Love Will Heal The Middle East.

Posted January 10, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

P1000889-1“My idea of politics is an open conspiracy to hurry these tiresome, wasteful, evil things – nationality and war – out of existence; to end this empire and that empire, and set up one empire of man.”

– H. G. Wells (1866-1946)

When Jesus Christ walked the Earth in the region today widely known as the Middle East he left some messages of wisdom for humanity. One of those messages was “love one another as I have loved you”. In the over two thousand years since his birth, the message to love one another has not been fully acknowledged, as any person who pays attention to the news is well aware.

What is very puzzling is how absent is Christ’s message in the words of political leaders in the region and around the Earth. It seems so obvious that, if the men, women, and children of the nations in the Middle East began hearing their leaders speak of love’s potential to heal the region, the overall situation there would improve. After what seems like an eternity of warring, killing, and destruction – not only in the Middle East, but around the Earth – can it be said that the politicians’ ideas and words have not met the measure of success?

Some have said that the source of the frustration leading to violence and fighting through the decades has been economic inequality, poverty, and desperation of those who have been unfortunately left out of the economic equation, in living conditions which lead to joining groups in similar straits. These are the groups which, because of their desperate state, resort to measures including violence to bring about change in their status.

Related reasons are suggested by others, including anger of populations at the actions of nations from outside their country and region, such as wars of aggression to gain access and control of valuable natural resources – stating the wars are about “bringing democracy” or “weapons of mass destruction” or in retaliation for unprovoked attacks which never occurred – a so-called “false flag”. In the spirit of George Orwell’s “war is peace” nations conduct wars because, “we are going to kill you to save you”.

In the joint spirit of Orwell and Christ’s “love one another as I have loved you” nations tell the nation they are bombing, and the people they are killing, that “we love you, so we are going to kill you”. It is baffling that in many instances those who are on either “side” of wars feel that God is on their side. Now, there are atheists, agnostics, and those who believe in a supreme being. There is a very good chance that 99.9% of humanity do not go along with the idea that God is on the side of any person, group, institution, or nation that kills other human beings.

May as well say it frankly: whether you believe in God or not, it is impossible for he or she to condone taking/ending of the lives of men, women, and children that he or she created. Perhaps the time has come for political leaders around the world to halt speaking to the media – on issues of war and peace – and turn that over to their respective nation’s spiritual/religious leaders.

Situations which contain the elements of turning violent to a small or great level hold the risk that innocent people will become maimed or killed, or will become refugees after fleeing from the violence and killing. These are situations which need the voices of wisdom – voices speaking of the sacredness of all life. So, this is a suggestion to all world leaders to turn over any questions from the media having to do with war and peace to their nation’s wisest spiritual/religious men and women for responses.

In other words, because life – all life – is sacred, when people’s lives are at risk anywhere on Earth, those who have the most knowledge and experience on the sacredness of life have to become the voices most loudly and widely heard. For those who work in the media/communications please seek out the voices of those who are working for peaceful resolution of differences through dialogue and reason. The people of the world have seen and experienced far too much unnecessary suffering – from following those who call for war – instead of listening to, and seeking out, those who call for peace.

Plainly and simply, the time is always ripe for thoughts, words, and actions which lessen human suffering. If one can imagine the political leader of every nation standing next to his/her nation’s spiritual leader, then consider which person would bring to the forefront ideas that have the best chance of bringing about peaceful resolution of differences, perhaps the point of suggestions in this writing will become clear.

“There is no such thing as the state and no one exists alone; hunger allows no choice to the citizen or the police; we must love one another or die.”

– W. H. Auden (1907-1973)

So, what messages has humanity been hearing through history? Has the time arrived for messages of brotherly love, peaceful relations, equality and sharing of the Earth’s resources, and creating a better world for all people and living things? This blog has included reports with interviews of Mother Agnes Mariam about the terrible warring in Syria. She has been interviewed to share her peace message in the alternative media, but has not been interviewed on the so-called mainstream media. Other powerful voices for peace have been ignored by the mainstream media. Why?

Why has the mainstream media neglected to interview men and women spiritual leaders who are very concerned about the human catastrophes/wars occurring around the Earth? Is it because their ratings would suffer and the media corporations would see a profit loss on their bottom lines? Who decides on who to interview when the reports are about war and peace… and why? Do media corporation owners want to make an effort through their communications to the public for war… or peace?

