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Clear policy in dealing with terrorism/fundamentalism

Let us go through some deep and rigorous logical thinking which would lead us to a clear policy in dealing with terrorism/fundamentalism.

TWO QUESTIONS, one easy one hard (the second –more uncomfortable– one should come next post).
So step 1 (the easy one).
QUESTION ” Would you agree to deny the freedom of speech to every political party that has in its charter the banning of freedom of speech?”


One step further, “Should a society that has elected to be tolerant be intolerant about intolerance?

This is in fact the incoherence that Goedel (the grandmaster of logical rigor) detected in the constitution while taking the naturalization exam.


I wrote about idiots asking me if one should be “skeptical about skepticism”, using a similar answer put to Popper about ” if one could falsify falsification”.

Please answer. People who agree may not like the next question.

Nassim Taleb on FB

TRIBUNE « Terrorisme, une focalisation excessive » par Pascal Boniface

Pascal Boniface. 15/02/2016 

Pour Pascal Boniface, directeur de l’Iris (1), la menace terroriste ne saurait constituer le seul horizon de la réflexion stratégique et de l’action politique.

Car il existe bien d’autres causes de mortalité qui doivent aussi nous préoccuper.

TRIBUNE « Terrorisme, une focalisation excessive » par Pascal Boniface ZOOM

AFP

La menace terroriste est devenue le centre de l’horizon médiatique, politique et stratégique français. Pourrait-il en être autrement ?

Les attentats des 7 et 9 janvier 2015 et ses 15 morts, le plus grand nombre de victimes du terrorisme depuis cinquante ans sur le territoire français, avaient frappé la nation au plus profond. Elle avait fait face avec près de quatre millions de citoyens manifestant leur refus de céder à la peur.

Mais le 13 novembre, c’est 130 personnes qui perdirent la vie du fait d’attentats. Une escalade dans l’horreur, et dans les réactions qui ont suivi.

C’est devenu le sujet numéro un pour les médias qui ont vu leur nombre de téléspectateurs, auditeurs et lecteurs fortement augmenter et pour les responsables politiques qui doivent répondre à une demande de protection et de sécurité du public.

Dans l’ensemble, les Français ont réagi avec une très grande dignité à ces drames. (dignite? what’s that crap?)

Mais ils sont anxieux et ont besoin d’être rassurés.

Ne pas tomber dans le piège qui nous est tendu

On peut cependant se demander si, malgré l’intérêt marqué du public, on ne parle pas trop du terrorisme ?

Et si, ce faisant, on ne tombe pas dans le piège qui nous est tendu ?

Dès 1962, Raymond Aron écrivait que « les effets psychologiques du terrorisme étaient hors de proportion avec les résultats purement physiques ».

C’est encore plus vrai à l’heure des chaînes d’informations permanentes parce que c’est exactement ce que recherchent ceux qui ont frappé et veulent encore le faire : marquer les esprits et prendre le leadership sur l’agenda.

Ne risque-t-on pas alors de susciter un effet de galvanisation chez les terroristes, qui vont crier victoire au vu de l’ampleur des réactions qu’ils suscitent ? Cela leur permet de consolider leurs recrutements.

Ne crée-t-on pas un effet d’imitation ou d’entraînement pour des esprits faibles qui pourraient, par mimétisme, essayer à leur tour de tenter de commettre un attentat ?

Ne risque-t-on pas de nourrir un climat anxiogène qui pèse sur le moral de la nation et l’activité économique, à vivre dans l’angoisse de nouvelles frappes qui peuvent survenir à tout moment ? Et du coup de donner une victoire symbolique aux terroristes qui seront parvenus à marquer les esprits ?

La vigilance, pas la panique

Il ne s’agit pas de ne pas prendre en compte la menace. C’est indispensable. Mais faut-il en faire à ce point un élément du débat public ?

Ne pourrait-on pas agir avant et en parler moins ? Par ailleurs, à trop se focaliser sur le terrorisme, n’oublie-t-on pas de réfléchir aux grandes évolutions mondiales, à la place de la France dans le monde, à ses marges de manœuvres qui ne peuvent se résumer à la lutte contre le terrorisme ?

