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River Congo to light up Africa: Any investors?

The hydroelectric potentials of the Congo River is estimated to 110 GW, enough power to cover the needs of all Africa.

The Inga Rapid on the Congo can produce 44 GW, double the power generated by the latest super Chinese complex of the Three-Gorges.  Just 44 GW can cover 40% of all Africa needs in electrical power.

So far, only 900 MW is being produced by the obsolete generators on the sites of Inga 1 and Inga 2.

The start of Inga 3 project has been postponed until 2020 for lack of funding.  The modernization of the generators and equipments of Inga 1 and 2 requires $450 million and the IMF phased out the funding till 2016 because it could not “find” the necessary funding!

In Africa of one billion in population, the average individual is allocated enough electricity to turn on a light bulb for three hours a day. The 48 States in the Sub-Sahara generate 68 GW, an amount that Spain generates alone.

In Africa, 500 million own a cellular phone while 700 million lack electricity.

Compared to other developing States, the sub-Sahara States have the highest costs for electricity ($0.45 per kWh compared to less than $o.1); for water ($6.5 per m3 compared to $0.1); and for transport of merchandize ($0.15 per ton/km compared to less than $0.05)

The only investment in Africa are directed to highways, ports, airports, pipelines, and all kinds of infrastructure designed to facilitating the organized transport, export, and flow of raw materials exploited by multinational companies.

For example, BHP Billiton, the number one world group for mining raw materials, was willing to invest $7 billion on generating 2.5 GW on Inga 3, simply because the company needed 2 GW for its aluminum complex in the Lower-Congo province.

The Chinese State companies signed the deal of the century with the Congo State in 2007:  Basically, it is a barter deal of exploiting raw materials in exchange of constructing infrastructure that will support the flow of the raw materials produced and exported to China.

What use is of art? What is the origin of art?

Is art (esthetics) an expression of a world vision and a hierarchy of values? Is an artist different from art?

Let me extend a few quotes, just to set the tone and provide ideas for the discussion.

The young French author, Emile Zola, arrogantly wrote: “My ideals are my loves and my emotions”

Theophile Gautier wrote: “The most useful part in the house is the toilet.  I believe what are most beautiful in the house have no usefulness whatsoever.”

Pierre-Joseph Proudhon wrote: “The artist is called upon to share in the creation of the social world.  He is to shoot for the perfection of mankind, physically, mentally, and morally.  The glory of an artist is an appreciation of the process for perfecting mankind.”

Plato refused poets political positions on the ground that they are more inclined to passionate emotions than rational thinking.

In the same vein, Rousseau agreed with the prohibition of Switzerland on banning theaters because theater pieces encouraged emotional outburst.

Compare the above statements and positions with Conrad‘s description of the artist in his preface to The Nigger of the Narcissus:

The artist appeals to our capacity for delight and wonder, to the sense of mystery surrounding our lives, to our sense of pity, and beauty and pain…and to the subtle and invincible conviction of solidarity that knits together the loneliness of innumerable hearts, to the solidarity in dreams, in joy, in sorrow, in aspirations, in illusions, in hope, in fear which binds men to each other, the dead to the living and the living to the unborn...”

Do you think that it is getting pretty tedious to carrying on controversial topics or subjects?

In heated debates, we end up cutting short on discussions by labeling them “useless controversial subjects”; meaning “I am not interested any longer in giving further thought on the topic; I have no inclination to read and study and discuss the topic any further; I refuse to taking a position on the matter since I will not get involved; this is not a pragmatic subject and none of my concerns…”

There is this perception that only ignorant people hoard discussions and prevent level-headed persons to participating rationally in the debate.  Thus, when someone gets passionate about a concept or idea or takes firm positions and stands, we relegate the individual into the category of irrational and not serious type.

As if feeling passionate is the sole monopoly of non rational people.

As if a passionate person is basically an artistic kind, isolated in his own subjective world, caring about his own perception of love, emotions, and what is beautiful and right.

