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Posted by Penny ( on September 26, 2001 at 09:55:16:

. Weaving the Dream! Digest ........ Vol: 9 ...Issue: 9/25/2001

. Pax* Centurion* News*

* Dr. Ruth-Inge Heinze
* Dr. Noam Chomsky
* Tomas Gregory

Dr. Ruth-Inge Heinze, 81-year-old anthropologist

Dear friends:

My answer to the hundreds of e-mails I am receiving and sending myself is
We have to become clear as glass, so that the Divine can shine through
(Meister Eckhart). Never before had we to deal with such an information
overload. How do we recognize the true nature of facts?

Two facts are self-evident.

On September 11, 2001, a small group of fanatics killed over 6,600 innocent
people, cold-bloodedly, without hesitation, without giving an ultimatum,
without spelling out the reason, and without leaving suicide notes either. We
all have to work through this hard fact which generates the question why
Americans are so hated in certain regions of the world. Whoever uses the
word war has to be asked to fully explain what this word entails. We have
to be aware of all the consequences of destructive behavior where the
innocent suffer and those in power seem to gain. How can we avoid to
perpetuate the destruction?

The second fact is the overwhelming response--the heroic efforts to save
and to support in unheard ways and dimensions. A huge wave of love and
interconnectedness is embracing us.

We seem to distinguish between good and evil, but it would be better to
distinguish between positive, creative and nourishing actions and those which
have negative and destructive consequences. Both tendencies can be found in
ourselves and we have to be aware of the effects of each of our thoughts,
words and actions.

Where do I stand? During the last war, in Germany, I did not know, for
several years, whether I would be alive the next hour. Death appeared to be
negative and destructive but I had to work through it. When I emerged on the
other side, I firmly trusted the substance. I did not know whether I would
survive, but I knew that I could trust my innate knowledge and source of
strength. I took a vow to create space for humanity and creativity to
manifest wherever I go with every breath. And I have done this for over sixty
years now.

As there are more things to do than one human being can possibly accomplish,
I am working with a priority list and give each moment what each moment
requires--unrestricted love, compassion, encouragement, nourishment, support,
and advice, if asked to do so.

I am trying to avoid sweeping generalizations. My actions are very
personal--one to one. So others may not even know what I am doing (from
discussing the contents of a presentation at one of my conferences to
feedback in very personal conflicts, triggering self-healing powers).

I never will tell anybody what to do. We need different approaches to
different problems. I have all my hands full with creating space for
humanity and creativity to manifest wherever I go, each moment. All
humanity and creativity need to manifest is the space we give them
in our hearts.

September 24, 2001 Ruth-Inge Heinze


(From: Bob Funkhouser Subject: Radio Interview with Noam Chomsky
on the WTC Attacks and the Middle East
Dear Friends and Family, Please pass this on if you feel so inclinded.)

Professor Noam Chomsky (MIT) on the WTC Attacks and the Middle East

Interview with Dr. Noam Chomsky -- Radio B92, Belgrade

Q: Why do you think these attacks happened?

A: To answer the question we must first identify the perpetrators of the
crimes. It is generally assumed, plausibly, that their origin is the
Middle East region, and that the attacks probably trace back to the Osama
Bin Laden network, a widespread and complex organization, doubtless
inspired by Bin Laden but not necessarily acting under his control. Let us
assume that this is true. Then to answer your question a sensible person
would try to ascertain Bin Laden's views, and the sentiments of the large
reservoir of supporters he has throughout the region.

About all of this, we have a great deal of information. Bin Laden has been
interviewed extensively over the years by highly reliable Middle East
specialists, notably the most eminent correspondent in the region, Robert
Fisk (London _Independent_), who has intimate knowledge of the entire
region and direct experience over decades. A Saudi Arabian millionaire,
Bin Laden became a militant Islamic leader in the war to drive the Russians
out of Afghanistan. He was one of the many religious fundamentalist extremists
recruited, armed, and financed by the CIA and their allies in Pakistani
intelligence to cause maximal harm to the Russians -- quite possibly
delaying their withdrawal, many analysts suspect -- though whether he
personally happened to have direct contact with the CIA is unclear, and
not particularly important. Not surprisingly, the CIA preferred the most
fanatic and cruel fighters they could mobilize.

