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U.S. Cluster Bombs Kill Children for Decades in Laos, and Now Yemen*

U.S. Cluster Bombs Kill Children for Decades in Laos, and Now Yemen*

Laos cluster bomb victim

By William Boardman

The preposterous ironies of President Obama’s unapologetic visit to Laos on September 6 have not yet generated the attention they deserve, but they provide an excellent measure of the self-righteousness of the monstrous continuity of American violence inflicted on the world from Viet Nam in the 1950s to Yemen more than sixty years later.

The baldest irony of Laos is that the U.S. spent nine years bombing Laos, at a cost of more than $100 million per week in current dollars (on the order of $45 billion in all), powerfully documented in Mother Jones in 2014.  Having tried to bomb Laos back into the stone age and then walked away, now, decades later, as the bombs continue to blow up Laotian civilians, the U.S. president is promising $90 million (the equivalent of less than a week of bombing) over the next three years to help clean up the mess the U.S. made. This promise of more bomb-removal aid was one of the few lines in his speech to elicit applause from his 1,000-person audience, who were likely more aware of the brutal context than most Americans. As the U.S. president described the bombing of Laos, then a neutral country:

 “At the time, the U.S. government did not acknowledge America’s role. It was a secret war, and for years, the American people did not know. Even now, many Americans are not fully aware of this chapter in our history, and it’s important that we remember today.”

Cluster bombs used in Deir Essafir, Syria, from Syrian Research and Communication Centre video. Photograph: SRCC handout/EPA

 

There are minor ironies in that passage. The U.S. government did not acknowledge bombing Laos then, just as it does not acknowledge now that bombing Laos was a war crime of major magnitude. The president says it was a secret war, which isn’t really true, since the Laotians and the Vietnamese certainly knew, and any American who wanted to know could find out, but now the number of Americans in denial is probably larger. And in saying “it’s important that we remember today,” isn’t it ironic that the president says this in the capitol of a country that has never forgotten, but in the U.S. his voice is as silent about these war crimes as it has been about the war crimes of his predecessor, as well as his own, in the Middle East. That allows for some future president to go to Yemen, for example, and echo President Obama by promising to help clean up the deadly debris from years of U.S. cluster bombs and drone strikes on the poorest country in the region (like Laos in Southeast Asia). The U.S.-supported atrocities in Yemen are only a few years old now but, with no end in sight, could eventually compare to the devastation dropped on Laos. In the U.S. president’s words:

“Over nine years — from 1964 to 1973 — the United States dropped more than two million tons of bombs here in Laos — more than we dropped on Germany and Japan combined during all of World War II. It made Laos, per person, the most heavily bombed country in history. As one Laotian said, the “bombs fell like rain.” Villages and entire valleys were obliterated. The ancient Plain of Jars was devastated. Countless civilians were killed.*

Cluster bomb victims

In Laos, the U.S. made a whole country into collateral damage

Laos was doubly victimized by a war in which it had no part. The U.S. bombed Laos with unmerciful futility because Laos was unable to defend its eastern border with North Viet Nam, which used the mountainous region with impunity along the Ho Chi Minh Trail that was a supply route to guerrillas in the south. So when the U.S. president says with Orwellian sanctimoniousness that he acknowledges “the suffering and sacrifices on all sides of that conflict,” he’s speaking to people who were not on any side of the Vietnamese civil war or the  U.S. criminal intervention in that civil war, thereby blaming the victims in Laos. Accepting responsibility for its own actions is not something the United States does. But the U.S. president has still another revision of history to offer:

“And from the anguish of war, there came an unlikely bond between our two peoples. Today, the United States is home to many proud Laotian Americans.”

A large proportion of those Laotian Americans are from the Hmong tribes that lived in the mountains along the Vietnamese border. U.S. Special Forces (Green Berets) recruited Hmong to help attack the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Once the U.S. lost the war and pulled out of Viet Nam, the Hmong were left to fend for themselves like so many local U.S. allies in other war zones (as in South Viet Nam, Afghanistan, or Iraq, for example). Faced with the communist Pathet Lao takeover of Laos, thousands of Hmong fled, mostly to Thailand and beyond. Laos, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, remains a one-party state with close ties to China.

