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Updated on August 31, 2013
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Tijani Achamlal is an English Teacher in Nador, Morocco.He studied English Literature in Mohamed 1 Univ .

Peacemakers
Under a circus tent
In elegant suits
Yawning at
The traumatic Syrian show,
As usual
No action seems to be taken
Dilly dally
The current currency
Cry rivers
Or smash mirrors
The world won t come to save
Neither lives nor monuments
Die in silence
Under mercy of airstrikes
Under the rubbles
Under the lowest line of poverty.
Obama
Only deeply concerned about
Quick limited and tailored puntive actions
No boots on the ground or longterm campaign
To put a full stop to misery
A full stop to daily fights
A full stop to thug regime

Die in silence
As strangers in neighboring lands
No free access to clean water
No free access to warm blankets
No free access to nice school.

Bubbles of laughter
From Kremlin
Floating freely
Through the old broken window
To the air adorning the sullen Moscow sky,
Streamers of glee
From Tahran
Twirling gaily,
Skipping sight of poisoned kids
And moans of old people,
Joining
Happy smiles of Hizbollah.

Die in silence
No one will come to set you free
From the iron fist of the fake Arab knight-errant.

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      cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      WoW.. James .. this is the baddest poem you have ever written ..(baddest means Awesome , the shit. the best .) We often disagree on most of your writes ..but yet.. it is a spirited debate.. that being said .. I love your poem !!!! it drips with the truth disguised as irony ,, well done my friend , well done .. you have hit the nail with a sledgehammer .. you know that I follow current events so this is perfect timing . I do not like Obama's policies so I know what his plan is .. he is a coward .and will not put himself in a position to be blamed for starting a war .. (supposedly).,

      so he will ask congress to make the decision , when he knows he does not need their approval.. such a political animal .. that way if they turn him down ..he will blame all those innocent deaths on the republicans.. and if they give approval .. then he will blame the war on the Republicans .. mark my word one of these will happen ..! why would he wait for 10 days to strike the Syrians.. so they can move their stuff around .. I love my country but // this is so wrong .. Now the U.S. is perceived as weak .. and it makes the world all the more dangerous .. because it emboldens the terrorists .. who will now have the courage to say that we will not do nothing .. Political correctness in the U.S. is out of control.. Be afraid my friend .. be very afraid ..

      Michael

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      Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Like your style James, how you deliver your message. Shall keep in touch.

      Nice work.

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      Robert A. Joseph 3 years ago

      Nicely put complaint. I was under the impression that the Constitution DEMANDS House and Senate approval for war; if I am incorrect, please demonstrate the legal act that changed that fact. My entire family, generations, have served as officers in the U.S. military, so I understand political trickery on a real level and this event effectively replaced "Obama-Care" as a headline. KNOW that the type of genocidal acts committed in Syria are rife world-wide; the U.S. picks ones that are useful as public opinion catalysts to sway national opinion. Nice work, still.

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      Michael,

      Of course the hypocrisy is extraordinary. The United States has apparently rediscovered the significance of the ethics and laws of war, but in Syria - not Guantanamo. The US snoops on the world's email and does nearly nothing about a bloody coup in Egypt but tells us we should all be especially shocked about a few hundred deaths from a chemical attack in Syria.More than 100,000 has been killed in Syria and he didnt do anything .He is areluctant warrior. In the London Times, political columnist Daniel Finkelstein urges that West must do something even if it is just for show .

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      Tony DeLorger ,

      Thanks so much for your visit and comment.I am glad you liked it:)

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      Leni Sands 3 years ago from UK

      Very potent piece. Your poem is truly evocative. My heart goes out to the Syrian people

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      JPB0756 ,

      Obama has the right to strike Syria regardless of Congress vote under US Constitution ,but the questions are: Why should military action be necessitated by outrage over chemical attacks? Was there a red line on chemical weapons when the US used depleted-uranium ammunition in Fallujah, Iraq? Was there a red line when Israel deployed white phosphorous in Gaza in 2008? Or when Saddam Hussein, then a western ally, gassed the Iranians and then his own people during the 1980s? This arbitrary and self-serving declaration of what's acceptable is precisely what makes the US so lacking in credibility when it comes to preaching codes of warfare to the Middle East.