Il y a d’autres facteurs de mortalité qui ne suscitent pas la même mobilisation.

Il y a 130 personnes par jour qui meurent à cause de l’alcool.

L’an dernier, 412 personnes sont mortes de froid dans la rue et 3 500 autres ont été victimes de la route, certes par accident, mais en grande partie par la délinquance routière.

Chaque année, 150 personnes meurent de violences conjugales.

Deux enfants meurent chaque jour sous les coups de leurs parents. Ces morts ne suscitent pas la même mobilisation.

Sans doute parce que ces morts ne sont pas le fait d’une action politique volontaire qui veut s’attaquer aux bases de notre société. Il y a une acceptation sociale beaucoup plus grande pour ces types de violence qui pourtant font chaque année, et depuis des décennies, beaucoup plus de victimes.

Les terroristes peuvent frapper en tous lieux et à tout moment. Il faut non pas s’y résigner mais s’y préparer, vivre avec ce risque comme nous vivons avec d’autres (maladies, accidents, etc.) en étant vigilants mais pas paniqués. (And most importantly, stop bombing other countries in revenge and Not for a any viable cause)

J’habite et travaille dans le 11arrondissement de Paris, où ont eu lieu les attentats de novembre. J’ai plus peur pour mes enfants s’ils doivent faire de longs trajets de voiture que s’ils partent boire un verre dans le quartier.

Pour horribles qu’ils soient, ces attentats ne menacent notre société que si nous cédons à la peur.  (Only dead brain people would Not scared in their heart and mind)

Il est contre-productif de se focaliser de façon excessive sur ce défi stratégique, au risque d’occulter tous les autres. Cela reviendrait à céder au spectaculaire et à l’irrationnel et ne pas voir le structurel et le rationnel.

(1) Institut de relations internationales et stratégiques.

 

PARENTS OF KILLED U.S. NAVY SEAL

TELL OBAMA

”YOUR COWARDLY LACK OF LEADERSHIP HAS LEFT A GAPING HOLE’

YOU ARE NOT UP TO THIS JOB. YOU KNOW IT. WE KNOW IT. THE WORLD KNOWS IT.

After finally choosing to view the barbaric, on-camera beheading by ISIS of freelance war correspondent James Foley, I have been left with a level of rage known only to those of us who have sacrificed unspeakable offerings on the altar of world peace.

My offering was my only son — Aaron Carson Vaughn.

Aaron was a member of SEAL Team VI. He was killed in action when a CH47D Chinook, carrying thirty Americans and eight Afghans was shot down in the Tangi River Valley of Afghanistan on Aug. 6, 2011.

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Many times over the past three years, I have been asked what drove my son to choose his particular career. What made him want to be a Navy SEAL? My answer is simple.

Aaron Vaughn was a man who possessed the courage to acknowledge evil. And evil, once truly acknowledged, demands response. Perhaps this is why so few are willing to look it in the eye. It is much simpler — much safer — to look the other way. (Time to describe Evil in terms not related to religion or cultural ideosyncracy)

That is, unless you are the leader of the Free World.

As Commander-in-Chief, your actions — or lack thereof — Mr. President, cost lives. As you bumble about in your golf cart, slapping on a happy face and fist-pounding your buddies,your cowardly lack of leadership has left a gaping hole — not only in America’s security — but the security of the entire globe.

Your message has come across loud and clear, sir: You are not up to this job. You know it. We know it. The world knows it.

Please vacate the people’s house and allow a man or woman of courage and substance to seize the reigns of this out-of-control thug-fest and regain the balance we, America, have provided throughout our great history.

Thanks to your “leadership” from whatever multi-million dollar vacation you happen to be on at any given moment, the world is in chaos. What’s been gained, you’ve lost. What’s been lost, you’ve decimated.

You’ve demolished our ability to hold the trust of allies. You’ve made a mockery of the title “President.” And you’ve betrayed the nation for which my son and over 1.3 million others have sacrificed their very lives.

