of countless healing experiences prove that prayer offers a powerful platform
for restoring health in individual situations, with the Lord's
Prayer standing in the forefront as a scientific foundation. But is prayer also
effective on the larger world scene? Experience has shown that it has the potential
to be highly effective to advance the cause of good.
Deadly Crime of Indifference.
second world war my parents were busy running a bakery so that us children then
were cared for by a hired nanny. When I was three or four years old our nanny
took me along to see her husband going off to war. We lived in
as we visited the military training camp, a large parade square surrounded by
3-story buildings, a huge picture of Hitler caught my attention. It may have
been half as tall as the building itself. I pointed to it and said to my nanny,
"look there, what a big pull-off!" We played with pull-off pictures at
the time that we soaked in water, placed at the appropriate space of a picture
book, and then pulled the backing off to reveal the picture.
referred to Hitler dominating portrait, in a loud voice, as a big pull-off, I
caused so a fright in my nanny that we instantly left without her seeing her
husband this one last time, who never returned from the war. He was a fine man,
a skilled carpenter. I watched him making wooding barrels for beer or wine, or
whatever. His death was wrong. Everybody evidently knew that the war was
wrong, but which everybody allowed to proceed out of the convenience of
indifference and later a great fear that justified the indifference, which
blocked the actions that would have prevented the war that should have never
husband was probably one of the two million who were murdered in the battle of
by the madness of war. A German soldier's life-expectancy in
was short, typically one single day. None of that was right.
being should have known this wasn't right, and probably did so instinctively.
Nevertheless, a blanket of indifference smothered the scene that allowed the
tragedy to happen. Over 50 million people were murdered in the second world war
under this blanket of indifference to the human dimension, which society hadn't
cared enough to free itself from.
crimes of war have often been cited as proof that no God exists, for if there
was an omnipotent God, people say, especially a God that is Love, those
unspeakable crimes would have been prevented at the outset from on high. But is
this a valid argument?
would have answered, no! In fact he provided the resources for everyone to come
up with the same answer. The Lord's Prayer, which is attributed to him, allows
no other conclusion. It doesn't create an image of God that renders God a
dictator and humanity a bunch of mindless puppets dancing on a string. Instead,
the Lord's Prayer lifts humanity up to being coequal with God in quality by
divine reflection. A dictator to slave relationship is ruled out as not being
possible on this lateral platform. The Lord's Prayer sets up a divine platform
for relationships, starting at its opening stanza, "Our Father which art in
phrase, "Our Father," he wasn't speaking for his disciples alone, the
Palestine, or the Jews, the priests, or Christianity that didn't really exist as an
entity then. He was speaking of the universal unity of God and man that includes
all humanity; that renders all mankind standing side by side in truth, in a
lateral relationship with one another and with God by reflection. Thus, the
phrase, "Our Father" refers to an universal One, an indivisible whole.
Mary Baker Eddy gave this profound platform a scientific definition, with the
statement, "Principle and its idea, is One." She uses the singular
tense here. She says, Principle and its idea IS one, not ARE one. In presenting
her scientific sense of the Lord's Prayer, respective of the stanza,
"Hallowed be Thy name," she adds the stanza, "Adorable One."
This "One" includes not only God, but also all humanity as elements of
a single indivisible unit, including all life.
be possible, on this platform, to wage war?
notion would be a crime against God and against humanity. It would be a crime of
denial of God, and of self-denial. War is only possible on the platform of an
active denial of God and the denial of one's own humanity. War is only possible
on platforms of lies that cause society to place itself outside the lateral
lattice of the One that includes All. In the imagined wilderness outside the
realm of reality nothing is fundamentally real and substantial that supports
civilization and human existence and life. In this wilderness where society
stands indifferent to the human dimension wars do happen. They happen in the
darkness of the mental 'night' that is rich in doubt and fears. Of course, the
resulting consequences are tragic. When God and humanity drift out of sight
chaos erupts and civilization disintegrates. Someone once said that war is a
holiday from civilization. The very notion that puts war on the agenda should
ring as alarm bells that something deeply fundamental is wrong that needs urgent
correction, for the consequences of indifference are always tragic. Here the
critical question is rooted: Why don't we listen?
