Wednesday, 31 October 2018

TO A BETTER PLACE

It is the feeling I get only seven days before the US midterms when people are slinging dirt at each other for no reason. At times, I just have to stay away from social media and MSM or I shall explode.

Día de los Muertos in Mexico. Photo BBC

This week there was an effort to discredit Mr. Integrity - Robert Mueller - and his investigation. The fanatics sound desperate. Cooler heads prevailed and the mud-slingers got nowhere.

Not the case with the Squirrell Hill synagogue shooting, though. It takes me back to the seventies when people were shot at random, for no reason, on a whim, for political effect by people so completely brainwashed by hate rhetoric they did not know right from wrong. In those days in Buenos Aires, everyone was a target.

Are the shooters, the killers mentally ill? No. They are cold-blooded killers, and they should be sentenced accordingly.

There was a shooting of two black people at a store as well. It did not get much publicity, but it happened, and it was a hate crime as well.

As for the murderous, terrorist-driven caravan coming to the US border, the troops posted there are supposed to show how great the danger has become.

Hate is the common thread here. The stuff Che Guevara wrote about in 1970, the feelings he awakened in Argentina’s youth so long ago still rankle  and burn. Without hate we cannot triumph over a brutal enemy.

Where does it end? It ends with leadership, with unity, with acceptance of each other, understanding of time and place.

Hate is not a weapon. It’s a disease. 

Thursday, 25 October 2018

HOME-GROWN TERRORISM: The New Age 


We expats of the Banana Republics have lived with home-grown terrorists, and many of us have left our countries, cultures, everything we knew, to get away from them. We know it’s no use saying, “Oh, but he was mentally ill ...” We know a terrorist when we see one. 

What these terrorists seem to have in common are feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, rage, frustration -- what Che Guevara called 'hate’.



Hate is a factor in the struggle, Che wrote in 1967, the year of his death, unyielding hatred for the enemy which pushes a human being beyond his natural limitations, turning him into an effective, violent, selective, cold killing machine. Our soldiers have to be thus. Without hate we cannot triumph over a brutal enemy.

At this time, home-grown terror is on our minds every day, and every week, in the US and Canada. Most recently a number of homemade pipe bombs were delivered to key Democrats in the US, and we are still spinning over the killings on Danforth Avenue in Toronto on July 22.

Hopelessness and rage - not mental illness - is the cause here. And governments are expected to respond and to reduce the attacks. But when the rhetoric rises and the pundits chatter, and nothing is done, the result is yet another attack.

Las Vegas massacre.

For the general public, they key is to stay vigilant, and keep informed. Here is the link to John R. Schindler’s False Flag Terrorism:Myth and Reality on observer.com . It’s sensible and detached and neutral and just right. It is also posted by the author on Twitter: twitter @20committee .

These acts of terror are saying, "Attention. I want attention!"

So, listen for a change. Listen, learn and take action.







Monday, 15 October 2018

LET THEM ROT or BRING THEM BACK?


Tolerance, compassion, no matter have bad you have been. Is this a realistic expectation?

According to Stewart.Bell@globalnews.ca and Andrew.Russell@globalnews.ca the man called Jihadi Jack wants to come home.

Jack Letts, a British-born Canadian citizen and muslim convert left for Syria in 2014. There, he was caught by Kurdish forces and stuck in a dungeon. Today, Jack wants out. If he does, he has promised his mom to "try and be a better person". He doesn’t mind going to jail, as long as it’s here. Jack says he has been imprisoned for ten months and the situation is desperate. He has not seen a doctor since his capture. 



Canadian consular officials are helping sort him out but they make no promises other than to negotiate the conditions of his imprisonment, and try to get him medical attention. Since the British government refused to become involved, the only thing the Canadians have promised is to try and help. The bottom line is, the Canadian jihadists are being held by an insurgent group rather than a state, and that limits Canada’s ability to negotiate, officials said.

Though naive or immature, judging from the joke about his intention not to bomb people with fertilizer -- a word he cannot spell -- Jihadi Jack seems sincere. 

Will the government bring him back?

Canadians are split about the situation. The NDP feel all Canadians should get protection from their government, while the Tories are loath to threaten public safety by repatriating terrorists. For Justin Trudeau, the issue is a hot potato.

Obviously, if he brings one back, he has to repatriate them all. And some of the Canadians have wives and children.

On Twitter, the blaze has just begun. And the comments are negative. Really negative.

People think that these Canadians should face the consequences of their actions.

Well?

Friday, 12 October 2018

IN SEARCH OF SALVATION


Canada is looking to repatriate eleven ISIS combatants. These are people who rejected Canadian values and killed for their beliefs.

Can we rehab them? The government thinks so, yet  the debate began with a firm rejection of the rehab concept.

"Let them rot," some exclaim. 

"Help them atone,” others insist.

What is your view?

My own is to be informed. 

I’ve studied Stewart Bell’s report on globalnews.ca and on Twitter posted by @StewGlobal

I have also mulled over a report on brianlilley.com in which he explains why he doesn’t buy the rehab concept -- a point of view many of us share.


La Nación cartoonist Alfredo Sabat's take on Montoneros and justice.
Montoneros were a well-funded, highly organized terrorist group
which owned mobile weapons and explosives factories.


My experience is that terrorists at home cannot be rehabilitated, cannot be brought to justice, so they are made to disappear. The Argentine military junta of 1976 jailed, tortured and ‘disappeared’ 6,342 Montonero combatants in mass graves, and via death flights in which people were tossed alive into the ocean.



The leaders of the armed forces (above) were judged in court 
and jailed for life for their atrocities.
Several ex-terrorists (below) got government posts under 

the Kirchner government. 
Their atrocities were never recognized as crimes against humanity.

“Extremes are dangerous,” someone said. “What is true and real and good lies somewhere near the centre.”


And there’s the big question: Where is the centre?