We have this perception that only a professional in particular disciplines (meaning earning a living from the profession), has definite, intransigent positions in their topics of interests, methods, techniques, and world views conceived from his unique perspective point.

As mankind evolved and communicated his idea and cultures, spread and disseminated knowledge and varieties of arts, it is normal to admit that many factors came into play to influencing approaches to arts, perspectives, purpose of art, utility and personalization of artistic works.

Thus, trying to taking definite positions on the driving force in enhancing arts cannot be correct, but the discussion is nonetheless interesting and informative

What is the critical influence, the core or origin of artistic impulses? I tend to conjecture that the main catalyst was this drive for individual discrimination from the masses, the common culture, the predominant social environment, and  customs.

My conjecture is that as man evolved, and realized that he is more endowed than the surrounding animals, he got very frustrated that he also is to die like any other animal.

Worse, certain animals lived far longer than he did.  This discovery was not comforting.  “Since we all have to die then, my death has to be different” was the conclusion of mankind.  How different?  This is where imagination and art come into existence.

Art is an individual signature, no matter how it is influenced by external forces, and no matter how society would like to view artistic productions.

It is unfortunate that education systems are cutting down on artistic programs and courses and depriving students and children opportunities to discovering their talents, passions, and potentials.

Do I care what happens after death?  Yes and no

Do I care what happens after death? No.

Would I care under certain conditions?  Yes.

For example, if I had total control over my death, like the timing and how to die, don’t you think that I would certainly care what would be my status after death?

For example, if you feel healthy and very happy, would you take out your life, even if you have total control over your life?  Most probably NO.

If you feel depressed and know the alternatives that after death offer in better opportunities then, wouldn’t you opt for death?

Isn’t the awareness and feeling of lack of valid opportunities that drive us to despair?

What I mean by opportunities includes the knowledge that we will satisfy our hunger for food, joy, and friendship.

If you had total control over your death, and are crippled and feeling totally useless then, would you care to know “what will happens to me after death?”  Yes, you would care very much.

If you know that you have a few alternatives after death: Getting reincarnated as another human being, an animal, a vegetable, or a non-physical entity, would you gamble and risk obtaining an alternative that is against your want?

Wouldn’t you wish to know exactly which gender, race, hemisphere, climatic conditions, political structure, kinds of animals, insects…?

I am asking you, especially people with particular cultures who prefer Hara Kiri (committing suicide) for baffled dignity such as the ancient Japanese tradition, or being a martyr for religious reasons, what pressure these people to take control of their lives?

There are factors of youth and ignorance in the equation.

But what of very educated and experienced people, still healthy and provided for, why would they commit suicide?

I cannot fathom how any healthy and sane individual would commit suicide if he had the liberty of venturing out to other countries, societies, traditions, opportunities…

There is no way to know for sure what there is after death, and whatever is your “belief system” it is certainly very rickety, cloudy, fishy, unsatisfying to an experienced individual to decide upon his  life.

I was not asked my opinion when I was born; I can understand that phase of my life:  I had not much brain to think.

I am not asked my opinion on the timing and wishes of how I should die.

I am furious:  I want fair representation.

And you have a large bunch of nut cases telling me that I should live my life in miseries, suffering, and pains and be thankful for this grace of letting go of my anger and go with the flow.

It is nice to have a positive and cheerful outlook for the after life:  What else can we do?

There is this life to live, enjoy, and be happy:  How could this happens if our outlook is not positive, not vigorous, and not happy?

Truths and facts will not solve how “we feel should be the after life”.

For example of facts, are we a handful of ash, dirt, dust…?  Eaten by worms, ants, crows, fishes, and disgusting crawling little creatures…?

Who can claim that the remains of his ancestors have not been displaced, trampled upon, pissed on…?

