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The Silence that Absolves

Philip Farruggio

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A few years after the illegal and immoral invasion and occupation of Iraq, my 84 year old pal John and I would stand each Tuesday outside the local library with our protest signs. We had been out there, one hour each week, for over a year; and before that for six years on a busy street corner during rush hour.

One day, this German lady approached us. She thanked us for taking the time out and added “You know, Americans don’t like to get out and protest. If this was Germany, and our government did what yours did, we’d have thousands outside this library, not just two people.” How correct she was.

The Germans, the French and all the European peoples remember, or are taught, what it was like to be occupied and threatened by the Nazi police state. We Americans are lucky that our nation has never been occupied by a foreign power. Never! Thus, you would think that it might have been more difficult for us Americans to accept the propaganda pertaining to 9/11 and the phony wars that followed. The opposite was true, sadly.

From Mathew in the New Testament:

And Jesus went into the temple of God and cast out all of them who sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of them that sold (sacrificial) doves, and said onto them ‘It is written, My house should be called a house of prayer, but ye have made it a den of thieves.’”

Why did it take Jesus to initiate this action? How long had this process gone on in the Jewish religion? Why did not others, those who agreed with Jesus, take the mantle and challenge the powers that be? After all, this was not challenging the Roman Empire, which would have done harm to anyone who protested their edicts. This was not like a German in the mid 1930s challenging the Nazi regime. No, the similarities between the silence of those who agreed with Jesus and the silence of those who agree with we protestors now is striking.

Look at what occurred here in America before we invaded Iraq…and after. We had a group of so-called leaders and advisors to leaders who had a tattered track record on patriotism. Mitt Romney, in the late 1960s, supported the Vietnam War, yet refused to join up and fight the good fight. We have the infamous chicken hawks of the Junior Bush gang, starting with Junior himself. Bush supported the Vietnam War and chose to stay safely at home in the Texas Air National Guard.

Then we have Dick Cheney, who received at least five deferments, none of them medical by the way, yet he vociferously supported the war. When questioned on this his (arrogant) remark was “I had other priorities.”

Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, John Bolton and others connected with the Bush crew cheered for ‘War War War’ yet never would dare go and fight the “gooks” they hated.

How about all those 40 and 50 something right-wing Congressmen who could have signed up for Desert Storm in 1990 and chose not to?

Years later all of these people, along with a compliant mainstream media, railed about the “threat” that Saddam Hussein and his army presented to us here at home. How he was connected with Al Qaeda and Bin Laden, and how he had WMDS ready to use on us in America or our surrogate in the Middle East, Israel. All lies!

Factor out the one day in February 2003 that millions of Americans, along with millions around the world, stood up and spoke out, and after that…Silence! To this day…Silence! As with the Jews who agreed with Jesus about their religion being hijacked by liars, scoundrels and hypocrites, today we see the same thing here.

Imagine for one minute if all of the Americans who know deep inside that our nation has become a military industrial empire actually spoke up. Instead of a handful of us out there on the street corners and town squares, there would be thousands, as that German lady suggested. What truth could then be expressed as to the few who do the lying, cheating and conning? One simple hour a week of public protest is all it would take to peacefully initiate real and lasting change in the very fabric of our society.

We do not need leaders to tell us what to do; all we need is a ‘symphony of voices’ to shout down the hypocrites who are placed before us to hinder and confuse us. In a few weeks it will be the 16th anniversary of the most heinous act our government perpetrated, right up there with the truth of what transpired on September 11th, 2001. When will our decent, patriotic fellow Americans wake up and smell the coffee?

Philip A Farruggio is a son and grandson of Brooklyn , NYC longshoremen. He has been a free lance columnist since 2001, with over 400 of his works posted on sites like Global Research, Greanville Post, OffGuardian, Consortium News, Information Clearing House, Nation of Change, World News Trust, Op Ed News, Dissident Voice, , Activist Post, Sleuth Journal, Truthout and many others. His blog can be read in full on World News Trust, whereupon he writes a great deal on the need to cut military spending drastically and send the savings back to save our cities. Philip has an internet interview show, 'It's the Empire... Stupid' with producer Chuck Gregory.

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Philip A Farruggio is a son and grandson of Brooklyn , NYC longshoremen. He has been a free lance columnist since 2001, with over 400 of his works posted on sites like Global Research, Greanville Post, OffGuardian, Consortium News, Information Clearing House, Nation of Change, World News Trust, Op Ed News, Dissident Voice, , Activist Post, Sleuth Journal, Truthout and many others. His blog can be read in full on World News Trust, whereupon he writes a great deal on the need to cut military spending drastically and send the savings back to save our cities. Philip has an internet interview show, 'It's the Empire... Stupid' with producer Chuck Gregory.

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David Eire
David Eire

I think it was a mistake to bring in the Jesus story and the Jews. It has derailed a lot of the discussion here.
There is no mystery about the complicity of the majority of the US population with the Washington Regime’s globalist imperialism…indoctrination and propaganda works.

Andrew Mcguiness
Andrew Mcguiness

“I think it was a mistake to bring in the Jesus story and the Jews. It has derailed a lot of the discussion here.
There is no mystery about the complicity of the majority of the US population with the Washington Regime’s globalist imperialism…indoctrination and propaganda works.”

Trew dat.

binra

Well it is mistaken to frame it as Jesus AND the Jews for a start.