But this should come as no surprise, since your wife uttered a vile statement on Feb. 18, 2008, during the primary campaign — one that speaks volumes of your true convictions.“For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country,” she said.

I am sure my deceased son thanks you for that, Mrs. Obama. Oh, and you’re welcome.

Never in my lifetime have I witnessed such despair and such growing fear that the world’s last best hope, America, has finally been dismantled. Perhaps the better word is transformed — fundamentally transformed. Come to think of it, it’s become difficult — if not impossible — to believe things haven’t gone exactly as you planned, Mr. President.

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Amazingly, in five short years, your administration has lurched from one disaster to another.

You spearheaded the ambitious rush to end the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan — with no plan on how to do so effectively. Also, the release of “the Taliban five” in exchange for one American — without consulting Congress — is also on your shoulders.

You have been at the helm during unprecedented national security leaks — including, but not limited to the outing of SEAL Team VI on the Bin laden raid, the outing of the Pakistani doctor who provided the intelligence for that raid, the outing of Afghanistan’s CIA station chief, and the outing of your personal “kill list” to make you look tough. In addition, 75% of American deaths in Afghanistan and 83 percent of Americans-wounded-in-action have occurred on your watch, according to icasualties.org.

And now, we have this recent, heinous event: the beheading of an American citizen by a barbaric organization you foolishly referred to as “the JV team” in your statements to the New Yorker magazine in January.

You, sir, are the JV team. It’s time for you to step down and allow a true leader to restore our honor and protect our sons and daughters.

Note: Obama speech on the US strategy to defeat ISIS was not convincing either.

If your allies are the ones who funded and supported ISIS, how can you convince the world community that your objective is actually to confront terrorism?

America has always been exceptional. And she will be again. You, Mr. President, are a bump in our road.

USA attacked by drones: Sooner than expected…

By 2020, it is estimated that as many as 30,000 drones will be used in US domestic airspace

Drones on domestic surveillance duties are already deployed by police and corporations. In time, they will likely be fitted with missiles and weapons, and hovering over US skies

I have a question. What operations are far less complex and cheaper to execute:

1. Sending kamikazes in commercial airplanes, or

2. Dispatching drones fitted with powerful missiles, and controlled from outside US territories, and targeting  sensitive sites like nuclear centers, depots of chemical weapons, depleted uranium bombs, electrical communication centers….

If your answer is that the second option is far easier to plan and execute, then why Obama is intent on giving ideas to these extremist jihadists, by targeting their potential leaders with drones every week, and using double tap tactics to kill the rescue teams?

 published in the guardian.co.uk, on Dec. 21, 2012 under: ”

The coming drone attack on America”

“People often ask me, in terms of my argument about “ten steps” that mark the descent to a police state or closed society, at what stage we are.

With the importation of what will be tens of thousands of drones, by both US military and by commercial interests, into US airspace, with a specific mandate to engage in surveillance and with the capacity for weaponization – which is due to begin in earnest at the start of the new year – it means that the police state is now officially here.

In February of this year, Congress passed the FAA Reauthorization Act, with its provision to deploy fleets of drones domestically. Jennifer Lynch, an attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, notes that this followed a major lobbying effort, “a huge push by […] the defense sector” to promote the use of drones in American skies: 30,000 of them are expected to be in use by 2020, some as small as hummingbirdsmeaning that you won’t necessarily see them, tracking your meeting with your fellow-activists, with your accountant or your congressman, or filming your cruising the bars or your assignation with your lover, as its video-gathering whirs.

Others will be as big as passenger planes. Business-friendly media stress their planned abundant use by corporations: police in Seattle have already deployed them.

An unclassified US air force document reported by CBS (pdf) news expands on this unprecedented and unconstitutional step – one that formally brings the military into the role of controlling domestic populations on US soil, which is the bright line that separates a democracy from a military oligarchy.

(The US constitution allows for the deployment of National Guard units by governors, who are answerable to the people; but this system is intended, as is posse comitatus, to prevent the military from taking action aimed at US citizens domestically.)

