This limitation controlled the
possible damage and slaughter, and enforced a man to man quality on
conflicts. For a long time the numbers of humans killed, mostly in one
to one battles, were inevitably limited. Non-combatants were relatively
immune. The victims of tyranny far exceeded the victims of wars and
battles. This applied till the West underwent the industrial revolution
and evolved with it weapons of impersonal killing.
We have a
deep social, moral and security crisis in the West.
We are truly
terrified not just because of the enormity of what happened on 9.11, but
because since the industrial revolution we have had no compunctions
about using and developing mechanised warfare and/or weapons of mass
destruction and mass impersonal killing, as instruments of our power and
The spectre of history turning full circle to place
us at the receiving end of our own evil inventions is truly terrifying.
Yet the more developed and sophisticated we become, the more vulnerable
we become to the secondary effects of unresolved and deeply hidden
atrocities along our social and political evolution. The richer and more
developed we become, the more vulnerable we find ourselves to the harm
of our own evil inventions falling into the hands of individuals or
groups who harbour legitimate or illegitimate hate towards us.
During the centuries of our leadership we failed to ban violence and
war as an instrument of conflict resolution. We have never dropped out
of the process of continuous development of weapons that become more and
more terrible at each round. We have rarely desisted from selling
weapons to anyone who could or would pay the price.
centuries the challenge of modern instruments of death that demanded new
and original means of conflict-resolution, was ignored. International
regulation of war remained imprisoned in a false a priori assumption
that war is necessary and inevitable. The most advanced nations
restricted themselves to clauses about treatment of prisoners,
protection of civilians, and the banning of poison gas. All failed to
see the obvious, namely stretching all these noble and humane ideas to
their logical and necessary conclusion of demilitarisation and the
banning of mechanised warfare and impersonal killing as instruments of
With the advent of post-industrial arms and
weapons of impersonal killing, the industrial countries as the new
masters and leaders of the World were to face a challenge of enormous
magnitude. Will the win/lose, submit or be submitted concepts that have
reigned so far continue to dominate human relations, intra-nationally
and internationally ?
How can impersonal killing on the
unprecedented scale now possible ever be justified on moral, ethical or
religious grounds ?
The simple and clear answer is NEVER! Yet we
have all failed to rise up to the challenge. Is it not high time we do?
Therefore some way HAS to be seen round these three centuries of
blindness to the obvious. ALL impersonal killing is immoral and
What religious, ethical or moral system can
possibly justify the killing of
someone you do not know and cannot
see, who may be completely innocent and may even be on “your side”?
An opportunity, nay a necessity, for evolving indestructible
dialogue paths and new norms for national and international relations
was lost and ignored during the nineteenth century and the first half of
the twentieth century.
The temptation of steel, armour and the
overpowering "superiority" and supremacy achieved by the violence of new
post industrial machines of war was too great for moral, religious or
philosophical issues to impede !
Mechanised, automated wars and
impersonal killing represent a deep fracture in the history of the slow
human march towards civilisation and humanisation.
It is a deep
fracture created, disseminated and perpetrated by us. The casting of a
blind eye to the immorality of mechanised warfare and the absolute
immorality of weapons of impersonal killing is a serious, mind-boggling,
uncivilised relapse in the history of human social evolution, and it is
perpetrated by us, the very nations that purported to carry the banners
of civilisation and progress. A dream erupted after one of the most
horrible excesses of mass impersonal killing of innocents practiced by
the industrialised countries. It was a dream embodied in the charter of
the United Nations. It is our duty never to allow this dream to perish.
Where were the leaders of the great religious faiths when this
flagrant over-ruling of their most sacred teachings (the unacceptability
and immorality of impersonal killing) crept through the back door to
become the new norm for international behaviour and international
No wonder we in the West and the US became used to
glaring double standards. Our founding fathers wrote the magnificent
declaration of independence and the “rights of men created equal”.. but
cast a blind eye on slavery as it affected “others”, the blacks.
We fought for freedom, liberty and human rights in two World
Wars, but supported without limits the creation and expansion of a
Zionist state sequestrating and empowering human-beings according to
race and religion,
excluding and disempowering inhabitants who were
Palestinians, Arabs, Moslems or Christians.
Through the back
door, avoiding the glare of human consciousness and the risk of the
tormenting human conscience, crept the instruments of death and violence
of the post -industrial era, evading any answers or resolutions to the
challenges they posed.
