Thursday, April 23, 2009

Ibbitson & the Wild-Eyed by Louis Evan Palmer

The sad decline of John Ibbitson continues unabated as his stay in the United States seems to have dulled his sense of right and wrong while sharpening his desire to poke virtual sticks into the eyes of his perceived enemies.

In his April 20, 2009 article titled "Clinton, Bush booked for joint Toronto appearance", he betrays any sense of impartiality or clear-headedness when he states ".. and the wild-eyed are still trying to get Mr. Bush and his vice-president, Dick Cheney, tried for war crimes and crimes against humanity for their handling of the war on terror."

So that there is no doubt, "wild-eyed" is as good as saying "crazy" or "nuts". Yet, there are very many who must belong to Ibbitson's cadre of the deranged. For starters, the FBI, a former high profile Washington chief of staff, and a well-respected Law professor.

There was such an abundance of evidence of criminality that the FBI opened a war crimes file against Bush & Cheney after witnessing the goings-on at Guantánamo Bay.

Lawrence Wilkerson, who served as chief of staff to secretary of state Colin Powell from 2002 to 2005 asserted that there were grounds for prosecution.

And Law Professor Jonathan Turley stated "It's the indictment of all of us if we walk away from a clear war crime."

Serious mock trials were held in several places.

One was held at “Camp Democracy,” on Washington's National Mall. On Sept. 13, 2006, Ann Wright, an ex-U.S. diplomat, read the “mock” verdicts. She was also one of the five jurists who heard the evidence compiled by the Bush Crimes Commission.“Guilty” verdicts were returned. As they were in a large mock trial run in Europe.

Baltasar Garzón, the Spanish judge who sought to prosecute Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet, has also called for US President George W. Bush and his confederates to be tried for war crimes over Iraq.

Bush & Company may also get tried for other crimes like illegal wire-tapping in the US itself and illegal killings (i.e. assassinations) at home and abroad.

While we're at it, maybe all the wild-eyed people can petition for Ibbitson not to return to Canada. That's something George would do.

Ibbitson & the Wild-Eyed, Louis Evan Palmer, The Way It Can Be,
Copyright 2009 Louis Evan Palmer lives in Ontario Canada. His short stories have appeared in numerous publications.


Sunday, April 12, 2009

ARA (2) - Guiding Principles by Louis Evan Palmer

ARA is the refuge, the new utopia. It may still be in the design phase. It may be on the water or under the water or under the earth or in the middle of a desert or arctic tundra. There may be more than one refuge - this one is called ARA.

In ARA, people avoid generalizations - especially about other people. They still study culture and sociology but they do not allow themselves to slip into easy prejudgments about any single person. Every person and thing is unique.

There are no broad rules or religions in ARA. There are principles and guidelines. Action will be taken against persons who are harming or injuring other people or property but it will be defensive only and measured and fair and just.

ARA embraces harmony and beneficial action. It encourages living with an open heart and generosity. ARA believes and follows Hippocrates' first directive - "Do no harm." And it applies to everything. (This also covers financial transactions)

ARA tries to balance its society and actions between a maximizing of good and potential for the most people while maximizing personal freedom. There is no collective in ARA. There are groups and communities but they are voluntary and flexible. There is no forced membership.

In ARA, defense is one of the foundations of its foreign relations. It maintains no strictly offensive weapons or systems. It specializes in non-lethal defense which would include every kind of non-military means and ways. It does allow for defensive systems or weapons that will persist or pollute.

ARA does not allow for the death penalty but it does allow for life imprisonment and exile.

You may think or say that ARA is an impossibility. That maximizing freedom inevitably leads to imbalance and every kind of strife. It could but not in ARA. It is a place where the only Rule is that there are no Rules. Every thing is faced as if for the first time. It would need adjudicators. It would need a council of the wise. It would need methodologies and techniques. But it is possible.

It may even exist now.. somewhere.

ARA (2) - Guiding Principles, The Way It Can Be, Louis Evan Palmer,
Copyright 2009 Louis Evan Palmer lives in Ontario Canada. His short stories have appeared in numerous publications.