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No Regrets Reviewed by Sir Rodric Braithwaite

No Regrets Reviewed by Sir Rodric Braithwaite

A month ago, I sent a copy of my book to Sir Rodric Braithwaite. Sir Rodric is a British Diplomat and Author. I had read his book Afghantsy about the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan. About half way through, I noticed that much of the Soviet experienced mirrored our ( US) own.

I decided to send Sir Rodric a copy of my book and ask his opinion on my assumptions and observations. Sir Rodric received the book and immediately emailed me. We had been corresponding via email and I asked if he could write up short review of the book that I could post and send out to attempt to garner interest in the book.

Though he was busy with the Crimean Crisis, Sir Rodric was gracious enough to grant my request. The attached is the result.

SHORT BIO: Sir Rodric Braithwaite, British Diplomat and Author, former British Ambassador to the Soviet Union & Russian Federation,the Prime Minister’s foreign policy adviser and chairman of the UK Joint Intelligence Committee

Author of:

Across the Moscow River: The World Turned Upside Down
Moscow 1941: A City and Its People at War
Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan

Freedom to Be…

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He’s Gay. She’s Gay. They’re not Gay. We’re all coming out of the closet. Who cares? Are we not free born humans? Am I a slave to your ideals, your desires, your beliefs? Must I be set upon constantly by the Statist & religious beliefs of others?

I’m not gay. I don’t care if others are gay. It’s none of my business. It is their life.

If America is a free country with free citizens, this should be a non-issue.

However, America has never truly been a free nation. We’ve always been beset by superstitions and whims of the masses. Free will, freedom…these are lies that we tell our children and our citizens.

If a man is not free to be homosexual and to marry the person whom he loves, there is no freedom.

There is a religious yoke across the neck of this nation that has strangled freedom since the “Great Awakening.” This yoke is loosened and tightened and loosened and tightened.

I shall be happy to see the darkness of these pre-historic mythologies and superstitions removed from the soul of humanity. Unfortunately, humans are pre-conditioned to control by a master. Religion is but one manifestation of this control.

Religion has always been a disturbingly large roadblock to freedom in America. The founders saw that this would be and had been for eons and attempted to forge a path through superstition by incorporating “freedom of religion” into the Constitution. This plan has not worked.

Why? Because the majority of people yearn for their chains.

Look at the Left. They have sworn off the mystical chains of religion only to create their yoke in the worship of the State.

Humanity is pathetic.

This raging debate over homosexuality is but one small example of the human free will and freedom revulsion. I think most humans fear freedom.

Freedom places the onus on one’s self for security, survival, life.

Most humans are too ignorant and too weak to survive in a truly free world.

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The Pledge of Ignorance

The Pledge of Ignorance

These children had no idea to what they were pledging allegiance. What Five, Ten or Thirteen year old could or would? They’d have to be wise beyond their years and, if that were the case, they’d never pledge allegiance to a flag.

Pledge to know, protect and uphold the Constitution? Perhaps.

Pledging allegiance to a symbol that at any moment and to any person could mean anything. I think not.

This does not take into account the fact that the pledge was authored by a socialist. Nor does it take into account “GoD” being later added in order that children may be coopted forcibly into the Christian religion.

This in a state that is supposedly opposed to socialism and is supposed to be a Nation opposed to religious establishment or preference. The United States Bill of Rights guarantees Freedom of Religion. Even the founding fathers were fans of a multiplicity of religious belief in our nation.

“The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for giving to Mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation…All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection, should demean themselves as good citizens;” wrote George Washington.