The end result was to "destroy a moderate regime and create a fanatical
one, from groups recklessly financed by the Americans" (_London Times_
correspondent Simon Jenkins, also a specialist on the region). These
"Afghanis" as they are called (many, like Bin Laden, not from Afghanistan)
carried out terror operations across the border in Russia, but they
terminated these after Russia withdrew. Their war was not against Russia,
which they despise, but against the Russian occupation and Russia's
crimes against Muslims.

The "Afghanis" did not terminate their activities, however. They joined
Bosnian Muslim forces in the Balkan Wars; the US did not object, just as
it tolerated Iranian support for them, for complex reasons that we need not
pursue here, apart from noting that concern for the grim fate of the
Bosnians was not prominent among them. The "Afghanis" are also fighting
the Russians in Chechnya, and, quite possibly, are involved in carrying
out terrorist attacks in Moscow and elsewhere in Russian territory.

Bin Laden and his "Afghanis" turned against the US in 1990 when they
established permanent bases in Saudi Arabia -- from his point of view, a
counterpart to the Russian occupation of Afghanistan, but far more
significant because of Saudi Arabia's special status as the guardian of
the holiest shrines.

Bin Laden is also bitterly opposed to the corrupt and repressive regimes
of the region, which he regards as "un-Islamic," including the Saudi Arabian
regime, the most extreme Islamic fundamentalist regime in the world, apart
from the Taliban, and a close US ally since its origins. Bin Laden despises
the US for its support of these regimes.

Like others in the region, he is also outraged by long-standing US support
for Israel's brutal military occupation, now in its 35th year: Washington's
decisive diplomatic, military, and economic intervention in support of the
killings, the harsh and destructive siege over many years, the daily
humiliation to which Palestinians are subjected, the expanding settlements
designed to break the occupied territories into Bantustan-like cantons and
take control of the resources, the gross violation of the Geneva
Conventions, and other actions that are recognized as crimes throughout
most of the world, apart from the US, which has prime responsibility for

And like others, he contrasts Washington's dedicated support for these
crimes with the decade-long US-British assault against the civilian
population of Iraq, which has devastated the society and caused hundreds
of thousands of deaths while strengthening Saddam Hussein -- who was a
favored friend and ally of the US and Britain right through his worst
atrocities, including the gassing of the Kurds, as people of the region
also remember well, even if Westerners prefer to forget the facts.

These sentiments are very widely shared. The _Wall Street Journal_ (Sept.
14) published a survey of opinions of wealthy and privileged Muslims in
the Gulf region (bankers, professionals, businessmen with close links to the
U.S.). They expressed much the same views: resentment of the U.S.
policies of supporting Israeli crimes and blocking the international
consensus on a diplomatic settlement for many years while devastating
raqi civilian society, supporting harsh and repressive anti-democratic
regimes throughout the region, and imposing barriers against economic
development by "propping up oppressive regimes."

Among the great majority of people suffering deep poverty and oppression,
similar sentiments are far more bitter, and are the source of the fury and
despair that has led to suicide bombings, as commonly understood by
those who are interested in the facts.

The U.S., and much of the West, prefers a more comforting story. To quote
the lead analysis in the _New York Times_ (Sept. 16), the perpetrators
acted out of "hatred for the values cherished in the West as freedom,
tolerance, prosperity, religious pluralism and universal suffrage." U.S.
actions are irrelevant, and therefore need not even be mentioned (Serge
Schmemann). This is a convenient picture, and the general stance is not
unfamiliar in intellectual history; in fact, it is close to the norm. It
happens to be completely at variance with everything we know, but has all
the merits of self-adulation and uncritical support for power.

It is also widely recognized that Bin Laden and others like him are
praying for "a great assault on Muslim states," which will cause "fanatics to
flock to his cause" (Jenkins, and many others.). That too is familiar. The
escalating cycle of violence is typically welcomed by the harshest and
most brutal elements on both sides, a fact evident enough from the recent
history of the Balkans, to cite only one of many cases.

Q: What consequences will they have on US inner policy and to the American
self reception?

