America's War Veterans PTSD and Hypocrites with a Conscience

Saturday, January 11, 2020
Preamble
With rising suicide rates and increasing disaffection among returning American war veterans of America's barbaric wars upon Muslims in several disguises that spans the gamut of imperial uniforms, from soldiers in official stars and stripes to proxy service providers in “militant Islam” pirate's uniforms and sharp-shooter contractors in civvies and spies in disguises, America continues to search for palliatives for their discarded soldiers of economic conscription who have killed millions in the Muslim lands and now cannot sleep at night for the want of a dead conscience.
Their PTSD is a blessing in disguise.... their soul is still human. When murderers and butchers of mankind experience pangs of guilt, they should be glad. For they are not sociopaths who cannot experience remorse (see The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout, and Political Ponerology: A Science on the Nature of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes by Andrew M. Lobaczewski).
I am dusting out an old Letter to Editor from about a decade ago... bottom line, stop crying afterwards... don't become killers in the first place.
Refuse primacy.
Refuse to be in service for American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives.
Refuse to be in service for Jewish Lebensraum.
The ubermensch god's chosen people have no conscience. They sleep quite well at night after killing goy, and getting goy to kill goy. It is the Christian goyem who ex post facto experiences the sporadic pangs of humanity after killing Muslims under false machismo, which he then tries to unsuccessfully dull with drugs and alcohol, and ultimately, murder and suicide.
The chosen peoples shall fight for Eretz Yisrael and control of the world government in the making to the last Christian goy fantasizing his war machine dickery.
For the life of me, I don't understand why the dumb Christian goy cannot see it. Indeed, why does he and she not see the obvious? For the same reason that the dumb Muslim goys don't see the obvious. Many among them are as much part of this murder and plunder of fellow Muslims under the sound of trumpet as the heralded and oft glorified aiders and abettors of America's war machine. How? By licking its boots; by falling in prostration before the American dollars, the pursuit of American dream, and under the threat of American bombs; for the want of an iota of dignity and self-respect.
Instead, be in service for justice.
Be in the service for self-defence of your own lands and not by invading others twenty-thousand miles from home.
Be in service for all humanity with the riches and resources plundered from the untermensch not just during the yesteryears of colonialism, but in the ongoing plunder with inflicted “democracy” using stooges and neo-colonialism under American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives.
Those suffering PTSD are the fortunate ones. But instead of smoking dope to assuage your guilt, here is a humble prescription – for what it's worth – it is, after all, only from an ordinary Muslim whose co-religionists, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, moms and dads, children of all ages, you have killed and maimed and raped and plundered in large numbers to the sound of trumpet in the name of saving American lives.
For, indeed, American lives are far more precious than others. These must be saved at all cost.
Well, here is my evergreen two-bit saving the still humans among the criminals who would all hang, or be put into Western internment camps and starved to death like Eisenhower did million(s) of German soldiers and others of the Third Reich, under even an objective victor's justice seeking eye for an eye. That, of course, is quite impossible. How can one punish and seek compensation for millions of death, starvation, refugees, homelessness, innocence lost, nations plundered and destroyed? Well, we shall try!
Fear that day. For it shall come, if not from the untermensch victims of today, then from the ubermensch victors of tomorrow of the greater Lebensraum for whom the muscular Christian soldier (of all skin colors and races) carrying the white man's burden is still just the brain-washed white trash to be used as condoms and discarded. There is surely a karma of cosmic proportions at play, one way or another. Those making dead monkeys of us are laughing their way to the bank!





By Zahir Ebrahim | Project Humanbeingsfirst.org
Saturday, December 18, 2010 | Updated Dec. 22, 2010
Iraqis responding to the 'liberation' brought them by the brave Veterans of America under Bush - Image via angryarab
The two American websites, Veterans Today and Salem News, run by two former US Military veterans, contain some of the most outstanding RealitySpeak writings by both civilians and America's war veterans, presumably, all mostly being eagerly ingested by other American war veterans. In full disclosure, these websites also reprint my two cents every now and then. The Editors in chief of both websites whom I have never met but communicate with occasionally, very generously invited me to become Staff Writer on their respective panels, and I politely declined in each case. I prefer my lonely voice to stay independent – for it allows me to explore my own confusions as no one else can.
So, exercising that independence of thought, if I may be permitted to ask the next logical question to great penmanship and reportage by recovering war veterans, does such RealitySpeak affect a change in status quo?
Does all this verbiage ameliorate the suffering of the bemedaled American war hero who brought my fellow Muslim men, women, and children of Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, perhaps Iran next, the 'liberation' depicted in the images?
Do the oft maligned liberators of truth from the sharp jaws of deceit, ever impact the inflexion of hegemonic power with mere moral words and intellectual theses which unravel the never ending lies of the hectoring hegemons du jour?
For, if words alone could make appreciable difference to the calculus of hegemony, then, the Ten Commandments would have surely eased mankind's journey over the past hundred years of successive world wars and vile deprecation of humanity. As the noted essayist and novelist Aldous Huxley had once observed when responding to the question “What does one do?”:
'Well this is the real problem. Nothing is easier than to formulate high ideals, but few things are more difficult than to discover the means for by those ideals might be implemented, and the categorical imperatives which spring from them can be a pain. This is the real problem. I mean one has to dream, but one has to dream in a pragmatic way to consider how... Merely preaching to people doesn't have much effect, people have been preaching for an awefully long time and we are still pretty much where we were.' (Herman Harvey: Sum and Substance with Aldous Huxley, co-produced with University of S. California, KNXT Public Affairs. http://www.huxley.net/ah/huxley-interview.html )
The undeniable practical fact of the matter remains, that unless moral prescriptions and copious intelligent analyses appearing on these websites get translated into direct activism, into building organizations, into building movements, and into creating a powerful national chorus collectively saying NO to the murdersome hectoring hegemons now bringing vile indignities to the American people right here at home, elegant moral words on paper, wonderful prose bringing exposes to the intelligent, is only self-entertaining the armchair internet warriors.