“And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter. But we may hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away with all this artificial scaffolding, and restore to us the primitive and genuine doctrines of this the most venerated reformer of human errors.”- Thomas Jefferson

“I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek Church, by the Turkish Church, by the Protestant Church, nor by any Church that I know of. My own mind is my own Church. Each of those churches accuse the other of unbelief; and for my own part, I disbelieve them all.”- Thomas Paine

[He] sais “neither Pagan nor Mahamedan [Muslim] nor Jew ought to be excluded from the civil rights of the Commonwealth because of his religion.”
 — Thomas Jefferson, quoting John Locke, 1776


“If they are good workmen, they may be of Asia, Africa, or Europe. They may be Mahometans [Muslims], Jews or Christian of an[y] Sect, or they may be Atheists.” George Washington

The Founders of this Nation were accepting of all peoples. They found no need for a pledge to the flag under which they fought for Independence from Britain.

Yet, somehow, 200 years removed, Americans find themselves in need of a test, a pledge for citizenship.

The founder likewise accepted all persons as newcomers to this nation. Yet, today, we want no part of new peoples who are escaping poverty and destitution, despotism and tyranny. Today’s American is too good for the immigrant, too fearful of the immigrant, too greedy to share of their bounty.

I dare say that both the Founders of this Nation and the GoD whom Christians worship would be ashamed of these Americans.

But, pledge away, simple people. Pledge away. And pray that your GoD is not real. For if this GoD of the Christian Bible is real, surely there is another plague, another great flood, another calamity heading your way.

The pity is that you’ll drag me along with you. Oh, iniquitous, prideful fools.

The Stranger

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I had to move rooms this past week. I’ve got a room mate now — Jerry. The first night in the room, I went to bed. All was normal. Nothing terrible. Bed a bit hard. Room mate didn’t snore too loudly. No probs. I promptly conked out and slept soundly.

I awakened with dawn’s first light. My eyes opened and I found myself staring at someone who seemed to be looking right at me. Finding this odd, I just kind of sat there wondering. “Who in the hell is this idiot staring at? Why the hell did Jerry arrange these damn wall lockers so that I can see him? What the hell is up with this gap? This is freakin’ odd.”

I didn’t move for a while and sat there pondering this odd situation when I finally realized that I was looking into a mirror and the dude who was staring at me was….ME.

I started to chuckle…got up…took a shower…got on with the day.

Later that day or the next, I told Jerry the story and I thought the veins in his forehead would burst from laughing so hard.

I laughed right along with him. Hell, it was funny.

I was confused as hell that first morning in my new room. I’m not accustomed to seeing myself without my glasses. I was a stranger in a strange room that first morning.

A few days later, Jerry moved the mirrored door so as to avoid further baffling his old, senile room mate.

 

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Aaron Harrison ~ Big Blue Assassin

Aaron Harrison ~ Big Blue Assassin

That’s two game winners in a row. This dude is on fire.

AMAZING!

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“WHITENESS AT LARGE”

WHITENESS AT LARGE

 

 

Yes, because I think this is important. A lot of white America and so-called liberal people of color, along with conservatives, ask, “Do I understand context?” And that’s part of wanting to completely humanize the oppressor. To see the white man as always reasonable, always pure, always deliberate, always complex and always innocent. And to see the woman of color as literal. Both my intent behind the hashtag and in my [unintelligible] distance, is always about forcing an apology on me for not understanding their context when, in reality, they misunderstood us when they made us a punch line again. So it’s always this logic of how can we understand whiteness better, and that’s never been my politics. I’ve always been about occupying the margins and strengthening the margins and what that means is that, for a long time, whiteness has also occupied the margins. Like, people of color get in circles with no white people in the room and we see that whiteness still operates. So I think it’s kind of a shock for America that whiteness has dominant society already, it also seeps into the margins. What happens the one time when the margins seep into the whiteness and we encroach on their space? It’s like the sky is falling.

 

Soooooo…….WHITE PEOPLE are always supposed to be accommodating and never offensive to the poor, oppressed minority in America.  I do not know WHITE PEOPLE who think as she suggests.  I do know quite a few WHITE PEOPLE who are tired of being told that it’s not ok to actually be WHITE.  Somehow, WHITE PEOPLE are supposed to be NOT WHITE around any and all “people of color.”
Maybe we need an all White Nation where WHITE PEOPLE can just be fuckin’ WHITE.

