One Earth Spirit.

Posted on July 31, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“They think to order all things wisely; but having rejected Christ they will end by drenching the world with blood.”

– FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKI (1821-1881) Russian novelist The Brothers Karamozov (1880)

368-1Men and women in rapidly increasing numbers around the Earth are now taking action to end the violence in Gaza. Why are millions of men and women concerned about the tragic situation there? Because there is something inside of every human being that brings about feelings of compassion upon witnessing harm and pain experienced by fellow human beings. That “something” is intangible; that which cannot be touched. That something is incorporeal; not consisting of matter; without material body or substance; of spirits or angels.

That something is impalpable; not perceptible to the touch; that cannot be felt, and too slight or subtle to be grasped easily by the mind. That intangible, incorporeal, and impalpable something holds the one route to peace in Gaza and peace on Earth. Through human history philosophers, religious scholars, metaphysicians, and spiritual seekers have voluntarily experienced rituals, studied the world’s religious traditions, and traveled short to great distances on inner journeys to discover that something.

More than enough spiritual wisdom has become discovered, extensively written about and recorded, and available for human beings to end war and large-scale violence on Earth. Beyond all the debates over whose religion is right and whose is wrong, all the words spoken and written about “our” interests and “their” faults and wrongful actions, is existent an eternal and infinite statement of truth that is impossible to disprove: all people, all life, and all things are sacred.

As the years, decades, and centuries have passed, humanity has incrementally approached nearer and nearer to the eventual full awareness of the sacred nature/reality of all people, all life, and all things. Exactly when humanity comes to this highest possible spiritual understanding, organizes societies based upon sacred consciousness, and experiences peace among all people, nations and regions is not predictable, but remains always available as an option.

“The power of love, as the basis of state, has never been tried… There will always be a government of force where men are selfish…”

– RALPH WALDO EMERSON (1803-1882) American philosopher

For a variety of reasons known and unknown, efforts to bring about global understanding, mutually shared vision, and agreement on steps to guarantee peace on Earth for this and future generations have yet to actualize such an ideal reality.

Corporate news media has failed to deliver on its tremendous potential, and the world’s people are turning away in large numbers. This explains the recent rise of independent news media on the internet, and the profound trend of more people getting their information on world events from their computer screens.

Some benefit could be realized from imagining if one were the owner/major shareholder of one of the world’s largest media corporations and held the authority to make decisions about content of magazines, newspapers, internet, radio, and television programming.

How would you use the communications company you own? Remember you own one of the world’s largest media corporations.

You call the shots, the “buck” stops at your desk, and you make the final decision – give your yes or no – on any programming that winds up presented to your customers/viewers, readers, and listeners. With regard to the current global situation – specifically Israel-Palestine, Ukraine, Syria, Iraq and other war-torn regions – what would be your vision and goals for the business entity you have in your possession?

What percentage of articles, reports, and programs would you devote to arriving at the truth through historical and current facts, experts and well-informed guests from every arena of human activity, and discovery of reality-based factors of cause and effect? Would you decide to provide the men, women, and children who are your customers with information that is less than fully truthful and accurate – which leaves them with an awareness of global events that is less than complete? Would you exclude information which, if published, would result in certain of your largest advertisers deciding to sever business relations with your company, although the excluded information was necessary for your customers’ becoming fully informed?

How many of your company’s articles and programs would you like to see produced with titles such as “Is Middle East Peace Possible?”, “A World Without War”, “Ukraine Solutions”, “Gazan Perspectives”, or “Peacemakers Through History”? In what ways would you use your media company’s resources now to help end – not a ceasefire, but to end – the violence, destruction, injuries, and deaths of Gazans and Israelis? Those who own the world’s largest media corporations control what information they provide to their customers. Sadly, the decisions those owners make too often result in their customers’ receiving extremely biased, partially censored, “spun”, or inaccurate, intentionally misleading information.

Media owners’ decisions too often result in the censoring or omission of important facts. Omission of truth.

