Matthew Hoh Becomes First U.S. Official Yet to Resign in Protest to Afghan War!

I originally posted the following information and commentary onto my Facebook wall…

Former Foreign Service Employee and Marine, Matthew Hoh

Former Foreign Service Employee and Marine, Matthew Hoh

First U.S. Official Yet Hands in Resignation in Protest to Afghan War!
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/26/AR2009102603394.html?hpid=topnews&sid=ST2009102603447

(Karen DeYoungWashington Post) – When Matthew Hoh joined the Foreign Service early this year, he was exactly the kind of smart civil-military hybrid the administration was looking for to help expand its development efforts in Afghanistan.

A former Marine Corps captain with combat experience in Iraq, Hoh had also served in uniform at the Pentagon, and as a civilian in Iraq and at the State Department. By July, he was the senior U.S. civilian in Zabul province, a Taliban hotbed.

But last month, in a move that has sent ripples all the way to the White House, Hoh, 36, became the first U.S. official known to resign in protest over the Afghan war, which he had come to believe simply fueled the insurgency.

(Read entire article here…)

My Commentary: Now, this is CHANGE I can BELIEVE IN! There’s nothing like an honest-to-goodness change of heart! Especially, after some good ol’-fashioned first-hand experience!

According to the September 2009 resignation letter of Foreign Service Officer, former Marine captain, & former civilian Department of Defense employee Matthew Hoh, he has “lost understanding of and confidence in the strategic purposes of the United States’ presence in Afghanistan,” having “doubts and reservations about our current strategy and planned future strategy.” His resignation “is based not upon how we are pursuing this war, but why and to what end.” He cannot “see the value or the worth in continued U.S. casualties or expenditures or resources in support of the Afghan government in what is, truly, a 35-year old civil war.”

Seeing the current Afghani administration as corrupt – seated by lawless drug lords and war criminals, bound by sweet-heart deals, and wrought with election fraud – Matthew feels that “our support for this kind of government, coupled with a misunderstanding of the insurgency’s true nature, reminds [him] horribly of our involvement with South Vietnam; an unpopular and corrupt government we backed at the expense of our Nation’s own internal peace, against an insurgency whose nationalism we arrogantly and ignorantly mistook as a rival to our own Cold War ideology.” Well put, Matthew! And, well done!

And, for those interested in reading Matthew Hoh’s full resignation letter, go here:
http://original.antiwar.com/news/2009/10/27/resignation-letter-from-us-foreign-service-officer-matthew-p-hoh/

Opium Kingpin Ahmed Karzai, Brother of Afghan President, is CIA Employee

I originally posted the following information and commentary onto my Facebook wall…

Ahmed Karzai

Ahmed Karzai

Afghan Opium Kingpin On CIA Payroll:
http://www.infowars.com/ny-times-afghan-opium-kingpin-on-cia-payroll/

(Paul Joseph WatsonPrisonPlanet.com) – A bombshell article in today’s edition of the New York Times lifts the lid on how the brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, a suspected kingpin of the country’s booming opium trade, has been on the CIA payroll for the past eight years. However, the article serves as little more than a whitewash because it fails to address the fact that one of the primary reasons behind the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan was the agenda to reinstate the Golden Crescent drug trade.

“The agency pays (Ahmed Wali) Karzai for a variety of services, including helping to recruit an Afghan paramilitary force that operates at the C.I.A.’s direction in and around the southern city of Kandahar, Mr. Karzai’s home,” reports the Times.

An October 2008 report from the Times reveals how, after security forces discovered a huge tractor-trailer full of heroin outside Kandahar in 2004, “Before long, the commander, Habibullah Jan, received a telephone call from Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of President Hamid Karzai, asking him to release the vehicle and the drugs.”

In 2006, following the discovery of another cache of heroin, “United States investigators told other American officials that they had discovered links between the drug shipment and a bodyguard believed to be an intermediary for Ahmed Wali Karzai.”