Asian folks all have a country wherein they are not expected to be anything but that.

Thais have Thailand.

The Chinese have China.

Burmese have…well, Myanmar.

Laos have Laos.

Vietnamese have Vietnam.

Indonesians have Indonesia.

Indians have India.

And so on and so forth. Africans have a whole fuckin’ continent.

However, the lands of the White people have been taken over by everyone else. And everyone else wants the WHITE PEOPLE to be sensitive to their plight.

If you are Thai and you want Thai culture, take a little vacation to Thailand. Get all warm and fuzzy and come back to Whiteville.

Get the fuck over it.

Get the fuck over yourself.

WTF!

I’m beginning to understand why there exist White People who want to have an all White America.

I love other cultures. I live and work in two completely different cultures and I find them wonderful and fascinating (much of the time).

Asian people, Black people, everyone and anyone else…if you don’t like White People, don’t move to America or Europe. If you don’t like living with White People, don’t move to America or Europe.

If you are already living in one of these places and don’t like it, there are many places where Black or African or Chinese or Thai or Cambodians or whomever are THE MAJORITY.

If you live in America, you are free to emigrate to one of those places. Please do so.

White People can only accommodate so far. After that, there is going to be a backlash.

I love and am friends with folks of nearly every people, race, religion, ethnicity represented on this planet…and even I am getting sick of this stupid fucking shit.

 

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And the CHOSEN ONE goes down…

And the CHOSEN ONE goes down...

Kentucky took down Wichita State.

Two things.

1, Wichita State was overhyped. Not entirely their fault. The rest of the NCAA are too cowardly to risk an in season game with the Wichita States of the NCAA.  There should be more teams willing to schedule the likes of Wichita State, Dayton, Xavier, SDSU during the non-conference portion of the season.  If that happened, we would know what kind of teams were out there flying off the radar and on to the Top 25 rankings.  Wichita State is, no doubt, a Top 20 team this season.  They weren't a Top 10 or a Top 5 team.  We don't know that soon enough, though, because no one will give them a game and the Media falls in love with their little small school darlings.  Wichita State was good.  They're weren't Top Ten good.  

2. Kentucky is finally coming on. Finally becoming a talented TEAM instead of a collection of talent.  Great for UK. Great for THAT game. Not great for Wichita State. This should have been an Elite Eight or Final Four game.

I hope it’s not too late and the Cats rip through the Cards tonight. This happened because an extremely talented troop of kids took their time learning the game at the College level. Wichita State met a team coming on after a season of guessing and learning.

GO BIG BLUE!

Religion Hates Me! How Can I Respect That?

 

 

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I    do not understand “respect” for an archaic vision of hatred. That, to me, is the essence of religion. Religion separates humanity. It categorizes and labels. It creates “the other.” Oftentimes, or more realistically, most often it prejudices it’s adherents AGAINST the other.

Religion unifies one part against the other. It divides.

Certainly, it unifies. However, it does so in a negative manner.

Religion says; “We are this and you are that. AND THAT is an abomination. THAT is wrong.”

What is good about that? What can I find to respect about that?

What if religion were to say; “We are all one. We are different but we are all part of the same whole. It is ok that you are different. We can find common ground and live peaceably and honorably.”

Religion does not do this. Religion names the other sinner, infidel, heathen, savage, heretic, unbeliever, abomination. Religion dehumanizes and allows it’s adherents to think of the lives of all others as unworthy. Unless “the other” converts, submits, reverts or otherwise becomes a part of that religion.

Religion is false. It is simply a means of falsely dividing the people of the earth and controlling that subset in accordance with the whims of “the GoD” of their leader.

Religion keeps us divided.

Religion is false.

Why would I respect that? What earthly reason do I have to respect the religion of the crusades, of jihad, of honor killings, of genocide. This notion that we should respect the beliefs of others is insanity.