The U.S. is presently waging another criminal war mercilessly attacking civilians in Yemen, but this time the U.S. is on the side of the one-party state that is the lead aggressor, Saudi Arabia. Few, if any, American media have made the ironic connections between Laos and Yemen, but the Hong Kong based Asia Times nailed it despite running a half-wrong headline:

“U.S. apologizes to Laos over cluster bombs, then sells them to pound Yemen”

The story that followed, by Johns Hopkins Fellow Christina Lin, does not mention the apology that never happened. She reports on President Obama’s speech in Laos this way:

“Obama said, “Given our history here, I believe that the United States has a moral obligation to help Laos heal.”

This gesture of trying to make amends for the damage U.S. caused in the past is laudable, especially since Obama is the first U.S. president to visit Laos. However, one wonders how sincere is this gesture, when U.S. turns around and sells the same cluster munitions to Saudi Arabia for a similar bombing campaign of another poor country — Yemen — that is maiming children and will likewise keep the population trapped in dire poverty and devastation for the next several decades.”

The assertion, despite its relatively cautious academic prose, is as devastating and undeniable as the hypocrisy and war crimes it describes are palpable. But Lin, like others “concerned” about Yemen, keeps her rhetoric modest to the point of obscuring the truth. She describes the inhumanity of using cluster bombs without mentioning their criminality. She points out that the White House has approved another arms sale to Saudi Arabia for $1.15 billion to benefit U.S. arms makers. She does not say that without U.S. support, weapons, and ordnance the Saudi-led war on Yemen could not continue. She does manage to hint at outrage when she notes:

“As a token gesture, Secretary Kerry announced a $189 million humanitarian aid for Yemen, a Band-Aid compared to the multi-billion dollar arms packages used to inflict harm on the very same people.”

She does not connect this payment to the much smaller amount of conscience-salving money promised to the much smaller, but much more damaged, Laos.

Reuters offers example of how to do journalism really, really badly

Whatever its shortcomings, this Asia Times piece is better than any of the non-coverage by most American mainstream media. For serious reporting on Yemen one has to go to this or other sources like Dissident Voice. International coverage is generally consistent with the official U.S.-Saudi line that usually alleges the necessity to resist Iranian influence, for which there is precious little evidence. At its worst in “respectable” media, Yemen coverage is like this Reuters filing that begins:

“Egypt will host an international conference in March to coordinate humanitarian aid for Yemen, which has been devastated by a civil war, a minister in Yemen’s Saudi-backed government said on Tuesday.”

A Yemeni victim

It’s bad enough that Reuters leads with a press release by one of the combatants. That’s sloppy and dishonest, but common enough, and at least the source is named for the careful reader to identify. It’s unconscionable to omit the Saudi role in bombing Yemen on a daily basis, and it’s unacceptable to hide that role behind the assertion that Yemen “has been devastated by a civil war,” when most of the devastation comes from the U.S.-Saudi criminal war. In this case, Reuters is in the tank for war criminals, which it makes clear in its third deceitful paragraph, which claims: “The conflict pits the Iran-allied Houthis and supporters of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh against President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who is supported by an alliance of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia.” This neat bit of propagandizing ignores the essential U.S. support that makes the war on Yemen possible, and also omits the reality that half the country or more is currently controlled by the forces of al Qaida and the Islamic State that are fighting each other as well as everyone else. As for that humanitarian aid conference in Egypt six months from now, Reuters reports that Egypt has said nothing about it.

Michael Springmann is a former U.S. diplomat who served in Saudi Arabia in 1987-1989, until he was fired in a whistleblower incident. To hear him criticize the U.S. participation in “a war of aggression” against Yemen, one has go to an Iranian PressTV clip on YouTube (which the Yahoo search engine warns against). In that clip he accurately expresses scepticism about the U.S. “withdrawing” military forces from Saudi Arabia. The incident he described in August involved moving the U.S.-Saudi command and control centre for the bombing campaign from Saudi Arabia to Bahrain, which Springmann calls “political theatre.”

Opposition to U.S. war on Yemen is tepid, laced with “Moral Idiocy”

In a recent piece Consortium News discusses the century-old psychological term “moral idiocy” in the context of American war-making since 1949. Lawrence Davidson’s main point is that the rules of war, in particular the Geneva Conventions, are not widely observed and that there’s rarely any penalty for committing war crimes, a term he eschews. He blames this on moral idiocy, the inability of our leaders to understand moral behaviour and act on that understanding. He does not use the word “sociopath.” And his list of moral idiots contains only Republicans like Nixon, Bush, Cheney, and Kissinger. But is Barack Obama with his drone strikes not a moral idiot? Is Hillary Clinton with her Qaddafi killing glee not a moral idiot? Is John Kerry not a moral idiot when he says, as he did in June 2016,

“I think the Saudis have expressed in the last weeks their desire to make certain that they’re acting responsibly and not endangering others.”