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The following video may bring some men and women to tears – perhaps to uncontrollable grief and sorrow. Looking into the eyes of men and women in the film should help lessen the sadness for there is something visible in those eyes. What’s visible is that intangible, incorporeal, and impalpable something.

That one route to peace on Earth.

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Please visit Jewishvoiceforpeace.org

(Thank you to Jewish Voice For Peace at YouTube)

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Palestinian Trail Of Tears.

Posted on July 24, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

aaa-37Alison Weir was a weekly small-town newspaper editor in America in 2001 when she began researching the Israel-Palestine conflict. She read many books on the issue by respected authors, journalists, and academics, authored books, and written many articles found at the website she started – If Americans Knew. She traveled to Gaza to see for herself the situation there while talking to both Palestinians and Israelis. At the bottom of this post she delivers a fifteen minute talk on what she’s learned, at a speakers conference held in March 2014.

Ms. Weir points out facts that most who’ve done a moderate amount of research into the Israel-Palestine conflict are aware of, although the number of men and women who’ve done that moderate research is not nearly large enough. One would probably be right in saying that Alison Weir finds it strange that her conveying the truth regarding the history of Israel-Palestine-America has become viewed by many as a “courageous act.”

Israel became established through a war of conquest from 1947-49 where 750,000 Palestinian people were forcefully driven  from their homes and land, in a military operation to take land for the new Israeli state. Since that time the Palestinian people have seen the amount of land under their control steadily reduced, until today, where the land is but a small fraction of what it was over 60 years ago. During those over six decades, the United States government has enabled Israel to take more and more land from the Palestinians – then building two-state-solution-destroying settlements on the confiscated land – by providing annual financial and military aid. Israel is the largest of all the world’s recipients of American aid; now around $3.1 billion per year, or $8-10 million per day.

While Israel has received well over $100 billion in American taxpayer support, Palestinians have increasingly suffered under a more intense version of apartheid as experienced by black South Africans – until organized worldwide pressure led to the dismantling of the racist South African system. Alison Weir suggests at the end of her talk that Americans need to demand an end to Israeli aid transfers as a leverage for resolving the conflict once and for all.

The Middle East region may offer the best example on Earth when thinking about the biblical passage: “The love of money is the root of all evil.” The history of Middle East wars does not coincide with what some describe as “those people have warred for thousands of years, and nothing can be done to stop it”, but the wars have been fought over natural resources, land, and corporation owners’ profits. There was no such thing as Middle East “terrorism” before Israel’s establishment in the late 1940’s, when American/western corporations began pushing for control of resources in the Middle East nations.

Those national governments which decide to emulate the universally admired Egyptian President Nasser’s model of Pan-Arabism – that directs resource profits to the people instead of outside entities and powers – soon find a military target on them. With regard to Syria – which has been the scene of an over three-year war over natural gas pipeline routes, a banking system outside of western private-central bank control, and perhaps large newly discovered Syrian natural gas deposits to rival Qatar’s enormous deposits – over 100,000 Syrians have died and millions have become refugees in what is now the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.

In a matter of days recently, 700 Syrians died in attacks by paid mercenaries from over 80 countries around the world.

Since the 1953 CIA coup/overthrow of democratically elected Iranian President Mossadegh after he nationalized Iran’s oil resources, the Middle East has been the scene of war after war, all over energy resources. The 2003 War in Iraq – which destroyed that nation – killed 500,000 to 1 million Iraqis, 5,000 Americans, was pre-planned by Bush officials and oil corporations (complete with charts pointing out division of oil fields), cost American taxpayers trillions; based on the lies of George W. Bush, Tony Blair, Dick Cheney and other assorted war criminals.

The world’s people need to start demanding that war criminals be punished just like people convicted of murdering one person. Providing deadly weapons to mercenaries needs to become punished just as when an individual provides to others the murder weapons. In other words, the world can no longer allow wars of aggression facilitators to act with impunity. Crime is crime, and no person is above the law, no matter if he or she is the leader of a nation, a multi-billionaire banker, or oligarch owner of a corporation.

