Archive for January, 2007

Did you know that in 1951 Iran was led by a democratic government?  Dr. Mohammad Messadegh founded the first democratic government in Iran.  But, backed up by a CIA ran plan,  he was captured and tried for treason in a plot known as Operation Ajax.  The British government was upset over the loss of their control on the Iranian oil industry.  They convinced the American government that Dr. Mohammad Messadegh was moving toward communism.  This of course was false.  Dr. Mohammad Messadegh was later sentenced to 3 years in prison and then spent the rest of his years under house arrest until his death in 1967.  After he was overthrown, under the new government Iranian oil flow was restored to world  wide markets in large quantities.  Just an example of the “oil for blood” theory in our recent history.  It can, and does happen.  Is Bush being truthful?  Does he really care about the genuine welfare of the Iraqi people, or is it a fight for oil?  Just some food for thought.  If you want to read more detailed information…  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammad_Mossadegh#Plot_against_Mossadegh

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Letter from Naomi Shihab Nye, Arab-American Poet:To Any Would-Be Terrorists

I was doing some research, and trying to figure out what I’d  like to say to the terrorist and would be terrorist, not only in Iraq, but around the world.  We know terrorist are all over the world, plotting and planning and waiting.   I stumbled upon this letter, and although it’s not what I had in mind…the letter spoke to me.  It seems as if it were written right after 9-11…but I think it reads well for today also.  If you can, try to read the entire letter.  Each part of the letter, leads into a wonderful, touching ending.  My favorie quote from the letter is from a “Arab scholar, Dr. Salma Jayyusi, [who] said, “If we read one another, we won’t kill one another.”” 

http://godlas.myweb.uga.edu/shihabnye.html

It’s really interesting to think about what people say, versus what they mean.  The conservatives say if you don’t approve of the war going on now, you do not support our troops.  I just don’t get the logic.  Just because we liberals are not supporting the troops your way doesn’t mean we’re not supporting the troops.  There is more than one definition of support.  The very first definition listed on the encarta online dictionary defines support as to,  “keep something or somebody stable: to keep something or somebody upright or in place, or prevent something or somebody from falling.  The truth is, the people who support the war are supporting “something”, the war.  The people who oppose the war are supporting “somebody”, the troops.  So, I guess what the pro-war people are saying instead of “support our troops” is, “support our war”.  We, the liberals who oppose this war, see this war as something that is illegal, unjust, and will not accomplish what President Bush says it will accomplish.  We do not support this war, as seen by the protester’s in the anti-war rally going on in Washington, DC today.   We do however support our troops, because our aim is to keep “somebody stable…to keep somebody from falling”.  We don’t want to see anymore bloodshed for a war that should have never happened in the first place.  This war is not, I repeat, is not about 9-11, it is not about securing our freedom or keeping us safe from terrorist.   Refer to this website for more info on these facts. http://www.thefourreasons.org/ 

I am sick and tired of hearing the pro-war conservatives say that the anti-war liberals are freaks, stupid, and in their mind the worst thing one can be, a left wing liberal.  Oh my, God forbid that a liberal is speaking out. Liberal’s are freethinkers.  We question what we are told. We know that just because the President says that’s the way it is, doesn’t make it so.  Generally, a liberal is someone who is broad-minded, who have tolerance of different views and standards of behavior in others.  And generally, a conservative is someone who is reluctant to accept change, who is in favor of preserving the status quo and traditional values and customs, and against abrupt change.  When we look to the past, and look to the furture we will see that the world has and will move forward, with the liberals ahead of the pack.  Change, growth, and peace can only occur when you open your minds to a new way of thinking.  Liberals know that this war will accomplish none of these, because we are smart enough to learn from mistakes of the past.  We know that we are the one’s who support our troops, and we want them home, alive.  I leave you with this question to ponder.  How much violence, murder, hate crimes, poverty, global warming, prejudiced and terrorism would there be in this world, if we were all a little more liberal?  It’s okay conservatives, we know you know  the answer, you can say it.  Peace Out!!!

Waiting on the world to change

The hopes, dreams, and hardships of children in America’s most dangerous city

By JOSEPH DIAZ

Jan. 25, 2007 — Abandoned homes, empty lots, gunfire, police sirens.These are the sights and sounds of Camden, N.J.

http://abcnews.go.com/2020/story?id=2819991&page=1

Tonight on ABC, 20/20 is doing on show on children and poverty.  I think it is a must see.  Children are our future, we must nuture them and give them every opportunity at success!

