Gosling: ‘ISIL Could Be Closed Down In Blink Of An Eye.’

by Jerry Alatalo

“That action is best which procures the greatest happiness for the greatest numbers.”

– FRANCIS HUTCHESON (1649-1746) Scottish professor of moral philosophy

keyboard777-1Alphabet Sometimes you wonder if the day will ever arrive when all world leaders speak nothing but truth and investigative journalism becomes unnecessary. Think of all the time that would be freed up for both professional journalists and men and women around the world who try to track truth down.

Take the case of ISIL, or ISIS, or Daiesh, or Islamic State as an example. One would think that its so-called “leader” or Caliph al-Baghdadi would’ve sent out more communications to the world than the single speech he delivered over a year ago. This is supposedly the man who wants to convert the entire human race to his form of radical Islam, yet he can’t manage to produce video messages using the available inexpensive, professional-grade DSLR cameras made by Canon, Nikon and other companies.

There’s one question about ISIL/ISIS: where is al-Baghdadi, and why has he remained completely silent? There are a number of legitimate questions about ISIS that aren’t being asked by Western media organizations, including the question about ISIS’ sales of black market oil that Tony Gosling mentions in his short Press TV interview. Has any Western media group done even one report on ISIS’ illegal sales of oil?

For that matter, has any Western news group done any extensive, deep investigative reporting on ISIS whatsoever? Unless someone can point such reports out, the answer is no, and that leads to the question “why not?” While elected high power American politicians speak out about the extreme dangers of ISIS, the terrorist organization bringing death, suffering and destruction in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East – North Africa region seems completely missing from corporate media lists of news stories on which to focus.

Has any corporate news group, or the United States government, reported on successful efforts to cut off financing for the ISIS terrorist organization?  How about reports of only the efforts being undertaken to shut down ISIS finances, putting successful efforts and the details to the side? Has anyone seen reports including the names of specific bankers, specific banks, specific oil trading businesses, specific transactions methods used, amounts entered on bank accounting forms, and so on?

How about lead stories on the 6 o’clock news broadcasts of ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox, etc. showing the photographs of ISIS or other terrorist groups’ soldiers killed, and commentary about the soldier’s country of origin, interviews of family and friends in that country of origin, etc.? Apparently the editors and program chiefs at these major media corporations believe stories about obesity, newly discovered “wonder” drugs, Donald Trump’s hairdresser, tips for eating healthier, and any number of irrelevant topics are more important than finding the truth about ISIS, with focus on journalism devoted to efforts to stop its rampage of killing and destruction.

Has any Western corporate media organization interviewed one, much less every, national leader from the Middle East or Africa and asked them to describe their thoughts about ISIS and other terrorist groups – how the terrorists manage payrolls, get their money, weapons, food, supplies, sell oil on the black market, who is buying the oil, etc. –  and what they think is necessary to stop them?

Why haven’t the leaders or representatives of every nation in the Middle East and Africa, or any region where terrorists are operating, addressed appropriate committees in the United States Congress during focused discussions on dealing effectively with terrorism?

Is the “war on terror”, in particular the war on ISIS, as Tony Gosling says “a farce… a lie”?

Men, women and children by the thousands are fleeing from Syria, Libya, Iraq and other nations to escape wars and violence brought by paid mercenary terrorists. The unanimous consensus is that the situation in Syria is the world’s greatest humanitarian disaster. Only by speaking the truth can the suffering begin to diminish, step-by-step leading to a return to normalcy for ordinary citizens simply wishing to live their lives in peace – then finally end.

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(Thank you to PressTV News Videos at YouTube)

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USA Champion Boxer Roy Jones Jr. Talks About Peace – From Crimea.

by Jerry Alatalo

“It does not require many words to speak the truth.”

– CHIEF JOSEPH

aaa-16Alphabet After recently coming across a number of short news reports about champion boxer Roy Jones Jr. and his travels in Russia, it was pleasantly surprising to find him being interviewed for a half-hour from Crimea. It’ll be interesting to see whether American television audiences will soon find a similar half-hour interview of Mr. Jones Jr. during their prime-time viewing.

Like world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali nearly a half century ago when he said “I’ve got nothing against those Vietnamese people” – refused to go fight in Vietnam and was stripped of his boxing title, and was banned from boxing for years during his prime while holding to his spiritual beliefs – Roy Jones Jr. is taking a personal moral stand for peace: between Americans and Russians.

During the interview Mr. Jones talked about the importannce of showing real mutual respect between human beings, that this is one of the fundamental qualities necessary for sitting down and engaging in dialogue to resolve differences and offers the best option as opposed to wars and killing each other. Others may agree that Roy Jones Jr. deserves the highest of respect and sincere gratitude for his efforts to create peace between Americans and Russians, and that what he’s attempting should earn him mention for a place on this year’s list of Nobel Peace Prize nominees.