The paths walked by Native Americans starting over 500 years ago, the Palestinian people since 1947, the people of Africa, and indigenous people in nations and regions around the Earth share many aspects. Through history all indigenous people at some point came into contact with people coming from outside their lands, frequently leading to experiences of extreme suffering from methods used by the “newcomers” to take land, natural resources and – when talking about slavery from hundreds of years ago to today’s sex trade/worker slaves – human beings.

Coming up with an analytical, reasoned explanation for history’s many examples of man’s inhumanity to his fellow-man is certainly no small task, yet any efforts which intend to decrease man’s inhumanity are worth entering into. In the United States, Native Americans were forcefully removed from the land of their ancestors and onto reservations where the land was poor for growing food and raising animals; on foot in inhuman marches that have fallen under the umbrella term “trail of tears.”

All people through history who’ve been on the receiving end of man’s inhumanity to man have essentially walked the “trail of tears”, and today the people of Palestine are the world’s most publicized example of those still walking that trail. The thing about man’s continuing inhumanity to man is that men and women who are out of the line of fire experience the trail in a less intense form. Many who receive their information of world events on a superficial level from the corporate media – through the lens of its owners – are unaware of the true extent of inhumanity’s presence.

Men and women around the world, although not present in Gaza and personally witnessing the tragic events there, experience various levels of empathy, compassion, indignation, and heartache depending on the amount of accurate information they’ve seen or read. The current violence in the Israel-Palestine conflict has led to a global recognition of the need to get the differences and concerns finally resolved. In common terms, people are more and more demanding an end to the nightmare; the continued prison-like living conditions, senseless wars, killing and injury (physical and psychological).

Those who’ve viewed the Academy Award winning film “Dances With Wolves” may agree the most powerful scene in the production came near the end, when the Kevin Costner character (John Dunbar) and his white, native-adopted wife Stands With A Fist (played by Mary McDonnell) were leaving their indigenous friends to protect them from the Army. American troops were coming over the mountains after Dunbar, closing in to eventually kill the natives, and Dunbar’s native friend Wind In His Hair (played by Rodney A. Grant) is seen on a cliff-top on his horse.

Wind In His Hair would come to call Dunbar “loo-ten-tent”, he senses a possibility of never seeing friends Dunbar and Stands With A Fist again, and perhaps senses his own imminent death. Alone on the mountain cliff, Wind In His Hair yells to the Great Spirit, “John Dunbar is my friend! John Dunbar is my friend forever!” – in one of the most memorable, artistic, emotionally moving dramatic film scenes of all time.

“Dances With Wolves” is a film that tells about another example of people on the “trail of tears” – man’s inhumanity to man – and in that powerful closing scene suggests another way of living. One wonders what went through the minds of those who died in Palestine as they lived out their last moments on this Earth. Were there intense thoughts about love shared with husbands, wives, brothers, sisters and family, joyful laughter with friends and neighbors, and feelings of lost chances to develop lasting peace, friendship, and brotherhood between Palestine’s people and the people of Israel?

Man’s inhumanity to man has become no longer acceptable for a rapidly increasing number of men and women around the world, and solving the Israel-Palestine conflict would mark the beginning of the end for humanity’s “trail of tears.” Then soon, the human race will no longer shed tears of physical, psychological, and spiritual pain – but tears of joy from seeing every man or woman one meets as “my friend forever!”

Mankind’s greatest challenge and promise lies in taking actions which close the “trail of tears” – man’s inhumanity to man – forever.

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Israel’s Apartheid Options: Submit, Leave, Or Die. A Century From Now…

Posted on July 19, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“Dover Beach” (1867)

Ah, love, let us be true

To one another! for the world, which seems

To lie before us like a land of dreams,

So various, so beautiful, so new,

Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,

Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help from pain;

And we are here as on a darkling plain

Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,

Where ignorant armies clash by night.