 

(Read entire article here…)

My Commentary: While some would call Ahmed Karzai, brother of Aghanistan President Hamid Karzai, a drug-smuggling Opium Kingpin, our CIA prefers the term “employee.”

When Fighting Monsters, Be Careful Not to Become One!

The following correspondence originally took place upon my Facebook wall…

Keith M.: You Will Love This One!

"My next door neighbor wants to BAN all GUNS! Their house is NOT ARMED! Out of RESPECT for their opinions, I promise NOT to use MY GUNS to PROTECT THEM."

“My next door neighbor wants to BAN all GUNS! Their house is NOT ARMED! Out of RESPECT for their opinions, I promise NOT to use MY GUNS to PROTECT THEM.”

Rayn: Wow! While it is somewhat amusing, and the message is clever, I don’t really think it’s too cool. This guy is pretty much violating his neighbor’s privacy, and turning him into a target. It is as if he is tampering with the outcome of an event in order to make his so-called “righteous” viewpoint the correct one…very snaky. I have noticed that the vast majority of people who truly hold gun rights dear do so because of their respect for human life, and desire to protect it – meaning, themselves, their family, and beyond, against criminals. They own their weapon because of their desire not to see violence. This man’s neighbor isn’t a criminal, so why is he targeting him for victimization? Are his viewpoints about gun control too “criminal” for this man to tolerate? Why doesn’t he use intelligent discussion and debate to address the issue at hand? Has that somehow failed? I doubt it.

I don’t know the background of this apparent family fued, but unless this man’s neighbor specifically publicly targeted him about his ownership of firearms, this seems like it isn’t the right thing to do. The criminals are the enemy, so why give them information, or ammunition, for attack! What’s next? Will he hire someone to dress up and rob his neighbor, so he can chase them off with his trusty weapon, and say, “I told you so,” converting his neighbor over to the “right side.” Let’s just hope this guy isn’t truly fanatical, or his neighbor is in a lot of trouble!

As Nietschze wisely said, “Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster.”

We would all do well to “love thy neighbor”!

Discussing Vegetarianism

The following correspondence originally took place on my Facebook wall, upon my post, “Go Vegetarian!“…

Vegetarian Food Pyramid

Vegetarian Food Pyramid

Rayn: The Startling Effects of Going Vegetarian for Just One Day:
http://www.alternet.org/water/134650

Want to solve the world’s starvation problem, improve your health, and help clean up and reduce waste in the environment in a single act of personal restraint? GO VEGETARIAN! Eating meat is a luxury that the human race cannot afford to maintain on a daily basis! Don’t be fooled into believing that it is a natural part of our human “evolution”! Our higher brain functions and bodily strength are based upon protein consumption, not flesh consumption! There is a difference!!!!

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” – Albert Einstein

“One farmer says to me, ‘You cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make the bones with;’ and so he religiously devotes a part of his day to supplying himself with the raw material of bones; walking all the while he talks behind his oxen, which, with vegetable-made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plow along in spite of every obstacle.” – Henry David Thoreau

Keith M.: We should start by refraining from one type of meat, then slowly working our way towards eliminating the others. The reason: if everyone stopped eating all meat at once, a lot of people would lose their jobs and life’s! but is a good goal to stride for! selah

Rayn: No doubt! That’s how I became a vegetarian! One step at a time! It is the only realistic way to do anything! Unreasonable expectations can only lead to disappointment! That is why the article I cited simply suggests A SINGLE DAY of vegetarianism to effect change!

Rebekah P.Some argue that it makes no sense to get second-hand energy from the cow who eats the grass. Just consume the grass yourself to get the sun and earth’s energy.

Rebekah P.Also, a lot of people actually believe that veggies have no protein and your only/best source is dead animals, which is false. 
All the money people spend on horrible, dangerous surgeries and pills to lose weight, when all they’d have to do is eat more salad and less meat!

