The political background to Rolf Witzsche's novels.
International terrorism was born at 8:14 A.M. on the 6th of August 1945. The birth place was Hiroshima. The aircraft under the command of Lt.-Col. Paul Tibbets had arrived at the target area.
The 'mission' from this point on was in the hands of bombardier Maj. Thomas Ferebee, a veteran of 63 bombing runs. When the Aioi Bridge came into view, the major had located the drop point. He was in full control of the airplane and his actions. He zeroed in on the target as he had done on countless previous occasions. At 08:15:17 hrs., two words came over the intercom. "Bomb Away." The mission was completed. The moment that Bertrand Russell had dreamed of for many years had come. It was the moment of the birth of a new era, an era shaped by terror.
The seed for this new birth, actually, was not Bertrand Russell's. The seed came out of the background of the fight for dominance by the Venetian Empire over the Golden Renaissance in the 15th Century. During this huge struggle for dominance long periods of almost continuous warfare erupted, such as the 80 years of war that ended with the Peace Treaty of Westphalia in 1648, and another 130 years of warfare and intrigues that ended in 1815 with the almost achieved control over most of Europe by the British Empire that had evolved out of the Venetian Empire. But Europe was not the world.
Out of the ideological background of the bestiality of the 17th Century typified by Francis Bacon, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and others, the idea emerged of expanding the British Empire into a world-federalist empire. The chief target in this struggle for a global empire became the newly created United States of America. Since open warfare had failed, subversive warfare was invented, notably under the direction of Lord Shelburne and his foreign intelligence chief Jeremy Bentham. In this subversive quagmire the roots for World War I were planted that was designed to finish off all European resistance to the British world-federalist empire. The principle targets for mutual destruction were Russia, Autro-Hungaria, Germany, and the Ottoman Empire. Bertrand Russell, together with British foreign intelligence chief H.G. Wells, was at the center at this time of the highly influential utopian hard core world-federalist faction of a Venetian ideological background.
The idea of creating a nuclear terror weapon for achieving world dictatorship dominance first appeared in H.G. Well's fiction, The World Set Free (London, Macmillan, 1914). Bertrand Russell took over that dream of a terror created world empire. From 1939 on Bertrand Russell pushed to have a nuclear bomb build, for motives which he later outlined in his 1946 article in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (Nos. 5 and 6). His motive was to create a weapon so terrifying as to force all nations to surrender their sovereignty to his utopian world empire or global dictatorship.
Bertrand Russell fought for the atomic terror weapon from 1939 on by creating the big lie through his intelligence connections that Adolf Hitler was committed to building such a weapon, and that the United States had to beat him to the punch. Thus, Franklin D. Roosevelt was coerced into building the bomb, even though it was known in British intelligence circles that Hitler wasn't sponsoring the required research and that the relevant German scientists around Professor Werner Heisenberg were determined that such a weapon would not be created for Hitler's use.
When the bomb was released, the terrorist part of Bertrand Russell's world empire dream had come true. The weapon had been built, and Anglo-American empire alone, possessed it. The bomb fell for 43 seconds.
At 08:16 the gentle summer morning in Hiroshima, with its promise for a pleasant day, became transformed into the darkest and most horrible 'night' in the city's history. A burst of light brighter and hotter than the sun briefly enveloped Hiroshima, burning human shadows into the pavement before vaporizing them. Moments later the real sun became blotted out by the rising smoke and ashes, plunging the city into darkness as one of the greatest man made tragedies in history unfolded for the many tens of thousands who were trapped in the burning chaos.
Ironically, the bomb exploded 575 feet above a surgical hospital. At the instant of its explosion, 4 sqmi. of the heart of the city of Hiroshima, a city of 343,000 inhabitants, were destroyed and 66,000 people were put to death, with another 69,000 having been injured in an environment of unspeakable horror and agony where no help could reach them. Three days later, at 11:02 the scene was repeated in Nagasaki. The second explosion leveled 6.7 million square meters, destroyed over 18,000 buildings, and killed and injured over 140,000 people. By the end of the year the combined death toll had risen to over 210,000 while the dying continued as the result of radiation poisoning.