In all honesty, haven't we, the narrators du jour, merely substituted the mind numbing television, America's favorite sedative, with a new type of cognitive programming for a minuscule sub-minority who indulges in study, but which remains as impotent in mobilizing the conscience to act in order to affect change, as the former medium was effective in amusing us to death? The “history's actors” in fact even brazenly noted that this is all we shall be able to do. The New York Times quoted a senior White House Advisor during the Bush Administration while explaining how fait accompli enacted by “history's actors” actually worked for “imperial mobilization”:
We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.’ — Senior Bush Advisor, The New York Times, October 17, 2004 (see Convince People of Absurdities and get them Acquiescing to Atrocities: The Enduring Power of Machiavellian Political Science )
I say, bullshit! Let's grasp the bull by the horns and turn the tables on its head for the criminals who, with cold chutzpah and flushed with hubris, openly proclaim themselves 'Hectoring Hegemons' working on ending national-sovereignty through successive hegelian mind-fcks!
Harvest of America's Operation 'Iraqi Freedom' upon the 'untermensch' - one day someone must pay the full payment for this largesse of 'freedom'!  Image via scoop
But in order to do so, one must first have the courage to spell bullshit as B.U.L.L.S.H.I.T, without dropping any letters to pass our delicate sensibilities which can shatter the tabula rasa of civilian populations 20,000 miles from home, but can't handle seeing RealitySpeak in print. This, in case it isn't already obvious, is merely a metaphor for first being able to face reality without syntactic sugaring. What follows is plain RealitySpeak – no bullshit. While you don't have to agree with anything here, there is no Newspeak in it. For, only in straight plain talk without bowing to political correctness, is there a way out of being mere narrators of the murderous shit continually being left behind by 'history's actors'.
I believe that the brave veterans of America's wars upon the 'untermensch' 20,000 miles away, the principal audience of both these websites I imagine, can actually play a leading role in helping to change that dismal state of affairs.
HOW?
By rising to protect their own nation's peoples for a change, where, while they were busy bringing 'democracy' and 'liberation' to my 'barbarian' peoples in exotic faraway lands, their own land of the free was being turned into a police-state.
Instead of the increasing number of war veterans being perpetually trapped in PTSD and seeking palliatives to assuage their guilty conscience, 'VA says PTSD claims up 125%' Veterans Today, December 18, 2010, undertaking principled moral acts with discipline to safeguard the decent peoples in their own nation, may prove to be far more therapeutic than the Marijuana being pitched by experts like Dr. Phil Leveque, as in 'You Can't Go Back and You Can't Come Back', Salem News, December 13, 2010.
The 1978 Hollywood movie, The Deer Hunter, graphically brought home to civilians a vicarious touch of what soldiers of patriotism, fortune, and economic conscription, can experience in horrendous modern wars that are principally illegitimate, whose principal victims are civilians, cultures, and civilizations. Those creating the victims often end up with the guilt complex which modern soulless medicine, unable to comprehend the delicate connection between mind-body-spirit and the damage which wars cause to man's essence, calls its symptomatic display PTSD. The psycho-babble of the learned, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, in the case of wars, is primarily symptomatic of the injury to the conscience, to the soul, which perpetually remains un-amenable to brain surgery, to palliatives, to sedatives, to psycho-therapy, and to modern medicine. The Deer Hunter's main focus, if the reader will recall, was primarily to demonstrate the consequences of the horrendous dysfunctionalism of modern warfare causing maladjustment back into normalcy for both victims and victimizers, the latter becoming war's second victims. Therefore, for them to not astutely comprehend that modern warfare by superpowers moving pawns around on the Grand Chessboard is itself a monumental crime, a racket, and those participating in it as soldiers and technicians under waving flags and blaring trumpets, themselves commit crimes against humanity, is to miss the point of it all.
Call the suffering of the conscience from that backlash PTSD if you will, but being able to separate cause from effect, symptoms from disease, doesn't seem to be a forte of Veterans Hospitals. And while that symptom is captured most precisely, most elegantly, almost poetically, in the aforementioned article title by Phil Leveque, “You Can't Go Back and You Can't Come Back”, it does nothing to focus attention on the primary cause of it: the injury to the 'self', the essence of man, what, for the lack of a better terminology, we variously refer to as conscience, soul, superego, all elements which remain elusive to modern medicine. Ask any AMA approved medical doctor for any alternative to big-Pharma led prescriptions, and they will only give you the same standard response they have actually been taught to give in medical school in order to pass their AMA certification – I don't know anything about alternatives not recommended by the FDA.
But just as the Hollywood movie had left its audience hanging, had offered no real solutions for the returning veterans, nor for preventing the creation of future maladjusted veterans, neither does Phil Leveque with his prescriptive conclusion in bold: “WHY CAN‘T THE VA USE THE BEST DRUG – MARIJUANA?” When the illness is misdiagnosed, the cure can at best only be a placebo.
Please permit me to lend some Eastern Zen here – for, Western experts have sufficiently ruined this nation, and the world, to warrant any faith in their diagnosis and their prescriptions.
First, let's try to understand how the war veteran got to the stage of PTSD in the first place.
