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Saturday, September 13, 2014

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The situation with ISIS is complex. It deals with irony too. The same terrorists that the West and its allies (found in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, etc.) has funded (e.g. the U.S. gave aid to many terrorists to fight in Syria and Libya), are some of the same terrorists that the West wants to destroy. America wants Saudi Arabia’s help, but Saudi Arabia has beheaded a lot of people just like ISIS has done. ISIS was created by al-Qaeda in response to Shia hegemony in Iraq. ISIS is a reactionary group that is trying to appeal to the Sunnis. There has been U.S. airstrikes in Yemen and Somalia, yet the crisis found in the war on terror CONTINUES. There is no solution to this problem unless the nations in the Middle East take a leadership role in solving the problem. The neo-cons are just extremists by wanting even U.S. troops to come into Syria and Iraq in high numbers as a means to fight ISIS. We know how the war on terror and other imperialist policies has financially benefited the ruling class and the military industrial complex not the masses of the people. Ultimately, a long term political solution is needed. ISIS came about as a result of the violence unleased by U.S. imperialism. We see that the establishment among both Democrats and Republicans want to execute new war policies in the Middle East. ISIS people are extremists and they were created by Western imperialism. The West has been bombing Iraq for almost 25 years. After the initiation of the Iraqi invasion and occupation of Iraq, Washington used divide and conquer policies. These policies stroke sectarian divisions and hatreds among Sunni and Shia Muslims. The war machine can only add to the suffering and violence. ISIS committed evil and unjustified beheadings of captured journalists. ISIS has murdered ethnic and religious minorities. The reactionary ISIS group wants a caliphate in the world. The U.S. imperialists are using the evil acts of ISIS as a pretext to increase military intervention by U.S. forces, strengthening reactionary allies in the region, increasing Pentagon spending, growing the Big Brother surveillance state, etc. Double standards and hypocrisy exist in this situation. ISIS has killed thousands of people in Iraq and Syria, but the U.S. government has killed millions in Iraq alone in over 20 years. Iraq went from a developing industrial society to one of the poorest and most violent countries in the world. ISIS is made up of fanatical fundamentalists who hate dissent among even Muslims, but reactionaries in America like the neo-cons abhor dissent too. ISIS targets journalists and Egypt (an U.S. ally) has prosecuted ad jailed journalists too). Even American ally Saudi Arabia has beheaded hundreds of people per year. Among the "crimes" punishable by beheading in Saudi Arabia are blasphemy, adultery, drug smuggling, sedition, sorcery and witchcraft--though authorities may order those accused of adultery to be stoned to death. BUT MAYBE the rankest hypocrisy of all is this: The U.S. is preparing to go to war against an enemy it brought to life and allowed to flourish, directly and indirectly--not once, not twice, but many times. Islamophobia is still here too. That is why rational people want diplomacy and other political solutions to solve the complication.

Certainly, 9/11 is a day of reflection. Every day since 9/11, I think about 9/11. I never stopped thinking about 9/11 every single day since 9/11. I was almost 18 years old when 9/11 took place. This day is certainly a time of reflection, of inspiration, and of the promotion of the call to fight for justice even stronger. Many evil people want to exploit 9/11 as a means for them to promote the violations of people’s civil liberties, imperialism, militarized police in local communities, bigotry, and other evils. Yet, compassionate people will always want to show a great deal of compassion, solidarity, and support to the families of the victims. Also, we should honor the heroes of 9/11 too, who risked their lives to save people, and did amazing acts of service too during that horrendous time. We should always help fellow human beings as a means for us to give tribute to the victims of 9/11. When you serve others for the betterment of humanity, then that is a blessing. Courtney’s Father was one of the heroes of 9/11 who saved lives in New York City during that day. Her father was an amazing man. Courtney is an amazing Sister too. 9/11 was about terrorism. Our history shows terrorism done by white supremacists for years and centuries. Imperialists have use imperialism against the Philippines, Guam, Samoa, Hawaii, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Canal Zone, Puerto Rico, and other areas. For over 13 years, we have seen not only war, but we have seen occupation, sanctions, and the destruction of the Middle East. Nation after nation has seen bombs, colonization, exploitation, and control by Western interests. In the homeland, the state have used anti-civil liberty policies to target Muslims, African Americans, other people of color, immigrants, the homeless, and working Americans. We don’t know everything that happened during 9/11, but we know enough to realize that the official story of 9/11 is completely a fabrication. Then Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta said Dick Cheney “apparently confirmed a stand-down order” prior to an alleged plane striking the Pentagon. The 9/11 whitewash Commission deleted Mineta’s comment from its official report. We know that Afghanistan and Iraq collectively had no involved in the 9/11 attacks at all. We see that 9/11 was exploited to promote American imperium and for the West to try to control Eurasia’s vast oil, gas, and other resources. The war on terror provides enormous profits for Wall Street. It gives CIA access to billions of dollars in illicit drug money. Occupied Afghanistan gives America a strategically located land-based aircraft carrier. It’s part of Washington’s plan to encircle Russia and China with bases. Constitutional rights are vanishing in plain sight. The Patriot Act alone eliminated fundamental freedoms. Nancy Chang once asked “(w)hat’s so patriotic about trampling on the Bill of Rights?” So, we have the right to oppose police state policies and oppression. 9/11 should inspire all of us to help people and advocate justice.