Hitler's days, society still stands indifferent to the notions of war, and just
as then, it keeps on complaining bitterly when the consequence of this
indifference is killing evermore people, relentlessly, either with bullets, or
bombs, or radioactive poisons, or economic destruction, or greed, and so on.
during the timeframe when the modern round of the big wars started in 2001, the
same indifference to the human condition prevailed in the world that had prevailed in
Hitler's days. It was known for example, at the very time that the 911
destruction of the
was happening, that this unfolding tragedy was an inside job. It was plainly
stated so in a radio talk show while the tragedy was happening. It was evident
to anyone who had eyes to see that this stunt that destroyed the World Trade
towers unhindered, and this right in the midst of the most-defended airspace in
the world, couldn't have been pulled off unless the defences were stood down
from within. A survey conducted at the time in
revealed that 85% of those surveyed believed that the terror orgy that had
destroyed the towers and killed those thousands within them, was, or probably
was, an inside operation.
after the tragedy the LaRouche organization set up a table on a downtown street
with a sign that read, "If you think that Bin Laden did this, welcome to
." Many who saw the sign gave it a thumbs up as they walked by. One person
complained that it was in bad taste in the face of the terrible personal
tragedies. No one complained that it countered the official notion that the
tragedy was an act of terror organized in the caves of
. A vast 911-Truth movement sprung up that presented mountains of evidence that
the tragedy was an inside job, complete with ready-made inside cover-ups.
background of wide-spread knowledge of what has caused the tragedy, it seems
amazing that the resulting terror wars that destroyed
were allowed to proceed, based on lies. The vast majority of society supported
these terror wars in which countless millions were murdered over the years,
which were ironically called wars on terror.
antiwar demonstrations against the Iraq war were launched in many cities, right
to the last day, including some big ones in some cities, with candle light
vigils happening in some cases, the wave of protest didn't stop the war.
Society's attempted breakout from its indifference to war was too feeble to
force a stay in the unfolding tragedy. Too many people stood ready to "kick
butt," as they had put it, to kill the terrorists. Thus the vast spree of
murdering that should have been avoided, exploded once again in a rage of
madness, like in World War II, with the difference that it had this time the
corpses piling up around the world, far from the actual theatres of war.
kilograms of uranium were vaporized in the
wars. Uranium was used for munitions and bombs. On impact uranium explodes in a
fire up to 8 times hotter than the melting point of steel. It flows through
steel armour like a hot knife cutting butter, penetrating tanks as if they were
made of paper.
In the process of burning, the
uranium oxide becomes vaporized into minuscule 'dust,' half of it into
particles up to 30 times smaller than the wavelengths of light. It becomes
invisible. The invisible dust then becomes carried like a gas with the air
currents around the world. The uranium dust from the bombing in
was detected in
within days, after having been carried by the jet streams around the world.
However, uranium, no matter what form it is in, remains radioactive with a
half-life of 4.5 billion years.
In the war
zones the uranium dust caused over 90 different types of diseases, including
massive cancers, including some horrible stuff, like breast cancers in teenage
girls, and horrible birth defects with cases ranging in some areas up to 50
times above normal.
outside the war zones, the murdering of war produces large numbers of victims in
the range of millions, in the age of the uranium wars. In the far off
CNN reported in 2006 that lung cancers had increased 6 fold in the
USA. When the minuscule uranium particles are inhaled with the air, some become
carried with the blood streams that nourish the cells. Inside the cells, the
alpha radiation from uranium acts like minuscule cannon balls that are highly
damaging to the sensitive biology of the cells. When they alter the DNA
sequences, so that when the cells replicate, their 'offspring' no longer
function as team players, but do their own thing, their presence disrupts bodily
functions increasingly until the victimized person becomes disabled, or dies.