The human spirit has proven to go beyond facts and humiliating daily realization of his limitations and dependence on external forces:  the spirit keeps us actives and preserves our high hopes for a better future.

The “after life” must be great if we don’t act stupid; shouldn’t it be?

US youth, your government is totally supporting Qadhafi of Libya who reigned as a dictator for 42 years.  Advanced Egypt could not completely interfere with Satellite signals and scramble social platforms.  How come Qadhafi is successful in blackening out all kinds of intelligence on what’s happening in Libya?  Has Qadhafi bribed the Egyptian army junta with a couple billion dollars to scramble Nile Sat to extending his reign a while longer?

The US and Europe have vested interest in keeping Qadhafi in power:  Whatever they want he delivers; and he could deliver since Libya was his own fiefdom, and nobody was to talk about oil revenue and how it was spent.

The Libyan army, or whatever army still “loyal” to this brutal clown of Qadhafi, has surrounded major cities that have been vacated by the police forces.  Tanks and airforce are pounding the civilian demonstrators in Benghazi, Baeda, Darna, and most cities in the eastern provinces.  No foodstuff are arriving to these cities.

Why the US government and Pentagon are supporting Qadhafi?  Can’t a legitimate democratic constitutional system in Libya sell oil at fair market price?  Aren’t the 5 million Libyans deserving of liberty from tyrants, freedom of expression, fair representation, and equitable distribution of oil revenue?

Yesterday, the son of Moammar Qadhafi, Seif al Islam, delivered a recorded speech.  This duplicate of his clownish father, but with an engineering diploma, babbled for an hour and repeated stupid arguments that are worse than any WikiLeaks facts on how this oligarchic regime thinks of its people.

Seif al Islam said:  “Libya is no Tunisia or Egypt”.  And you listen intently on how Libya is different.  The surprise comes in the form that Libya is an amalgam of tribes and clans.  And you wonder: “If after 42 years of ruling, Libya is still tribal and clannish then, why the Libyan citizens should extend the life of this regime for another half a century?”

Seif al Islam said: “If the Libyans don’t come around and negotiate with him within 24 hours then, Libya will witness a civil war that will kill more than a million of the 5 million “citizens”; and Europe and the US will re-colonize Libya and divide it into three States: The eastern region with Benghazi as Capital, the western region with Tripoli as Capital and the middle region rich in oil.”

Seif al Islam went on: “Libya has two thousand kilometers of coastline and the Libyans will flood Europe with refugees.  The Libyan will be spending $100 for a loaf of bread within a week and all the 200 billion in oil revenues will disappear in thin air because western oil company will stop managing and producing the Libyan oil”.  What?! After 42 years of ruling the Libyans are still unable to control, manage, produce, and export oil without foreign experts?

Seif al Islam was lamenting that all the wonderful projects and programs of building hospitals and schools… will go down the drain.  And you wonder: “What?  After 42 years of ruling Libya, no hospital and schools and… have not been erected?”

Seif al Islam has promised that a new flag, a new national anthem, and a new “modern constitution” will be negotiated; that all these reforms were ready to be implemented many years ago and waiting for proper timing.

Youth of America and Europe, this is not the time to playing dumb and allowing your governments robbing youth around the world of their vital natural rights for opportunities, dignity, freedom of opinions, fair representation, equitable justice system, and a hope in a better future.

Qadhafi has wrapped himself with plenty of mysteries:  They say that he instituted an army of young amazon girls to protect his security; that he isolated himself in the desert designing a car from A to Z; that he built a water canal crossing the desert; that he had atomic plants; that…All kinds of gigantic wasteful spending flowing straight to the sea and nothing to show the Libyan people.

Qadhafi refuses any label: Don’t call him king, sultan, caliph, emir, president, secretary general…He is Mr. X.  You may think whatever you want of him but “please, do not say that I am an asshole”

Youth of America and Europe, march, demonstrate, and express your desires and wishes in support of the valiant peaceful people being murdered in front of your eyes by the hundreds.