MATTHEW ARNOLD (1822-1888) English poet, critic, essayist

ocean11In July 2014 humanity may have started down the road of ending apartheid conditions and thinking forever. The world public protest of Israel for its military actions against the people of Gaza has unleashed a tsunami of articles explaining what the mainstream corporate news has never reported: Israel is an apartheid state.

The “Boycott, Divest, Sanction” (BDS) movement, first proposed and talked about years ago, has become recognized by men and women the world over as the essential tool for ending the intractable, decades-old stalemate that is the Israel-Palestine struggle. As awareness of the history, facts, and truth about Israel-Palestine grows exponentially now, so do demands for a real agreement which finally resolves the conflict – one based on genuine human rights for both Palestinians and Israelis.

A hundred years from now, when Palestinian and Israeli children read about the years between 1948 and 2014, they will try to understand how such a reality could be created and endured for so many years. They will ask themselves questions like “how could people use bulldozers on other people’s homes and farms, then take the land of those people passed down to them for generations?”

They will find it astonishing that their respective ancestors lived in such unenlightened ways, yet gain hope for the human race from the example provided in 2014 when people from every nation and region called for that enlightened vision of brotherhood in Israel-Palestine and other war-torn areas.  Those young people of 2114 will experience wonder when learning that one hundred years earlier the human race had only begun to see the negative consequences coming out of a philosophy that endorsed killing of innocent people for selfish reasons, and at the same time express gratitude that the philosophy was in a short time absolutely discredited – then discarded forever.

How could human beings kill each other – back there in 2014?

Those Palestinian and Israeli children of 2114 – all children on Earth –  will learn that the turning point for humanity in 2014 came when there emerged a wide and deep understanding of the absolute value of truthful dialogue, mutual honor and respect based on a shared recognition of each human being’s inherent worthiness and rights, and full awareness of the “Golden Rule” – not harming others.

The young people of 2114 will smile at each other in deep appreciation of their ancestors who broke through old, tired, and harmful thinking and acting, rising to higher, nobler ways of interacting with each other while building mutually beneficial, peace-insuring, and confidence/trust-enhancing systems, structures, and lasting agreements. Those young ones in 2114 will know that the world they live in and take for granted took some heroic effort on the part of people living in 2014, including a shared goal of guaranteeing all actions have a positive effect on people living one hundred years in the future.

Mr. Jeff Halper has earned a lot of respect and honor since becoming degreed in Anthropology and moving to Israel in 1973. In the little over 40 years he’s lived there, Mr. Halper has worked to bring an end to the Israel-Palestine conflict, having been nominated with a Palestinian intellectual/activist for the Nobel Peace Prize. He co-founded the Israeli Coalition Against Home Demolition which has tried through the years to stop illegal destruction of Palestinian homes and confiscation of land/farms.

In the following Real News Network interview, Mr. Halper points out Benjamin Netanyahu said a few days ago that  “there will never be a Palestinian state.” He views the current military campaign being carried out by the Israeli government as one more effort to break the Palestinian resistance, and that Israelis are in effect saying to Palestinians, “it’s over, you are going to be in prison; there’s no more peace process.” Jeff Halper sees the present situation one in which the Israeli government has given the Palestinians three options: 1. Submit 2. Leave the country 3. Die.

He finds that there’s an almost total lack of context in the minds of the media, Israeli citizens, and people around the world. The media portrays the conflict as a kind of Arab-Israeli historical, solution-less situation which cannot be improved upon because Israelis and Arabs (Palestinians) have some type of incompatible DNA, ignoring the real context of what has occurred in the over six decades since Israel came into existence.

He finds these days ones which are very difficult for leftist groups in Israel, the media very rarely reporting those groups’ perspectives, and that now “the genie is out of the bottle” – everything’s become possible. He’s found that reasoned and rational dialogue has become greatly diminished to almost non-existent; that near no chance remains for talks potentially leading to a good settlement of the conflict; and violence, racism, and hatred have become the major focus of too many groups of people.