Do corporate media owners want to see more wars? Imagine if you owned a major media corporation and were entirely able to shape either a message of war or peace. Would you make certain that the men and women who have the greatest knowledge and study of peace, spirituality, truth-telling, ethics, and morality be given the prime time interviews?

And to the world’s political leaders: what do you think of the idea of your bringing your nation’s wisest peace workers up to the press podium to answer questions of war and peace? Please meet with your nation’s spiritual/religious leaders and discuss this suggestion – of taking action to greatly increase the volume of the voices of the world’s peacemakers. Certainly you understand that such an action would be helpful, and lead to a much higher chance for peaceful outcomes.

Let love heal in Syria, Iraq, the Middle East, and in every nation and region on Earth.

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(Thanks to The Real News @ YouTube)

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Women Shall Lead The World In 2014.

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Ninth draft of the beginning of Tolstoy’s novel War and Peace (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted December 25, 2013

by Jerry Alatalo

Predictions are somewhat slippery in that the basis of them are intuitive or come from an instinctive perception. Such perceptions may be seen as a kind of “gut feeling” – a sensing of future circumstances and situations – arrived at naturally through thoughts about one’s present level of awareness of the world. Coming to find that women have a greater ability to speak truth directly, without any thoughts of transmitting information that misleads or hides or omits essential details, I am willing to predict that women’s voices will come to the forefront in the year 2014.

Women’s voices will come to drown out those of men who are accountable for the present conditions on Earth with regard to the largest problems humanity faces. These are war and peace, human rights and justice, inequality and fairness, world economics and finance, and all other issues of great magnitude and importance. There is a sense that the world is coming to a place where the historical addictions to war, greed, lack of compassion for fellow human beings, and a painfully obvious, male-led bankruptcy of spirituality shall be correctly diagnosed and treated by the women of the world.

This coming major shift in the people of the world’s perceptions will result in a planetary restoration of the highest possible, positively consequential, potential-reaching condition of balance yet existent. When one places his/her attention on what some consider an impracticable vision of a utopia or heaven on Earth, women in 2014 will lead the way toward such a world, with the main tool being speaking the truth.

Women will lead the world in making 2014 the year of truth

Most are aware of major revelations that have had an impact on perceptions in recent months and years. As time moves on to the year 2014 one can sense that a great increase in revelatory acts taken by men and women will occur, a kind of world trial where humanity is the jury, where testimonies of the world’s women are the most relevant in the juror’s minds. The location of this “world courtroom” is the internet, where everything that becomes written is a part of the testimony on the stand by men and women from all nations and regions.

Humanity has become essentially the prosecutor, striving to arrive at the truth concerning the details and facts of crimes against humanity charges, embodied in all the problems which man faces such as war, greed, corruption, and so on. The defense attorneys are those on Earth who wish to maintain the so-called status-quo, with no penalties for their clients’ actions that have led to harming of people – the common-sense definition of crime.

The world trial shall not be televised, because the defendants are the owners of the media corporations, and know that world public opinion is the jury in their “courtroom”. Those men and women who take the witness stand come as experts and knowledgeable in the arenas of major human fields, including politics, spirituality, economics, military, finance/banking, and corporate law.

Come 2014 the world jury will find that their ability to discern the “witness” testimonies has become much more excellent, resulting in wholly accurate conclusions being reached on whether various witnesses are speaking the total truth or hiding, using misdirection, omitting, and/or outright lying on the “stand”. With women – and those men who have made an effort to hold balanced perceptions – leading the way, a point will be reached where witnesses who commit perjury, giving false testimony while under oath, shall be virtually instantaneously identified for lying on the stand.

2014 is the point in history where lies are no longer acceptable – humanity will accept only the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth

“But what is war? What is needed for success in warfare? What are the habits of the military? The aim of war is murder; the methods of war are spying, treachery, and their encouragement, the ruin of a country’s inhabitants, robbing them or stealing to provision the army, and fraud and falsehood termed military craft. The habits of the military class are the absence of freedom, that is, discipline, idleness, ignorance, cruelty, debauchery, and drunkenness. And in spite of all this, it is the highest class, respected by everyone… and he who kills most people receives the highest awards.”