There are many common denominators among the conditions in the US, Tunisia, Egypt, and Bahrein, and yet the US youth have not been taking to the streets and squares demanding serious reforms.

The multinational financial institutions have done as many damages in the US as in these States that revolted lately:  The business trades of the multinational financial enterprises didn’t increase economic growth anywhere in the world in the last three decades.  All that these multinationals did is widening the gap between the rich and the poor financially; and this process was the same everywhere under all kinds of political systems and regimes: democratic, communist, socialist, oligarchic, monarchic….Under all kinds of development stages in States: economically, institutionally, educationally…

The majority of mass demonstrators are youth, mostly educated young people with no opportunities to finding proper work unless backed by higher up politicians in the system.

The youth have reached the certain convictions that the future is never to be any better under the same political system.

The youth have reached the certain conviction that their dignity has been baffled and they were treated with total contempt as non-entities.

The youth reached the conviction that their State is a total lackey to foreign interests and pressures and that their nationality is being diminished overseas and blatantly discriminated against.

The social platforms have demonstrated to the youth that they are the same everywhere in the world, sharing the same desires, wishes, and dissatisfaction; regardless of gender, race, religion, or development levels.

Social platforms showed the youth that they all have the same potentials and capabilities for intelligence proficiencies and capacity for development in all branches of studies.

Social platforms excited the imagination of youth to get connected and communicate their hopes, feeling, and desires for a better life.

Social platforms proved without a shadow of a doubt that earth is sick and it is the collective work that can change the trend; that biodiversity is in danger and they were not asked to contribute to a better future; that the environment is degrading and the developped nations are doing more harm to mankind than extending help and cure.

Social platforms demonstrated that youth have the same capabilities and limitations as any other youth around the world.  So why they should be subjugated by infamy, superstitions, discriminated against, belittled?  Why?

Is youth in the US practically illiterate and contented with minimum wages at fast food chains, giant consumer products chains…?  Have youth in the US been overshadowed and eclipsed by the vigor and zest for acquiring knowledge by the “developing youth”?

Have the youth in the US been subjugated by the propaganda that their political and social systems cannot be reformed and that they lack the power to demand their vital human rights?

In the last three decades, medical professionals have been warning mature people to avoid eating meat, egg, and milk:  Cardiovascular problems are the number one killer from high cholesterol levels and blood pressure, and…  Actually, eating meat, egg, and milk produced in industrial farms causes more deaths from ingesting resistant bacteria to antibiotics.  How that?

In the US, Canada, and Australia you have giant industrial animal farms, larger than entire villages.  Cattle, pig, and volatile are not fed with their natural food:  They eat cereals, of the same kind you eat, to fatten them quickly, with one difference.   The cereals of these farms are manufactured loaded with growth hormone and all varieties of antibiotics for “preventive reason”  so that the “edible” beasts do not get sick before they are slaughtered.  Cow can be sent to slaughter in half the time it normally take to fatten.

For example, in the US, the farm animals consume 70% of all antibiotics produced in the USA or 12,000 tons (while people in underdeveloped countries are dying of curable diseases).  The consequence is that the meat of these animals are infected with all kinds of virulent bacteria that are resistant to all the antibiotics they regurgitated.  Who die from eating cow, pig, chicken meat and products?  Mankind!

The bacteria E-Coli, Clostridium or C-difficile, flesh-eating bacteria (Meleney syndrome), golden Staphilicocci (Sarm), and streptococci  are rampant and killing thousands around the world.  Community cases of these resistant bacteria have increased from 6% to 25% in less than one decade.  The number of these dangerous cases has increased 17 folds in hospitals in one decade.

People raising pigs in the Netherlands are 760 times more prone or susceptible to catching the resistant bacteria than other people.  A sample of Sarm from a single industrially raised animal can be responsible for 20% of cases in the Netherlands.

