Category Archives: International

Our National Obsession

We like our nation … We love our nation … We stand for our nation … and we die for our nation. That’s not enough … We think many others around the globe should die for it too, or at least for what we believe is for our nation’s standards.

Think that’s too harsh? Well the facts seem to support it.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday confirmed that the Trump administration is making contingency plans for U.S. military intervention in Venezuela, but he refused to say whether the administration would seek congressional authorization first.”

White House acknowledges the U.S. is at war in seven countries

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Eagle with stretched wings symbolizing the authority of the Roman empire

So, how many different places do we have active military operations? I’m not referring to how many bases, but how many places are we actively fighting? If you thought, well over 100, you would be right.

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I’m a Vietnam era veteran, having served six years in the Marine Corps. That’s not an implication of authority or exceptional patriotism, merely a point of reference to the more casual reader who might make assumptions.

What I’ve learned in hindsight is the relative ease with which leadership assumes the right and objective of placing young men and women into harm’s way. Many times that’s under false pretense. These events leading up to, and stirring the initial support of the public, can be historic and accurate, or they can be created under the skillful machinations of “spycraft” or “false flag”.

notefalse flag is a covert operation designed to deceive; the deception creates the appearance of a particular party, group, or nation being responsible for some activity, disguising the actual source of responsibility.

The Vietnam escalation under President Lyndon Johnson was prompted by a false flag operation. The provocation and justification for the rapid ramp up of our military was based on the “Gulf of Tonkin” incident.

The original incident, sometimes referred to as the U.S.S. Maddox Incident, involved the destroyer U.S.S. Maddox supposedly engaged by three North Vietnamese Navy torpedo boats as part of an intelligence patrol. The Maddox fired almost 300 shells.

President Lyndon B. Johnson promptly drafted the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. This became the legal justification for military involvement in Vietnam. The event(s) were contrived and President Johnson was aware of it.

The NSA’s historian, Robert J. Hanyok, wrote a report stating that the agency had deliberately distorted intelligence reports in 1964.

The Iraq War or Gulf War Round II.
Under President George W. Bush, guided by his Vice-President Richard Cheney, the Iraq incursion and subsequent war which lasted longer than Vietnam, was based on a report of Iraq possessing “weapons of mass destruction”. Code words for, Saddam has a bomb … and if we don’t act soon, he’s going to launch a nuclear bomb at us. That too was a false narrative.

from the Marine Corps art collection

We’ve been practicing invasion of the Middle East since at least 1973

This was an effective justification for launching an invasion against Iraq. We were going in to prevent another 9/11. The events of 9/11 have not only scarred but scared America into doing things against their own citizens, let alone the world. We’ve had global and national surveillance ever since Homeland Security was created.

Colin Powell, acting as Secretary of State, went to the U.N. to drum up International support for active military initiatives leading us and several other nations, into another Gulf War. Colin Powell went on to learn that he was given inadequate, and misleading intelligence, and he deeply regrets his promotion of it.

[ The following quote comes from Info Wars. Not my favorite source for information but helps identify the false flag initiatives ]
In his lecture at Contact in the Desert, Richard Dolan noted that a distinguishing characteristic of a false flag operation is that the official narrative IS NOT questioned by the media. There are often legislative, ideological and sociopolitical power plays waiting in the wings, which the government can immediately implement.”

“The most striking example of this is the Patriot Act, which was written well before 9/11 but seemed to correlate entirely with the events that had transpired.

An excellent background understanding as to the depths we will sink in order to promulgate a huge international lie, is the Valerie Plame Affair.

Under the presidency of George W. Bush, the vice president’s chief of staff, Scooter Libby, got caught leaking the name of clandestine CIA agent Valerie Plame, an act of retaliation spurred by Plame’s ex-diplomat husband, Joseph Wilson, and his undermining the White House’s claims about Iraq with more accurate testimony of his own — the “Deep State” conspiracy of the mid-2000s. There was a special counsel and an indictment, albeit not for the underlying crime but for lying to investigators, and while everyone pretty much knew something like this wouldn’t have happened without at least a wink from up top, no one above Libby ever faced a trial.” – [ Counterpunch – Lessons for Progressives from Bob Mueller — and the Valerie Plame Affair – April 2019]

Our military, our clandestine CIA, and various 3rd party military contractors have sought out and participated in active military combat operations, assassinations. We’ve come to accept that, and it’s telling the world, not in a good way, how we conduct ourselves in a global neighbor way.

Is Bolton Steering Trump Into War with Iran?

Because of the human and financial cost of a military intervention, domestic political support can erode if success doesn’t come quickly and smoothly. Television, the internet, and social media have greatly increased citizens’ access to information about the nature and progress of wars. A lengthy humanitarian intervention is harder to justify domestically than one based on national interest. It helps to spread the personnel and financial burden across a coalition of countries.”  [ lanekenworthy.net – US military intervention abroad ]

Overall we’ve become a nation of war, or at least on a war footing since the 18th century with increasing tempo in the 21st century. It’s one of our largest exports. We have an entire economy based on the creation of weapons, the maintenance of them, and “Global Security”. If we saw any other nation act as aggressively as we do, we would probably be at war with them too; and in that case, we might be singularly justified.
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Do We Really Care About Life?