Davidson doesn’t mention Yemen or other current wars. He doesn’t even wonder why there is virtually no anti-war movement in America today. He doesn’t seem to understand that his anodyne detachment is part of the problem, not least when he concludes:

“And, who are those who most often take advantage of this loophole? Ironically, it is the very people who lead our societies and those assigned to defend the culture and enforce the law. Lack of accountability makes for very poor public hygiene.”

That sounds a lot like Pontius Pilate washing his hands.

Another Consortium News writer, Jonathan Marshall, began a piece on September 2 with wan donnish wit and profound disinformation:

“If there were an Olympics for waging bloody wars, Saudi Arabia and its Arab coalition allies would surely win a medal for their relentless bombing of Yemen over the past year and a half to crush rebels who seized power in 2014.”

This framing is tantamount to a lie, given that the “Saudi war” could not be waged, could not have begun, without U.S. intelligence, U.S. targeting expertise, U.S. mid-air refuelling, U.S. pilot rescue, U.S. cluster bombs and other ordnance, U.S. planes, U.S. maintenance crews, and U.S. participation in the naval blockade that has brought roughly half of Yemen’s population of 26 million to the brink of starvation. By Marshall’s moral idiocy reckoning, the Saudis get only the bronze medal; the U.S. deserves the gold.

Marshall is not someone who could not know better. He started writing about Yemen in April 2015, when he said of the war, correctly:

“This naked aggression against a sovereign state has never been approved by the U.N. Security Council and stands in apparent violation of the United Nations charter. Congress has not approved this latest act of war either.

“Right now (the operation) does not have any foundation in international law,” complained Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, not that anyone in the United States cared what he had to say.

American disregard for international law is so complete that hardly anyone cared what U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had to say about the war in Yemen, either.”

Even then, Marshall played the Iran card, claiming that “the Houthis also enjoy support from the Tehran regime,” without offering any detail or supporting evidence that Iranian “support” amounts to much more than a cheering section. But Marshall was also clear-eyed then about White House justifications for its new war:

“In a typical example of unconscious doublespeak, Secretary of State John Kerry told an interviewer that Washington was “not going to stand by while the region is destabilized,” as if bombing will somehow stabilize Yemen.”

That was then. Now, after almost 18 months of unjustified carnage that has accomplished nothing honourable, Marshall is seeing it as the Saudis’ war and is criticizing Congress for its belated opposition with a strange kind of moral detachment: “… the Obama administration’s support for Saudi Arabia’s criminal policies is at last beginning to trouble many legislators on Capitol Hill.” This “support,” unlike anything Iran is doing, is lethal, criminal, and crucial – without U.S. participation, Yemen does not suffer daily crimes against humanity.

Marshall ends with some quoted mild outrage from congressmen and senators whose anti-war efforts consist of trying to block the current $1.15 billion sale of more weapons to the Saudis. This effort is pathetic, meaningless, and quixotic – unless a lot of Republicans decide to go along. Even success in blocking this sale will do nothing to help Yemen. All it could do is send the Saudis to other markets and deprive U.S. arms merchants of some undeserved profits. Yes, blocking the sale is good in, and of, itself, but in the context of continuing U.S. war crimes in Yemen, it’s a deceitful bad joke.

If Americans want to do something decent for Yemen, then Americans need to hold their own country accountable.