No person who truly believes in Islam or Christianity can be tolerant or accepting of other religions or of persons who do not “believe.” Inherent in the beliefs of those two specific religions is the law, judgment, understanding that those who do not believe are going to a hell or will be punished for living their lives outside as a non-believer. There is no real tolerance and can be no real acceptance of others for those who truly believe in the writings of the Bible or the Qu’ran.

To a true believer, you are as good as judged by their GoD. You are unworthy. You are infidel. You are perpetual outsider with no hope of redemption or salvation UNLESS you become one of them…unless you join their FAITH.

And, like the song by Queen, there can be only one.

The two cannot coexist in any true sense. To believe one is to believe the other false. To be one is to believe that the other is not fully human…not worthy of “everlasting life.”

THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!

Inherent in the beliefs of those two religions is a disrespect for all other living creatures who dwell upon this planet. You are unclean. You are infidel. You are heathen. You are savage. You are abominable. That IS the belief.

Am I supposed to respect that fundamental hatred of who I am?

 

 

 

Is Human Life Sacred?

ImageIs all human life inherently sacred and worthy? Why? What makes human life more sacred than a goat, a horse, an elephant or a sea urchin?

I’m not talking in a White Supremacist kind of way.  However, I know many people who hate others simply because of the color of their skin or because they are of a different religion.

Niggers, kikes, nips, chincs, ragheads, zips, spics are all humans.  Are they not?  If one did not know better one would believe that these groups were NOT human.  The people who use these labels certainly do not believe that these groups are human.  Else they’d not hate them so and would not be so willing to murder them.  Infidels are human?  Are they not?  If we are to believe that infidels, niggers, kikes, nips, chincs, zips, spics and rag heads are all human, then how can we cling to the belief that human life is sacred.  For these groups are murdered as if they have no worth across the world by their “fellow” humans.  How can a communist or a socialist lay claim to a belief that life is sacred.  The proponents of these to two political/economic beliefs are responsible for millions upon millions of human deaths.  How can a capitalist lay claim to a belief that human life is sacred when they create anarchy and wreak havoc upon humanity and the planet causing hundreds of thousands of deaths and untold suffering by destroying the planet’s resources.  Capitalists also exploit the weaknesses of humanity and humans themselves in their search for profit and higher stock prices.

We do nothing good for the planet. We are more or less parasites attached to and sucking at the teat of the planet.  We refuse to respect the planet.  Instead, we destroy the planet as we seek to profit from its natural resources.  This greed destroys the planet by slowing making it uninhabitable or, at the very least, less habitable.

What makes human life sacred?  A claim by books written by men in ancient times siting various Gods or versions of God as principle lawgiver?

I simply do not believe that life is sacred.

Judging by the prejudice of men and the wars we constantly and incautiously wage upon one another, life is not sacred.  We murder each other over greed, religion, skin color.  Yet, we attempt to claim enlightenment. We claim that life is sacred.  Our actions speak otherwise.  Any person who hates others based on their skin color, their work ethic, their religion cannot lay claim to the belief that life is sacred.  That is hypocrisy.

Perhaps, I am simply lacking understanding.  Perhaps, I am not human.  I do not hate others because they are Black or Muslim or Christian or Buddhist or because they are not White, Muslim, Christian, heterosexual, etc.  I suppose my willingness to accept differences and not merely tolerate difference makes me some sort of mutant.

I suppose I should be like others who believe that all “niggers are worthless,call Obama a nigger, say that all Muslims should be killed, tell homosexuals that they can’t marry because THEY believe that homosexuality is wrong or perverted or because my belief labels them abominations (again, based upon a book).

We murder each other over these superficial differences and then claim that life is sacred.  Humanity is a plague upon the planet, upon nature and upon each other. Yet, life is inherently sacred.

When someone can explain the contradictions herein, I will believe that life is sacred rather than the phrase being a mere slogan created, like religion, to control and subvert the masses.

