A Photo of This AP Writer in Front of “Non-Violence” in Honor and in Memory of its Creator, Carl Fredrik Reutersward3
May 11, 2016 by Alfred
The reason the writer of the Argentum Post is depicted above, standing next to “Non-Violence”, in front of the United Nations building in New York City, is that one of the most fundamental elements the Argentum Post mission objectives is peaceful conflict resolution which can only come about with a rational, honest, humanist, transparent and participative approach to the challenges our world faces.
The peace activist, and creative, artistic sculptor of the work illustrated above is the Swede, Carl Fredrik Reutersward. On May 3, of 2016 he died in Helsingborg, Sweden.
Mr. Reutersward was one of Sweden’s most influential artists. He is the one who named is creative work shown above, “Non-Violence” and this work has become an iconic global symbol of peace.
It was the 1980 fatal shooting of former Beatle, John Lennon by Mark David Chapman, a deranged right wing extremist who hated the lyrics of the song “Imagine” (i.e. “imagine there is no heaven”) which prompted him to commit the horrific crime.
The “Non-Violence”sculpture has become an inspiring symbol of a call to peace which most clearly can be interpreted as a call for the elimination of all nuclear weapons, and for an end to the undue influence lobbies of the National Rifle Association and of the industrial military complex in our a nation.
It may be worth to note the General Eisenhower strongly and emphatically condemned the only use of nuclear weapons against mostly unarmed civilians, which caused at the onset alone, the death of 200 thousand people. Yes Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, but unleashing the a veritable nuclear holocaust on the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was utterly unjustifiable, particularly since “American intelligence agencies, with the full knowledge of President Roosevelt and President Truman’s administrations, were fully aware of Japan’s search for ways to honorably surrender months before Truman gave the fateful order to incinerate Hiroshima” . Washington could have ended the war before the nuclear attacks.
A similar veritable holocaust was unleashed on the people of Vietnam which resulted in the death of 2 million Vietnamese, 55 thousand American soldiers, and in the literal mutilation of some 3 hundred thousand American soldiers. The Bay of Tonkin “incident” was a fabrication, and Vietnam never attacked the United States.
President Eisenhower, in his farewell address also warned us about the dangers of us becoming involved in foreign entanglements and about the dangers of such a folly being exploited, as it is now, by the industrial military complex.
At this time, when President Obama is about to visit Hiroshima, it would be very wrong for him not to apologize. He is not apologizing to Emperor Hirohito, but to the common people of Japan who to this day are still living with deforming effects of the nuclear radioactivity, just as the Vietnamese people are lingering from Agent Orange’s wounds of which U.S. forces sprayed 12 million gallon, in addition to the 21 million gallons of defoliants in southern Vietnam, not to mention the tons of napalm, a Dow company gasoline and gel product which burns skin and bones causing monstrous wounds.
Yes, our leaders owe the Vietnamese people apologies as well.
And while we are at it, we owe apologies as well to the Palestinians for our bizarrely skewed policies toward Israel which was violently implanted in Palestine in their land’s midst 1948 and was allowed in 1969 to clandestinely develop and arsenal of nuclear weapons of mass destruction as a result of a secret agreement between President Nixon and Prime Minister Golda Meyer. It has also been able to get away with the 1967 war which it initiated with the pretext that Egyptcian tank maneuvers in the Sinai desert were a “threat” to Israel.
All along both Israel and the U.S. have incited hate and fear on Iran while providing weapons to Saddam Hussein to attack Iran during a war which lasted from 1979 to 1988.
Additonally, besides invading the remaining 25% of the initial 75% of the territory of the autochthonous Palestinians after 1967, it invaded and bombed Lebanon in 1982 killing some 18 thousand Lebanese and Palestinians in refugee camps, it carried out massacres in Palestine, with one of the worst having been the summer of 2014 Gaza one, all along sitting on hegemonically invaded Palestinian lands which constitutes a violation of international law.
The club of five nations which have nuclear weapons, have signed the NPT (nuclear non-proliferation treaty). Since then all club of five nations have violated the NPT Treaty which in article VI stipulates the following :
Each of the Parties to the Treaty undertakes to pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament, and on a treaty on general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control. For more than 20 years the club of five has violated this NPT stipulation.
To ad insult to injury, Israel got away with proliferating its weaponization of nuclear weapons technology to, of all nations, the white supremacist Apartheid era leadership with which it was allied. One of the best source replete with documented citations is the book titled, ” The Unspoken Alliance : Israel’s Secret Relationship With Apartheid South Africa” by the dedicated scholarly (Jewish) author Sasha Polakow-Suransky.
What is most unnerving and hypocritical is to observe how, the U.S. is now planning to spend one trillion dollars in the next three decades to upgrade our nuclear weapons.
We are now at a critical bifurcation in our history.
The American people has spoken and it is fed up to the max with the establishment corrupted neocon and neolib politicians.
Of the two “outsider” politicians who have become extremely popular, only one is not an irrational extremist, but is an experienced, bright, rational, and humanist.
Only he, Bernie Sanders, is one which is leading a movement which would inexorably lead to the ending of our self-destructive belligerent militarized foreign policies, and if he his elected (via super delegate choice) , then an unprecedented era of peace dividends will have been initiated in the history of the United States.
At this moment, according to the Federal Discretionary Budget Request sent to Congress in March of 2015, we are going to be spending $ 634 billion dollars on the military, which amounts to about $ 1.2 million dollars per minute This scandalously obscene. This will not change if either Trump (or any other Republican) wins the election and most certainly it will not changed if Clinton wins it as she is totally a product of her support by Wall Street (Goldman & Sachs), by super pacs (AIPAC most particularly which pushes for an additional $ 40 billion dollars in military support – in addition to the $ 20 million dollars a day, which Israel has been receiving all along, not to mention the military and financial aid we provide the corrupt and violent dictatorships of Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
Where we to be so fortunate and wise to once for all elect someone such as Bernie Sanders, we would enter an new era when we would not “lead” by the example of power, but we would “inspire” and thereby earn respect, by the power of example.
This inspiring power of example would be one characterized by the equalized prosperity we can achieve by cutting our offensive defense spending and using the said peace dividends to reform our political and electoral system to render it corruption-free and thereby we would apply our treasury and blood, which will no longer wasted for the benefit of a tiny perversely self-serving elite, so that we will finally have really affordable health care of the single payer type successfully used in Canada, Australia and other developed nations, an affordable higher education, and an affordable and necessary modernization of our public transportation systems coupled to infrastructure repairs, all of which will create millions of jobs for constructive as compared to destructive social development which we deserve and owe to leave to our descendants.
Finally, your blog followers get to see the face behind the wonderful contributions that you make to our understanding of our history – yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
One of the features I particularly like about today’s post is that you have assembled so many pertinent facts about the current Middle East quagmire – especially Israel’s role in its making. I had forgotten some of the events that have paved the way for the human rights travesty against the Palestinians that is directly perpetrated by Israel – a nation whose people have suffered much over the centuries through pogroms, genocide, being shunned by nations – who now has forgotten her history of suffering and injustice and is deliberately bent on a system of genocide toward the indigenous peoples of Palestine.
Thank you, Alfred, for a much-needed reminder.
Again, I thank you for your kind words, and for enriching the content of my article with your articulate and accurate comments.
Love the photo and your salute to Carl Frederik Reutersward. Indeed we can never apologize or make reparations enough to begin to heal the wounds we’ve caused to humanity and this beautiful earth!