An inexpensive, proven approach to stopping terrorism is available. Why waste more lives and money on outmoded, ineffective approaches?
The terror threat is growing. Despite its long-term and recent military experience fighting terrorists, the U.S. has not eliminated terrorism. New terrorist cells are emerging. The numbers and quality of people flocking to their banners is alarming. Even fully equipped military and police forces are unlikely to control them. More alarming, defense experts predict that terrorists might attack with easily concealed weapons of mass destruction.
Terrorism is a human problem that requires a human solution. A general model of terrorism and war identifies the accumulation of social stress as the source of conflict and upheaval. If the stress driving terrorism could be damped down, such problems would diminish or even cease. No collective stress means no terrorism and no war. This represents the ideal of preventive defense.
Does such an antidote for terrorism exist? Physicist and Vedic scholar Maharishi Mahesh Yogi has revived the practical components of a silent approach he calls Invincible Defense Technology (IDT). Its primary components are the Transcendental Meditation (TM) and TM-Sidhi programs including Yogic Flying. Application of these human resource-based technologies does not involve religious beliefs and practices. Members of major faiths worldwide practice these meditation techniques.
Many peer-reviewed studies document the success of IDT in dissolving stress on both the individual and the societal levels. For military personnel this means significantly less stress, better psychological health, lower rates of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, better physical health, less disease, better job and academic performance, faster reaction times, higher IQ, improved moral reasoning, and increased leadership ability. Warriors perform better.
For a society, IDT reduces crime rates, reduces suicides, reduces accidents, reduces conflict, produces more cooperative behaviors, improves the economy, and lowers the incidence of diseases. More than 600 studies document the benefits for the individual and more than 50 studies document the impact on society. These studies have been closely scrutinized and published in reputable journals such as Journal of Conflict Resolution, Social Indicators Research, Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, Journal of Mind and Behavior and Journal of Crime and Justice. IDT is the best technology to safeguard the United States.
The operative part of IDT requires having a Prevention Wing of the military. This wing would comprise only 2% to 3% of the armed forces. The rest of the military would carry on with their usual duties. This unit would create societal coherence by meditating in groups of a few hundred or a few thousand morning and evening. This collective practice would produce positive benefits for both the military and any adversaries. Peaceful overtures would increase from all sides.
The technology has an impressive track record. These groups have been deployed in many war zones and conflict-prone areas with remarkable success.
Lt. Gen. Villamil, an Ecuadorian former Vice-Minister of Defense, used IDT to quickly end Ecuador's war with Peru. President Chissano of Mozambique credits IDT for ending a 16-year civil war in his nation. Maj. Gen. Israni, editor of Combat Journal, argued that this approach could have prevented the 9/11 attacks.
Physicists like Dr. John Hagelin say the effect appears to be a field phenomenon. The extensive published research gives a specific threshold: when the square root of 1% of a population practices the TM-Sidhi program as a group, this field effect is created. Results are seen whether the group members are from the local populace or from outside the region. Scientists have named this field effect the "Maharishi Effect." Many peer-reviewed, scientific studies have documented the positive social trends. These effects, such as reduced conflict and lowered crime rates, start the very day such a group is assembled and end soon after departure of the group.
Further striking evidence for the field-like character of the phenomenon is provided by observations of the effect at a global scale, such as those detailed in a study recently published in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. When large assemblies of practitioners of the TM-Sidhi program practicing Yogic Flying exceeded the Maharishi Effect threshold for the world (about 7,000 at that time) during the years 1983-1985, international conflict decreased 32%, terrorist casualties decreased 72% and violence was reduced in other nations without intrusion by other governments.
What other solution holds such promise? This technology is the ONLY proven antidote to the poison of terrorism. Decades of experience globally show that terrorism can not be eliminated by standard military means alone. IDT has been proven to effortlessly and automatically settle differences in terrorism hot spots globally. The U.S. needs to deploy a Prevention Wing of the Military immediately for its own protection. Also, its armed forces must deploy mobile versions of these units to eradicate social stress, the source of terrorism, in intervention locations. By these means, the U.S. can achieve true invincibility and create permanent peace worldwide.
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