It is a lie.  Humans are mostly a blasphemy to the Gods and the books written at the behest of these supposed Gods.  We murder each other by the thousands and by the millions.  We create divisions in order to create fictional power over others.  Even in America, there is no true tolerance.  Tolerance is given lip service by the Left and the so-called Liberals and Progressives.  However, there is no true tolerance.

Tolerance is the game of the weak mind.  There is acceptance of differences or there is not.  To merely tolerate someone is not generosity or kindness or goodness.  Tolerance is merely a way of saying; “I dislike you, what you are and what you stand for but I’ll let you stay around until I show you the truth and you become like me.”

There is acceptance or there is merely delayed violence over differences.  I can accept the differences between myself and others.  I do not wish to change others and certainly I do not with to murder others because they believe differently than I or look differently than I or are attracted to the same sex.

Yet, those who call life sacred do kill others over these differences and have done so since the beginning of the human race.  Yet, they claim that life is sacred.

It is a lie.

Our voices speak to one “truth” while our actions speak to THE truth.

Why Should The Wealthy Pick Up Their Share?

Why should the rich pay more tax than the average American citizen?

The military since World War II has almost exclusively been used to safeguard markets, build markets and patrol the sea lanes for commerce.

If that’s not enough, low wages and job cuts caused technological advances among other things and by the desire inflate stock prices causes welfare rolls and public entitlements to increasingly expand.

United States corporations, as all corporations, pay the lowest possible wages for the most possible work. Americans are wage slaves held hostage at the point of a figurative gun. Mortgages are a gun held to the head of every family in America. Rent is a figurative gun held to the head of every American family.

Of course, we have the “War on Drugs.” This nightmare of American fascism is spurned on by corporations in order to inflate use and consumption of military hardware granting greater profits to the corporate heads of America’s Military Industrial Congressional Complex. The fascist drug war targets the poor in order to increase profits for corporations at the expense of the average American citizen who wants nothing more than to be left alone. Lobbyist for firearms, military equipment and armored vehicle manufacturers and police equipment manufacturers profit handsomely from this wretched endeavor.

The criminalization of the poor in America keeps our prisons full. To ensure that there is a place to housed our profit motivated, politically manufactured “citizen” criminals, primarily poor and under or unemployed Americans, we have given a boost to construction and privatized prison (gulag) builders.

The rich profit from all of this by creating the need via punitive legislation targeted at the poor.

This is not to mention the courts which the wealthy purchase at the price of the soul of America.

Why should the rich pay more taxes? Why should they not? They benefit from every facet of the lives of the poor.

For who fights our wars? What is the cost of the blood of American soldiers?

For the wealthy, who profit immensely from the flood of blood, the mountains of lost limbs and the lives of American soldiers, apparently, no price is to minimal to shirk.

 

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The American Police State

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Is this the Police or the Army?

On Jan. 4 of last year, a local narcotics strike force conducted a raid on the Ogden, Utah, home of Matthew David Stewart at 8:40 p.m. The 12 officers were acting on a tip from Mr. Stewart’s former girlfriend, who said that he was growing marijuana in his basement. Mr. Stewart awoke, naked, to the sound of a battering ram taking down his door. Thinking that he was being invaded by criminals, as he later claimed, he grabbed his 9-millimeter Beretta pistol.

Photo illustration by Sean McCabe

The police say that they knocked and identified themselves, though Mr. Stewart and his neighbors said they heard no such announcement. Mr. Stewart fired 31 rounds, the police more than 250. Six of the officers were wounded, and Officer Jared Francom was killed. Mr. Stewart himself was shot twice before he was arrested. He was charged with several crimes, including the murder of Officer Francom.

The police found 16 small marijuana plants in Mr. Stewart’s basement. There was no evidence that Mr. Stewart, a U.S. military veteran with no prior criminal record, was selling marijuana. Mr. Stewart’s father said that his son suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and may have smoked the marijuana to self-medicate.

