Perspectives: Israel… Iran……The Great Satans

I once thought the best alternative for humanity was equality. What I know is that people and even nations are not equal. There are those with power and those without. If we examine the facts though, what do we get?

Israel wants Iran never to have nuclear weapons, and indeed Iran accepts this as part of the agreement when they joined the Non Proliferation Treaty.

The NPT is often seen to be based on a central bargain: “the NPT non-nuclear-weapon states agree never to acquire nuclear weapons and the NPT nuclear-weapon states in exchange agree to share the benefits of peaceful nuclear technology and to pursue nuclear disarmament aimed at the ultimate elimination of their nuclear arsenals”

Israel does not have to worry about this as Israel does not belong to the treaty (signing not ratified).

Israel, once again is sabre rattling the war drums with Iran, and it seems that every time we hear from them they want war.

Seeking to discourage a rapprochement between Washington and Tehran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel threatened military action against Iran and dared others to do the same.

“Israel will not allow Iran to get nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu told the U.N. General Assembly. “If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone. Yet in standing alone, Israel will know that we will be defending many, many others.”

Gone were the Israeli leader’s usual witty comments – although he is always an interesting orator. And gone was any new commitment or analysis of peace with the Palestinians.

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He goes on to say:

“The only difference between them is this: Ahmadinejad was a wolf in wolf’s clothing. Rouhani is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a wolf who thinks he can pull the wool over the eyes of the international community.”

In fact there are other notable issues that the rest of the world adheres to, but Israel does not. For instance the countries that actually that admit to having nuclear weapons.

The five nuclear-weapon states under the NPT

United States of America, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China

Non-NPT nuclear powers

Pakistan, India, North Korea

And the remainder:

Undeclared nuclear powers

Israel

A policy of deliberate ambiguity (also known as a policy of strategic ambiguity) is the practice by a country of being intentionally ambiguous on certain aspects of its foreign policy or whether it possesses certain weapons of mass destruction. It may be useful if the country has contrary foreign and domestic policy goals or if it wants to take advantage of risk aversion to abet a deterrence strategy. Such a policy can be very risky as it may cause misinterpretation of a nation’s intentions, leading to actions that contradict that nation’s wishes.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Policy_of_deliberate_ambiguity

In this video of nuclear testing, it does not show testing for Israel, so either they have not tested, or another country has tested for them.

Nuclear testing: All countries

This is the position that Israel adopts, and one that must be considered detrimental to the group as a whole, but is accepted, not by nations as a whole but by the US, and forced on other nations as acceptable. The general acceptance appears to be at least in one respect, because the US refuses to ratify the agreement (and is the only main player not to do so).

Israel for their part use this as a basis as to why they need not even acknowledge actually having a weapon at all even though they have approximately 100-200 weapons.

Iran for their part is a full party to the NPT, and claims that the moving of goal posts by inspectors inspired by the US, is unethical, and for the most part have stayed within the confines of legislation, and do not have nuclear weapons. Israel do not, and will not let arms inspectors into the country.

The obvious problem here is that a member of the NPT is not only being penalized for being a member, it is also being threatened by countries in and outside the NPT, which cannot instill confidence in the system.

If there is one thing that would motivate Iran to actually go to the step of making an atomic bomb, and have full capability of delivery, may be the constant threats of attack by other nations. or even an attack itself.

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Zimmerman trial medical examiner: Prosecutors, police threw the case!

Zimmerman trial medical examiner: Prosecutors, police threw the case

Volusia and Seminole County associate medical examiner Shiping Bao MD stands while testifying during the George Zimmerman trial in Seminole circuit court, July 5, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for the February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. (Photo by Gary W. Green-Pool/Getty Images)

Volusia and Seminole County associate medical examiner Shiping Bao MD stands while testifying during the George Zimmerman trial in Seminole circuit court, July 5, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for the February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. (Photo by Gary W. Green-Pool/Getty Images)

The medical examiner who testified in the George Zimmerman trial says his office, state prosecutors and police had no interest in convicting the man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin and set him up to take the blame for a failed prosecution. (Updated with new remarks from The Sanford, FL police department.)

Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter July 14th. The then neighborhood watch volunteer said he shot the unarmed Miami teen in self-defense.

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Suspect, 12 others killed in attack

So another mass shooting, as it stands at the moment although the FBI have the shooters body, they as yet do not have the motive.

Washington (CNN) — The FBI has identified the dead suspect in Monday’s shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard as Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old military contractor from Texas.

But authorities are still searching for more information about him, and they’re asking members of the public for help.

