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On a day that saw the U.S. continuing to act as the self-proclaimed leader of the ‘free’ world, with unilateral strikes in Iraq, members of the United Nations gathered for a Prayer Service — ahead of the opening of the 69th Session of the General Assembly.
The annual service, held 9/15 at the Church of the Holy Family in NYC, included His Excellency Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, and His Excellency Sam Kutesa (top photo), President-elect of the Sixty-Ninth Session of the General Assembly.
With the UN project increasingly in tatters, undermined by the disordered aspirations of key member states along with a worldwide ‘rights’ revolution that is frequently unhinged from truth, Mr. Ban is turning to various faith communities (not the faithless faithful but the truly faithful of all religions), as the last best hope to save the world.
Sadly many in the Christian community, including clergy, have bowed to Americanism and are among the faithless faithful (mob) rather than the truly faithful (flock).
Would that we could hear the words of the Savior: “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” Luke 7:50
Photographs: Stephen Wise
The rhetoric and actions of NATO members last week, with respect to Ukraine and Russia, calls to mind the immaturity and wickedness of previous generation’s leaders, seeking to advance British and American imperialism.
In the top cartoon, from 1900, Uncle Sam writes again and again: “In times of peace prepare for war.”
In the bottom cartoon a British old lady asks a British soldier: “Is it true Hitler’s going to invade us with five million men?” To which the Home Guard replies: “I hope so, Missus. If he doesn’t I think I shall have to pop over and fetch him.”
One of the dance routines by T-Bass included the rap lyrics: “too afraid to grow-up.”
The rebellion and self-seeking, that underlies today’s data driven world (of egos & algos), is making harder for people to grow-up.
Photographs: Stephen Wise
Analysis: If that means the Asaad government can stay in power, “good.” If it means more refugees (Christians) get slaughtered, “not good.”
Starting in 2011 the Obama administration, along with a host of other bad actors — including France & England, sought to overthrow the legitimate Assad government in Syria — no doubt for reasons of plunder and to appease Israel and Saudi Arabia. ISIS and genocide were born out of that cabal.
The chaos, death and destruction in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Egypt, Libya and now Ukraine, is the work of evil-doers, who likely see themselves as liberators.
On this the 40th anniversary of President Nixon’s resignation from office, it’s worth recalling the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and Henry Kissinger’s expanded role in the government, with Nixon on the ropes from Watergate.
The war (pitting Egypt & Syria against Israel), broke out on October 6, 1973 — the inevitable consequence of Israeli policies and provocations under Golda Meir. By October 19, with Israel winning decisively, Kissinger traveled to Moscow to arrange a cease-fire. On his way he stopped in Israel, and reportedly urged the Israelis to gain more ground. Days later the cease-fire collapsed when Israel launched a major offensive that encircled the Egyptian army. Brezhnev then sent a letter to the White House urging joint American-Soviet intervention to stop the fighting. Feeling threatened by Moscow’s wording, Kissinger, with his NSC colleagues, “ordered a worldwide alert of U.S. military forces, including strategic nuclear and air defense forces.” The Kissinger Transcripts (The New Press, 1998)
Kissinger’s desire to keep the Soviets (Russians) out of the so-called Middle East peace process continues today, with no real peace process in sight, just status quo — permanent war. The U.S. and Israel are good with that.
In analyzing the Great War (1914-1918), one commentator described it as “a catastrophe that came from nowhere.” Actually the war stated, continued, and ended from darkened hearts and minds — driven by greed, pride, vengeance, and self-interest.
Sadly, today’s leaders seem even more lacking in goodness than their predecessors.
A small but motivated group, opposed to Israeli treatment of the Palestinians. gathered in Jackson Height’s Diversity Plaza today. They were joined by Jewish activist Nathan Finkelstein, who decried Israel’s characterization of its Gaza incursion as ‘mowing the lawn every few years.’ He wants people to “never forget and never forgive” those who enabled and perpetrated — “the mowed lawn.”
Analysis: The flaw in Mr. Finkelstein’s message is his encouragement to “never forget and never forgive.” Such is the recipe for hate. The pathology in Israel, a state built on hate (“We fight, therefore we are”), is testimony to that.
The best hope for Jews, to achieve justice, righteousness, love and peace, is to set aside Zionism (egoism), and embrace the New (everlasting) Covenant — rooted in solidarity with their Creator and fellow man.
The patient needs to be helped to overcome self-centeredness, to be truthful, and to understand that real justice starts with respecting and serving others.
Every effort should be made to disarm the patient, but ultimately the change has to come from within.
It hasn’t been widely reported in the Western media that Malaysia Flight 17 was ordered, by Kiev Air Traffic Control, to descend and change course, while passing over Ukraine — putting it dangerously close to the restricted air space in the combat zone.
The pilot we spoke with confirmed that Malaysia Flight 17 had indeed been ordered to descend and was rerouted toward the combat zone prior to being blown out of the sky.
Analysis: In January 1914, Tsar Nicolas II of Russia (to appease the revolutionaries and warmongers in his government) gave Serbia a blank check — “For Serbia we shall do everything.” The result was the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and World War I.
President Obama, attempting to appease the revolutionaries and warmongers in Washington, supported the February 2014 coup in Kiev — giving the new gangster government there a blank check — which doesn’t bode well for the region and the world.