What Goes Around Comes Around
What goes around comes around.
Why the evil strategies of Sharon and Bush are destined to fail (Aug-Sep 03)
The following explanation is provided by the authors of Genesis to explain why the people of the earth have historically found it difficult to live peacefully with one another.
Gen 11:1-9 (TLB)
At that time all mankind spoke a single language. As the population grew and spread eastward, a plain was discovered in the land of Babylon and was soon thickly populated. The people who lived there began to talk about building a great city, with a temple-tower reaching to the skies--a proud, eternal monument to themselves. "This will weld us together," they said, "and keep us from scattering all over the world." So they made great piles of hardburned brick, and collected bitumen to use as mortar. But when God came down to see the city and the tower mankind was making, he said, "Look! If they are able to accomplish all this when they have just begun to exploit their linguistic and political unity, just think of what they will do later! Nothing will be unattainable for them! Come, let us go down and give them different languages, so that they won't understand each other's words!" So, in that way, God scattered them all over the earth; and that ended the building of the city. That is why the city was called Babel (meaning "confusion"), because it was there that Jehovah confused them by giving them many languages, thus widely scattering them across the face of the earth.
Whether you regard this as merely a myth or otherwise, the fact is that throughout mankind's recorded history, political and religious leaders have often employed various forms of idolatry such as the building of immense architectural structures or the use of local flags or banners to unite people to support one ungodly cause or another (i.e. causes that violate God's commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves). And likewise throughout history, all such efforts have proven to be only temporarily successful and have nearly always gotten a LOT of people killed. According to the authors of Tower of Babel parable, it's because God, or more precisely mankind's misperceptions of multiple (local) gods, willed it to be that way--as long as people put their faith in physical objects rather than God's commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves. Let's examine how today's events are evolving from this point of view.
PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST?
In my Jun 03 article, I raised the issue regarding whether or not Ariel Sharon was really interested in restoring peace for his nation. By now it has become clear that he isn't interested in peace at all; he's only interested in promoting his own political career. Over the past three years, more than 800 Israeli citizens and 2,400 Palestinians have been killed (and thousands more injured or maimed for life) since Sharon deliberately inspired Palestinian rioting by organizing a procession to the Temple Mount and declaring Israeli sovereignty over that area. Just as Sharon had planned, the deadly rioting that followed successfully boosted his chances for winning an election to become Israel's Prime Minister. Since then, Sharon has continued to promote deadly violence and to rely on the "patriotism in the face of danger" phenomenon in order to maintain his popularity.
This "patriotism in the face of danger" phenomenon is one the many satanic side effects of the world-wide anarchy known as "the national sovereignty system" which inspires fears, violence, wars, and a religious worship of national flags (i.e. idolatry). Theoretically, it's all based on restricting one's definition of "neighbor" to those who happen to live within your particular set of national borders, but in actuality it has also been fueled by greed among those or occupy (or desire to occupy) the higher echelons their nation's political structure. Mortal fears, hatreds, wars, famines, and frequent spreading of diseases on a worldwide scale are the inevitable consequences of this worldwide environment of anarchy. Everyone who has ever claimed otherwise has repeatedly been proven wrong, at great cost in human lives and property.
With regards to the Middle East situation, even after President George W. Bush forced Sharon to go along with his so-called "road-map to peace" initiative, Sharon refused to participate in the first-of-its-kind ceasefire that three leading Palestinian political groups had finally agreed to observe. Throughout that brief "ceasefire", Sharon's military forces continued to storm into one Palestinian area after another using Gestapo-like tactics to kill those whom they SUSPECTED of being terrorists (along with many innocent bystanders). About a week after Sharon's forces had killed a high-ranking member of the Islamic Jihad, a friend of that high-ranking member committed a suicide bombing that took 23 Israeli men, women, and children with him. Sharon knew very well the identify of that suicide bomber and the fact that he had committed his deadly suicide bombing in direct response to Sharon's own actions. But Sharon's people apparently decided to allege that Hamas had "claimed responsibility" for that bombing in order to justify their use military aircraft to assassinate one of the Hamas representative with whom the Israelis were supposedly negotiating the implementation of Bush's "roadmap to peace" plan. The fact that Hamas had no reason whatsoever to claim responsibility for that particular bombing (and indeed had many reasons NOT to claim responsibility for it) seems to have gone completely unnoticed by Western news reporters and commentators. So the deadly violence is continuing--in accordance with Sharon's own plans.
How can Israeli voters be so dumb as to continue supporting Sharon even after ALL of Sharon's evil and deadly tactics have repeatedly and utterly failed to create the "peace and security" which he has been promising? It's because many people have been conditioned by the national sovereignty system to believe almost ANYTHING they are told by a person who stands in front of their national flag! Like the fate American forces in Vietnam, focusing on short-term results at the expense of long-term results tends to "win battles but lose the war." Now that we have learned that one of the founders of the Palestinian-supporting Islamic Jihad movement has been serving as Osama Bin Laden's "right hand man" for the past several years, it has become clearer than ever that Ariel Sharon's satanically inspired actions (and our own government's support of those actions) have produced disastrous consequences for American men, women, and children as well as Palestinian and Israeli men, women, and children.
