I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones. Albert Einstein

Read War is a Racket - A classic book, and the times have not changed

Penny Coleman writes on AlterNet: "Earlier this year...CBS News contacted the governments of all 50 states requesting their official records of death by suicide going back 12 years. They heard back from 45 of the 50. From the mountains of gathered information, they sifted out the suicides of those Americans who had served in the armed forces. What they discovered is that in 2005 alone - and remember, this is just in 45 states - there were at least 6,256 veteran suicides, 120 every week for a year and an average of 17 every day."

Wednesday 24 October 2007 Louis Vitale, 75, a Franciscan priest, and Steve Kelly, 58, a Jesuit priest, were sentenced to five months each in federal prison for attempting to deliver a letter opposing the teaching of torture at Fort Huachuca in Arizona.

Fort Huachuca is the headquarters of military intelligence in the US and the place where military and civilian interrogators are taught how to extract information from prisoners. The priests attempted to deliver their letter to Maj. Gen. Barbara Fast, commander of Fort Huachuca. Fast was previously the head of all military intelligence in Iraq during the atrocities of Abu Ghraib. More here:LINK

11 October 2007 American Tears - LINK

noam chomsky may 2007 lecture The Media and the use of force,A poisoned chalice

LINK The Media and the Use of Force, a lecture by Noam Chomsky - May, 2007

LINK 14 Oct 2007 A timely article by one of my favorite journalists, Frank Rich - "The 'Good Germans' amongst us"

"The direct cultural value of a warlike business policy is unequivocal. It makes for a conservative animus on the part of the populace�At the same stroke, it directs popular interest to other, nobler, institutionally less hazardous matters than the unequal distribution of wealth" (The Theory of Business Enterprise [1904], pp. 391-3).

NEW - Dan Rather's Lawsuit against CBS and Viacom LINK (pdf)

Suggested background music while reading this page:
Bob Dylan singing Masters of War

Don't Do It, Mr. President,
by Ron Paul

Before the U.S. House of Representatives February 6, 2007

It's a bad idea.

There's no need for it.

There's great danger in doing it.

America is against it, and Congress should be.

The United Nations is against it.

The Russians, the Chinese, the Indians, and the Pakistanis are against it.

The whole world is against it.

Our allies are against it.

Our enemies are against it.

The Arabs are against it.

The Europeans are against it.

The Muslims are against it.

We don't need to do this.

The threat is overblown.

The plan is an hysterical reaction to a problem that does not yet exist.

Hysteria is never a good basis for foreign policy.

Don't we ever learn?

Have we already forgotten Iraq?

The plan defies common sense.

If it's carried out, the Middle East, and possibly the world, will explode.

Oil will soar to over $100 a barrel, and gasoline will be over $5 a gallon.

Despite what some think, it won't serve the interests of Israel.

Besides � it's illegal.

It's unconstitutional.

And you have no moral authority to do it.

We don't need it.

We don't want it.

So, Mr. President, don't do it.

Don't bomb Iran!

The moral of the story, Mr. Speaker, is this: if you don't have a nuke, we'll threaten to attack you. If you do have a nuke, we'll leave you alone. In fact, we'll probably subsidize you. What makes us think Iran does not understand this?

February 14, 2007

Dr. Ron Paul is a Republican member of Congress from Texas.

October 2007 - A assesment of the current situation regarding a US Strike on Iran LINK


November 2003, sunrise from my home office window as a write these words (c) Arnaldo Lerma

above: November 2003, sunrise from my home office, attic window as a write these words

All who shed blood in the name of their God, are actually doing so in the name of a man, a prophet, who claimed to interpret what God's word really was.

For ten years, recovering from the betrayal of Scientology, I would tolerate no thought about spirituality, God or what-ever... until I started meditating, at the suggestion of Joe Harrington, and came upon a grand peaceful, vast, luminous, spectre, whom, after summoning the courage to make contact, I asked. simply

"Who are you?