“No piece of information is too small,” ,  “We are looking to learn everything we can about his recent movements, his contacts and associates.”said Valerie Parlave
assistant director in charge of the Washington FBI Field Office.

In addition to the gunman, authorities said at least 12 people were killed and about 12 others were injured in the shooting, which put government buildings on lockdown and sent police SWAT teams rushing to the scene.

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Recently, this is by no means an isolated case, and is becoming more common. yet since 1900 cases are in decline. There have been at least 67 mass shootings in the US in the last 30 years, but mass homicides, although we think of them as a modern day phenomena, actually go back many years.

ImageThe figures are similar from country to country and range in weapons from grenades ….. to…..

Firearms and other ranged weapons, especially rifles and handguns, but also bows and crossbows, grenade launchers, flamethrowers, or slingshots. Melee weapons, like knives, swords, spears, machetes, axes, clubs, rods, stones, or bare hands. Other weapons, such as bombs, hand grenades, Molotov cocktails, poison and poisonous gas, as well as vehicle and arson attack.
A full list country by country
The fact is, where ever you are, a person with a grievance can and will find a way to kill, and that is the issue that needs to have a little more attention paid to it, before the event and not after it.
Today this event occurred it the United States, and by morning the anti gun lobby will be out in force to ban weapons, but the sheer incidence rate of a huge amount of other weapons, show that firearms have little to do with the discontent that the aggressors have, simply because, as the chart above shows, they will find alternative means.
It may be easier to understand if the case were spontaneous, but in most case there has been a lot of thought to carry out attacks from the shooter/s.
From Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, or the  Boston marathon took a significant amount of preparation, or even prepping a bulldozer…..
Marvin John Heemeyer (October 28, 1951 – June 4, 2004) was a welder and an automobile muffler repair shop owner most known for his rampage with a modified bulldozer. Outraged over the outcome of a zoning dispute, he armored a Komatsu D355A bulldozer with layers of steel and concrete and used it on June 4, 2004, to demolish the town hall, the former mayor’s house, and other buildings in Granby, Colorado.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4nlcmmt8X0
The rampage ended when the bulldozer got stuck in the basement of a building he had previously destroyed. Heemeyer then killed himself with a handgun.Heemeyer had been feuding with Granby officials, particularly over fines for violating city ordinances and a zoning dispute regarding a concrete factory constructed opposite to his muffler shop that he believed had caused his business to fail unfairly.
That in part maybe a reason some of the rampages actually occur. An inability for some autonomous element of the system to understand an individual need, and the sheer arrogance of some departments.You cannot condone a mass murderer at any time, but what we can do is be more vigilant to notice the signs and help before they become the next mass murderer!

Life after Death

As a very young child I sometimes used to have these nightmares about dieing. The prospect of being put in a hole and then covered up was horrific, even if I was dead when they did it, and only the reassurance of my mother that she would make absolutely sure that I was not actually sleeping and was indeed dead, could placate me.

Not enough for me to actually go back to sleep as I would check often to make sure I was alive by opening my eyes until the point of exhaustion set in and then and only then would I drift back into the world of slumber.

Of course I was no different to many that go through the same phase of not really understanding the concept of death at an early age, but in earlier times that same fear was profound well into old age.

During the 18th and 19th centuries there developed a morbid fear of being buried alive, which lead to the invention of various devices with which would hopefully alert people to the fact. These included the safety coffin, where a bell was placed on top of the grave. One end of a rope was fixed to the bell and the other end placed in the hand of the deceased. If the poor unfortunate soul found themselves not to be dead after all they could ring the alarm. Other safety coffins involved elaborate contraptions of tubes and mirrors which allowed gravediggers to look into coffins for signs of life, or putrefaction.

Probably the custom had originated when after some graves being opened, scratch marks that showed some poor wretch had woken only to find they had been interned in the ground prematurely.

BURIED ALIVE
WOODSTOCK, Ontario, Jan. 18. — Recently a girl named Collins died here, as it was supposed, very suddenly. A day or two ago the body was exhumed, prior to its removal to another burial place, when the discovery was made that the girl had been buried alive. Her shroud was torn into shreds, her knees were drawn up to her chin, one of her arms was twisted under her head, and her features bore evidence of dreadful torture.

So is the obsession of life and death that is so pronounced in humans that some in history have gone to some great lengths to make sure of death.

 Burial at sea, a simple yet most impressive and dignified ceremony, is the most natural means of disposing of a body from a ship at sea. It is still the custom to sew the body into a hammock or other piece of canvass with heavy weights, formerly several cannonballs, at the feet to compensate the tendency of a partly decomposed body (as would be the case in the tropics) to float. To satisfy superstition, or to ensure that the body is actually dead, the last stitch of the sailmaker’s needle is through the nose.