Afghan baby killed by American soldiers in Khost, collateral damage of course! Baby's name unknown - can you put a name to it? Image courtesy of rawa.org
For the reader's orientation, please permit me to coldly state that I am that 'untermensch' upon whose civilizations the proud, the brave, the bold veterans of America and its Allies waged their boundless courage 20,000 miles away from their own home, in whose homes they slaughtered our children calling it collateral damage just as the CIA's hit team started arriving in Afghanistan courageously proclaiming: “We will export death and violence to the four corners of the earth in defense of our great nation.” (Bob Woodward in Bush at War).
You, dear veteran, could have shown a different kind of courage too at that time and avoided the injury to your soul altogether. Instead of signing up to bravely rain Daisy Cutters and cruise missiles upon barefooted children, upon cities, upon civilian infrastructures, upon wedding parties, upon defenseless men, women, and children, and continually be fearing that hypothetical day when a future Nuremberg might administer you the same victor's justice as your nation routinely administers to the vanquished, you could have signed up to say NO to immoral conquests of your ruling elite. You could have signed up to say NO to economic conscription and found other ways to fund your college education, other ways to earn your livelihood. And you could have used the tiny gray matter to see through the facade of false patriotism, of inculcated false beliefs, of false flag operations, of false enemies, of falsely identified culprits, of “imperial mobilization” disguised as “war on terror”.
Just like one among you had done, not too long ago, sparing himself the moral scar tissue you find yourselves saddled with today as its new victims. This is what this courageous fellow had found the nerve to state then:
'Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on Brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights? No I’m not going 10,000 miles from home to help murder and burn another poor nation simply to continue the domination of white slave masters of the darker people the world over. This is the day when such evils must come to an end. I have been warned that to take such a stand would cost me millions of dollars. But I have said it once and I will say it again. The real enemy of my people is here. I will not disgrace my religion, my people or myself by becoming a tool to enslave those who are fighting for their own justice, freedom and equality. If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people they wouldn’t have to draft me, I’d join tomorrow. I have nothing to lose by standing up for my beliefs. So I’ll go to jail, so what? We’ve been in jail for 400 years.' (Redemption Song: Muhammad Ali and the Spirit of the Sixties (1999) by Mike Marqusee, quoted from Wikipedia page on Muhammad Ali)
You could have done the same thing, no?
Yet, you didn't.
PTSD and American War Heroes - Victims of their own Barbarianism
You took that uncourageous path of accepting to shoot at my 'untermensch' peoples because your leaders ordered you to do so. Your blind deeds borne of “I was just following orders” have made you your own victims. Don't think that only you know in the privacy of your anguish how horrendous some of these crimes were. The victims know too, both the dead ones for whom the war and misery has ended, and the living for whom it is never ending. You think your suffering from PTSD is painful? Ask those whose tabula rasa you have shattered while “following orders”. And though silently and apathetically spectating, the world spectators aren't blind either. The veterans suffers only in a glass cage that appears opaque to them in the hell of their private shame. But it is only a one-way mirror, entirely transparent from the other side.
Unless you can squarely face up to that grotesque fact without self-delusions and false justifications, that you have monumentally wronged the 'lesser peoples' while slumbering under your patriotic zeal and implanted false beliefs, the redemption will remain illusive. Just like this Winter Soldier squarely faced up to his crimes against humanity without making excuses:
'And I tried hard to be proud of my service but all I could feel was shame. These were peoples, these were human beings. I have since been plagued by guilt. I feel guilt anytime I see a mother with her children. I feel guilt anytime I see a young girl. We are told we are fighting terrorists; the real terrorist was me and the real terrorism is this occupation. Those who send us to war do not have to pull a trigger or land a mortar round. They don't have to fight the war, they merely have to sell the war. They need a public who is willing to send their soldiers in a harms way. They need soldiers who are willing to kill and be killed without question. They can spend millions on a single bomb, but that bomb only becomes a weapon when the ranks of the military are willing to follow orders to use it. Our enemy is not 5000 miles away, they are right here at home. If we organize and fight with our sisters and brothers, we can stop this war, we can stop this government, and we can create a better world.' (Iraq war veteran Mike Prysner admits his shame and guilt after the fact, and suggests the only remedy possible for preventing future shame – had he only paid attention to what Muhammad Ali had done before the fact, March 15, 2008, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jGmMbQPJTU )
But that private suffering, I believe, is also a mercy upon man – for within it also lies the only seed of positive redemption. This aspect is very important to comprehend fully. It is not theological gibberish of religious salvation which I expound here (I leave that to the priests), but empirical psych-physiology of what makes us a human being. In its clarity, lies the practicable solution-space. Both for suffering veterans of today, and for preventing future suffering veterans of tomorrow.
So please permit me to explain at length, for indeed, no leader glibly sending America's kids off to perpetual wars, no MD serving in empire's own imperial institutions under AMA and FDA guidelines to stick to their officially mandated medical protocols or lose the license to practice medicine, and no priest carrying empire's renewed white man's burden to bring us 'untermenschen' their 'Jesus' (watch video http://youtube.com/watch?v=hVGmbzDLq5c ) will explain the following commonsense.
Only if man has a conscience, a soul, that he naturally suffers when he indulges in horrendous crimes, what modern soulless medicine calls PTSD. Just think, if we had no conscience, there would be no mental anguish, and thus no psychological traumas!
