Thank You Peacemakers Of The World.

by Jerry Alatalo

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

– NORMAN COUSINS (1912-1990) American editor, writer

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“It’ll never happen in our lifetime”.

“Wars have always been a part of life on Earth, and they always will be”.

“Hopefully someday… Have a beer, the game’s about to start”.

“It ain’t gonna happen”.

“People like you who think world peace is possible are looking at the world through rose-colored glasses”.

“There’s too much greed for that to happen”.

Alphabet These are just a few examples of replies coming from friends, family and acquaintances of those men and women called the “peacemakers”. Up until here and now in the year of 2015, individuals and groups have put their time and efforts toward creating a new and better world for this and future generations. Something inside of each human being, present the day each person is born on this Earth, yearns for peaceful relations in their personal relationships and between nations.

And what is that “something” inside all, uniting humanity whether conscious of the bond or not, that cannot be measured by a “spirit-o-meter”? Is it a spark of God, Creator, Great Spirit or Allah, or, as some suggest when asserting that “God is love”, perhaps both God and love at the same time? Whatever one’s particular spiritual tradition or beliefs, the idea that every man, woman and child was born with an indwelling quality which results in feelings of sadness, compassion and empathy upon seeing others suffer and experience pain takes the word “awesome”, used often by appreciative young people, to an entirely more intense, emotional and near inexpressible level.

This is a level of awe-awareness experienced by peace workers to various intensities, the intensity level growing as one ages, matures, and first starts seriously thinking about their mortality. Are the actions directed toward bringing an end to situations either at risk for military escalation or already entangled in outright conflict thought of by the peace actors as a way to live on in history books if successful, or are peacemakers in the position where that “something” inside has grown naturally in an unstoppable version of personal, as contrasted to global/collective, evolution?

Is the evolutionary process for those men and women who become more effective and successful peace advocates over time running in parallel with the collective evolution of humanity toward the time when peace on Earth becomes a reality? Some who attempt the role of peacemaker give up and fall away from their endeavors after time and again experiencing disappointment with news of more wars and violence. This becomes understandable when one realizes peacemakers are more prone to directly experience the pain each new military conflict brings. Others somehow manage to carry on their works for peace, able to deal with the powerful natural feelings of compassion, empathy and wanting to do something, anything, to end the pain felt by brothers and sisters even thousands of miles away.

At some point wars and violence will cease on Earth, in exactly the same process each man and women come to the point where they “give up the things of youth”. Just exactly when that point becomes reached and war becomes effectively extinct no person can predict, but let there be no doubt about the fact that it will come to pass one day. And just what are the major factors which, if present, can speed up the process leading to that eventual day of worldwide celebration?

People can come up with a variety of answers in response to that question, and they will all deserve merit, consideration and coöperation among the people of the world to create conditions for those factors to become realized and effective. Yet, one factor stands out above all other meritorious concepts and proposals for creating peace, and that is the inherent-in-all, present at birth through death, spiritual “something” which, ironically, cannot be measured scientifically.  Just as individuals become more spiritually aware from birth through adolescence/youth, adulthood, maturity and old age on the inescapable path shared by all toward what some call death and others a transition, if one can compare a single human being to the creation there is a symmetrical quality between the body’s cell makeup and the makeup of the Mother Earth’s human beings.

Wars and violence are for the creation what cancerous cells are for the human body, and some believe both wars and cancers/disease have as their source some form of spiritual disharmony. Is it implausible that spiritual disease is the source of both cancer in human beings and wars and violence for humanity? At the level of individual human beings, is it possible that if one looked upon their fellow brothers and sisters as sacred, along with all living things, cancer could not possibly develop because the person seeing everything as sacred rarely experiences disturbing relationships and “dis-ease”?

History’s most renowned, iconic peacemakers have almost unanimously been spiritual pioneers and teachers. Martin Luther King Jr., Mohandas Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Archbishop Oscar Romero, Jesus Christ, the Buddha, Muhammad, and millions of other men and women peacemakers through history up until today were and are driven by the same inner source of strength available to every person as a birthright.

That “something” is God, love… or both.

Thank then join with men, women and children peacemakers today.

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John Pilger On Global Events.

Posted on December 20, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

blogger7-1Alphabet Veteran journalist and documentary filmmaker John Pilger wants people to know that state-sponsored torture is nothing new – and that anyone who thinks it is, is absurd. Could one of the reasons U.S. President John F. Kennedy became assassinated some 50 years ago have been his plan to “break the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) into a million pieces…”? John Pilger remembers interviewing an American nun who recalled her American torturer in Central America during the 1980’s.

Speaking of the British press, Pilger leaned on his decades of living in the United Kingdom as a journalist, and points out that the British government is responsible for much of the “mayhem” in the Middle East yet the facts have become “airbrushed” by the media there. He feels that “the media has become almost raw propaganda”. Describing the situation where known-by-everyone in the media and governments of war criminals and their virtual impunity, Pilger, incredibly, says that since the Vietnam War up until today there is a consensus to cover up the crimes.

Pointing to the example of the Iran-Contra scandal during the Ronald Reagan presidency (1980-1988), Pilger says the number of those who committed serious crimes yet went unpunished was in the dozens, “so everybody knew”. It becomes more and more clear that there are separate forms of justice in the world for those who are powerful and those who are not. The crimes committed in wars such as torture – or lying to the world before the 2003 Iraq War, and white-collar fraud varieties most people saw in epidemic proportions during the financial crisis of 2008, very rarely result in perpetrators doing time. Yet, those without financial or political power who commit crimes which do much, much less damage to societies find themselves quickly behind bars.

This is certainly not meant to say that poor and voiceless people who commit crimes should have immunity from prosecution, but that all criminals need to become held accountable – especially the ones whose actions result in massive harm. With regard to unequal justice, criminals with power and influence simply must become deterred through the same harsh punishment, proportional to the harms done, as those without the “right connections”. When massive harm does not result in massive punishment, potential “massive harmers” will not think before acting in the future.

When asked about resumption of violence in Iraq, John Pilger says he’s “not surprised… Unaccountable power will continue to go into other countries”. That is, Pilger added, “unless the public strongly reacts”. He seems to express some disappointment in saying that it has become very dangerous for people to take part in demonstrations like the ones around the world in opposition to a possible war in Iraq in 2003, and that journalists face the same increased risks.

Asked about Russia, Mr. Pilger says he’s “never known the truth (to become) so inverted (as) on Ukraine, which is a more dangerous form of Cold War than the first one”. He compares the Iraq War of 2003 and Ukraine, because there is “much fiction in both”. He believes that the recent plunge in global oil prices are part of an effort by the U.S. and Saudi Arabia to hurt the Russian economy, a perspective increasingly shared by analysts and journalists, born out by the drop in value of the Russian ruble.

John Pilger talked about developments in Ukraine as they relate to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Since the February 2014 violent coup d’état which ousted democratically elected Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, Pilger thinks Putin has been consistent in advocating for a solution based on intensive dialogue. What worries Mr. Pilger is that recently Vladimir Putin has stopped talking diplomatically, and includes the term “red lines” in public addresses.

That describes, according to John Pilger, a situation which has become very dangerous, fuelled in large measure by the “demonization” of Russia. “It’s such a danger”.

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(Thank you to goingundergroundRT at YouTube)