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Related Topics:

Obama snubs Duterte at end of Laos Summit after Filipino President Rightly Blames U.S. for Killing his Ancestors*

DynCorp Mercenaries Replace Blackwater Mercenaries in Yemen*

U.S. Earns $33 Billion Arms Sales in Eleven Months from the Destruction of Yemen*

A Housewife Reports from War-torn Yemen*

Israel Stole Babies from Yemen*

Would you want this to be done to your Children? *

Central Asian States are Reluctant to Make Friends with U.S. (a Wolf)*

Healing the Psychic Split Which Causes War*

The Psychic Roots of Tyranny*

U.N. to Send 4,000 Soldiers to South Sudan despite Govt. Opposition*

G20 Meets In China To Fight Anti-Globalism and Usher In New World Order*

Soros: Western Society Must Fall Before One World Govt Can Be Established*

“U.S. Destroyed Libya to re-colonize Africa”*

Rothschild’s Summit Fine-tuning Capitalism into Global Economic Tyranny*

Saudi Grand Mufti Forced into Retirement*

Saudi Grand Mufti Forced into Retirement*

Sheikh Abdulaziz Al Sheikh, Saudi Arabia’s radical grand mufti

 

Saudi Arabia’s radical grand mufti may have been forced into retirement over his recent controversial comments, a report says.

Citing “high-ranking Saudi media officials,” a Sunday report by London-based Rai al-Youm paper said the recent remarks by Sheikh Abdulaziz Al Sheikh, the Saudi grand Mufti, describing Iranian Shias as “not Muslims” have created “a wave of discontent” among the public and some officials in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi media officially announced on Saturday that Al Sheikh would not be delivering this year’s Hajj sermon after more than three decades. He had been continuously delivering the sermon since 1981.

The Al-Riyadh newspaper said he would be replaced by another cleric but stopped short of explaining why the grand mufti would not deliver this year’s sermon.

On Sunday, Sheikh Abdul Rahman al-Sudais took to the podium to deliver the sermon.

In its report, Rai al-Youm said that Al Sheikh’s replacement may have taken place on a request by Saudi King Salman himself in an attempt to do damage control following the mufti’s remarks against Iranian Shias.

The London-based paper said speculation over Al Sheikh’s potential forced retirement is particularly strengthened in light of the comments made by his successor, al-Sudais, who on Sunday officially thanked the grand mufti for his 35 years of delivering the Hajj sermon.

Al Sheikh preaches Wahhabism, a radical “ideology” that inspires Takfiri terrorists across the world. Such terrorist groups — particularly Daesh — declare people of other faiths and beliefs as “infidels” and, based on “decrees” from Saudi “clerics,” rule that they should be killed. The word Takfir is Arabic for “declaring as an infidel.”

The Saudi grand mufti’s remarks about Iranian Shias were met by a strong response from Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who pointed to the link between Wahhabism and Takfiri terrorism and said there indeed existed no similarity between the Islam practiced by Iranians and that of the Wahhabis.

“Indeed; no resemblance between Islam of Iranians and most Muslims and bigoted extremism that Wahhabi top cleric and Saudi terror masters preach,” Zarif tweeted after the remarks by Al Sheikh.

Iranian pilgrims did not attend this year’s Hajj pilgrimage over concerns about Saudi Arabia’s failure to provide security guarantees for pilgrims.

A crush during the Hajj rituals last year killed about 4,700 pilgrims, including 465 Iranians. The incident was caused by the mismanagement of Saudi authorities, who had blocked roads and directed two columns of pilgrims toward one another from opposite directions.

Just days before the crush, a massive construction crane had collapsed onto the Grand Mosque in Mecca, killing more than 100 people, including a number of Iranians, and leaving over 200 others wounded.

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Related Topics:

Saudi Arabia Uses Israeli Firm G4S to Make E-Bracelets for Hajj*

Muslim World Reacts to assigning Hajj Security to Israelis*

Wahhabism, Saudis and the Divided Ummah*

New Leaked Document Shows 7,000 Hajjis Killed in Mina*

Your Iman is Not Safe in the Hands of Just Your Intellect*

Terrorists Launch New Offensive in Golan Heights as Ceasefire Begins*

Rebels Terrorists Launch New Offensive in Golan Heights as Ceasefire Begins*

Ahrar al-Sham partners of al-Nusra rejects Syria ceasefire

By Leith Fadel

Golan Heights, Syria (6:30 P.M.) Minutes after the commencement of the nationwide ceasefire, the Islamist rebels launched a new offensive in the Golan Heights region of the Al-Quneitra.

Led by Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, the Islamist rebels stormed the 4th Battalion Base (Tal Taranjeh) and Tuloul Al-Hamr in the Golan Heights; this resulted in an intense confrontation with the Syrian Arab Army’s 90th Brigade.

The Syrian Arab Army repelled the first large-scale offensive by the Islamist rebels in the Golan Heights this past weekend; however, this is attack is much larger than the previous one.

