Open up your mind and your potential reaches infinity…

Archive for March 25, 2011

A War Voted by Vested Interests


WAR IS WICKED NO MATTER WHERE, WHEN, WHY AND BY WHOM

WAR IS WICKED–be it endorsed by UN, approved by world leaders or instigated by Gaddhafi’s aggression.

World been witnessing since the past month Gaddhafi waging a war against the rebels in Libya and bombing his opponents with tanks and air raids. Thousands of innocent people have been displaced and and made refugees.

Now since the past 5  nights the Allied forces have been bombarding the regions of Gaddhafi’s stronghold. They claim that they have a ‘key role’ and there is ‘considerable progress’ in this ‘humanitarian intervention’. They claim they are not after Gadhafi , but they drop missiles on his residence in Bab Al Aziziyah, Tripoli.

In summary, one ugly aggression replaces another. War continues in the pretext of peace.

I wonder how could one imagine that the complaints civilian deaths as a result of these raids are ‘lies’ when they happen to be dropped at night time from hundreds of feet above the ground, be they precision guided.
Security Council passed the UN resolution 1973 with 10 nations voting for a yes, including the veto wielding United States, UK and France, while the remaining five-China, Brazil, Germany, India and Russia abstained. Unfortunately no one voted for a NO.

Yes the majority was in favor but that does not make war any more justified. These 15 nations did not vote out of principle but acted on their vested interests. Two wrongs don’t make one right.

The traditional Russia and China who traditionally veto most of the resolutions, preferred this time to abstain. The reason—they too have their own skeletons in the cupboard -with human rights issues in the Xinjiang, Tibet and Caucasian republics respectively.

India abstained not to displease it’s trade partners and supporters of Kashmir cause amongst the Arabs.
And no sooner the raids begin the same Russia and its premier cried, “The use of force against other countries became a steady trend in the U.S. policy,” Putin noted, adding this trend was “disturbing” and “the UN resolution “is, surely, flawed and lame…as it allows intervention in a sovereign country”.

China claims it abstained instead of hindering the resolution in solidarity with the African Union and Arab League supporting the action. What credibility should one give to the Arab League which comprises of 18 out of 22 members states with non democratic regimes and are saving their own skins by wagging their tails behind their western allies.
Secretary General Amr Moussa of Arab League now screams of “Libyan civilians at risk”. The real risk is to his prospects of contesting for presidency back home in Egypt.

African Union had been at loggerheads with Gaddhafi for their own reasons power struggle.
South Africa was amongst the 10 to have voted in favor, now its President Zuma calls for an immediate ceasefire and “rejected any foreign intervention, whatever its form”.

The other leaders of African Union Mugabe( Zimbabwe), Pohamba (Namibia) and Musoveni (Uganda) too condemn airstrike as pretext to control Libya’s oil, interfering in internal affairs and ‘might is right’ respectively.

Why were the cries for a no fly zone in oil less Somalia not heeded and why the same treatment is not met to the Bahraini King, Yemeni Premier for squashing rebellions ? We know why.

On the other side, the four nights of air raids have hardly been able to make Gaddhafi comply to the no fly zone. Gaddhafi’s aggression hasn’t stopped . He is more defiant and calls for Muslims of the world to join the crusade against the west.

I fear that this is again going the Iraq way with divisions and chaos within the country. By assisting the rebels—they are again repeating the story of assisting Mujahideen in Afghanistan.

The war may eliminate Gaddhafi but like any war, I am apprehensive, it will eliminate peace and stability too.
”The only thing the United Nations approved is a no-fly zone. That is to say that Gaddafi’s aircraft can’t bomb the rebels, but what they have done is to bomb all the way to Tripoli, and that is unacceptable,” said President Correa of Argentina.”Perhaps we didn’t learn anything from the case of Iraq? How can the human beings make the same mistakes again?”

We have seen the chaos and devastation after interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan previously. But probably the vested interests of great nations make them blind and forgetful of the recent past.

Thanks to the egocentric madness of another mad man and the voting of these 15 leading nations, the peace loving humanity will again witness more deaths in the name of war, more hatred in the name of religion and more poverty with escalating oil prices.

Says Bertrand Russel: War does not determine who is right – only who is left.


Only Breath- A poem by Rumi


Incredible.  Mesmerizing.  Soul shaking. Enlightening.  Beautiful beyond words.

An ageless and timeless message of Love and Unity.. no duality ever exists.

The music, Oceanic by Anoushka Shankar makes it even more……( no wordsss..)

ONLY BREATH

Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu
Buddhist, sufi, or zen. Not any religion

or cultural system. I am not from the East
or the West, not out of the ocean or up

from the ground, not natural or ethereal, not
composed of elements at all. I do not exist,

am not an entity in this world or in the next,
did not descend from Adam and Eve or any

origin story. My place is placeless, a trace
of the traceless. Neither body or soul.

I belong to the beloved, have seen the two
worlds as one and that one call to and know,

first, last, outer, inner, only that
breath breathing human being.

~Rumi

Let’s Have a Candlelit Dinner Friends


On March 26 2011 at 8:30-9:30 pm, where ever you are TURN OFF your lights for to celebrate the EARTH HOUR.
Everyone is encouraged to participate – individuals, businesses, schools, and organizations.

Why do it?
The Earth Hour website says:
“Put simply, because our future depends on it! Earth Hour has done a lot to raise awareness of sustainability issues. But there’s more to it than switching off lights for one hour once a year. It’s all about giving people a voice and working together to create a better future for our planet.”

WWF, the sponsor of the campaign says:
“Climate change is the biggest environmental threat to our planet and the number one concern for everyone. We are already seeing its impacts. Participating in Earth Hour is a simple way to show that you want to be a part of the solution and sends a powerful message to others that together we can make a difference. “

History:
It all started in Australia 2004 when WWF began searching for new ways to take Climate Change to mainstream. After some years of brainstorming and ideas they celebrated March 31, 2007 as the First hearth Hour when in Sydney 7;30-8;30 PM Some  2,100 businesses participate in it.
Just next year in 2008 on March 29, 371 cities and towns in 35 counties globally with estimated 50 million people participated in this event.
In 2009 there were 4,000 cities, in 88 countries many millions more joining it.
In 2010, on March 27, Earth Hour is held on Saturday March 27 at 8.30pm-9.30pm and succeeds in being a global call to action to stand up, to take responsibility, and lead the global journey to a sustainable future. A record 128 countries and territories take part and iconic buildings and landmarks from Asia Pacific to Europe and Africa to the Americas stand in darkness.

Why do I love EARTH HOUR:

It is a beautiful global campaign based on hope not fear, and the idea that everyone can take personal responsibility for the future of the planet we live in.

This campaign makes us feel as ONE, and unites us as earth’s inhabitants beyond color, faith or nationalities.

It makes us feel connected not just to the other people on the globe, but to our environment and to our planet Earth.

Heyy, friends if you care enough for our beautiful planet EARTH,
Kindly spread the word…

For more info:

http://www.earthhour.org/Homepage.aspx?intro=no

Tag Cloud