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Laws are like sausages — it is best not to see them being made: Mercenary Guidelines for a Better World

Guidelines for a Better World

Sausages

Sausages

Laws are like sausages — it is best not to see them being made.  Perhaps I should re-phrase this as:

The Rules of Law and International Diplomacy are like sausages — it is best not to see them being made

It’s a strange world out there.  Two recent political events have brought two previously unlinked ideas to my mind.  The events are:

Wikileaks disclosures
Innocents Killed In Iraq

Innocents Killed In Iraq by US gunship

For the Wikileaks disclosures, I see them as a highly embarrassing thing for those involved, but an empowering thing for us mere mortals who are divorced from the diplomatic process.  Normally, all the guts of the process are hidden.

In the case of the cover-up of the turkey shoot of unarmed civilians by US helicopter crews, it is something of which we should all be aware, no matter how discomforting for us.

In truth, we need better leaders in the West, people of real morals and guts so that we do not have to see the guts of innocents sprayed on the streets ever again to realise how crap the current bunch are.

Mercenary Forces

Mercenary forces I see as a fact of current and historical life, the old colonial powers especially – indeed, the UK has its own dirty hand in this.  For nigh-on 200 years the UK has even had its own full-time mercenaries, the Gurkhas, typically used in near-suicidal conflict situations.  Also, currently, from the standpoint of an Afghan tribesman, the British Army in Afghanistan could be seen as little more than mercenaries in the employ of a puppet king, Hamid Karzai.  For the tribesman, little has changed – there’s money about but he sees none of it whosoever is in charge.

Diplomacy

Click to see Sausage Making process from the inside.

Sausage Making

In the meantime, we have diplomacy.  For the West, this is a world of essentially astute well educated  folk, usually adept in law not technology, that seek to make deals with not-so-nice folk for our own country’s benefit.

 

Because these deals are done at the guttural level, like sausage-making, it’s an unpleasant process to stumble upon – which is exactly what we’ve seen with the Wikileaks Diplomatic Cable exposures.  Naturally we are aghast that such things go on in our name.  For me, it seems to be a wholly unpleasant process in our current world and something I’d wish to eliminate.

Earth in an oil drop

Taking the current crisis in Libya;  for the previous three years the Blair/Brown Labour Government has made overtures with Libya, sold arms and even SAS training, but all with the aim of ensuring Libya kept it’s hands off the nuclear button.  Seems good-ish.  Laudable aims, jaw-jaw nor war-war and all that.

This process, now revealed, is ugly – but no more so than our current Prime Minister Cameron sucking up to some Gulf Arabs who, like Libya, run a similar kind of oligarchic, autocratic, nepotistic state, full of outlandish greed and luxury with no voice for the inhabitants!  Seems pretty bad.  ………   It is bad.  Really bad.  It’s the same process as before, and we only do it because we need their oil.   Forget about Grand Prix cars and World Cup Football – it’s all about the O. I. L.  – OIL.

So What to Do?

Use Oil?  Sell Bullets.

Most of the recent interventions of the West’s (let’s call them wars should we – after all, thousands have died?), have been into countries that maintain a nice, steady flow of oil to us rich, lazy, westerners.  We think nothing of flying the globe or motoring to the shop for a cheap item that has most probably already crossed the globe once on its way from China, so yes, it’s important we can do this, right?…

On the other hand, our presence in places like Sudan, Rwanda or Congo has been notable by our absence.  Millions have brutally died.  (a.k.a. we don’t care as you’ve no oil.)

Meanwhile our presence in places like Nigeria or Bhopal, India has been notable for our poisoning of the local inhabitants without a trace of remorse or compensation by those involved.

Not Use Oil?  Don’t Sell Bullets.

  • Self-sufficient city planned near Seoul

    A Planned Self Sufficient Korean City

    Consider our own little part of the world.  It’s a place that many people in the world aspire to live because we are essentially free and most material things in our lives can be satisfied.

  • Consider how bright and technologically advanced we consider ourselves to be.

Now consider a world where we eliminated our dependency on chicken dictatorships – a world where we used our technological prowess to eliminate the consumption of oil and our addiction to the making and selling of arms, mostly to these self-same oil rich oligarchies. It’d be a world where we, the citizenry,  didn’t have to look on aghast as all our tax money was spent on bribing simple crooks to talk to us nicely.

Surely, like Egypt & Tunisia, those sort of oligarchies would collapse if we stopped buying their oil and stopped selling them our finest weaponry?

And if they didn’t, so what? There’d be no need for us as a nation to be thrown into hypocritical situations and taking ghastly actions for which we’d later be thoroughly ashamed.  Those areas of the world could take their own destinies into their own hands.

Green Shoot Of Peace

Green Shoot Of Peace

And Diplomacy? For us, we should see more not less of the words and processes done in our name.  We are not children and sooner or later, if the diplomats have fucked it up, we’re going to find out anyway, much as we did after WW1, WW2 and anywhere else our sons and brothers get killed in someone else’s war.

  • We need a proper, ethical, foreign policy.
  • We need diplomats of guile and courage, just like now,  to promote it.
  • And really, we really, really, need to be self-sufficient for all our needs and not rely on corrupt tin-pot states that have not left the Middle Ages in outlook.  This single thing is the most important thing for us and the peaceful futures of our immediate descendants.
  • We need a bit of courage to do this – to wean ourselves off this drug-like dependency on crooks of no substance who happen to sit on stuff we just happen to need, now.  Lets use our technological nous and make the current now a thing of the past – like stone axes and bronze swords, historical curiosities.
  • Mercenaries have courage – after all, if caught they’re usually the first one’s strung up.  See Dead Mercenary Taken to Tripoli Morgue, Libia Protests 2011.   But if the mercenaries have a proper home – what then?  There’d just be the few psychos like there’s always been, because you know, most people, even young hotheads, don’t want to wind up in an early grave.

