August 22, 2006
August 22, 2006
See Shrinkwrapped’s On Meaning:
The current war is between a civilization that has achieved the heights of material success and yet has left too many of its members bereft of meaning, and a civilization which has utterly failed its people on almost every measure, yet offers its members the certainty of God’s love and favor. Furthermore, our enemies are able to harness just those emotional states that are most antithetical to Civilization in the service of their God of Hate. Envy, rage, hatred are all nurtured by those who seek to destroy us. Why is it that no matter how much we give to the poor, oppressed Muslims, they can not forgo the pleasure of hating us and wishing nothing more than to see us damaged and humbled?
Then, see The Suicidal Pursuit Of Perfection. Referring to the rather blind Left, Shrinkwrapped notes,
…They insist that the world should be the way they want it to be, and further, try to force others to collude with them in imagining the world is the way they wish. If they win one victory, they need to escalate; this is the logic of the pursuit of perfection.
…we see how those who refuse to compromise their extremist positions end up undermining their own cause. This is self-destruction by any name. The demand for perfect protection of civil liberties undermines the cause of civil liberties, undermines the proponents of such maximalist demands, and threatens to undermine the fundamental rights of all of us to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We must be vigilant not to allow their self destructive behavior to endanger those of us who do not share their pathology.
In these posts, Shrinkwrapped closes the circle. We need to not only understand our adversaries, but we need to understand how to best best deal with them.
No two adversaries are the same and there is no one size fits all’ in how we respond to those who threaten us.
August 22, 2006
She’s also talking about a generation of men that have sailed uncharted waters without a map.
Yup, lots of guys got lost. Hard to believe, right?
August 22, 2006
If there is a certain elegance and smooth rhythm to clear and lucid thought, Gagdad Bob is the Arthur Murray (or Tony Manero) of the blogosphere.
His post, Thou Shalt Not Murder, Especially Souls, is particularly insightful. He offers up a startling and clarifying insight:
Most soul murders are undoubtedly committed by those who are already so spiritually damaged as to be functionally dead. These undead souls such as a Nasrallah, an Arafat, or an Amahdinejad, speak to us from “the other side,” from the shadow world that is created when the soul has been so damaged that it essentially exits the body, leaving only a human animal in its place. But other demonic energies rush in to fill the void, so that the individual becomes a sort of “antihuman.” At their core, they are filled with unbearable envy toward the living, and the only way they can assuage this envy is to kill and kill plentifully. Life is a reminder of their own walking death, hence, “death to Israel,” that primordial symbol of life: l’chaim.
The undead also cannot help converting their children to their way of non-being. In ways both subtle and profound, they will interact with their children in a pathological manner, causing the children to internalize the same virus that afflicts their parents. Regardless, the virus always goes by the name of “love,” which simply further confuses the child. In the end, they will not be able to distinguish the difference between love and hate or truth and lies, any more than they can distinguish between life and death.
To be sure, Gagdad is not demanding perfection or some kind of inner fulfillment as a qualifiers to a healthy life. Just the opposite, in fact.
A real home (that place where values are first learned) and healthy environment that contributes to our own growth and the growth of our children, is a place where we are safe and fit in, despite our imperfections. We are accepted for who we are and we foster an environment where collectively, we support and elevate each other. We are safe to learn about and refine our values and ideals, without fear of repercussion. We are safe to change our minds and be free from ridicule or pressures.
When we are in a family unit or a community that negates our ‘humaness’ and capacity to grow and reach ever higher, we negate the value of family unit and community, because we negate the value and potential of the individual. If a community cannot value it’s own children, it should come as no surprise that that community will not value the life of others.
One cannot experience the inner peace of real faith in God if one is consumed by hatred of others. Those who claim God is merciful and all powerful, and at the same time, call out for and participate in mayhem and destruction in His name, have been cheated. They know nothing of God, even as understood in their own faith. They are caught in a vortex of denial they have created for themselves and they have painted themselves into a corner, from which most are unlikely to emerge. They cannot conceded the truth that is readily apparent to everyone- in attempting to define and distinguish themselves, they rejected the values of life and embraced the values of death.
Now, they have no where to go. They are indeed, dead souls.
August 22, 2006
August 22, 2006
UN Deputy Secretary General Mark Malloch Brown said on Friday the world body was “extraordinarily concerned” about the Darfur situation.
Dispalying tremendous insight, he warned that
Something very ugly is brewing there.
The article goes on to note that
The AU (African Union) has a 7,000-strong force in Darfur, but it has struggled to monitor truce violations in a refion the size of France.
Apparently, there aren’t enough dead Darfurese. We have commented on the Arab League before. In The Witch Doctors Are More Proof Of United Nations Failure, we wrote,
Even the name, ‘Arab League,’ is deliberately misleading. In fact, that organization does not represent Arab interests at all- and never has. The Arab League has not sponsored a single educational, economic or real democratic reform and empowerment program in it’s entire existence. The Arab League is an organization dedicated to maintaining the status quo and preserving the leaders of some of the most repressive and dysfunctional regimes in the world. That is it’s entire raison d’etre.
That the United Nations has agreed to give the Arab League equal standing is yet more unassailable evidence that the United Nations has been reduced to another League of Nations- a well meaning organization, rendered useless and ineffective. While it would be easy to say the UN has been reduced to a mass of benign irrelevance, that would not be accurate. Just as the League of Nations impotence in facing down Germany’s rearming in the 1930’s, the UN is now watching helplessly as Iran chases nuclear weapons and has overseen the mass genocide of millions over the last decade- and done nothing.
By providing a platform for the Arab League the UN has made it clear they are more than willing to providing a platform for any and all other racist and bigoted organizations
The slaughter in Darfur will go and the misery in Africa will continue. Why? Because both the Arab League and the United Nations have nothing but contempt for Africa and Africans. Preserving the status quo is necessary is has become acceptable policy. For the Arab League, it is about preserving yet another dysfunctional Muslim regime- and Africans be damned.
For the UN, preserving the status quo is necesary beacuse to really address the issues in Sudan and elsewhere is to admit to the complete and utter failure of policies designed to benefit the UN and not Africa or Africans. UN polices of the last half century have been a sure and deliberate guarantee of failure. Those policies enriched a few, subjugated a continent and have served to maintain that status quo.
That the Arab League and the UN have made Israel and the Palestinians the greatest problem in the world was only to draw attention away from the disaster that is Africa.
The Sudanese Thinker rejects UN Peacekeepers in the region, instead preferring to see the bolster of African Union troops. We don’t know his rationale, but in the end, the results will be the same. AU troops will be ineffective and UN aid will not be forthcoming.
The Sudanese Thinker also notes (and takes a very dim view) that stronger ties between Iran and Sudan are being forged. The article talks about agricultural exchages and other benign issues and then ends with
He said that the strong ties between Iran and Sudan necessitate more consultation between them toward confronting the colonialism conspiracies, and holding discussion on a number of international issues.