On Obligations

As we begin a new week anew, Wednesday will be the 50th annivesary of the March on Washington.   I am looking forward to speeches by Rev. Bernice King and the President as this day is celebrated.    Halfway around the World, though, there are drumbeats of war yet again.    Echoing the build up to the Iraq war, there is talk of a US strike for the horrific chemical attack in Syria.    What is so tragic is how the same people who claim such moral outrage were silent when Iraq did the same.    Recently declassified CIA documents--as reported by Foreign Policy Magazine--underscores it.    Here is the original declassified document:

There is of course the "official" word on the hand the CIA had in the 1953 Coup that brought the Shah of Iran back to power.    A recent report on the BBC Farsi Service quoted Kermit Roosevelt on how the CIA had budgeted 1 Million Dollars for Operations Ajax.   They spent 70 Thousand Dollars and were able to overthrow a Democratically Elected Government.     

When history rears its' ugly side, one can only hope that all will learn from it.   One Wonders whether that has in fact occurred as the drumbeat of war becomes ever more louder in US Media Circles.      The ordinary person on the street and especially the children seem to have been forgotten.   I was so moved by the story of volunteer teachers who had taken upon themselves to keep a school going in the heart of Damascus.     This is quite a story: http://electronicintifada.net/content/teachers-brave-violence-run-classes-palestinian-children-syria/12721.   Reading up on this reminded me of these admonitions that all must remember:

There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul
than the way in which it treats its children.
- Nelson Mandela

The ultimate test of a man's conscience
may be his willingness to sacrifice something today
for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.
- Gaylord Nelson

Enough Said....

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