Leo Tolstoy (War and Peace)

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In the following video Nobel Laureate Mairead Maguire and Mother Agnes Mariam of Syria lead a truthful discussion about the three years long warring in Syria. They represent the profound leadership from women which shall transform the world in the year 2014.

(Thanks to Enzo Cursio @ YouTube)

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Syria Truth Comes To America – Mother Agnes Miriam.

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Joan of arc 1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted November 16, 2013

by Jerry Alatalo

Mother Agnes Miriam is currently in the United States on a multi-state speaking tour about Syria, supported by small donations from people concerned about the humanitarian crisis in that country. As she has been in America for a week, I was hoping to find a lengthy interview on YouTube (YT), and I found an hour-long one that was posted 15 minutes earlier.

In this interview Mother Agnes speaks to Mr. Bedros Hajian of the YouTube Channel Nergakh Armenia. As far as I can tell Mr. Hajian is an Armenian-American Christian leader who produces YT videos for the men and women of Armenia. At any rate the discussion is informative, lengthy, and insightful.

Mother Agnes could be compared to a modern-day Joan of Arc, speaking out for the men, women, and children of Syria who have been the victims of geopolitical manipulations and interference in the land of their birth. My view of Mother Agnes is of a woman who serves God and the people, who does not take a side, but serves the Creator and people.

She has a message for the American people, which begins with the importance of seeing through the mainstream media’s distorting of the truth about what has occurred in Syria for over two years. To be frank, media lies. Mother Agnes, in a soft-spoken style, points out that the media has not told, or hidden, terrible crimes against humanity committed by mercenary “rebels” who represent a foreign intervention to dismantle the sovereign nation of Syria.

She goes on to say that she believes the warring rebels are fighting a proxy war in Syria, financed, supplied, and trained by nations outside the country and Middle East region. She calls it a form of invasion, fortunately dodging an escalation in recent weeks but still ongoing, presenting a constant danger for the region and world.

I was hoping that Mother Agnes would come to the geopolitical reasons for the warring in Syria, perhaps confirming what many see as a natural gas pipeline / energy industry competition gone insane. For whatever reason she does not touch on geopolitical issues. She says that the powers involved are heavily invested so a wider war is still a great concern.

It is interesting to hear Mother Agnes speak about the way the world has devolved to “a total collapse of civilization” where the “most powerful apply laws of their own self-interest and agenda”. She speaks of a “total inversion of international equilibrium” which is a “threat to sovereignty of states” and allows some to use “daisy cutter bombs while committing crimes against humanity” where the deaths of 500,000 children in Iraq due to sanctions was seen as “an acceptable cost (Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright)”. Mother Agnes describes the world situation where the most powerful financial and military organizations impose their own laws as “barbarism”.

She shares that upon arriving in the United States that she “did not find the U.S. like the movies (portray)” or “what we have heard about”.

“Finance-military might will not resolve anything”. Mother Agnes goes on to share her view that a type of “Brave New World” is where the present situations are leading humanity. She asks the American people to consider why the United States has become viewed around the world as oppressive and an invader.

Mother Agnes returns to emphasize her view that the mainstream media is giving the American people propaganda, suggesting Americans demand media accountability, and points out that “bad information leads to bad decisions”. At this part of the interview she states the truth that “you (U.S. Government) are supporting terrorists” and should instead choose the “non-violent way”.

Her view that violence is a negative, terrible philosophy, while non-violence is a good way to live together and creates good partnerships between nations and peoples of the world, is simple and a fresh breath of air with regard to discussions of war and peace. Her efforts are all about bringing reconciliation and peace to the war-torn nation and people of Syria, which will require all parties to come to the negotiating table.

Finally Mother Agnes points to the faked videos of the August 21 chemical attacks, that the Obama administration almost used to attack Syria – before Russia and the U.S. agreed on Syria’s destruction of their entire chemical weapons stocks. She has called on the United Nations to conduct an un-biased commission to determine where the alleged over 1,400 victims have been buried, who the children – and their parents – in the videos are, and who made some of the videos before August 21.

At the end of the interview Mother Agnes Mariam tells the American people that “it is not too late to end the lies and chaos.” An end to support and empowerment of the “most radical people ever… can help to create brotherhood among all nations”.

