Veteran Intelligence Professionals: “Trump Should Rethink Syria Escalation”

The Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity group has published a message directed to U.S. President Donald Trump of maximum importance. For the sake of peace on Earth, please seriously consider disseminating their profoundly urgent message as widely as possible.

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“We write to give you an unambiguous warning of the threat of armed hostilities with Russia – with the risk of escalation to nuclear war. The threat has grown after the cruise missile attack on Syria in retaliation for what you claimed was a “chemical weapons attack” on April 4 on Syrian civilians in southern Idlib Province.”

Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)*

Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern

Two dozen ex-U.S. intelligence officials urge President Trump to rethink his claims blaming the Syrian government for the chemical deaths in Idlib and to pull back from his dangerous escalation of tensions with Russia. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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Love’s In Need Of Love Today.

By Jerry Alatalo

“Ahimsa [infinite love] is a weapon of matchless potency. It is the summum bonum of life. It is an attribute of the brave, in fact it is their all. It does not come within the reach of the coward. It is no wooden or lifeless dogma but a living and lifegiving force. It is the special attribute of the soul.” GANDHI (1869-1948)

Humanity needs love, not war

ne wonders what effects on United Nations Security Council members, national and state leaders listening to music before starting their meetings would create – such as from the blind genius Stevie Wonder. The theory accepted by most in the healthcare field about blind people is that, because of their inability to see, other available abilities naturally become much more focused, sharpened and developed to compensate.

The theory certainly is proven in the work of Stevie Wonder in the field of music, who, despite blindness, has created some of the most beautiful, complex and extraordinary artistry in recent history. One can only imagine what the world’s state of affairs would look like today, if before meetings of the Security Council and national governments since 1976 his “Love’s In Need of Love Today” were played… loud and clear.

It’s remarkable, disappointing and unfortunate that – besides religious men and women of the world’s various traditions – in the over 6-years of heart-breaking violence, war and destruction in Syria and the 2-years in Yemen, there haven’t been proposals such as: “Please stop bombing the people of Syria and Yemen – but please love them.”

When one takes a good long, hard look at the varying and many proposals coming from those perceived as experts to resolve the world’s wars and bring peace (most enjoying excellent vision since birth), perhaps their taking some extremely “sound advice” from a blind man has reached the point where it’s become more than necessary.

Tomahawk cruise missiles launched toward their targets are not “beautiful”, but hideous creations designed solely to kill fellow, innocent brothers and sisters in the human family – to inflict harm and destroy. Let those who call for war and “bombs bursting in air” know they suffer from spiritual blindness, and that love for one’s fellow human beings is truly beautiful.

Some – after hearing Stevie Wonder’s message, and “seeing” where he was coming from when he created it – may feel sufficiently moved to act in preventing escalation of violence in Syria, Yemen, the Middle East and everywhere on Earth. If so, and American, call the United States congressional switchboard below and talk to or message your representative and Senators. Send a message to representatives and Senators in neighboring states as well. Or… if moved greatly act by leaving your message in all 50 states.

U.S. Congressional switchboard phone #: 202-224-3121

Thank you.

World peace is possible.

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(From Stevie Wonder’s 1976 masterpiece: “Songs In the Key of Life”)

Love’s In Need of Love Today

Good morn’ or evening friends, here’s your friendly announcer
I have serious news to pass on to everybody
What I’m about to say could mean the world’s disaster
Could change your joy and laughter to tears and pain

It’s that love’s in need of love today
Don’t delay, send yours in right away
Hate’s going around breaking many hearts
Stop it please, before it’s gone too far

The force of evil plans to make you its possession
And it will if we let it destroy everybody
We all must take precautionary measures
If love and peace you treasure, then you’ll hear me when I say

Oh, that love’s in need of love today
Don’t delay send yours in right away
Hate’s going around breaking many hearts
Stop it please, before it’s gone too far

People, you know that love’s in need of love today
Don’t delay send yours in right away
You know that hate’s, hate’s goin’ round breaking many hearts
Stop, stop it please, before it’s gone too far

It’s up to you, cause love’s in need of love today
Don’t delay, send yours in right away
You know that hate’s, hate’s going around
Breaking – hate’s tried to break my heart many times
Don’t – you’ve got to stop it please
Before… before… before…

Love’s in need of love, love today
Don’t delay send yours in right away
You know that hate’s going around, hate’s going around
Hate’s going around and it tried breaking up many hearts

You’ve got to, I’ve got to, they’ve got to
We’ve got to, they’ve got to, we’ve got to stop it before it’s gone too far
Love’s, love’s in need of love
Did you ever think that love would be in need of love today
Don’t delay, send yours in right away

Bring it down a little –  love is very peaceful, so bring it down a little
Love’s in need… of love today

What the world needs now…

Um, L-O-V-E love… Oh, L-O-V-E love

Just give the world love.

(Thank you to Stevie Wonder – Topic at YouTube)

President Donald Trump: Show The World Your Evidence.