A: U.S. policy has already been officially announced. The world is being
offered a "stark choice": join us, or "face the certain prospect of death and
destruction." Congress has authorized the use of force against any
individuals or countries the President determines to be involved in the
attacks, a doctrine that every supporter regards as ultra-criminal. That
is easily demonstrated. Simply ask how the same people would have reacted
if Nicaragua had adopted this doctrine after the U.S. had rejected the
orders of the World Court to terminate its "unlawful use of force" against
Nicaragua and had vetoed a Security Council resolution calling on all
states to observe international law. And that terrorist attack was far more
severe and destructive even than this atrocity.

As for how these matters are perceived here, that is far more complex. One
should bear in mind that the media and the intellectual elites generally
have their particular agendas. Furthermore, the answer to this question
is, in significant measure, a matter of decision: as in many other cases, with
sufficient dedication and energy, efforts to stimulate fanaticism, blind
hatred, and submission to authority can be reversed. We all know that very

Q: Do you expect U.S. to profoundly change their policy to the rest of the

A: The initial response was to call for intensifying the policies that led
to the fury and resentment that provides the background of support for the
terrorist attack, and to pursue more intensively the agenda of the most
hard line elements of the leadership: increased militarization, domestic
regimentation, attack on social programs. That is all to be expected.
Again, terror attacks, and the escalating cycle of violence they often engender,
tend to reinforce the authority and prestige of the most harsh and
repressive elements of a society. But there is nothing inevitable about
submission to this course.

Q: After the first shock, came fear of what the U.S. answer is going to
be. Are you afraid, too?

A: Every sane person should be afraid of the likely reaction -- the one
that has already been announced, the one that probably answers Bin Laden's
prayers. It is highly likely to escalate the cycle of violence, in the
familiar way, but in this case on a far greater scale.

The U.S. has already demanded that Pakistan terminate the food and other
supplies that are keeping at least some of the starving and suffering people
of Afghanistan alive. If that demand is implemented, unknown numbers of
people who have not the remotest connection to terrorism will die,
possibly millions. Let me repeat: the U.S. has demanded that Pakistan kill
possibly millions of people who are themselves victims of the Taliban. This has
nothing to do even with revenge. It is at a far lower moral level even
than hat. The significance is heightened by the fact that this is mentioned in
passing, with no comment, and probably will hardly be noticed.

We can learn a great deal about the moral level of the reigning
intellectual culture of the West by observing the reaction to this demand.
I think we can be reasonably confident that if the American population had
the slightest idea of what is being done in their name, they would be utterly
appalled. It would be instructive to seek historical precedents.

If Pakistan does not agree to this and other U.S. demands, it may come
under direct attack as well -- with unknown consequences. If Pakistan does
submit to U.S. demands, it is not impossible that the government will be
overthrown by forces much like the Taliban -- who in this case will have
nuclear weapons. That could have an effect throughout the region,
including the oil producing states. At this point we are considering the
possibility of a war that may destroy much of human society.

Even without pursuing such possibilities, the likelihood is that an attack
on Afghans will have pretty much the effect that most analysts expect: it
will enlist great numbers of others to support of Bin Laden, as he hopes.
Even if he is killed, it will make little difference. His voice will be
heard on cassettes that are distributed throughout the Islamic world, and
he is likely to be revered as a martyr, inspiring others. It is worth
bearing in mind that one suicide bombing -- a truck driven into a U.S.
military base -- drove the world's major military force out of Lebanon
20 years ago. The opportunities for such attacks are endless. And suicide
attacks are very hard to prevent.

Q: "The world will never be the same after 11.09.01". Do you think so?

A: The horrendous terrorist attacks on Tuesday are something quite new in
world affairs, not in their scale and character, but in the target. For
the US, this is the first time since the War of 1812 that its national
territory has been under attack, even threat. It's colonies have been
attacked, but not the national territory itself. During these years the
US virtually exterminated the indigenous population, conquered half of
Mexico, intervened violently in the surrounding region, conquered Hawaii
and the Philippines (killing hundreds of thousands of Filipinos), and in
the past half century particularly, extended its resort to force
throughout much of the world. The number of victims is colossal.

For the first time, the guns have been directed the other way. The same is
true, even more dramatically, of Europe. Europe has suffered murderous
destruction, but from internal wars, meanwhile conquering much of the
world with extreme brutality. It has not been under attack by its victims
outside, with rare exceptions (the IRA in England, for example). It is
therefore natural that NATO should rally to the support of the US;
hundreds of years of imperial violence have an enormous impact on the
intellectual and moral culture.

