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In The Name of Peace

“We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the positive affirmation of peace.” –  Martin Luther King, Jr.

With the various goings on in the world today, it is hard not to wonder whether world peace will continue to elude us.   There appears to be so much turmoil in the world today, with one human conflict following fast on the heels of another.

If it is not the never-ending Middle East peace stalemate saga, it is one country trying to dictate to another. If it isn’t that, it is one country with stock piles of nuclear weapons harassing other countries at the development stage of their own nuclear weaponry program. As if this isn’t enough hassle, we also have to contend with the gloomy effects of the global recession – higher cost of living, reduced standards of living, violent protests, sell-out leaders and global unemployment, to name but a few.

There is no doubt that some of current world conflicts are motivated by greed and the need for absolute power. Of course no nation or leader will own up to this, but we, the masses, recognise the signs for what they really are.

Nations blessed with natural resources, be it crude oil, diamonds, gold, natural gas or platinum, find themselves under constant threats from “Big Brother.” When “Big brother” eventually decides to unleash terror on these naturally endowed countries, it is always on the basis of fabricated information.  Wouldn’t we all want to know why the weapons of mass destruction were never found? Or did “Big Brother” erroneously attack the wrong country?  What we do know is that this type of aggression is not only unjust, it is detrimental to the pursuit of world peace and it also clearly constitutes crimes against humanity. Strangely enough, “Big Brother” has not been held accountable for these monstrous crimes.

Let us look at another one of  Big Brother’s mode of operating. For strategic reasons “Big Brother” befriends countries’ with whom it has a common enemy.  “Big Brother” supplies its new ally with funds and military artillery to fight their common enemy. Once the common enemy is defeated, “Big Brother” uses its intelligence agencies to run disinformation campaigns about its ally, to discredit it.  Eventually the former ally is branded a terrorist and “Big Brother” calls upon other allies to join the fight against a new common enemy, terrorism. Is everyone really blind to these under-the-counter dealings? Does “Big Brother” really qualify to lecture the Middle East, or the world at large, on equality, fairness, human rights and justice? I think not.

Without sincerity of purpose world peace will remain but an illusion. Maybe it is simply part of our make-up, as human beings, to strive on conflict and hanker after what is not destined for us. Maybe true world peace is a figment of our imagination and that explains why it continues to elude us.

Nevertheless, let us all give peace a chance. In the words of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, “We cannot create peace on paper.”  And this may explain why “Big Brother” has failed to broker a lasting peace accord between Israel and her Middle Eastern neighbours.

We certainly need to put the hustle behind the bustle in our bid for some form of world peace. And a good place to start from is our immediate respective communities. Give someone a helping hand, a smile or a bit of encouragement today. Say no to double standards, unjust wars, modern-day slavery, oppression, treachery, self aggrandisement and social injustice. Let us all give peace a real chance.

“As all nations are economically dependent upon one another more than ever before, human understanding must go beyond national boundaries and embrace the international community at large. Indeed, unless we can create an atmosphere of genuine cooperation, gained not by threatened or actual use of force but by heartfelt understanding, world problems will only increase.”

Tenzin Gyatso, The fourteenth Dalai Lama

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Gaddafi Is A ‘Living Political Corpse’

These are heady times for Colonel Gaddafi and for humanity at large. It is  now insignificant whether outside influence is responsible for the uprising in Libya. The main bone of contention at the moment is that Libyans have had enough of Colonel Gaddafi’s 42-year rule and want him to go.

Colonel Gaddafi, for his part, remains defiant in his decision to fight to the death. Just because Colonel Gaddafi is locked in his position at the moment, does not mean he won’t back-track in days to come. After all, this happens a lot in politics, and who said a man cannot change his mind, especially when he finds himself between a rock and a very hard place?

If Colonel Gaddafi truly believes that if he dies in the uprising he will attain martyrdom, then he does not understand the virtues of martyrdom. Fighting for self-aggrandisement and political survival is not what martyrdom is about in any religion. Moreover, the fact that he publicly announced this preposterous wish is an insult to all true martyrs of all religions.

The US and UK, on the other hand, are oil hustlers and opportunistic good Samaritans. With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, it is difficult to believe that the US and UK concerns for the plight of the Libyans are genuine.  The  bottom line is that the US and UK are attracted to Libya’s oil like vultures are attracted to the carcasses of dead animals.

It does baffle me though, that all of a sudden UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, is saying  “It is not acceptable to have a situation where Colonel Gaddafi can murder his own people ……..”  Didn’t his predecessor, Tony Blair, say something similar about Saddam Hussein just before the commencement of the second Iraq war?  What shape is  Iraq in today? Does anyone really think that Iraq is better off now than when under Saddam? Agreed Saddam was Pharaoh-like, but the US and UK are no Moses. They are fake messiahs.

If Colonel Gaddafi loves Libya as he claims, he should step down and go into exile before US and UK tankers roll into Libya.  Libya under western occupation is not a viable option for Libyans, the Middle East and world peace. The sooner Colonel Gaddafi and his sons quit daydreaming and accept the reality of what is happening around them, the better for us all.

Both the Arab League and the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) should get their acts together with immediate effect. I think it is shameful that things are happening on their door-steps and they are conspicuously silent. The Arab League and OAU really need to take things by the scruff of the neck to stop these oil-thirsty vampires in their wake.

I couldn’t agree more with the Kremlin’s recent remark about Colonel Gaddafi being a “living political corpse.” What a brain-teaser for the vultures hovering above Colonel Gaddafi.

In oil we trust !