By Jerry Alatalo

“Power must never be trusted without a check.” (Letter to Jefferson, February 2, 1816)

– JOHN ADAMS (1735-1826) Second President of the United States

hile plans at the United Nations for investigating the chemical atrocity in Idlib province Syria were in the infancy stage and not yet begun, the American president directed the U.S. military to fire 59 Tomahawk missiles into Syria from warships in the Mediterranean Sea. Mr. Trump told Americans and the world it was to deter and punish the Syrian military for carrying out the chemical attack.

Among the many questions which have become raised after Donald Trump ordered a military attack on a Syrian airbase inside that country, the one that is receiving greatest attention and focus is: “Where is Donald Trump’s evidence, and why isn’t he providing it?”

It’s a simple question, really. In the context of fundamental legal theory when one of the sides in a legal argument wishes to present their case to the jury, it is common knowledge that party needs to bring evidence, or proof to back their claims and assertions. However, the response to it by U.S. President Donald Trump is much more complex, and for decades Middle East scholars, researchers, writers and people of the region have dealt with and experienced associated consequences of U.S. geopolitical actions.

As of yet, Donald Trump has not made his case – provided evidence, or proof – justifying attacking Syria to Americans and people around the Earth. His choice as Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has not provided evidence either in the last two United Nations Security Council meetings, convened to focus on the Idlib chemical atrocity and U.S. missile response.

Here is what Donald Trump said shortly after ordering the missile attacks on Syria:

“My fellow Americans… Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians using deadly nerve agent. Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children. It was a slow and brutal death for many. Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this barbaric attack.”

“No child of God should ever suffer such horror. Tonight I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched. It is in this vital national security interests of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.”

“There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the chemical weapons convention, and ignored the urging of the U.N. Security Council. Years of previous attempts at changing Assad’s behavior have all failed and failed very dramatically. As a result, the refugee crisis continues to deepen and the region continues to destabilize, threatening the United States and its allies.”

“Tonight I call on all civilized nations to join us in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria, and also to end terrorism of all kinds and all types. We ask for God’s wisdom as we face the challenge of our very troubled world. We pray for the lives of the wounded and for the souls of those who have passed, and we hope that as long as America stands for justice, then peace and harmony will in the end prevail.”

“Good night and God bless America, and the entire world. Thank you.”

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“There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons…”

Donald Trump’s address was extremely concise, wholly non-specific with regard to legal aspects of the military decision and action, while adding up to only a few hundred words. Perhaps Mr. Trump never anticipated Americans and people around the Earth wishing to hear him describe his legal perspective, and see his evidence making the case that Assad was responsible.

We the jury – citizens of America and the world – demand Donald Trump present any and all evidence he used to back the decision for launching cruise missiles on the sovereign nation of Syria…

This is an urgent demand.

(Thank you to Press TV News Videos)

 

Vitaly Churkin (1952-2017): Casualty Of Endless Wars.

By Jerry Alatalo

un-2Alphabet The great Russian diplomat and United Nations Ambassador Vitaly Churkin died suddenly in New York City, on the eve of his 65th birthday. As perhaps some measure of the man’s influence around the Earth, without ever meeting Vitaly Churkin personally this writer wept upon hearing the news of his passing. For men and women who have followed events at the United Nations, the Russian ambassador was a standout human being in that institution, in particular for his consistent integrity and straightforward speaking style, where one came to have high confidence his words were the truth – describing the real nature of the focused-upon situation.

His passing has fueled speculation about whether he may have been murdered with weaponry developed covertly by intelligence agencies in nations opposed to the Russian government, and therefore, some speculators suggest, Russia’s top diplomat was targeted for assassination. If such is the case nobody will ever know unless those involved confess, as certain publicly admitted top-secret weapons – the kind used for inducing fatal heart attacks, perhaps – can kill without leaving a trace. But, most likely Vitaly Churkin was not the victim of political assassination.

Endless wars are what finally destroyed Vitaly Churkin’s physical body; the damage to his heart became severe in mid-September 2016, after U.S. and coalition plane airstrikes in Deir ez Zor, Syria killed over 60 Syrian soldiers and injured more than one hundred. The immeasurable level of stress felt by Mr. Churkin and his United Nations colleagues at that time, when the potential for a dreaded World War III nightmare starting was palpable and real, damaged Vitaly Churkin’s heart as suggested with his shortness of breath while speaking to the press outside the Security Council.

In the five months that followed (the last five months of Vitaly Churkin’s life) the endless wars and conditions which cause them continued, he sensed (accurately or not) no relief but intensification ahead in the spiritual battles for all men and women who consider themselves peacemakers, until finally the stress of being in possibly the eye of the World War III hurricane – the profound responsibility and the tremendous weight – became too much, producing in him a massive and fatal heart attack.

Whatever the details and truth surrounding the passing of Russian United Nations Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, whether the greatly respected world diplomat died of natural or unnatural cause(s), ultimately… he became another in the long, long line of victims falling to humanity’s endless wars.

(Thank you to Russia Insider at YouTube)