Posted May 6, 2014
by Jerry Alatalo
“In time of war men, civilized in peace, turn from their higher nature to their lower nature. But triumph is not beautiful. One who thinks triumph is beautiful is one with a will to kill. The death of a multitude is cause for mourning. Conduct your triumph as a funeral.”
– LAO-TZU (c. 565 B.C) Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism
After the tragic fire in Odessa, Ukraine on May 2 that resulted in the deaths of, according to varying reports – forty-six to more than one hundred – men and women around the world have come to the conclusion that action must be taken to speak out for peace in that country. In nations around the Earth hundreds of thousands are joining together in solidarity with all the Ukrainian people in efforts and advocating for dialogue and reason to prevent any further violence.
Many university professors have been appearing on news programs with their views on what needs to occur for a peaceful resolution of the situation, and there seems to be more intensity in their messages after what is being called the “Odessa Massacre.” And rightly so. Frankly, because men and women in both governments and media companies are well aware of what occurred in Odessa, yet fail to convey in public addresses or reporting the full story, those who either “spin” events or lie by omission have forfeited any claim of being honorable human beings.
Some may think this is an overreaction and disrespectful of politicians in high offices or well-respected journalists. Those who hold that view are welcome to their opinions. However, those politicians who do not speak the truth about what happened to, depending on what source death figures come from, between 46 to over 100 fellow human beings, have lost any honor they may have earned. Any person with access to YouTube can see what happened at that Union Labor Hall. A lawless situation which, just as the Maidan Massacre, needs a multinational law enforcement team to investigate thoroughly and professionally.
The United States has sent a law enforcement team to Nigeria in the past days to help bring home some two hundred kidnapped girls, the same applies to Ukraine in the cases of Maidan sniper mass murder along with Odessa. Reports on the Odessa tragedy have surfaced which suggest the victims were killed with chemical weapons or may have been shot before the fires were set. The failure of the new administration in Kiev to properly investigate the Maidan Massacre is one of the causes of anti-Kiev sentiments in parts of Ukraine, and turning away and ignoring this major concern – mass murderers walking the streets – absolutely must be professionally and righteously investigated.
Any person worthy of honor and respect would see that a tragedy of immense proportion has occurred – a signal that in Ukraine things have gone very, very wrong – and condemn those responsible for such truly barbaric behavior in the strongest terms humanly possible. In the most logical analysis yet of the tragic Odessa deaths, one person spoke eloquently and asked what the reactions of United States/Western politicians – namely the Obama Administration – or American/Western news commentators would have been if the victims and murderers were turned around.
What would the response be from western news companies, and politicians from the Ukraine, European Union, the United States, if so-called Eastern Ukraine “terrorists” were to have chased hundreds of Ukraine-unity men and women into the same hall, blocked any escape routes, either killed them with chemical weapons or gunfire, then burn the building – killing 46-100 in the process?
What would be the response?
Professors are wise. It is time to listen to them. Alexander Buzgalin suggests that leaders – diplomats and presidents – from Russia, Ukraine, European Union, and United States need to sit down in a room and come up with an exact plan that they can then announce to their respective citizens. He suggests the plan takes into consideration all the pertinent, important factors which concern all the people of Ukraine including a proper investigation of both the Maidan and Odessa Massacres, disarming the lawless group responsible for violence, a new constitution, a federalized political system that decentralizes power throughout the nation, and other major citizen concerns identified through a nationwide dialogue.
And take the suggestion of Professor Nikolai Petro, and admit that the current differences in Ukraine between people of various parts is an indigenous set of problems, which needs to become settled by the people of Ukraine, not outside powers. Professor Petro also strongly suggests that the propensity to blame Russia for the problems in Ukraine is erroneous and, to repeat, the time has arrived to recognize and publicly announce the truth: Ukraine’s current problems are indigenous.
For the love of God – in respect for those sacred men and women who have perished in Ukraine – all people, and all leaders, absolutely must start thinking, speaking, and acting with the highest honor, truth, mutual respect, and most importantly love – for peace.
(Thank you to TheRealNews at YouTube)