In real terms this atrocity wasn't an act of war anymore. It was pure terrorism, although the concept was largely unknown at the time, in the real world. It existed up to this point only in the twisted fantasy world of H. G. Wells' celebrated terrorist novels. Ultimately, however, the real life unfolding of terrorism that occurred in 1945 must be recognized as the result of a deeply seated failure of human beings in relating to one another as human beings.
Historians suggest that the use of the atomic bomb was an act of terrorism since it was not designed to shorten the war, but had in fact extended the war. They suggest that the war had been intentionally extended until the nuclear bomb had become ready to be used. They point to the historic fact that Japan had tendered its conditional surrender through the Vatican an entire month before the world's first nuclear weapons test was conducted on July 16th, 1945, at the Alamogordo Air Base in New Mexico. They also point to the fact that most major Japanese cities had been extensively fire bombed long before this time, some repeatedly until there was nothing left to be bombed. A few cities, however, were saved intact. Hiroshima and Nagasaki had evidently been kept intact for the occasion of the demonstration exercise of the new terror weapon. Since the atomic bombs didn't became operational for deployment until the beginning of August, the war had evidently been extended until the new terror weapon was ready to be unleashed against a few living cities. Shortly thereafter, however, Japan's surrender was accepted on essentially the original terms.
By these events, which occurred literally in last days of one of the most horrible wars in history, the phenomenon of international terrorism was born and was put onto the human map in a big way. Nobody knows at the present stage how long it will take, and what atrocities will yet be suffered, until humanity frees itself of this scourge.
The world has changed, of course, since those early days. Soon thereafter, the whole of humanity was held hostage to ever increasing nuclear terror threats which continue to the present day, while terrorism itself, has become common place throughout the world, financed from high places for numerous objectives.
Also, the weapons have become evermore terrifying. The Hiroshima experience can no longer be used as a yardstick to measure the dimension of the nuclear genie that was let out of the bottle in 1945. The knowledge to build nuclear bombs can't be put back into obscurity. It remains with us. It has been expanded from its early beginning, and this expanded knowledge is still being vigorously used. We have created a vast arsenals of these terror weapons which are owned by many nations and are said to contain between 30,000 to 40,000 devices for mass destruction, world wide, with new ones being added daily. Also, the device's destructive potential has been increased on average a hundred fold. It has been discovered quite early that certain isotopes of hydrogen will fuse at the atomic level at high temperatures, in a process that releases enormous amounts of energy. From this discovery the hydrogen bomb was born with a demonstrated potential to be to a thousand times more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb had been. A test explosion with the equivalent force of only 500 Hiroshima type bombs was set of in the Pacific on Nov. 1st 1952. The destructive force didn't just damage the island and render it uninhabitable. It vaporized the entire island, leaving a hole in the ocean floor 175 feet deep and a mile in diameter.
We should count ourselves lucky that no human population has so far been exposed to such a force. Nevertheless the game continued, and it still does. We now have neutron bombs that kill only people and cause little physical damage. We also have Electromagnetic Pulse weapons which, if exploded in near space, are designed to destroy electronic systems over a wide area, thereby shutting down information systems, communication systems, computer systems, radio and television, automobiles, aircraft, banking, etc.. We also have deadly biological and chemical weapons available that are designed for mass destruction.