A brief, but intense period of non verbal communication ensued. Call it 'stream of consciousness,' which I then struggled with for days to turn into words that might express the essence of this strange encounter. The words I chose to try to express the answer were "He who has no handle" (Handle - as used in Citizens Band radio talk in the USA in 1970's for "name" used to identify a radio caller. At this point, I had never read the bible, old testament, or new, Koran, etc, but found out shortly thereafter that "he who has no handle (name) " is the Jewish translation of the name used by the God of the Old testament.

I was reminded of Bill Cosby's old comedy routine about Noah, and also reacted in kind.. "Riiiigggght"

It has taken a few years to be able to speak of these things, publicly, for fear they be held up to ridicule for daring to speak them in hope of providing a bit more momentum to what I perceive as a global spiritual awakening as to what really IS. However, ridicule is such a pittance compared to life.

I later asked, "What is the most important thing that mankind should know?"

closeup of sunrise still later, from arnie lerma's window

And I was told:

"All men are invited to seek communion, and for each to seek his own unique path to communion, and that all paths to enlightenment lead to the this same place, communion"

and most importantly:

"Let no man interpret my word"

"Let no man interpret my word" has vividly stuck with me to this day

You see, the conflicts between the great "religions" - Hindu vs Moslem , Moslem vs Christian, and Jew versus most everyone else at one time or another....

Are all based upon conflicting interpretations of what various MEN said that God's word was.

My definition of God's word, is based on what a leader of the AME Church, a Reverend RW Bellamy.. told me is:

"Truth is God's word"

sunrise a little later, from same window

If the published prophets feel that their way is the one true path, then they were selectively published, wrong, mistranslated, or altered...

There is no one true path, no single 'road out', to heaven, nirvana, or whatever, all spiritual paths to enlightenment lead to the same place...to communion and each man seeks his own unique path to communion.

We have become accustomed to viewing 'war' as a hostile effort between two opposing sides, I suspect that this, in itself, no more than a diversion, a contrived direction of your attention, because in every 'war' the real conflict is hidden, the 'fog of war' merely helps do this, because I have concluded that the only two 'sides' in any war, are these:

The Military Industrial Complex (a phrase coined by President Eisenhower see link below) and it supporting institutions, this is the realm of industrial manufacture of weapons, procurement, taxation, influence, and self interest of its owners, those who profit from war versus two men who have been led to think that they are on opposite 'sides', sitting in foxholes, looking at each other across a no man's land, who both just want to get back to their wives, children....and that little plot of land they call their own and sit again under their liberty tree, be it an Elm, fig or palm tree.

The various prophets, who were chosen to be published by the current winners of war and endured instead of being burned, have created interpretations that have been and are now still causing:

the engines of war and greed to continue to consume mankind's future on this planet.

Those renditions that would fill the armorers purse were published and preserved.

Having entered an era of resource scarcity induced war.. Mankind's survival pivots upon ethical resource management and an overall reduction in the amount of energy consumed per capita, on a global scale...because we run out of time. The number of stress vectors facing mankind are overwhelming, making managed changes to deal with them are now a necessity because preparation - that is, time, is best amplifier of effort, instead of knee-jerk responses to catastrophe.

We cannot proceed, as a society, in essence and summary, by continuing to rape the earth, destroying ecosystems, aided by our own personal actions and inactions in living our daily lives and condone by our silence, a global gang-bang rape in progress of our one and only mother earth.

Television, media, radio advertising are designed to create want, to artificially induce a perception of necessity, a want of objects, things and more stuff... and when you have too much stuff, you have to build bigger houses... The hypnotic drumbeat to consume trinkets of no consequence, be it nutrition-free sugar and caffeine filled sodas, or the latest gadget to pick up dirt from your floor, is overwhelming, addicting and ultimately results in making each of us a participant in the ongoing rape-in-progress of mother earth.

Making people knowing partners in crime aids the survival of corrupt institutions. After a while, the only way for those people to survive, is to support those same corrupt institutions by seeking to exterminate those who oppose them and expose their crimes.

It is abhorrent to consider that some would call these words 'un-american', but that is because Liberty has been redefined to mean the right to steal without interference as long as you do it within the context of statutory legalese fine print and the occasional bribed congressman or councilman or even, war...

Freedom has been redefined to mean no armed gangs roaming the streets while the corporate syndicates do it all behind closed doors robbing the public blind.

