Others support Obama but say McCain is better when it comes to foreign policy, all this means most don’t have a clue. Americans who pride themselves in staying informed may know less than ordinary folk in some parts of the world. Can we educate ourselves and also help others learn the very basics that we know?
Do ½ or More of Voters Know What’s Going On? Or are We All in a Fog?
If one supports Obama one probably thinks or hopes over half the people in this country tend to think clearly. And if you think the term maverick means something important then you would think the other half are the clear thinkers.
Wait a minute, most Americans think foreign policy is McCain’s strength and when Obama said he wasn’t going to let anyone mess with his wife was when he was showing his strongest leadership skills. Very few ever ponder that Bush may have gotten close to having his cake and eating it to except he said “no” when Saddam offered to leave Iraq if Bush would let him keep all his money and avoid war crime trials. Rarely is it ever asked, Is the US going to slowly decline like Britain or collapse like ancient Rome with mass chaos? Third party candidates assert that Obama’s claim that we should seek minimum goals in Iraq, means to them that neither party is planning to leave Iraq. One day perhaps today we can start contemplating more than which candidate accidentally or on purpose made an insulting comment. If we don’t one of these days ask more basic questions perhaps, we never will.
Maybe the world being the opposite of what it seems is stating something profound about the universe. Or else it involves my brain having two halves and my dyslexia. Do I see things others miss? (Though perhaps do I also miss things others see?)
Others, in noting opposites, claim that Christians can do the opposite of what Jesus would want. People claim George Bush is aiding al Qaeda by giving them their preferred battlefield in Iraq. Sometimes in discussion of ethics one could note that trying to be too pure can lead to the opposite results from what the purist wants. But who besides me claims that President Bush was opposing al Qaida when he apologized for Abu Ghaib, or urged us not to deface Muslim businesses after 9/11?
Elijah Mohammad, who was called the founder of the Black Muslims, was determine to separate black America from white America. But his followers grabbing kids off the streets who were throwing rocks prevented the tragic deaths that so inflaming and divided Israel and Palestine as it once did South Africa. So Black Muslims more than any other group did things that ended up keeping the US whole. This far from what they hoped to achieve. All this makes me wonder whether there is something profound happening that none of us are actually trying to understand.
Bin Laden craves a return to the orderly past, but a 7-year-old remotely set off suicide bomber, and someone showing love and honor for his retarded mother by helping her become a remote-controlled fuse is creating a strange new world. Joan of Arc was a Christian. Women weren’t in Prophet Mohammad’s armies. If it becomes common practice that bombs, weapons and contraband are attempted to be concealed behind burkers, the world will end up far different than Prophet Mohammed would have wanted. Muslims, in the past, didn’t stop for a drink like the 9/11 hijackers or rush a castle when the streets were full from a Muslim festival in order to rush the gate before it slammed shut, thus never would have picked the busiest time of day the streets filled with Muslims to attack two US embassies in Africa. Nor tax drugs like the al Qaeda transformed Taliban is doing.
There is a slight problem in all this; if everyone accomplishes the opposite of what they think they are, than what am I doing?
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Accomplishing the Opposite in a World Perhaps the Opposite of What it Appears Deep Philosophy or a trick of perception!
We are told we live in an endless universe we don’t understand. And it’s filled with mostly dark energy and dark matter we can’t even comprehend. And that dimensions are endless. Besides length, width, height and time, dimensions go endlessly on, each one affecting a field as much as the length width and height of an object gets eroded by time. When the tsunami was coming the animals, such as elephants, and dogs knew it was coming and so did a few very isolated and primitive people but not civilized humans. Is it conceivable that we are creating delusions perhaps learning less and less about the world around us compared to our primitive ancestors?
Conspiracy theory involving 9/11 is much argued. I know nothing of the properties of melting steel. But I do know that few Pentagon employees died after a plane struck, which could as been celebrated as a bit of luck during that grim occasion. Allegedly most of the area hit was under reconstruction for fortification purposes. It is illegal to take a camera into the Pentagon, or the shopping mall close by. My suggestion, that pictures of construction secrets were seized off the Internet, doesn’t bounce back and forth through cyberspace, the way accusation of an Israeli missile striking the Pentagon still do.
Many years ago I remember a lively debate in the news media whether a hat found wrapped around a gun, belonged to the suspect, because one of his hairs according to DNA was on a second examination found on it, which could have been planted between examinations. Please everyone a hat is full of hairs if anyone wore it for a while.
We live in a world where we believe that a book can be flushed down the toilet, some Muslims extremely upset that their Holy Book was thus desecrated. Please take only one or two torn up pieces of note paper and observe, that pieces stick to the sides and the toilet has to be repeatedly flushed.
