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Possibly, more people kill themselves and others out of hurt vanity than out of envy, jealousy, malice or desire for revenge.
Iris Murdoch

It’s Time for a Season Change

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It's time to turn, turn, turn away from current U.S. Foreign Policy

The seasons are changing once again, but the political climate remains the same. The leaders of the WAR Party and their mouthpieces in the media only seems to live by an attitude that they are always right and disagreement with their eagerness for their own form of aggression is an affront to our country. The objective for justice, once again, is confused with the rush for perceived retribution. Balance, prudence and harmony are ignored for an improper compulsion to rescue the false pride of a ruling elite. The populace chimes in with a befuddled parody for moral outrage, while lacking a proper understanding or distinction of the self induced causes for our own insecurity.

As the storm clouds gather and the march towards bloodshed gears up, the 'winds of war' blow inexorably eastward . . .

More people first heard these words from the popular song than reading them from the "Good Book". When Byrds migrate they sound their presence as they fly over. Will our Nation hear and heed or will they just enter the season of a nuke winter?

1: There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven.

2: A time to give birth and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.

3: A time to kill and a time to heal; A time to tear down and a time to build up.

4: A time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance.

5: A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.

6: A time to search and a time to give up as lost; A time to keep and a time to throw away.

7: A time to tear apart and a time to sew together; A time to be silent and a time to speak.

8: A time to love and a time to hate; A time for war and a time for peace. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8).

Many people like to find a sense of pessimism and absence of God's intervention in our world from the book of Ecclesiastes. We must acknowledge that no book of the Old Testament so challenges Christian faith for a response to the questions it asks, which are as old as our search for life's meaning. Even a cursory reading both of the book of Ecclesiastes and Gregory of Nyssa's commentary upon it show the fundamental theme of vanity, another word for the transitory character of this world. The phrase "vanity of vanities" does not condemn creation but simply our misuse of what God has entrusted to our guardianship.

Is the theme of symmetry and all things at the proper time and within their correct proposition being met with the planned attacks to remove the latest bogeyman? Where is the national demand for the evidence that Saddam Hussein is the imminent threat to our country’s existence? Who is the text tyrant that will be targeted in the cross hairs of the smart bombs? And more to the point - when will this course of conquering any country that opposes U.S. Foreign Policy be exposed for what it really is - naked aggression couched in the egotism of a psychopathic disease that most brain dead voters keep supporting.

As long as the United States places the protection of foreign interests, above the security of our own people, we will be hated throughout the world. Is this a time to kill or is this a time to heal? Most American will enthusiastically support their political oligarchy, wave flags and clamor for the removal of the Baghdad regime. Does the excuse of eliminating potential weapons of mass destruction, mean more security for the U.S. or does it just allow for further Israeli dominance within the Middle East?

Now is the time NOT to be silent but is the time to speak out! Any administration that promotes the policies of a foreign power, when they conflict with our interests, is not protecting America. Terrorism is warfare on the cheap. It will never end as long as the umbrella of Yankee protection shields the Zionist State. Our benefit as a nation is never served, when we guarantee the goals and excesses of alien countries or interests.

This is the season to shun embracing, the basic cause why we are the outcasts to most of the world. The change that will restore a balance requires the abandonment of a Foreign Policy that has destroyed the American Experiment. The "vanity of vanities" of several generations has allowed the ruin of American ideals, and encouraged the mutation and perversion of our principles. Reckless interventionism causes insecurity. Support of aggression, that assists and defends a nation that is willing to use and sacrifice our safety, deserves to be repudiated. It is time to uproot, that alliance. It is a time to tear apart, that relationship. And it is time to tear down, the idea that internationalism benefits America.

The seasons are changing, but will the politics adjust to the realities of the weather? Intentionally placing yourselves into a blizzard for a frigid friend, will not abate the tempest in the heat of the desert, soaked with blood . . . Only a time to weep and a time to mourn, will come from this fight. The message from Ecclesiastes is for us to MAKE THE MOST OF THIS TIME. Waging a war that only serves Israel, and places America in additional peril, is not the appointed time that will allow us to dance. Even those Byrds understood the value of correct balance. But will the American people come to the same conclusion? Or will they just extend the "vanity of vanities" ?

SARTRE - September 1, 2002

We probably have a greater love for those we support than for those who support us. Our vanity carries greater weight than our self-interest.
Eric Hoffer

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