People are greedy, nothing new in there.
Prolonged unhappiness and starvation turn even the most innocent and easy human beings into monsters.
Nothing new in there either.
Take children, for example.
When beaten and abused, they will most likely end up criminals of some kind. In the best case, they shall just live very unhappy lives.
Unhappy people make everyone else around them miserable.
I never met Saddam Hussein, and I don’t know much about him rather than he seems a pretty nervous chap.
I hear he is a horrible dictator and I wonder what makes people that way; I guess he must have lots of problems.
Possibly back from childhood.
I understand he is upset by some international oil deals gone wrong.
By no means I justify dictatorships or terrorism of any kind, but I can understand someone who gets repeatedly screwed and kept face down will take in as much as they can endure, after which they will explode.
What we see in Jerusalem these days is just that.
People are exploding because they cannot suffer any further, and explosion is a relief from greater pain.
A life without the hope of pursuing happiness.
I cannot justify it, but I can understand.
One must be pretty desperate to become a kamikaze – I say this from personal experience -but some people are left with no other option.
My cursory analysis of the situation is that while it must be terribly frustrating for people not to be able to take their lives in their own hands and determine their destiny, at the same time others who may have interests in maintaining conflict will leverage such frustration and play the cards of the desperate people to pursue their gains.
That indeed must be the worst of all evils.
The right to progress does not equal the obligation to drink Coke
I find it hard to believe that at a time where humanity is doing immense scientific and technical progress – nobody is able to solve conflicts like the one in the Middle East, and for every inch of progress in any direction, routine setbacks bring the situation back to square one.
I guess someone must be profiting so much from conflict, that they do everything to maintain it.
My first take would be that the ‘war industry’ is top of the list in creating and maintaining global conflicts, in order to sustain itself, and if the war industry is the most lucrative of all – pure guess – then chances are that the rest of the economy depends on it rather heavily: politically, economically, financially, ideologically, morally, socially, religiously.
That explains many things.
Especially it explains why humanity does not manage to evolve from the rather primitive state - let’s admit it humans are still very close to animals – to perfectly satisfied beings who can live to be content, and that’s all there is about life.
Humanity has reached a turning point over the last few decades.
Mass communication, transport and the Internet are truly connecting people, and technology is enabling time-space transcendence.
Some of us have understood that happiness and satisfaction are conditions delivered by a positive state of mind that cannot be acquired by wealth as such, although some wealth conditions must be fulfilled for happiness to be possible. And the threshold varies greatly, according to conditions.
Yesterday I read that some UN inspections in Iraq suffered pressures by the US
That would explain the lack of trust of Saddam, his reticence in getting the inspections.
If that is the case, who would denounce, who would find out, who would report the scams?
If that is the case, why would any witness of such scams not take action?
Because socio- economic ‘systems’, geared towards the greedy self sustaining reality mentioned above, are set up to penalize whistleblowers, and to cut them off altogether.
Try to go against the system, and you are out.
I think UN inspectors must think of their families and their careers, before they blow the whistle against the UN.
They would never find a job anywhere else, not even in their local village.
Who has not been singled out and scorned for dissenting?
Choking, strangling, marginalizing, annihilating.
These are both causes and effects of increasingly large and bitter conflicts, and the reasons why they can persist despite smart international bodies with rather expensive headquarters in Geneva.
Today, with populations swelling, resource management issues and great frustration from the majority of us, anyone’s problems are everybody’s problems.
People living in industrialized countries may not realize, narcotized by their lifestyles: plenty of first quality alcohol, television, shopping and all sorts keep us from worrying too much about anything else than our rather short term tasks – thinking about the end of the month anyone?
But some have got nothing else to think about, because for the majority of the world population there is no ‘end of the month’ cheque to look forward.
Systems equilibrium tends to re-establish itself naturally by self-generated dynamics within the same.
That’s a cosmic law that applies across all organisms – biological and social - in the known universe. (Not that I've been outside ;-)
One way or another, the people of the world who are forced to live in poverty are going to get even.
It’s a question of deciding if it is going to be the one way, or the other.
And ultimately it is down to us, each of us individually, to decide.
So the US has deliberately contravened UN mandates to serve its own private aims, thus upsetting Iraq into not allowing
inspections, then leading to ‘just’ US attack.
A similar tactic is observed in Genoa Italy when last year, during G8 demonstrations cops planted hand made weapons into the school that headquartered demonstrators, to justify a vicious, brutal attack on whoever was in the premises.
The entire management of the public force is now under investigation cause everybody knew about the scam, and nobody said anything.
Big scam going on at UN level, as well as in all other institutions.
Code of silence all around.
The big 'beast' thrives on our errors of judgement; it lives off us when we decline our moral obligations as humans.
Being truthful is a very important such obligation for humans.
Why do newspapers do not investigate? Cause journalists who do the right thing get the sack.
Like knowing that colleagues do insider trading for example. Play the game or get out.
We start having a very clear picture of a neat vicious circle that seems to match the systems distortions that serve the malicious purpose of warmongers: becoming richer. Simple isn’t it?
Heard the story before?
Iraq is also complaining rather badly that oil policy is strangling them, says MSNBC today (thanks Bill, good move about showing the compiler btw).
U.N. oil pricing scheme it is said to have caused a sharp drop in the funding of humanitarian programme, and according to an Iraq’s spokesperson ‘‘The policy is a new form of holding up contracts to deprive our people of getting benefit from its revenues to meet its humanitarian needs’’.
I hear a cry for help.
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