Example: April 2005 - Polaroid Corporation recently went belly up, with its assets on the bankruptcy auction block... in the end, after a 'buyer' was found, workers who had spent a lifetime working for Polaroid found out that their 'pensions' were now worth $47 while the CEO was given a parting gift of $20 million.

Meanwhile heads stay down, feeding from the trough in short term comfort and smug confidence that food and trinkets will continue to roll down the conveyor belts of industrialized societies, while intellectually numbing programming provides entertainment for our shrinking brains and vapid one liners serve as news analysis. They are quick to call out that anyone who dares raise his head and take note of such events is crazy....

We, as human space travelers living upon our finite spaceship earth, can no longer govern our actions merely by determination of how it will look when the next quarterly balance sheet is published.

The Seventh Son

Amongst native americans, who consider themselves instructed by the great white spirit to be caretakers of this land, decisions were made that affected the entire tribe on the basis of what would be best for the 7th generation ahead... The 7th son...

Compare that to the white man's next quarterly earnings report due within 90 days..


The four riders of the apocalypse, in Dusseldorf, Germany

Above, The four riders of the apocalypse, in Dusseldorf, Germany - note the definition of 'apocalypse' in my 1859, first edition, Dictionary of the English Language by Joseph E. Worcester is: '1) disclosure, revelation 2) The revelation to St. John' - I am using definition number 1, now, compare the 1859 most common usage '1) disclosure, revelation' to what apocalypse appears to mean to you today. Now consider what the prophets wrote, and what their words might have meant then, compared to what their words may appear to mean now...

( See President Dwight Eisenhower's Farwell to Public office speech which coined the phrase Military Industrial Complex )

It matter not, whether you are a Christian, Moslem, Jew, Indian or Hindu.

It matter not whether your God is your Lord, Savior, Allah, The One, Vishnu, or The Great White Spirit.

It is the same God, the only things different are the words chosen by your prophets

The 11th commandment is "Let no man interpret my word"

Perhaps this is why we have nothing written by Jesus himself...
because he practiced what he preached.

Arnie Lerma

lerma sitting at the computer

(c) Arnaldo P. Lerma 2003, 2005

Why I am NOT Voting in the next Presidential Election LINK

sunrise a little later, from same window

If you liked this, you may like more from Arnie Lerma

The Liberty Tree story or,
Lerma's Expose Scientology pages
The Art of Deception
The Art of Deception II

How to fix Congress - Why 435?

Gore Vidal predicts the future of the Iraq war (view his must view videos - HERE)
Eisenhower's Farewell Address

Crazy George's accounting service (Flash media)

Truthout.org - Link to a new article by my friend Richard Leiby - "The day I almost led the Iraqi army"

Machiavelli on Mercenaries LINK

Image of stained glass window at the National Cathedral in Washington DC (c) lermanet.com

taken from http://www.isna.net/index.php?id=35&backPID=1&tt_news=39):

At the General Audience of Wednesday, 5 May, 2004 the Holy Father spoke about religious dialogue with Islam. While mentioning the point on which Christians and Muslims most differ, the mystery of the Trinity, the Pope also said that the two traditions "have a long history of study, philosophical and theological reflection, literature and science, which have left their mark on Eastern and Western cultures", and "are called in one spirit of love to defend and always promote human dignity, moral values and freedom". Here is translation of his catechesis, which was the 12th in the series on God the Father and was given in Italian.

"1. Continuing our discussion of inter-religious dialogue, today we will reflect on dialogue with Muslims, who "together with us adore the one, merciful God" (Lumen gentium, n. 16; cf. CCC, n. 841). The Church has a high regard for them, convinced that their faith in the transcendent God contributes to building a new human family based on the highest aspirations of the human heart.

Muslims, like Jews and Christians, see the figure of Abraham as a model of unconditional submission to the decrees of God (Nostra aetate, n. 3). Following Abraham's example, the faithful strive to give God his rightful place in their lives as the origin, teacher, guide and ultimate destiny of all beings (Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Message to Muslims for the end of Ramadan, 1417/1997). This human docility and openness to God's will is translated into an attitude of prayer which expresses the existential condition of every person before the Creator.

