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Cluster, Orange gas,Phosphorous, depleted uranium bombs… And harsh events and calamities

Ten years ago, the US Secretary of State Colin Powell pronounced to the United Nations his “famous” speech on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Evidence that this stance proved to be false.

In his book “I got lucky”, Powell wrote that this speech will remain a “stain” in his career and that he will remember this 5 February as “deeply” the day of his birth. (And what he did after his rebirth?)

In 1996, during a broadcast on CBS, Lesley Stahl asked Madeleine Albright, as US Secretary of State: “It is estimated 500,000 children died in Iraq following the embargo American against this country. mean, it is more dead children than at Hiroshima. Was the price worth really… Ms. Albright?”

Albright coldly replied: “I think that’s a very difficult choice, but the price… We believe that the price worth it.”

Exactly
Exactly

Israel was accused by the UN and human rights organizations of launching and spreading 4 million cluster bombs in south Lebanon in August 13, 2006. Israel daily Haaretz confirmed: “We infested particular zones in Lebanon with 1,800 bombs containing 1.2 million of cluster bombs…”

Artillery Israeli soldiers declared that in the last 10 days of Israel preemptive war on Lebanon, the army used phosphorous bombs that are prohibited by international conventions. The use of phosphorous bombs was confirmed by Edery, in the name of Amir Peretz, Israel Defense minister.

The commander of a unit of multiple rocket launchers declared “What we did is totally crazy and barbarous…”

John Kerry participated in the Viet Nam war. Has anyone heard Kerry apologizing for the usage of Orange gas, a defoliating agent? During the war, after the war?

The US used all kinds of prohibited weapons in Iraq for 8 years. Has Kerry apologized for the US usage of chemical weapons in Iraq?

I am wondering:

1. How the Palestinian/Israeli “peace” negotiation going on? Has it stopped? Any progress? Any alternative road map?

2. How’s Egypt upheaval faring? Is the situation stable and improving?

3. Have the daily suicide car bombs in Iraq subsiding?

4. What’s going on in Yemen? How many drone attacks were approved this month?

5. Is the famine in Somalia under control?

6. Was this chemical attack in Syria staged, a pure set up, in order to side track the manifold US failure in stabilizing this “Greater Middle East“?

7. Has Obama gone publicly to announce any positive and constructive resolution for any crisis? Internally and externally?

8. Had Obama anything to say about the Washington March anniversary? Had he promised to reverse the worsening trends for the Black citizens since 1960?

The Invisible Trauma of War-Affected Children

Millions of children struggle with the physical and psychological traumas of war

18 million children are being raised in the chaos of war. In the past ten years, as a result of armed conflict, over 2 million children have been killed, 6 million have been disabled, 20 million are homeless, and more than 1 million have become separated from their caregivers.

In 1996, Graça Machel, former wife of Nelson Mandela, released a UN report entitled “The Impact of War on Children,” bringing international attention to the subject among policy makers and academics.

The 10 recommendations made in the report have become guiding principles to aid war-affected children.

Advancements have been made by the international community to address issues of security, displacement, and human rights monitoring, but less support has come to the psychosocial and educational needs of war-affected children.

Robert T. Muller, Ph.D. published on April 27, 2013 :

— Reposted from the online magazine, “The Trauma & Mental Health Report

War vets speak of the images, sounds and smells that continue to haunt them. Many speak of nightmares, flashbacks and periods of crippling grief.

“When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers” – African proverb

So too, children children living in violent, terrorized environments experience such horrors as destruction of their homes, and the death of parents, siblings, neighbours and friends.

Many live in circumstances where they make critical survival decisions to hide under deceased remains of others, to kill or be killed, and often live through situations where they believe they will die.

Recent years have seen celebrity and political activists join in the discussion. Following his own recovery from severe post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Canadian Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire, released two books “Shake Hands with the Devil” and “They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children,” detailing the horrors he witnessed in Rwanda and his mission to stop the use of child soldiers.

Hollywood films have included Hotel Rwanda, Blood Diamond, and Machine Gun Preacher.

Despite media attention, response has been limited. Immediate measures for increased protection and security are necessary and being actively pursued, but the more regenerative responses like those of child-focused psychosocial and trauma rehabilitation are not being appropriately supported or implemented despite the demand and need for these interventions among affected communities.

Following the genocide in Rwanda, in psychological interviews, more than 60% of children claimed that they didn’t care if they ever grew up.

While the global community struggles to value and prioritize global mental health care, millions of war-affected children around the world are left in the wake of traumatic experiences with little to no support.

Children between the ages of 12-18, having had more years exposed to violent conflict, struggle to recover from years of compounding traumas.

Interviews within refugee camps reveal pervasive feelings of depression, anxiety, hopelessness, grief, resentment, anger, and fear among war-affected children.

Graça Machel reports, “The physical, sexual and emotional violence to which they [children] are exposed shatters their world. War undermines the very foundations of children’s lives, destroying their homes, splintering their communities and breaking down their trust in adults.”

Without the support of the international community, most of these children will carry these heavy emotional burdens into adulthood.