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned that “this crisis is a menace to the entire world and might deprive us from the possibility of treating a variety of infectious diseases.”

For example, tuberculosis, scarlatina, diphtheria, syphilis, meningitis,… and other common diseases that can be treated might resurface as resistant bacteria if no new more powerful antibiotics are not invented.  It is to be remembered that one out of 4 people died of tuberculosis in the northern hemisphere half a century ago!

The European Union has banned supplying antibiotics in animal farm food.  This ban has increased by only 12 cents the kilo of meat.  Isn’t it worth the new increase in price and saving the trillion of dollars spent on health for diseases that should not be there in the first place?

Note:  Industrial cattle farms are the most polluting for the surrounding environment.  Methane gas (20 times worse than CO2) are emitted by cows and herbivores in large quantities.

I am addressing the people in the northern hemisphere as I closed shops between December 15 to March 5:  It is winter and pretty cold.  You are entitled to close shop at different periods, especially in the southern hemisphere, or during the extreme hot season when mosquitos and flies drive you crazy and electrical energy is scarce or too expensive to make a profit having air condition on.

We don’t have to emulate or imitate the animal kingdoms in this period of the year:  What we want is NOT to subjugate mankind to this insane forced work habit during crazy climatic periods.

Why do you have to commute for hours to your workplace and suffer traffic accidents, catch the flu from employees and workers, swine flu, bird flu, fish flu?  Why do we have to drive on slippery roads, dirty highways, and take several trains and buses for several hours trips, in this harsh climate, just to put in 8 hours of work, everyday, somewhere away from home.  Why bike in dangerous climatic conditions?  Since when have we become so crazy?  Free men, even slaves would have rebelled and knocked down the house!

Work places used to be at walking distance and people could go home and have lunch and see their children.  Why schools have to start at 7 am in the winter season?  Are children to be penalized because teachers and parents have to go to work early?

I closed shop from December 15 to march 5: I cannot afford to locate employees at walking distance to the workplace.  Employees will receive full payment of the entire month on December 15 for the Christmas extra expenses, 75% on January and 50% on February.  Bonuses will be paid on first of April, on April’s Fool if the employees return to work on March 5.

Employees may consider that period as a sabbatical gesture to continue their education, find another more satisfying job, read a lot, write, publish, get down on house chores, helping raising the family and not having this stupid reason “I am off to work, honey”.  Any problem cutting down on luxury expenses for a couple of months to enjoy home life-style?

I have no enterprise; I am asking you to imagine that you have an ice cream factory.  Would you run this factory in cold winter season where people don’t have the means to warm up and have to cut down trees to cooking their daily meal?

Isn’t the southern hemisphere sustaining the northern hemisphere during the cold season?  Isn’t this behavior what mankind cooperation is all about?  Isn’t a good sustainable investment to promote world cooperation during harsher season and saving on redundant energy waste and effectively cutting down health cost and people well-being?

We don’t have to emulate or imitate the animal kingdoms but we do learn their behaviors:  Accumulating fat and protein for the bad season.  Let’s store food for the bad seasons and let people in every hemisphere find jobs and export what is necessary for each season.

The Peltzman effects:  What is human factors safety in aviation?

I read two posts yesterday related to safety issues in airplane pilot training and human factors performance indicators.  I did comment on these posts and decided to publish an article.  On the Peltzman effect post I will abridge, edit, and retain the main ideas:

“What is the Peltzman effect you ask?  The Peltzman effect (named after an economist, Sam Peltzman) is where the addition of a safety device allows people to feel so much safer in the activity they’re engaged in, and thus, the participant of said activity takes on more and more risk to the point where the safety device produces an opposite effect, leading to injury and/or fatalities. So what does this have to do with aviation?

A while back, a technology company called Garmin introduced to the “light aircraft” market a super cool avionics platform called the G1000. Integrating the G1000 with an autopilot system and you have what the FAA consider a technically advanced aircraft (TAA).