The air force document explains that the air force will be overseeing the deployment of its own military surveillance drones within the borders of the US; that it may keep video and other data it collects with these drones for 90 days without a warrant – and will then, retroactively, determine if the material can be retained – which does away for good with the fourth amendment in these cases.

While the drones are not supposed to specifically “conduct non-consensual surveillance on on specifically identified US persons”, according to the document, the wording allows for domestic military surveillance of non-“specifically identified” people (that is, a group of activists or protesters) and it comes with the important caveat, also seemingly wholly unconstitutional, that it may not target individuals “unless expressly approved by the secretary of Defense”.

In other words, the Pentagon can now send a domestic drone to hover outside your apartment window, collecting footage of you and your family, if the secretary of Defense approves it. Or it may track you and your friends and pick up audio of your conversations, on your way to protest or vote or talk to your representative, if you are not “specifically identified”, a determination that is so vague as to be meaningless.

What happens to those images, that audio? “Distribution of domestic imagery” can go to various other government agencies without your consent, and that imagery can, in that case, be distributed to various government agencies; it may also include your most private moments and most personal activities. The authorized “collected information may incidentally include US persons or private property without consent”. Jennifer Lynch of the Electronic Frontier Foundation told CBS:

In some records that were released by the air force recently … under their rules, they are allowed to fly drones in public areas and record information on domestic situations.

This document accompanies a major federal push for drone deployment this year in the United States, accompanied by federal policies to encourage law enforcement agencies to obtain and use them locally, as well as by federal support for their commercial deployment. That is to say: now HSBC, Chase, Halliburton etc can have their very own fleets of domestic surveillance drones. The FAA recently established a more efficient process for local police departments to get permits for their own squadrons of drones.

Given the Department of Homeland Security militarization of police departments, once the circle is completed with San Francisco or New York or Chicago local cops having their own drone fleet – and with Chase, HSBC and other banks having hired local police, as I reported here last week – the meshing of military, domestic law enforcement, and commercial interests is absolute. You don’t need a messy, distressing declaration of martial law.

And drone fleets owned by private corporations means that a first amendment right of assembly is now over: if Occupy is massing outside of a bank, send the drone fleet to surveil, track and harass them. If citizens rally outside the local Capitol? Same thing.

As one of my readers put it, the scary thing about this new arrangement is deniability: bad things done to citizens by drones can be denied by private interests – “Oh, that must have been an LAPD drone” – and LAPD can insist that it must have been a private industry drone. For where, of course, will be the accountability from citizens buzzed or worse by these things?

Domestic drone use is here, and the meshing has begun: local cops in Grand Forks, North Dakota called in a DHS Predator drone – the same make that has caused hundreds of civilian casualties in Pakistan – over a dispute involving a herd of cattle. The military roll out in process and planned, within the US, is massive: the Christian Science Monitor reports that a total of 110 military sites for drone activity are either built or will be built, in 39 states. That covers America.

We don’t need a military takeover: with these capabilities on US soil and this air force white paper authorization for data collection, the military will be effectively in control of the private lives of American citizens. And these drones are not yet weaponized.

“I don’t think it’s crazy to worry about weaponized drones. There is a real consensus that has emerged against allowing weaponized drones domestically. The International Association of Chiefs of Police has recommended against it,” warns Jay Stanley, senior policy analyst at the ACLU, noting that there is already political pressure in favor of weaponization:

“At the same time, it is inevitable that we will see [increased] pressure to allow weaponized drones. The way that it will unfold is probably this: somebody will want to put a relatively ‘soft’ nonlethal weapon on a drone for crowd control. And then things will ratchet up from there.”

And the risk of that? The New America Foundation’s report on drone use in Pakistan noted that the Guardian had confirmed 193 children’s deaths from drone attacks in seven years. It noted that for the deaths of ten militants, 1,400 civilians with no involvement in terrorism also died. Not surprisingly, everyone in that region is traumatized: children scream when they hear drones. An NYU and Stanford Law School report notes that drones “terrorize citizens 24 hours a day”.

