I had some time this morning to watch some news shows. The same topics come up day after day, at least until they fade from memory. For example, does anyone even care about North Korea any more? With three cable channels broadcasting news 24×7, you would think there would be some deep understanding of the issues. Nevertheless, I gained no such understanding today. It’s not that the newsmen fail to ask the politicians the hard questions; they don’t even ask them the obvious questions.
Today, Syria was the hot topic since the USA has committed to arm and support the “rebels”. We here a that 90,000 Syrians have been killed, but surely Assad and his men are not responsible for all of them. It seems to me that if the rebels were prevented from acquiring weapons, the rebellion would simply peter out. In the meantime, the USA is supporting a UN treaty that would disarm the American population. Why not apply it to the Syrians?
It was never made clear why Assad must go. The Christian bishops have been supporting Assad and the rebels have connections to Al Qaeda, the avowed enemy of the USA. That should count for something. The rebellion has become an international proxy war, much like the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s.
Soon after Obama’s famous “Red Line”, it has been proved that Syria is using chemical weapons. Very convenient, just as Iraq has weapons of mass destruction. Strangely enough, while it is against international law to use poison gas in a war, it is not so when used against a nation’s own population. So nobody is criticizing Turkey for using tear gas. Is the war in Syria subject to international law or is it a civil disturbance as in Turkey or even in France last month? I am not an expert in law, but the question should have been asked.
The accusation is often made that Assad is killing his own people. Every government will use force to maintain power and control. But that standard, how many of “his own people” did Abraham Lincoln kill? Look it up … he is considered America’s greatest president. More recently, how many of “his own people” did Bill Clinton kill in Waco Texas?
The New Canal
China wants to build a canal through Nicaragua to handle the new generation of super large tankers that cannot pass through Panama. When completed, they will be able to ship their junk to Walmart more efficiently.
The massive surveillance on American citizens by the National Security Administration was another topic, actually quite divisive. Americans always made fun of the “secret police” among the Nazis or the Soviet Union. However, there is insufficient detachment to notice the parallels.
A defender of the practice pointed out that the phone company keeps the same metadata records. But they keep them for a limited time for billing purposes and the convenience of the customers. More importantly, they don’t mine the data to discover how is contacting prostitutes, having an affair, and so on.
Population replacement has been going on since the beginning of time. The Romans were replaced by tribes who were unable to maintain the administrative and engineering achievements of the Romans. More recently, this has occurred in the Middle East. Besides the obvious example, in the 60s Britain deliberately changed the demographics of Bahrain in order to dilute the Iranian population. What goes around, comes around.
The immigration bill in the USA is a similar example of deliberate population replacement. A Republican senator claimed the bill had to be passed or else they would never again win a national election. He offered no proof or explanation. The hair of the dog is not always an effective cure.
I think Europeans are simply bored as they have perhaps actualized all their possibilities. There has been no great saint in centuries. Art, poetry, etc. have likewise reached a dead end. The best among us have become nihilists with nothing to offer except suicide or “riding the tiger”. A Dutch woman has to pretend to be Hispanic.
Creating an Order
Someone mentioned a Vedantic order that will accept “anyone”. It can’t be much of an order. The problem is not the lack of men capable of leading an order, but rather the shortage of men to enter it. Men are too presumptuous today.
Freedom and the Spiritual Vitality of Man
All of man’s freedoms serve to make the material and spiritual life worthy of his station accessible to him. It is for this reason that he is in need of freedom, and must free himself from the bonds of his lower emotions and concupiscence in order to obtain this freedom. Everyone is susceptible to and a captive of acting on their lower urges and desires, the only exceptions being those in the ranks of the righteous.
Your souls are in bond to your deeds; so free your souls by repenting of your sins and asking forgiveness of God. Thus man’s real freedom is achieved by releasing himself from the bonds of past sins through repentance and asking God’s forgiveness. It is only this spiritual land emotional freedom that can lay the requisite groundwork for authentic and free human existence and which is the freeing of one’s neck form the burden of sin, which results in the true experience of freedom.
The life of the spirit is more important than that of the body, and inner spiritual freedom is more important than outer social freedom and is in fact its cause and origin. The soul is only truly alive when it has freed itself from bondage to its lust and anger.
Are you thinking I have quoted some Catholic saint or Doctor of the Church? No, the author is Abdollah Javadi-e Amoli, a Shi’a theologian. It’s odd that an external enemy can be a spiritual friend, while some who claim to be close to us are in fact spiritual enemies. The latter are the worst kinds of enemy.