(more details are presented in my video: Arresting the Infinite
Two women who I personally was acquainted with, who both died of cancer, died in
the general time frame of the post-uranium war era. Both died rather quickly. The
best medical care failed to save them. Both may have been victims of war. Alpha
radiation emitter are one of the most deadly poisons in existence, and have been
used as such for assassinations. According to the CNN figure presented in 2006,
of a 6-fold increase in lung cancers, 85% of all lung cancer victims at the time
were evidently, statistically, victims of war. The same may have been the case
for other types of cancers. Thus, the probability is high that the two women
were murdered as victims of the madness of the wars that society had been unable
to prevent by the blocking effect of its indifference to the human dimension.
indifference is still in effect, and so are the consequences.
since the uranium use in weapons began, worldwide diabetes II has increased from
30 million cases to 230 million cases. Most of this probably occurred in
that is geographically wedged between
where the bombing occurred.
related to the war-victimization by the uranium poisoning of the air, have
become increasingly hidden, though the little that is still known stands as a
gruesome indictment of humanity that allows the murdering of its own kind to go
on in evermore grotesque forms, and in forms that may be touching all life, even
the insect life that parts of society's food supply depends on.
in timeframe following the uranium wars the honey bees began to die in alarming
numbers. The attrition rate reached such high levels at the time that the term
Colony Collapse Disorder was coined for the phenomenon. The timing suggests,
since the sharp increase in colony losses began in 2006, that the phenomenon may
be the result of the radioactive uranium poisoning of the world's atmosphere
wars. The fact that the dying of the bees continues to the present day may be
an indication that the uranium poisoning has not yet abated and continues to
take its toll to some degree.
isn't hard to find. An amateur photographer filmed the dying of the bees in
Halifax, Nova Scotia, just a few months ago (see: Bees dying on plants - Nova Scotia 10.18.12)
Halifax is located on the East coast of Canada, far from the big
agricultural centers were pesticides are prevalent that are sometimes blamed for
the dying of the bees. In order to do their job, the bees must stick their head
into the flowers to access the pollen. There, something causes them to become
disoriented, unable to fly, getting weaker, and 7 minutes later, they are dead.
radioactive poisoning of the world has never been officially admitted. In fact
it is protected by the International Court of Justice. The USA
that carried out the massive poisoning of the world from 2001 onwards, rejects
the calls for an international ban of the uranium use in bombs and munitions.
The excuse for the refusal is that it would "blunt the American military
For far too
long the world's
indifference to its own humanity has caused it to stand silent and allowed the
deadly onslaught against its existence by weapons of madness to continue. On the
uranium-war front it appears that 100 times more of the types of weapons that
have poisoned the world stand stockpiled for future wars.
, all by itself, is reported in the mid-2000s to hold bombs and munitions on its
American bases that contain 67 million kilograms of uranium, or 13 times as much
as was expended in the
wars. Further information is no longer available, as the entire subject has
apparently been classified. And so, by the effects of secrecy, the indifference
But how can
one reverse the indifference? How can one heal the tragedies by healing this
most deadly disease that has infested civilization, which indifference to the
human dimension is?
disease of indifference, especially towards war and economic destruction, is not
a physical and technological phenomenon, no physical, technological, or purely
political solution exists or is possible. Nothing exists on these fronts that
assures that wars never occur and their killing madness will never be repeated.
One simply can't invent a technological solution for a problem that isn't a
technological problem, but which is a moral and spiritual problem, or more
correctly, a problem for which scientifically spiritual solutions must be
developed, such as by the deep exploration of the Lord's Prayer for example.
Political solutions require a strong moral platform to stand on, which itself
must be rooted in the spiritual dimension of humanity that the moral platform
thereby reflects to some degree.
suggests that this should be possible to do, and experience seems to indicate
that such a connection does indeed exist.
in the middle of January 2013, I had a sickening feeling about something that
seemed big, but that I couldn't identify. I began a deep reaching exploration of the Lord's
Prayer in the search for solutions. I sensed great problems on the horizon that I thought might be a critical,
and nearby. I felt they might be human problems that are unrelated to war
In the course of the ongoing research effort for a solution,
I focused on the science behind the Lord's Prayer. I even started to produce
a video for the presentation of my findings.