PRESIDENT BUSH'S SPEECH, 7 Sep 03.
In his 7 September speech, President Bush attempted to "rewrite history" regarding his rational for militarily invading Iraq. Although he briefly alluded to his bogus "weapons of mass destruction" rationale for starting that war, the rationale he is toting now is to build a free and peace-loving Arab democracy in the Middle East. And for this purpose, he said he would ask Congress for 87 billion dollars (of borrowed money) to rebuild the Afghan and Iraqi infrastructures that he had just spent over 90 billion dollars (of borrowed money) to destroy. He's like a bloody pirate let loose within the vaults of Fort Knox!
Among the many dubious statements in his speech, the ones I found particularly interesting where:
a. "We are rolling back the terrorist threat to civilization, not on the fringes of its influence, but at the heart of its power."
That's the kind of reasoning that Ariel Sharon and his predecessors have been using for years, but such promised outcomes have never been realized. Sure, like Sharon, Bush has killed a lot of people, including a number of "high ranking enemies" (along with many innocent bystanders). But why should be believe that Bush will ultimately be any more successful than Sharon in this regard? Even our own government officials have been admitting that the overall number of potentially deadly anti-American terrorists has been increasing rather than decreasing since Bush's invasion of Iraq.
b. "The terrorists thrive on the support of tyrants and on the resentments of oppressed peoples. When tyrants fall, and resentment gives way to hope, men and women in every culture reject the ideologies of terror, and turn to the pursuits of peace. Everywhere that freedom takes hold, terror will retreat."
What? Wait a minute! It takes a tyrant to create oppressed people. It's true that terrorists thrive on the resentments of oppressed people, but they are far more likely to focus their efforts AGAINST tyrants than to be supported by them. Indeed, most Palestinians view Ariel Sharon as being a tyrant (an "Israeli Hitler"), and no doubt there are many Iraqis who view George W. Bush as being a tyrant. Like Sharon, Bush firmly believes in the use of "state sponsored terrorism", and they both have adamantly opposed the "pursuits of peace" embodied in the International Criminal Court. Ultimately they will both be judged accordingly, as the truth cuts its way through their ideological deceptions. As demonstrated by the peaceful resolution of the violent fighting in Ireland, in order for "freedom to take hold", the rule of law must be established and generally adhered to by both the politicians and the population in general. But like the terrorists whom they criticize, Bush and Sharon have often demonstrated that they have no respect at all for the rule of law.
c. "Two years ago, I told the Congress and the country that the war on terror would be a lengthy war, a different kind of war, fought on many fronts in many places. Iraq is now the central front. Enemies of freedom are making a desperate stand there -- and there they must be defeated."
The idea that 19 young men decided to commit suicide and take thousands of American men, women, and children with them on 11 September simply because they "hated freedom" is absurd, yet that's what Bush would like to have us believe. He is doing this in order to divert attention away from the fact that those terrorists were engaging in an act of retaliation for the less-than-godly policies and actions of our own government. With the help of some highly dishonest new commentators on CNBC and the FOX News Network, the Bush Administration has been remarkably successful in "selling" such lies. A recent opinion pole showed that the Bush Administration succeeded in convincing 69 percent of the American people that the government of Iraq was somehow involved in the 9/11 attacks on New York's World Trade Center, even though there is no direct evidence to support such a conclusion. This is a sad reflection of the unreliability of our nation's TV news reporting services. The only reason Iraq has now become a "terrorist hotbed" is because George W. Bush decided over a year ago to invade Iraq regardless of whether or not there was any evidence to support his false allegations (and regardless of whether or not he could get UN approval for such an invasion). As far as terrorism is concerned, George W. Bush has succeeded in creating the very problem in Iraq that he claimed to be solving! Such are the ways of Satan. Almost every day now, Americans in Iraq are being killed or wounded by terrorists. I guess we should be thankful that Bin Laden has had to import suicide bombers into the United States for such purposes; evidently, he's been having difficulty finding Americans to volunteer for such missions.
d. "We are staying on the offensive, with a series of precise strikes against enemy targets increasingly guided by intelligence given to us by Iraqi citizens."
This is George W. Bush's brand of "American justice." Shoot first and ask questions later (no concern whatsoever for the rule of law). Anyone who has been watching the news can see that those "tips" from Iraqi citizens are often unreliable and sometimes downright untrue. How many times have we been told that based on "reliable intelligence" our military had possibly "killed Saddam"--only to learn later that all they had killed were dozen or so innocent men, women, and children?
e. "We have learned that terrorist attacks are not caused by the use of strength -- they are invited by the perception of weakness. And the surest way to avoid attacks on our own people is to engage the enemy where he lives and plans. We are fighting that enemy in Iraq and Afghanistan today, so that we do not meet him again on our own streets, in our own cities."