Thomas Pr.I’m a beans and spinach kind of guy.

Rayn: Good point, Rebekah. The most direct source of energy is the sun, and therefore, plants are first in line to receive it. However, we must eat the vegetation that actually digestable, as humans cannot eat grass. Cows can only eat it, because they have a special digestive system, along with four stomach compartments, which allows them to repeatedly regurgitate and rechew it as “cud,” until it is broken down enough to be absorbed.

But, you are absolutely right! It is completely false that fruits and vegetables don’t have protein. Leafy greens like broccoli, asparagus & peas, legumes, like beans & peanuts, nuts, like almonds & pistachios, are loaded all with protein! Although it skips over a lot of grains, legumes and nuts, here is a list of some high protein fruits and veggies: http://www.dietaryfiberfood.com/protein-food.php

Another good point! We should forget about unnecessary surgery or dangerous pills! We all need to start paying attention to the fuel that we put into their bodies! The average obese American is actually MALNOURISHED due to a high intake of nutritionally-deficient refined & processed foods! Read the following article for proof: http://www.naturalnews.com/001109.html

LOL, Tom! No doubt! Man, that reminds me of one of my favorite dishes to make! And, to eat! I start with red kidney beans, add a little tomato sauce, diced onions, diced garlic, paprika, oregano, black pepper and sea salt, thrown them over some fresh brown rice, sprinkle it with cheddar, top it with a handful of raw spinach, and voilà! Deliciouso!

Discussing the Injustice of Man’s Laws

The following correspondence originally took place on my Facebook wall, upon my post, “Police Serve the State, Not the Tax-Payers“…

Peace Officer Versus Police Officer

Peace Officer Versus Police Officer

Rayn: Why Fearing the Police Is Not Irrational:
http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig10/cohoon1.html

It is the job of cops to intimidate you into incriminating yourself. So long as they can pretend a crime was committed, they are ensuring their own future job security. It is a glaring conflict of interest! And, they love to nab people for victim-free “offenses.” This type of busy-work keeps them from having to deal with real criminals, and situations that could potentially put their lives in real danger. Remember, the Prison Industrial Complex is mostly privatized now. Convicts in private prisons can be put to work for 25 cents an hour or less. So, it makes sense to fill jails with productive, functional citizens, rather than dysfunctional, violent offenders. They make much better SLAVE LABORERS! Research it! The same companies who own prisons lobbied for (and won) mandatory drug sentencing, and the “three-strikes” rule. No one should be accountable for failing to follow man-made laws! They are so unfair that they aren’t even clearly posted, and require no victim in order to be broken! The whole thing is a RACKET!

Rayn: The Creator, our Father, doesn’t hold us to such impossible, unreasonable standards. Let the 10+2 Commandments guide you. Take them into your heart! Become wise, understanding and knowledgeable in them! They are just, fair and perfect – like HIM! Reject the false, flawed laws of man!

Keith M.: And The Father Never Told Us What to Do even if one of the 10 was broken

Rayn: He told us to GENUINELY REPENT, truly TURN AWAY from SIN, HUMBLY ASK FOR FORGIVENESS (not just from Him, but also our victim), and WHOLEHEARTEDLY COMMIT TO THE LABOR OF LOVE in order to give back what was taken when we acted wrongly.

The 10+2 Commandments teaches us through example that the only way to build solid, loving, lasting relationships with ourselves, each other, our Earth and our Creator, is through RESPECT, COMMUNICATION and TRUST. All else is destruction, slavery and death! And, as these three pillars are depend on each other to function, if even one is broken, the others will inevitably collapse. Without respect, there is no trust or communication. Without trust, there is no communication or respect. Without communication, there is no trust and no respect. Until we discover how to properly uphold and balance these supporting structures of life, humanity will continue to be plagued by the misery of lies, corruption, pollution, waste, theft, murder, terrorism, corporatism, extinction, WMDs, war, and genocide!