And appealing to a perceived moral authority – at least to some sections of a readership – is to invite the consideration of the nature of such authority. Because the lie of self-authorship is the denial of that which Author’s being – and MUST appeal to external gods or idols and powers to seem to exist.

The nature of Jewish identity politics – whether worked by Jewish elites or any other power class, is a current sore point for many – as a form of terrorism directed upon the mind – or the use of thought to defeat itself. This is no more the intent of Jewish people than is the export of regime change the intent or desire of the people of the USA.

The nature of a deep psyop is like a many levelled trap that explodes or entangles further with any attempt to undo it.

But the nature of clearing out the Temple – as I posted – is not set against evils so much as aligning in the ‘Good’ – in that a Temple is consecrated by its devotions – and the restatement of a true devotion is the clearing out of the false – by no longer giving them welcome.

I see this power – of realigning in true desire, as the basis for undoing what cannot be defeated by attack – for even if we think to succeed in such terms, we become the very thing we hate. Namely, blind, self-righteous and arrogant in hate justified and enthroned as power.

There is no political appetite for reviewing, renewing and aligning our devotions – because false desires have usurped the ‘Temple’ to run identities defined over and against the perceived hatred or evil in others’.

When Jesus said, ‘Resist ye not evil’ – he meant it in a very specific sense – that identity in or under fear will always misinterpret as weakness and powerlessness – which they hate as the nature of the grievance that fires the call to war.

But what you resist – persists BY the devotion of an ongoing intent and attention that may be hidden as the framing context of that then SEEMS good – but is from the mind framing of identity in fear and lack and war – and so convicted to see only as fear and guilt dictate.

I hold that this ‘trick’ of the mind is fundamental to our current physically defined existence – that is of the experience of separate minds in separate bodies subject to what has been called the ‘human condition’ – as an irrevocably fixed and for many – externally authored or caused urge to survive, mate and prevail – within a world of separation, loss and death.

The ‘human conditioning’ is persisted by our resistance to it and the nature of the identity psyop is the revealing of the nature of the psyche as purposed by the persistent and continuous activation of the fear-response – or ‘sympathetic nervous response’ which effectively shuts down or contracts the functional pathways to serve a short term survival response as an autonomic support to a complex and multi-levelled consciousness in its extension of focusing thought to the experiencing of a shared world or relations.

In this sense the idea of reptilian deceit and domination links to the ‘reptilian or primitive brain’ – or indeed of the idea of a psychopathic killer within our collective consciousness that has never integrated but lies deeply protected by masking in the forms of power – because of the nature of power that is invoked and desired in any sense of justified hate and vengeance – as the wish to blot out the hateful. And so everyone carries a sting that – given the right triggering associations – rises up to strike – not just in open attack, but in the willingly blind eye, the turning of our back and the withholding of love as acknowledgement, recognition, worthiness of life.

The uncovering of the hateful within ourselves is of self conflict that is for the most part intolerable as a sense of hating to be in our own skin – and the discharge of that to others is the releasing of the charge in redistribution to others and world. But it is only a temporary relief, and becomes the basis of a hidden addictive habit-pattern of aversion and evasion. An ‘identity’ in escape from at least the worst of the hateful for some substitution in which others must pay.

Jesus serves as an agency of a core recognition of true Authorship that may be covered by lies believed true – but can therefore be un-covered to true desire given welcome.
The self-hating must seek out and defend the conditions where love cannot be – and yet can seem to be in symbols and substitutions that make the loveless tolerable, and use it to justify grievance and attack as the pain and hate of a mind in division into which love is denied welcome.

I know the invocation of the story of clearing the Temple was only a theme of introduction – but invoking love’s name is also its nature. A true innocence of being does not take on power for itself and then struggle within a lie made real to the mind of the wish. It listens from the release of such a temptation for a true recognition in which to align, and from which to act.

In this Silence, life rises new – and is without condemnation of what seemed to be – but not without practical common sense. The liability to being ‘phished’ by a mind in reaction goes far deeper than many are as yet willing to look, because the willingness to do so will call our ‘foundations’ or our model, worldview and self-identity – into question.

Desperate or extreme resort to regain power only escalates the loss of ‘control’ in such terms – but a true control is simply aligning in consciously accepted purpose – and not coercive upon life as ‘otherness’ that then alienates us from our very being. True purpose is given or innate to our being – and re-wakens by the willingness to accept and extend it. The mind of fear’s survival gives only to get for itself or to get rid of itself on others. This sort of trade deal does not belong in the Temple or the template of a truly human consciousness. Secrets and lies work the sacrifice of power to the very powerlessness they promise to deliver from.

Seamus Padraig
Seamus Padraig

Larry Silverstein is a lucky man indeed. He also managed to schedule a dermatology appointment for the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, so he wasn’t in his office (in WTC 1) on that fateful morning. The gods really smile upon him, don’t they!

Sanjeev Chowdhury
Sanjeev Chowdhury

You are an antisemitic conspiracy theorist, self-hating, racist bigot. Larry was a shrewd business man who combined luck with acumen. And I am Cleopatra.

nondimenticare
nondimenticare

Somewhat off point re the Farruggio piece (except for the fact that many are afraid to say it) but on point re the comments – what is not seen by those pushing the conflation of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel in the definitions of anti-Semitism being promulgated and speeches made can and has led ultimately to actual anti-Semitism in those convinced not to know the difference.

