Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Parallels in American History

Everything moves in cycles. Parallels can be drawn, but mankind is evolving so the cycles are more like spirals and none of the parallels are exact.

The plan for the international government parallels the American Revolution. The first proposal is the Exit Strategy for Iraq, and it parallels John Adams defending the British soldiers who were involved with the Boston Massacre.

Most Americans think of how the British troops fired on the Americans who were protesting the British control over the colonies. If you read the Declaration of Independence, they had the right to protest. The revolution was inevitable. But genocides are often started by people who believe they have been victimized, and the conflict escalated.

John Adams took the case of the British soldiers and stood on the principles that everyone has the right to defend themselves, and the right to a fair trial. All these historical events set the stage for basic premises of the U.S. legal system.

The Iraq War was justified with a grand lie that Saddam Hussein had WMD and the intent to use them against the United States at any time. We could not defend ourselves if he could strike and give us only a half hour's notice.

I remember during the first month of the war, two young pilots were captured by the Iraqi people who shot down their helicopter gunship, and the pilots were treated well and released. I remember how odd that the pilots were considered victims of the war. They were invading a foreign nation and shooting people down with their gunship, and they were the victims? There was no Pearl Harbor to justify the attack. The Iraqi people also assumed that the intent of the U.S. government was to rid the world of the tyrranical Saddam Hussein, and that they would be able to live their lives without interference.

But, Saddam Hussein was the legal leader of Iraq, and it wasn't up to the United States to topple their government. To topple another government, under Universal Law, opens you up to being toppled.

The CIA World Factbook at the time stated that 70% of the Iraqi population was under 15 years of age. That was probably partially the result of the 8 year Iran/Iraq War, which is considered the most horrific war ever fought on the planet, because of the use of chemical weapons. In that war, Saddam Hussein was an ally of the United States, and we provided them intelligence.

John Adams wrote in his personal letters that defending the British soldiers was the most difficult thing he had ever done in his life. He was caught between the British and the Americans who wanted to trigger the rebellion.

Within our organization, the young and the naive have been dragged into the conflict and have no way to defend themselves, from the oppression of the adults who are playing the power games for their own benefits and the adults who are trying to stop them by fighting.

Five thousand years ago, wise counselors would advise their kings that, rather than to decimate their warriors, they should go to Stonehenge for their rite of conflict resolution.

Why fight a war when, like Iraq, you leave your people vulnerable? The power games are oppressive to the people. Enough is enough.