Science of The Lord's Prayer.)
At one point
during the production process, quite suddenly, and this happened some days before the video was actually
completed, I felt a peace emerging in the background. I found out two days later
that at the time I had felt this emerging peace, an unprecedented breakthrough had
been wrought in the world-political arena that opened up some significant
fissures, even cracks, in the dam of indifference.
surprised when I heard about it, but I also wasn't surprised. Spiritual healing
can have far-reaching effects, and more so with the Lord's Prayer standing at
the center of it. The Lord's Prayer is imbedded in all Christian religions,
regardless of their denomination. And if one looks closer, the basic platform of
it - the universal worth of the human being, existing in unity with God - is
found in all religions. It is wrapped up in different words perhaps, and in
different garments, but the underlying spirit of the divinity of humanity and
its unity with God, is shining through. While the customs and ceremonies and
rituals and laws vary, based on differing historic backgrounds, if one peels
away these overlaid aspects, the core beneath becomes widely universal, and
becomes thereby a resource for building up a world without, or with a lessening,
indifference to the basics of the human dimension in unity with the divine.
And even if
one takes religion completely out of the equation, the concept of the universal
worth and equality of all mankind is not foreign to any human being with a human
heart. In short, there is nothing rooted in the human spirit that supports the
acquired notion of indifference to the human dimension. In many cases the
acquired indifference can be traced back to the public conditioning by the
masters of empire in the service of various political objectives for the purpose
of stealing wealth and controlling society.
Lord's Prayer aides in to cut through the artificial fog, then one shouldn't be
surprised when the indifference created by the fog falls away. This is what
happened near the end of January, in 2013.
At this time
an American federal court, the Court of Appeals for the
District of Columbia, delivered a deep cutting, 47-page indictment of the American President Obama
for his blatant abuse of the power of his office. While the President's abuses
of power of this type were many, the court focused technically on only a small
issue, which nevertheless stands as an example for all the perpetrated abuses.
While the court's posture was routine, its review was not. It focused on the
abuse of the principle of the Constitution and upheld the Constitution as a
higher law than the claimed presidential privileges evermore broadly based on
the Nazi platform of the Unitary Executive, the platform created in Germany
to give Hitler dictatorial powers.
political activist and statesman, Lyndon LaRouche, 88 years of age, who has been
on the political scene for a long time and stood for presidential election
numerous times over the decades of his involvement, said about the amazing
current development in his Jan. 25, 2013 webcast (http://larouchepac.com/node/25294),
"I have never seen in my life, such a parade of implicit indictment of a
President of the
United States... This means that this man has been slapped down, back and forward, repeatedly
through the whole reading of these charges. It does mean that a
qualitative political shift inside the
United States, with the reading of these charges - conclusions I presume - has been
The list of
felonies that the President is guilty of is long, that stands in the background
of these charges in court, each of which by itself is sufficient cause for
impeachment (based on: http://larouchepac.com/obamawatch).
covering up of the assassination of diplomats in Benghazi on 9/11/12 with a
campaign of lies to conceal the fact that the White House had prior warning of
a potential terrorist attack in Benghazi while the executive did nothing to
protect the diplomats and thereby essentially enabled the attacks to happen,
who then knowingly misled the American citizenry, claiming that the attack was
the result of a spontaneous protest instead of a heavily-armed terrorist
Murdering hundreds of Pakistani civilians with drone attacks that terrorize
entire nations, coming out of the blue killing hundreds of bystanders,
including women and children, leaving in the wake psychiatric disorders, and
rage that is breeding more and more terrorists for revenge, ruining the lives
of thousands of people along the way.
Escalating the threat of global nuclear war with Russia & China with the
encirclement of Russia and China by strategic military upgrades and
deployments throughout Eastern Europe and the Pacific, coupled with an
escalating commitment to destabilization in the Middle East in direct
opposition to the efforts of Russia and China to stabilize their borders in
the interest of their national security.