Dr Farr
Dr Farr

zionism is nationalism, not Judaism. The current strain of zionism led by the Likud Party is a nasty right wing version that sees palestinians and all arabs as subhuman. Racist. To depict critics of the racist, militaristic Israeli government, including anti-zionist Jews, as “anti-semites” or “self-hating Jews,” is the height of hypocrisy. But, as the author correctly illustrates, hypocrisy goes with being a neocon. Ditto for the right wing zionists

Francis Lee
Francis Lee

If you can be a German fascist – Hitler, or an italian Fascist Mussolini, of a Spanish fascist Franco, or a British fascist – Sir Oswald Mosely, why on earth can’t you be a jewish fascist, Menacham Begin for example. Fascism is no respector of nationality, religion or creed. It is a political/social infection that can strike anyone. Oh, I forgot about the Batlics, and the Bandera scum in the Ukraine, they were the worst of the lot.

Haltonbrat
Haltonbrat

Jewish fascists committing genocide against the Palestinians.

UreKismet
UreKismet

The truly weird thing is the fascists which many of these posters claim to loath had a very similar spiel about jews all being commies starting with K Marx himself and Trotsky and a big chunk of the pre uncle joe politburo.
Many of these posters will also correctly rant against identity politics which seeks to distract mental midgets away from class warfare by slicing and dicing em into lgbt, latino, african american, asian, women or whatever cadres. Yet what is judeophobia if it isn’t identity politics?
People are people tjhat is what and for the longest time most jews were not zionist, but a deliberate intensive camapign aimed at jewish kids attending hebrew class kicked off in the late 1960s and has been as effective as the flagwaving stars n stripes nonsense fed to american kids. If someone ran a line that all americans were arseholes I betcha there would be pushback from assorted types saying “I’m an american and I’m not an arsehole I hate the empire”. Well the same goes for the four by twos, get past the cliched stereotypes and you’ll see that jews generally are pretty much the same as the rest of us. Yep a big chunk have been brainwashed, just as a big chunk of americans have been indoctrinated into fascist nonsense, but that is all it is – indoctrination.
True jewish influence in Hollywood has shot jews in the foot by pretending that aint so. That Meyer Lansky was an outlier instead of being quite typical of second generation migrants born into poverty. Murder Incorporated was a 100%$ jewish organisation, when Dewey went after them the subtext was all jewish racism.
Old Jack Ruby was hooked right into the same jewish underworld which no one talks about nowadays because that apparently would be ‘anti-semetic’.
The dingbats in Hollywood spent decades trying to purge all references to jews as working class heroes and anti-heroes, painting all jews as being instinctively bourgeois. Englanders should know better as working class jews with the typical issues which arise in all oppressed people are still a thing in England. Check out Amy Winehouse’s family, the old man was/is a cab driver and alcohol was a major element in the Winehouse family dysfunction.
it is the same in the us but there are a range of reasons both deliberate and incidental which cause most americans to consider organised crime to be an italian thing or ridiculously a russian thing altho no one mentions that most of the russian gangsters are also four by twos.

now i’m not saying all jews are crims nor am i saying all working class people are either. what i am saying is that people oppressed by capitalism are known on occasion to turn to crime as a way out and jews, just like everyone else do it too.
They are just people. There are some characteristics around many jews trying to maintain a seperate culture from the dominant one which provoke racism, but the wave of global transmigration which took off towards the end of last century has brought about a few other groups equally eager to remain aloof and help each other out in a similar way.

Most of this is down to members of those groups being subject to racism not unlike that which jews faced in the late 19th early 20th century. Rejected by the main culture, people hang out together and learn that actually they do rather better operating as a subset of a larger group.

Zionism is the problem not jewishness, and if you are prepared to get out and about you will meet a sizeable chunk of jews who are vehemently anti-zionist. We need to be encouraging them not causing the intra-jewish push against zionism to shut up shop because all the gentile anti-zionists they turn to for support push them away cos they are racist pricks.
It is a long and hard struggle, but we need to take heart from a reality which informs us that zionism is getting weaker every year, the worst has passed people are waking up. We should all know that the crusaders occupied Jerusalem and a bigger slice of the ME than israel has stolen, for close to 150 years before An-Nasir Salah ad-Din managed to get all the warring clans of arabs & kurds (Saladin was a kurd outta Aleppo) to unite and drive the thieving, raping arseholes out.
Zionism will inevitably lose because the maths is the same now as then. The crusaders just couldn’t grow their ‘holy state’ to a point where they could consistently defeat the pissed off people all around them. The zionists got a big hand up when US legislators made all the jews coming outta eastern europe settle in Israel not america, but that is over now and israel just didn’t get enough jews to reach a population critical mass. They are screwed and the only question on the death of the jewish state is when, if was settled way back.

Andrew Mcguiness
Andrew Mcguiness

The Jews I;ve known personally (the ones I knew were Jews) have mostly been professional musicians – good ones. What’s not to like about that?

Bootlyboob
Bootlyboob

I hope they weren’t Jazz musicians.

milosevic
milosevic

Denis O'hAichir
Denis O'hAichir

One of the best comments I’ve read here, no pretentious waffle.

binra

Jesus teaching demonstration in clearing the temple of selfish and coercive intent such as to let it BE a temple of a true devotion, was not aimed at a worldly kingdom – at the level of Jewish or Roman power – but at re-establishing an alignment with ‘Source’ – the Father’s Will – given us in our true being – and lost to our awareness in our subjugation and entanglement in a false will – or rather a mind-substitution for true desire.