Early this year, the Ogden city council heard complaints from dozens of citizens about the way drug warrants are served in the city. As for Mr. Stewart, his trial was scheduled for next April, and prosecutors were seeking the death penalty. But after losing a hearing last May on the legality of the search warrant, Mr. Stewart hanged himself in his jail cell.

The State is guilty of David Matthew Stewart’s death.  His crime: possession of 12 small marijuana plants in his home.  He didn’t sell the plants. He smoke a bit of marijuana. He had no criminal record. He was a veteran of our other War — on terror.  The government of The United States of America is using drugs to wage a war on American citizens and our liberty.

The State is murdering thousands of citizens in the name of their war on drugs. Why? It is not to protect Americans. This is nothing more than a power grab.  Each year this war is waged equals a further diminishing of the rights of Americans.  Drugs are illegal so that America’s political class can siphon off funds for themselves, amass power and destroy liberty.  This so-called War, started by the criminal Nixon, is naught but a scam on middle America and it’s a crushing weight on the lower poor and minorities of society.

Unfortunately, our citizenry is easily duped. Too many Americans believe the lies of the political class. Too many Americans desire security from boogie men and have no real desire for liberty and freedom for these come with responsibilities.  Americans would rather be told who and what they are and how to live by the State.

America is no longer the land of the free or the home of the brave.

America is the land of the well kept coward, the home of the over taxed slave.

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*  Every American should read this book:  Rise of the Warrior Cop   Policemen and women who are being used by the State to murder citizens and destroy liberty should most certainly read this book.

Dancing in Kabul

Help the Children ~ Northern Thailand

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We would like to raise enough money to help the next village school.

We usually raise around 150,000bht (5,000USD).  We would like to raise that amount for our January trip to Northern Thailand.

This will allow us to re-build a school, feed the children, rent vehicles to get out to the village and provide new clothes, school supplies and toys for the children.

The funding will go towards food and supplies.

We usually feed three meals a day for two to three villages full of children for a week (300 children and their families).

We rent local vehicles from around Chiangmai for a week to carry us and the supplies out to the village.

We purchase a years worth of school supplies and deliver them to a village.  If we have more supplies than one village school will need, we take the remainder and give them out to other villages in the Hill Tribe Area.  Last year, we were able to help several schools in the area.

We purchase clothing, shoes and winter coats for the children as well.  We usually purchase clothing on the Thai-Burmese border.  We can obtain mass amounts of clothing from this area fairly cheaply.  We donate all of this clothing to the children and in some cases to the local adults.  On the border, we purchase “lots” full of children’s clothing.  However, one never knows what will be in the mix.  Any adult clothing that we obtain, we hand out at the village.

Last year, we had enough left over clothing to pass out to several villages along our route.

We also hope to raise enough funds to employ a full time teacher and teaching assistant for this village for a year.

We will use all funds raised to help these children.

I am donating all supplies and materials for the perks as the first donation.

The perks for this handmade Jewelry from Wanderluster Dreams on Etsy.com.

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An American Adventure in Afghanistan

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Coming soon…

A tale of American incompetence and Afghan corruption.

A decade in  the ‘Stan.

Romance…adventure…cultural commingling…deep spiritual philosophizing…Mullah  Dawood…Afghan Police…friendship…soul searching…utter stupidity…and sometimes hilarity.

Somewhere in there I manage to be serious and learn  a thing or two.

Hope you read and enjoy.

Outrage is not a Strategy

 

 

Image“Outrage is not a strategy. I thought military action always had to have a purpose behind it – so what is the endstate here? Hit, and then hope?

“I am not sure in what way even limited strikes help the people living in my constituency: how does this further Britain’s or America’s national security?

“There cannot be a sane person in Britain who would not think it a good thing for us to get involved in the war in Syria if by doing so it would ease the horrors faced by the Syrian people – and dire risks to people in neighbouring countries.