If US drones may first be weaponized with crowd-control features, not lethal force features, but with no risk to military or to police departments or DHS, the playing field for freedom of assembly is changed forever. So is our private life, as the ACLU’s Stanley explains:

“Our biggest concerns about the deployment of drones domestically is that they will be used to create pervasive surveillance networks. The danger would be that an ordinary individual once they step out of their house will be monitored by a drone everywhere they walk or drive. They may not be aware of it. They might monitored or tracked by some silent invisible drone everywhere they walk or drive.”

“So what? Why should they worry?” I asked.

“Your comings and goings can be very revealing of who you are and what you are doing and reveal very intrusive things about you – what houses of worship you are going to, political meetings, particular doctors, your friends’ and lovers’ houses.”

I mentioned the air force white paper. “Isn’t the military not supposed to be spying on Americans?” I asked.

“Yes, the posse comitatus act passed in the 19th century forbids a military role in law enforcement among Americans.”

What can we do if we want to oppose this? I wondered. According to Stanley, many states are passing legislation banning domestic drone use.

Once again, in the fight to keep America a republic, grassroots activism is pitched in an unequal contest against a militarized federal government.

Note: https://adonis49.wordpress.com/2012/12/16/consistent-trend-in-us-drone-strikes-tweeting-reports-very-disturbing/

Part one.  Let’s make sense: “How can I win war on “terrorism”? (Jan. 28, 2010)

            Terrorism is winning by default: people waging war on terrorism failed to make contact with people who have plenty of common sense: The players failed to communicate to people with common sense why they are fighting them; they failed to make sense for peace, security, working civil administration, freedom of opinions, and opportunities to learn and work.

            You are reading me: that’s good enough to me.  You have plenty of common sense, regardless of your inherited opinions gathered from your close community and the discrimination tendencies that you are subjected to. 

You have the luxury to read; if what you read make sense then you are doubly fortunate: You have the opportunity to connect, gather intelligence, dialogue, and discuss.  You are on firm ground to believe that mankind has the potential to think rationally when emotional weighty issues are respected as part of community heritage. 

            You read: you are very fortunate as an individual and fortunate that you live in a society that connects you with the outside world.  If you can transfer your imagination to remote rural regions in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia then we are set to commune common sense.  

You are living in a region with no schools (at best religious schools teaching you how to read a Book); no presence of any State civil administration, no infrastructure for clean potable water coming to homes; no waste discharge facilities; no means to communicate with the outside world in your own language.  You are living within a close-knit tribal and clannish community that extends survival means and protection.  Are you with me so far?

            One morning, a drone drops bombs and missiles targeting “a terrorist” leader in your tribe, killing countless civilians.  How would you react?  The sky is conspiring to destabilize your peace and security; a “foreign” enemy is blatantly provoking you to kneel and submit to an idea or power that were not communicated to you:  all you know is what your community “preacher” has told you and who taught you at school.  Why should you submit to an opinion that you have no idea what it is and that does not relate to your current way of life? 

You do have plenty of common sense, but your “ghost” of an enemy is not revealing to you that he is endowed with any common sense.

            Your enemy (US military power) is a coward savage that cannot speak: he can only make war from a distance.  Hell, the sky is conspiring with an enemy that you have never seen his face or heard his voice.  There is total failure of communication.

Even if you care less about religion and the value system of your community you cannot help it but to fight this coward enemy playing ghost to frighten the bejesus out of your mind.

            Islamic extremists are winning by default: they are on the field and the enemy is in the air.  The enemy is setting foot on the moon and exploring the genesis of the Big Bang but he is scared to making eye contact with you: he is fighting you but failed to show up:  The enemy has no decency to tell you why he is fighting you; he could at least warn you or declare war!

            War on “terrorism” is a mental attitude: You cannot win this war if the people on the field are disconnected from the outside world.  If you failed to communicate in the language of the land, to learn the customs, and win first of all the State civil administrations, how can you start military campaigns of intimidation?  If the State civil administration is backward, corrupted, ignorant, and not willing to set foot in remote area then who is to communicate with tribal communities?