She hopes to help “Americans open their eyes and make the right choice”.

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To find more information on Mother Agnes Miriam’s American schedule, visit:

syriansolidaritymovement.org

Syria October Update: Father Dave Smith.

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Vietnam war memorial (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted October 3, 2013

by Jerry Alatalo

The following is Father Dave Smith’s latest post on the situation in Syria, from his website fatherdave.org.

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I’m writing to you from the lovely town of Narooma on our state’s south coast. Our family is taking a few days off at Ange’s parents’ house and, as you can see from the pic below, the children are frolicking in the sunshine and enjoying the great outdoors!

Enjoying the great outdoors!

Enjoying the great outdoors!

I’m afraid that since we last spoke I seem to have been bogged down in desk work and other clerical duties, though I have been keeping myself up-to-date with Syria. Indeed, I’ve been finding myself increasingly mired in the ongoing information war.

I hope that you saw my article on “How Obama lost the first battle for Damascus”.  It got quite a wide circulation and can now be found on onlineopinion.com.au, orientalreview.org, and counterpunch.org, as well as on my own Syria blog – prayersforsyria.com.

My aim in the article was to try to unravel some of the rhetoric that was being used to prepare the ground for open war. Since writing, I’ve been made even more aware of just how deep and dirty this war of words really is!

The Battle for Hearts and Minds

Some of us are old enough to remember the only war in human history that was ever brought to a close due to popular demand – the war in Vietnam (1955-75). The reason the Vietnam War was so unique and was concluded in such a unique fashion was that it was the only war to have ever been televised by an independent media!

The power-brokers learnt their lessons from Vietnam. Mainline media is no longer so independent, and reporters are no longer allowed to move freely around the front lines. They are now safely ‘embedded’ at well-determined vantage-points.  The makers-of-war lost control of the narrative in Vietnam and determined not to lose their grip again. Then along came the Internet, and with it, the threat of the true democratization of information!

This where Obama came unstuck, I suspect. He announced that Assad had committed a crime that warranted his country being invaded and a million bloggers cried foul!

From what I could see, the mainline media did very little to question the official government narrative, just as they completely failed to notice that every sector of the church across the globe had united in opposition to US intervention. Even so, the multiple voices of dissent could not be kept below the surface. There were too many of them, and too many people had the capacity to hear them!

It would be interesting to do a detailed comparison of the various lies that have been used to justify wars and see how this latest set compares. Even putting to one side the obvious lies concerning Saddam Hussein’s Weapons of Mass Destruction and his supposed links to Al Qaeda, we could push back a little further and compare:

  • The stories told by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, in April 2011, about how Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was issuing Viagra to his troops to encourage the systematic rape of civilians – a charge that was later investigated by both ‘Doctors Without Borders’ and ‘Amnesty International’, and shown to be without foundation (see here).
  • The eerily similar 1993 story of an unnamed Serbian General who commanded his troops to “Go forth and rape”. It made the front page of the New York Times and helped grease the wheels for NATO’s intervention in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The paper later published a small correction saying that “the existence of “a systematic rape policy” by the Serbs “remains to be proved.”” but this received little attention.
  • The Kuwaiti girl who testified before Congress in 1990 that she had seen Iraqi soldiers storm the hospital where she worked and dump newborn babies out of their incubators. She turned out to be the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to the US, if you remember, and the whole ‘baby-killer’ story turned out to be the brain child of an American marketing firm, but nobody questioned the story until well after it had played its role in justifying the first invasion of Iraq.
  • George Bush I’s outlandish depiction of Manuel Noriega, accompanied by the transparently false claim that American lives were at risk in Panama, used to justify the invasion of 1989, cynically named “Operation Just Cause”!
  • The outrageous lies told by Ronald Reagan back in 1983 to justify the invasion of the tiny Caribbean nation of Grenada – claiming that the tiny country was being developed into a Cuban-Soviet military base that would be used to launch communist attacks against the US!
  • The staged “The Gulf of Tonkin” incident that launched America into a full-scale war in Indochina in 1964!

Most of us are too young to remember this last incident, but recently declassified documents reveal quite unambiguously that the “unprovoked attack” by North Vietnamese vessels on the USS Maddox on the night of August 4, 1964, never actually took place!