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      cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      James ..death as in war, is an ugly picture that exposes human weakness.. you are very radical in your comdemnation of others but always fail to look at your own culture ..! such hypocracy James... too bad .. people who live in glass houses should not throw stones ..!

      you stain your great poem with words of biased rhetoric against the western peoples.!

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      leni sands,

      Thanks for taking time out to read and comment.Syrian people really want West to end their sufferings , not a quick limited airstrikes as punitive action on Syrian regime for using chemical weapon.

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      Michael,

      What s wrong about my culture? lol I am not biased ,that was really what happened,you and I cant erase it from history:)

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      Robert A. Joseph 3 years ago

      My mistake; strike and war may mean different things, but no point there. I see what you mean, putting U.S. Military assets, people included, on the line because of some nation's lack of morals? Did we fight WWII because Hitler was committing genocide? No U.S. military action is justified, by precedent or intelligence; ethics are tough, but I've seen homeless people, children included, so sympathy is relative; U.S. needs to add nothing, correct that, Obama should use some foresight and intelligence..lol. Thank you for the clarification, too! Addendum; change pro-Israel policy to reflect equality, not favoritism?

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      cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Let me see... why isn't all the Islamic people calling for an end to Syrian killing ?? why isn't all arab nations intervening in Syria?? why do you always fault the west and point out our fallicies?? .. lokk at your own tribal indifference to each othe r.. these tribes have been fighting and killing each other for hundreds of years before America was born ..so stop with blaming the west .. look in your own back yard..!

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      Robert A. Joseph 3 years ago

      Please, cleaner, not going to happen soon, so don't hold your breath. Appearance equals many things in the political/social(as in public opinion) arenas, so the LACK of positive action is seen as negative; not really such an alien view. If WE, the U.S., begin(s) to treat Middle Eastern people as they are, not as seen through capitalistic glasses, maybe they will learn to trust us; maybe we will trust them, too. I am, btw, quite capitalistic, and totally believe in same, so success is inherently assured...lol :-D

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      JPB0756 ,

      US concerned much more about geopolitical interests and benefits,of course there were some exceptions such as the US intervention in Balkan to save Bosnians from genocides, but Remember the moral mission over Iraq, or the invasion impetus to (liberate) women in Afghanistan? tens of thousands of Iraqis have been killed since the invasion of 2003 and the bloodshed continues, partly as a crossover from the Syrian conflict: 1,000 people were killed in Iraq last month alone. That should make interventionists think twice about moral justifications but it seems this hook is just too seductive, too perfectly attuned to a western enlightened sense of self.

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      cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      please , JPB0756... if that is your real name??

      if you are a real American ..you should know that the current political liberalists in America (of which you sound like ) will take every subject and politicize it to fit their own view of reality. when you said social .. you exposed your self .. as to your thinking.. why is social twerking good.. but when it is used to overthrow thug regimes or terrorist Islamic states , then it isn't so good.. you can not have it both ways .. Y&ou (if you are an American ?) know that the leftist media propagandize our every faucet of information.. The democrats are gutless cowards.. killing innocent children should not be tolerated anywhere..!

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      Robert A. Joseph 3 years ago

      Nice observation(s); as your proximity is tantamount to "first-person" status, at least to me, how you view the U.S., through our actions in your "Pan-Africa" region(my term, no insult intended), is at the least, refreshing, and causes introspection. The public is fed a diet of "self-righteousness," not unlike a "crusader" syndrome, while those who deal, do not, status-quo rules, until no profit margin exists. As a start, there is good.

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      Michael,

      It s the west which wants to hold the responsibility of protecting the world from CHAOS and no one asked them to do so but since they involved in this chivalrous act,it became a habit.When a nation wants to rule according to its culture,the west intervenes to prevent it because that culture is inferior and may cause threat to west interests in the region ,even when a nation use the same western tenets,the west intervenes to thwart it ,Egypt as an example ,Military ousted the first elected president democratically and the whole world do nothing,just watching series massacres and never dare to call what happened in Egypt a military coup.