This is not to say that Jesus did not love or recognize himself (the gift of the Father) in those he met – particularly in those whose poverty in spirit brought them to a thirst for truth – and not just for what their society or circumstance denied them.

Insofar as Jesus encountered hypocrites (actors) he had no time for them – and even from those who loved him would he accept no praise or seduction to self-specialness – recognizing the nature of the deceit and the father of it.

Using the forms of the world to awaken to a desecrated altar within ourself – is awakening from an evil dream to the dreamer of the dream – who is released by a desire for wholeness or unified will.

The parts being played out as the exposition of lies that would replace truth – backed by worldly power given worship in stead of giving truth its due, are exposing the lie to a deeper understanding – when we thirst for awakening from a dream instead of power to dictate its outcome.

The attempt to organise love into a weapon against the hated, is the best ‘cover story’ for the hiding of the hate within the forms of love.
So of course the money lender and monopolistic merchant infiltrated the Temple. The Law REQUIRED regular sacrifices, that were sold at rigged prices – such that debts were incurred to uphold the Law.
Jesus did not come to reinforce the Law of sacrifice, (though that is what fear interprets love to call forth), but to open or shift to the Law of love. He did not say My father and you sinners – but Our Father – as that which is First and gives life as Creator – of whom we are of like kind creative. WHAT we go forth and multiply in terms of sharing the gift of existence is according to our devotions or desire or prayer. Listening to the lie of a mind of deceit, is to sacrifice the true to a false idol, ideal or idea of self and world.

Regardless what does or doesn’t happen in our world, we are each responsible unto our own. To where we have accepted or opened relationship. And as we accept for ourself so MUST we teach or demonstrate by example. To bring a better outcome calls for a truer alignment within our self because it is true – and not in order to get something for our self or our invested group identity.

Without the truth of love we are nothing. Therefore a love of truth must bear through illusions or fears of nothingness – dressed up fine or in rags of a broken cover story – to receive truly – instead of mis-taking a living inheritance in a private agenda that inevitably unfolds to meet a wretched and wasted end.

When Jesus engaged in clearing the Temple, he put himself in the frame of the Jewish establishment as a direct threat to the ‘way things work’. But he didn’t persist in such acts as any kind of social organising activism. The waking from subjection to a world outside as the life ‘within’ is breaking a spell set in deep emotionally backed identification.

Someone above called for studying the arts of the enemy. I differ in the way I put this, becoming aware of the deceits of the enemy in our own mind so as to sweep clear the disposition or temptation to take their baiting.

The dark arts are theartifice – (typo enjoyed) – the artifice of substitution for art of being or for awareness of being, as in ‘thou art that’.
The image or model or conceptual framework is an invested attention or focus that can become where we look to find ourself – as in the idea of seeking the moon in the reflection of the puddle – or of narcissus under the spell of his own reflection.

Recognise that the reflected or projected is not the primary cause or reality. But what we are giving to each other and our self – but do so unawares – as those who know not what they do but believe their result-experience to be all the truth they need.

harry stotle
harry stotle

I was shocked to learn todays crypotfascists talk the talk but are too frightened to walk the walk.

I’m sure the Führer would have been appalled to learn his acolytes are in fact a bunch of mummy’s boys who would sooner hide behind family wealth rather than go into the trenches the way their spiritual forefather did.

At least you knew where you stood with Adolf – he made no bones about who and why he was going to crush a weaker nation but the constant dissembling from the cowardly neocons must make it hard for American volk to embrace their leaders in the way Nazis supporters did in ’33 (because I’m afraid that’s where this analogy leads – uncomfortable paralles between the attitudes of pre-war Germany and post-war America).

So come on neocons, get yourself some shiny boots, get yourself some better speech writers, get your over-indulged arses into the war zone because at the moment you letting yourselves down, you are letting fascism down, but most of all you are letting Adolf Hitler down.

Simon Hodges

Be more explicit. You are talking about the pro supra-nationlism, pro-EU ‘progressive’ Blairites here. Why is the answer to banal nationalism – supranationalism? Why not go the other way and have smaller more democratic entities and communities which we have a better chance of comprehending and understanding.

Michael Cromer
Michael Cromer

The USA was born out of invasion and theft and will never be at peace with itself let alone the rest of the world.

John Ervin
John Ervin

You know, it’s sad to say, but I often wonder if once you take away the red white and blue bunting and hype, how much of USAmerica is actual and real.

It was really the sons and grandsons of the same minds that founded the nation that prestidigitated the ad culture, that massive business propaganda campaign that is responsible for all the hypnosis about the country.

GK Chesterton saw it when he came here a hundred years ago, and saw deeply into the fakery that promoted the business construct that I call USA, Inc.:’

“Only among people whose minds have been weakened by a kind of mesmerism could so transparent a trick as that of advertising ever have been tried at all.”

He was shocked, at the barbarous assault on basic dignity that is the venal cult of “advertising”. Of course, it was more easily defined and identified when he was first looking at. Now, it’s long ago “taken on a life of its own.”