What is particularly refreshing about his way of looking at the world is how the philosophy combines wisdom with simplicity, where, in contrast to academics who seem to need 2-hours of in-depth, complicated analysis to talk about East-West relations, Mr. Jones distills what’s said in 2-hours by highly respected professors down to “we can talk to resolve differences instead of killing each other.”

It’s probably the case that most men and women who listen to Roy Jones Jr. speak in his both simple and profound way will come to develop a great appreciation for the vision of peace he’s been guided by spirit to pursue. Such a high vision is worthy of pursuit at all times, now more than ever, and is perhaps best described as humankind’s highest visionary potential.

The great vision of peace can be achieved when a sufficient number of men, women and children on Earth develop their God-given abilities to the point of collectively “delivering the knockout punch to wars and violence”. The entire world needs to get what Roy Jones Jr.’s got – the heart of a champion for peace.

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(Thank you to WorldsApaRT at YouTube)

True Art For Peace.

A young man from Germany created an astounding, powerful work of art combining music, history, film, truth and a message of peace. The creative effort is a clearly brilliant, original example of rarely manifested true art, raising the bar higher for artists everywhere.

(Thank you to We Are Change at YouTube)

Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Challenge American Militarism.

by Jerry Alatalo

Rocky Top - 1Alphabet When three Nobel Peace Prize laureates come together for an interview, you know it’s a special occasion. Mairead Maguire was awarded the Prize in 1976 – the youngest recipient up to that point, she was 30-years old – for her efforts to bring peace to her native Northern Ireland. Jody Williams received the 1997 Peace Prize for her efforts to ban land mines globally, and Leymah Gbowee received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for helping to end the second Liberian Civil War in 2003.

The phenomenon of women becoming active for peace is nothing new, as the three women were in the Hague for a ceremony unveiling the statue of Dr. Aletta Jacobs, who in 1915 as World War I was ongoing organized the International Congress of Women calling for world peace.  During their short interview with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now some challenging words were said on America’s militarism, and one is left wondering if the women will become invited to talk before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations committee any time soon.

Most reading these words likely believe that eventuality is a long-shot at best, but, after listening to the interview and the clear sincerity coming from the women, if they aren’t invited to appear before Congress it’s surely missing, first, any chance for repairing America’s reputation as a warring nation (these women are Nobel Peace Prize laureates!), and second, a great opportunity for learning peace. Again, two of the three Nobel Peace Prize laureates – Mairead Maguire and Jody Williams – directly challenged America’s militarism.

Mairead Maguire – after commenting on the need for a change of global consciousness and deciding we aren’t going to kill each other anymore, how the news media reports the world is falling apart, that 99% of the world’s people don’t want to kill each other, and that governments take us to war but we don’t want it – said:

“I would challenge the American government, because I think the American government’s policies are totally wrong. Their approach of going after militarism and war, and bombing countries is uncivilized, illegal and absolutely dreadful in the 21st century. So, I do believe that America has a moral and ethical responsibility to the world to listen to… the people in the world (who) want peace. Everybody has a right to peace. They can do it through dialogue and through negotiation, and let’s give peace a chance.”

Jody Williams:

“Of course we can change the world. Sometimes, as Mairead said, when we look at that, when I look at my own country – I’ve been fighting the U.S. foreign policy since Vietnam, my first protest, 1970, University of Vermont. But, change is possible, and, because I believe, like Mairead, the majority of the people of the world are sick to death of this, and we are starting to stand up and say no. We’re starting to challenge, and not accept words out of one side of the face and the actions which are different. I never thought, unfortunately, I didn’t drink the Obama kool-aid. That man fired, authorized, more drone strikes in the 1st 3-months of his administration than George W. Bush did in eight years of office.”

“We have to, as Americans, I agree with her (Mairead), accept the responsibility that we have the most militaristic nation in the world, and take responsibility to stop it.”

Later, Mairead Maguire (1976) added:

“Well, you know America’s a great country, and Eleanor Roosevelt was one of the contributors to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and you have a wonderful constitution. But… revive your constitution and dedicate yourselves to international law. Be a peacemaker, not a war maker.”

With only a minute left, Jody Williams (1997) added:

“Women need to be involved in all aspects of peace and security.”

Finally, Leymah Gbowee (2011):

“Do one good thing every day that everyone else is scared to do.”

Let these great women talk to the United States Congress.

Isn’t it time to talk peace in Washington?

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For more information visit: peacepeople.com

(Thank you to Democracy Now at YouTube)