While no gains have been reported thus far, the Islamist rebels have made it clear that they are disregarding the ceasefire agreement.

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This September 10, 2016 photo shows smoke rising from the Syrian village of Jubata al-Khashab in Syria’s Golan Heights after Israeli fighter jets launched attacks on the area

 

Israeli military aircraft have launched yet more strikes on the Golan Heights in southwest Syria.

The Israeli military said Saturday that “artillery positions” were hit in Golan after “a projectile” coming from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied part of the territory.

The projectile caused no injuries or damage, the Israeli military said.

Similar attacks had been carried out against Syrian military positions on Thursday under the same pretext. Attacks had also been carried out in July and before.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said the firing of projectile from Syrian-controlled Golan was most likely unintentional, calling it “spillover” from the fighting in the Arab country.

Golan belongs to Syria, and Israel’s occupation of around 1,200 square kilometers (460 square miles) of the territory during the 1967 Six-Day War and its later annexation have never been recognized by the international community.

Tens of illegal settlements have been built in the area over the years while the regime in Tel Aviv has used the area to launch attacks against the Syrian government and its allies.

Such attacks have intensified over the past years as groups like Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, which have a history of fighting against Israel, have become more active in Syria to assist Damascus in the fight against terrorists.

Despite official statements claiming that Israel has remained on the sidelines of the war in Syria, there have been numerous reports that Israel is offering weapons and medical care to militants through Golan.

Reports say most of these arms and assistance are delivered to groups like Nusra Front, an offshoot of al-Qaeda which recently changed its name to Jabhat Fateh al-Sham.

Syria’s state television said later that an army outpost was targeted in the Israeli raid on Saturday. A Syrian military source said the attack was meant to help the militants in their offensive against the government near Golan.

The source elaborated by saying that militant groups recently launched an operation against Syrian troops in the southern province of Quneitra and Israeli airstrikes on the army post were aimed at facilitating the militants’ push.

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Related Topics:

US, Russia Agree to Syria Cease-Fire Followed by Joint Airstrikes*

Israel Starts Demolition of Homes in the their Illegal Occupation of Syria’s Golan Heights*

Turkey Caught on Camera Protecting and Aiding Al-Nusra Rebels*

Pentagon is Currently Training Terrorists in Syria*

Zika: Poisoned Rain Kills Millions Of Bees in South Carolina*

Zika: Poisoned Rain Kills Millions Of Bees in South Carolina*

By Ariana Marisol

South Carolina officials accidentally killed millions of honey bees while attempting to control the supposed local Zika-carrying mosquito population. After using planes to spray parts of land in South Carolina with insecticide, locals are finding millions of dead honey bees throughout the landscape, wiping out businesses and destroying entire colonies.

After four cases of travel-related Zika cases were said to be confirmed in Dorchester County, South Carolina, officials decided to conduct aerial sprays of the pesticide ‘naled’.

From Cornell.edu:

“Naled is one of a class of insecticides referred to as organophosphates. These chemicals act by interfering with the activities of cholinesterase, an enzyme that is essential for the proper working of the nervous systems of both humans and insects

Naled is moderately to highly toxic by ingestion, inhalation and dermal adsorption. Vapors or fumes of naled are corrosive to the mucous membranes lining the mouth, throat and lungs, and inhalation may cause severe irritation…

As with all organophosphates, naled is readily absorbed through the skin…High environmental temperatures or exposure of naled to visible or UV light may enhance its toxicity …

The organophosphate insecticides are cholinesterase inhibitors. They are highly toxic by all routes of exposure. When inhaled, the first effects are usually respiratory and may include bloody or runny nose, coughing, chest discomfort, difficult or short breath, and wheezing due to constriction or excess fluid in the bronchial tubes. Skin contact with organophosphates may cause localized sweating and involuntary muscle contractions. Eye contact will cause pain, bleeding, tears, pupil constriction, and blurred vision. Following exposure by any route, other systemic effects may begin within a few minutes or be delayed for up to 12 hours. These may include pallor, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal cramps, headache, dizziness, eye pain, blurred vision, constriction or dilation of the eye pupils, tears, salivation, sweating, and confusion. Severe poisoning will affect the central nervous system, producing in-coordination, slurred speech, loss of reflexes, weakness, fatigue, involuntary muscle contractions, twitching, tremors of the tongue or eyelids, and eventually paralysis of the body extremities and the respiratory muscles. In severe cases there may also be involuntary defecation or urination, psychosis, irregular heartbeats, unconsciousness, convulsions and coma. Death may be caused by respiratory failure or cardiac arrest.

