Listen to a reading of this article (reading by Tim Foley): A very confused and distressed young man wandered into our home on Sunday and began acting erratically. He was clearly suffering from a severe mental illness, probably schizophrenia, and from his nice clothes yet disheveled appearance I’m guessing he had a home somewhere but had been on the street for a few days.
It would be wonderful if if a giant sized Tim could approach the global monster and talk to it about how crazy its global armoury and enormous stock of nuclear weapons is. And in a better world than this the global monster would listen to Tim and shed all of its offensive armoury and become peaceful. ....Nice dream.
This made me recall a wonderful aphorism by Ammon Hennacy: Force is the weapon of the weak.
We all know this and they all know this.
However, US bipartisan War party criminal aggression is premeditated.
I saw a video from Georgia Tech in Atlanta. An agitated young woman was brandishing a steak knife while surrounded by Campus Cops. Even though she never lunged at any of them and the cops kept a distance, one of them shot her down. I thought the cop was such a coward since she easily could have been disarmed. What a shame those cops didn't follow the example of the Thai Police Hero.
Caitlin, Tim is a good guy. I'm familiar with mental health providers and technicians and consider them heroes too. I was visiting a friend in a VA Psychiatric Ward and he became very agitated. He was a great martial artist and competitor. I feared he would hurt some Techs and diffused the situation by hugging him. He was a friend and he trusted me.
Your article is damn good!
"Whom the gods destroy they first of all make crazy", and we are dealing with a crazy delusional empire in decline. It is utterly deplorable nations are not speaking out against this endless war and brinkmanship. It is regrettable there are not more public demonstrations world wide. It is regrettable the United Nations fails to intervene more aggressively in a crisis threatening the whole world.
Washington has been the global bully for too long and needs to be challenged and ostracized by world leaders. It is playing a reckless and dangerous game of brinkmanship putting the whole world at risk and this must be openly challenged by world leaders.
I have yet to hear any Canadian politician of any party speak for peace. They are silenced by perks, pensions and their piss pot immorality.
Bullies thrive on the silence and submissiveness of their victims.
China and Russia are not the enemy-- Western corporate capitalism is. The empire is fighting wars it cannot win to defend a system corrupt and sociopathic to the bone. The West is being cannibalized by the neocon crazies who have no legitimacy and should be long gone.
I'd like to agree, but the situation in Ukraine is not that simple. Ukraine is run by Nazis, for one, and they have a very different psychology, as do the Americans who run the show- in tandem with them.
These people are virtual psychopaths, and psychopaths take advantage of what they perceive as weakness. They are not the ordinary, mentally delicate, unbalanced sort. The Russia response was both logical and humane: Russia has been there before re Nazis: they are not making the same mistake.
De-escalation goes right along with harm reduction and both involve letting go of moral judgement. Once you let go of moral judgement, many options become open that are otherwise closed. Kudos to Tim and the rest of your family for recognizing this and acting accordingly.
The US doesn't need a hug in order to reverse it's illogical belligerent foreign policies - it needs a massive great big kick up their behind.
But you have to care about your fellow human being and to want to live in peace . Perhaps when “ they” figure how to make money from peace…it will be the focus.
Mental illness = the results of stochastic terrorism by the media oligarchs who to a person protected Epsten's Island, its visitors, Jimmy Savile, Elite misconduct in 'care homes' and churches, and 'elite' private shools.
Could really make you wonder... What was that famous term Jung came up with? Starts with Proj... nah, slipped my mind.
In almost all cases, violence can be avoided, but those who think their 'badge' gives them immunity, and who want the badge FOR the immunity, will too often turn to it as a first choice.
If the cops started killing UP the food chain, that would change faster than you can say "Doolally Lally".
Caitlin! The USA just wants peace and democracy for EVERYONE, you must be against Freedom. :'(
In Australia, a cop tasered a 95 year old lady brandishing a small steak knife. She died as a result. True story. Please someone help me understand how any human, in a position of authority, deems that reaction of force to be....... I don't know.........human?
I'm not sure why the USA thinks Taiwan is American, China doesn't think Mexico is Chinese.
"This isn’t what should be happening. What should be happening is diplomacy, de-escalation and detente, with the ultimate goal being a world where governments work together for the good of everyone. There’s no valid reason that can’t happen."
There is no 'valid' reason...
There is however an intentional reason, it's called: "Out of Chaos, Order".
The old order has to be destroyed in order to be able to impose a New Order on an otherwise unwilling populace and have it seem like the only logical solution.
The United States does not de-escalate because it actively seeks either confrontation or submission.
Your assumption is that the actions regarding Ukraine and Taiwan were meant as deterrence by the USA.
That is a mistake.
They are deliberate actions - to provoke a war. They achieved their goal with Russia and they are expecting they will be as successful with China.
Now, the final outcome might not be what they planned but we shouldn’t mistaken this deliberate action-reaction dynamic for an error in judgment.
It's interesting how the US government spells the word "peace" -- E-S-C-A-L-A-T-I-O-N.
The rest of the world should spell "cooperation with the US/NATO" -- B-O-Y-C-O-T-T.
What a H-A-P-P-I-E-R world it would be if everyone would just B-O-Y-C-O-T-T the U-S M-I-C.