November 2003

“You know, Yaw, I’m sure a lot of crimes can be solved by answering one very simple question. My view of the criminal justice system is not complicated, but I think the “Who done it?” investigations can be more efficient by the answering of that one question.”

“You have me on tenterhooks, Mog. So what is this mind-boggling and all-encompassing question?”

“Roll the drums, Yaw. The question is: Who benefits from the crime? You see, when a crime is committed, it is committed for a purpose. You have a case. You have the evidence. You suspect several people based on the evidence. There are plenty of red herring. There are twists and turns in the plots of the stories you hear from witnesses. Some criminals don’t always get caught because they either cover their tracks so well or pin the evidence on someone else. Then it boils down to answering that question: Who benefits from the crime?”

“One would have to be clever at deductive and inductive reasoning, Mog. Very few people are good at that.”

“True, Yaw. That’s why those criminals who pin the blame on a scapegoat rarely get caught. There are too few voices that shout: That’s not the way it happened!

“Where’s the justice in the world? The role of power and politics in the justice system can be so unfair. Those who do shout loud enough are either imprisoned or killed.”

“Aaah, the tenuous nature of man’s existence…”

“And since all genuine problems and matters of critical importance are hidden beneath a thick crust of lies, it is never quite clear when the proverbial last straw will fall, or what that straw will be. This…is why the regime prosecutes, almost as a reflex action preventively, even the most modest attempts to live within the truth.

“…[T]he crust presented by the life of lies is made of strange stuff. As long as it seals off hermetically the entire society, it appears to be made of stone. But the moment someone breaks through in one place, when one person cries out, “The emperor is naked!”–when a single person breaks the rules of the game, thus exposing it as a game–everything suddenly appears in another light and the whole crust seems then to be made of a tissue on the point of tearing and disintegrating uncontrollably.”

from: “The Power of the Powerless” by Vaclav Havel

When Truman signed the Act in July 1947, that created the Central Intelligence Agency, its mandate was to contain Soviet aggression. During the entire history of the CIA, the only time Russia had ever breached that line was when Breshnev ordered the invasion of Prague, and the CIA were nowhere when that happened. When the Russians invaded Afghanistan, the CIA bungled in the way they belatedly helped that country regain their freedom (the result of which we now know is Bin-Laden and Al-Qaeda). How intelligent is their intelligence network when they could not forestall, prevent or settle by diplomatic means these incursions?

So then we ask: What was the real but secret mandate of the Central Intelligence Agency? Then we see that the CIA conducted proxy wars to destablise governments and interfere in the internal affairs of other nations. We also see that they plotted and succeeded to assassinate foreign leaders whose socio-political thinking were not to America’s benefit.

So we conclude: The Central Intelligence Agency was not intended to contain the Soviet threat, but rather to protect America’s exploitation of the natural resources of other countries through terrorist acts. These commercial exploitations are euphemistically referred to as “national interests.” Protection of America’s national interests supersedes and determines all their decisions concerning international relations. America’s diplomacy demands compliance with an American agenda. To maintain their military power, the Americans use the argument that there is a threat of war. Political and social instability is to their advantage.

The Central Intelligence Agency runs independently of whoever is President of the United States. Their work has created enemies around the world for all Americans.

In the struggle for stealing the last resources of the world America justifies its military muscle by all means

“Mog, let’s discuss a fascinating subject. Do you know what sort of ideal economy and politic would generate a better quality of life?”

“Are we discussing the merits between extremes, Yaw? Are you asking me to choose between capitalism and communism?”

“There is a third way, Mog. But before I go into that, let’s briefly describe the extremes.”

“Well, Yaw, capitalism is an economic model where individuals and privately-owned businesses control the economy and their activities are virtually free from government control. In the book, The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith describes capitalists as those who pursue their own self-interests and are driven by a desire for profits. Very often, business leaders in a capitalist state have no consideration for the public interest, in terms of adverse effects on the environment or the public health.

“Competition should exist, but may not exist in capitalist industries where market power is controlled by firms who put up entry barriers to new companies, or exact controls through monopolies as in the supply of raw materials.

“This economic model is naturally unstable, alternating between periods of recession and inflation. When a recession results, there is a rise in unemployment and poverty. When it is an inflation, there is a general rise in prices and most people cannot reconcile this with their fixed incomes. The Great Depression where millions of people lost their jobs and homes was a result of capitalism. But some people in capitalist states are rich.