The proof of this straightforward observation is to simply ask the empirical question: do we ever observe the mighty generals and noble presidents, who, under orders from their own task-masters, destroy entire nations and civilizations before being awarded Nobel Peace Prizes for their peace-making, suffering from PTSD? No. They are never known to walk the night lamenting: “All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand”, and die rather “holily in their beds.” (MacBeth). That is because they have no conscience, they have no 'soul'. This pathology, more aptly termed pathocracy, is not just Zen-babble or Shakespearean theater. It is now even clinically coming to the surface. See the book Political Ponerology: A Science on The Nature of Evil adjusted for Political Purposes by Andrew M. Lobaczewski ( http://ponerology.com ).
While the rest of us may suffer from the “banality of evil” whose only known cure is moral courage and moral redemption, the psychopath is observed to be suffering from some yet to be precisely identified structural abnormality which makes him and her completely impervious to feeling empathy. He and she is evidently either born without a conscience (or, some how had it killed off in unrecoverable ways in rituals and rites peculiar to the elite who send ordinary men and women to the slaughter without batting an eye). This creature appears as normal person to us, lives and moves among us as a normal person, but inevitably always seems to rather uncannily end up in ranking leadership positions where it easily makes immoral decisions for narrow interests without compunction and remorse. He and she experiences no more cognitive dissonance ordering an atomic bomb dropped, than ordering a rendition flight, or sentencing a frail Aafia Siddiqui to 86 years in jail. Whereas, the evil normal people face, both you and I, was aptly captured by Hannah Arendt by that term “Banality of Evil” when trying to comprehend how the Good German was created in Nazi Germany.
Hannah Arendt arrived at the conclusion that it was a combination of lack of moral courage, easily succumbing to authority figures by one's nature, through sustained indoctrinations to obey authority, and due to the blind allegiance to discharging one's duties without reflecting upon the consequences of those duties. The 'banality', ordinariness of individual evils, added up suddenly becomes extraordinary in its proportion and consequences. This is the exact same description of how the Good American has been created today for which, you are now paying the price of PTSD due to all that red blood of my peoples upon your hands.
No? Yes! Read it here to see it from the eyes of one upon whose Muslim civilizations, your patriotic munificence was so courageously unleashed by the cumulative “banality of evil”.
We, the ordinary peoples, who often become canon fodder for pathocrats, have a conscience, we are not psychopaths. We may however become so if we continue to suffer and continue to inflict suffering upon others to the point that physiological changes in our bodies irreversibly kill off those brain structures where empathy springs from, where conscience resides, where, in Freudian terms, the superego keeps our id and ego in check. But short of becoming a psychopath, there is a moral path of redemption available to all of us which isn't available to the pathocrats who send us to our death smiling. Who never suffer from PTSD.
So, what is the cure for this tortuous scarring of the moral psyche of normal persons which modern medicine calls PTSD? What is the path of redemption? Permit me to share our Eastern wisdom, our ancient medicine, our redemptive therapy, something that adventurers coming to bomb and rob us somehow conveniently fail to carry back with them to their own civilization along with their plunder and their mental scars. The cure is not in physical therapy, it is not in confessionals in priest boxes, and it is not on a psychiatrist's couch, nor in going back into childhood to find and kill-off old demons, real and imagined. The damage caused to the spiritual essence of man for enduring horrendous moral crimes, only the spiritual resurgence can cure. That is what modern medicine cannot give you because there is no profit in it for big-Pharma. Nor is it in the interest of the war-mongers to have their VA hospitals advocate spiritual resurgence – the kind I describe below – for they must have a continuous supply of new recruits of patriotic and economic conscriptions as canon fodder to fight their perpetual wars.
Moral or spiritual redemption is only possible in undertaking moral acts, not in mere words, but in courageous endeavors which go beyond the normal existence, just as the cataclysms which created PTSD went beyond the normal existence. Acts which border on heroism, and which permit us to rise to our better-selves primarily in the service of those whom we have injured by both commissions, and omissions. Only such redemptive acts can assuage our guilt sufficiently to enable atoning for our earlier moral lapses. In certain societies, perhaps still today, judges would sometimes award the guilty a punishment of such a type, to go humbly serve the family of those whom they have injured, whose bread-winners they killed. When implemented properly, it helped heal both the victim, and most interestingly, also the victimizer. Not too profound when one thinks about it, is it? Even Hollywood learns – as they evidently did in what may have been the topical sequel to the Deer Hunter, Tom Cruise's 2003 movie, The Last Samurai! The Metanoia experienced by the American soldier Nathan Algren, beckons today's PTSD villains. The Greek term for 'afterthought repentance', metanoia, denotes a change of mind, a reorientation, an awakening, a fundamental transformation of outlook, a spiritual conversion, walking the path of moral redemption and penitence in consequence.
Those who have undertaken such strivings, ask them their experiences. I imagine that asking Ken O'Keefe for instance, the man who is off in Gaza braving bullets whizzing by his head, bullets which he once himself inflicted upon the 'untermensch' in whose defense he now braves it with empty hands, might be an interesting exercise for America's veterans.
Not only can the veterans help heal themselves with such courageous efforts undertaken with direct moral acts in their own nation, but they can even help prevent future veterans from coming into existence by leading conscientious objector movements across their nation, teaching and warning the youngsters often enlisting as victims of economic conscription and state propaganda, the very words and analyses available on these stellar websites.
If each suffering veteran of America can prevent just one new future suffering veteran from being created, the healing efficacy of their moral strivings will be nothing short of miraculous! Just imagine when they can prevent ten?
If the suffering veterans of America can forge a movement to loudly say NO to the vile indignities being heaped upon us right here at home in the land of the free, they can make a difference to their own healing.
