June 24, 2012
“For, as the philosophers say, one extreme can be well known by another.” – Saint John of the Cross, “Dark Night of the Soul.” Book One, Chapter Twelve.
“It now remains to be said that, although this happy night brings darkness to the spirit, it does so only to give it light in everything; and that, although it humbles it and makes it miserable, it does so only to exalt it and to raise it up; and, although it impoverishes it and empties it of all natural affection and attachment, it does so only that it may enable it to stretch forward, divinely, and thus to have fruition and experience of all things, both above and below, yet to preserve its unrestricted liberty of spirit in them all.” – Saint John of the Cross, “Dark Night of the Soul.” Book Two, Chapter Nine.
“But does not the expression of these desires and expectations of a purging of the spirit, a catharsis which would be like a conversion, a rebirth, a regeneration, involve us in a contradiction with something we established in the beginning of this book? There we said that earlier periods, in their longing for a better society, had fixed their hopes on a reversal, an insight, a regaining of sense and virtue, as a conscious and early change for the better. Our time, however, knows that great spiritual and social changes are realised only through a process of gradual development, at the best temporarily accelerated by some extraordinary sudden impetus. And yet we are now demanding and hoping for a revulsion, in a way even for a return.
We are here faced again with the antinomic determination, the inconclusiveness of all our judgment. We are forced to recognise a certain amount of truth in the older vision. There must be a possibility of conversion and reversal in the development of civilization. We are thinking here of the recognition or retrieval of eternal truths, truths that are above the stream of evolution and change. It is these values that are at stake.
A time of heavy mental pressure such as that in which we are living is easier to bear for the old than the young. The old know that they only have to help carrying the burden of the times a little further. Resignedly they review how the world was, or seemed to be, when they began to shoulder their share of the burden, and what it appears to be turning into now. Their yesterday and to-morrow almost fade into one. Their fears and cares grow lighter in the proximity of death; their hope and trust, their will and courage to act, they place in the hands of those who have the task of living still before them. It is for the latter to accept the grave duty of judging, choosing, working, acting. Theirs the heavy responsibility, theirs the knowledge of what is to come.” – Johan Huizinga. “In the Shadow of Tomorrow.” 1936. Chapter 21.
The world is on the precipice of world war three. The situation in Syria is heating up, as the United States and its allies continue to arm the largely Islamist opposition with the intent to bring down the current regime.
Turkey’s interference in the conflict has put the region further on edge. On Friday, June 22, Syria shot down a Turkish plane that was illegally inside Syria’s territory. The message that is being sent by both governments is clear: we are not afraid of war.
But the people of the region are sick of war. The public in the Middle East, including Turkey, overwhelmingly oppose a NATO intervention in Syria. Syrians and Turks don’t want to die for another man’s war. They want peace and stability between Syria and Turkey.
Syria is not experiencing a revolution, but coming under attack from foreigners, both those near its borders like Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Israel, as well as more powerful ones in the West.
Washington and London bear the greatest responsibility for the chaos and bloodshed in Syria. They are funding and arming Jihadist terrorist groups who have no concern for human life. The atrocities that have been committed against Syrian civilians have thefingerprints of the CIA. And yet Assad has unfairly received the blame for the violence because there is a U.S.-Saudi-Israeli plan to remove him from power, destroy Syria, and thereby de-link Iran from Hezbollah.
Legendary journalist John Pilger warned of the dangers of mistaking Western propaganda for news in his latest article called, “History is the enemy as ‘brilliant’ psy-ops become the news.” He said:
“The threats against Syria, co-ordinated in Washington and London, scale new peaks of hypocrisy. Contrary to the raw propaganda presented as news, the investigative journalism of the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung identifies those responsible for the massacre in Houla as the ‘rebels’ backed by Obama and Cameron. The paper’s sources include the rebels themselves. This has not been completely ignored in Britain. Writing in his personal blog, ever so quietly, Jon Williams, the BBC world news editor, effectively dishes his own ‘coverage’, citing western officials who describe the ‘psy-ops’ operation against Syria as ‘brilliant’. As brilliant as the destruction of Libya, and Iraq, and Afghanistan.”
During times like these, we have to remind ourselves that the suffering in Syria is not happening in a vacuum. The crisis in Syria and the Middle East cannot be separated from the crisis in America and the West. There is a political, economic, and, above all, a spiritual crisis in the Western world.
What is the West’s core identity? What are its values? Why is it a perpetual war maker? Why is it exporting terror and weapons to Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and other countries? Why are Western governments engineering death and destruction across the Middle East? What is the endgame?
The West is not free. We are controlled by lies and led by liars. Everything we know about modern history and the world from the beginning is false. Truth appears, if at all, in the footnotes of the book that is history. Who is the author of this book, and what is his purpose? Who is this book dedicated to? Man? And is the end already written?
Why is Washington dedicated to the destruction of truth and the proliferation of lies? America is the most propagandized country in the world, and its national propaganda is being sold to the world as the real history of our times.
This sad state of affairs needs to change. America and the whole world need to hear the truth about the real origins of the conflict in Syria, the false flag 9/11 events, the CIA’s overthrow of the Shah of Iran, and the secret plot to start WWIII between Iran/Islam and Israel/America.
Saman Mohammadi is the writer and editor at The Excavator
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