If every U.S. citizen over the age of 18 were required to pick at least 1 area of community service, what would it be?  How would that make a difference in the state of our Country?  We all spend a lot of time complaining about what’s wrong, but very few of us are willing to do anything to help make things right.  Or, what I think I hate the most are those people who do good deeds just to boost their own image.  For example, some celebrity’s who may say, “Hey, look at me, look what a good person I am, I did my part, I gave $200,000 to that charity.”  But they have millions upon millions in the bank.  I’m not talking about that, or even necessarily about giving money.  What I’m wondering is, if we all picked at least 1 thing that we feel is wrong with THIS Country, and did something to make it right, what would happen?  Why don’t we all care a little bit more?  Why, as a whole are we so selfish?  I can only imagine the things that could be done if we stop thinking, “what can I get next, to, what can I do next?”

We all have bouts of depression and despair in our lives.  We  have low self esteem and times when we just feel like it will take a miracle to go any further.  When I was in high school was when I had my first serious bout of depression and despair.  As I started to venture away from my abuser’s, and got a glimpse into “normal”, (before then, I just didn’t know any different), I became depressed.  My high school English teacher, who was a life saver for me gave the  book with the poem “Self Esteem” by Virginia Satir.  She gave me that book 20 years ago or so, and I still turn to it on occassion for reassurance.  Below is a copy of it…wonderfully true for us all!

I AM ME

In all the world, there is no one else exactly like me
Everything that comes out of me is authentically me
Because I alone chose it – I own everything about me
My body, my feelings, my mouth, my voice, all my actions,
Whether they be to others or to myself – I own my fanatasies,
My dreams, my hopes, my fears – I own all my triumphs and
Successes, all my failures and mistakes Because I own all of
Me, I can become intimately acquainted with me – by so doing
I can love me and be friendly with me in all my parts – I know
There are aspects about myself that puzzle me, and other
Aspects that I do not know – but as long as I am
Friendly and loving to myself, I can courageously
And hopefully look for solutions to the puzzles
And for ways to find out more about me – However I
Look and sound, whatever I say and do, and whatever
I think and feel at a given moment in time is authentically
Me – If later some parts of how I looked, sounded, thought
And felt turn out to be unfitting, I can discard that which is
Unfitting, keep the rest, and invent something new for that
Which I discarded – I can see, hear, feel, think, say, and do
I have the tools to survive, to be close to others, to be
Productive to make sense and order out of the world of
People and things outside of me – I own me, and
therefore I can engineer me – I am me and

I AM OKAY

 

© Virginia Satir, 1975.

Found in Virginia Satir, Self Esteem, Celestial Arts: California, 1975.

 

Tonight President Bush is to make his Primetime address, where he is expected to announce the deployment of more than 21,000 American troops into the violent stricken areas of Baghdad and the western Anbar Province.  The first of the  troops to leave will be in the next few weeks, serving time for 3 to 4 months. The U.S. goal is that the Iraqi troops will be in complete control by November.  There is much controversy over this decision,  but I think the majority of Americans disagree with this new “surge” into these areas.  It appears to me that Bush has aligned himself only with those who agree with him, and support every decision he makes. Bush has an us and them mentality,  either you’re with “The Decider”, or you are a divider, and there’s no room for debate.

  An association of Muslim scholars are saying that the 140,000 troops already in Iraq have not been able to do the job they were sent to do.  Sending another 20,000 plus troops will not help the situation.  The outcome is likely to be more soldier’s coming home in flag draped coffins, and many, many  more innocent Iraqi’s dying. 

I have so many questions, I don’t even know where to begin.  The main point I want clarified is, when all is said and done, when thousands, possibly by November of this year, tens of thousands of American’s have been lost and/or wounded, how will America have benefited?  How will I have been less likely to have suffered from a terrorist attack? How will my freedoms have been protected?  What can I look at and say, “OOHHH, that was worth all of the sacrifice?”  What will the families of the dead and wounded be told the Nation has gained from their sacrifice? 

I was listening to the Neal Boortz show this morning, and although he can be a real ass, I enjoy listening to him because he really makes me think, and evaluate my own beliefs.  He was saying that if The democrats were still with the republicans throughout this war, the war would be or almost be over. (Thanks for giving us democrats all the power Boortz!)  But what I don’t hear  him or anyone else saying is, if we didn’t go to  war because of WMD, and not because Saddam was that big of a threat, why did we put our young men and women’s lives in danger?  Why do we continue to do so?  Why isn’t anyone talking about more options, other than war?

When all is said and done, the republican’s will have a lot of explaining to do.  As for “The Decider”, when all is said and done, he will, decidedly be the biggest loser of all.