2022

Onwards Towards The Unknown!

Studies show that about 50 million Americans – and more than that worldwide – suffer from allergies, especially during the Spring Season. While most Trees are hermaphroditic, meaning that they have both Male and Female reproductive parts, the number of Male Trees in the US is much more than Female Trees. Why? Because nurseries found out that they can sell more Male plants since they are easier to grow than waiting for Nature to take its course and for Males and Females to pollinate each other. I call this another example of Tampering With Nature for the sake of more Profits! Moreover, because we have more carbon dioxide in our air than ever before in history – another Tampering With Nature example for the sake of Profits due to our usage of Fossil Fuels etc. etc. – Male Trees are now producing more Pollen than they ever did, hence causing more allergies in humans, while Female Trees produce no Pollen and, in fact, take the Pollen from the air and turn it into seeds, thus Fighting the Allergens. There you go! Is this another Simplistic Proof of how many Males, whether they are Trees or Humans are Destructive, while many Females are Constructive? Hmmm!

And, while we are talking Nature, recent scientific reports are ringing the alarms once again regarding Climate Change and its severe ramifications, especially since COP26 was Blah! Blah! Blah. Thank you, Greta Thunberg! I’m not holding my breath for this to change! Moreover, I don’t think that our Political and other Leaders in this World – who happen to be mostly Males – connect the dots, because . . .

. . . when the Subterranean World underneath our feet is experiencing Turbulence then Earthquakes happen, Hurricanes increase, Tornados and Stormy Weather become more threatening . . .

. . . and when the Oceans are experiencing Turbulence then Tsunamis occur . . .

. . . and when the Climate is experiencing Stress then Rising Sea Levels, Sinking Islands, Droughts, Uprooting and Migrations are set into motion . . .

. . . and when we add to all this a Pandemic and more to come, as some  scientists are predicting, topped with Inflation, followed by the predictions of a Recession, some Humans seem to be exhibiting their Worry and Stress with more and more Personal, Familial and Societal Relationship Dysfunctions and Behaviors, Mental Issues, Addictions to Drugs, Gun Shootings on the Streets and a whole lot of other Problems. All this while our US Political Parties are dead set on Annihilating each other rather than addressing these serious Quality-of-Life issues, and while the Corporate Media becomes more of a Tool for Government Propaganda and Avaricious Consumerism rather than advocate for Mr. and Mrs. Ordinary People. Very Sad!

Moreover, the war on Ukraine hasn’t helped matters at all, and the Ukrainian Humans should never have been sacrificed so brutally if Wisdom and Compromise had prevailed, just as the Syrian Humans should not have been sacrificed either! One Positive Observation, though, is the increasing Revulsion and Distaste of Most Ordinary People in this World for War and Violence except for all those Cold War Politicians, Military Generals, Weapons Manufacturers and War Hawks! Will that Repugnance, perhaps, impel us to seek more Peaceful Methods to Solve our Differences in future? I sincerely doubt it! And Ukraine is where, it seems, that the US and NATO are facing off with Vladimir Putin in order to obliterate Communism once and for all. And how cynical and tragic is it that some are saying: We will fight Putin to the last Ukrainian! Will they succeed? I have no idea! I don’t have any answers, but it is unbelievable what a whole lot of more hypocrisy, double standards and depraved behavior this war has unveiled with Everyone twisting their knickers over how Putin is using Cluster Bombs and White Phosphorus in Ukraine when both were used by the Israelis in Gaza and no-one was horrified? How Unjust, Inhumane and Bigoted is that? Moreover, that Rape has become a weapon of war in Ukraine? Excuse me? Has Rape not been a weapon of war throughout time? That US GIs did not Rape in Afghanistan, in Japan and elsewhere? That it is happening in Refugee Camps all over the World? Russian soldiers doing this are as Monstrous and Immoral as are too many to count on this Planet! But, they are Not The Only Monsters! The Male sex has always used this weapon whether in their Homes, or at War! Nevertheless, I feel that overall this is a very, very dangerous game that we are involved in here, and it cannot end well for anyone! This is why I dread what might be coming unless serious Negotiations and Compromise occur regarding Ukraine’s Calamity.

In Retrospect: when Bush and his Gang decided that after occupying Iraq they would continue on to Syria, Libya etc. and create that New World Order – which the Elder Bush had initially talked about – Bashar Al-Assad decided that he did not want to give in to that conspiracy and be humiliated and murdered in the streets like Gaddafi and Hussein. He, therefore, turned to Putin for military help and we all saw how Homs, Aleppo and a whole lot of smaller towns and villages were demolished, and millions of people were killed and uprooted. At the time, the US Administration knew that Putin was deeply and directly involved, though many of us weren’t as aware of how deep was that involvement. Had Obama aborted Bush’s New World Order mantra and taken another more peaceful direction would we have been here? And had Obama really acted on that “line in the sand” and faced off with Putin after realizing the atrocities occurring in Syria, would Ukraine have happened? There are always dire consequences to Meddling and playing God whether it is the US, or Russia, or any other country doing that! I know that for me, and for so many others, it is easy to say all that in retrospect, but aren’t Political Leaders and all the machinations – covert and overt – of their Administrations supposed to be wiser, more knowledgeable, more aware than us Ordinary people? Isn’t that why we elect them? Doesn’t seem so! Quite far from it, actually!

This brings me back to those Destructive Male Trees and the more Destructive Male Politicians and Leaders – as well as the Women who emulate them – who have throughout time led Humanity to Wars and more Wars that Innocent Ordinary People end up paying for with their lives and livelihoods. And, in our current situation, the Biggest Price of all Wars, Climate Changes, Inflations, Recessions and Pandemics etc. etc. will be paid for by the Humans of the so-called Third World. ALL of them!

