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US ambassador Nikki Haley told the UN today that the US is “prepared to do more” in Syria. This after six years of American intervention in that country, supporting the rebels seeking to topple the Assad government and plunder the country. No one has done more to aid in the destruction of Syria (beginning with “Gay Girl in Damascus”), including 400,000+ deaths and millions of refugees, than the United States, — albeit through Saudi Arabia, Israel and Turkey.
“Corruptio optima pessima.”
One-hundred years after a Marx inspired revolution replaced the Romanovs with Marx inspired anarchy and tyranny — the rebellion continues, with false notions of freedom and rights ushering in domination, division, and destruction, as seen in the Arab Spring and Black Lives Movement. Thus, to paraphrase George Bernard Shaw: “while throwing off the bonds of convention, and standing free from all allegiance to established religion, law, order, patriotism, and learning, she promptly uses her freedom to put on a heavier set of chains.”
Artist: Boris Kustodiyev, Merchant’s Wife at Tea, 1918
“Female Debility and Irregularities—It is a self-evident fact that the finer the work, and the more complicated a piece of machinery, the more liable is it to become deranged, or out of order; and the more skillful must be the mechanic who undertakes to make any necessary repairs.” Dr. Chase’s Recipes, 1866
On this President’s Day, a lobby wall at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, that normally has portraits of the U.S. president, vice president, secretary of state, and ambassador to the United Nations, sits empty.
Hopefully Mr. Trump will keep the U.S. engaged with the world community, not as a dick nation (fomenter of revolutions and arms trafficker) but rather as a force for solidarity and peace.
In 1917, Woodrow Wilson supported the Russian Revolution and brought the U.S. into the Great War (WWI), in support of a ‘new world order.’ Today, Obama officials are accusing Russian president Putin of being a threat to the new world order. In his final press conference President Obama said the sanctions on Russia were due to Russia violating Ukraine’s sovereignty by annexing Crimea.
Actually it was the U.S. that violated Ukraine’s sovereignty by sponsoring the February 2014 coup that removed the democratically elected Victor Yanukovych from office. When the US-backed replacement government took over they said they would not be paying Russia the billions of dollars that Ukraine owed Russia — moving Russia to then take Crimea as collateral.
It was the U.S. that violated Syria’s sovereignty by calling for a “regime change” and supporting the rebels, seeking to remove the legitimate Assad government. In Ukraine and Syria the U.S. has acted in a murderous way while Russia has sought to preserve/protect order and society.
“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou who killest the prophets, and stonest those who are sent to thee! How often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen gathers her young under her wings, but though wouldst not!” Luke 13:34
Claims by the modern state of Israel (a human construct) to merit sole possession of Jerusalem are both misguided and unfounded (in the bible). Jerusalem should be an international city shared by all peoples (of God). One could even say that the term “Israel” is unmerited by those who, seeking to be their own savior, fail to join the New Covenant (People of God), the true Israel.
Artwork: Leonard Baskin, Jerusalem, 1954
Artwork: Dagmar Frinta, Madonna, 1981
“When I had a little passed by them, I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him: and I will not let him go, till I bring him into my mother’s house, and into the chamber of her that bore me.” Song of Songs 3:4
The Women’s International Forum (WIF) paid tribute today to Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, spouse of U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. This on the day that Antonio Guterres, former president of Portugal, was sworn in to succeed Mr. Ban.
Joining Mrs. Ban (third from left) were Mrs. Faika Zaki, Mrs. Sofia Herrera Cubillo, Ms. Sonia Balcazar Maza Cuadra, H.E. Ms. Raimonda Murmokaite, Ms. Malini Nambiar, and Ms. Cristina Gallach.
Artwork: Hoi Ling Chu, Deer X-ing, 1979