Mr. Halper sees a possibility that Israel will attempt to re-occupy Gaza and the West Bank permanently, yet he maintains optimism because the world has determined that “Israel has overplayed its hand.” Jeff Halper was one of the first to advocate and speak out for a worldwide “Boycott, Divest, Sanction” effort to end apartheid in Israel – based on the South Africa model of apartheid banishment – and he sees reason for hope in that the world has recognized BDS as the only remaining solution.

A woman announcer on public radio just reported that Palestinian deaths have increased to 338 and the number injured to more than 2,500.  With Jeff Halper’s near 40 years of life experience in Israel and working to end the conflict, there is no reason to differ with his perception of the three options Israel now offers Palestinians. It may, however, be helpful to the peace process if one more option became added to his perceived option list.

After adding option four, Jeff Halper’s Israeli option list looks as follows:

Submit.

Leave the country.

Die.

Israeli-Palestinian honorable decisions/actions based on vision for the well-being of humanity – now and into the future.

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(Thanks to The Real News Network at YouTube)

Mr. Netanyahu: Show Your Evidence To The World.

Posted on July 13, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

oneness3Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu has said, with regard to his government’s assertion that Hamas carried out the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers, that, “we know Hamas did it.” Mr. Netanyahu, the world must see the evidence.

Hamas denies any responsibility for the kidnap and murder of the three Israeli teens. What would Hamas gain by carrying out the crimes Israel accuses them of? Let’s say that Hamas kidnapped the teens to hold them for a ransom of release of a number of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli prisons. Why would they kill the teens and lose their bargaining position? These are questions having to do with conjectures, but according to Israeli officials, they “know Hamas did it”, so where is the information which led to that certainty?

Why is it important that Israel show the world their proof? Because Israel is basing their decision to carry out a bombing campaign that has thus far killed over 170 Palestinian men, women, and children – and injured over 1,000 – on that evidence. In any civilized, democratic, developed nation, the law enforcement actions taken by Israel would never occur. Excellent police work in cases of triple kidnap/murder follow a routine of evidence collection, detective interviews, request and serving of subpoenas, court trial, etc., until the truth became determined and the guilty become rightly punished for their crimes.

If Israel says they know Hamas is responsible, this tells the public that law enforcement has specific information to result in that public assertion, so why, instead of going through the routine of all law enforcement agencies, would there be 560 men taken into custody? No law enforcement agency would, before obtaining search warrants, randomly take hundreds of citizens into custody, killing a dozen people in the process.

What law enforcement agency on Earth would keep from the parents of murdered teenagers the reality that they were dead until weeks later, and in the process allow those parents to entertain false hopes that their children were still alive? The answer is zero; all law enforcement agencies on Earth would share the heart-breaking news right away. Mr. Netanyahu, as well as showing the world his evidence of Hamas guilt, must explain to the world his reasons for withholding the facts/truth when Israeli law officials knew the teens were dead.

The world’s people must demand answers to these and other hard questions about the event that sparked this tragedy, and press for total transparency of all details and facts surrounding the kidnapping and murder of the three teens. Until such total transparency manifests, until Israel shares with the world their evidence and satisfactorily explains the reasons for their actions, there will exist the lingering thoughts in the minds of many people around the world that Israel carried out a “false flag”; that Israeli officials carried out the kidnap and murder of the three teens to serve as a pretext for the ongoing bombing campaign.

Mentioning a possibility of a false flag operation by Israelis is not unreasonable given the number of false flags that were carried out by governments through history. During the 1967 war between Israel and Egypt, Israel, probably in secret agreement with American President Lyndon Johnson, attacked the naval intelligence-gathering ship USS Liberty near the coasts of Israel and Egypt with the traitorous goal of leaving no survivors among the over 200 American sailors/servicemen on board. The “false flag” attack, if communication of an SOS hadn’t occurred from the Liberty to a Navy aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean and spoiled the plan, would have pointed to Egypt, and the United States would have entered into the conflict militarily. There are reports the United States was ready to drop a nuclear bomb on Cairo, Egypt.

