Making Sense of Insidious Behavior

la times pic of drone strike on iran general

(photo credit via LA Times)

So, let me see if I can comprehend this.

First off, skipping over the CIA’s taking out of the leader of Iran in the 1950s (regime change), let’s jump to the 1980s during the war between Iraq and Iran. We backed Saddam/Iraq, by giving them intelligence and weapons to fight Iran.

Then a few years later, we invaded Iraq, captured their leader, gave him to his people for trial, then occupied the country illegally for sixteen years and counting.

After Saddam’s death, our military was put there to train their army and install a leader and his cabinet that would be friendly and bend to our will.

Then several years later, unrest and protests built in Iraq due to our perpetual presence in their country, and then we turned on them again. In the midst of this, we killed the top Iranian general who helped defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Not only did our drone strike kill the Iranian general, but also an Iraqi commander.

Next there’s the whole incomprehensible connection with Saudi Arabia (who is also connected/allied with Israel…have you ever noticed there aren’t any bombings going on between the two of them?). Oil was the main reason we connected with Saudi Arabia, but even after the attack on the Kobar Towers where our military members stayed, including my husband back in 1996 (he left a month before the bombings), we still bent to Saudi Arabia’s will, to keep the oil flowing.

Many of the 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi. A few of them, including the ringleader, were given visas to the US by the CIA before 9/11 happened, according to Michael Springman, stationed in Jeddah, who was in charge of granting visas to foreigners is on camera saying he made visas for them to enter the US and wondered why.

In the days leading up to the attack, the stock market showed unusual activity, with put options on the two main airlines that were used in the attacks.

During the attack on the towers, bombs went off before any of them were hit by the planes (and building 7 wasn’t hit by a plane). Nobody asked how the bombs got planted in the buildings. Considering over a hundred witnesses mentioned bombs in the Twin Towers and in Building 7, it wasn’t made up. So, how did the bombs get into the buildings without passing through security? And planning detonation and/or controlled demolition takes weeks. It cannot be done the day of the attack.

And what a coincidence that the part of the Pentagon building hit by the plane was the Army’s audit offices, auditing the missing 2.3 trillion (believe that was the number…trying to remember off the top of my head) Rumsfeld mentioned the day or couple days before the attack. Instead of flying the plane into parts of the Pentagon where masses of people were for maximum effect, which is what a terrorist would want to do, they flew the plane near the ground to ram into that specific area investigating the missing monies that had just been reinforced with thick concrete and other materials a few months before.

After the loss of nearly 3000 people in this attack, when every airport’s planes were grounded, a group of Israelis that were detained by the FBI for suspicious activity were put on a plane, while members of the bin Laden family were put on another plane and flown back to their countries.

Within a few hours, the FBI said the culprit of the attacks was bin Laden, who, when interviewed, said he didn’t do it. Terrorists love to take responsibility for their attacks. They gloat over it. Curiously, the Taliban in Afghanistan said they’d hand over bin Laden if the US presented evidence bin Laden was responsible for the 9/11 attacks and if Bush and his military would stop bombing Afghanistan. Bush and his admin. refused. Guess the FBI and CIA didn’t have evidence. Otherwise, they would have given it so that they could negotiate for bin Laden’s extradition to the US to stand trial for the murders. And at the same time, the FBI never had bin Laden on their most wanted list for the 9/11 attacks.

Rewind to the 1980s when we armed bin Laden and his rag tag team (then called the Mujahideen, later becoming Al Qaeda and the Taliban) against the Soviets when they invaded Afghanistan. Bin Laden was considered a CIA asset.

Fast forward to a few years ago when we supplied our weapons to Saudi Arabia to help bomb Yemen that killed hundreds of civilians, including many children. It also caused mass starvation and cholera outbreak.

But that’s not all. We armed Al Qaeda–the same group that attacked us on 9/11, according to the government’s official story–to try and topple a sovereign country’s leader in Syria. A leader, who is an Alawhite–a minority sect of the Islamic faith, and a leader who ran his country in a secular manner, where other minorities, such as Christians, were protected.

To add to our disgusting foreign policy, we’re still backing these terrorists, and our government has the gall to continue to illegally stay in Syria and Iraq, and attempted to send our military to protect oil fields in Saudi Arabia and Syria.

And the HUGE news on the Afghan Papers, nearly equivalent to the Pentagon Papers, got barely a whisper of a mention in the Main Stream Media, who are nothing but parrots for the Military Industrial Complex, National Security Surveillance and Intel Complex. The fact that our military was sent there without a clear objective, not knowing who their enemies were, where they were, what they were actually doing there was not surprising to me, sadly, but just confirmed the usual pattern of our screwed up foreign policy.

I’m sick of our military members used as cannon fodder for war profits, lust of power and other countries’ resources. Yes, this type of imperialism has been around since the dawn of time…since humans walked the earth after the Fall, but it doesn’t make me feel any better.

