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The AVATAR – For God’s Sake ? REFLECTIONS ON | DR. BRITT MINSHALL |

Posted by picard578 on December 16, 2012

http://www.ukprogressive.co.uk/the-avatar-for-gods-sake/article20993.html

by The Reverend Dr. Britt Minshall

My friend Hank and I were discussing our realization that today’s population seems ignorant with respect to America’s new role as a usurper and aggressor. While agreeing on our nation’s current posture; we disagreed as to why our people let it happen.

Hank felt that the people just did not have the information to judge or the knowledge to understand the ramifications of our actions. He believed: “if people only knew the truth they would challenge our leaders.”

I, on the other hand, argued that most people DO know what our government is doing: “How could they not, the evidence is overwhelming?” I believe most Americans are satisfied with the status quo, assuming our accelerated lifestyle depends upon our doing war and skullduggery the world over. I recalled the ancient Egyptians who accumulated wealth off the backs of their Hebrew slaves, thus they ignored the captives’ plea for freedom. Even after floods, famines and plagues, their hearts were hardened; they just could not let their slaves go.

Hank and I couldn’t settle the issue. Then I remembered the movie “The Avatar.” The 2009 saga depicted a mythical conquering nation of people from the future. While unidentified, these attackers looked strangely like us. The extraterrestrial victims were The Avatar (*), very different from their human invaders in all ways. On their planet they had never warred and knew no aggression or violence. The movie depicted the military invaders, dressed just like U.S. warriors, arriving to conquer an “insurgency” (native population). The invaders’ mission: “to free the Avatar’s natural resources for the aggressors use.”

The human types killed, destroyed, tortured and bludgeoned the unarmed innocent Avatar. As I watched the film I felt like I was viewing New York Times accounts of our actions in Viet Nam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

While the U.S. was never mentioned, within two weeks after its premier, PEOPLE REALIZED this was our story – a modern parable. TV commentators began to share the “dirty trick” the producers had pulled in letting our badness out in the clouded form of a fiction film. Some even suggested the producers had endangered national security. Attendance at theaters vanished and within a month the movie was off to Wal-Mart, where it died a slow death.

Note: “PEOPLE REALIZED;” we DID know and DO know how badly we’re acting, but we can’t face it for fear of losing our glutted lifestyles.

George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both spoke and wrote extensively on the evils of slavery, but failed to rid our country of it. Both men died not freeing their slaves. They and the rest of America realized what a godless thing slavery was. But, alas, we hid in our churches, behind our trumped-up version of god, reading and singing of justice, while millions suffered before our eyes.

By 1970 we ALL knew the evil, useless, damnable thing we were doing in Viet Nam. Thousands of our family members were being killed even as we butchered and burned an innocent population; forever we will languish on the wrong side of history. Many of us demonstrated against it, yet most Americans, knowing the war was a bad thing, called protestors “traitors!” Why? Because: just like the Egyptian and American slave owners, most Americans were enjoying the rewards they were getting from the war.

Sinclair Lewis once said: “A man won’t listen if he’s doing wrong as long as he’s profiting from it.”

If Hank had been correct, my efforts to inform our people that what we are doing, in sponsoring a “Warrior Empire Nation” is wrong, and that would have born fruit by now. Unfortunately, he was not right, most of us are already aware. Therefore, my task is to confront each American, not of our ignorance, which people accept as a teacher’s task, but rather of our sinfulness which is much more painful and infuriates them.

But do remember: In a Democracy, unlike the empires of old, where regular people, like us, had no say or accountability; you and I ARE responsible and accountable for what our country does and we will pay an awful price in the end. Every once of war profit we put into our pockets is stained with blood and it dirties our soul with deadly karma! America’s aggressive combat spirit is our personal transgression – not just our rulers’.

SIDEBAR: Now here’s the BIG secret I’m not supposed to share: “WAR MONEY IS WEAK MONEY, it vanishes as fast as the dead are carried away.”
(See next months FGS)

Our struggle, to face the truth, is not helped by leaders, on all sides of this issue, who spawn denial as a way to keep aggression alive. Last Friday, at the House of Representatives in Washington, I asked Dr Z. Brzezinski (former Sec. of State): “If the U.S. had not have pushed NATO membership for Poland, Estonia, Romania and Lithuania and had not attempted to plant a battery of missiles at Russia’s doorstep in Uzbekistan after the fall of the USSR, do you think we would have better relations with them now?” His answer: “Our actions had nothing to do with today’s bad relations.” Fortunately the other 300 people in the Caucus Room mocked his answer – they KNEW.

“Isn’t it time we ALL grow-up and muster the courage to examine our false ‘god and country’ myths, so necessary for doing war? Only a fool could suspect The Creator made us to destroy creation and each other! Let us attempt to love ourselves and all creation enough to share the world with everyone, thus stopping our quest to create a hell on earth that is destroying ALL of us.

