World War (Thanks Obamacon)

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There are many who believe that the world is staring into the abyss of a new “World War.” I don’t see a World War scenario. Not like the two idiot wars of Europe. That said, we are in a Global War phase right now. America is engaged in conflicts all over Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East combined with rising tensions between Europe/US and Russia as well as US/Pac Rim/Japan/Southeast Asia and China. We also have the rolling imbroglio with Iran that began when Allen Dulles sent Kermit Roosevelt to stage the coup that put the idiot Shah into power in ’53.
 
We are already in conflict all over the globe due to our meddling and international interventionism. Will a shooting war come next? With China? With Russia? Who knows? Obama seems to be doing his damnedest before his administration ends to bring about war with half of the world.

What will the next few decades bring us?

If Hillary is elected, war is certain. If Sanders gains the White House, I think we veer more towards isolationism. If Trump is elected, I have no idea. The guy treads both sides of the aisle and neither.

The problem with the world is that we always yearn for conflict. Peace is but a lull in hostilities for humanity. The world has been at war more often than not. Even during periods which have been described as “Eras of Peace” there have been small, geographically contained wars.

Many folks want to blame the US and our interventions for the conflicts and chaos raging across the planet. There is no truth to this. Humanity was at war with itself long before the ancestors of the founders were born. Humanity will be at conflict with and amongst itself long after America has fallen and been forgotten. Someone else will be blamed but there is never one point of conflict and never one source of conflict.  The world is chaos. Humanity will always find some way to divide itself.

We may as well let loose the Dogs of War!

 

A Dream

 

A dream
I have a dream
Dream of freedom
Dream of non-stop dance of happiness
I have a dream
Made of awareness

Dream of soothing this repeated pain
The pain of a world which is getting empty from love
The pain of a tree that is drying from the root
The pain of the women who are sentenced to be hurt
Or the children who are in the work cycle
The Interpretation of this dream is a cure for my pains
My dream is this:
A world without Hatred
A world without Hatred
This is my Dream.
I have a dream
A colorful dream
Dream of a green and war-free world
I have a dream
Which is not uninterpretable
A world empty of stop signs
A world that doesn’t build bombs and rockets
doesn’t throw rockets on children that are asleep
A world in which the jails are closed
People are not killed because of asking… and they are not killed… they are not killed

Song by Shadmehr Aghili and Ebi
(Translation thanks to Wali Habib of Herat, Afghanistan)

 

 

 

Prayer and Peace in Afghanistan

Riding out the gate recently.

The gunners are locking and loading.  The vehicle commanders are making sure that all of the combat checks are good to go.

I’m sitting back in my seat buckled in and getting my radio and Ipod adjusted so that I can hear my music and the other guys in the vehicle.  Gotta have those comms.  Never know what might happen.

We are all geared up and ready for the enemy.  I’m thinking about what I’m going to say to my Afghan counterparts and the training that I have planned for my ANP counterparts.

I just happen to glance out my window as we are passing one of the checkpoints.

There is an Afghan soldier praying.  He’s standing with hands folded in front of him.  Head facing down.  Prayer beads dangling from his hand.  His prayer carpet is laid out in front of him.  His eyes are closed and I can tell that he is silently reciting his prayers.  Lo illaha illala Mohammad rasulallah…Rahman, Bismullah, Rahim…Allahu Akhbar…

It’s such a peaceful scene.  Such contrast to all of the events taking place around him.

It’s bizarrely serene amidst all the unrest and disorder that is this country.  A bit of peace in the chaos and ravages of war that is Afghanistan in this era.

It was heartening.  As if God was saying; “This too shall pass.  In time, all will be well.”

It may.  All may be well in time.

Insha’allah…

Love Me If You Can

Sometimes I think that war is necessary.
Every night I pray for peace on Earth.
I hand out my dollars to the homeless.
But believe that every able soul should work.

My father gave me my shotgun that I’ll hand down to my son, try to teach him everything it means.

(chorus)
I’m a man of my convictions. Call me wrong, call me right. But I bring my better angels to every fight. You may not like
where I’m going, but you sure know where I stand. Hate me if you want to, love me if you can.

I stand by my right to speak freely. But I worry ’bout what kids learn from TV. And before all of debatin’ turns to angry
words and hate, sometimes we should just agree to disagree. And I believe that Jesus looks down here and sees us, and if you
ask him he would say

(chorus)
I’m a man of my convictions. Call me wrong, call me right. But I bring my better angels to every fight. You may not like
where I’m going, but you sure know where I stand. Hate me if you want to, love me if you can.

(chorus)
I’m a man of my convictions. Call me wrong, call me right. But I bring my better angels to every fight. You may not like
where I’m going, but you sure know where I stand. Hate me if you want to, love me if you can.

I love this song.   Dave

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