I love what the actor John Cassavetes said about the country in reference to movies like “It’s a Wonderful Life” that promote a gentler version of the country to the world:

“Maybe there never really was an America, maybe it was all Frank Capra.”

Classic.

In any case, we have to live with the consequences of all that, and that the tribal roots that you see in most countries were eviscerated by the “founders” when they genocided most of the “Indians” , the First Nations, to make way for their land development projects, where aboriginal family-oriented nomads would have been a huge inconvenience to the “movers and shakers”.

What has happened here is mostly a big war crime, once you remove the ad campaigns.

Not to diminish the great contributions of many Americans, but they seem often overwhelmed by the monster that has been unshackled and let loose on the world.

As Chesterton also said, in one of his last observations about the country that he came to love, and left with a darker impression, “I want to know….what the devil are they doing, there?”

I am remembering his wording from memory, but it’s in his travelogue, “What I Saw in America”.

He had a lot of good things to say about great individuals, like Lincoln, and Whitman, but that is hardly high praise for the culture itself?

Fair dinkum
Fair dinkum

The US doesn’t have a monopoly on crass materialism and mass hypnosis.
Europe, Japan, China, even India, have been, or are being, swallowed by the same hungry Hydra.

Antonym
Antonym

“illegal and immoral invasion and occupation of Iraq” : true. A secular regime that treated women equally (bad- good) was destroyed on fake WMD grounds.
By the Bush family & business partners the Saudi royals, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Robert Gates, Tony Blair etc. all non Jewish.
So who is blamed for 2x Irak here: the Jews. Makes sense if your are twisted – or paid by the neocons.

Andrew Mcguiness
Andrew Mcguiness

Antonym, I think you’ve misinterpreted the reference to Jews in this piece. There is an analogy between the complicit silence of members of the Jewish religion when Jesus overturned the tables of the moneylenders, and people now who let others protest against war but don’t speak up themselves. It takes a fair bit of mental gymnastics to turn that analogy into an anti-semitic slur.

Antonym
Antonym

Maybe. But why again a reference to Jews? There are zillions more Christians, Muslims, Buddhists.
And why in connection to money(lenders)? Bezos, Gates, Buffett, Slim, Ortega etc. are not Jewish but lend plenty of money https://www.forbes.com/billionaires/#30296d23251c
Not clever.

John
John

Their are only 15 million Jews in the world and they run every major institute and one the media and own entire governments these are facts but facts are anti Semitic. Boo fucking hoo you keep bringing in the wrath of people you fuck with and you’ve done it for at least 1700 years. Kicked out of every single country you’ve set foot in yet somehow it’s our fault and irrational hatred not your actions that got you kicked out?! Yeah right

mohandeer

@Antonym:
Binra is right. “It wasn’t against Jews – for Jesus and his disciples were Jewish, but to illuminate a corruption of truth in the use of a Temple for false devotions (revenue stream capture and using the law as a means of exploitation). We all have and are a living Temple and can no less be deceived by a corrupt template-mind to forms of presenting ourselves self-righteously but blind to our own hypocrisy or double standards.”

But. The article could be compared to the false Anti-Semitism row in as much as the Zionists have hi-jacked the Judaic faith for political goals… the invasion of Iraq was a prerequisite in the Oded Yinon Plan:
According to the founding father of Zionism Theodore Herzl, “the area of the Jewish State stretches: “From the Brook of Egypt to the Euphrates.” According to Rabbi Fischmann, “The Promised Land extends from the River of Egypt up to the Euphrates, it includes parts of Syria and Lebanon.”
When viewed in the current context, including the siege on Gaza, the Zionist Plan for the Middle East bears an intimate relationship to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the 2006 war on Lebanon, the 2011 war on Libya, the ongoing wars on Syria, Iraq and Yemen, not to mention the political crisis in Saudi Arabia.
The “Greater Israel” project consists in weakening and eventually fracturing neighboring Arab states as part of a US-Israeli expansionist project, with the support of NATO and Saudi Arabia.

Our minds have been hi-jacked by both advertising and propaganda and a myriad of other false representations. The “Jews” aren’t the problem(the Zionists are) and that’s because of the false narratives that have succeeded in dumbing us into silence.

binra

The latest ‘selfie’ from the Israeli space flight is probably the understatement of the century.

There is a whole conversation as to the abuse or manipulation of identities – be they religious, racial, ideological, gender or whatever. It is the corruption of something that makes the news and seeks the news to propagate itself – and so buy the Media (one way or another) to use to pursue a manipulative agenda – on its ‘own’ funding and support sources as much as anything else that can be marketized or weaponized.

I am not unaware of the way deceit is used for power – and the cost to those that think thereby to be vindicated.
But I am also aware that deceit is by nature a mind-trap that works every kind of ‘temptation’ to the like sense of vengeance, grievance and self-vindication.
The corruptions of true meanings pollute the mind – but the true meaning remains un-coverable beneath the layers of deceit – to a like kind or appreciation of truth – instead of the wish to make our own and enforce it.

Intelligence can be misdirected – and is done so through the lure of self-specialness.
So cleverness needs to be undone to wisdom – in my opinion.

binra

It wasn’t against Jews – for Jesus and his disciples were Jewish, but to illuminate a corruption of truth in the use of a Temple for false devotions (revenue stream capture and using the law as a means of exploitation). We all have and are a living Temple and can no less be deceived by a corrupt template-mind to forms of presenting ourselves self-righteously but blind to our own hypocrisy or double standards.