So there you have it, the secret is out:” WE are the killers of the Avatar and obliterators of a world at peace.” Now that you know for certain, WE ARE all responsible to make it right, for ALL of us and For God’s Sake.

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Bungee-Jumping Over the Fiscal Cliff | UK Progressive

Posted by picard578 on December 16, 2012

Bungee-Jumping Over the Fiscal Cliff | UK Progressive.

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US Republician Party

Posted by picard578 on December 2, 2012

…unfortunately Democrats aren’t much better.

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Al-Qaeda now a US ally in Syria

Posted by picard578 on November 16, 2012

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/opinion/alqaeda-now-a-us-ally-in-syria-20120910-25oby.html

While we reflect on the 11th anniversary of the al Qaeda attacks on American soil, there is a blinding light that may obscure our view: this sworn enemy now fights hand in hand with the US against the Syrian regime.

The historic State of the Union address by US president George W. Bush on September 20, 2001 is loaded with morals and principles about good and evil.

The president’s ultimatum was clear: either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.

In Syria, there is mounting evidence that Al Qaeda and its allies are actively deploying terror tactics and suicide bombers to overthrow the Assad regime.

Syrian citizens who prefer the secular and stable state to the prospect of an Iraqi-style sectarian state may well be turning this same question around to the US government: are you with us, or with the terrorists?

This week, head of the Salafi jihad and close ally of al Qaeda, Abu Sayyaf, pledged ”deadly attacks” against Syria as ”our fighters are coming to get you” because ”crimes” by the regime ”prompts us to jihad”.

Bush referred to al Qaeda as the enemies of freedom: ”the terrorists’ directive commands them to kill Christians and Jews”. But Sheikh Muhammad al Zughbey proclaimed that ”your jihad against this infidel criminal and his people is a religious duty … Alawites are more infidel than the Jews and Christians”. Because the new jihad targets Alawites rather than Jews and Christians, does this render them better bed fellows?

By his own admission, Bush stated that al Qaeda was ”linked to many other organisations in different countries … They are recruited from their own nations … where they are trained in the tactics of terror … They are sent back to their homes or sent to hide in countries around the world to plot evil and destruction”.

Yet this is precisely how the foreign jihadists in Syria have been described by reporters. They are funded and armed by Saudi Arabia and Qatar. And they collaborate with the Free Syrian Army which is aided and abetted by the US.

Bush condemned the Taliban regime because they were ”sponsoring and sheltering and supplying terrorists. By aiding and abetting murder, the Taliban regime is committing murder”. Eleven years later, the parallels produce an uncomfortable truth.

If only the Syrian uprising was as simple as the Arab Spring narrative where citizens seek democracy and freedom. But those unarmed protests have long since been hijacked by a cocktail of agendas which have little to do with Syrian democracy, and more to do with a proxy war to create a sectarian Sunni state that weakens Shi’te Iran’s main partner in the region.

Bush was correct in claiming that al Qaeda ”want to overthrow existing governments in many Muslim countries such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan” – who were all US-Israel allies at that time.

But his list stopped short of mentioning Syria or Iraq, the real targets of al Qaeda. Why does overthrowing Syria, using the same terror tactics, fail to attract the same degree of outrage?

Bush continues: ”We will starve terrorists of funding, turn them one against another, drive them from place to place, until there is no refuge or no rest. And we will pursue nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism.”

This pledge appears to have fallen on its own sword, given the funding of the jihadists in Syria. The terrorists have bred and spread across borders, which is the opposite of Bush’s prophecy.

The US administration must come clean about its financial aid. It cannot use one hand to sign a blank cheque to the rebels, and the other hand to cover its eyes to their immoral and illegal tactics. It cannot hide behind ”the end justifies the means” as there are too many innocent lives at stake.

Bush rode off on his high horse: ”We are in a fight for our principles, and our first responsibility is to live by them … may God grant us wisdom”.

If the principles and morality are to be taken seriously, then they need to be applied consistently.

The US regime should be actively and publicly distancing itself from the foreign terrorists and Salafist jihadists that are proliferating within sovereign Syria.

It should be condemning al Qaeda for its militant intervention. It should be condemning the Saudi sheikhs who issue fatwas for an Alawite holocaust.

The wisdom that we see is grief over the al Qaeda crime 11 years ago, yet covert collaboration with this sworn enemy today.

Perhaps the US is applying another principle that they may have learned from their pragmatic Arab allies – the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

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Nobel Peace Prize farce

Posted by picard578 on October 20, 2012

There might have been time when Nobel Peace Prize meant something. Apparently, that time has passed.

This year, European Union and Barrack Obama have won it. Why, and how?