The disturbing fact is, that it is impossible for the nations to protect themselves from the destructive force of advanced high technology weapons for mass destruction. During the Cold War period we have attempted to protect ourselves from nuclear weapons by means of issuing counter threats under the Mutually Assured Destruction doctrine. Luckily, the attempt was successful. In today's world that option can no longer be used, or be relied on. The achieved miniaturization of modern thermonuclear devices allows these devices to be transported by a wide variety of means, ranging from simple packing crates, suitcases, fishing boats, private aircraft, cruise missiles, to cruise missiles or ballistic missiles launched from under the sea. When this type of terror strikes, the country of origin of the terror weapon will not be detectable, which means that a devastating counter attack cannot be launched. In such a resulting precarious environment our traditional defense against the nuclear threat under the Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) doctrine is no longer a credible deterrent. In other words, we have become defenseless in a world that has become saturated with nuclear arms and rogue terrorist elements that financed from high places around the world.
Then, as if this situation is not precarious enough, another dangerous factor has been added to the game. With the end of the Soviet era the adversarial relationships in the world have become evermore inwardly focused. The strategic targets are no longer determined by super-power political rivalries, but by financial interests, ideological interests, imperial interests, geopolitical interests, even religious interests. In today's world many self-serving interest groups are operating internationally with powerful backing in their own countries from financial empires and rogue elements within intelligence and defense establishments, even from within law enforcement organizations and the news and entertainment media. It doesn't need to be repeated that enormously destructive games are played within these circles, especially in the geopolitical, religious, and financial areas.
Even the face of terrorism has changed. It has become a tool used for creating provocations for wars, and for the destabilization of nations from within. Many of the great nations of the world are relatively save today, from external aggression, but they are extremely vulnerable to being targeted from within, especially when high level rogue elements can be recruited that can operate almost with impunity as terrorists organizations often do. This may be the arena in which the long standing nuclear terrorism, that has been kept cold for so long, will finds its modern, faceless expression with a ferocity that matches the geopolitical objectives of the mad men of our times who are likely to be more admired by the public, than feared.
So, where does all this leave us? It leaves us physically defenseless against virtually all military adventurers, ideologically twisted servants of empires, and all those other groups that fall within the ever expanding sphere of terrorism. Our precarious situation, however, should cause us to take a fresh look at ourselves. Since no physical and technological defense can be created against nuclear terrorism or related operations of any sort, one must define the very existence of the terrorist phenomenon as a human failure, a failure of human beings relating to one another intelligently. Nuclear weapons, for instance, do not grow on trees and drop down on us when the autumn winds blow. They are devices that have been meticulously created by human beings for the purpose of mass destruction for which they are deployed with the intend for them to be used. They are designed from the ground up to unleash terror in our dealings with one another. That is where the fault lies in the human arena, and where this problem must be corrected. No other form of defense against nuclear weapons is really possible.
We face a huge challenge in this regard. Human relationships unfold on a wide scene, a scene that is presently filled with countless forms of division, isolation, even self-isolation, cynicism, apathy, fear, hate, distrust, dishonesty, and so forth. Love appears to exist only in the intimate private domain, certainly not in the world of business, finance, politics, or even religion. Universal love is an unheard-of concept in the modern world. In this regard our present world closely resembles the scene that existed in continental Europe in the late 1500s, which was a scene of 80 years of war that ravished all of Europe and destroyed half its population. This scene was driven by the same philosophical platform that we operate from today, which is typified by the war philosopher Thomas Hobbes who is still respected and admired by high-minded people.
The philosophy of Hobbes, and many others of his time, was, that love is a valid concept for the intimate, personal domain, but has no place in affairs of commerce and the state, and certainly not in the relationship between states. At those 'higher' levels love was literally banned. People who wanted to apply love as a universal principle, were persecuted, even killed. The rule of the world was: Might is Right. The wielding of power excused all atrocities. The defenseless were fair game for the strong. Does this sound familiar?
In the course of this pursuit of the free rule by the strong, entire areas were emptied of people, especially during the Thirty Years War that devastated Germany at the end of the 80 years period of wars. Cities of 100,000 were reduced to less than 5000, and countless smaller villages simply disappeared from the face of the earth.