This is the biggest lie of all! And it's highly significant lie, because it reflects the (US arms industry serving) conceptual foundation for Bush's foreign policy. Surprisingly, most American news agencies appear to have swallowed this lie "without batting an eyelash." Think about it. Of all the nations of earth, which are the strongest militarily? The United States, Russia, Red China, Israel, Great Britain, and North Korea. These are not nations that inspire a "perception of weakness." And of all the nations on earth that have credible military establishments, which ones have most frequently been the victims of terrorist attacks? Israel, Russia, the United States, and Great Britain. And which of these countries have most frequently used their military forces to violently suppress people beyond their borders? Israel, Russia, the United States, and Great Britain. No Mr. President, it isn't a "perception of weakness" that inspires terrorist responses, it's violent, lawless, and abusive military actions by governments that inspire terrorist responses. History has shown that the more people you kill this way, the more future US-hating terrorists you will ultimately create. Eventually, some of them WILL get to our streets and into our cities with deadly technologies that are becoming cheaper and easier to conceal with each passing year. Like the builders of the Tower of Babel described above, your satanically inspired policies are only worsening the very problems you claim to be solving! Establishing a true world government is the historically proven approach for effectively solving problems like this, not a highly porous "fortress America."
PRESIDENT BUSH'S 23 SEPTEMBER 2003 SPEECH TO THE UNTIED NATIONS:
Numerous other news commentators have pointed out many of the deceptions contained in this speech, so I shall not repeat such points here. However, I do wish to point out that the following comments that Bush used in this speech to "morally justify" his deadly actions against other people ALSO apply just to George W. Bush himself. The bracketed comments are mine.
"Those [like Bush] who incite murder and celebrate suicide reveal their contempt for life itself. They have no place in any religious faith, they have no claim on the world's sympathy and they should have no friend in this chamber."
"Events during the past two years have set before us the clearest of divides: Between those who seek order and those [like Bush] who spread chaos; between those who work for peaceful change and those [like Bush] who adopt the methods of gangsters; between those who honor the rights of man and those [like Bush] who deliberately take the lives of men and women and children, without mercy or shame. Between these alternatives there is no neutral ground. All governments that support terror [like the United States] are complicit in a war against civilization."
"The regime of Saddam Hussein [and the United State] cultivated ties to terror [in Afghanistan and Latin America] while it built weapons of mass destruction."
"At the same time, our coalition is helping to improve the daily lives of the Iraqi people. The old regime [like the Bush Administration] built palaces while letting schools decay, so we are rebuilding more than a thousand schools. The old regime [like the Bush Administration] starved hospitals of resources, so we have helped to supply and reopen hospitals across Iraq. The old regime [like the Bush Administration] built up armies and weapons, while allowing the nation's infrastructure to crumble. So we are rehabilitating power plants, water and sanitation facilities, bridges, and airports."
"The Palestinian cause is betrayed by leaders [like Bush and Sharon} who cling to power by feeding old hatreds, and destroying the good work of others."
"A second challenge we must confront together is the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Outlaw regimes [like the United States] that possess nuclear, chemical and biological weapons -- and the means to deliver them -- would be able to use blackmail and create chaos in entire regions."
"We are determined to keep the world's most destructive weapons away from all our shores [except for the even deadlier ones that we create ourselves], and out of the hands of our common enemies." [As demonstrated by those deadly anthrax letters, weapons that we create for ourselves can end up in the hands of our common enemies].
"The founding documents of the United Nations and the founding documents of America stand in the same tradition. Both assert that human beings should never be reduced to objects of power or commerce, because their dignity is inherent. Both recognize a moral law [i.e. the rule of law which Bush adamantly opposes] that stands above men and nations which must be defended and enforced by men and nations. And both point the way to peace, the peace that comes when all are free [Bush's so-called Patriot Act has taken many of those freedoms away]. We secure that peace with our courage, and we must show that courage together.
THE TRUTH IS FINALLY COMING OUT!
Like Newt Gingrich whose popularity plummeted once our mainstream news agencies began to point out that his popularity was based mostly on lies, George W. Bush's popularity is beginning to plummet now that our mainstream news agencies are beginning to point out his lies. My favorite example of this is the portrait of George W. Bush with a Pinocchio nose that appears on the 13 Oct 03 edition of The Nation which points out that "Washington editor David Corn, drawing from his new book, The Lies of George W. Bush: Mastering the Politics of Deception, demonstrates that lying has been 'one of the essential tools' of the Bush presidency, and it has not been limited to Iraq." Included in that issues is a 5-page article by David Corn that convincingly illustrates that point. Also, the creators of www.MoveOn.org have started a service called www.Misleading.org, which sends subscribers a daily commentary exposing one or more of the lies and deceptions of George W. Bush and his Administration. These are excellent developments. Perhaps one of the reasons there are presently so many Democratic presidential hopefuls in the race is because they know that they can easily "blow Bush's credibility out of the water" in the presidential debates.
Anyhow, the main point I wish to make is that God, science and history are on the side of those who seek and tell the truth relative to His commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves (without placing any restrictions on one's definition of "neighbor"). As taught in the Tower of Babel parable, it is this guiding principle (rather than putting our faith in objects) that will ultimately free us from the bloody messes that we have been creating for ourselves.
(one grain of salt)
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