Posted August 27, 2013
by Jerry Alatalo
“Why, my fellow Americans, is there any man here or any woman-let me say, is there any child here-who does not know that the seed of war in the modern world is commercial and industrial rivalry?”
St. Louis address
September 5, 1919
After finding this Woodrow Wilson quote, it occurred to me that his assertion that all wars find their genesis in those who live in the worlds of commerce and industry is true. It does not matter where the men and women of commerce reside-it does not matter the name of the country they call home.
On either “side” of any conflict, any series of events which include violence and killing, are rivals. The definition of rival is competitor, one who competes or contends, one who becomes involved in struggles.
Now we see what is occurring in Syria and the Middle East region, what is happening anywhere on Earth where there are struggles, contentions, competition, rivalry, war and killing. Those at the top of the corporate/business/industry pyramid, no matter their home country, are rivals who under extreme circumstances will resort to war and violence and killing to win the “competition”.
Most of the men and women of the human race go about their daily lives, unaware of the intense competition going on between the numerous “teams” around the Earth. To use a sports metaphor the players, the teams, are members of the World League of Commerce and Industry, and the competition, instead of once a week on Sunday, goes on everyday.
At certain points in history circumstances surrounding this competition become such that the intensity level of the “game” increases dramatically. Because the prize for winning is money, power, ego, living on “easy street” etc., and in this world that prize has come to be considered equivalent to winning the Super Bowl, the struggles get nasty.
All who have participated in sports know the joy, camaraderie, and excitement of competing on the field and the court. The prizes are much less valuable than those who compete in the worlds of commerce and industry. Nasty behavior in sports competition is frowned upon-players are just having fun-there are rare, rare instances of ugly, violent behavior found.
What we find in the competitive world where the “big boys” play is a different story. The teams are ready for the intense competitions where things get ugly. They stockpile weaponry of all kinds to assure winning at all costs. Those weapons include financial, military, law, media and government, among others. When the competition gains an edge during the struggle, the weapons are put to use.
The ugly side of the competition, where things get nasty and people get hurt, as opposed to the regular games played by the little guy where only the players sustain sprained ankles etc., the “big guys” don’t sustain injury. In the world where the “big boys” compete it is the spectators who get hurt. The spectators are the regular men, women and children who have found themselves, unfortunately, on the battlefield of the big boys-while their respective weapons explode.
These days, for many millions of people of the Earth, have become filled with concern for the spectators in Syria and the Middle East, the regular people who like all people everywhere simply want to live a decent life with some peace and joy.
Humanity needs referees now. Humanity needs the best referees the world has ever seen. Humanity needs wise ones to write new rules for how to “compete” on this Earth so that no spectators lose their lives. The game has gotten out of control somehow. Too, too many spectators are getting killed, wounded, turning into refugees.
The wars and suffering have to be minimized and then eliminated. People around the Earth can then live their lives enjoying the game of human existence without getting harmed.
Syrian chemical attacks are a turning point for humanity
Those responsible for the tragic deaths in Syria have to be identified. What follows is a simple message which was faxed today to the United Nations. The horrific event has to be seen as a sign that the game is out of control, no matter which “side” is found responsible. The “big boys” are capable of creating rules for competition which does not end up in warfare.
American writer Norman Cousins (1912-1990) said, “War is an invention of the human mind. The human mind can invent peace.”
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Attention: Office of the Spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon (Fax: 212-963-7055)
Subject: Chemical Attacks in Syria / Proposal
Dear Sirs / Madams,
The reason for this communication is to convey a proposal regarding the recent tragic chemical attacks in Syria. This event has saddened and disturbed millions of men, women and children on this Earth, while instilling more fear of subsequent increases in violence and military actions.
Because I am very concerned about the physical, mental and spiritual health of my fellow brothers and sisters around the Earth, I researched articles, newscasts, videos etc. to gain understanding of who was responsible. After taking in a considerable amount of information I have found divergent views on what happened during this crime and who was responsible.
A thought occurred to me that if the United Nations offered a reward to persons who have information and / or know who is responsible for this crime, that such a person or persons would come forward. This would be the equivalent to cash amounts used as incentive for so-called whistleblowers. Law enforcement agencies have used cash reward incentives to successfully solve crimes for centuries, and I think in this case if one were offered it would help solve the Syrian crimes, the largest unsolved crimes on the Earth.
As there are reports of possible airstrikes etc., perhaps coming as soon as Thursday August 29, my request to consider this proposal is more urgent. Certain nations are publicly announcing the very real possibility of retaliation for a crime that, as far as I can discern, has not yet been solved.
I am requesting consideration of this proposal as soon as possible with incentives in the range of $1,000,000 to $100,000,000. When arranged please contact all news outlets to publicize the reward, to hasten the arrival at the truth of this tragedy.
Thank you for every consideration.
“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love… Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning to love.”
-Mother Theresa (1910-1997)
- Stop the War calls Syria demo (morningstaronline.co.uk)
- David Cameron: Britain cannot ‘stand idly by’ while chemical attacks continue in Syria (telegraph.co.uk)
- Pro-Hezbollah sheikh warns U.S. interests at risk if Syria hit (dailystar.com.lb)
- Iran warns west against military intervention in Syria (theguardian.com)
- Missile strikes on Syria likely response to chemical attack (cnn.com)
- Obama will bomb Syria (politico.com)
- Syria crisis: Russia warns of ‘catastrophic consequences’ of military intervention – The Independent (independent.co.uk)
- Russia: “Syria Will Be Armed With Weapons That Have Never Been Seen Before In the Middle East” (syrianfreepress.wordpress.com)
- Alon Ben-Meir: The Absence of Strategic Vision (huffingtonpost.com)