All of this madness ended in 1648 with the Treaty of Westphalia. A new peace was created through a radical change in the fundamental philosophy. The Peace of Westphalia was founded on the acknowledgement of love as a universal principle. All nations, strong or weak, were regarded as sovereign and equal, with equal rights and equal worth. All past debts and atrocities were forgiven. An era of peace was ushered in that was maintained for quite a few decades until the foundation for it became abandoned once again.
The question must be asked if the principle of universal love can become the guarantor for peace and security in our modern world? This is a momentous question since we have no real options for creating physical measures for security in our nuclear terrorist world. The only option that we have is to acknowledge and apply the principle of universal love that has been proven to be effective in the past. Except, this option poses momentous questions. The principle of universal love has far reaching implications on the social and sexual scene, especially the sexual scene. The principle of universal love would radically alter the way we look upon our marriages and sexual relationships, and relationships with one another in general all the way up to the highest political and international level. It is at the grass roots level, however, where the universality of love needs to be developed the most. The primacy of this domain is amply illustrated by the tremendous efforts that were made to destroy the universality of love at this level.
In ancient Hebrew law the universality of love was countered with the death penalty in cases of sexual intimacies across marriage boundaries. The blame for this rule was laid on Moses and even God. People who had sex outside their marriages were stoned to death. Here, one should ask: Who was benefited by these acts of legal terrorism? This question is not easily answered. Obviously, society never benefits by killing one another. However, the rulers of the day had much to gain by creating a law that focused love inwardly and set the stage for the virtual ownership of people by people. Wasn't this the foundation of their power? The mythology that renders people as 'property' is the foundation for all hierarchical power structures. Thus, the foundation had to be founded at the grass roots level. It had to be protected there, with the death penalty if need be, in order to protect the hierarchical power structures that were build thereon. This mentality was strongly reflected in the Hobbestian war philosophers' point of view. In Hebrew culture, the cruel law that outlawed the universality of love with the death penalty was cleverly crafted into the Mosaic Decalogue a short time after the Decalogue was originally introduced.
Since the Mosaic Decalogue has been ingrained into the history of Western culture, especially the politicized distortion of it that bans the universality of love, one faces the horrendous task of rolling back a long dehumanizing history that has shaped our emotions, our thinking, and our narrow focus for love. This presents a tremendous challenge, because it is precisely the narrowed focus of love that fuels the phenomenon of terrorism and wars. We may be able to hunt down a few of the more openly operating terrorist leaders, while in the process of doing so we create many times more of them. We can't win in this basis, by which the focus of love becomes narrowed still further. Terrorism, like war, isn't a technical issue. It is a disease that can only be cured by addressing its cause.
The prospects for benefits from re-establishing the universality of love as a fundamental principle are exiting. They are also scary, since the universality of love has never been pursued before at the grass roots level, except in some isolated cases. Still, what options do we have for surviving the era of nuclear terrorism that grows out of a deeply seated failure of human beings in relating to one another?
For the purpose of exploring the dimension of universal love, I have created a two part novel that takes up the challenge at the grass roots level. The title of the novel is, The Lodging for the Rose. The novel is the result of almost twenty years of work and research. There is an extensive preview available which is accessible for free. Universal love has such far reaching implications at the grass roots level in regard to sexuality, sexual practices, marriage practices, sovereignty, unity, mutual support, enriching one another, etc., that a large work is required to explore the dimension. For this reason it is evidently futile to pursue the subject in the context of an article.
Still, there is another element associated with the arena of terrorism, which operates almost in reverse. This element is social experimentation. In this arena there is no terror intended, only a restructuring of the world scene, but for terrible implications. Social experimentation has a long history. It includes such infamous cases as the experiment to destroy the industrial capacity of Europe by financing Adolf Hitler into power by American and British interests. It also includes the experiment in the mid 1970s, to force a population reduction upon Africa, which became embedded in the foreign policy objectives of the most powerful nation of the planet.