Violating the U.S. War Powers Resolution by committing
forces to war in
without Congressional approval, and without the Constitutionally-mandated
requirement of an imminent threat to national security for such actions.
extrajudicial murdering of American Citizens with drones in foreign lands, in
flagrant violation of the fifth amendment, by the executive signing the orders
of their assassination in the case of at least three American citizens with
full knowledge of their American citizenship and their Constitutional right as
citizens to due process.
Escalating the Indefinite Detentions & Extraordinary Renditions process
that grants essentially dictatorial powers to the Federal Government agencies
to arrest any American Citizen without warrant and to indefinitely detain them
without charge, which violates the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Amendments, and
most of the Bill of Rights.
In the wake
of the indictment in court of the governmental criminality, other people and
institutions are beginning now to loose their indifference to what is moral and
reported Feb. 5, 2013 (by LPAC) that a bipartisan group of 11 Senators wrote
President Barack Obama a letter, demanding he give lawmakers his
administration's legal justification for using armed drones or other
counterterrorism operations to kill American citizens.
It is a
matter of public record that your Administration believes the intelligence
community has the authority to knowingly use lethal force against Americans in
counterterrorism operations, and senior intelligence officials have indicated
that the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel has written non-public
legal opinions that explains the basis for this authority. A number of us have
previously asked to see these opinions, but to date they have not been
provided to Congress.... Specifically, we ask that you direct the Justice
Department to provide Congress, specifically the Judiciary and Intelligence
Committees, with any and all legal opinions that lay out the executive
branch's official understanding of the President's authority to deliberately
kill American citizens. We are not asking for any pre-decisional legal advice
and do not believe that providing this information would violate any
Constitutional privilege. However, if there is any concern that providing this
information to Congress might implicate some sort of privilege, we would
encourage you to simply waive whatever privilege might apply, if you would
like to make it clear that you are not setting a precedent that applies to
other categories of documents.
On the same
day, writing under the headline "Obama's Secret Assassins," in
's Guardian, Naomi Wolf calls this "the biggest story—in our nation's
contemporary history." "This arrangement," says Wolf, "where
death squads roam under the sole control of the executive—is one definition of
dictatorship. It now has the potential to threaten critics of the
anywhere in the world."
lawyer and former top Reagan Justice Department official Bruce Fein, in a letter
to the editor of the Financial Times (Feb 4, 2013), attacking
and Israeli violations of international law. The full text reads:
are now dancing on the rubble of international law shattered by their
respective limitless conceptions of preemptive warfare. Last week,
conducted an unprovoked air strike on a convoy of trucks in
suspected of carrying SA-17 anti-aircraft missiles towards
without evoking a whisper of
claims authority to perpetrate predator drone killings in any country where
international terrorists or their associates are suspected of dwelling,
. Both nations preposterously maintain that national self-defense (uniquely to
them) includes the right to exterminate any person suspected of a connection
to any activity that might at some unknown future time support an enemy
attack, e.g., an Iranian nuclear scientist. No imagination is needed to divine
how the United States would respond to a Russian predator drone strike against
a suspected Chechen terrorist inhabitant of New York City; or how Israel would
respond to an Hamas killing of an Israeli scientist assisting its Iron Dome
anti-missile program. After its apogee at
, international law has plunged like Lucifer from heaven to a doctrine of
might makes right indistinguishable from a Hobbesian state of nature. The
have been major culprits."
are strong words. While words of opposition were heard before, the evidence
suggests that the wall of indifference that enables toleration of injustice,
war, and inhumanity, no longer stands as firmly as it once did. Even the
provocation to war, of
's attack on
failed. The Russian forces that essentially provide the air-defence capability
didn't swallow the bate.
ever-growing exposing of the criminality in the western banking system, and the
government's protection of the crimes in the shadow of evermore bailouts to
prop-up the thieves, is suddenly getting more boisterous, together with the
calls getting louder for the restoration of the Glass Steagall legislation of
the Frank Roosevelt years that once protected commercial banking and its
depositors from the predatory 'investment' banks and their looting practices.