“We must be guided not by our alliance to America, but by our duty to understand that military force should only be used in support of a clear purpose and with a clear objective in mind – in support of our national interest. I am yet to be convinced that there is a strong and clear-cut case that military action will deter the Syrian government from using chemical weapons – nor am I convinced that in 20 years time some other tyrant thinking of using chemical weapons will turn around and say to his or herself “Whoops, better not do that: remember what Obama, Cameron and Hollande did back in the summer of 2013”.

“The use of chemical weapons was indeed a crime against all of humanity. But by firing one missile we are involving ourselves in a civil war on the side of a fractured opposition which includes people with proud links to Al Qaeda. By striking now, without clear cause and purpose, we risk consequences that we have not even thought of: this is a case of hit – and then hope.”

British MP Adam Holloway

The 50-Point Manifesto of Hassan Al-Banna

Political, judicial and administrative sectors

1- An end to party rivalry, and a channelling of the political forces of the nation into a common front and a single phalanx.

2- A reform of the law, so that it will conform to Islamic legislation in every branch.

3- A strengthening of the armed forces, and an increase in the number of youth groups; the inspiration of the latter with zeal on the bases of Islamic jihad.

4- A strengthening of the bonds between all Islamic countries, especially the Arab countries, to pave the way for practical and serious consideration of the matter of the departed Caliphate.

5- The diffusion of the Islamic spirit throughout all departments of the government, so that all its employees will feel responsible for adhering to Islamic teachings.

6- The surveillance of the personal conduct of all its employees, and an end to the dichotomy between the private and professional spheres.

7- Setting the hours of work in summer and winter ahead, so that it will be easy to fulfill religious duties, and so that keeping late hours will come to an end.

8- An end to bribery and favoritism, with consideration to be given only to capability and legitimate reasons [for advancement].

9- Weighing all acts of the government acts in the scales of Islamic wisdom and doctrines; the organization of all celebrations, receptions, official conferences, prisons and hospitals so as not to be incompatible with Islamic teaching; the arranging of work-schedules so that they will not conflict with hours of prayer.

10- The employment of graduates of Al-Azhar in military and administrative positions, and their training.

Social and educational sectors

1- Conditioning the people to respect public morality, and the issuance of directives fortified by the aegis of the law on this subject; the imposition of severe penalties for moral offences.

2- Treatment of the problem of women in a way which combines the progressive and the protective, in accordance with Islamic teachings, so that this problem – one of the most important social problems – will not be abandoned to the biased pens and deviant notions of those who err in the directions of deficiency or excess.

3- An end to prostitution, both clandestine and overt: the recognition of fornication, whatever the circumstances, as a detestable crime whose perpetrator must be flogged.

4- An end to gambling in all its forms – games, lotteries, racing, and gambling-clubs.

5- A campaign against drinking, as there is one against drugs: its prohibition, and the salvation of the nation from its effects.

6- A campaign against ostentation in dress and loose behavior; the instruction of women in what is proper, with particular strictness as regards female instructors, pupils, physicians, and students, and all those in similar categories.

7- A review of the curricula offered to girls and the necessity of making them distinct from the boys’ curricula in many of the stages of education.

8- Segregation of male and female students; private meetings between men and women, unless between the permitted degrees [of relationship] to be counted as a crime for which both will be censored.

9- The encouragement of marriage and procreation, by all possible means; promulgation of legislation to protect and give moral support to the family, and to solve the problems of marriage.

10- The closure of morally undesirable ballrooms and dance halls, and the prohibition of dancing and other such pastimes.

11- The surveillance of theatres and cinemas, and a rigorous selection of plays and films.

12- The expurgation of songs, and a rigorous selection and censorship of them.

13- The careful selection of lectures, songs, and subjects to be broadcast to the nation; the use of radio broadcasting for the education of the nation in a virtuous and moral way.

14- The confiscation of provocative stories and books that implant the seeds of skepticism in an insidious manner, and newspapers which strive to disseminate immorality and capitalize indecently on lustful desires.