It is naive to assume that these experiments have stopped. The far-reaching depopulation of the planet remains to the present day a policy goal of some highly placed people of the ruling elite of the world. It is quite likely that the nuclear option will be implemented in this game of social experimentation. In order to explore this terrifying dimension, I have written another novel with the title: Brighter than the Sun.
There exists an old story of a sorcerer and his apprentice, which Walt Disney included in his film Fantasia. While the sorcerer sleeps, the apprentice experiments with the master's magic that he does not comprehend, and makes a terrible mess that he can't stop. The same happened with the social experiment that brought Hitler into power, or the one that forced depopulation upon Africa. In the case of the sorcerer's apprentice the experiment was terminated by the master, as he awoke. In the case of putting Adolf Hitler into power as an agent for destruction, it took the combined effort of much of the world to shut the experiment down. In the case of forcing depopulation on Africa for the stated purpose of preserving its natural resources for the West, nobody has even begun to talk about shutting the experiment down. Neither is there a serious commitment being made towards shutting the AIDS virus down that came out of this background. While such a thing is possible, there exists no political willingness to make the required effort. As for social experimentation with nuclear devices, which ominously looms on the horizon, it may take humanity a millennium or more to shut these types of experiments down once they are set into motion. The novel: Brighter than the Sun, explores a tiny portion of this dimension.
It may be argued here that the development of universal love is not a suitable solution for this age. Indeed, many high placed people of the ruling elite categorically reject this notion since their philosophical center is still Thomas Hobbes who had banned the very idea of universal love. One may also argue that the development of universal love takes too long, is too difficult, and causes too many problems along the way. I have addressed this argument in a third novel, with the title, Flight without Limits. This work is a short science fiction novel that is centered on a highly advanced mental capability to traverse the vast distances of space, instantly. Obviously, such capability does not exist in the physical domain, and may never be invented. The same, however, cannot be said about the human being's capacity to cover vast distances in the mental domain. The capability for this does exists, and has been proven time and time again by individuals and nations. The vast distance that has been traversed from the Hobbestian philosophy of the 80 years of war, to the philosophy that produced the Peace of Westphalia, was huge. Remarkably, the transition was achieved in just a few years. This historical event proves that we have the capability to embrace the principle of the universality of love and move with it rapidly. Time, itself, may not even be a factor in this. The potential freedom that comes with the capacity to move instantly is explored in the novel, Flight without Limits, where this capability is transposed into the physical domain. The underlying idea is carried by the science fiction story of a space voyage to the closest solar system to our own, named Alpha Centauri, that is located less than five light years away.
All of the novels that I have mentioned in this article are available for extensive previewing at this Web-site at no cost to you. The novels, of course, are but tools for exploration. The potential for benefits arising from a wider implementation of the principle of universal love cannot really be imagined. They extend far beyond gaining our freedom from nuclear weapons and terrorism. Universal love is an element of developing honesty with oneself. Sex researchers tell us that half of all men on the western world have ventured into sexual relationships outside of their marriage, and that most of the rest would have loved to do so but lacked the courage or opportunity.
Universal love seems to be native to the human being. It seems to be built into our nature, while we refuse to allow it to unfold, except for rare occasions. Can you imagine what the world would be like if those rare occasion were to become the rule, and this rule began to reshape our axioms that determine our relationships to one another sexually and socially, and our policies and actions in business, finance, politics, state affairs, and international affairs?
In this we find hope for the survival of humanity in spite of itself. But will this be sufficient? Obviously, much more is required from many different directions. The course of humanity is not easily changed. The Peace of Westphalia was not the outcome of a single pioneer’s work. It was the outcome of many people from many nations pulling together in numerous ways over the space of years. But they were all pulling in the same direction. This could be happening again. On this platform all forms of terrorism, even nuclear terrorism, can be defeated, and it is my firm belief that they will be defeated.
Rolf A. F. Witzsche
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