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Greetings and warm regards.
Regarding: www.globaljusticeonline.com and "Learn the Law" - my reminiscences
1. The US should not have violated the provisions of teh Viennna Convention - it remains bound by its traty obligations.
2. The United Charter has been violated by the US in its circumvention of the Security Council to start the war on the pretext of the pursuit of WMDs.
When one carefully reads Hans Blix's book, "Disarming Iraq" one is obliged to ask - if the UN Chief weapons inspector was never convinced of this need for a hasty rush to war - what was/is the real reason behind this horrible war?
I am a lawyer by profession, and a world citizen at heart.
I have written a book. I have established a web site. Both focus on global issues - the book focuses on law around the world - the web site on issues of global justice. I thought a bit, reminisced, then decided to share my thoughts.
Citizens of the world concerned about world events might be consumed by anger when responding to certain atrocities. One is understandably made angry at the thought of Osama bin Laden and the horrors unleashed in New York on September, 11; or, one might be equally angry when recalling the other September, 11 - 1973.Both were calculated acts of terrorist violence.
If desired international standards are to be upheld in the world with crediblity, such standards cannot be selectively applied.
The world, I have decided, has good and bad, yin and yang, pain and pleasure, joy yet sorrow all at once in the one world we share. Some, not all, want to share with others. Others want corporate globalisation at the price for their greatest share. Some genuinely seek harmony in the global village; some instigate wars. These dialectical tensions between love and hate, generosity and greed arouse and motivate the world. Peace protesters versus warmongers - then assess the 'good' or 'bad' of their circumstances and decide on strategies - how many battalions does our side command? continued
Your defence of those "Whipping Boys" is irrelevant. You try to present the guilty as innocent. Evidence gathered through the centuries from various sources cannot all be wrong; "vox populi vox Dei." You brainwash with the notion of a Darwinian universe and you ignore our morals and ideals that guide and defend us from the villains. You won't get away with your devious effort.
I reply in Ahuramazda vs Ahriman in this issue. WM
"Like the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, the creation of a new national counter terrorism center, along with a new national intelligence director, who would control the myriad of intelligence agencies and their budgets, only adds another layer of bureaucracy. To fight small, agile terror groups, the government should cut the number of intelligence bureaucracies, not increase them."
Further, says Eland, the Commission did not address the underlying causes of the September 11 attacks: U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. "Al Qaeda does not hate America per se," says Eland. Ending longstanding U.S. government meddling in the Middle East would achieve more than any of the commission's recommendations to reduce terrorist attacks on innocent Americans."
Public Affairs Director
The Independent Institute
Oakland, CA. 94621-1428
For a bio on Dr. Eland please see:
What I would say is that the "Central Bank" (Bank of Canada, Federal Reserve in the US, Bank of Japan...) does exhibit the traits of:
dictating money - they actually determine how much currency is in the money supply, which affects many things in our day to day lives. In addition, more so the Federal Reserve in the US, it is interesting to see the effect that "Fedspeak" has on the financial markets, and by extension everybody's portfolios: The "Fed" sets interest rates, and issues statements and speeches ona regular basis in addition to setting the money supply. These speeches have become very cryptic over the years, evolving into it's own language - "Fedspeak". The effect of these speeches is enormous - financial markets around the world pay very close attention to these remarks, and the reactions can be quite something - markets moving by a couple of persentage points (pretty big moves...). Anything that is even remotely pessimistic send markets into a tailspin, conversely optimistic remarks can really get a rally going. One could go out on a limb and say that the Fed is a tool to control the markets....either way, no one would doubt central banks are very powerful.
predictions - while banks would not generally predict a crisis, on a lower level we are in the business of predicting interest rates, stock/bond market, real estate... if this planning was not of a high calibre, the bank loses money
you are also right in that wars make prosperous some, and banks profit in prosperity, however we know what happens after a war - recontruction (Haliburton is not a bank, but they need money, too.). I assure you a great many bankers are licking their chops looking at Iraq.
Not that I believe the "Fed" and other central banks (and by extension, the regional, public, or private banks) are part of a large "conspiracy", but I think that by driving these forces which have such a direct impact on most of our lives (yes, even the Saudi oil worker), the central banks excercise a certain degree of control over 'life as we know it' (read: the economy). As well, keep in mind that the Fed Chairman is appointed by the president (though not GWB in the present case).
Regarding your paper as a whole, can I go out on a limb of my own, and suggest you think that it is through rules that groups of any size or composition attain power? Even if this is not what you are getting at, I think it an interesting point.
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During my political work I met a lot of various groups who loved sitting on sofas and chatting into the wee hours about how bad Jews are. After a while I swore that I would never sit on those sofas again. I found these discussions most counter-productive and a terrible waste of time. Those supposedly nationalistic organizations are in fact Jews sympathizers are eager to find out all about Jews, yet have a very limited knowledge of the much greater problems in Poland. continued
It's an endless slew of never-ending stories,
The conclusions all invariably the same;
As an unknown count of soldiers fight in forays
To perpetuate some mindless cosmic game.
And the price of lead is justified in numbers,
As the tender shifts from gold to bone and steel;
But when you strap on that pack and sling that rifle cross your back
The illusion becomes suddenly quite real
And the facts and figures clearly show we're winning;
The directors have a plan that will not fail ...
And the tabloids say we set their heads to spinning;
But the housewives tell a slightly different tale
And the weapons we produce provide the basis
For an economic boom to save the state;
And as long as numbers balance we have stasis,
And the millions that we save will compensate.
And the pencils push the buttons, flick the switches,
As the counterstrikes regain the tape we've lost ...
As an army of accountants scratch the itches
Of a government that doesn't see the cost.