Christians and Muslims believe in the same God, the one God" (Emphasis by Webmaster)

Louis Brandeis comes to mind: "We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few. But we can't have both."

"The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them." --Albert Einstein

The materialistic world-conception may be designated as the great conspiracy against the spirit. The materialistic world-conception is not only an error, but it is a conspiracy, the conspiracy against the spirit. Rudolf Steiner

This page above is my answer and effort to end war as a means to an end. What america faces today is called by some extremists fundamentalists on both sides to be a holy war,

extremist fundamentalism, is the weapon of mass destruction
Watch this 1 hour movie on Google Video titled "Obsession" if you do not believe this statement.

Link added November 2006 - Dr Carol Rosen - Dr Carol Rosin was the first woman corporate manager of Fairchild Industries and was spokesperson for Wernher Von Braun in the last years of his life. Text Link - Voice Testimony

Watch this PBS show with Bill Moyers. LINK

Robert Fisk - About WAR and the Media - LINK

Link speaks for itself http://www.childsoldiers.org

Exposed: The reality of U.S. occupation Of Iraq 11/7/06

Night after night death squads rampage through Iraq's main cities. In Baghdad, up to a hundred bodies a day are dumped on the streets. Often they've been tortured with electric drills. Yet those doing the killing have little to do with al Qaeda or Sunni insurgents.

This shocking film investigates the links between the death squads and high-ranking Shia politicians. It reveals how the Shia militia that these politicians control have systematically infiltrated and taken over police units and even entire government ministries. It investigates how these units are closely linked to the death squads, indeed they often are the death squads. And the killers act with impunity -- there's little investigation into their activities.

Broadcast Channel 4 UK 11/07/06 - Runtime 47 Minutes

Another Video that must be watched...The truth about Zionism, the Real Enemy of the Jews

Link to a brilliant analysis of the threat to the Jewish religion posed by New Age movements

The Rainbow Swaztika - By a brilliant housewife in Israel - Documents the threat to Jewry by new age movements. Excellent research

LINK to the most concise and compelling account of conditions in Iraq and what should be done about it.

Howard Zinn

"Everything we do is important. Every little thing we do, every picket line we walk on, every letter we write, every act of civil disobedience we engage in, any recruiter that we talk to, any parent that we talk to, any GI that we talk to, any young person that we talk to, anything we do in class, outside of class, everything we do in the direction of a different world is important, even though at the moment they seem futile, because that�s how change comes about. Change comes about when millions of people do little things, which at certain points in history come together, and then something good and something important happens."

November 10, 2006

Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss, spokesman for Neturei Karta International, a world wide organization of anti - Zionist Orthodox Jews, has issued a �passionate condemnation of the latest Israeli atrocities in Bait Hanun, Gaza.� The Rabbi called the �recent shelling deaths of so many innocent Palestinians a horrific act.� He posited that �this is only the most recent example of the sixty year toll of human suffering created by the Zionist enterprise in the Middle East.� Link to: Orthodox Rabbi Condemns Recent Israeli Atrocity in Gaza

Regarding the phrase "The Nuclear Option" LINK

The Manipulation of America LINK

Listen to Noam Chomsky's Lectures

Case history of Censorship in big media LINK

LINK - Robert Fisk being interviewed by Amy Goodman:
"if the media told you the truth you wouldn't allow any more wars"

A brilliant outline of the positions of the many pieces and colors in the three dimensional chess game also known as the current middle east conflict - By Seymour Hersh in The New Yorker 4 March 2007 LINK

Project Censored - LINK

The author of this page was born at GW University Hospital in Washington DC, grew up in Georgetown, attended Jackson Elementary School, across from Montrose Park - and watched it being built, and then Oyster School on Calvert Street in D.C. I attended advanced classes for the gifted, and then Gordon Junior High and Western High School in the Georgetown,D.C. I attended NVCC in Annandale VA and currently live inside the beltway in Arlington.

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace"
Jimi Hendrix - US Army 101st Airborne

"The things that will destroy us are: politics without principle; pleasure without conscience; wealth without work; knowledge without character; business without morality; science without humanity; and worship without sacrifice."~~Mahatma Gandhi

Support Lermanet

Become a child sponsor.