            The “terrorist” people didn’t declare war on you: you are doing what suits your ego trip as a superior race.  Time to differentiate between terrorist organizations and those poor and wretched people succumbing to internal obscurantism and external barbaric western military machine.

Part one set the foundations; part two will venture into details.  As I wrote in a previous article “The devil is Never in the details”

No food, no medicine, and no oil for Gaza:  just exploding bombs (December 30, 2008)

 

So far, the genocide air bombing of Gaza by Israel has left 400 dead and over 1900 serious injuries; the toll is climbing by the minutes and the Israeli navy is participating. The UN has admitted that 70 civilians died (not counting the injured). The only two leaders who support openly the Israeli genocide are Bush Junior and Germany Merkel; their excuses is that stopping a few artisanal missiles sent by Hamas is worth a genocide and crime against humanity for one million and half Palestinians living in a squeezed strip of 300 square kilometers with no friendly borders. Gaza is the most densely inhabited place on Earth. The European leaders are lambasted for going along with Bush Junior, as they did after the US unilaterally invaded Iraq; no wonder that the Arab and Moslem populations have no faith in the western State leaders.

 

Nasr Allah delivered another speech at a mass gathering in Beirut and urged President Suleiman of Lebanon to convene the Arab foreign ministers to discuss Gaza predicaments.  Israel is threatening to invade Gaza by land but my impression is that Israel is calculating the potential escalations and the intervention of Hezbollah.  Even without Hezbollah intervention the Zionist colonies, 40 miles around Gaza, are in shelters; subjugating  hundreds of Jewish colonies in the north to flee to shelters for a long duration would result in a disastrous internal difficulty or what is called “Home Front”.

I was watching the evening news on December 28 and it was pre-empted because Hassan Nasr Allah was delivering a speech from 8:15 to 9 p.m.  Nasr Allah started by reminding us of the battle of Karbala where Hussein (the grandson of the Prophet Muhamad) was slain. It is Ashoura for the Shiaa Moslem sect.  Nasr Allah declared tomorrow a day of mourning for the Palestinian martyrs in Gaza; it coincided with Ashoura. He asked for a mass gathering in Dahiyeh tomorrow starting at 3 p.m. 

Nasr Allah declared that the war in Gaza is a carbon copy of the July War in 2006 against Lebanon.  The difference is that Gaza has no open borders to friendly States like Syria. (The Egyptian dictator, President Moubarak, has been planning with Israel and the US for an all out war on Gaza simply because Palestine Hamas is believed to support the Egyptian opposition party of the “Moslem Brotherhood”.  Boubarak participated in the complete blockage of Gaza for two months and had closed the only exit out at the Rafah Gates)

Nasr Allah encouraged the Egyptian people to demonstrate by the millions to demand the opening of the Rafah gates for all kinds of supplies to the imprisoned population in Gaza.

Ehud Barak and Levny of Israel are categorical: that this prolonged campaign of terror is to open a new era of peace and prosperity in the region; a carbon copy of the statement of Condo Rice during the terror campaign in July 2006 on Lebanon! The failed hopes of Bush Junior to re-arranging the “Greater Middle East” according to his limited brain power resulted in the onset of the financial crash: investors had stopped in August 2006 believing in the worthless paper transactions of the financial multinationals and the rate of investment had reach a plateau. The Bush Administration decided then on the timing of the inevitable financial crash!

The case of Gaza is both a revenge of the Bush Administration for July 2006 fiasco and also for putting the squeeze on President elect Barak Obama to declare his positions on the Middle East problems before he swears in this coming January.  Most probably, the US wanted to deflect the financial problems for a while by focusing the attention of news media and world community to a bloody and harrowing genocide. The media are certainly thankful because wars are more interesting than attacking problems of economy and poverty and joblessness!

Israel might have the potentials, offered by the US militarily and financially, to wage wars of genocides but the backlash is going to be of a long-term nature for Israel, the US, Germany, and Egypt.  Embassies and consulates would be attacked and burned around the world for many months and Hamas would re-gain more supporters and dominate Palestinian politics.  Israel and the US should certainly be asking the hard question “What next? Where to after Gaza?”

