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When an international crime is committed by an individual, with the name of say, an Obama, Bush, Clinton, et al., in the name of hegemonic nation state economic/political ideology, and thousands of unarmed, defenseless innocents, who just happen to be going about their daily business in their own sovereign country, unwittingly find themselves in the line of fire of a premeditated foreign policy and are en masse brutally assassinated, the dastardly deed alone makes headlines. How come?

In cases such as this there never is 'perpetrator', but a commander-in-chief, perhaps even one with a Nobel peace prize given prior even to his venturing on his eight-year peace odyssey.

If the killing is mentioned at all, it is cited in polite conversation, as collateral damage and tolerable, given what 'we' stand to gain. Think here of Madeleine Albright's comment all those years ago, about the half million or so Iraqi children whose deaths were worth it; to 'US'!

If punishment were actually meted out according to how tortured one's road has been, then perhaps the Las Vegas culprit may indeed have a case for leniency, if mitigating factors can be found on his personal behalf. But who of us cares anything about a lone gunman on our home territory; after all he has already been described by those in the know as a lone nut.

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A preposterous surmise you say. Just as preposterous as no people with power ever having to pay a price for their despicable deeds.

What do the likes of Obama, Bush or Clinton know personally of tortured lives? If they did would they be capable of inflicting such pain on 'others' without blinking an eye.

Go figure! The enemy is 'US'!

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I agree. Just because the Obamas and Kissingers and Cheneys of the world are suffering human beings doesn't mean that we should let them continue to scourge the planet.

Submitted on Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017 at 3:33:58 AM

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Thanks for the feedback!

"The Obamas, Kissingers, and Cheneys of the world are"... the perp-e-traitors.

Unfortunately my attempt at a neologism lost out in the edit/posting process and became simply perpetrators.

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Yeah, I agree, those in "the know" are simply the ones in on the secrets and lies. The rest of us are deplorable individuals, easily conquered one at a time or in lesser groups.

Our cognitive blindness is defeating us, and these crooked monsters like Trump, Obama, Bush, Cheney, Clinton, Reagan, all those in on the dirty little secret conspiracy to defeat us, just smile and wave on their way to the bank and the good life.

Maybe we should show them the "fickle finger of fate" in unison. Maybe one day we'll all agree to disagree. I hope I live to see that day.

Maybe, but it probably won't be today.

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Thanks for your comments.

We're on the same page with your first two paragraphs.

Yet the third is somewhat confusing to me. If your intended meaning of "fickle finger of fate" is as "an unseen and unforseeable force that controls the direction of all living things" what will 'we' be showing them, in unison, if this force is unforseeable and therefore, unknowable, prior to its actual unfolding.

The term 'in unison' may simply be the personification of chaos.

The second sentence of this third paragraph is incomprehensible to me.

Some elucidation from you might help.

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Sorry for the procrastination of my elucidation, but yeah the unknowable is unfolding, I do believe. Maybe this will help, give the finger to the status quo. Does this help you to grok in fullness? ok then. I think the phrase is from the tv show Laugh In. Not sure though just how it came into my colloquial collection of useless trivia.

You might try a search to gain further enlightenment. Goldie Hawn, sigh. PhoneLady where are you now? In unison? To me it means, as one, the OneMind. I keep hoping for a moment of instant lucidity from the chaotic crowd, but all I get is white noise, and a blur of what sounds like gunshots in the distance, sometimes nearby.

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Thanks for writing this response.
I wish you had mentioned what it was a response to.
You may not have noticed that Josh Mitteldorf's Daily Inspiration is indeed DAILY.

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I thought it was clear, it was a response to the article. I am really enjoying Josh Mitteldorf's Daily Inspirations. I am a fan, so they pop up, every morning. Highly recommended.

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Appreciate your feedback.

According to OEN my essay was posted 10/2 so the Mitteldorf Daily Inspiration piece I was responding to was of the prior day, as I recall.

Hope this helps to clarify.

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Your point is on the mark.

There ate true psychopaths among the US leadership. But, the biggest problem is that they are supported by what I term tele-psychopaths, a category that includes almost all of us. I define tele-psychopath as one who is indifferent to the suffering of others, as long as those others are at a distance. Those of us in USA are not fundamentally different than the "good Germans" who supported the Nazis.

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Talking of human beings' fundament. There are no genetic differentials, other than the obvious, objective, somatic, random variations, attributable to fluctuations in adaptations to differing environments and distributions therein; continuously occurring throughout historical geographic migrations:
Are those the same "good Germans" you refer to from the era of Nationalsozialismus (Nazism) of recent memory, who were only 'doing their duty'; wherein only Germans of Aryan origin - according to the ranting claims of Herr Hitler's imbecilic, patently fallacious definition, who counted as valid and therefore, were the only worthy human beings. Ignorance was certainly bliss then less than a century past.
Are you comparing these "good' Germans" to the current era 'good Volk' Americans of Trumpian National Patriotic America?
Is more than 300 years of unthinkingly inflicting the brutality of their unreasoned fears upon their fellows - (difficult to use the term 'citizen' in its rightful context, when, in earlier times, Americans of black African origin were regarded as only 3/5ths human by the 'whites' pure ignorant hatred) - on people of more melanin content than themselves, the 'great America' once again being whispered in the corridors of power?
Is the present era any more progressive than previous times wherein systemic racial, ethnic, religious, political, economic, social, or whatever inhuman traits, manifested in wanton discrimination?
As we all know, racism in America is still alive, if not so well, notwithstanding our first President of off-color selection.
What does this tell us of 'good' people in general, when it comes to standing up "in unison" for our rights as citizens, to the power of a state, especially when it is deep and non-democratic and thrives on unprincipled totalitarian greed?
It was less than a mere century ago when Hitler was ignorantly opining on German history, and speaks volumes to the ignorance still manifestly prevalent today.
So much for the 'reasoning' species progressive evolution!
Write the wrong? What to do"what to do!

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