When this was first introduced to the general public, there was an incessant amount of hype about how this advanced flight deck will improve safety of flight, increase pilot situational awareness, and reduce accident rates. Today, we know that this is far from the truth.

As a matter of fact, recent FAA and NTSB data indicates that these TAA are actually more accident prone than initially suggested compared to their conventional counterparts.

How can this be? These things practically fly themselves, no? Of course, the human factors always rears its ugly head into the mix.

What has been discovered is that pilots over rely on the technology.

A few pilots even use the technology to compensate the lack of piloting skills and proficiency, incorrectly thinking that the technology will somehow “save” them in a bad situation. This thinking alone probably is the culprit for some fatal accidents we see in the field.

Having spoken to many pilots, I’ve discovered a common theme amongst them: The reliance on GPS and advanced avionics is staggering; to the point that pilots will rely on almost anything that resembles a moving map, regardless of whether the technology is proven or not, legal or not.

Granted there’s the “gee whiz” factor in devices like the iPad and portable GPS units, but to rely on these devices solely for flight operations is just asking for trouble. Some pilots will refuse to fly an airplane without a moving map GPS unit on board. Even if you offer these pilots a rental rate that’s 50% less than retail, they will rather pay full price for the airplane with a moving map GPS.

The only speculation I can come up with is that pilots have become complacent as a result of technology. We have handed over our instinct and sense of responsibility to these technological marvels. The end result is that when the high-tech fails, the low-tech pilot can no longer scale down the automation ladder to maintain flight safety.

The most recent hype is the use of iPad in flight operations.

And yes, pilots will consistently tell me, “I always have charts on board when flying with my iPad.” I wonder. If you have those charts on board, why not just use the charts? I’m willing to bet that these pilots will use the iPad as their primary source of information when flying while their chart sits neatly folded in their flight bag in the backseat.

There has already been an airspace incursion out on the west coast when a pilot was using an iPad for navigation. A GPS is a GPS right? This pilot found out the hard way that an iPad GPS is not suitable for navigation. But pilots still tout loudly about how remarkable it is to be flying with an iPad! I wonder how long it will be before we see accidents attributed to the iPad.

Even if you have the G1000 on board, the manuals will specifically state that you should not rely on the moving map for pilotage, nor should you use the traffic information system to maneuver your airplane for collision avoidance.

The manufacturer specifically states that the pilot should be doing what the pilot should be doing. That is, to navigate with a current chart, flight data, and use your eyes to see and avoid other traffic.  With all this technology, and yet the manufacturer still want to bring pilots back to the basics as the pilots are eager to hand over their situational awareness to the electrons. Talk about the brewing of a perfect storm.

I’m not against using technology or advanced avionics. I think it’s a fantastic addition to the “light airplane sector” and has the potential to increase flight safety and situational awareness when used correctly and responsibly. What I’m concerned with is the abuse and complacency that pilots will introduce either on purpose or by laziness.

Another example of the Peltzman effect involves a Cirrus SR22 cruising at 11,000 feet when it suffered an engine failure. The pilot attempted to glide the airplane into an airport but realized that they were going to be short.  At 500 feet above the ground, the pilot opted to deploy the chute.

The Information Manual for the SR22 specifically states that a chute deployment decision should be made prior to 2,000 above the ground. While the manufacturer does not specify a minimum altitude for chute deployment, it does make a statement that deployment below 2,000 feet has to be immediate to maximize survivability. By inference, the closer to the ground you are when you deploy the chute, the less survivable it is.

One has to wonder about the pilot’s skills when on a visual meteorological condition (VMC) day, and at 11,000 feet how the pilot was not able to find a suitable field to land regardless of having a parachute system on board.

Pilots must recognize and practice in their flying that systems were designed to provide enhanced flight safety and efficiency, but they do have limitations that must be observed and respected. To allow one’s piloting skills erode and hope that the technology will save the day is foolhardy”.