In short, government lies are nothing new and they are rarely particularly sophisticated. You get the impression that the great powers assume that their voting public will believe anything that comes from the top, and history shows that generally we do!

I think the reason for this is simple. The papers inevitably report what our leaders say. If there is a denial of the leader’s statement, it’s nestled somewhere deeper in the paper, on the pages that most people never reach.

But nowadays the counter-narrative is in your face! It’s coming at you through your smart-phone, and it’s all over Facebook and Twitter before the papers carrying the official narrative are even printed! This must be causing those who reap the big profits from war and human misery to panic!

The Machinations of Propaganda

It’s macabrely fascinating to watch the way the power-players are handling these latest developments.

On the one hand we see the relatively sophisticated US propaganda machine try to reframe the argument for war and refocus us on other issues (using their full arsenal of ‘weapons of mass distraction’ as Chomsky calls them). On the other hand we see basic thuggery and intimidation being used in the Arabic press!

One saga that has gripped me has been the unraveling of an article published in Mintpress News on August 29 that was the first to claim eye-witness accounts of the gas attacks in Ghouta! According to the two Jordanian journalists to whom the article was attributed, it was actually the Saudis who were behind the attack!

Since the publication of that article, one of the journalists seems to have disappeared and the other is trying to distance herself from the work completely. Apparently she’s under pressure from … (you guessed it) … the Saudi’s! (see the full story here).

In the middle of all these machinations is our own dear Mother Agnes, who published a lengthy study of her own that disputes the official US version of the gas attacks. This has earned her praise from some quarters and ridicule from others. Mother Agnes’ study can be downloaded here.

Mother with Mairead and myself in Beirut

Mother Agnes with Mairead and myself in Beirut

I found it difficult to study Mother Agnes’ report in detail as it contains multiple images of apparently dead and suffering children, and it is hard to look at such images analytically. Even so, I appreciate that if we are to take these children’s suffering seriously we must investigate these crimes scrupulously, and this is what Mother Agnes has done. If you’d prefer an abbreviated version, this RT News article draws directly on Mother Agnes’ work and makes it clear that at least some of the videos used by the US to justify the proposed attack on Syria cannot be trusted!

And so, as Mother Agnes tries to unravel the propaganda, she becomes a target of propaganda herself! Media sources from Russia and other countries that oppose foreign intervention in Syria have been praising her while those in favour of intervention pillory her.

The effort from Australian mainline media seem particularly pitiful. One recent article published in the Melbourne Age that was straightforwardly critical of Mother Agnes turned out to be a simple cut and paste job done on an article that appeared in the New York Times. The interesting thing is that the New York Times article is actually far more balanced. The Australian version has all the balanced bits cut out!

And now ‘Human Rights Watch’ have come out in opposition to Mother Agnes! This might sound like a damning indictment, but it probably says more about ‘Human Rights Watch’ – an organisation whose objectivity has been under suspicion for some years – than it does about Mother Agnes. Read this article published on the ‘Ron Paul Institute’ site if you’d like to know more about this

A Solution for Syria?

And while the propaganda war rages, a solution to the actual war on the ground may be nearer than we had thought!

One consequence of the proposed intervention that the Americans may not have anticipated was that it has further fragmented the Syrian opposition, many of whom hate the Americans even more than they do Bashar Al-Assad!

One the one hand this has led entire units of the ‘Free Syrian Army’ to defect to Jabhat Al Nusra – the largest of the Islamist groups – who are by no stretch of the imagination fighting for a free and democratic Syria! Conversely, those Syrians who are still fighting for reforms to their homeland are now considering teaming up with government forces to help throw out the foreigners!

Robert Fisk reports that secret meetings between FSA and government officials have already taken place and that we may well soon see a complete reshaping of the conflict! If this happens I expect that the war in Syria will end pretty quickly. There will be no way that the US will be able to justify arming Al Qaeda against an all-Syrian coalition who are defending their country from foreigners. And once support for the opposition dries up from the US and its allies (the Saudis, Qatar, Israel and Turkey) it will not take long before the insurgents will be in full retreat!

I pray that this will happen quickly, as I would much rather return to Damascus when this is all over there than go there as a human shield. Even so, things are by no means resolved as yet, and the propaganda machine still has plenty of fuel left in the tank.