They had brought to an end the era of man
to man struggle. It was to be from now on, war machine against war
machine, with men being used as fodder in the process: helpless cogs,
perpetrators, culprits and victims of the war machine.
subtle change had started with the Napoleonic wars. The American civil
war. the Crimean war. The atrocity of impersonal killing became an
acceptable norm. The unnatural violence of the industrial age created
prosperity in certain quarters but practised, spread and "normalised"
mechanised automated violence of an unprecedented scale on "self" and on
Impersonal mechanical violence of enormous proportions
did not jolt the Christian West -- the new leader and teacher of the
World -- into exploring the now imperative alternatives to the
winner/loser, conqueror/vanquished, submitter/submitted patterns, or to
the terrible dilemma of mechanised impersonal killing of innocents by
the automated responses of dehumanised soldiers, who are trained to be
triggered by orders from superiors in automatically hierarchial social
formations which all are brainwashed to call glorious armies
Jews of the Christian West in modern times, understandably maddened by
the holocausts in Euorope, had no time or space for moral considerations
about impersonal killings of “other”. They had no time or space for
rising to a supra-literal understanding of the old testament.
Study the training sequences of any mechanised automated
army soldier. You will discover that we are still engaged, on an
unprecedented scale, in turning sensitive human beings into automated
machines for impersonal killing and destruction. One of the peak
tragedies emanating out of this Western blindness, incongruously denied
and glossed over, was the full chronicle of the horrors of the second
World War. It is a chronicle hitherto deprived of critical examination
and understanding by all sides, through our habit of escaping unpleasant
data by plunging into the oversimplification of absolute good on one
side in opposition to hysterically demonised absolute evil on the other.
There are islands of sincere attempts to transcend these circuits and it
is our duty to give maximum support to valid attempts at cross cultural
communication to an extent where demonisation and dehumanisation of
other becomes untenable.
For generations the ecstasy of the
delusion of power generated by these deadly machines was to blinden "the
leaders" to religious, moral, ethical and human compunctions. Blithely
oblivious to the nature of the seeds they were sowing or the precedents
they were establishing, they plunged themselves and the World into the
blunders of the First World War, the Versailles treaty, and then the
Second World War. They coined the term "unconditional surrender" in
conflict. The very antithesis of the concept of conflict resolution upon
which the UN was born.
We, the material and moral leaders and
masters of the World, have been teaching the whole World throughout the
nineteenth century and throughout two World Wars about the legitimacy of
violence, about the supremacy of the win/lose principle in human
relations, about polarisation into absolute good and absolute evil, and
about "unconditional" surrender. The ultimate horror peaks of mass
impersonal killing of innocents, still failing to breathe life into our
deadened moral eye, came with the deliberate bombing of cities and
civilians, the indiscriminate cold blooded execution of ethnic and
political groups chosen for persecution or extermination at a mind
boggling scale, the development of the submarine, the intercontinental
death carrying missile, the high explosives and the means to propel them
hundreds or thousands of miles to rain death and destruction upon
utterly unknown recipients, civil or military, young or old, the science
of generating fire storms in civilian cities and then the ultimate
violence to humans of the Hiroshima Uranium and then the Nagasaki
Plutonium bombs followed in Vietnam by the ultimate violence to nature
of “agent orange” and by the callousness towards life and Earth and
history of depleted uranium coated explosives in Iraq.
effect of this negative "teaching" must never be underestimated or
forgotten, even when speaking about something that seems totally
unrelated like the violence in Iran or Libya or Ireland or Palestine or
Indonesia or Cambodia or Iraq or Yugoslavia or Lebanon or in the former
We have fed so much violence into the collective
If the maturation and critical self
appraisal process fails, and the unitary vision continues, the circle of
violence will come round to us and to the UK and France. Violence
without causal cures will amplify enormously within the social fabric of
the US, which is already unprecedentedly violent and increasingly
vulnerable. The pumping in and condoning of the generators of violence
any where in our "village" World condones and generates violence
Ladies and Gentlemen
It might be
argued that the World has always been violent. History is a continuous
record of that violence. The West cannot be blamed for a universal human
Indeed violence has unfortunately always been
practised as a normal method of conflict resolution and as an instrument
of power by many societies -- contrary to man's evolutionary role in the
biological scale. The West did not teach the World violence. That would
be a silly and uncorroborated assumption. The West practised and taught
the World post-industrial violence on a massive and unprecedented scale.