Remember;

Courage is Contagious.

Get the t-shirt!

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Uneven Response to Plague and Flu Deaths

Comparing The West and The East

Black Death

Black Death

There is currently a world-wide flu epidemic and it’s interesting to compare the responses of various countries to it, with the historical pandemic of The Plague, i.e. the Black Death.

Flu

  • In the USA, it’s been called “Mexican Flu” sometimes quite pejoratively, especially at it’s outset and especially by some. – link & even worse link
  • In Europe, especially the UK, it’s called “swine flu” and there’s been a bit of a minor panic. – link There will shortly be enough medicine for everyone in the country.
  • In China, massive quarantines have been set up. – link
  • In Egypt, they killed all the pigs to piss off the pig-owning Christians… – link

Plague

  • In China, two neighbours, miles from help and contact, have died from the lethal septicaemic type of plaque.  China has now quarantined tens of thousands of people.  – link
  • In the USA, about 2 people a year die from The Black Death.  Usually, there’s a small news item and a handful of people are either quarantined or dosed with medicines.  But they don’t call it Mexican Plaque.  – link
  • In Mexico, probably a couple of people a year die from Plague  – however, all articles I can find relate to New Mexico deaths (e.g. link) or to racist comments about Mexico (e.g. this crap i.e. no facts, just racial slur).  I can’t find any actual recent Mexican deaths from plague apart from 1920! Between the USA and Mexico, thousands die annually in drug-related crime.
  • In Egypt, it’s closes it’s borders and declared a state of emergency! – link

Conclusion

Virus

Virus

Massive pandemics have always created panic and historically, it’s always the least advantaged or minorities in a society that have suffered.

When the plague erupted in the Middle Ages, Jews were massacred in Germany and burnt for “poisoning wells”.  Old women, cripples, nearby tribes, nations or religions, you name it –  they’ve all been made scapegoats for the completely natural and organic organisms behind infection.

Judge from the above how much ignorance exists both in the leadership and general population within the various societies for the causes, effects and solutions to the problem.

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The 26 Admonitions explained by Richard Causton

Strangely post on September 13th, 2008
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Introduction

Lotus Flower - photo by Strangely PerfectI’ve nabbed the content of this from Ted Penfold.  My wife, has told me that she heard this lecture of Dick’s and found it and him some of the most inspiring things in her life.  I came across this wonderful piece by chance, looking for some background information on Nikko, the second guy after (Nichiren) in our prayers, and repeat it here so that more people might be similarly inspired.

I’ve corrected some spellings from the original transcript here which I assume were due to OCR transcription errors, mainly.  I’ve also added a few links, where appropriate, to external sources (SP)

Quick Links: Background Discussion Preface and Conclusion The 26 Admonitions Conclusions

n.b. Admonitions = Precepts = Warnings.  The three terms appear in different places, but essentially mean the same thing (SP)


LECTURE ON THE TWENTY-SIX ADMONITIONS OF NIKKO SHONIN by the late SGI UK General Director, Richard Causton

LecturnThe following lecture by SGI UK General Director, Richard Causton, based on various lectures given by him around the U.K. and overseas during late 1992 and 1993, was inspired by SGI President Ikeda’s guidance on this subject on 24th October 1992. This lecture first appeared as a series of articles in SGI-UK’s monthly magazine, the U.K. Express. (now called Art of Living – SP)

Dick Causton’s and Nikko Shonin’s words follow…

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In the name of Christ they’re Sick, Sick, Sick

I thought we’d got rid of all the stupid flagellant stuff from the Middle Ages when people were primitive and bestial, trusting in a primordial god-figure to save themselves from the wrath of hell.

But no. So called civilised people are getting themselves crucified as a form of penance, but, being the modern world, it’s now a great tourist attraction, satisfying the basal instincts of the mob that gets bigger every year. It’s all here on this news link for today.  No doubt the YouTube videos are being passed around the playgrounds as we speak, chipping away at people’s disgust threshold and increasing the population’s tolerance for all things dastardly and horrible with the world.  It’s in the Philippines.  Basingstoke next then?

The Catholic Church has come all out against it (as if!) and says it “frowns upon it“. This is the same bunch that gets seriously upset if anyone says that Jesus might’ve been gay or didn’t exist or Mary Magdalene was a hooker or anything.

I think it’s time they got their priorities sorted mate, don’t you? Christ’s commandment at the Last Supper was supposedly to “love one another”…

There’s something here that doesn’t quite add up. (sarcasm alert!)

Mind you. It could be worse.  If it was a Muslim lot doing it and anyone commented on it then you’d get blown up or something, like in that Danish cartoon thing.  There, a Danish dude drew a picture depicting the irony of someone hiding behind a peaceful religion going around bombing ordinary people.  It’s in the news again today….Bin Laden is rabble-rousing the uneducated masses to bomb anyone who suggests that he’s a bomber….again….   You work it out…

I’ll see if I can find the picture again and put it out.  It shows a truth I guess, but is designed to offend those whose offence thresholds are markedly skewed to mine.

oo! oo!  better be careful!

Nah! Call a spade a spade.

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