Some organophosphates may cause delayed symptoms beginning 1 to 4 weeks after an acute exposure which may or may not have produced more immediate symptoms. In such cases, numbness, tingling, weakness and cramping may appear in the lower limbs and progress to in-coordination and paralysis. Improvement may occur over months or years, but some residual impairment may remain in some cases.

Naled may cause dermatitis (skin rashes) and skin sensitization (allergies). It is corrosive to the skin and eyes and may cause permanent damage. An aerial applicator developed contact dermatitis after using Dibrom. The exposed area became red and felt burned. Later, water filled blisters formed. They became itchy and dry, then flaked off (ACGIH TLVS 4th Ed. & Supplement. 1980).”

While it is common practice to use this chemical to control unwanted pests in the U.S., this is the first time it has been sprayed from planes. This left people and animals who were living in the area extremely unprepared for what the aftermath of such an event would entail.

Before this, the county would normally spray the pesticide from trucks between the hours of 9 pm and 5 am during the week while the bees were in their hives.

County Administrator, Jason Ward admitted that the event lead to the death of beehives belonging to various beekeepers. Officials have also stated that the sprayer failed to contact those farmers affected by the mistake.

Beekeeper Juanita Stanley, co-owner of Flowertown Bee Farm and Supply, stated that by not properly informing them about the planned flight, the beekeepers were unaware of the precautions they needed to take in order to protect their bees. Because of this, over 2.3 million bees from 46 hives have been killed.

Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp, a bee researcher at the University of Maryland, believes that the deaths of the bees in South Carolina were completely unnecessary and that there were obvious ways to easily avoid this incident.

Yet, if this doesn’t seem bad enough, the affects of the spraying will likely become worse as time passes. Since decline of honey bees has vastly been reported over various news sources, people forget that honey bees are only one of the thousands of species of insects that are vital to the survival of many plants. This insecticide has probably had an extremely devastating impact on many species of pollinating insects in the area. This will have a negative impact on local farmers who rely on these insects for pollination, and beekeepers who rely on healthy bee populations for honey production.

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Related Topics:

Deadly Chemicals Sprayed on Florida Residents to Eliminate Zika*

Zika Epicentre in Same Area GM Mosquitoes were Released in 2015*

1947 Rockefeller Patent Shows Origins of Zika Virus*

Zika the Genocidal Mega Hoax

Ahh Fracking – that’s Why Florida is being Poisoned through the Air and drinking Water*

CDC and the Policed State: Quarantine and Vaccination for Suspicion of Infection*

Healing the Psychic Split Which Causes War*

Healing the Psychic Split Which Causes War*

By Julian Rose

A World at war is the manifest outward projection of widespread inner human conflict.

A World where nations see other nations as ‘enemies’ reflects the external projection of unresolved internal fears.

A World where light and dark are conceived as irreconcilable opposites reflects an inner world torn asunder by rampant conflict.

It is inescapable: so long as we are at odds with ourselves, we are agents of external conflict. There cannot be ‘peace on Earth’ until there is peace of mind amongst Earthlings. That is an irrefutable  truth which we do well to remind ourselves of.

As we grow into something approaching spiritual maturity, we start discovering and experiencing such truths at an accelerating rate. What’s happening here is that we are making contact with sublime knowledge, and finding out that it has been with us all along, but that we weren’t ready, or courageous enough, to integrate it on the emotional and psychic level of our daily lives.

But now we are – and this opens up a quite extraordinary vista of potential. Suddenly the world seems a different place. Our internal battleground of seemingly endless conflicts dissipates away into the background, and into the foreground comes a sense of our nearly infinite capacity for integrating and unifying all seemingly disparate energies.

Yes, a great healing is underway here, and it is this same healing process which is the essential key to achieving the seemingly elusive goal of world peace.

Once we realize that we possess this remarkable power, we must use it. And here comes the moment when we also grasp that world peace is not going to happen just because we finally discovered our microcosmic version of it. Nor can we wait around until enough others have also acquired such qualities, so as to bring about the 100th monkey tipping-point of world change.

