22 September 2016

Autumnal Equinox musings

We have all the Elements within us…Air, Water, Fire, Earth and Spirit.
At this turning from summer to autumn, let our spirits shine...let us come together with strength and forgiveness, remembering that we are a community of people and that the golden rule applies in all cultures...more powerful than any commandment.
"And if thine eyes be turned towards justice, choose thou for thy neighbour that which thou choosest for thyself." Epistle to the Son of the Wolf. (Baha'i)
"This is the sum of Dharma [duty]: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you". Mahabharata (Brahmanism)
"One should seek for others the happiness one desires for oneself." (Buddhism)
"And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise." Luke 6:31 (Christianity)
“What I do not wish men to do to me, I also wish not to do to men." Analects 15:23 (Confucianism)
"Do not to another what you would not yourself experience." Manco Capoc (Inca)
"None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself." (Islam)
"What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man. This is the law: all the rest is commentary." Talmud, (Judaism)
"All things are our relatives; what we do to everything, we do to ourselves. All is really One." Black Elk

11 September 2016

Project for a New American Century and 9/11

Fifteen of the 19 hijackers in the 9/11 attacks were Saudi citizens, two from the UAE, one each from Egypt and Lebanon. None from Iraq. There was no known operational relationship between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda.
A bit of history about the Project for a New American Century (PNAC)
PNAC members held key positions in the White House, Defense and State Departments, among them Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, Elliot Abrams, Lewis Libby, and John Bolton, along with others in lesser positions. William Kristol, writer for the conservative magazine, the Weekly Standard, was chairman of the group. They called for the waging of "multiple simultaneous large-scale wars" and one of their first orders of business was always the removal of Saddam Hussein, thereby giving the US a toehold in the oil-rich Middle East. What was needed for America to dominate through a "Pax Americana" securing the world’s resources, it said, was “some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor”. The attacks of 11 September 2001 provided the “new Pearl Harbor”, described as “the opportunity of the ages”.
I weep that there were many people killed and continue to suffer, perhaps because of some global domination scheme...
To all the first responders, and to all that lost their lives on that fateful day...we will remember.

The River

upstream from white sand beaches are hamlets, paddies and canyons bombshells unexploded, cratered land, cratered faces  mangled extremities...