Image Who is laughing their way to the bank while the land of the free is groped, reviled, bankrupted, and turned into a fascist police-state?  Image via sott.net is a composite from  mprophetphoto.blogspot.com/2010/11/creative-commons-and-tsa-photos.html  and  davidvincentwolf.com/notes/22611-land-of-the-free
Here is the most recent grotesque example of what we all face: Boy Asks TSA ‘Why Pat Down Mom And Not Me?’, TSA Replies “You Don’t Have Boobs”.
Saying NO to invasive body scans at airports, and saying NO to humiliating patdowns as well, and drawing media and public attention to those bold NOs can even galvanize the public to do the same, and to join forces with you to reclaim your nation from the rapidly closing jaws of a police-state. If servicemen remain unaware of the real agenda behind these vile physical gropings of America's men, women, and children, as is amply evidenced by the blind compliance of the active duty American soldier going through an American airport in uniform carrying an automatic weapon – a narrative which appeared in Veterans Today and which drove me up the wall that someone can so courageously shoot at barefooted people in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, but can't say NO to absurdities in his own country – see my article 'Body-scan Alert - Not Suffering Indignities at Airports'. Will that soldier also only acquire his moralsense under PTSD once he is a veteran? Isn't there something grotesquely wrong with that picture?
A single dose of resonating moral NOs across the land of the free will prove to be far more therapeutic to the veterans of America than a 1000 psychedelic joints of Dr. Phil Leveque's prescription which he simultaneously avers: “My subject matter is that whatever the degree of PTSD/TBI the condition is almost permanent.” And thus, by his own admission, asserts all ingestive medicines being ineffective.
Can you, the veterans of America who have finally woken up, kindly give an active think to this prescription? As Ray McGovern lamented in Washington DC at a war veterans' march upon the White House, December 16, 2010, which was only a hundred veteran strong instead of one to two million:
'[quoting Daniel Berrigan] Those who say let us have peace, often tack on: but let us risk nothing, let our lives stand intact, let us know neither prison, not ill repute, nor ridicule from friends, nor disruption of ties. There is no peace, says Berrigan, because the making of peace is just as costly as the making of war. At least as liable to bring disgrace and prison. So, we accept our responsibility here. We are going to do all we can to stop the violence being perpetrated in our name. And so, if the making of peace means prison, that's where you are gonna find us!' (watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WK5--Us7v0 )
And where were all the tens of thousands of war veterans suffering from guilty consciences?
They were, and still are too busy reading websites like this one to bother striving for real redemption – they'd rather just talk about it while collecting their minuscule pecuniary compensation from the Veterans Administration!
You don't need any more knowledge my friends. You don't need any more study. You don't need to read any more websites to learn what has happened to you. All that these words do for you is to turn you into even more armchair wallowers caught between diligent study and PTSD. But no redemption. Knowledge does not lead to acts of redemption. Only metanoia does! And that comes from within – not by reading more websites!
How can you, the equally discarded victims of America's wars of hegemony, elevate your metanoia, your new found awareness of how you were sent off to fight for the narrow interests of an elite hell-bent on destroying your own nation – all amply demonstrated by the stellar writings and beautiful words appearing on Veterans Today and Salem News for those who really don't already know – into principled coordinated moral acts which can reverse the grotesque police-state transpiring in your own nation right now? And by so doing, help avert a global catastrophe, a planned Armageddon upon the remaining 'untermenschen'! That is an unparalleled self-healing path, unmatched by modern medicine as well as natural sedatives.
If I, a mere civilian mouse, a foreigner in the United States pursuing his 'American Dream' like everyone else, can say NO to state tyranny – read it here – and I scare just as easily as any other mouse, have a family, have aspirations, have passions, have no history of maladjustment except by choice since 911 when I consciously chose to become a malcontent (in H. G. Wells' words) and maladjusted (in Martin Luther King Jr.'s words) because there was simply no other choice (read it here and here); if this disabled wheelchair bound young man protesting state tyranny in the streets of London can say NO – watch it at http://youtube.com/watch?v=ZL4eL0sLzKU – and he is suffering from cerebral palsy; is there some very good reason why the hurly-burly American veterans of wars' brutalities should continue to comply with tyrannical absurdities which are destroying their own nation-state? I believe this is where the certificate of everlasting virtue from the Veterans Administration comes in handy. But, if the war veteran, you, boldly rise beyond such certificates, if you rise beyond the mere psychedelic words you read on paper which always look good in print and in speeches, if you instead stand alongside the very 'untermensch' whom you once oppressed, serve the victim families from Afghanistan to Iraq whose bread-winners you once destroyed with a humility you were never acquainted with as a US marine, stand-up for your own nation's peoples suffering under the jackboots of the same tyrants who caused you to suffer PTSD in immoral imperial mobilizations deceptively sold to you as preemptive war on terror in defense of your nation, your yesterday becomes a mere prologue, the rest of your life, finally your own.
Thank you.
Sincerely,
Zahir Ebrahim | Project Humanbeingsfirst.org
California, United States





The author, an ordinary researcher and writer on contemporary geopolitics, a minor justice activist, grew up in Pakistan, studied EECS at MIT, engineered for a while in high-tech Silicon Valley (patents here), and retired early to pursue other responsible interests. His maiden 2003 book was rejected by six publishers and can be read on the web at http://PrisonersoftheCave.org. He may be reached at http://Humanbeingsfirst.org. Verbatim reproduction license at http://humanbeingsfirst.org/#Copyright.

12/22/2010 12:00:07 4950
Links fixed July 16, 2016
Republished with new Preamble on January 11, 2020


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Statement on Iranian Inteqaam by Zahir Ebrahim

January 06, 2020
“I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I'm a human being first and foremost, and as such I'm for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.”