And with others there was an alternative reason to be sure of death.

The story of how the good housewife, broken by hunger and imprisonment, was transformed gradually into a shriveled, decrepit hag, despised and shunned by her neighbors, and how she was finally vindicated of the charge of witchcraft by 300 descendants of her neighbors at the the annual town meeting in Hampton on March 8, 1938, is a chapter in the history of New England. Goody was tried and convicted in 1656 — 36 years before the witchcraft cases in Salem, Massachusetts — on a charge of putting a fatal curse on her neighbors’ cattle. A stake was driven through her heart after her death, many years later, to prevent her body being carried away by the devil.

On the other hand tributes to the dead and what faced them ahead are legend. The idea of preparing a grave with all the finery that might be needed in the afterlife gave many a grave robber a job for life.

The 5th dynasty (Old Kingdom) which saw the construction of more modest pyramids contained the first decorations. These decorations took the form of hieroglyphic writings – known as the Pyramid Texts – which provide guidelines and instructions on how to ensure safe voyage through the nether world and the eternal life thereafter.

The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses are the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. Work is ongoing at this site, which is around 1.5 kilometers east of Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s Mausoleum in Lintong, Xian, Shaanxi Province. It is a sight not to be missed by any visitor to China.

Xian guerreros terracota general.JPG

Of course we are looking at the elite when buried, after all not everyone could have a TerraCotta army of a thousand warriors buried with them. But even so the paupers in life often had jewelry trinkets and memento of life to carry with them to their death.

Fear of death being the norm, and then the fear of not being dead when buried to a celebration of the future worlds that you will soon encounter. Death and an afterlife is a widely held belief from all parts of the world.

The Vikings believed that after death they would join their gods in an afterlife much like the world we live in. In the afterlife they would need the same type of things they needed in this life so they took them with them into their graves.

A male Viking burial including all the objects a man might need in the afterlife

Men generally took their weapons and the tools of their trade while women were buried with domestic equipment and their jewelery. Some burials were made in boats or even ships.

A female Viking burial including all the objects a woman might need in the afterlife

Women taking the comforts of home associated with the more feminine labors.

For some years I have had a morbid curiosity about death. Of course I want to believe in the afterlife, and when mother passed, I would often find a period of seclusion where I could ‘talk’ to her. And no less when my father died, the conversations actually manifested themselves to where I was almost getting answers.

To this day and many years after the passing of my parents, in times of pressure mostly I still talk to them as if they were actually next to me. In doing so I feel an uneasy, but comfortable feeling that assures me they are listening.

I have had instances of hearing my name being called and on looking up no one there but the voice being no more than three feet away. On occasion I have felt a cloth, like a skirt brush over my skin as when a woman passes. In one episode I remember that I can hear a person moving and humming to herself, and assuming it was my wife, took very little notice as I thought she was going about normal business, only to hear her car approach and at that instance the realization dawns that there is an unidentified person I had heard moving about for around 45 mins. But on investigation, no one there.

When I satisfy myself that I am not sufficiently insane to require committing, I examine all avenues of belief in an afterlife and the the traditions are long and common to all countries and all continents, from Incas to Pharaohs , indigenous Indians to Eskimos and  even cavemen, who believe with a passion that they will one day meet there loved ones in some galactic garden that enables the loved ones to be joined with them once again.

What all of us find confusing is that there is absolutely no evidence to prove that these customs and traditions are valid in any shape or form, but to query, even realists such as myself, who really know better, you get a not very scientific response of they ‘KNOW and Feel” it is so. No attempt to justify and no inclination to want to justify as if our conviction cannot be shaken merely on the basis of theoretical scientific studying.

This is not a passing phase and one deep rooted in history to be the basis for cultivating whole societies, and this incredible belief of the afterlife dominates not only how some live but also how some die. From sebukku to being a walking bomb in the belief that what you are about to do will grantee your place in the afterlife.

This author is now a skeptic, but would not dare question the absolute existence of an afterlife because the gods that control your spirit may be listening, and an Irish friend once told me it is really like a lucky horseshoe……”It works even if you don’t believe”

What is clear is that civilization needs the premise of life after death to hold on to, when loved ones are taken prematurely, from a child or a spouse that you have spent the better portion of life with. The only way to bear the sorrow you feel at not seeing them again is to console yourself that you will, a self hypnosis that maybe the only way to stop you joining them on their demise……….