Miko’s Mighty Message.

By Jerry Alatalo

“Great acts grow out of great occasions, and great occasions spring from great principles, working changes in society, and tearing it up by the roots.”

– WILLIAM HAZLITT (1778-1830) English essayist, critic

eace activist and author Miko Peled was born in Israel in 1961 and his father was a general in the Israeli military, – making Miko Peled a privileged Zionist person in the country, and the last person one would expect to become a leading advocate for Palestinian rights. Mr. Peled is most famous for his book, The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine”, while having spoken in many nations and regions around the Earth.

Mr. Peled delivered a lecture on March 5, 2020 at the University of California – San Diego after accepting an invitation from Students for Justice in Palestine. In his breathtakingly powerful speech condemning apartheid conditions and genocide faced by Palestinians across decades since 1948, Mr. Peled notes that, of the remaining presidential candidates in 2020 – Trump, Biden and Sanders, only Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has sided with the Palestinian people and refused to appear at the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference.

Columbia University Professor Edward Said in a broadcast appearance with Charlie Rose in 1998. (YouTube)

Persons familiar with the highly-respected Jerusalem-born Columbia University professor of comparative literature and Palestinian rights activist the late Edward Said (1935-2003) will understand why we suggest Mr. Miko Peled belongs in the same rare, distinguished category of strong, fearless moral leadership.

In sharing this immensely powerful call to action by Miko Peled on the 72-years-long Israel-Palestine conflict – upon which arguably the potential establishment of true peace on Earth depends – our hope is that people all around the world will come to hear “Miko’s Mighty Message”.

Please seriously consider disseminating this General’s Son and good man’s extremely important, timely, moral message widely. Thank you.

Peace.

(Thank you to The Peace Report at YouTube – Video by Chris Smiley)

One Flew Over Belmarsh Prison.

by Jerry Alatalo

“The deeds on men never deceive the gods.” 

– OVID (43 B.C. – 18 A.D.) Roman poet  

eople concerned about the severe health and well-being threats to the world’s most important publisher-journalist of the 21st century, Julian Assange, are especially concerned during the ongoing extradition hearings at London’s maximum security Belmarsh Prison.

The sense of frustration felt by millions of men and women around the Earth regarding the seemingly endless persecution and increasingly harsh, unjust retribution Assange has been forced to endure for (10) years was captured by authors in the past.

After years of seeming incomprehensible, overly-complex legal wrangling between Mr. Assange’s attorneys and the combined United States-United Kingdom establishment seeking to imprison Assange for life inside America, serious observers surely have felt the “Catch 22” predominant aspect of the affair.

From the motion picture “Catch 22”

Joseph Heller’s book “Catch 22” was eventually made into a major big-screen motion picture, capturing the author’s sense of utter futility and hopelessness in the conditions and circumstances involved in the conducting of wars. “Catch 22” has since become a well-known term for describing the category of human-to-human communications which share the depressing feature of resulting in zero communications at all.

Another book and film in the vicinity of the same genre is “Cool Hand Luke” by author Donn Pearce, perhaps best remembered by the scene where actor Strother Martin, playing the prison warden, explains to the prisoners regarding Luke’s (actor Paul Newman) repeated attempts to escape, that “What we have here, is a failure to communicate!”.

From the motion picture “Cool Hand Luke”

That scene’s dialogue followed the warden’s vicious whipping of Luke as punishment for Luke’s “Stop treating me so nice, boss”, and warden/actor Martin’s Academy Award-worthy delivery of “Don’t ever talk to me like that again! Never! … Never!! … Never!!!”

The book and 1975 Academy Award for Best Picture “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” by author Ken Kesey captures the insanity and brutal nature of Julian Assange’s years long “punishment” for being an effective peace activist, arguably the #1 peace activist of the 21st century. In particular, the character played by Nicholson’s eventual brain lobotomy provides the powerful analogy to the current chemical, pharmaceutical applied intentional destruction of Assange’s brilliant mind.

The character played by actor Jack Nicholson eventually becomes lobotomized into the shape of a non-cognizant, unfeeling human vegetable, leading to his Native American friend, the gentle giant named “Chief”, – performing the ultimate act of mercy – to smother Nicholson’s character to death, before breaking out of the mental institution to freedom.

We hope and suggest it may not yet be too late to heal Julian Assange’s physical, mental and spiritual injuries. There might still be time to save Julian Assange’s life. The chance still exists he might become rightly freed to live out his days and share with all people on Earth the full range of human experiences.

May right actions be taken before it is too late. Walk in beauty.

#FreeAssange

(Thank you to Queentin Tarantula at YouTube)