I replied to that article: “The Peltzman effect does not apply in your cases: Relying on new gadgets as “safety” equipments or safety extensions are not reliable safety additions. If high-speed trains are run with automatic pilots and are used by passengers, it is because human cannot control a train at such a high-speed, whatever training they get. I doubt passengers will board an airplane without human pilots.

Cutting down on cost for properly training airplane pilots is the culprit: Cutting down cost on this important factor has nothing safe about it. Safety procedures and constant monitoring the application of safety procedures is the price to pay for safety habits“.

Another post mentioned at a panel published 10 human factors performance indicators and insisted that the study is not yet meant for “mature guidance”.

I replied: “Human factors performance indicators have been studied and analyzed for over 40 years; whatever reports are published from now on must be within the realm of “mature guidance”. There are so many redundant reports published just to satisfy a stupid grand from funders who have excess money for tax-break purposes. 

It is about time to consider the human factors in every field of application that relate to safety, health, depression… in workplaces, in job satisfaction, in the redesign of products and services…

And not just economic performances for increasing productivity and reducing cost on safety training and cutting down on frequent monitoring safety procedures.”

Very frequently, Israel would vent its internal pressures by attacking Lebanon, Gaza, Palestinian camps in the West Bank under lame excuses.  Thousands of Lebanese and Palestinians died and were severely injured simply because internal politics in Israel required external campaigns to venting off untenable internal conditions.  Lebanon’s and Palestinian economies and infrastructures were destroyed several times to extending a standing position of an impotent Israeli PM.

These “preemptive wars” were meant to divert the Israelis from their daily troubles with political institutions driving the Israelis to apathy and falsehood security.  Are there any steam venting valves for Israel to fall back on?

Lebanon is off-limit:  Hassan  Allah of Hezbollah warned that upper Galilee will be occupied if Israel tried to attack Lebanon again.  Why not?  Upper Galilee was always attached to the district of Tyr since antiquity.

Gaza is off-limit:  This is not the time to anger the Egyptians going to vote on a referendum on the defunct  “peace treaty”. 

Any attack on Syria means that Israel had decided to return the Golan Heights to Syria with no further negotiations.  Maybe Israel will attempt a preemptive incursion in the West Bank:  I think Hamas would love this lunatic invasion that will decimate every “moderate leader” of this illegitimate Palestinian Authority.

So what is Israel to do now?  How about going for a new election and feel the pulse of Israel’s citizens without undue useless and dangerous preemptive faked wars?  How about spending more money on the million of second-rate citizens who are suffering from apartheid discrimination?

How about a unilateral retreat from the Syrian occupied lands?  Is it not a smart fair price to pay for arrogantly relying for 30 years on a faked “peace treaty” signed by Egyptian dictators?

If Israel fails to clear up all its check-points in the West Bank, and very soon, then, the third Palestinian Intifada will do the job materially.  It is ridiculous to think that Israel government can’t sense that mass revolt is not boiling among the Palestinians, and not just against Abbas. 

Claiming that these hundreds of check-points are for security reasons have no currencies, even in the western world:  It is clear that the barriers in the West Bank are for humiliating the Palestinians and displaying apartheid ideology and manifesting blatant discrimination.

If Israel still believes that the Egyptian army is going to renege on its promises for a civilian government then, Israel is delusional:  The fast spreading of upheavals in the Arab World are there to stay for a long time.  The Egyptian army will enjoy plenty of reminders of what are the consequences of playing its old game.

Israel has been looking at the Arab citizens from the splits of its bunkers:  They are saying that what is happening is none of Israel’s concerns and Israel had no cause in these upheavals. 

Israel has got to come to term:  Peace and security are handy if all the States in the Middle-East consider that it is the responsibility of them all to work toward the best interest of all people in the region.  No more relying on foreign interventions and satisfying foreign interests at the expense of our people.




February 2011

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