Army Veteran Lawrence Wilkerson On Ukraine: “This Has Got To Stop.”

Posted May 7, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“The only thing that we can know is that we know nothing and that is the highest flight of human wisdom.”

– LEO TOLSTOY (1828-1910) Russian writer

smoky mt-1Lawrence Wilkerson appeared on RT America for a short interview recently, and he brought some good ideas for resolving the tense situation in Ukraine. This interview was posted on May 2, the day of the “Odessa Massacre”, so Mr. Wilkerson’s appearance was just before that very tragic event occurred.

He joins many millions of men and women from all nations and regions of the Earth in calling for wise, reasoned, and dialogue-driven resolution to the crisis. While many millions are acting and speaking out for peace, billions who have yet to take steps for peace feel exactly the same. On this issue of war and peace in Ukraine – and all the world – humanity has completed its referendum.

Humanity has passed the referendum and is calling for peace.

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English poet William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

“The Prelude” (partial)

Dust as we are, the immortal spirit grows

Like harmony in music; there is a dark

Inscrutable workmanship that reconciles

Discordant elements. (Bk. I)

There is

One great society alone on Earth:

The noble living and the noble dead.

Science appears as what in truth she is,

Not as our glory and our absolute boast,

But as a succedaneum, and a prop,

To our infirmity. (Bk. II)

There’s not a man

That lives who hath not known his godlike hours. (Bk. III)

Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive.

But to be young was very heaven.

Not in Utopia, – in subterranean fields, –

Or some secreted island, Heaven knows where!

But in the very world, which is the world

Of all of us, – the place where in the end

We find our happiness, or not at all! (Bk. XI)

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To the world’s leaders: the human race has stood up and demanded peace. You must get out of the way and let them have it.

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Peace Efforts For Ukraine Ongoing Worldwide.

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

Suits 1After 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.

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(Thank you to TheRealNews at YouTube)

John Kerry’s RT Condemnation And Responsibility To Protect.

Posted May 4, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

whitekeys4-1The title of this post implies something that is not pleasant to suggest – that reason and truth have been among the first casualties of the Ukrainian situation/crisis. RT has perhaps the largest number of subscribers of any channel on YouTube, well over one million. People around the world who get their news from internet sources – a trend that has grown in a large way in recent years – sense from their various sources that there is certainly a type of information battle being waged with regard to events in Ukraine, and it could be said that most of these men and women are deeply disappointed because of it.

Disappointed because there are lives at risk in Ukraine, so people feel strongly that media groups have a very real responsibility to bring the truth in their broadcasts. On matters of war and peace, especially after the most recent example provided by the false narratives coming from news groups before and during the Iraq War, no person can fail to understand how people have come to distrust news reports coming through their television screens.

Before George W. Bush, Tony Blair, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell and others unleashed their “shock and awe” war campaign against the people of Iraq, virtually every news organization in America relayed their lies about Saddam Hussain’s “weapons of mass destruction” (WMD)and his involvement with the events of September 11, 2001. This occurred although there was an ample number of reputable people directly refuting the claims of Bush, Blair, Cheney, etc.

The extent to which news groups’ were in effect “cheerleading” the rush to war in Iraq was so large that a large percentage of the American populace believed Hussein did have WMD, and that he was guilty of involvement in September 11. Today, men and women around the world are aware that the American media were complicit in transmitting the lies of Bush, Blair, and Cheney, so nobody has to wonder why people get their news elsewhere. Mainstream media corporations have lost the trust of the people when it comes to matters of importance, and that –  because of the Iraq War disinformation campaign –  is a trust that will never be regained.

Unfortunately John Kerry, although he surely must have known about the lies coming from the George W. Bush and Tony Blair administrations, did not rise to call them lies and try to prevent what became one of the greatest foreign policy – and human – disasters in American and world history, much more importantly resulting in epic levels of death, destruction, and broken physical, mental, and spiritual lives. Secretary of State John Kerry still has the chance to recover the same moral strength that he displayed during the Vietnam War when addressing the U.S. Congress and asked, “How do you ask a soldier to be the last one to die in Vietnam?”