Any dignity left? (December 13, 2008)

 

McCain, that failed specimen of vindictive spirit, thinks that he is in a position to offer valuable wisdom to the Indian people.  McCain is suggesting that the November terrorist attack on Mumbai should be treated in the same manner that Bush Junior performance; he says that the Indian government should attack Pakistan, as if Pakistan is Afghanistan!  There are specimens that never evolve because they cannot learn from failures, especially at an advanced age. 

The concepts of dignity and liberty come in one package deal.  The relative implant of these concepts in the organizational culture guides the trend in any one culture.  You are forced to believe that human dignity and liberty of choices are the main ingredients in an individual belief system.  The mainly unconscious belief system is mostly hard wired in the nervous network that tips the balance on the thousands of daily decisions and only our actions reveal our real values.

            If you tend to accept the above paragraph as making a lot of sense then most probably you have been strongly influenced by the Western colonial culture and tend not to dwell on any definition or discrimination of how dignity and liberty are assimilated and interpreted by other cultures.  In fact, colonialism is fundamentally the imposition of a specific supra-mythical culture on other communities.  Outside the natural sciences, the colonial powers have no interest or need to fine tune the general concepts related to human sciences and much less of dignity and liberty.  The ancient colonial powers are still exercising their influence on other communities and have generally substituted military force by technocracy in banking, monetary reforms, and “world-free” trade and finance, and technology standardization. 

The pragmatic western culture is resuming its well known strategy that says “the best route to transforming other cultures is to install the basic material standards and then, gradually and inevitably, the other cultures will adopt the philosophies of legal capitalism, democracy, modernism, progress and open borders for one world material culture”

Liberty is not just the freedom of selecting a religion or a community to adopt, which is necessary but never sufficient.  A community that values liberty should be ready to genuinely accepts the contributions and values of other religions, traditions and customs. Liberty has for pre-requisite constant dialogue and inter-communication among the various communities and religions. Thus, any belief system is fundamentally wrong because it means to exclude the other beliefs; any reshuffling or modification to a belief system remains wrong no matter what and liberty means accepting variations on sets of values.

 

              There are special individuals like Gandhi and Martin Luther King who are the ultimate political men striving for sainthood through fair non-violent and active struggles for the dignity of the disinherited, the humble, and the common folks. What dignity is there watching swarms of skeletal humans roaming arid and desert lands among calcified carcasses; amid land without a patch of green or a tiny tree on the horizon to taking shelter under, heading toward a camping ground hundreds of miles away for international relief succor?  What dignity is there to experiencing haggard humans fleeing civil war-torn villages to cramp up tent compounds? What dignity when these occurrences are frequent and happening all over the under-developed States?

Respecting human dignity means that we are ready to offer the individual with the tools and opportunities to resume fighting against imminent death, against famine, sickness, oppressions because life is a struggle against the chaos in death.  Respecting human dignity means alleviating the material struggle and thus shortening the necessary resting pauses when people feel the need to believe that destiny is traced at inception: they do at times feel exhausted surmounting artificial obstacles that are not in the nature of things; they do lose confidence in the organizations that constantly defy the processes of living organisms. 

Respecting human dignity is providing the resources to overcome the unnecessary frequent pauses when people are forced to believe in pre-destiny because they are not allowed to experience the little daily pleasures of loneliness, privacy, quality leisure time and self paced working habits.

There is dignity in erecting a school for children so that they might grow with dreams of better opportunities than their present lot.  There is dignity in building a dispensary so that children and the sick grow hope of having their pains alleviated.  There is dignity sharing in the digging of a well and the construction of an irrigation canal, a few necessary infrastructures so that a sense of control over destiny is palpable.  It does not take much investment to increase the level of dignity for changing the mind set to an alternative course for the future.

Man is yet to be formed; man jumped stages and started from considering himself God before he became man.  Man is a sickly creature but is nonetheless constantly inspired by dreams of what he can do and desire to transcend his inadequacies.  Man has proven to stand tall against injustices and fight a non-violent struggle at the expense of his own suffering, pains and even death for the dignity of his fellow man.


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