This is violence with a difference. Mass impersonal mechanical killing
was introduced as a norm. IT CAN NEVER BE NORMAL, and yet the West
taught the World that it was normal and even glorious..
a qualitative quantum leap into a black hole that should and could have
been prevented, and can still be controlled and reversed. With all your
determination, maturation and cooperation, conflict resolution by
violence can be gradually banished from our World in accordance with the
spirit of the UN charter.
Faced with the utter immorality of
mechanised impersonal killing, the West, as leader, should have devoted
all its ingenuity to devise non-violent means of dialogue and conflict
resolution when faced with the challenge of the new "killing machines" .
The resources at our disposal are enormous. The terrible challenge to
all basic moral and religious values should have induced the best in the
West to embrace and develop upon the Ghandian path, which was actually
demonstrated to them, both in principle and by example.
now work together to re-bottle the genie we have released. The spirit of
our UN charter demands it and we must work together to make it a
reality. We will have to compose a new and utterly different Geneva
Ladies and Gentlemen
trade in "advanced" weapons to "backward" countries, tantamount to the
exporting and condoning of violence, MUST STOP if any true progress
towards dialogue and a healthy pluralistic World community is to be
achieved. I truly expect some effective measures and mechanism to ban
the international arms trade. I know that I and all of you will meet
deadly opposition from the arms cartel in the US and Worldwide. The
continuous scrapping of old and development of new more deadly
instruments of mass impersonal killing has become deeply intertwined
with our economic prosperity and employment figures.
If we allow
the flow of arms to continue from North to South, it will certainly go
on aborting the normal processes of socio-political development. It will
mean governments without "consent" or accountability. It will mean
suspension of civil and human rights, endless strife, unrest, economic
failure, extremism and fanaticism and continued threat of terrorism and
perhaps even civil war.
We must co-operate to create alternative
paths to prosperity and employment if we really want peace and security.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It would seem that one of the
curses of Holocaust and Violence is that it imprints, upon perpetrators
AND victims alike, holocaust and violence as the pattern for human
relations. The holocausts of the thirties and forties in Europe have
been exported all over the World, and most tragically into the Middle
On all sides, generations are forged who believe in
violence and the necessity of "crushing" the "other" who is certainly
waiting to crush you, as the only form of "dialogue."
many hopeful contrary signs and contrary awarenesses. These initiatives
badly need to gather momentum and be supported by all of us and by our
enormous resources and technological know-how.. This is why I address
you today with such candour. How can we break the circuits of violence
and counter-violence in the light of all this?
The sum total of
the US and Western stance so far, in this respect, is to pay lip-service
to alternative postures in human relations and dialogue. Perhaps some
even pay lip-service admiration for the Ghandis, the Zaghlouls, the
Martin Luther Kings, the Desmond Tutus, the Nelson Mandelas and for the
process of DIALOGUE.
In reality we all continue to undermine the
non-violent, dialogical stance in power relations by our continued
practice of the win/lose principle, and by our rabid arms production,
development and export, which is now so deeply embedded in our economic
growth needs and well-being needs. This is a dilemma that must be
Many reigning anti-life anti-human stances are backed by
a mostly win/lose mass media apparatus that is manipulating and
selective inspite of the aspect of unbridled freedom and fairness.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is superfluous to remind
skeptics that non-violence is NOT submission. It is not weakness. It is
the highest and most sophisticated practice of our powers, resources and
technologies. Non-violence is NOT Munich and Jews being led in
submission and aquiescence to certain death. The lessons must be learnt
from Ghandi, Zhagloul, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu,
and the many people of faith and vision who made the changes they
spearheaded possible through the persistent and insistant use of the
effective power of non-violence. It is in our deepest interest not to
allow them to fail, but to learn from them. It is an ever enlarging,
ever renovating, art/science of the practice of legitimate power and use
of constructive resources in human dynamics.
non-violence is based on the win/win principle and never on the win/lose
principle, which is the hallmark of Western culture.
of non-violence demands a tireless and dynamic perception/analysis and
knowledge, using all possible advances and technologies to monitor and
predict the mechanisms of generation of violence, and to amplify the
ability and the exercise of effective PREVENTION by the courage and
skill of intervention at the right time and place. Non-violence is built
on the belief in the sanctity of human life, and in the practice of that
belief. It will be seen then that for Western society -- and the many
societies now modelled on Western patterns and armed to the teeth with
US & Co weaponry or USSR and Co weaponry -- the achievement of
non-violence is a long long haul involving enormous efforts in education
and liberation, and the re-establishment of communion with the
biological forces,both internal and external, which were largely
neglected in the reigning Western materialistic cultures.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The politics and economics of
experience, and aesthetics and cultural “values," is an area to which we
have to devote a lot of attention.
