Osama Bin Laden’s Victory. The Iraqis Trap.

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Bin Laden’s Victory
(A political system that delivers this disastrous mistake needs reform)
Richard Dawkins
Osama bin Laden, in his wildest dreams, could hardly have hoped for this.  A mere 18 months after he boosted the US to a peak of worldwide sympathy unprecedented since Pearl Harbour, that international goodwill has been squandered to near zero. Bin Laden must be beside himself with glee. And the infidels are now walking right into the Iraq trap.
There was always a risk for Bin Laden that worldwide sympathy for the US might thwart his long-term aim of holy war against the Great Satan. He needn’t have worried. With the Bush junta at the helm, a camel could have foreseen the outcome. And the beauty is that it doesn’t matter what happens in the war.
Imagine how it looks from Bin Laden’s warped point of view…
If the American victory is swift, Bush will have done our work for us, removing the hated Saddam and opening the way for a decent Islamist government. Even better, in 2004 Bush may actually win an election. Who can guess what that swaggering, strutting little pouter-pigeon will then get up to, and what resentments he will arouse, when he finally has something to swagger about? We shall have so many martyrs volunteering, we shall run out of targets. And a slow and bloody American victory would be better still.
The claim that this war is about weapons of mass destruction is either dishonest or betrays a lack of foresight verging on negligence. If war is so vitally necessary now, was it not at least worth mentioning in the election campaigns of 2000 and 2001? Why didn’t Bush and Blair mention the war to their respective electorates? The only major leader who has an electoral mandate for his war policy is Gerhard Schroeder – and he is against it.
Why did Bush, with Blair trotting faithfully to heel, suddenly start threatening to invade Iraq when he did, and not before? The answer is embarrassingly simple, and they don’t even seem ashamed of it.  Illogical, even childish, though it is, everything changed on September 11 2001.
Whatever anyone may say about weapons of mass destruction, or about Saddam’s savage brutality to his own people, the reason Bush can now get away with his war is that a sufficient number of  Americans, including, apparently, Bush himself, see it as revenge for 9/11. This is worse than bizarre. It is pure racism and/or religious prejudice.
Nobody has made even a faintly plausible case that Iraq had anything to do with the atrocity. It was Arabs that hit the World Trade Centre, right? So let’ as go and kick Arab ass.
Those 9/11 terrorists were Muslims, right? And Eye-raqis are Muslims, right? That does it. We’re gonna go in there and show them some hardware. Shock and awe? You bet.
Bush seems sincerely to see the world as a battleground between Good and Evil, St Michael’s angels against the forces of Lucifer. We are gonna smoke out the Amalekites, send a posse after the Midianites, smite them all and let God deal with their souls.
Minds doped up on this kind of cod theology have a hard time distinguishing between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden.
Some of Bush’s faithful supporters even welcome war as the necessary prelude to the final showdown between Good and Evil: Armageddon followed by the Rapture. We must presume, or at least hope, that Bush himself is not quite of that bonkers persuasion. But he really does seem to believe he is wrestling, on God’s behalf, against some sort of spirit of Evil. Tony Blair is, of course, far more intelligent and able than Bush. But his unshakable conviction that he is right and almost everybody else wrong does have a certain theological feel. He was indignant at Paxman’s wickedly funny suggestion that he and Blair pray together, but does he also believe in Evil?
Like sin and like terror (Bush’s favourite target before the Iraq distraction) Evil is not an entity, not a spirit, not a force to be opposed and subdued. Evil is a miscellaneous collection of nasty things that nasty people do. 
There are nasty people in every country, stupid people, insane people, people who should never be allowed to get anywhere near power. Just killing nasty people doesn’t help: they will be replaced.
We must try to tailor our institutions, our constitutions, our electoral systems, so as to minimise the chance that such people will rise to the top. In the case of Saddam Hussein, we in the west must bear some guilt.
The US, Britain and France have all, from time to time, done our bit to shore up Saddam, and even arm him. And we democracies might look to our own vaunted institutions. Are they well designed to ensure that we don’t make disastrous mistakes when we choose our own leaders? Isn’t it, indeed, just such a mistake that has led us to this terrible pass?
The population of the US is nearly 300 million, including many of the best educated, most talented, most resourceful, humane people on earth. By almost any measure of civilised attainment, from Nobel prize-counts on down, the US leads the world by miles. You would think that a country with such resources, and such a field of talent, would be able to elect a leader of the highest quality. Yet, what has happened? 
At the end of all the primaries and party caucuses, the speeches and the televised debates, after a year or more of non-stop electioneering bustle, who, out of that entire population of 300 million, emerges at the top of the heap? George Bush.
My American friends, you know I love your country, how have we come to this? Yes, yes, Bush isn’t quite as stupid as he sounds, and heaven knows he can’t be as stupid as he looks.