interesting report by LPAC (http://larouchepac.com/node/25395),
"White House Pounded on Right-to-Kill-Americans Policy" issued
February 6, 2013, stated:
Obama juggernaut is being broken. Consider the following chain of events. On
Monday, 11 Senators, eight of them Democrats, issued a letter demanding that
the White House release secret memos justifying its policy of killing
Americans in the name of fighting terrorism. Shortly thereafter, on Monday
night, NBC published the White House memo, unclassified but hitherto secret,
justifying its kill policy as, essentially, "because we say so."
That memo hit like a bombshell.
Tuesday morning, the White House announced that President Obama would be
giving a press conference in three hours, on new plans for ending the threat
of sequestration. The President spoke, had nothing new to propose on the
subject, and then ran out, saying he knew there would be "a whole bunch
of other questions," but that's why he'd hired Jay Carney as his Press
Secretary. Not only did he not take questions, but he was visibly
"off-his-game," so destabilized that when a camera started buzzing
during his short statement, NerObama lost his concentration and couldn't
continue until it stopped, whining, "Come on guys," and complaining
"They're breaking my flow all the time."
not happy to be left holding the bag. He followed Obama out for five minutes,
saying upon his return, "I was hoping to skip the briefing today, but
apparently I'm here to take your questions." And the questions came. The
first set the theme which was to dominate the entire press briefing which
followed: the Administration abrogating to itself the right to kill Americans,
as it chooses. There were some other questions which allowed the twisting,
nervous Carney to catch his breathe, but the subject relentlessly returned
until the bitter end. EIR's correspondent Bill Jones, concerned that Carney
was going to get off the hook, twice called out to Carney from a "back
bench" seat: Are you going to release secret memos demanded by the 11
Senators? Carney ignored him, but later called on another one of the regulars,
who asked that very question. At that point, some of journalists turned around
to Jones knowingly, with one reporter giving him a thumbs up. Another
journalist raised the specter of "a court review" of the assertion
of no due process. The upcoming Brennan confirmation hearing on Thursday hung
in the air.
have squirmed, but he made very clear that the administration has no intention
of yielding. What secret memos? He would admit of none, dismissively stating
he would not speak of "the alleged existence of any particular memo or
action." What lack of transparency? He had to chutzpah to assert that the
administration had been very transparent: just read the unclassified memo
which had finally been leaked by the press! He repeated, over and over, like a
trained dog, the mantra that the guidelines for making the decisions to kill
have been explained by four top officials (John Brennan, Eric Holder, Harold
Koh, and Jah Johnson) — and in the just-leaked memo. He did admit that the
leaked memo had not been intended to be released publicly, and said it had
been prepared for members of the Senate who have a jurisdiction on these
issues last year.
intelligence source curtly told EIR, "The White House thought it was leak
proof — and suddenly there was a leak. The document is authentic and it will
spark a real debate."
the Senators were not satisfied with the administration's false claims of
"transparency," and neither were members of the press (and those
they work for). The series of questions raised today, listed below (in the
orginal), all of which went unanswered in substance, make clear that this
stunning question of an American President who claims the right to kill his
citizens on his own say-so, is now before the American public, and will not go
away. And it is Obama, personally, who is the target. Asked by Chris Matthews
on "Hardball" on Tuesday night, who makes the call to make a hit:
the Attorney General? the head of the CIA? the Army?, NBC's Isikoff, to whom
the memo was leaked answered firmly: "It is Barack Obama himself.... He
is the high-level informed official who is saying, 'go get this guy.'"
of these developments have any connection with an intensified focus on the
Lord's Prayer, can of course not be determined, though the spirit of it is
becoming evident by these surprising developments.
long-time American political activist Lyndon LaRouche, fighting for a brighter
humanity, commented in a webcast (http://larouchepac.com/node/25382),
"We are coming to a major event in our history as we are approaching a
point when things have to change, because the way we have been going up to now
is no longer adequate for human survival. Therefore we have to take steps to
uplift the conscience in society, towards an understanding of what the solution
is, instead of merely talking about the problems."
