Monday, December 28, 2009

Has a refusal to understand terrorism allowed it to grow?

    A system of morality which is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing true. It was twenty-four hundred years ago when Socrates said this. Is it possible that he was on to something? Understandably, he probably had no idea how out of control it could get, but how would he say we should get out of it? How would any of history's greatest minds come together to get us out of this downward spiral in which we find the entire planet.  
Can we just say "terrorists are terrorists and that's what they do?" We see power struggles all over the world, one of the biggest here in the United States. This isn't something new nor should it be viewed as something that is going away anytime soon. Let's face it: Big Business has more money than the Government, and rich businessmen run for political office. With conflicting interests and political chaos in the U.S., what is it that we would see if we could somehow step outside of the box? Keep in mind, this box is filled with entertainment, news, distractions including bombings and what should be done to hunt down the perpetrators of the bombings, and a feeling that these killers are disrupting our security and stability. The latter is very disruptive. Our security and stability is what has kept the United States a great place to raise children. When put at risk of losing all of these great things that we call ours, a rational understanding is harder and harder to achieve. As the fear gets greater and greater, conflicting ideas of what should become the solution rapidly become the bigger problem. Eventually, or should I say still, we fail to see why this is all happening. I do not claim to have this answer, but the questions must be raised. 

    To debate ethics is something we do in a classroom. In the real world we make money and the ethics follow. In no way am I an advocate in this debate for the horrible things that have been done. Though any prejudgments or accusations are welcome, my argument is that prejudgments and accusations are why we are where we are today. But what is a debate without them? Come with an open mind, let yourself feel what is going on. Put yourself in a place, somewhere in your past where you felt backed into a corner. Imagine that time in your life, a time that we've all experienced, when it seemed nothing could go right, and everything was going wrong, one thing after another. What can I do to reverse this process, you may ask yourself. 

   Take into consideration the family. What makes a successful family? Well, 2 people come together, and in the ideal situation they work well together and compliment each others' faults in a way that would make up for any shortcomings on  either side. This foundation then leads to procreation. Given the right circumstances, and money of course, we assume our family will be more successful if cooperation, understanding and education are consistent. A business works the same way. It starts with a foundation and a plan, an investment is made, there is proper bookkeeping, customer satisfaction, employee satisfaction, innovation, and persistence. In the end the business grows. I'll spare the details but we can follow this pattern for individuals, states, countries, and as the world's people become connected by trade, the world. We may be a little behind in understanding the last problem. We have psychiatrists, group therapy, business analysts, and this is where we come short.

Osama bin Laden, the son of a wealthy businessman with close ties to the Saudi royal family has spoken several times, and I question whether or not he was heard. His words are meaningless to anyone who does not understand. We are seeing that many of these "terrorists" are educated. Did they get that education to destroy the world, or did they get that education and view the world in a different way. Here is an article that touches on the subject of engineers, and why they do what they do. Why do engineers become terrorists?
  Below is a translation of Osama bin Laden's 2008 poem.

Tomorrow, William, you will discover which young man [will] 

confront your brethren, who have been deceived by [their own] leaders.      

A youth, who plunged into the smoke of war, smiling

He hunches forth, staining the blades of lances red 

 May God not let my eye stray from the most eminent

Humans, should they fall, Djinn, should they ride  

[And] lions of the jungle, whose only fangs 

[Are their] lances and short Indian swords 

As the stallion bears my witness that I hold them back .

[My] stabbing is like the cinders of fire that explode into flame

On the day of the stallions expulsion, how the war-cries attest to me

As do stabbing, striking, pens, and books.

  This article states on September 22, 2008, a couple days after this poem, American spies thought there was plan to attack the U.S..  The only thing that actually happened at that time was a lot of fear of something happening, and the biggest financial meltdown ever. Bin Laden studied Economics and wrote poetry in college. He implies that the youth jump blindly into what they are to do, smiling, and that the blades are already in place waiting to be stained red.    

[Djinn - In Muslim legend, a spirit often capable of assuming human or animal form and exercising supernatural influence over people. "May God not let my eye stray from the most eminent Humans." Here he asks God to help him keep his eye on the big picture. Evil is in high places.  The rich Bin Laden did charitable work in college.

 He implies the world powers actually have no power in the situation. Their reach is short.  Sirat al-Mustaqim means the straight path of God in Islam, and refers to a narrow path (no wider than a rope) 3,000 miles long that the souls of the dead must cross to reach paradise). In one version of the tale, the souls of the virtuous are helped to navigate it because their good deeds turn into a white horse they can ride to the end.   Encyclopedia Mythica: Sirat al-Mustaqim by Micha F. Lindemans  He goes on to claim that he is holding them back. Right now this isn't the case but at that time there was minimal activity. More importantly, he uses,in his eyes, the purity of the stallion to back him up when convincing that he is holding them back. This all right before our  elections.  
 I'll get closer to the point in the next blog. Please comment. Click here to move on?  
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