War. Part 1.

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Cover of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

June 2, 2013 by Jerry Alatalo

War is mankind’s greatest failure. How many of you have had enough of war? Great Spirit answer our prayers. Please help us finally put an end to this error of war that we keep repeating and repeating. Please put an end to the causes of fighting amongst our fellow human beings with its massive suffering inflicted on both “winners” and “losers” alike.

For there is no “winning” in war, only loss.

Here we would offer the words of the 34th President of the United States, Dwight Eisenhower (1890-1969):

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the houses of its children. This is not a way of life… Under the cloud of war, it is humanity hanging itself on a cross of iron.”

You would think that such a frank analysis as this one made by Eisenhower with its  profundity would have turned the tide concerning war and military expenditure. Eisenhower, in his farewell address, adds yet another profound look at the military expenditures of mankind:

“This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience… In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”

Why do we end up disregarding the obvious wisdom through history men and women have given us? Eisenhower’s words in these two quotes are simply spot-on.  What a predicament we have put ourselves in with regard to military spending and the use of the products created with that spending.

Thank God we are coming to the point in time where our spiritual wisdom will be returned to us all. We will end this war madness once and for all. Divine intervention will make us all painfully aware of the error of our ways when we made the choices to allow this insanity to occur. You may want to read Eisenhower’s words again and again until you really understand what he was trying to convey.

We have had war for so long now that it seems almost to be a part of life. It need not be so. War is a choice. If there was a reason for war it could only be self-defense. Any war of aggression must result in consequences which are severe enough for those responsible for their decisions to deter any future decision maker from making the same mistake. War crimes are the highest of any crimes and must be dealt with in the highest way. Many of you are aware that most of the time wars are fought for financial or natural resource reasons.

You may have read the book Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins. The book was Perkins’ insider view of geopolitical events he participated in and witnessed. Mr. Perkins wrote the book after the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center event in an effort to create a better world for his children and grandchildren. He describes the typical course of events when he was dealing with the leaders of countries which had natural resources that multinational companies wanted to have access to.

First the leader and his country are given loans from the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund for large infrastructure projects which benefit mainly multinational companies along with the elite of the country. The poor of the country do not realize any gain in their standard of living. Next the country falls behind on the repayment of the loans, in the billions of dollars.

At this point Perkins describes the “pound of flesh.”  He would offer that particular country’s leader great wealth if he played the game and allowed access at a low price to his country’s natural resources. Of course, austerity measures would be needed in order that the World Bank/IMF loans could be repaid.

He would gently remind the leader, if he was considering not playing the game, of what happened to the previous leader who did not want to play. It is called political assassination. Perkins dealt personally with democratically elected leaders who were killed in airplane crashes etc.  If the current leader continues to reject the offers then the jackals are sent in to attempt a coup or political dissent; any action that would drive the leader from office including assassination. Then if this fails to remove the leader, the military comes to forcibly remove the leader through war. What Perkins describes is very saddening.

Thanks to John Perkins for telling the world the truth through his experiences on the geopolitical stage. The book is an eye opener for whoever reads it and even though the book describes a very sad state of affairs, has contributed to a needed awareness of the reality of what he describes being gained for people from many areas of the planet.

This awareness has served as a defense for many against such manipulative actions with the unfortunate consequences associated with them. People have been spared suffering and hardship because John Perkins stood up and told the truth.

Many other books have been written by men and women who have experienced war. As wars are started by the rich and fought by the poor we will be giving no voice here to those who start wars. Only if those who started the war risked their own lives and safety will they receive any mention. We have all seen those who received deferments or somehow escaped danger themselves calling for others to fight for them.  We will concentrate on those men and women who actually have experienced the horrors of war. Their stories and their thoughts.

Perhaps you may have heard of marine Major General Smedley Butler (1881-1940). He wrote a book with the title War is a Racket. Read these harrowing words:

“I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscleman for big business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American Fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated in three continents.”

Do you ever wonder why we are experiencing the spiritual pain associated with wars and violence? Sometimes you just want to yell out God please end this war insanity. Help us to end war and create the conditions for everlasting love, justice and peace on Earth. Please pray for this.

The words of Native American Chief Joseph upon surrender contain the real testimony from the heart of a human regarding the effects of conflict.  Feel the same feeling that Chief Joseph conveys in these words and you will never see war in the same way again.

He said:

“Tell General Howard I know his heart. What he told me before I have in my heart. I am tired of fighting. Our chiefs are killed, Looking-Glass is dead, Too-Hul-Hul Sote is dead. The old men are all dead. It is the young men who say yes or no. He who led on the young men is dead. It is cold, and we have no blankets; the little children are freezing to death. My people, some of them, have run away to the hills, and have no blankets, no food. No one knows where they are-perhaps freezing to death. I want to have time to look for my children, and see how many of them I can find. Maybe I shall find them among the dead. Hear me, my chiefs! I am tired; my heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.”

The emotional state Chief Joseph was in when he spoke these words is the same emotional state that every human experiences after participating in war. We now understand what causes post traumatic stress syndrome. It is the direct result of the horrifying experiences that these brothers and sisters have when involved in military conflict. With the understanding of the suffering that our fellow humans experience because of war we must ask ourselves.

What type of insanity calls for more suffering? War is insanity.

American writer and editor Norman Cousins (1915-1990) said:

“War is an invention of the human mind. The human mind can invent peace.”

Does it not give one hope for the future when one sees the thoughts of our fellow human brothers and sisters which point to such intelligence? The quotations allow us to share the thoughts of genius personalities past and present, without the requirement of actually being in their physical presence. How simple yet profound Norman Cousins’ words are here. The human mind can invent peace. Simple. Profound.

Our faith in the certain triumph of the human spirit is restored when we come across such intellectual depth and insight. English poet and critic John Dryden (1631-1700) stated a basic truth about the cause of war:

“War seldom enters but where wealth allures.”

Does not this thought equal that expressed in 1 Timothy 6:10:

“For the love of money is the root of all evil.”

The love of money. How much longer will some love money more than their fellow human family? Love it so much that they are willing to kill others in order to acquire it? Love it so much that they are willing to destroy everything in their way to get to it?

Love it so much that they are willing to sell their own souls to obtain it?

The artists have been asking these questions for a very long time. With the current, fortunate rising of consciousness on this Earth thank the Creator that these questions will not have to be asked anymore soon. We are going to get all of our questions answered.

It is our destiny.

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Peter Kater and R. Carlos Nakai “I Will Fight No More”

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