And we can join in attacking this in others as special hate objects so as to feel better about ourselves.
However, it is hateful to witness to such betrayal of life and so I do not deny the temptation – so much as the investment in equal and opposite reaction.

The lie and the father of it cannot be stamped out upon others – but that it usurps the mind of the wish to do so.

In being brought to the temptation to fully justify hate – I see we are being brought to our beginning place to know it for the first time.

Makropulos
Makropulos

“It takes a fair bit of mental gymnastics to turn that analogy into an anti-semitic slur.”

But I’m sure he can do it. Indeed these gymnastics are now the MSM norm.

vexarb
vexarb

@Antonym: “By the Bush family & business partners the Saudi royals, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Robert Gates, Tony Blair etc. all non Jewish”.

Typical Anglo Zio Capitalist mix. TB.Liar and Saudi royals work for Rothschild: fanatic Christian B.Liar as director in House of Rothschild, and fanatic Muslim Saud as CEO of Rothschild oil company KSA. Cheney and Rothschild directors of Genie Oil visited Rothschild’s Jerusalem-office to discuss stealing Syrian oil from Israeli occupied Syrian Golan. Bush crime family financed the Nazis, as did Rothschild’s flagship bank JP Morgan. It’s all in the family; religion means nothing to these people: their god is Mammon.

John
John

These wars are fought for the Jews for their greater Israel project their are pictures of you and your chosen people having a nice chat with al nusra on the Palestine Jordan border and no shits being fired and to top it off isis apologised for accidentally firing rockets into occupied Palestine. We know who and what you are and I keep meeting old ladies young teens middle aged men young mums etc who now know the Jew is the problem while just a few short years ago they wouldn’t have even thought of the heebs and now they do and that’s excellent because we will have to sort something out then

Maggie
Maggie

John – I would have said this post hit the target, except for ”we now know the Jew is the problem.’ Which should have said the Zionist Israeli is the problem. Even Jewish people themselves are saying the same.
And as you say, the people are now awake.

mark
mark

This was one of a series of wars for Israel. Not for the oil companies, or the Freemasons, or the fairies.
The Ziocons had Iraq in their cross hairs from the 1990s.
One of a group of 7 countries targeted for destruction to serve Zionist interests, with the dumb goys providing the muscle, the money and the blood.
Just like the Ziocons are now plotting an action replay with Iran.

Starac
Starac

Who do you blame when the pit-bull rips apart innocent person on walking on the street? The dog or his owner?

John Ervin
John Ervin

We have never been occupied by a foreign power? Well, true. But the flip side of that is that we have long been occupied by a domestic foreign power: CIA, and known associates,and all the transnationals, foreign powers amongst them, that own our Intelligence. The amount of state-sanctioned crime, such as the murder of the Kennedy bros.and King, has had Uncle Sam burying so much forensic evidence with billions of coverup funds burning holes through his pockets as fast as he can spend it. Hacks and flacks are hired and deployed, with money as no object, to disinform the public about such crimes, expecting dissent to eventually tire and go away.

Well, guess what? It’s only caused it to grow stronger in the last twenty-five years. And I am delighted that younger people are signing on to the importance of understanding the events, many 50 years ago, that brought about the hijacking and domination of our country. And the creeping Brave New World Order. As “Tod Fletche”r dubbed it.

I put the case that privately owned intelligence, in the hands of “The High Cabal” as Churchill called the “power elite”, has long been the foreign power that occupies us.

Ron Paul said a half dozen years ago, you can find the quote online, “The CIA runs everything in this country…”

He is right.

As long as they control everything, unseen, we will continue to be driven down into something worse than slavery: technocratically controlled surveillance economy. That is, domination of all aspects of our lives, covertly, at a slight remove. Sometimes not much remove, at all.

The media is a puppet for spouting propaganda, both left and right.

The world wide web is patrolled by a world wide spider, bloated and bigly.

It’s straight outta a Tolkien fantasy, and the shadows of Mordor. “One ring to rule them all… one ring to bind them.” It’s bad news. I get visits pretty regularly, from spooky characters, just for my efforts in pointing this out to people.

We are totally under now what Jack London called “The Iron Heel”. It’s very occulted, so people are kept in such ignorance, they are being suffocated in their sleep and many may never wake up.

Who will?

People need to know that everything is surveilled and controlled in ways they are not yet looking for, or seeing.

What can we do? We can study their ways at a greater and greater depth, and tell friends, family.

AND foes: we all have common cause in this. As Douglas Rushkoff title his recent book: Team Human.

From an article he wrote, “Team Human v. Team AI”

It will eclipse us, if we don’t awaken soon, and respond aptly to this global incursion, this ultimate Trojan Horse.

axisofoil
axisofoil
Maggie
Maggie

OMG Axisofoil – I knew NOTHING about this! It was obviously a dummy run for Vietnam?
What was the outcome?
What in God’s name are they breeding in America?