Before the industrial
revolution, "plenty" for all was impractical. Society had to be
stratified with cruel discipline. That cruel stratification had to be
sanctified by "divine" or quasi "divine" decree and by the most brutal
human implementation. That sanctification,however, did create a form of
stability and liberation in that all including the least privileged
believed that their predicament was divinely ordained. There was no
scope or possibility for change or protest or the experience of
That state of affairs, because it depended on extreme
and ruthless violence to keep and maintain the status quo, was
"liberating" in allowing a flurry of creative production in many
spheres, including the arts. At that period of development, the arts
developed values and concepts that linger today even though they are
mostly irrelevant and restricting. "Truth" in its protean, dynamic,
multi-dimensional, sequential nature, was not the guiding force and
generator of "aesthetic" values. “Truth” was diminished into the "ideal"
dream or semi-dream World of the privileged in the
socio-economic-political structure on one hand and the INTERESTS of that
self same stratum on the other hand. It was that "interest" that
generated the aesthetic value system upon which art and culture were to
be judged, measured, allowed or disallowed. It also generated the very
subtle value system upon which history was to be recorded and presented
in a fixed good/evil light. It was a process that subtly banished truth
as seen from an unadulterated life perspective being used as the
yardstick. It explains why and how the great Mozart Operas, probably the
greatest works of art which offered in Music a most challenging
“modernisation” when he breathed life equally into all his characters
whether good or evil. Mozart presented “truth” as being the life and
living content of the drama and the music and not the affirmation of a
priori aesthetic or political values. No wonder Mozart was rejected in
the Hapsburg Empire, which was already feeling threatened, not yet by
communism, but by the tide of the French revolution. The essence of
Mozart is still spastically rejected in most of the political
decision-making circles of our troubled World.
It is therefor
important, in the process of reappraising history, and in our ability to
live together in peace, to pursue the re-discovery of a fundamentally
deeper role for the arts. We need to re-discover aesthetic values, and
to re-read history through the perception of BOTH (or ALL) sides in a
conflict taking multidimensional life as a yardstick. We need to
understand both sides in a socio-economic- power structure i.e. the
female side of the male/female dynamic, the children's or the youth side
of the generation dynamic, or the defeated side in "hot" conflict. To
bring this almost intolerably challenging perception nearer home where
it hurts, we need to listen to the Palestinian side in the Middle East
dilemma, and so on. We need a history reconciliation committee of the
highest calibre which is utterly immune to pressure, protest or
blackmail from any side. This is one pre-requiste in attempting to
understand our history -- and therefor our present -- in a deeper way,
teaching us to listen to the "other", who in our conditioned frame of
mind and orientation is automatically silenced and exteriorised,
condemned beforehand and never allowed any leeway for self expression --
unless it is within our frame of the "acceptable".
If, by some
fluke, we are exposed to some freak expression from the “other” side, we
maintain our false safety by never listening seriously or attentively to
the other. It is currently unthinkable that the expression of the
"other", outside the realm protected by our "aesthetics" and by
"history" , should in any way modify judgement or action that is
contrary to our a priori held beliefs or interests.
of men had to be "enslaved" one way or another in order to make a
success of pre-industrial socio-political structures. To make a success
of the industrialisation process the majority of men also had to be
"enslaved", but in an even more cruel and distorting fashion.
make a success of the "industrial revolution" before the advent of
automation, "unlimited" energy resources, cybernetics, systems
applications and the electron revolution men, had to be forcibly moulded
into unnatural mechanisation. They had earlier been moulded into the
"divinely" sanctioned demands of the status quo in a predominantly
agricultural World, which at least had the grace of closeness to nature.