Perhaps if the CIA or no one else cares to correct the original claim that a book was tossed not flushed, and a suspect happy to get a light sentence on a murder conviction, instead of a heavy one for being an uncooperative accomplice, or if people want to believe a lot only knowing for sure that the stock market acted weird right before 9/1l, it’s par for the course, that no one pays careful attention. But the mass confusion over the difference between fighting terror and co-sponsoring it affects our personal lives. If a car is heading toward a victim and he doesn’t notice, many are horrified and more than a few would speak out in panic. But a discussion that the war on terror is as self-defeating as the war on drugs, leads to philosophical yawns. Crack downs lead to higher drug prices, and thus more drug crimes and thus gung-ho prosecutors get fired for not doing their job, while prosecutors who make a lot of noise pretending to crack down on drugs, advance in their careers. This shouldn’t be an esoteric discussion, if a similar self-defeating process might be occurring in the war against terror. Those who note this should be in the state of panic, as if a train was heading our way and we lived on the railroad tracks
Actually the above discussion, I hope to use as a backdrop to what is really burning inside me, that I can’t see to get anyone else excited about. Maybe there is some kind of almost indirect agreement between Bush and Bin Laden to try to keep most of the fighting confined to Iraq. Or at any rate if it clearly seems that al Qaeda’s dreams of a united Muslim world though war was about to fail, that would be the point that al Qaeda would again try a massive attack on the US. Any President who really tries to stop rather than slow al Qaeda could lead to terror attacks here at home. Leading, as with the anti-drug war, toward incompetent leadership. In my mind Bush has done some things right like when he urged people to be civil to Muslim neighbors, after 9/11, or when he humbly apologized for Abu Ghraib abuse in front of the King of Jordan, apparently even bowing before the king.
Further, it seems to me that just as Bush is at times sponsoring bin Laden’s effort to divide the Muslim and non-Muslim world, that also bin Laden in the opposite way is sponsoring US imperialism. When then Republican Majority Leader Bill Frist was in charge of Congress’ private viewing of the additional Abu Ghraib photos, he held a press conference to call for bipartisan detention reform. But during the press conference a news bulletin cut him off the air, al Qaeda just posted Nick Berg being beheaded to the Internet. When bin Laden went on the Internet to demand Iraqi’s not vote, they voted, and it is said that bin Laden lost that round. But if he wants the US to be in Iraq because it is his preferred battlefield, the then very popular peace movement claim that the war in Iraq had nothing to due with fighting terror, suddenly became less pronounced after he made that demand, maybe bin Laden got what he wanted. During the huge peace demonstration in England, right before the start of the Iraq war, a terror attack occurred at the US consulate in Turkey and at two synagogues. I and a friend were watching the protest on TV, awed by all the floats, puppets and pageantry. After the news bulletin, when the protest went back on the air, it didn’t seem exciting anymore. My friend who was watching with me had a more gut reaction and said, “Why don’t they protest that (the terror attack)?”
If a brave prosecutor calls for legalizing drugs to stop drug crime at least he doesn’t have to worry about the Mafia killing him for getting in the way of the profits. But Tom Fox, who was a Quaker went to Iraq to talk peace and was beheaded, the same with Doctors Without Border’s physicians in Afghanistan. Bin Laden wants war not peace in order to bring Muslims together, any sort of peace movement in the West he considers in the way.
Bin Laden ridiculed President Bush about reading “the Little Goat” to school kids instead of taking care of 9/11 business just at the moment it would give him an election surge. If bin Laden, if he is still in charge, and still trying to bait the US to inadvertently help him unite the Muslim world, he could plan incidents timed to get McCain elected. Bin Laden is playing with us the way a cat can play with a mouse, while neocons and extremists in Israel tend to think bin Laden is a dream come true in getting their country to mobilize for an assertive foreign policy.
In 1978 I was at the Philadelphia confrontation between the back-to-nature group, Move, and the City. At the barricades, kids as young as 6 and 7, with their bicycles, were screaming “Baby Killers at the cops” then demanded that the one black police officer cross the street to be with his people. Then demanded that I cross the street to be on the police side. Officer Magazzo shook his club at me, daring me to. The kids started laughing and I kept them laughing. He later accused me of blocking an arrest of the firecracker thrower. I thought I stopped a race riot and demanded a medal, and rejected a suspended sentence which was increased to 6 to 23 months. And after much headlines I was released because of new pictures, this by a new judge. But what was far more important than happened was that Wallis Mohammad and some of his Black Muslim followers came and said “get your women and children off the street.” So when the police on horseback charged after Officer Ramp was killed and the firecracker was thrown at the police, twisted steel from bicycles didn’t cut through the stampeding crowd and trip up the horses.
Bush is not a bad President all the time it’s only when he thinks he is doing good. Or perhaps he actually realizes that by humbling himself before the King of Jordan, led up to Queen Noor of Jordan actually successfully confronting terror until al Qaeda backed down and agreed to leave Jordan alone, the only clear achievement so far against al Qaeda’s dream of uniting the Musim world against a war with the West.
Let’s be is the state of panic that most of us are confusion fighting terror with sponsoring it, and that goes for the peace movement criticizing the Saudis too hard, that could actually lead to the total war al Qaeda craves.
We have a real world and a philosophical world. The statement that the war on terror is self-defeating like the war on drugs is somehow part of the philosophical world not something to panic or get all hot and bothered about like someone giving you the finger at a traffic stop. If someone giving the finger would lead to a philosophical response and comments comparing the drug war with the war on terror, get us all charged up, we would have a different world out there. Don’t forget my other point, there is a big difference between the US collapsing in chaos with among other things worseless dollars, tomorrow or possible up to four or eight years away or surviving into the future British style in a lesser and lesser world capacity.
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Richard is a peace dipper baby, father a World War II resister, and mother sat in at lunch counters with black friends to integrate Woolworth. Actually a recovering Luddite being enslaved by the computer screen in his old age.