Let’s kill some people to prove a point. Why not, so many people and organizations and even countries do it. Doctors and pharmaceutical companies do it every day and few complain. Clearly the American military does this and in fact spends a trillion a year to maintain its ability to continue doing so.
As the above video shows clearly it is hard to understand the hypocrisy of the American government over chemical issues when it itself has used Agent Orange and depleted uranium weapons to devastating effect. But regardless President Barack Obama is poised to become the first U.S. leader in three decades to attack a foreign nation without mustering broad international support or acting in direct defense of Americans. He is also the first president to prove to the world that the United States of America, under his leadership, is no longer a democracy.
England this past week, and its prime minister, proved just the opposite as the Parliament voted down a violent response and the Prime Minister, in front of everyone, promised to honor the will of the people. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday it would be "utter nonsense" for the Syrian government to use chemical weapons when it was winning its war with rebels, and urged U.S. President Barack Obama not to attack Syrian forces, but is Obama willing to listen to anyone?
Two Kinds of People
Viktor Frankl, in his book "Man’s Search for Meaning," offers a penetrating vision into the realities of human suffering. Founder of the third way movement of psychology in Austria, Frankl was the only one in his family to survive the concentration camps in Germany.
“From all this we may learn that there are two races of men in this world, but only these two – the "race" of the decent man and the "race" of the indecent man. Both are found everywhere; they penetrate into all groups of society. No group consists entirely of decent or indecent people. Life in a concentration camp tore open the human soul and exposed its depths. Is it surprising that in those depths we again found only human qualities, which in their very nature were a mixture of good and evil? The rift dividing good from evil, which goes through all human beings, reaches into the lowest depths and becomes apparent even on the bottom of the abyss which is laid open by the concentration camp.”
Dr. Scott Peck in his Road Less Traveled said, “There really are people, and institutions made up of people, who respond with hatred in the presence of goodness and would destroy the good insofar as it is in their power to do so. They hate the light and instinctively will do anything to avoid it, including attempting to extinguish it. They will destroy the light in their own children and in all other beings subject to their power. Evil people hate the light because it reveals themselves to themselves. They hate goodness because it reveals their badness; they hate love because it reveals their laziness. They will destroy the light, the goodness, the love in order to avoid the pain of such self-awareness.”
Imagine that you are creating a fabric of human destiny with the object of making men happy in the end, giving them peace and rest at last, but that it was essential and inevitable to torture to death only one tiny creature…and to found that edifice on its un-avenged tears, would you consent to be the architect on those conditions? Tell me, and tell the truth.
– Fyodor Dostoyevsky
What makes Obama a better person than that dog of a President of Syria with what he is planning to do? What’s the difference between being killed by a cruise missile or by napalm or a chemical attack? It is perfectly clear that Obama does not care for the suffering of the American people with his unwavering support to all that the Wall Street banker are doing to destroy the country.
Violence without End
Children in the Syrian province of Aleppo earlier this week suffered napalm-like burns after an incendiary agent was dropped on their school by what rebels say was a government jet. At least 10 people were killed, and dozens more were injured. A humanitarian doctor who treated the children after the Monday incident described the scene as “apocalyptic. “As they all started to arrive, it felt like I was living a horror film,” said the volunteer doctor, who asked only to be identified by her first name, Roula. “As they were coming in, because of their burns, they were radiating so much heat.”
Just a few weeks ago the Egyptian military killed scores of people but they did that with conventional means so the complaint was not great. Obama orders people killed with drones almost every week. Perhaps he believes the world is going to end anyway so why not hasten the end of our days here on earth.
Most of us do have a tendency to get angry when we are wronged and the urge to respond sometimes is strong. But is it possible to do something right by doing something terribly wrong? Do the means justify the end or are the means and the end the same thing? President Obama might just begin to show us who he really is when he attacks Syria. What if he starts WWIII? Syria has promised to attack Israel if Obama attacks!
Ahead of the US strike on Syria, the Israeli security cabinet in special session on Wednesday, Aug. 28, ordered the partial mobilization of select, qualitative IDF reserve forces: Rocket, Air Force, missile interception, Home Defense command and intelligence units.
We do have a kind of anger that is aroused by something unjust, mean, or unworthy. We call this indignation. Modern Psychology understands that the universal trigger for anger is the sense of being endangered. This sense of endangerment is not limited to mere physical threats. It can include threats to self-esteem and dignity. When we feel that we are being treated unjustly or rudely or being insulted or demeaned there is a natural and often deep response within us.
There is another kind of anger that deserves our respect. A legitimate anger, one worthy of listening. Anger can be intelligent and can be used for creating meaningful and lasting change in our lives. Anger can show us where respect is being disrespected. Anger can show us something is wrong and needs correction.
Righteous anger is not directed so much at individuals; it is not ego-to-ego. It is a feeling response directed impartially toward a whole system of wrongs. In general, when we love cosmically it is the divisions in human life that causes intense feelings, anguish and sometimes even anger.
Taking this down to the personal level there are certain things that we just cannot say to another without bringing up a lot of conflict and anger. No matter how calmly and skillfully we communicate, if we show another person that some action of theirs is hurting our inner world (creating or provoking strong feelings) they might react with anger. But often there is a need to deliver a message, to make a communication. How do we get someone to listen? We did see a great demonstration in listening this week in the English Parliament.
But we know people routinely do not listen and that goes for presidents as much as anyone else. Not everyone can order a cruise missile attack nor throw the dice and risk a world war. Not everyone can betray the constitution and destroy the work of our founding fathers with a smile on his face.
We cannot always avoid a confrontation with
the forces of uncaring and negligence.
There is an anger (strong feeling) whose source is love and this type of anger is a force to be approached with care for it has the power like no force on earth. The origin of spiritual fire expressed as anger is not hate but love not separation but oneness. To be aware is to care and if we are aware of how we are feeling we will care to communicate which is a form of action.
Anger is a social emotion. Our beings were never meant to live with uncaring and separation. We were meant to live with love and caring thus it is quite natural for us to have strong feelings when love and caring are lacking in our social existence. Is violence the answer? Many people think so and damn the consequence. Obama is such a person and God help us all if the consequences of his (and his superiors) actions spiral out of control.
Personally I am no stranger to anger but my tears run like a river when I see the suffering in our world. If one looks there are reasons to cry every day and that does get tiring but violence is no substitute.