Passing The TorchWritten by Virginia Bola, PsyD
First, there were baby boomers who came of age in 60s when no one over 30 was to be trusted, establishment was enemy, and peaceful revolution was general goal. Then came 80s, "Me Decade" when disco was king, Wall Street was rocked by machinations of Ivan Boesky and Barry Minkow.
The ideals of 60s and 70s died with murder of John Lennon, hell of My Lai, killing fields of Cambodia, and "Midnight Express." Royal marriages unraveled, Middle East violence was only intermittently stilled, and drug warlords of Colombia took over streets of U.S. inner cities. Generation X moved to forefront, fighting wars in Bosnia, Kuwait, and Somalia that were acceptable only because of their dissimilarity to mire and mayhem of Vietnam.
Who will first engrave their generation's stamp on Twenty-first Century? Generation X is still young but already assimilated into broader American culture. Will it be young right-wing born-agains with their willingness to condone murder and punish women in their goal to give life to unplanned and unwanted fetuses in a world where overpopulation is root cause of so many evils: famine, pestilence, war, genocide? Will it be clean cut, patriotic military reservists and guardsmen who despoiled entire American culture at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo?
It has been 15 years since presidential candidate Bush spoke of a kinder, gentler, world. It has been 30 years since President Jimmy Carter tried to cool Middle East through logic, compromise and good faith. It has been 40 years since we sang "Let's give Peace a chance." It has been 5 years since we all thought that decapitation with a sword had died with middle ages.
In most recent past, there have been explosions in Iraq and Saudi Arabia, murdering and mutilating thousands. 800,000 individuals were hacked to death in Rwanda within 10 days, while world watched and waited. In Sudan, killing, raping, and torturing continues unabated. Natural disasters numb senses and expose our powerlessness over nature.
The End of Western DominionWritten by Ed Howes
The righteous of this world can only see a tidal wave of corruption coming to swallow them up, destroy their souls and deny them eternal rest in paradise. High stakes for which millions will sacrifice their lives and children in martyrdom that others will be spared coming corruption. The righteous will not be deceived though corruption be called freedom, democracy or modernization. The corrupted however, are almost totally deceived - and corrupters laugh all way to bank.
The corrupt grow nervous with a new awareness that righteous are living among them peaceably because they have not yet been forced to choose sides. They have probably already decided which choice they will make. The corrupted intuitively know what side righteous will take. The corrupted want to head off problem and righteous are now nervous with this awareness. All know minority righteous will become fifth columns for righteous hordes when corrupt and righteous civilizations collide head on around globe.
The corrupt have unlimited credit with which to wage war. The righteous have faith, wit, resolve and understanding, in case you have not yet noticed. On which would you stake your life? Or should I say, on which are you staking your life? The answer to that question is beginning of personal defense.
Westerners will be forced to support one side or other at end of a gun, in due time, unless we have weighed options in advance. The best option is avoidance. Move to a location where clash is unlikely to reach in its more violent aspects. This might be foreign lands where neither side has any particular interest. It might be rural land in countries like Iraq where conflict is focused in urban areas and roads connecting them. Have we not heard many times that most of Iraq is calm, even if unemployed?