Mikalina
Mikalina

Maggie, the troops are pretty butalised through their training before they are posted; after that they are stuffed full of drugs – then, as now. They are encouraged to be “bloodied” (from a fox hunt when the torn apart fox’s blood is wiped on a child’s face as a sign of acceptance (manhood?). From what I understand, most of them have a photograph/selfie of an atrocity they were involved in – as a souvenir.

vexarb
vexarb

AxisOfOil, right, let’s never forget who kicked off “The New American Century” — a Lunatic in a Business Suit. President Harry S. Truman, the Voice of the U$ Empire.:

1. Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

2. North Korea, “We bombed until there was nothing left to bomb”.

3, Wasteful and perilous Nuclear-ready Cold War against the Soviet Union.

4. McCarthyism and relentless Cultural Genocide against Communists.

Fair dinkum
Fair dinkum

‘Decent’ and ‘patriotic’ are at opposite ends of the behavioural spectrum.
Our first allegiance/priority is to Life, then our lovers, our children, our families and our neighbors.
When ones brain functions at the dark end of that spectrum, somnambulism becomes ones normal state.

Badger Down
Badger Down

Some Jews made out like bandits from the attacks on the WTC and the Pentagon. Where is Dov Zakheim now?

dhfabian

Such asinine comments give a clue to why many Americans can’t stand to be with fellow citizens any more than necessary. Much of the country never recovered from Reagan’s infamous “dumbing down of America.” The mindless anti-Jew idiocy of today’s bourgeoisie is evocative of a European era a century ago that sane humans must never allow to be repeated.

Fair dinkum
Fair dinkum

The anti humanity of the One Per Cent, whatever God they pretend to worship, leaves all other ignorance in it’s wake.

John Ervin
John Ervin

Well said.

“The real argument against aristocracy is it always means rule of the ignorant. For the most dangerous of all forms of ignorance is ignorance of work.”

Ditto, for American nouveau riche plutocracy. Like the Kochtopus. Or Trump. Actually, double ditto. It has even last traction with realities.

Father forgive them, they know not what they do.

Mother, forgive them, they know not how.

vexarb
vexarb

DHFabian, perhaps this has something to do with what you call “The mindless anti-Jew idiocy of today” ?

Maureen Murphy @ maureenclarem
Israeli snipers killed 200 Palestinians protesting in Gaza over the past year, targeting children, women, medics, journalists, UN report states

https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/maureen-clare-murphy/un-investigators-call-arrests-over-gaza-war-crimes) electronicintifada.net/blogs/maureen-…

How many Jews have protested these war crimes committed in the Holy Land, in the name of A National Home for the Jews?

auntiebuna

@vexarb: got a message that I should check out your blog. Tried but WordPress tried to sell me enhanced services. I am an old lady on a fixed income and I don’t voluntarily pay for anything on social media except membership in OpEdNews. I am Brenda Schouten Beckett. Thanks anyhow for liking my comment.

vexarb
vexarb

@Auntie Buna: “I am an old lady on a fixed income and I don’t voluntarily pay for anything on social media…”

Vexarb, being himself an old gent on a fixed income, shares Auntie’s view. And finds her testimony interesting:

Testimony of Brenda Schouten-Beckett to the United States Congress

“Let me give you a word on the philosophy of reform. The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. The conflict has been exciting, agitating, all absorbing, and for the time being putting all other tumults to silence. It must do this or it does nothing. If there is not struggle there is no progress.

Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle.

Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they resist with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.” ~ Frederick Douglass. Letter to an abolitionist associate, 1849.

Mr. Douglass said it far better than I could and I am a living human being, not a corporation. The United States Constitution was written to protect my rights, not the rights of the modern Robber Barons who are ruining our planet and leaving a desert for our children and grandchildren.

Mr. Douglass has passed on but I am still alive and while there is a breath in my body I will continue with my brothers and sisters to fight this evil oppressor in any way that I can find. I will use all of my intelligence, my energy, my imagination and my heart to wrest the power from the hands of those who should be serving us and take it back for those who have built our beautiful country with their sweat and their decency and honest intentions.

I will work until my last breath to give back the power to the morally strong among us who feel a responsibility and a dedication to protect the weak without judgment.

I will work until my last breath to help my brothers and sisters to direct their frustration and anger, not to each other, which is often the case, but to the perpetrators of this massive robbery of our resources and devastation of our majestic land, our mighty oceans and the very air we breathe.

HOW DARE YOU serve the interests of gigantic corporations whose officers care nothing for the ones who have made them rich…

HOW DARE YOU ignore your citizens whom you have been charged to serve and who have trusted you and put you into your office? We The People want an answer. We want it now..

Schouten-Beckett
Brenda
Schiedam , ZH

John
John

Today’s bourgeoisie is anti Semitic? Fuck right off

auntiebuna

@dhfabian, I was also shocked by several of the anti-Jewish comments and because I criticize the toxic leadership of Israel in particular and Zionism in general, I am often called an antiSemite. What these people fail to realize is this is CLASS WAR and they are still lying in the intellectual gutter of looking for a scapegoat. Finding an easy scapegoat with plenty of loathsome individual examples like the Rothschilds is easier than organizing a worldwide socialist revolution.

vexarb
vexarb

Auntie, that was also Hitler’s great mistake. Instead of going after the real villains — Anglo Zio Capitalists who had destroyed both the German Empire and the Weimar Republic — he went after a soft target, the Jews. Hitler had a Jewish banker run the finances of Nazi Germany. I do not know if that was the same banker who was threatened with prosecution at Nurenberg, and laughed, ‘They don’t hang bankers’.

milosevic
milosevic

I was also shocked by several of the anti-Jewish comments and because I criticize the toxic leadership of Israel in particular and Zionism in general, I am often called an antiSemite.