--- The Unknown Transformation of Malcolm X
Today, January 6th, 2020, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution led the funeral prayer for the honourable martyrs Haj Qasem Soleimani, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and the other martyrs of the gloatious US assassination ordered by Christian-Zionist American President Donald Trump, amidst shrill Persian cries of Inteqaam – revenge, revenge, revenge – resonating in Iran from street to street and home to home in teary-eyed mega funeral procession the likes of which have never been witnessed in any other Muslim country. And in any Western country for that matter, including in the most dignified funeral procession of President Kennedy who was assassinated in the United States by the United States. As a child, I had watched the newsreel of that funeral procession in 1963 and I still remember the poise and sombre behavior of Mrs. Kennedy and her children holding her hand, and the silence of the American public during the short procession and funeral service --- and who quickly forgot all about it in their unbridled pursuit of the American Dream. The 3-day mourning and long funeral in Iran and Iraq expresses a personal tragedy of every Iranian, Iraqi, and every Muslim who understands what General Qasem Soleimani did to defeat Daeesh, ISIS, the American-Israeli concoction created in the name of Islam to wreck havoc upon Muslims (see Understanding ISIS by Zahir Ebrahim).
The West shall never understand the phenomenon being witnessed in Iran. But Western leaders, whether or not they understand it, ought not to underestimate it. Iranians shall never forget this cold blooded murder of their General which, to every Muslim who perceptively understands his or her religion and the tragedy of Karbala, is akin to the assassinations of Imam Ali (the one who protected Islam and the Prophet of Islam in its early days) and Imam Hussein (the one who protected Islam during its early decay into a world empire). The Iranian General played a similar role in protecting not just Iran from American-Zionist aggression, but the sanctity of Islam by destroying Daeesh. Iranians, and all those who understand what really transpired in Iraq and Syria and in the manufactured arc of crisis, shall never forgive that murder.
Iran is unlike any other nation on earth. The rest of the world on one side, and Iran on the other, can withstand the entire world and die happily in the process. Why? Because Muslims have heroes in Islam such as Imam Hussein (as) – who lived and died the edict: Death with honor is preferred to life with indignity. One can hear this religious slogan – Islam's principled teaching – being chanted in Arabic in the background through loud speakers throughout the funeral procession. Iran embodies that ethos more than any other Muslim nation and their 4 decades of principled resistance to United States aggression is testimony to that fact. While the United States of America is all powerful today, full of the same hubris that afflict all tagoots --- they and their Allies shall go down in history no differently than the Third Reich and its allies.
Today, in these times of universal deceit and universal tyranny that invites the uncultivated mind to love its own servitude, making that bold statement may be hazardous to one's pursuit of life liberty and happiness. Not making it, however, is a sure way of having that destiny actually come to pass. It is as much in the interest of the people of the United States to rein in the aggression of their rulers, and to force their deep state to rein in its primacy instincts as its god-given geostrategic imperative (see Zbigniew Brzezinski's The Grand Chessboard – American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives, 1996), as it is in the interest of all Muslim nations for the Iranians to temper their desire for revenge against the injustice they suffered in this assassination in the long chain of injustices throughout the twentieth century, and which can set the arc of crisis on fire far beyond the fires we have seen diabolically lighted since 9/11 (see Unlayering the Middle East War Agenda: Making Sense of Absurdities Jan 23, 2011).
However, death with honor is always better than life in servitude, and that was once the rallying cry of the American colonists as well which won them their freedom from the previous evil empire, only to become the new evil empire....
While today it is the rallying cry among the 80 million in Iran borne from the ethos of Karbala and Imam Hussein, the West be advised that it can quickly become the rallying cry of the 1.8 billion Muslims worldwide, finally uniting Shia and Sunni Muslims against the common enemy of mankind in an Armageddon-like scenario. The emergence of the new ruling state of Israel (see Israel: The New Ruling State's War On Iran in 2019? and The New Ruling State in the World: Eretz Yisrael ) is predicated on lighting that arc of crisis with Muslim-Christian blood that shall engulf and destroy not just the sole superpower and its already waning preeminence, but all Eurasian Christian power as well, to create a new world superstate in the form of world government to be administered from Jerusalem. All of us goys, including the children of America, shall be in service to the new masters as the revenge of 2000 years of persecution (see Rise of the Fourth Reich in America - Revenge of the Judeofascist-Zionofascist cabal). Its interdiction is now... and Iran shall wisely play its role of exercising sabr (patience) in averting it (at least in the near term) by reining in their national emotions with wisdom.
Project Humanbeingsfirst makes the following public statement – and this was submitted to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution's website.
Comment submitted by Zahir Ebrahim | Project Humanbeingsfirst.org, USA
Today, January 06, 2020, I am an Iranian. I feel the pain of Iran. My condolence to the family and nation of this noble and skillful warrior of Imam Ali (as). Remember that Imam Ali was also assassinated; and Imam Hussein in the most inhuman way. Let's learn from the Imams of Ahlul Bayt who refrained from Inteqaam. 1) During the time of the Caliphate, Imam did not call for Inteqaam for the death of his wife Fatima-tus-Zahra (Salam-ullah Alahe). 2) During his own reign as Caliph, Imam Ali drew his sword against all the munafiqeen who came against him (munafiqeen, by definition, are Muslims). 3) Imam Hussein and Karbala is a moral imperative. 4) The Prophet and early Muslims drew their swords in self-defence against the kuffar aggressors. What we are faced with today is combination of all four. Inteqaam --- against whom? It can lead to internecine Muslim warfare. As Muslim, I am for justice. Inteqaam of Iran shall lead to entire nations destroyed. Is that justice?
