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Global Elders? - Counsel of Elders? - "where they are?"

By Debbie Menon

I can hardly provide a meaningful answer as to "where they are?"


Given the state of the "world power structure," and what they have done to keep people like Jimmy Carter, Nelson Mandela and so many other liberal supporters of human rights, freedoms and peace, out of Mainstream US Media, I doubt that they would be listened to by anyone of significance except those who are already so deeply disenfranchised that their voices are not heard or heeded.


In my humble opinion, if Barack O'Bama were as concerned about Peace in the Middle East as he seems to be with seeking kosher favor, he might appoint Mr. Carter as his Middle East Peace Emissary.


A recent Obama initiated interview on Alarabiya TV said: Obama sends clear signal via Saudi TV


I am not sure it is or was a "clear signal." I think he must have ridden to the interview on an Israeli bus.


Peter Bergen (the name is Jewish, which means nothing except that Debbie is becoming paranoid about Jewish names) and the Al-Arabiya spokesman have pretty much called the play, or the ploy.  He has said really nothing of substance.


"It is very good to have this sharp change in tone and symbolism from Washington - that will go down well," says Peter Bergen, an al-Qaeda expert. "But at some point we will need to know whether the Obama administration is prepared to talk to [the Palestinian militant group] Hamas, directly or indirectly, and whether it will take a different stance on the Israeli settlements. Beyond the tone what will be the substance?"


Al-Arabiya also pointed out that Mr. Obama had yet to speak out strongly on the recent civilian casualties in Gaza. "His continuing silence on the enormous amount of civilian casualties during the Israeli offensive....spoke volumes to an audience that has waited for America to take a more balanced approach to the conflict," it said.


Please find the most recent interview of former US President Jimmy Carter with Forward Magazine. Since bilateral relations began in 1945, this is the first interview ever for a US President, with a Syrian publication.


Carter's assessment of both George Bush and Barack Obama is spot on in each case.  Fair, factual, and correct, but not very hopeful in either.  "Honesty, intelligence, and politically adept....:" says a hellova lot more about character and potential than it does objective and direction or, in Jimmy Carter terms, goodness and evil.  In fact, the "politically adept." epithet has a slightly foreboding ring there.


Jimmy Carter also has a 2 part interview in ReadNews with Riz Khan.

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Jimmy Carter, after long personal and governmental experience and knowledge of the issues and people involved in the Israel-Palestinian conflict, in his book Palestine Peace Not Apartheid, accuses Israel of creating an apartheid system in the West Bank and Gaza.  He notes, the ultimate purpose of my book is to present facts about the Middle East that are largely unknown in America, to precipitate discussion and help restart peace talks (now absent for six years) that can lead to permanent peace for Israel and its neighbors."


Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration. He writes about The Humiliation of America.


Sadly, Roberts is accurate in describing the situation. Cowards knuckling under to the expedient of self-preservation in the face of bullying threats, none-of-which would be effective if they would all, or even a large number of them, stand up and say "no more."


But, self advancement and monetary gain are also involved and, anyone who has bribed a politician can tell you, once you have gotten him to take the first dollar, he is yours... every last inch and ounce of him!


Implicit in Roberts' thesis is the principle that telling the truth can not only end ones career and or ruin his life, but that writing about it will do no good either.  Informing the people of the fact seems to have no effect.  for, "they" are not involved and, those who may become involved, will follow the rest and opt for the expedient.


If truth sayers such as these are labeled with muddled and misleading labels such as Liberal, Extreme Left, Holocaust Revisionists, Anti-Semites, Muslim apologists, Dissidents - thereby effectively kept out of Mainstream US Media, and lost in the darkness of cyberspace, How will the American people learn the truth about Israel?