Humanitarian aid generally focuses on the concrete, what we can see, measure, build: Food, medicine, bricks, and mortar. Psychological trauma is invisible.

To address the mental health needs of war-affected children as they relate to future peace building goals, international interventions are being established with a focus on the complex interplay between children’s psychological and social development.

These “psychosocial” interventions support not just the emotional healing and development of compassion and empathy, but recognize the important dynamics between children and the social environment in which they form attachments, acquire a sense of belonging, and learn codes of pro-social behaviour.

For more information on psycho-social and trauma rehabilitation for war-affected children check out the non-profit organization, The Freedom to Thrive Foundation, devoted to providing these resources within refugee camps and at the community level in an evidence-based, culturally-sensitive, and community-informed manner.

— Contributing Writer: Adriana Wilson, The Trauma & Mental Health Report

Note 1: Over one million Syrian kids live in abject refugee camps in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey and many more have been displaced. As is the practice in Israel with Palestinian kids, kids in Syria are frequently used as human shields in this war ravaged country.

Note 2: Visit this site for therapy of traumatized Syrian kids http://sabinechoucair.blogspot.com/2013/08/social-therapy-with-syrian-refugees.html

Read more Is there effective treatment for traumatized kids?

“The man who put words in the king’s mouth” by the Iranian novelist Hassan Frohouar

In the 7th century BC, during the reign of the Persian monarch Vishtaspa, was born Maidyomaha.

Maidyomaha was the third son of a rich camel trader. It was recounted that he was born laughing, and was destined to make humanity laugh.

Instead, Maidyomaha isolated himself on a mountain top and survived on fruits and cheese, and refrained from eating meat. He conversed with his God Ahura Mazda and came down to the valley to preach.

He became famous as a wise saint man, and the king paid him a visit to his humble residence and asked him “What should a king do for history never forget his name?”

Maidyomaha replied: “Talk what you think in your own language, and act with your hands according to the perfection of your thinking. Love joy. Let your good words and good actions be your nourishment…”

Maidyomaha married twice and failed to beget a son. Consequently, he adopted the orphan Zara.

Zara married beautiful Hutaosa. The elderly Maidyomaha set eyes on naked Hutaosa and wanted her. The desire of the flesh disturbed him beyond endurance and he told Zara:

“This night, I dreamt of the king and he told me that Hutaosa was not meant for Zara to marry, but mine. Zara must desist of any further carnal relationship with Hutaosa. three moons later, Hutaosa will be purified and she’ll be my third wife…”

Still, Hutaosa didn’t give Maidyomaha a son.

Years later, the king revisited the town of Maidyomaha and learned the story of how Maidyomaha falsely put words in his mouth.

The kind said: “Maidyomaha, you shall be punished in the cruelest of manners, so that nobody in my kingdom will ever speak in my name…”

Maidyomaha was skinned alive and left in the desert to be devoured by the beasts.

Note 1: This story by Hassan Frohouar received great appeal and the Ayatollahs in Iran failed for a time to connect the story to their regime. It dawned on the mullahs that the prophet Muhammad used the same tactics to secure the wife of his adoptive son Zaid, but in the name of Allah. And this religious regime was ruling in the name of Allah, putting words in Allah’s mouth.

The prosecutor accused Hassan of committing the gravest of sins, saying: “A public writer sins greatly when he infect the minds of his readers, far worse than ordinary people...”

Note 2: This post was inspired by a chapter in “The Iranian woman” by the French Maurice Bigio, a short autobiography of Shirine Abadi (Ebadi) who defended Frohouar in court.

Note 3: The Iranian Shirin Ebadi (Abadi) is a Nobel laureate suffering at the hands of the radicals, and most famous for her civil rights activism said in her acceptance speech:

“Allow me to say a little about my country, region, culture and faith. I am an Iranian. A descendent of Cyrus The Great. The Charter of Cyrus the Great is one of the most important documents that should be studied in the history of human rights. I am a Muslim. In the Koran the Prophet of Islam has been cited as saying: “Thou shalt believe in thine faith and I in my religion”. That same divine book sees the mission of all prophets as that of inviting all human beings to uphold justice. Since the advent of Islam, Iran’s civilization and culture has become imbued and infused with humanitarianism, respect for the life, belief and faith of others, propagation of tolerance and compromise and avoidance of violence, bloodshed and war. The luminaries of Iranian literature, in particular our Gnostic literature, from Hafiz, Mowlavi [better known in the West as Rumi] and Attar to Saadi, Sanaei, Naser Khosrow and Nezami, are emissaries of this humanitarian culture.”

Actually, Shirin is a Jew of the family Katzav who converted to Islam to marry Shapour Magazehi. She cannot read Arabic or understand Arabic. She cannot read the Coran. She has a son who is afflicted with a genetic disease called Myopathy.

The former Israeli President was of the Katzav family and was prosecuted and convicted of raping his secretaries. He was to serve 7 years of prison term.

Note 4:  Hassan Frohouar published “My Persian fairy tales” and “Stories of a country that no longer exists


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