Thank you.
Zahir Ebrahim
Comment left today, January 06, 2020, at http://english.khamenei.ir for the following missives:




Statement on Iranian Inteqaam by Zahir Ebrahim | Project Humanbeingsfirst.org





Why I am a Muslim by Zahir Ebrahim

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Preamble
Late last night, suffering from my usual insomnia when I do my most creative intellectual work, I was 'googling' Shashi Tharoor to understand how he acquired the super-manly courage to so eloquently stand up to the racial Modi regime rapidly transforming a liberal India into a fundamentalist Hindu-only state – in the mold of the handful of courageous recovering Jews who have long stood up to the evil of Zionism's Jews-only state but with zero impact, and here too fearing the same outcome – I was pleasantly surprised to discover Dr. Tharoor's autobiographical book Why I am a Hindu. After hearing him read from it in a presentation at the Hay Market forum explaining Hinduism’s origins and its philosophical concepts, I have ordered not just that book, but also his earlier book Inglorious Empire: what the British did to India.
I first understood Hinduism being fundamentally monotheist, singular Creator of all that exists, when a Hindu mom at my children's elementary school where I used to volunteer daily, surprised me with that revelation during a deep conversation on spirituality, explaining that all the many gods you see Hindus worshiping are merely their imaginative representation of the singular root Godhead's, the Creator's, many properties or characteristics personified by man's limited imagination to make it more palatable to conceptualizing the unconceptualizable God for the human mind. For, indeed, that's also what Allah SWT's 99 names also represent, the many properties or characteristics of God, the Creator. So, for instance, while Muslims call upon Allah as the Deity with the many Names mentioned in the Holy Qur'an without using their imagination to personify those God characteristics, the Hindu is a tad more imaginative. He gives physical representation to the Creator's otherwise unimaginable God characteristics. And since they have no formal “Divine text” prohibiting them to use their imagination thusly, Hinduism as 'the way of life' has richly accumulated in its cultural moorings more than three thousand five hundred years of imaginations representing the same one Creator of all creation in differing manifestations, now totaling 33 million. Depending on what aspect of God is being called upon as the Deity, by which human mind. That rich tapestry of human imaginations still represent one, and only one, singular but unknowable Creator. And as Shashi Tharoor elegantly summed its impact, quoting someone in his presentation, it makes it easier for the Hindu mind to accept all other religions which do proclaim a Creator. And not merely tolerate them! In the Hindu mind, as Tharoor put it, another religion's conception of God becomes yet one more representation of the same Creator in Hinduism!
And that's all the difference I actually saw right there and then in my conversation with this lovely volunteer Hindu mom whose daughter was in the same 4th grade class as my brood. To me, it appeared that the Hindu mind was a bit more imaginative and unconstrained by Scripture than the Muslim mind, but was essentially calling on the same singular Creator with many different names just as Muslims call on Allah with the many names. Did that make the Hindu polytheist?
After all, Islam's Scripture, the “Divine text”, does state categorically that the Creator sent Divine Guidance through Messengers and Prophets to all peoples, all nations, and all civilizations, in their own languages and social contexts.... but stuff got lost, distorted, changed, adapted to cultures and imaginations, etc. And Hinduism appears to be the longest continuously living example of it, far older than the Semitic religions which today is grandfathered in the Judaism of the Talmuds (the Pentateuch given less importance by the Jews and more adopted by the Christians as first part of Bible) and terminated in Islam. Even reason begets just One Singular God, not polygods and polytheism, if there is indeed a Creator that can be imagined philosophically by the mind, as I have demonstrated in my chapter-length essay Some Problems in Epistemology in Section 5 titled Limit Problem of Epistemology – The Hard and Soft Limits to Knowing, using Gödel's incompleteness theorem.
Fast forward about twenty years to last night, the intellectual savant Dr. Shashi Tharoor's rational characterization of Hinduism mirrored this ordinary home-maker Hindu mom's in California, United States of America, some two decades earlier. For the life of me I cannot recall her name, but we used to talk almost daily on parenting things.
As I was reflecting on how poorly Muslims understand Hindus and Hinduism even today despite living with them for over a millennium, and ruling over them for a good part of it until the British empire took over for the last two hundred years of it, first plundering India and reducing it to servitude, and during the imperial withdrawal again decimating the subcontinent through arbitrary partitioning of it in the red blood of the natives to prevent the colossal land of 400 million peoples from ever rising to their natural level of great potential and threatening the supremacy of the white Anglo Saxon masters during their retrenchment from overt colonialism to neocolonialism, Shashi Tharoor's conversation with the program compere showed how even Hindus today are deceived in corrupting their own 'deen', way of life, in the rising racial Hindu fundamentalism.
The Hindutava doctrine closely mirrors Zionism in its quest for Lebensraum of Eretz Yisrael in far more characteristics than it does Nazism that the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, has alluded to. Modi is not a Nazi. Modi is a Zionist, and their stooge, using their methods and political instruments to resettle the Hindu Lebensraum. What Modi is preaching is no different in racial primacy and Hindu national chauvinism than Rothschild Zionism invented by Moses Hess in 1828 (see Rome and Jerusalem: A Study in Jewish Nationalism). I examined Rothschild Zionism in its thirty-one continually evolving flavors in my 2010 essay Palestine: The Struggle Forward in my quest to understand all the forces that had created the “Iron Wall” that Vladimir Jabotinsky had referred to in his demagoguery-laced justification of the morality of Zionism in his seminal 1923 article by that name.