Here are excerpts from the speech by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the Munich Security Conference on Feb. 2.
...It is impossible not to notice the symbolism of the date of this meeting. Seventy years ago, one of the most frightful, bloody, and fateful battles of the Second World War ended: the Battle of Stalingrad. Hundreds of thousands of my compatriots gave their lives for the victory on the banks of the Volga, not only in defense of their homeland; they also fought for the sake of world peace, as did all of our Allies.
To prevent a recurrence of the tragedy of world war, efforts were also focused on diplomacy, which resulted in the creation of the United Nations. However soon afterward, the "Cold War" draw a dividing line across Europe, postponing for a long time the possibility of building a system of collective security, as embodied in the UN Charter....
We must recognize that not in words, but in deeds, we are still very far from a truly collective Euro-Atlantic architecture, which would rest on a solid foundation of international law. There is still a desire for relations in Europe to be built around political-military issues—not on the principles of the OSCE [Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe] and the NRC [NATO-Russian Council], but by promoting a NATO-centric security concept, as though there were no alternatives.
We believe that such a narrow bloc approach does not help, and it is difficult for us to understand it based on objective and rational considerations; it is unlikely to provide an orientation for policies in today's global world, where we face common threats. It is time to look comprehensively and thoroughly at the full range of relations in the Euro-Atlantic area and try to identify the convergence of ideas and remaining differences between us, including with respect to conflicts in other parts of the world that affect the security of us all.
If we look at the regions that are the most unstable today—the Middle East, North Africa, the Sahel—it is hard to avoid the sense of some kind of curvature of space. Many questions arise about the approaches of some of our partners with regard to the "Arab Spring." Does support for acts of regime change justify terrorist methods? Does it make sense to fight those in one conflict that you are supporting in another? If you illegally supply weapons to a conflict zone, how do you insure yourself against those weapons being turned against you? Which rulers are legitimate, and which are not? When is it permissible to work with authoritarian regimes (whether secular or not very), and when is it permitted to support their violent overthrow? Under what conditions is it necessary to recognize forces that have come to power in a democratic election, and in what conditions should contact with them be rejected? What criteria and standards determine all of this?
We hope that by 2015, when we mark the anniversary [of the Helsinki+40 process], we will have succeeded in developing a common agenda that does not reflect mutual recriminations, but the determination of all of us to concentrate on reaching our common strategic objectives, based on the principle of indivisibility of security.
The issue of BMD has become an important test of the match between real deeds and solemn declarations of commitment to this key principle. We are all at risk of losing yet another real opportunity to build a unified Euro-Atlantic space. Russia proposes a simple and constructive approach: to work out strict guarantees that the U.S. global BMD system is not directed against any member country of the OSCE, and clear military and technical criteria for evaluating compliance with the stated objectives of the BMD system: the neutralization of missile threats coming from outside the Euro-Atlantic region....
It is also important to clarify the definition of NATO's mission in the new circumstances, not to interfere in this process, but so that we can understand it. Progress towards a genuine partnership between Russia and NATO is still hampered by attempts to exploit the idea of the Soviet threat, which has now been converted to the idea of a Russian threat. Phobias are very tenacious, and we see how the process of military planning incorporates this thesis. Even with the deficit in financial resources, there is increasing military activity in northern and central Europe, as if these regions face growing security threats....
NATO is now discussing the concept of "smart defense." I set aside the question of whom exactly they are going to defend themselves from. It would be much more important to recognize the objective demand for a new, modern "smart" foreign policy, aimed at taking the maximum advantage of emerging opportunities for collective work, instead of squandering them inexcusably....
strong words that put new wind into the sails towards peace. All of this
happened in the wake of a strong focus on the Lord's Prayer. While all of these
developments might have happened without this focus, it is also possible, if nor
more likely, that they might not have happened without the spiritual work
standing in the background.
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