That, I’m afraid, would be an all too accommodating tea party at this point of history. The cucumber sandwiches and Earl Grey tea won’t be magically appearing just yet, even if we ring repeatedly for Jeeves to set the table according to our wishes.

No my friends. Now we are faced by the true test. One in which we will either be revealed as fakes, who, after discovering our inner strength, chatted merrily away about how wonderful it is but then withdraw into the shadows immediately real action is required of us. Or, we will be revealed as those who seized the initiative to recapture the ground lost through years of indecisive uncertainty.

Here lies our sternest test. And although I used the future tense, this issue is not in the future, it is now. Right now.

Right now, even as you read, there is rising within a feeling of rightful indignation. Rightful indignation concerning the intervention of a lesser-self which always tries to grab your attention at such critical times.

This indignation is an indispensable fire. A fire which guards against the capitulation of the life force and loss of self integrity. Grab a hold of it – and don’t let go until it has consumed you from head to toe, for only then will you be free to slowly release your grip.

Yes, the rules of the control game are tough to break-out of; for they propagate division where there should be unity, and a fake form of unity where there should be division. They make night and day into irreconcilable opposites, when they are, of course, two parts of one whole. They hold up the ‘pursuit of wealth’ as the great unifier, when only the division and redistribution of wealth can bring about lasting unity.

‘Us and them’ remains the chief mantra of our society’s authoritarian control system. It fuels the split, which has been the intention from the beginning, to keep divisiveness, fear and war at the forefront of daily life. For out of the ruins which result, the masters of control build up their empires and increase their leverage over the disenfranchised majority. The few reinforce their indoctrination of the many.

How can the many break-out of this slavery?

There is but one way. One way which comes in two parts.

Firstly, become conscious of the false divisions that play havoc with our deeper sensibilities – and heal them.

Secondly, go forth bravely to play your part in helping to heal the wounds of this war torn world. Take on roles of responsible leadership and help others gain a practical foothold on the ladder of conscious life.

Everything always comes in two parts, as a minimum. Every inhalation is followed by an exhalation. Every taking-in is followed by a giving-out. And that applies to our own taking from and giving back to that which sustains us.

Life is ‘alive’ due to the friction that exists between two complementary (yet opposite) energetic forces. Electricity is electricity due to the friction exerted by opposing positive and negative currents oscillating in immediate proximity with each other.

Without ‘two’ we cannot have ‘one’. It is only when the intensity of friction produced by two energetic poles of attraction reach their zenith, that a state of oneness comes into being. No wonder the word ‘enlightenment’ is used to describe the state where the two fuse into oneness.

In third density existence this is largely a temporary condition. One which reverts back to its dual state as the zenith moment subsides. But returns to oneness once again on the next climactic up-turn. And so on.

In quantum physics, which describes the fourth dimension in which everything is connected to everything, the form taken by this movement operating on the cosmic plain, is described as a ‘standing wave’. Standing waves: constant peaks and troughs, oscillating with each other like beats of a musical score. Peak and trough waves, generating the very matter of life. Both at the minutest cellular level and at the vastest spectrum of the macrocosm.

Make peace with this duality, and you will find yourself in a place of great inner calm and purpose. Never go to war with that which is an innate gift of life.

Today, even within circles of the relatively aware, duality is often misconstrued as being responsible for a state of division, conflict and alienation. This is only true if and when duality is removed from its primal, higher dimensional role, and is placed in the three-dimensional setting in which everyday modern society life operates today. In this setting it is deliberately made to look like a source of conflict.

Giving duality ‘a bad name’ is the role of social engineers. Those who are tasked with twisting the truth into its opposite and then making this distortion into the politically correct cornerstone of social conformity.

DEPRESSION by OptiknerveA classic example can be found in the current ubiquitous use of the expression ‘you guys’ when addressing a group of men and women. ‘Guys’ in U.S. vernacular, once meant ‘men’ – like ‘blokes’ in U.K. vernacular. But now ‘guys’ covers both males and females, morphing them into one sexless unit.

Or, simply making women into men, denigrating the innate sexuality of both.

This linguistic slippage is deliberate. The neutering of the sexes removes the innate male/female attraction of opposites which is at the essence of all life – rendering this dynamic meaningless, as in “we’re all the same”. The trouble is that we’re not, and it is precisely our difference which both distinguishes and excites us. And excitement is a prerequisite for the manifestation of life energy.

