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Honoring Aylan Kurdi by Ending the War in Syria


Honoring Aylan Kurdi by Ending the War in Syria

Ramzy Baroud

"A photograph, no matter how emotionally wrenching, can only do so much," wrote Paul Slovic and Nicole Smith Dahmen in QZ.com.


Syrian refugees will bring the war in Syria to an end.
As soon as the West comes to the conclusion that the refugee issue is destabilizing and bringing down its governments the Syrian War will end.
That time is very, very close.


In a speech largely ignored by US media (June 10th 1963), but broadcast several times throughout Russia, President Kennedy spoke to the graduates of American University:
“So, let us not be blind to our differences--but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved. And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal.”
When the entire US economy depends upon unending war, any talk of Peace is considered treason to the Wall Street driven Military Industrial Complex. This was yet another nail in JFK's coffin, and to the millions killed by US wars and weapons sales in the years since. Where there is no enemy, America creates one and their media throw petrol on the fire. Sadly, the model has became contagious. Dr. Jill Stein (likewise ignored by the US media) puts JFK's sentiments even more succinctly when she says "People, Planet and Peace before Profit".
Everything is connected. Bismarck remarked that the only lesson we learn from History is that no-one learns from History. There can be surprising truths in ancient texts. Though not a blinding light on the road to Damascus moment, I was struck by the connection of Moses' followers worshipping the golden calf (whilst he had gone to collect the Ten Commandments) and the famous bull of Wall Street i.e. the worship of money is paying homage to a false god.
Before any atheists leap on the band-waggon to hurl abuse, I was simply thinking about biblical myths as metaphors which may contain the kernel of insight into the Human condition. One might prefer Aesop's story of King Midas. All myths have some truth, which is why Freud was able to select examples from Greek Classics.


That's a fine comment, HistoryPilot.

The full text of JFK's magnificent speech in June, 1963, can be found online. It's also reprinted in full in James Douglass' outstanding historical account, "JFK and the Unspeakable." It sounds like you're familiar with this book.

JFK certainly brought much hope for peace and justice that was quashed by LBJ, the CIA and the US generals.


Afternoon Bill from NZ

We are on the same wavelength. Douglass book led me onto Norman Cousins "Improbable Triumvirate" and RFK's memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis "Thirteen Days".
The Unspeakable are at their most visible in Samantha Power, Ash Carter and Philip Zelikow. Like cornered rats, they will be at their most vicious when confronted by total rejection of the False Flag 9/11 event. The last refuge of scoundrels is phoney patriotism.


Hugh O'Neill