Monday, July 1, 2013

oh for the power of a word said

President Obama at University of Cape Town in South Africa


Texts and Transcripts
IIP Digital
30 June 2013

"That’s what Bobby Kennedy expressed, far better than I ever could, when he spoke here at the University of Cape Town in 1966. He said, “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance....”

That’s the power that comes from acting on our ideals. That’s what Mandela understood. But it wasn’t just the giants of history who brought about this change. Think of the many millions of acts of conscience that were part of that effort. Think about how many voices were raised against injustice over the years -- in this country, in the United States, around the world. Think of how many times ordinary people pushed against those walls of oppression and resistance, and the violence and the indignities that they suffered; the quiet courage that they sustained. Think of how many ripples of hope it took to build a wave that would eventually come crashing down like a mighty stream.

So Mandela’s life, like Kennedy’s life, like Gandhi's life, like the life of all those who fought to bring about a new South Africa or a more just America -- they stand as a challenge to me."

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COMMENTARY
And I heard those words on the excerpt that was televised yesterday, and the very hypocrisy of all of it, from a man at this very moment pursuing (and perhaps having pursued) Edward Snowden, Michael Hastings, retired Gen. James E. Cartwright and others, any of whose name could be superimposed upon the script, standing up for the ideals that founded this country, acting to improve the lot of those with whom each shares the freedoms and liberties once ours, and striking out against very visible injustices, sending out tiny ripples of hope...

Does Mr. Obama not hear what he is saying?

the children again...warning: graphic

Syria: Child Tied by U.S.-Supported Jihadis and Forced to Watch Killing of Parents


Raymond Ibrahim
Islam Translated
23 June 2013

The Photograph

To view the photograph on the Facebook page for Syrian Truth, scroll down almost to the bottom of the page (page will reload a number of times). This link goes directly to the photograph, with comments from concerned viewers (in English, Arabic and other languages). I do not know what happened to the child, and will not post the photograph here. Ibrahim's site is the earliest I can locate that reblogged the original from Syrian Truth.

Syrian Truth describes itself as "a group of Syrian youth, gathered and united by our love for our country and our will to do all we can to protect it and fight against the horrible misleading media war that was launched against it. Our mission is to expose lies and fabrications, and tell the truth for those who wish to know the real story of what's happening in Syria."

The Wikipedia link for the Free Syrian Army (FSA) is here. Their website is here. Propaganda is a hallmark of war, so substantiating whether the FSA is responsible for the photograph or its story line or the event itself cannot be done at my level of reblogging.

These are the same people, however, whose soldiers cut out the heart of an opponent and ate it. Video link here. War stories in the Middle East are being uploaded regularly to YouTube, for those who wish to follow the situation more closely.

Analysis of the U.S. decision to enter into the conflict in Syria via military arms by an independent journalist may be found here. Links detailing the varying degrees and types of aid may be found here and here. Other links include a Huffington Post report which states 'unspecified military aid' has been promised by the U.S. to the rebels, and The New York Times reports here and here which give additional background to President Obama's decision to begin supplying aid to the rebels.

Ibrahim has an 'about' page at his site, which provides his background. Other posts on his site are linked here and here and here. I am bookmarking his site and recommend readers do likewise.

A link to the site where I originally viewed the photograph is here. Readers should note the generic that I do not support and/or agree with the views and analysis of all sites to which I link.

Note that this post is tagged under 'Necessary Knowledge.'

The photograph is already being linked on a number of sites. Readers are encouraged to connect the rest of the dots on their own...