He can invite the two distinguished American professors who appeared recently on RT, Stephen Cohen (Russian Studies, Politics) and John Mearsheimer (Political Science), to the White House for discussions on Ukraine. The viewers of their RT appearance on “Crosstalk” were almost unanimous in their feeling that the show was the “best Crosstalk ever”, so talk to these men. The worst thing that could happen is that you will agree to disagree, but you won’t end up fighting and killing each other, and isn’t that what must happen in Ukraine most urgently today – reasoned, truthful peace talks?

Mr. Kerry, you know that both the Vietnam War and the Iraq War are among the greatest war disasters in human history, so please regain the spiritual power that brought you to lead the effort – to speak the truth – to end the Vietnam War and the heart-breaking toll it took on millions of human beings.  Speak the truth now, and become the difference-maker between war and peace in Ukraine.

Call for a truth convention at the United Nations where every member state’s ambassador is given the opportunity to speak to arrive at what really happened in Ukraine since late 2013 up until today, even if that includes correcting RT, CNN, PressTV, Fox, etc. The overwhelmingly tragic wars of Vietnam and Iraq were started because lies became widely disseminated without the challenge necessary to prevent the resulting human catastrophes.

John Kerry has, because of his public statements surrounding what he believes is RT’s spreading of propaganda, half-truths, and lies – painted himself into a moral dilemma corner. With his bold assertions of dis/misinformation directed toward RT, he now has said to the world that he believes RT’s reporting is a problem. Being the Secretary of State in America he must do something to solve that problem, because when people act based on false information dangerous actions are possible, so correction of any false reporting about Ukraine must be a top priority.

If the world’s people take John Kerry at his word about RT’s propaganda/disinformation, what are the possible dangerous consequences which necessitates corrective action to disallow/prevent rash or violent actions by RT’s listeners? There are now possibly viewers in Ukraine who, because of a report by RT on television or internet, will become so enraged by what they’ve just heard that they grab the nearest rifle and start shooting and murdering people.

Because this serious possibility exists, and because John Kerry has enough concern about what he publicly stated on RT’s dis/misinformation, he has painted himself into a morality corner where the only way out is calling for a truth convention. He must challenge every important report that has come from RT and other news groups that he believes are either half or not true and, because the continuing absence of challenge and correction of those reports allows false and potentially dangerous ideas to remain in the minds of those uncorrected, use his real power to debunk and disprove them.

Morally, he has no other option.

A few of the reports which Mr. Kerry may have had in mind when he made his remarks about RT could include mis-characterization of Victoria Nuland’s phone call with Jeffrey Pyatt, the claim that snipers who murdered more than 100 police officers and civilian protesters in February were under the control of the new coalition government – not Viktor Yanukovych, mis-characterization of the intercepted phone call between Catherine Ashton and Urmas Paet, German television investigative news program ARD Monitor’s report on the Maidan Massacre, New York Times’ retraction of front-page photos of alleged Russian soldiers in Ukraine, and other either propagandized or false reports.

Certainly the list is much longer. Certainly the people of the world, especially those who could be negatively influenced by false information coming from media groups, must know the truth.

The form which such a truth convention takes may result in it occurring at the United Nations among member states’ representatives. It may result in RT, CNN, PressTV, Fox, and others organizing a team of their finest journalists – to address each story/report that John Kerry and the U.S. State Department has concluded is dangerous if left uncorrected. John Kerry’s State Department can provide the world their list of published news reports which they determine convey dis/misinformation on the internet, in the form of a press release, while he publicly announces that list in a press conference. Whatever it takes, John Kerry must now share with the world the reports from RT or other news groups that he asserts to have been partly or fully lies.