As all this Turbulence is enveloping us, many of my friends and people I know have totally tuned off and are going about their lives blithely and carefree realizing that they are mostly helpless to effect any fundamental change at this precarious moment. In a way, I don’t blame them! This leaves the Political Junkies – such as yours truly – to follow up on the News and Views and March Onwards Towards The Unknown that the Warmongering, Arrogant Male Species is tragically bulldozing us into! Scary, to say the least!

2022

Torn Again!

Around 1970 – brain does not remember exact dates at this stage of the game – I happened to be in Amman, Jordan where my cousin had picked me up and, while she drove, I was looking out of the car window and saw a three-story modest house where the first floor windows and verandah had been fitted with iron bars. I commented to my cousin that the neighborhood must be experiencing criminal activity and had put up the iron bars to deter thieves from entering the home. She laughed! That, she explained, is an Interrogation and Torture location rented by the Jordanian Secret Service. I was horrified! It turns out that it was not the only location for conducting these intimidating and cruel methods. Apparently, such premises existed – and still do! – in Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, throughout the Gulf States, Morocco, as well as in a host of other countries!

When the US illegitimately invaded and occupied Afghanistan and then Iraq we had the infamous Abu Ghraib prison where we conducted our own Interrogation and Torture procedures, followed by our prison in Guantanamo, Cuba where the same cruel systems continued, and, we also exported some humans for Renditions (Per Google: the practice of sending a foreign criminal or terrorist suspect covertly to be interrogated in a country with less rigorous regulations for the humane treatment of prisoners) to other parts of the world where our allies would continue with these inhumane methods. Over the years, nothing has changed and some Autocratic Regimes continue to silence demonstrators and dissidents with draconian measures knowing that fear creates silence and, therefore, they can continue ruling with impunity! Pretty dismal!

Today, while witnessing the ongoing tragedy in Ukraine I recall how much wickedness we human beings and nations are capable of, and that whether it was Colonialism, or Slavery, or regime changes, fomented revolutions and many other meddling, inequalities and injustices, our methodology for these inhumane practices continue unabated. Politicians and many Humans of Western Nations in this Twenty-first Century might gasp, feign indignation and condemn all these “undemocratic” systems when they themselves are Not above reproach no matter how much, and how often, they seek to justify matters. There are No clean hands in politics! None! Simply remember how so-called democratic nations are slowly and surely torturing and murdering Julian Assange, as one example. There are more!

The ongoing tragedy in Ukraine has opened up a myriad of debates as those same old hawkish pundits, cold-war generals and other “experts” are being trotted out to nauseatingly opine about our terrific values and righteousness, and the immoral practices of our adversaries not realizing, or admitting that we have also been immoral, specifically because our ideology of “freedom and democracy” has cost the world many Calamities! Our perspectives about all such issues, after all, are built on our personal experiences and factual history, not on the Hollywood/State Department scripted and choreographed version of events.

Moreover, it seems that every Worldwide Calamity needs a Cause Célèbre” (Reminder: During the invasion of Iraq it was Jessica Lynch and the Hollywood propaganda scripted to depict US valor! (Link Below)** And today it is Zelensky basking in the limelight and almost goading NATO and the US to jump unnecessarily into this quagmire! Many are wondering what will President Putin do? Will NATO and the US do this, that, or the other? What will the New World Order and geo-political landscape look like after all this is said and done? After all, Dubya Bush and his criminal cohorts had heralded a New World Order after their invasion and occupation of Iraq and we have been witnessing the Calamity that his World Order has produced and its repercussions across the region and the world. Will we be experiencing another newer catastrophe if/when the tragedy in Ukraine ends? Will Russia and China form an Alliance to counter US/Western hegemony? Will there be a new Cold War? It’s all up in the precarious and ominous air at the moment!

Hence, I find myself caught between a rock and a hard place once again! Over the many years, and as I have been witnessing the worldwide ongoing Colonialism – it never ended for all those many centuries! – of the US and NATO, I have been slowly and surely losing a lot of my trust and confidence in the so-called democracy and freedom that the West has been extolling and exporting, while wreaking havoc and creating enemies and extremists everywhere! This is a huge dilemma for me, as well as for many knowledgeable immigrants and exiles, because we are still so angry at the wreckage that was done to our countries by those same Western Democracies. Nevertheless, here we are enjoying the democratic freedoms and lifestyles of those Western Nations we are living in, while at the same time not being able to defend, or justify many of their foreign policies, or even some of their domestic policies! Thus, we are caught in between that rock and that hard place! The fact that there are non-immigrant citizens of Western Nations who also criticize their governments and policies does not make us feel any better, the main reason being that “natives” seem to have certain rights within their nations, while our bitching is looked upon with suspicion and disdain encouraging some to say: go back home, or, how impertinent of you to be griping while enjoying our freedoms and lifestyles! So, I’m Torn Again, and I often ask myself if this American Democracy, with all its shortcomings, inequalities and failures – especially those pertaining to Black and Brown citizens and other minorities – is better, or worse, than living under an Authoritarian regime where Intimidation, Disappearances, Murder, Torture and Interrogations are a fact of life? At the end of the day, and despite all my reservations regarding the Western Political System, the answer has got to be: not since I have the choice (and so many do not), and not while I truly admire and enjoy many of the democratic ways of life and freedoms. It’s quite a conundrum, really!

However, and shelving my own Torn Again dilemmas and anger for a moment, I also ask myself that After, After, After all is said and done with the Ukraine Calamity will all of us be asking: Who Won? And the answer has got to be: We All Lost! We all lost another big chunk of our Humanity, Wisdom and Civility! So very tragic!

** https://www.theguardian.com/world/2003/may/15/iraq.usa2