I know most of you didn’t vote for him anyway, but that is my point. Forgive my presumption, but could it just be that there is something a teeny bit wrong with that famous constitution of yours? Of course this particular election was unusual in being a dead heat. Elections don’t usually need a tie-breaker, something equivalent to the toss of a coin. Al Gore’s majority in the country, reinforcing his majority in the electoral college but for dead-heated Florida, would have led a just and unbiased supreme court to award him the tie-breaker. So yes, Bush came to power by a kind of coup detat. But But it was a constitutional coup detat the system has been asking for trouble for years.
Is it really a good idea that a single person’s vote, buried deep within the margin of error for a whole state, can by itself swing a full 25 votes in the electoral college, one way or the other? And is it really sensible that money should translate itself so directly and proportionately into electoral success, so that a winning candidate must either be very rich or prepared to sell favours to those who are?
When a company seeks a new chief executive officer, or a university a new vice-chancellor, enormous trouble is taken to find the best person.  Professional headhunting firms are engaged, written references are taken up, exhaustive rounds of interviews are conducted, psychological aptitude tests are administered, confidential positive vetting undertaken. Mistakes are still made, but it is not for want of strenuous efforts to avoid them.  Maybe such methods would be undemocratic for choosing the most powerful person on earth, but just think about it. Would you do business with a company that devoted an entire year to little else than the process of choosing its new CEO, from the strongest field in the world, and ended up with Bush?
Saddam Hussein has been a catastrophe for Iraq, but he never posed a threat outside his immediate neighbourhood. George Bush is a catastrophe for the world. And a dream for Bin Laden.


Don’t forget that the politicians have caused a countless number of innocent deaths, a doubling of energy costs (oil), possible future rampant inflation and a loss of personal wealth on a vast scale. This is all normal for politicians to do under our current systems of government.
Da Vinci Code readers believe Jesus fathered a child. The Da Vinci Code Film. Poll by Opinion Research Business.

Austin Ivereigh, (member of the cult Opus Dei. Ref, Heaven and Earth Show BBC TV) the director for public affairs for Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, accused Dan Brown (the author) of dishonest marketing and said that the film should carry a "health warning".
Surely, this report should read – the other way around – in so far as the person and the above institution is concerned. This would make more sense to most people in this post enlightenment age. 
These hopelessly fundamentalist religionists, example above, have a hold on some of the (best) schools in England and in so many places elsewhere. They cannot put up with a bit of story telling, which is a little different from their own version of the story, and which they still sadly regard as a total fact, or even some sort of complete truth.
How has it all and this blindness been allowed to continue, and why the neglect of our government to let them increase their already great powers ? "Give me the child and I will give you the adult", an old Jesuit quote, I would add to this; ready to fight the Muslim horde.
Thus, any religion in schools, and so very simplistically, must be properly controlled or denounced. There should be no schools that are subservient to an ethos gained from a particular religion, corporation, car dealer, or even businessman/woman. It must be based on great discovery, great art, and the facts. 
An ethos gained from Britishness or Nationalism, might not be so bright, either, and for distinct obvious reasons. 
Exploitation of the weakness’s of the poor by a rich organisation, government or Church in an overbearing manner, where there is so little knowledge or power to contest its dogma, dictates, and mandates is also ethically disreputable. The Charter for Human Rights and Children’s Rights Charter, does strongly come into this ! Read them. www.childrenslegalcentre.com Sign petition to stop the locking up children in immigration centres, now. Something about sex bribes for visas going on in The Home Office UK today’s news, but I dare not look this up !
There is a big push for what it means to be British, Britishness, and pseudo Nationalism to be taught and learnt compulsorily at school after the home grown London bombers; this is heavily promoted by a few misguided individuals and government. Governments particularly love to be dragged along by a people in the state of some hysteria, they can make out that they might actually be doing something, which has a mass popularity platform, and of course on this platform they do not have to think fully about it and do drift along with an aroused passion. Ethos-es of many schools are being revised and updated, mostly in secret private sessions, these can be tracked down on the world wide web.
Developing a division, and educating the right sort of people in the right manner, I am so very sure, will give us the right perfectly honed and superb cannon fodder for fighting (our) future wars! What fun!
We could all stand in a nice British queue, to go ‘over the top’, carrying our orders from an inept British – ness – trained and brainwashed by overwhelming authority, again, how very nice! The war to end all wars i.e. World War 1, and all other wars now forgotten.
Lord Adonis has the wonderful name and the peerage; internationally it is being pulled apart – poor chap, unelected too. Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education and Skills in England and Wales thinks that Catholic Schools are doing very well, especially with – Ethos-es. Has Ofsted, ‘inspected the toilets’ that they promised to keep clean after all the troubles in this department, or is some of the appalling history of this institution going to return.
Are they scaring the hell out of children to behave, with an outdated, and a threatening puerility to put them all in their place? They have such great purpose, as Richard Brodie ‘Virus Of The Mind’ fame goes into with the importance of purpose they can command individual, and corporate altruistic alliances; in addition to a great wealth, adding even more to their power and standing.  Government neglect of the poorer areas, altruistic motives, great goodness, sub-cultural support, and promises of heaven (most of the problem) they then set themselves up and running.
However, the real power and a hierarchical one, at that, is so far away from the state of the poor areas that it is unpredictable; by its very nature and history oligarchical, so it could run away with itself and take up positions so unacceptable to a balanced view point, which it has been seen to do on so very many occasions in its horrendously at worst cruel past. In my mind, and in very many other peoples minds, it does this today, and over a countless number of important (moral) matters concerning our life and our death. See, blog.
It has no business to be involved at all in education in 2006. He, I think, has lots to think about, Mr Plod (police) may be after him in Blair’s cat alley, something with him going up in the world, getting the cream; maybe. Church Faith Schools are being built; money (from Church?) and some favours, maybe? Is, favours, a new Blair alley cat crime, going on somewhat since 1925, when ‘favours’ was made a crime, but it has just reappeared suddenly; hum hum – what ho chaps?
Mr Plod may have a few years of the back files to go through if they are going to act in the public interest, which I doubt; as maybe some of ‘them, up theirs’ or was it ‘stairs’ fiddled their own way through to the top. How about the BBC, our propaganda machine who holds up all these guys and gals in such an esteem, so just in case the world might fall apart if it didn’t. Another humm I do think!
Today, BBC Radio4, has reported that 54% of the British Public thinks, they should be prosecuted and the Standards Department for Public Life has criticised the Labour Government as sleazy (or words to this effect by Lord so and so).
More Interesting – Endless War. The global war on terror and the new Bush Administration. Published by Oxford Research Group by, Paul Rogers Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford and Global Security Consultant to Oxford Research Group. 
www.oxfordresearchgroup.org.uk there may be some updated articles.