Finally, with regard to the focus of this writing, it is perhaps of some benefit to remember the words of English political economist and philosopher John Stuart Mill (1806-1873):

“If all mankind minus one were of the opinion, and only one person were of the opposite opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.”

“But the peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth; if wrong, they lose, what is always as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.”

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(RT @ YT)

Ukraine: Beyond Blame To High Spiritual Truth.

Posted May 3, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“For fascism is a lie told by bullies. A writer who will not lie cannot live or work under fascism. Because fascism is a lie, it is condemned to literary sterility. And when it is past, it will have no history, except the bloody history of murder.”

– Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961) American writer, Nobel Prize 1954

mountain2It is the “Odessa Massacre.” Massacre means the killing of many. Slaughter. Men and women can move around on the internet while looking for articles on this tragic event, then find a variety of views about who was responsible, next actions, and which “side” is right, which wrong, and so on. What are perhaps the most glaring omissions from writings and comments sharing perceptions about the over 40 men and women who perished by fire in Odessa, and the events leading up to such a horrific human catastrophe, is articulation of total, irrefutable truth.

When human beings reach a point where dozens of people die in an intentional blaze, with those inside the structure prevented from escaping death, the event cannot be described but for what it truly is: a tragedy. For what is needed now in Ukraine is a genuine truth and reconciliation effort. By genuine, this means 100% and absolutely honest, a real confession of all the dirty secrets surrounding events in Ukraine over the last months resulting in today’s unfortunate situation.

This means that any slanting, spinning, propaganda, blame games, information wars, and so on are over and done. Too many innocent men, women, and children are at risk; too many in the region and around the Earth are greatly worried and concerned about where these events are taking the human race – there is no other choice available to bring about a mutually agreed upon, peaceful plan for Ukraine moving forward than bringing into clear view the absolute truth.

This means that nothing – nothing – shall be censored, suppressed, or denied to allow any Ukrainian person’s awareness and wish to bring forward truth and peaceful solutions. This is by no means an original idea, for history finds many periods with the same truth and reconciliation efforts. It is painfully obvious that there are many people in Ukraine who have strong feelings about the recent events shaping the present situation there, so let these people’s voices be heard, learn from what they are honestly saying, separate wisdom from folly, and you are left with good and worthy solutions.

This is how, during periods of conflicting perceptions and actions, that true understanding becomes developed. True facts – not manipulative lies – come forth, allowing the only opportunity for true solutions to become known by all; in the awareness of all people. So, here is what the world’s leaders urgently need to start proposing, whether it takes 8, 10, 12, or 16 hours a day for weeks. What will happen is that, once the entire truth becomes distilled, when the wheat becomes separated from the chaff, what will remain is a true appraisal of the events starting in November 2013 and proceeding until May 2014 in their broadest/clearly visible good, bad, and ugly reality.

Because absolute truth identifies the motivations of those who have contributed by their actions to the present circumstances, it shall be plain to see whose actions were moral, just, and ethical – and whose were the opposite. Absolute truth zeroes in on those who act – and have acted – deceptively, dishonorably, absent wisdom through ignorance of one’s moral compass, and without altruism’s guidance.

At this point in the process, all people acknowledge who is honorable and who is not. Those who are without honor because of their actions thus must face the penalties and consequences, including loss of trust and respect from their fellow countrymen and women, incarceration, and a long, difficult journey to recover both self-respect and the respect of humanity.

All will know then who are the lovers of their fellow-men, women, and children; all will know who are not. And those who are not will perhaps come to recognize that they were mistaken. And choose again.

This is the way out from the danger at the edge of the abyss. To choose love, not hate; to understand that every human being is each other’s brother and sister, and that all have the God-given right to live their lives free from harm – in peace.

This is the way of the Buddha:

“This is the noble Eightfold way: namely, right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration. This is the Middle Path, which produces insight and knowledge, and tends to calm, to higher knowledge, enlightenment, Nirvana.”

In Ukraine and the world, choose higher knowledge, enlightenment, and Nirvana.

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