Meanwhile, another elder, Dr. Mahathir contributes some good advice. "Stop supporting Israeli war machine with US weapons and money," he tells Obama, in a personal letter, which will probably not be taken.  I like Dr. Mahathir.  He is a cranky old curmudgeon, but an idealist old romantic pragmatist who still believes, or has hopes in, the goodness in man.  Dr. Mahathir , has written Fifteen books dating from 1976 to 2002...  


An elderly correspondent, wrote to me with much optimism on the day Obama was elected President, quote:  "It is a good day for the world, he said,  Barack Obama , who scripted history by getting elected as the first black President of the United States, has always seen Mahatma Gandhi as an inspiration who reminds him about the 'real message of life'.


Obama also flaunts his love to the apostle of peace by having a portrait of the Mahatma at his Senate Office. The Democrat, who favors US having close links with India, has told an Indian magazine that he was fortunate to have close Indian-American friends and recalled about the rural development work his mother did in the country.


"Through the power of his example and his own unshakable spirit, Gandhi inspired a people to resist oppression, sparking a revolution that freed a nation from colonial rule," the Democratic Presidential-elect had said.


"Gandhi's significance is universal. Countless people around the world have been touched by his spirit and example. His victory in turn inspired a generation of young Americans to peacefully wipe out a system of overt oppression that had endured for a century. And more recently led to velvet revolutions in Eastern Europe and extinguished apartheid in South Africa," the 47-year-old Senator from Illinois had said in his message on October 2, the birth anniversary of Gandhi.


Obama had said that he always looked to Mahatma Gandhi as an inspiration, because he embodies the kind of transformational change that can be made when ordinary people come together to do extraordinary things.


"That is why his portrait hangs in my Senate office; to remind me that real results will not just come from Washington, they will come from the people," Obama, who won the historic presidential poll, had said.

He had said that while formulating his strategy to free India from the clutches of the then British rulers, Gandhi had a choice. "He (Gandhi)
chose courage over fear," said Obama."


I am not sure that I am as optimistic as some nor as pessimistic as the few who seem to be but, the die has been cast and the soufflé is in the oven.  We will just have to wait until it is time to take it out to see if it has fallen.


Will O'Bama pay off the Hope with which he has mortgaged his Presidency?  Or will it prove to be yet another bundle of bad loans?  


Let us Hope that Gandhi and King are not simply banners in Obama's parade around which to rally troops, but that he sees them as solid planks upon which to build the Platform of Administration. Perhaps something can be salvaged, if not rebuilt.


The world has always had those "Elders," one calls "Guides."   I tend to think of most of them as seers, visionaries, or minor prophets.... certainly "clear thinkers" who have cautioned the worlds they lived in about the dangers of how deep the others are sinking, and most of them have been persecuted and trashed, also.


Blake was arrested by the King,;  Jesus was supposedly sold to the Jews and the Romans and staked out on a hill;  Ezra Pound was charged with treason, declared legally insane and thrown into a Federal Mental Institution; many of the others have been thoroughly and soundly criticized by the powers that be and, were it not for the massive support and recognition they received as artists, would have also been disenfranchised and languishing in jail or mental institutions.  Very few of them were ever rewarded for their vision, and fewer were adequately supported for their art.  How many of them died in modest circumstances or poverty?


The world of non-thinkers has been programmed to distrust the elders, the elderly, the senile and the incompetent, all terms which have become synonymous in the minds of the mindless.  Unless, of course, they have rabbinical endorsement, in which case they, then, become elder world statesmen, sages and counselors.


As for Rabbinical discourse, it is nonsense!  It all comes from the gut, and is aimed at the heart, without intentionally passing through, or being prepared to pass through, any brain matter either in the transmission or the reception thereof, and  is therefore,  because of this, beyond rational comprehension or understanding, subject only to the "feeling" it stimulates, always unreasonable, and intended to be unreasonable except in rabbinical terms, which is "irrationality" raised to an art....  and it is acceptable as long as it passes the litmus test, "Is it good for Jews?"


Debbie Menon

About the author: Debbie Menon is an independent writer based in Dubai. She can be reached at


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