Last September (2013), a chemical weapons attack in Syria became blamed on the Syrian government, and the United States told the world that there was “absolutely no doubt” about the evidence pointing to the Syrians’ guilt, when the alternative press on the internet began widely reporting the truth that the chemical attacks were a “false flag” operation, carried out by opponents of the Syrian government, designed to produce an American and British Libya-type bombing campaign on Syria. The “evidence” was placed in the hands of members of Congress in the US, and many after seeing it couldn’t believe that such a weak case was made.

Retired intelligence and military personnel whose careers were served in the US wrote an open letter calling out the unconvincing “evidence” for what it was – not credible. No western media reported the “false flag” story, even to discredit or disprove it.

This February 2014, the sniper shootings of over 100 Ukrainians – now known as the “Maidan Massacre” – led to the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych, who became named along with his security forces – Berkut – as the guilty parties in the killings by the new Ukraine regime’s top law enforcement officials. An intercepted phone conversation from early March between European Union high official Katherine Ashton and Estonian foreign minister Urmas Paet included an assertion by Mr. Paet that the new coalition forces were behind the sniper killings – shooting both civilians and police.

No western media reported on the phone call or interviewed either Ms. Ashton or Mr. Paet.

Germany’s equal to American investigative news program “60 Minutes” – ARD Monitor – produced and aired a segment on the “Maidan Massacre” that directly challenged the new Ukraine government narrative on who was behind the sniper killings, suggesting the need for an independent multinational law enforcement investigation. No western media has touched the possibility the killings were carried out by forces behind the new Ukraine regime, either to discredit or disprove. No multinational investigation has occurred.

Is it possible that the Israeli government carried out a “false flag” multiple murder with the three Israeli teens? Consider what everyone on Earth is now aware of with regard to the lies told by George W. Bush, Tony Blair, Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, and others about Saddam Hussein’s “weapons of mass destruction”. Remember Colin Powell at the United Nations, with the most serious expression on his face, holding the vial for the world to see of chemical weapons that Saddam Hussein was producing. Remember that Colin Powell lied to the world, and that estimates of between 600,000 and 1,000,000 Iraqis and nearly 5,000 American servicemen died in that war begun in 2003 – based on lies.

Then ask if there’s any possibility, if there is reason to suggest, the three Israeli teens were murdered in a false flag operation. Until Israel shows the world evidence which conclusively proves Hamas was behind the three murders, many will have doubts about the Israelis’ basis for asserting “we know Hamas did it.” At this point there is no good reason for Israel’s government to withhold from humanity their evidence, but there are two good reasons to show that evidence to the world.

Showing the world incontrovertible evidence of Hamas’ guilt would erase from the minds of many – and any further talks about – the suggestion of an Israeli false flag operation.

If Israel refuses to show the world any incontrovertible evidence, or provides evidence which most good law enforcement professionals view as unconvincing or not credible, then it will become obvious to humanity that Israel’s bombing of Gaza, and the over 170 deaths that have occurred to now, is unjustified and meets the definition of war crimes. For the reasons and examples given, it is absolutely urgent to discover if Israel’s claims that Hamas is guilty are true or not, and as soon as humanly possible.

The “Gulf of Tonkin Incident” sparked the Vietnam War and the eventual deaths of over 50,000 Americans and four million Vietnamese. The Gulf of Tonkin incident was a “false flag” – it never happened. Lyndon Johnson, president of the United States during that time – the same president who colluded with top Israeli officials on the USS Liberty failed “false flag” event – had connections to oil oligarchs and defense contractors in Texas, and was probably intimately and criminally involved in the murder of President John F. Kennedy.

If Benjamin Netanyahu shares with Lyndon Johnson a personal philosophy and willingness to engage in deceitful actions – military actions which result in the deaths of thousands of innocent human beings to meet desired ends – the absolute urgency of arriving at the truth in Israel-Palestine becomes so, so clear.

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