With the advent of “modern times”,they were to be further forcibly
moulded into the quasi divinely sanctioned demands of the machine in an
"unnatural" and "hard" artificial World. Mechanisation,
compartmentalisation, further denial of vital aspects of body, mind,
soul and emotion of the natural human makeup, was enforced with the
undoubting certainty of the "truth" and "supremacy" of these unnatural
(a change which is so masterfully depicted in Charlie
Chaplin’s “Modern Times”)
The violence of that process was
extreme. It was the worst violence of all time, simply because its birth
in human history started with human societies
learning how to
substitute overt violence with occult indirect violence. Post-industrial
societies were learning the "art" of unprecedented violent manipulation
without that violence being perceived as violence. They had learnt how
to exteriorise, rationalise and deny violence. Societies that had become
violent to an unprecedented and unprecedentedly unnatural degree had on
the outside become unprecedentedly polished, disciplined, kind, clean,
humane, uniquely "civilised", “cultured" and studiously "correct". It is
in the light of this concept that some of the happenings in Nazi Germany
can be understood.
After the developments of technology, energy,
automation and the electron revolution, post-industrialised
western/westernised man needs to shed an "anti-life"
historical/conceptual adaptation, to which he had imperceptibly become
victim and perpetrator. He attempted that liberation seriously in the
fifties and the sixties, after the hitherto unprecedented, unbridled
violence of the Second World War, which had followed so closely on from
the First World War – itself already a disaster of unprecedented
The breakthroughs of the sixties led to -- or were led
to -- relapse and bankruptcy. I believe that this happened when the
promisind youth of the sixties failed to stick to their commitment to
non-violence.Still they did leave a lasting new consciousness. The
promising breakthroughs of the eighties and the potential birth of
pluralism and the win/win principle following on the non-violent fall of
the Berlin wall, is seriously threatened by the anti-change forces
within the structures concerned, as well as by the unbridled
"Rambo/James Bond" behaviour of the super-power leading country of the
It is this behaviour which I am here to expose
and to work to transcend hoping the terrible shock of September would
catapult us into the needed new conscioussness.
We in the US, as
the only remaining “super-power,”are now living in the extremely
dangerous shadow of interpreting the changes and developments and birth
pangs of a potentially pluralistic win/win World as being a sign of our
own ultimate triumph in a win/lose game: the end of history and the
collapse of all rival "empires" and rival cultures, as well as all
alternative socio-political-economic thought.
We as dominant
super-power need to transcend the temptation to wield the United Nations
as an instrument of our own interests, away from the necessary
neutrality needed if the new pluralistic, win/win World order is to be
mid-wifed: a World order never again to be made up of absolute baddies
and absolute goodies, as we are taught in the "Rambo, James Bond"
The dream of non-violent harmonious pluralism from the
personal to the intra-national and international levels has ceased to be
the domain of unrealistic, impractical poets, but it has become a REAL
It has also become AN URGENT NECESSITY since September
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I propose to you
immediate steps for Universal demilitarisation, disarmament, peace
keeping and eternal banning of warfare as instrument of conflict
resolution, and of course an absolute ban on chemical, biological and
nuclear weapons, including unintelligent, impersonal “intelligent”
You must all help with this dramatic
proposal. You must all help in the forging of alternatives for economic
growth and prosperity other than continuous armed conflict.
Which countries ? which groups ? which agencies ? which forces ?
which individuals ? which cultures and political systems ? which value
systems will rise to the challenge and help make that unique moment in
human history a breakthrough and a birth, of a true realisation of the
UN charter and not yet another abortion and a relapse ? ?
may add that between 45 and now, we have learnt a lot.
movements towards adoption of environment rights, childrens’ and womens’
rights, as well as rights of the weak, marginal or marginalised groups.
This stance is being gradually adopted by an increasing number of
enlighted political, social and cultural groups and organisations.
There IS rising awareness amongst people of good will that the
values of material power are not the only values, and therefor there is
rising a knowledge of the mechanisms of poverty, and the need for the
"rich" and "powerful" to participate in many "human" fields. The nations
and cultures of the World are truly complementary, they are in MUTUAL
need of each other. The "West" has its own crisis and needs help too, if
it is to resolve the challenges developmentally.