15- The supervision of summer vacation areas so as to do away with the wholesale confusion and licence that nullify the basic aims of vacationing.

16- The regulation of business hours for cafés; surveillance of the activities of their regular clients; instructing these as to what is in their best interest; withdrawal of permission from cafés to keep such long hours.

17- The utilization of these cafés for teaching illiterates reading and writing; toward this end, the assistance of rising generation of elementary school teachers and students.

18- A campaign against harmful customs, whether economic, moral, or anything else; turning the masses away from these and orienting them in the direction of ways beneficial to them, or educating them in a way  consonant with their best interests. These involve such customs as those to do with weddings, funerals, births, the zar (a ceremonial of exorcism), civil and religious holidays, etc. Let the government set a good example in this respect.

19- Due consideration for the claims of the moral censorship, and punishment of all who are proved to have infringed any Islamic doctrine or attacked it, such as breaking the fast of Ramadan, wilful neglect of prayers, insulting the faith, or any such act.

20- The annexation of the elementary village schools to the mosques, and a thoroughgoing reform of both, as regards employees, cleanliness, and overall custodial care, so that the young may be trained in prayer and the older students in learning.

21- The designation of religious instruction as a basic subject in all schools, in each according to its type, as well as in the universities.

22- Active instigation to memorize the Qur’an in all the free elementary schools; making this memorization mandatory for obtaining diplomas in the areas of religion and (Arabic) language; the stipulation that a portion of it be memorized in every school.

23- The promulgation of a firm educational policy which will advance and raise the level of education, and will supply it, in all its varieties, with common goals and purposes; which will bring the different cultures represented in the nation closer together, and will make the first stage of its process one dedicated to inculcating a virtuous, patriotic spirit and an unwavering moral code.

24- The cultivation of the Arabic language at every stage of instruction; the use of Arabic alone, as opposed to any foreign language, in the primary stages.

25- The cultivation of Islamic history, and of the national history and national culture, and the history of Islamic civilization.

26- Consideration of ways to arrive gradually at a uniform mode of dress for the nation.

27- An end to the foreign spirit in our homes with regard to language, manners, dress, governesses, nurses, etc; all these to be Egyptianized, especially in upper class homes.

28- To give journalism a proper orientation, and to encourage authors and writers to undertake Islamic, Eastern subjects.

29- Attention to be given to matters of public health by disseminating health information through all media; increasing the numbers of hospitals, physicians, and mobile clinics; facilitating the means of obtaining medical treatment.

30- Attention to be given to village problems, as regards their organization, their cleanliness, the purification of their water supply, and the means to provide them with culture, recreation, and training.

Economic sector

1- The organization of zakat (charity) in terms of income and expenditure, according to the teachings of the magnanimous Sacred Law; invoking its assistance in carrying out necessary benevolent projects, such as homes for the aged, the poor, and orphans, and strengthening the armed forces.

2- The prohibition of usury, and the organization of banks with this end in view. Let the government provide a good example in this domain by relinquishing all interest due on its own particular undertakings, for instance in the loan-granting banks, industrial loans, etc.

3- The encouragement of economic projects and an increase in their number; giving work to unemployed citizens in them; the transfer of such of these as are in the hands of foreigners to the purely national sector.

4- The protection of the masses from the oppression of monopolistic companies, keeping these within strict limits, and obtaining every possible benefit for the masses.

5- An improvement in the lot of junior civil servants by raising their salaries, by granting them steady increases and compensations, and by lowering the salaries of senior civil servants.

6- A reduction in the number of government posts, retaining only the indispensable ones; an equitable and scrupulous distribution of the work among civil servants.

7- The encouragement of agricultural and industrial counselling; attention to be paid to raising the production level of the peasant and industrial worker.

8- A concern for the technical and social problems of the worker; raising his standard of living in numerous respects.

9- The exploitation of natural resources, such as uncultivated land, neglected mines, etc.

10- Priority over luxury items to be given to necessary projects in terms of organization and execution.
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