President Trump’s order that had the Iranian General Suleimani assassinated, I have no doubt, was pressured by the Military Industrial Complex, Intel and National Security Surveillance State. These entities continue to rule our presidents and congress as they have for decades. However, Trump’s arrogance and ignorance has really taken us to a seriously bad place. I’m sure John Bolton and Benjamin Netanyahu are doing gleeful cartwheels over this disastrous move.

All of those involved in these disastrous policies are nothing but war criminals and belong in jail for life. They are responsible for millions of people’s deaths, including our own service members, who joined the military to help protect and serve our country, not be disposable pawns sent with no objective or certain winning strategy, but only to be wounded or killed, and psychologically scarred for life.

Are our military members worth anything to our government? Considering Agent Orange, white phosphorus, depleted uranium, and burn pits, I’d say not much. It certainly gives credence to the book my son read a couple years ago called G.I. Guinea Pigs. They shouldn’t be. It’s personal for me. My father, husband, and brother-in-law were in the Air Force for over twenty years.

The US’s foreign policy has been a catastrophe, lying us into wars since Vietnam. Does our government really even care about its people? I have serious doubts it does.

After all the horrible things powerful countries’ governments have done throughout history, and my country’s government is one of them… some day, we’ll reap what we sow. Pride comes before the Fall. Drunk off Power and War and Weapons Profits. Insanity has ensued for too long. Humbleness is needed.

What would a world be like if my country actually led with goodness, peace, and respect for other countries and their cultures? I can imagine all the good it could do with its riches. Philanthropic work worldwide, trading fairly with all countries, enjoying others’ traditions and ways of life.

But truly, we need to start this at home. Our own government should be taking care of its own people, and it’s not. It’s owned by corporate elitists with the deepest pockets.

So much needs to change…

My country has lost its way with madmen/psychopaths at the wheel of power for too many years.

We don’t need any more wars. We need to end all of them. We are decades overdue for PEACE and DIPLOMACY.

 

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Creation Changed Forever

nativity icon card

Christ’s incarnation and birth changed the world forever. He became one of us (with the exception of sinning), talked with us, preached to us, walked this earth with us. His presence showed us what eternal joy and unending love and mercy we would experience and encounter in the near future.

On this Christmas Eve, I say Merry Christmas to everyone! Christ is born! Glorify Him!

May your holiday be filled with peace, joy, and love.

 

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Getting Back Into the Writing Groove After Vacation

Sprague Lake in RMNP July 4 2019

Do you have a hard time getting back into your writing after you’ve been on vacation?  Do you get totally and happily lost in trekking in the peaceful, scenic, and rugged landscape of the Rocky Mountains for two weeks?

Long's Peak, Estes Park from our cabin July 2019

(Long’s Peak seen from our adorable cabin)

hiking trail from storm pass to bear lake day 4 July 2019

(One of the trails we trekked in Rocky Mountain National Park)

Maybe hung out at an absolutely gorgeous lake?

Troy and I at Sprague Lake RMNP July 2019

(Hubby and I)

Okay, maybe you spent your holiday on the beach or zip-lining through the rainforests of Brazil.

In any case, when my family left for our vacation to Colorado (once again. Our last vacation there was June 2017), I’d left my computer at home but brought along a small notebook in case I wanted to jot anything down regarding the experiences I encountered on my trip. And I did. I also wrote a page and a half of a story I’d written notes on a few months ago. The latter was done on the train ride back to Chicago before we picked up our car that had been sitting in the parking garage and headed home.

But still, my mind, body, and spirit absorbed the beautiful surroundings of Colorado Springs where we caught up with dear friends, but most especially, Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. We walked four trails while there, and it was exhilarating.

Troy walking ahead on trail day 2 hiking July 2019

(Hubby walking ahead of me on our second hike, just me and him)

canopy of trees day 2 hiking RMNP July 2019

(Canopy of pines and aspens)

Alberta Falls RMNP July 2019

(Mid to lower section of Alberta Falls in RMNP)

small bridge on walking trail RMNP July 2019

(Small bridge on one of the trails on which our boys joined us)

And had visitors right outside our cabin.

doe 30 feet from our cabin Estes Park July 2019

(A doe about 30 feet from our cabin)

buck by Brown cabin Estes Park July 2019

(Buck right near our cabin, as well)

For a little while those first couple of days back home, I worried I’d not want to finish my WIP, but by the third day home, I was finally able to focus and re-immerse myself in my story and others’ stories via my online critique group.

I think what helped get me interested again in my story was submitting the next chapters and reading the ones already in the queue. My characters and the storyline drew me back in. Whew. Thank God!

So, it’s back to the story-creating world for me, while keeping the memories of my favorite place, Colorado, always in my heart, for we want to return to Colorado in three years, after our youngest has finished high school.

When you return from a well-needed and relaxing vacation, how do you get your mind and fingers back into your writing?

 

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