Peace, or War and Terrorism
You will see a pattern emerge scrolling down this page which has been built intermittently since 2001. The original innocuous page title, has become more poignant.
June 2006. Its been going on a long time. Destruction continues.
The Third World War...
initiated 19 March 2003 without United Nations sanction
"Not in My Name" MP3 by Chumbawumba
Commentary from Astraea ...
A year on and life in Iraq is not great. Conflict continues, even if it is only guerilla fighting and terrorism. Soldiers and civilians are dying.
At first one could take sides and cast blame. Now it is everyone's problem. And finding a solution is not easy. We can only hope that by virtuous accident we will manage to reduce the violence. Humanity's record suggests that we will allow trouble to fester and neglect the suffering of all concerned with Iraq because it can just be added to the list of global problems.
But even if you do nothing to alleviate the problems there, at least keep in mind the people of all shades that are suffering there.
The end of the war looms. Thankfully.
Our optimism that fairness will prevail is tempered by the evidence of a great wound in humanity: "It is only the thieves and the looters who are celebrating," said one Islamist lawyer in Cairo. "The Americans have gobbled up an Arab country before our very eyes," he said. 9 April 2003, BBC
Now is the time for everyone to prove their good intentions and bring in the UN and the World Bank to decide what to do about socio-economic development and financing it. Let's do the right thing the right way, now, please.
The War is on.
ProWar or NoWar: If the world does want to vest responsiblility for Iraq's resources in someone other than Saddam Hussein, the UN is the appropriate manager of that objective. It is the powerful nations of the world that can help the UN work; their unwillingness to share resources smacks of empire building and totalitarianism.
The irony of G. Bush, US President, confusing religious objectives with professional responsibilities in order to justify unilateral invasion unsanctioned by popular mandate hits intelligent observers in the gut. Everyday another child or mother dies, just like yours, but there not here.
Bombing for peace is like fucking for virginity (please excuse the vividness of the expression used to match the viciousness of war). Parents know that beating a child does not teach the child anything other than using violence as a solution. Intelligent solutions are available to civilised society.
And if military action is to be executed, Astraea does not see any benefit in another violent state accruing control. A shared solution is required for sustainable success. Development must be managed in a globally responsible way.
We salute the many individuals around the world who havce calmly expressed peacful sentiment and intelligent solutions, particularly those in America, were many of us live.
On 19 March 2003, world leading nations invaded Iraq without the United Nations instigating the action. Whatever noble objectives are achieved by this action, the approach is embarrassing.
The United Nations grew from two world wars in the last century and was nurtured by great intellect and care to build a cooperative global geopolitical management system so that humanity does not act only with passion and pride, but without intellect and care.
Let's hope this war is stopped soon and peaceful resolutions are found by humanity.
Iraq: 1990 oil, 2003 oil. But humanity does not want a violent solution to bad behaviour.
20010911: The original principle protagonists are Afghanistan, USA and the terrorist community described as the al-Quaeda network. But all nations are involved, particularly through the United Nations and all people are affected by its consequences (it is permanently in the news, i.e. not "news" but always important). And we may all be involved sooner by voluntarily changing consumption patterns, or later because the war is consuming and destroying global resources at a suicidal rate.
know thyself - Socrates