Politics, apparently, because there is nothing either of these have done to deserve it. I will list here some actions of new winners that are definetly not promoting peace:

1) Barrack Obama has actually authorized assassinations via drone strikes, despite the fact that these strikes have shown themselves to be completely unreliable, useless and unethical. Yet, drone strikes are assassinations. For better understanding of it, here is definition of assassination:

1. To murder (a prominent person) by surprise attack, as for political reasons.

2. To destroy or injure treacherously: assassinate a rival’s character.
Drone persons fit both definitions, as they are aimed at getting rid of prominent people that US do not want alive. Yet Reagan administration has outlawed assassinations, and law was never repealed.

2) US Administration is allowed to detain people without trial, and hold them that way for months – or years. Prisons such as Guantanamo or Abu Ghraib have been (and still are) very inhuman, relying on torture to break subjects, and EU “peace keepers” have used torture in Congo.

3) Both EU and US are spying their own citizens. EU has Data Retention Directive, forcing communications providers to store communications for time that goes from 6 months to 2 years. Both EU and US are also storing sensitive information about their own citizens, monitoring “abnormal behavior” and political beliefs of citizens, keeping people promoting “radical messages” under surveillance, monitoring conversations of private citizens via microphones hidden in public environments, spying on their own citizens with drones, and undertaking biometric cataloguization of citizens.

4) EU is a fascistic empire in forming, and US already is one. In EU, new laws are passed in order to destroy nation-states and merge them into US-esque empire, giving police and secret services rights that US equivalents already got after 9/11 attacks.

5) Both EU and US have failed to do anything about 1991-1995 war in Croatia, until 1995 when US provided surveillance drones to Croatian military. EU had done nothing at all.

6) Both EU and US have been supporting dictators when it suited them – EU has sold Gadaffi €300 million in weapons and weapons lincenses. Meanwhile, United States have been busy – since 1945 – destroying democracy in Iran (1953), Guatemala (1954), Chile (1973), Colombia (1988-2003), Panama (1989); and overthrowing very not tyrannical Mohammad Gadaffi, under whose regime people had free health care and various other benefits – latest endeavour has been done by EU and US helping insurgents (“help” being “bombing crap out of Lybian civilians).

7) Both EU and US have arms exports going in hundreds of billions of US dollars per year. As armaments have to be expended, exporting weapons in large quantities means exporting war. Actually, Libya was more of a marketing campaign between Dassault and Eurofighter than anything else.

8) In 1990s, EU fishers have destroyed fish stocks off Horn of Africa (and are seeking to do the same thing in Adriatic, forcing Croatia do abandon protected economic-ecological zone in Adriatic, aimed at protecting Croatian fishing stocks). As a result, fishers had to resort to piracy, a problem EU and US are “solving” by sending full-fledged destroyers and frigattes.

9) Thanks to Euro currency, Red Cross is now handing out food parcels in Spain.

10) Both countries have, thanks to their libertarian economic policies coupled with expensive health care system (and subsidies to fast food and armaments companies), collapsing economies – which, of course, means riots on the streets, regularly countered by police using brutal beatings (sometimes with lethal results) and tear gas.

11) It was NATO which helped prevent World War III. EU, meanwhile, is an empire designed to destroy concept of nation-state – concept of nation, even – and bring about a new Roman Empire. Old Roman Empire had made a genocide integral part of its foreign policy, and even if EU does not do that, it is already clear that it had made culturocide part of its own foreign policy. Yet it was nation-state that has proven most stable environment for cultural and social advancements as well as for democracy; all large wars have been started by empires. Patriotism can actually be extremely useful for creating peace, as long as people are taught to respect other nations and cultures, because it teaches people how to accept a community as integral part of life.

12) In Europe, no-one asks people for anything. Attitude is basically “you have chosen to enter EU (after ridiculously one-sided propaganda and God knows how many referendums), “now you have to follow everything European bureocracy (whom you did not vote for) says”. No one voted for Euro. No one voted for EU as-it-is. Organism that has executive power (European Comission) is not elected; and Parliament, which is elected, has no powers at all – any declaration or law by Parliament can be refused ratification by Comission, and returned on reworking until Comission gets version it wants.

Behavior I have described fits “tyrannical empire” label far better than “Nobel Peace Prize Winner” one. Oh, and when we check list of past Nobel Peace Prize winners and nominees, we find Joseph Stalin (who has killed far more people than Hitler or Mao Ze Dong, and has actually tried to wipe out an entire nation, as Hitler had tried with Jews). That should put an end at discussion how much Nobel Prize is worth.

Seriously, I pay more money for bread I eat than Nobel Peace Prize is actually worth. Maybe 1,2 million USD prize was meant as a way to help EU and US sanate their falling-apart economies, whose main purpose is to shift wealth to small number of capitalists?

As Jose Manuel Barosso says that Prize had “been awarded to all 500 million EU citizens“, I cannot help but laugh, seeing as EU is a corporate empire run by “democratic” institution that is not even directly chosen by people of Europe. And when empires fall – and they always do – fall is regularly chaotic, followed by wars and suffering. I fail to see how either US or EU can be exception to that rule.

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