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My First family, second marriage, bringing up my 18-year-old twins, boy, and girl. I am a third generation Humanist, who has some old handwritten information and notes; collected over many years. Someone may find the articles interesting, or helpful. They could bring back a little ‘reality’, after being ‘shocked’ and ‘brainwashed’, by some malicious group, or institution (REBT Therapy). People should know better, than to do this, to our very young, and the ‘obviously’ vulnerable! Go to easily accessible, non-superstitious knowledge that is not charlatanism! https://charleslizzy.com/2011/08/06/independent-schools-inspectorate-isi-marketing-spirituality-buzzword-or-maybe-even-for-you-to-shiver-at-the-something/ The blog has given me an incentive to order my thoughts, learn, and read up again, after a few non-thinking years of (very silly) imagination and passion. Why not, get your own key to a ‘door’, customise it to suit you, and it can be, all of your very own! Don’t believe, or be led by someone else’s; inherited, stupid, and a very likely (past, and not of today’s) ‘totally preposterous reality’s’. Only some interest in the ‘really big questions’, keeps life above the level of a farce, and very little else! KEEP THINKING! Some of the posts may need some correcting. Interests: REBT Counselling, Atheism, Secularism, Humanism, Psychology, Reading, Popular Science, School Ethos, Philosophy, History, Family, Parenting, Psychology, Horse Riding, Sailing, Rescue Boat Driver, Skiing (Teppichswinger), TV Documentaries, Motorbike Cross Country Riding, Volunteer Sports Stewarding, Writing, Primitive Man, Pre-history, Social Anthropology, British Humanist Association, BHA, Meaning of Life, The Big Questions, Where am I, What am I, Why am I, Hippie Love, Knowledge, Education, Globalisation. Favorite quote: “The world belongs to those who, at least to some degree, have figured it out.” Carl Sagan, ‘The Demon Haunted World’, ‘Contact’, and other famous books DVD ‘Cosmos’. The warning of another and horrendous, “Age of Superstition”. “Isn’t there something deeply absurd in the presumption that children ought to inherit beliefs from their parents. It can be deeply damaging, even lethally divisive. A ‘them’, with an ‘against us’, mentality” – Professor Richard Dawkins. “The will to believe is stronger than mere reason in the vast majority of people” – Dr J.Brown, Army Psychologist of the 1960′s. Humans will believe in almost anything, in fact, they seek it! Why? “98% of us, trained to be just good consumers, let’s train our children to be the 2% who have their very own creativity and discernment”; quote by a famous surreal artist. “The lack of reason brings forth monsters”. “Global interconnectedness is lethal against mass religion, nationalism, racism, and other destructive memeplexes. Let us connect everybody they hate it in restrictive regimes”; from the ‘meme learning group’, Richard Brodie’s book, ‘Virus Of The Mind’ (Richard Brodie a designer for ‘Microsoft Word’). Following on, J.Bronowski, and ‘The Ascent Of Man’ TV series, and a book http://www.bbcshop.com/science+nature/the-ascent-of-man/invt/9781849901154/ with the last DVD in this series, ‘The Long Childhood’ being especially revealing. ‘Prehistory’ and the ‘Making of the Human Mind’ by Colin Renfrew, with P.Wilson’s, ‘The Domestication of the Human Species’, and Nigel Spivey’s, TV series and book, ‘How Art Made The World’, offers some further explanations. Latest reading: Jared Diamond http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jared_Diamond
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