The RSS doctrine also invented in the early 1920s at about the same time as the Zionist project was well underway, I wonder who pedigreed them then, but it's doctrinal template in that racial primacy and supremacy demagoguery hints of common fingerprints. And just like Zionism was brought to power and aided and abetted by forces outside Palestine, and which surrounded their conquest and resettlement of Palestine by an “Iron wall” which none could breach from within, and which still continues to protect the ongoing occupation and ongoing resettlement with genocidal cleansing, Modi's Hindutava has similar force-field underwriting its attempted ethnic-cleansing of India of its indigenous 250 million Muslim population. The scale is staggering. I imagine until it is all a fait accompli, and then, ex post facto, they shall come out in loud condemnation of it to pay lip-service to their “non discrimination” and “secular humanism” mantra. Even the UN is a willing accomplice by their notable silence (archived) as well as nonsilence (archived). For this international vassal for projecting the oligarchic “will to power” driving both Lebensraums, to speak or not speak is all the same.
In any case, I eagerly await Amazon sending me Tharoor's book Why I am a Hindu. As I reflect on my own belief system and activism, I have to say that I thank my stars that I am a Muslim, and I have previously explained Why I am a Muslim. Mirroring Dr. Shashi Tharoor's templated commonsense response to why he is a Hindu for the most basic reason, he was born into a Hindu home, I had written in the Epilogue 2019 of my latest book The Pakistan Decapitation Papers 2019: A Report on the Banality of Evil, on pages 673-674 of Volume II:
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But first, I wish to establish a template. I begin with thanking Allah SWT that He made me a human being (not an animal); gave me all functioning parts (not handicap); made me ba-baseerat (not an imbecile); endowed me with an intellect that searches for truth in all matters (not indoctrinated); raised me in my parents' home which made me a Muslim by socialization (could have been born in a Zionist or pagan home). My home not just acquainted me with the Ahlul Bayt of the Prophet of Islam and Imam Hussein (as) from birth as the Exemplars and Imams of Islam from whom we take our understanding of the meaning of the Holy Qur'an and the teachings of the Prophet of Islam (in principle), but also indelibly carved their love into my heart, into my very being (just as I love my parents). Beyond socialization, I am neither Shia nor Sunni, but only trying to be Muslim (minus the crippled epistemology) as human being first that I was fashioned in (ahsan-e-taqweem), and wish to die Muslim (InshaAllah). I could just as easily have been born on the other side of the railroad tracks... and deprived of these rich bounties and propensities. I am the fortunate of history. Alhamdolillah.
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Dr. Shashi Tharoor of course went on in that presentation to read from his book why he was consciously a practicing Hindu, and the degree of his own choice in the matter for being proud of being a Hindu, and the reasons for it, including the principal reason why he now had to publicly write about his beliefs in such an autobiographical book as a moral calling against the criminal doctrine that his beloved India and his beloved 'deen' were being subjected to by Hindutava. All of which, by the way, I can easily relate to and applaud him for.
As I reflect on Tharoor's courage and his engagement with that extreme evil to counter it – rather than stand aside looking from the side just as the Germans did when Hitler had come to power and was sending the Jews to the concentration camps, and just as the world does today as the Zionist Jews have turned the Palestinians' own homeland into a giant concentration camp which the British journalist John Pilger incisively titled in his 2007 missive Looking to the side, from Belsen to Gaza, and the same applies to what Hindutava chauvinist Modi has done to Kashmir and is maintaining as a giant concentration camp for the indigenous Kashmiri Muslims to the thunderous sounds of silence emanating not just from among the 1.6 to 2 billion holy and pious Muslims worldwide, but to the thunderous sounds of silence of the 7.8 to 8 billion world public at large as well – this morning I too feel compelled to simply re-title my nearly a decade old original essay written in the same mold, Islam and Knowledge vs Socialization, to Why I am a Muslim.
I am just as consciously glad for my own birth-gift as Shashi Tharoor is for his birth-gift. In my case, because my birth-affinity is to a noble world religion that empowers me to take on tyranny, primacy, evil, and there is indeed a conception of the “well-lived life” in its doctrine. Surah Asr characterizes it as the “life which is not at a loss”, or the “good-life” as Shashi Tharoor called it in his presentation, and which he averred has no parallel in Hinduism. I am proud to be part of a religion that indeed has such a conception, irrespective of the question of reward and punishment immanent in Islam. “Life which is not at a loss” naturally resonates with my moral calling as a categorical imperative, just as the “liberalism” in Hinduism naturally resonates with Dr. Tharoor as his moral calling motivating him to stand up to any subversion of it.
Why I am a Muslim beyond the fact that I was born a Muslim, just as why Shashi Tharoor is a Hindu beyond his birth-gift, why I run Project Humanbeingsfirst, why I continually seek Allah's help to empower me, to strengthen me to continually wage the greatest struggle against evil, the one within me, my own shortcomings, my own failings, which Islam has called “jihad-un-nafs”, and the overcoming of which is both the necessary and sufficient precondition for all societal good to naturally follow when it aggregates in the collective, including the society's collective jihad against all that is evil in the world, and why it's not happening, nor has it happened since time immemorial, and despite all the moral platitudes from time immemorial that mankind has memorized in its idiomatic memory as clichés to reproduce in show of piety while the world burns under the guns of primacy, is in the essay now retitled to Why I am a Muslim. While I shall be reading Shashi Tharoor's writing and be inspired by it, InshaAllah (that just means if my time is not up before then, for we all have a rendezvous with death and only God, the Creator, I believe knows when we shall leave this frail body made of dust to continue our soul's journey onward), I can only hope that he shall read mine.


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