“The communist economic model, on the other hand, is government control of the economy. But the economic infrastructure of such a government does not complement the other extreme. Karl Marx would be the spokesman for describing this.

“What is the third economic model, Yaw?”

“It is called a Social Market Economy, Mog. It is both an economic system and a political structure whose aim is to improve the quality of life of all the people through a framework of policies and laws.

“This system safeguards competition, provides incentives, encourages enterprise and initiative, and ensures an economic framework that is balanced and stable.

“You see, Mog, political extremes gain the most support in countries with great economic problems.”

“It’s all a matter of putting yourself in the other person’s shoes, Yaw. If a capitalist should ever be poor, he will be happy to have a socialist government take care of his welfare. But while he is rich, he is content with stepping on those who are not.”

UK Business Climate Worsening (11/17/2003)
Dollar Falls to an All-Time Euro Low (11/22/2003)

It’s happening again. Bombings. America’s drive to mould the social, political and economic structures of other countries so that these conform to an American agenda is barbaric behaviour and an atrocity against civilisation. Because they want something from these countries, they destabilise these governments or reek havoc with their socio-economic infrastructures, manipulating public opinion to their side. With their virtual monopoly of the media, they engage in propaganda tactics, painting themselves as champions of freedom and liberty, as a wolf in a tuxedo.

The bombed churches in Guatemala, the handiwork of the CIA and its proxies, were found strewn with communist leaflets in order to fix the blame on communism as the cause of the instability in that country. Today it is synagogues in Istanbul and the shift of the blame will certainly be on Muslims or Al-Qaeda. “We are on your side,” the Americans will tell the Turks. What do the Americans want from Turkey? What country will be next on their bombing list?

American State Terrorism: Chronology of Terror

The Koran, the Bible, the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path, the Analects of Confucius, Miss Manners, How to Win Friends and Influence People, Character and Conduct, Dear Abby–bookstores and newspaper stands have a wealth of information on how individuals should carry themselves in society and what is politically-correct behaviour.

But whose responsibility is it to make generalisations under any moral system? Whose place is it to lay down a code of conduct for all to obey? Theology is just one among other moral systems. A columnist’s opinion is just one among other formers of social codes.

Who to follow? Who is right? No one system or code is wrong. What you think is right depends on how you have been raised in your family, and in what society you have been brought up. If you were taught to be Catholic or Muslim, to eat with a fork and knife or with your fingers, you are what you are. Once every narrow-minded being has understood that, what a better world this could be.

Corruption. What is this contemptible word? It is the abuse of trust for financial gain. It is the intentional misperformance of duty. It is the use of position for personal advantage. It exists in a society whose sense of ethics is wanting. It cripples the economy.

How does one prevent weeds from fracturing the landscape of an economy? A crime against the People and the State, corruption should be severely punished by law.

But it is ridiculous to imagine that this social cancer, this metastasised tumour can be entirely excised. But doctor it we must, or else we die.

“Yaw!” Dulmog called out. “Come out here in the garden and help me yank these weeds out!”

Abayaw came out and watched Dulmog attack the weeds with so much vehemence. “Mog,” he said, “another will take its place.”

“Oh…” Dulmog sat back on his haunches. “What should be done, then?”

“By all means attack the symptoms, but you must also treat the cause. It is the poor quality of the soil that’s to blame.”

“You mean the poor quality of life?”

“Aside from pure and simple greed, and lust for money and power, yes.”

Dulmog stood up and walked contemplatively around the garden. Dishonesty among those in public office and in private enterprise is a symptom of a much larger problem. Petty corruption becomes a Machiavellian solution for people who are not paid enough to put food on the table for large families. Where religion keeps the people ignorant about planning families, an empty stomach is a force whose actions the mind cannot speak for. But this is still a lame excuse for one’s lack of integrity.

Dulmog removed the garden gloves he was wearing, threw them down on the ground, and challenged the world: We are born in a time that requires change, and change we must: old habits, old ideas, old ways of thinking must change. Transition will inevitably bring some form of instability, so do not be reactionary. But whatever you do from now, may your personal journey of life contribute to the well-being of our fellow man.

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