Every year there are 125,000 abortions per day, world-wide.

In the USA, nearly half of all pregnancies are unintended and four in 10 of these are terminated by abortion. There are over 3,000 abortions per day. Twenty-two percent of all pregnancies in the USA (excluding miscarriages) end in abortion.

We have taken the one “God-like power” which humans have, and weaponized it. We think nothing of it. “It’s a medical procedure.”

We read news stories on the horrible tragedy of some crazy person that kills dozens of people with a gun. Horrified, as we should be, we take the creative process of human life and turn it into refuse.

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baby peering from blanket

We read stories about how “global warming”, or “climate change”, is going to seriously impact future life. Yet, everyday we make choices, fully within our control, that destroy human life and ruin the opportunity to have someone born who can make significant contributions to our planet.

It’s as if the idea of destroying life is just another choice to be made. Should we have two sugars in our coffee, or not? Do we read this book, or watch this program on TV, today?

Well, there’s a disconnect in compassion when we value the life of animals or sea turtles, have them protected, but not human life. Don’t misunderstand me, animals, turtles, etc. need our protection, so too does human life.

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woman with baby on beach at sunset

We know how human life is created, and we know how to destroy it. We know that a human fetus will become a human, not a flower, or a gerbil, there’s no ambiguity, until we attempt to alter the outcome based on our beliefs. I believe there’s a connection between our collective decisions and consequences.

Our callous and careless choices lead us down a broad path of compounding bad decisions. We play our mental games, and use clever speech in an attempt to disguise or subvert truth from fiction. Simply put, if you don’t want a child – don’t have sex or choose an effective form of contraception.

We say to ourselves, we have the freedom to make such decisions without any ramifications. Choosing to not have children is a good choice for some people, however, choosing to have sexual intercourse as if it’s a recreational activity or right of passage, has serious consequences. Look around, do you see the whirlwinds drawing closer? You might say, there’s no connection to the increase in societal disparity between the haves, and have-nots. The “greed is good” line from a movie permeates the selfish way many of us fritter away our lives.

Do you believe we’re immune, that our culture is so important that it can’t disappear? Look at history. The seeds of our own demise have been planted and our corruption of right from wrong make us targets of the next Darwinian phase.

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There’s a non-violent way to express yourself and get your point across, regardless of what you’re saying or what your point is. In a free society, people have a right to believe whatever they want to believe. That’s their business and they can speak their mind. But nobody, even in a free society, has the right to take another person’s life. Ever. That’s something that we really need to move beyond.”
~ Chester Bennington
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Saving the planet begins with how we treat each new human life

Patrick Has His Day

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A stained-glass window of Saint Patrick at Saint Benin’s Church, Ireland

St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. Most of those who celebrate, use the occasion to parade around, frequently in outlandish costumes, wear green somewhere on their body, and many use this day to drink intoxicants, some of them are dyed green.

Saint Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland and Labrador (for provincial government employees), and the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat.

It is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora around the world, Popular in the United Kingdom, Canada, United States, Brazil, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand. Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival.

There are all kinds of stories surrounding this 5th century Catholic Bishop. Some claim he was born in Scotland, others, south of Hadrian’s wall, around 387 AD. His real name was Maewyn Succat. It was his extensive missionary work in Ireland for which Patrick is famous. During the thirty years of work there, he supposedly converted over 135,000 people, established 300 churches, and consecrated 350 bishops. Patrick died on March 17, 461.

The story has young Maewyn, at age sixteen, captured by Irish raiders and spending several years as a slave in Ireland. It was during this time he learned various rituals, customs, and language of Druids. It was these people that he eventually evangelized. Maewyn was said, to have a dream in which God spoke to him, saying, “Your ship is ready.” Patrick was then able to escape Ireland by ship. He returned to his family, studied and entered the Catholic church, like his father and grandfather before him. He later returned to Ireland as a missionary and worked in the north and west of the country.

He claimed another dream in which he received a letter, labeled the “voice of the Irish.” When he opened it, he heard the voices of all those whom he had met in Ireland begging him to return.

Saint Patrick returned to Ireland to evangelize the native people to Christ. He incorporated many of their pagan symbols into symbols of Christianity. The Irish 3 leaf clover, the shamrock for example, represented the “trinity”. Green became the “in color”.

According to popular legend, St Patrick rid Ireland of snakes. However, it is thought that there have been no snakes in Ireland since the last ice age. The “snakes” that St Patrick banished from Ireland, may refer to the druids or pagan worshipers of snake or serpent gods.

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A crowd gathered to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day – ©bigstockphoto.com/Stu99

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We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English.” ~ Winston Churchill

Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.” ~ William Butler Yeats

Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.” ~ John Boyle O’Reilly

Christ beside me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me.” ~ Saint Patrick

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