I stand by every syllable that I have written on this issue relating to Ferguson. My mindset is not in favor of the status quo. Obviously, some like the reactionaries want people like me to agree with them. I have the right not to agree with them. Also, the deaths of Aiyana Jones, Sean Bell, Oscar Grant, Renisha McBride, etc. all transpired in the 21st century not in 1954. Just because we live in the 21st century doesn’t mean that we live in a post racial world. People have the right to expose racism and economic oppression. Also, many black people are not in poverty, so your statement about black people is stereotypical and bigoted. Some black people have opportunities, but black people are not totally free from oppression. People in Ferguson have been abused and mistreated by the police. Some can ignore that, but I will not. Innocent protesters have been harmed by the police. Some can ignore that, but I will not. No one is playing a card. People are outlining reality. Black people have every right to express their voices and expose evil. No one is ignoring crime and other things in the black community. I don’t agree with innocent human life or innocent property harmed. For decades, black people have talked about, exposed, and protested the black on black crime and other ills in our communities. People just ignore that as an excuse to promote the false narrative that black people collectively don’t care about the interests of our people. Also, the crime rate in the black community has declined since 1970. DRUG ABUSE and other crimes exist nationwide in communities of numerous backgrounds. People want justice and that has nothing to do with divisiveness at all. The problem with many reactionary statements is that they ignore how many cops don’t work hard, ignore the law, and have no faith in the humanity of black people. That is the point. Some black people are poor and they work hard every day, they obey the law, etc. Yet, they are scapegoated for the evil actions of the few. It is not enough to tell people to get moral (I have no issue with people having ethics, integrity, and morality in their lives). The police should be held accountable for their actions. Policies must change. There must be more accountability. People should treat their neighbor as themselves. Yet, that should never be used as an excuse to ignore or degrade the legitimate grievances of the people of Ferguson. Also, there is nothing wrong with peaceful protests at all. That is part of the freedom of speech.

AmaRece is a Brother doing something positive with his life. We should promote conservation and environmental issues. At the end of the day, we need a cleaner world as a means for society to improve. That is just plain commonsense. He is taking his time, he is being proactive by setting up a recycling PROGRAM, and he is conscious about many other environmental matters. It is a fact that many big corporations (like BP, etc.) have been involved in massive pollution spanning a long time. We also need to promote more healthy foods like organic foods, fruits, vegetables, etc. that can enrich the lives of humanity. Taking care of the environment and showing true respect for the biosphere is a great necessity, especially in this generation. I wish the best for the Brother. We need unique solutions to solve the problems in our communities. This story shows the strength, the intellect, and the diversity of our people. Pharrell has the right to speak his mind. People have the right to agree or disagree with him. I have no issue with the President going down into Ferguson to speak truth to power. The situation in Ferguson is a culmination of many things. Basically, the oppression of black people in Ferguson for years and decades has been ignored. When the residents in Ferguson courageously executed rebellion against the New Jim Crow, against police brutality, against class oppression, and against racism in general, then we can use this situation as motivation for us to establish revolutionary change in society. Conscious people already know that the police have occupied communities for years and decades. At the end of the day, we have to be part of the solutions. The police should not be militarized in our communities. Unique ways of growing economic and political power must be in the hands of the people (via mobilization and organization of independent groups). Black people have every right to stand up for freedom. Police brutality must be opposed and justice must be done in response to the tragedy of Michael Brown’s death. Anyone involved in the harassment, abuse, and harm done to innocent protesters, journalists, etc. should be held accountable. We should be upright, but that is not enough. We need justice too. Poverty must be addressed since we face racism and economic oppression. So, the whole structure of society must be changed, so justice can be a reality.

Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah has a lot of architectural imagery. It is the spiritual, cultural, and administrative center of the Mormon faith. The land has ten acres. It also includes a Temple, a domed tabernacle, and numerous buildings plus memorials. The Mormons view this location as holy and wholesome. The truth is that many Mormons do good works, but their religion was created not by Jesus Christ, but by Joseph Smith. Then and now, Mormonism is made up of controversies. The images show occult, pagan, and Masonic symbols. The Temple acts as the heart architecturally of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. It is surrounded by many structures. It is said to accomplish the same functions as the ancient Temple of Jerusalem. The exterior of the Temple has many symbols that relate to ancient paganism. The upright pentagram is found all over the Temple Square. An upright pentagram has many different interpretations as symbols have multiple levels of meaning. Historically, some scholars define the upright pentagram as related to the Golden Proportion, or the divine spirit on the lower nature of man. The upside down pentagram has many meanings as well. The walls of the Temple show sun stones, the phases of the moon, and stars (in the form of inverted pentagram). The Mystery religions have such imagery. Freemasons use such sun symbols on their monuments as well. The All Seeing Eye is found on the façade of the Temple. In Freemasonry, the All Seeing Eye is representative of the Great Architect of the Universe. Freemason Joseph Smith invented Mormonism, so Freemasonry and Mormonism have many similarities (as documented by researchers, scholars, and theologians). The secret handshake image is found on the Temple too. Like Freemasons, Mormons have secret handshakes in their initiation process. The handshake image is found in the façade of the Temple. Masonic buildings and monuments engrave image of the secret handshake too. On top of the handshake image in the Temple, the words “I am Alpha and Omega” is found. These words are taken from the book of Revelation. That phrase means that He (or the Christian Messiah Yeshua) is the beginning and the end. There are other images found in the Temple as well.

By Timothy

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