Global Research via Money Trends Research
23 January 2012
Yesterday I had the satisfaction of having a pleasant conversation with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. I had not seen him since 2006, more than five years ago, when he visited our country to participate in the 14th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement of Countries in Havana. During the summit, Cuba was elected for the second time as president of the organization for a three-year term.
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With all four I spoke about some of the difficulties facing the world at the time; problems that have become progressively more complex.
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News is not only coming out of Iran and the Middle East, but also from other parts of Central Asia near the Middle East. These reports show the great complexity of the problems that can arise from this dangerous region.
The United States has been led by its contradictory and absurd imperial policy to get involved in serious problems in countries such as Pakistan, whose borders with Afghanistan were drawn up by the colonialists without taking into account culture or ethnicities.
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One even feels sorry for those soldiers, thousands of kilometers away from their family, friends and country, sent to fight in countries that they might not have even heard of during their school days, where they are assigned the task of killing or dying to enrich transnational companies, arms manufacturers and unscrupulous politicians who each year squander funds needed to feed and educate the uncountable millions of hungry and illiterate people around the world.
Many of these soldiers, victims of the trauma suffered, end up taking their own lives.
Is it an exaggeration to say that world peace is hanging by a thread?
Phi Beta Iota: The leader of the Cuban revolution is focused on “top down” threats of war. We are focused on “bottom up” threats of violence by multiple publics whose lives have been shredded by irresponsible policies driven by ideology instead of intelligence, by corruption instead of integrity. As one Alert Reader observed yesterday, the historical movements are set in motion, they will be agonizingly slow for those of us who see the extreme cognitive dissonance between reality and the policies / spending “in our name,” but they are inevitable. Having concentrated wealth and power to an obscene degree, the devolution of wealth and power is now underway, following natural paths we cannot constrain. What we can do is try to achieve non-violent reconciliation, but absent the 1% understanding that non-violent reconciliation is their best path, we anticipate deep and prolonged violence in 2013-2014.