It is correct to say that this is a novel event in world history, not
because of the scale of the atrocity -- regrettably -- but because of the
target. How the West chooses to react is a matter of supreme importance.
If the rich and powerful choose to keep to their traditions of hundreds
of years and resort to extreme violence, they will contribute to the
escalation of a cycle of violence, in a familiar dynamic, with long-term
consequences that could be awesome.

Tomas Gregory, an Australian living in America.

I want Americans to realize the INCREDIBLE outpouring of genuine
support and love from the rest of the world that is NOT being reported IN
America. You are hearing bits of it, like how Buckinghamæ Palace flew the
American flag and played the American anthem at theæ changing of the guards,
both for the first time ever.

Bill Clinton was in Australia when it happened (and ironically the Prime
minister of Australia was in Washington, 600 feet from the Pentagon
crash) and immediately the whole country was locked down in case thereæ
was an attack against HIM... all planes were grounded etc.æ Also in Australia
firemen across the country have volunteered to flyæ here to help. One, Mehar
Maku wrote a beautiful song for the Americanæ firemen to inspire and support
It goes on and on. World leaders everywhere giving speeches and interviews
with tears in their eyes. Millions of people coming to US Embassies
everywhere to pray, leave flowers and showæ support. Understand that the
world is seeing this as more than an American event but as a HUMANITARIAN
disaster that must never happen again. The worldæ is joining hands, even hard
core Arab countries, in their condemnationæ of this atrocity against humans
and humanity saying it can never happenæ again, that we MUST do life on
Earth differently and that we must findæ new answers.

Meanwhile here in America almost none of this isæ getting through in the
media... the main message is "business as usual" which means " we are at
war and will now go and kill a lot of people".... there is no thought of
new approaches. We are told that Bush is gathering, building a coalition
of countries when in fact the world rushed to help.... bottom line the<
"story" we are getting IN America is VERY differentæ to the rest of the
world... which IS business as usual.

The thing that so saddens me isæ that America and Americans are missing the
gift of PURE LOVE from theæ rest of the world - literally as part of the<
family of humanity -æ because they are not being told of it through media.
What WE are beingæ given is hard nosed facts and actions and NOT the
huge heartbreakingæ world wide tragedy that this is and that we must<
cry, weep, scream andæ yell for and about so it does NOT happen again....
not by blowing theæ Arabs to hell but by finding NEW ways to work and live
together. It isæ nothing less than the challenge of our New
Millennium. If we just bombæ and kill our hurt out we will keep the cycle<
going as it has been for soæ long.

Sure, get the bastards who did it, but THEN heal our world. Find
common ground or else NYC and DC will be the daily news from now on.
The world is seeing America deeply wounded and is collectively coming to
lick the wound and help the healing and you don't even know!

PLEASE tell your friends. Please copy and distribute this to others
soæ THEY know. Your media is not telling you this. I WANT Americans
to know that the world REALLY IS with you... like on the streets in Australia
and Europe and New Zealand and Canada and our so called enemies even -æ
god, Yasser arrafat was so heartfelt in his hurt and condemnation ofæ these
actions and then gave blood for the wornded. THINK ABOUT THAT! Theæ world
is now literally in the New Age. It was baptized in blood, horroræ and shock
and we must .... we MUST find a way to stop it everywhere....people are still,
days later, openly weeping, hugging, talking in the streets, in stores. No one
has gone to work for days. Australia is shut down as everyone mourns and
sends love and support and the rest of the world is doing the same thing too.
Let it in America. The world changed the other day. FOR EVER.

We are having a hippie moment of collective "weæ are the world" love
and recognition that on planet Earth there are noæ passengers, we are all
crew. The reaction to this in Australia is 10æ time bigger than when Di
passed away... it is huge everywhere! EVERYONEæ cares.
You are not alone America when so often you have been. Get that,æ please.
You are cared about, cared for and accepted and embraced byæ humanity
as part of us all... by the whole world who weeps for you, andæ for itself,
for the madness we have sunk to, collectively.
Now lets end this madness we have been in for so long and
find some REALæ new answers to not just come together,
but to stay together!

- ©2001 -
Tomas Gregory

We can do no great things; only small things with great love."
-Mother Teresa
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