We need to
agree to implement a new “Education for peace and security in a
pluralistic World”, which must be part of the maturation of all citizens
of a non-violent World, and must include studies of parallel histories,
comparative religions, comparative arts and cultural studies, and arts
of cross cultural communication and dialogue. We must learn enough about
ourselves and the “other” to block forever the paths of demonisation and
dehumanisation of “other”that made and still make impersonal killing
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The most powerful,
leading nation of the World, now finds itself in deep crisis.
president, demand of the Secretary General, and of all the relevant
agencies of the UN, each in their sphere, to take up each and every
point raised in my address, and make creative, multilateral responses in
preparation for the birthing a rejuvenated UN which is much more
representative and much more effective as implementor, protector of
non-violence and of peace Worldwide. I propose to start with an eternal
ban on weapons of mass destruction.
A secure peaceful World
requires full transparent information, unmodified by any "judgmental"
and/or social, legal, political or economic threats, so that preventive
options can be practised and evolved. It is a responsibility on all our
shoulders. WE MUST WORK TOGETHER TO SURVIVE.
It would indeed be
shameful if we, the inventors of weapons of mass destruction and their
first users, should pick on some poor victim country as surrogate devil
to accuse, chastise and threaten, for the sins of which we are the most
guilty. We and our allies need to resolve the dilemma of weapons of mass
destruction by starting with ourselves!
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The forces that are so short sightedly manipulating the
"developing" countries to make the same mistakes as Europe and the US ,
without learning from them, condemn these countries to inappropriate
decisions by applying inappropriate technology and funding, leading to
enormous loss of energy and potential human resources. This blinkered
aid to development may in fact be fuelling a process of facade
pseudo-development, generating grossly distorted
Human and economic
predicaments, with such catastrophic phenomena as intra-national civil
war, religious fanaticism and strife, pathological and archaic
resurgence of "Nationalism" as a reaction to "culture rape", and the
recreation of archaic enclaves based on race, religion, or creed. The
tragic circuit of the wronged and oppressed of today becoming the wrong
doers and oppressors of tomorrow must be studied and analysed, and
suggestions for resolution must be made. We must learn from history and
then transcend it, otherwise those who are too blind or too blinded will
be condemned to repeat it. One of the deepest lessons of three centuries
of unprecedented violence and blood letting since we introduced
mechanised warfare, is that there are limits to force! You can submit
the “other” by force, but you can never win them as safe partners and
co-inhabitants of the shrinking planet.
I call for a serious
development initiative. The fundamental pre-requisite for development is
participatory representative government. This has to be a reality for
ALL peoples of the World. It is a top priority for a UN dedicated to
pluralistic peace and security
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stream of consciousness flowed on, full of hope for the American people,
who deserve help in understanding why they are so hated in so many parts
of the World. I wished I would never wake up. But in fact I was rudely
shocked into awakeness by the unloving assault of a real American
president, who was whipping up to the maximum the anger and panic of his
freedom-loving people, so that in that panic they would go along with
the over-ruling of one after another of their cherished constitutional
principles: and it is those very principles that made America great that
now seem so easily over-ruled according to a clandestine plan of
behind-the-scenes interests that are determined to milk the maximum out
of the 9.11 tragedy.
I was assaulted by a speech full of anger
and threats, declaring, as though proud of it, the first World War of
the Century, as though we have not had enough wars and killing yet! A
war that is to have no geographical limits and no duration limits on it.
A war in which you are either with us or against us, with no third way.
A war in which our enemies will be hunted down and smoked out of their
caves. A war in which our enemies will be pursued WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE.
A war in which our enemy could be everybody, anybody, anytime anywhere.A
war in which any one daring to fight against us may be labelled as
illegal combatant, so deliberately and infront of the whole World
deprived of all human rights, as we brandish to the whole World the
demise of the greatest American principles. Is this the road for much
needed peace and security?
The real tragedy for the World and the US
is that this president and his administration think that they are thus
ensuring victory for peace and security.
Anger, hurt, mass media
misinformation, and a sense of isolation and fear are relentlessly fed
into the American public, and all this manipulation feeds into the
almost drunken approval of tragic policies and actions that are counter
to many of the greater American principles, and also counter to the real
interests of the American people but reflecting the interests of
clandestine interest groups and cartels. Can the greatest human
principles be so rapidly shed with impunity? Have Americans completely
forgotten about the primordial Goddess Nemesis, who spares none however
powerful they may be?
It is in the darkest hours that noble and
lofty principles are brought to the test of being upheld and pursued
inspite of all stresses and challenges. What significance humanity,
principles and lofty ideals, if they are so easily shed and abandoned
under challenge, however great?