Thursday, 10 September 2009

One thing leads to another

An American warship, Vincennes, shot down an Iranian Airbus five months before the American airliner was brought down over Lockerbie in December 1988. This careless, gung ho shooting by our side may have led to the revenge attack on PanAm 103. It is likely that the USS Vincennes would not have been in the Persian Gulf if it was not for
  • the Iraq/Iran war from 1980 to 1988, that we were fuelling with our arms supplies to both sides; and,
  • the belief that we are the policeman of the world and that we must protect our oil supplies, and our possessions around the world.

Owning up to our little peccadillos!

At every level, racial (whites), religious (Christian), wealth (the rich),
geographical location (western Europeans, Australasia, and North
Americans), it is our ancestors and we today who are the problem on this
planet. Our side, for a thousand years and going strong, are the primary
perpetrators of suffering for all humanity - and, some would say, the
animal kingdom, too.

First it was from exploration, trade, war and subjugation. From that list,
for some, we can now only delete 'subjugation'. To the list is now added
the catastrophic consequences of the industrialised nations' climate change
and their rapacious exhaustion of resources. They/we are imperilling all
humanity by these ruinous behaviours.