‘You guys’ simply dilutes this power into some kind of insipid, denatured soup. Deflating our natural pride and distinctiveness in the process. It is a powerful tool in the dumbing down of human intelligence.

The true integration of seeming opposites does not dispense with these opposites (as ‘you guys’ does) but brings them into harmonious relationship, so that they no longer appear as agents of an internal war. This integration is the task we all have to perform in order to find our true place in the great cosmic order from which we originate.

It is the task we all have to face in overcoming the curse of war and the terrible price it exerts upon humanity – and the natural environment upon which humanity and all beings depend. War, which deliberately incited presence hangs like a poisoned chalice over our divided planet, even as I write.

For I wish to remind my readers once again, war stems from subconscious, unaddressed and unresolved internal conflict. And so long as it remains unaddressed and unresolved, we will blame others for our own state of disharmony. We will say “ It’s them – let’s destroy our enemy”.

Fully accepting our natural duality heals the psychic split which otherwise drives mankind towards a permanent state of schizophrenia, paranoia and psychopathic delusion; the end result of which is the physical act of war itself.

We shouldn’t be fooled by the fact that many succeed in wearing these destructive ailments relatively lightly; often even with a smile on their face! But this is a well disguised mask, worn due to a fear of exposing unresolved inner conflict.

The desire to conform to the social norm of the day is a powerful opiate for hiding the symptoms of disease. But they are there none the less, and often only just under the surface. The psychotic state of society, in which almost everything accepted as ‘normal’ is, in truth, highly abnormal – means that we all live in and amongst a kind of institutionalized insanity.

The maintenance of this socially engineered condition is overseen by the architects of control, whose sense of security rests on the condition that as few individuals as possible wake-up and become healed, fully integrated human beings. A state which instantly blows the cover of both our external oppressors and the source of our own internal self deception.

So there we have it. The path to truth is paved with hidden road blocks, the most important of which cannot be skirted around, but need consciously dismantling, brick by brick. And the deeper we delve the more sure we are to run into the road blocks which reflect a divided self.

But look, our brain has a left and a right hemisphere which are connected by a bridge ‘the corpus callosum’, and that bridge offers a big clue about creating unity out of polarity. Of discovering the unity within duality, and the fact that our intuitive and rational minds are entirely complementary.

There is nothing living which does not crackle with the electricity of duality. Even in a same sex relationship, male and female essence continues its dance, reflecting the different roles adopted by each partner.

We are all both masculine and feminine. Feminine and masculine. But the male genome normally predominates in man and the female in woman. However, this does not negate the reality that both are inherent in the genetic composition of both sexes.

Getting them into a state of dynamic balance within, is the imperative for a creative, fulfilling and joyous existence. One which takes us beyond division and violence which leads to war.

On the macrocosmic level this is Yin and Yang. Balance. Not through sublimation and negation of duality, but through embracing it as the indispensable motor of our self-development, and driving force for bringing to reality a world of enduring love and peace.

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The Day of Arafa

The Day of Arafa

From SeekersHub, Australia

The Day of Arafa is one of the most blessed and beloved days of the entire year. It is the culmination of the Hajj, such that the Beloved Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him & his folk) said, “Hajj is Arafa!”

Prayer and Action for the Welfare of the Muslims

This is a day of devotion, for those on Hajj and for all Muslims. Fasting on this day expiates all sins, as the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) informed us, and all actions are multiplied in reward on this day.

Make the most of this day. Fast, turn to Allah in prayer, and spend time in reflection.

Reflect on your relationship with Allah. Reflect on what you need to return to Allah–and ask Allah to facilitate this for you.

Reflect on your relationship with the Messenger of Allah (peace & blessings be upon him), and how you return to his radiant example of mercy, beauty, and excellence in all aspects of your life.

Reflect on your relationships, and how to improve your relations with your parents, spouse, children, and your family–and ask Allah to facilitate this for you.

Reflect on how you can benefit Allah’s creation through service and through charity–and ask Allah to facilitate this for you, keeping in mind that, “Allah is in the aid of His servant as long as His servant is in the aid of others.”

May Allah make this Day of Arafa a day of return to Allah; a day of renewal and reconnecting; a day of real spiritual and social good.

And may the days of Eid be truly blessed days of rejoicing for you, your family, and the entire Umma of the Beloved Messenger of Allah (peace & blessings be upon him & his folk).

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