I can’t speak for anyone else, but my anti-Jewish comments are certainly not directed against persons such as yourself.

For a long time, I defended the standard left-wing “anti-zionism IS NOT the same thing as anti-semitism” position. But in the course of Palestine liberation activism, I was continually struck by the enormous disproportion between zionists and anti-zionists, among people who self-identify as “Jewish”. Everybody who is paying attention knows this, but it is one of the many anti-semitic hate facts that you are not allowed to mention in the left, on pain of expulsion. (as members of the British Labour Party are now discovering through their own experience.)

I eventually concluded that there was something going on that I didn’t understand, because few other ethnic groups seem to have the same default association with fascist and racist politics that modern “Jews” do. I went looking for an explanation, and this is what I found:

Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years

When Victims Rule — A Critique of Jewish Pre-Eminence in America

Needless to say, you will not encounter the slightest hint of this deeply suppressed history in mainstream western culture, or even in most of what passes for the “left”.

What these people fail to realize is this is CLASS WAR and they are still lying in the intellectual gutter of looking for a scapegoat.

It’s clear from the real history of Eastern Europe, that in the Middle Ages (which lasted there until the beginning of the nineteenth century), “Jewish” was actually a class, or at least a caste, identity. It lost that status in the general collapse of feudalism, and ethnically-Jewish people were distributed throughout all classes of European society. Many working-class ethnic-Jews became leftists, as did people of all other ethnicities.

Two hundred years later, it is hard to find working-class “Jews” who are less than fifty or sixty years old. Presumably, what has happened is that over the course of several generations, people gradually (or even abruptly) abandoned a religion, and an ethnic identity, which was appropriate for an elite social position to which they did not aspire.

Conversely, among the privileged class of managers, supervisors, propagandists, financiers, politicians, and lawyers, ethnic-supremacist identity is of continuing relevance to their social experience. Among this class, and increasingly even the actual capitalist ruling class, the number of self-identified “Jews” vastly exceeds their proportion among the general population. In the US, “Jews” constitute at least half of the upper-level positions in publishing and the mass media, for example. To some extent, the new right-wing slur that “anti-capitalism is the same thing as anti-semitism” has a factual basis in social reality; “Jews” are once again, a privileged elite which manages the operations of class society, as they were in mediaeval Poland.

As we are now seeing, it will become increasingly impossible to challenge the capitalist system without being labelled an “anti-semite”. Denying social reality will lead in political directions which pose no threat at all to capitalist class power; this is by design. The available options are to confront these issues head-on, by having a factual discussion of the nature of Jewish identity, both current and historical, or abject surrender to neoliberal slavery, a return to mediaeval serfdom. There is no other way.

milosevic
milosevic

m
m

The mindless anti-Jew idiocy of today’s bourgeoisie is evocative of a European era a century ago

mohandeer

@m – re the video
NettheNut is a vile creature, but so are those who stood up and applauded his speech, their complete contempt for Palestinians is as monstrous as Hitler’s hatred of the the Jews.We counted over 20 million dead trying to destroy Hitler only to open the door for other worthless lower forms of life.

binra

Who elects to judge unworthy in terms of life – has set themselves over life in a mind to kill whoever fails the measure. Do not the abused often become abusers – or suppress it to then come up in the generations that follow?

Why not address behaviours and the ideas and beliefs running those behaviours?

If there was more illumination of the way the deceits operate – and less on venting personal hate – we would all see differently. Not that I don’t meet hateful feelings in relation to hateful acts – but then I own what is mine and seek integration and undoing (in myself) rather than reinforcement in reaction.

All life is of Life – and yet all minds are free to follow along the line of their own thought – such as they accept to be true of them. AND meet the consequences.

Human thinking is its own ‘level’ or indeed virtual realm – and while our bodies are animal, they are directly attuned to their environment like all cellular and biological communication – but in our case the mind is a layer of interpretive definitions and beliefs that can and often do override the relational being to a fantasy replay of wished for or feared outcomes.

Manipulative behaviour takes advantage of weakness in others as a result of divided attention (conflict) in others through appeal to self-lack and self-specialness, in guilts and fears and hates that are largely masked over or suppressed from conscious attention, towards the engaging of identity in reaction.

If we see the evil or the vile, is it through a veil – that hides all that is truly a live?
Another meaning for apocalypse is the removing of the veil, not just to reveal hidden and protected guilt or fear, but what such fears more deeply operate to protect from awareness.

Disclosure of an alien agenda may be closer to home than we think – or rather – the nature of an alienating thinking that renders us homeless – and compelled then to seek to regain what was lost in insane ways.

Netanyahu epitomises the double standard of aggressive victimhood. Seeking to compel worship of special grievance as victim while operating broad spectrum dominance in any field of perceived influence through any number of proxies.

Market capture – mindshare. Mind-capture – mind control.

mark
mark

“Lucky Larry” Silverstein made quite a few shekels out of it 5 billion. Lucky he doubled the insurance policy, wasn’t it?

vexarb
vexarb

Pity Larry’s crystal ball was destroyed in the explosion in his office on 911.
Lucky that Larry decided not to go to the office on 911.
Not so lucky, the guy with an appointment to meet Larry for a job interview on 911.