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      Robert A. Joseph 3 years ago

      cleaner; born and bred in the good ole U.S.A.; merely pragmatic, not problematic, lol. My statement was an assurance of U.S. supremacy, complete with well-timed complacency. Bullet-point: enjoy yourself, it all works out; heart-attacks and 2nd degree murder(crime of passion) both involve death; one is too many. I have been where you are; sorry to have made you think me un-American, but your passion and drive will, well, do whatever you chose, id est, "The American Way." Thank you for being involved, cleaner. Btw, "gutless cowards" was a colorful touch; I am a registered Green Par...ahhh, oo,yea, an Independent, yup! Reagan won the Cold War; maybe a "Hub," later.

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      cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      James .. now you have done it .. Morsi , was a dictatorial thug using his religious beliefs to take fiull power over Egypt.. you know that .. trhe people of Egypt made a mistake and asked the military to stop him.. how else could they do this .. he would have started a war with Israel and screwed up the middle east worse than it is .. coup.. schmoo call it what you want .. it was justified ..

      Answer me about the Islamic cultures not changing all the killing .. can You ? Tell me what.. if any of the Arab states has called for peace .. none they call the west always ..!

      "When a nation wants to rule according to its culture,the west intervenes to prevent it because that culture is inferior and may cause threat to west interests in the region ,even when a nation use the same western tenets,the west intervenes to thwart it. These are your personal views ..not fact .. so do not tell me you are not biased against the west .. admit it now !

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      Robert A. Joseph 3 years ago

      cleaner, adrenaline...

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      cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      JPB... you want to straddle the line ..trying not to offend anyone either the false statement or the passion that is used, it is alright to scream with dignity ,when you know that radical people who use false words to sway others to the side of misinformation ..especially around the world .. (they can not know how we actually live , because the media paints a false impression ) take for example James's words of cowboy Americans .. sheriffs riding to the rescue of the world ..! The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are what they are.. the bloodshed continues in Iraq because they still fight over religious beliefs as I stated before and they be killing each other for a lot longer .!

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      Michael,

      I already explained to you that 30 June wasn't a revolution and those people you saw on TV were LESS than Million.If they were really Nationalists or Good Citizens as Sisi like to call them ,they should go to ballot and not to ride back of the tank.Do you know the joke of today,the latest news in Egyptain media? Son of one of brotherhood leaders said that Obama is a secret member of Brotherhood haha that s really ridiculous how can media say such things like that lol

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      Robert A. Joseph 3 years ago

      Friends are the answer to a lot, as friendship is love, and certainly has more potential than "enemies." Liking a U.S. citizen may lead to a mind more flexible, if that is the case. Your point, cleaner, has roots in future harvest, as word of mouth is the most common, easiest and obviously the oldest method of passing and sharing information, or verbal history. Lastly, had you asked me in 1980 if the U.S. had nuclear missiles in Europe (see "99 Luft Balloons," a European song, circa same time) my answer would've been "no." Only offense concerning me involves a rather dramatic word, treason, no joke. I am pro-world, as evolution is heading there, and Pro-American, as I love, understand and believe in the U.S.A.

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      cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Well James .. you talk to me like I am some child ..some 6th grade student who does not know the world and it's politics .. Because YOU call them regular people .. does not mean they are radical fundamentalists .. they are also terrorists .. who burn Christian churches ..or will you blame that on the West ?? please James .. your faith in Morsi is so far out there... you should be in Egypt fighting along with the Radical islamo-terrorists who want to sieze power at any cost .. whether it is killing innocent Christians or killing innocent children and women (as in Syria)..I wou;ld actually go as far as saying you are closet Muslim Brotherhood member ..!

      in America we have the same people ..but they live in a fantasy land called Chicago and the parcel the city into different gangland sections where even the police are afraid to go .. they average 10 deaths a day .. Who do we blamre that on James.. Obama ..Bush ,, Clinton.. Reagan ... or are they just terrorists , like Hamas.. or Hezbollah..!

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      Michael,

      You really dont know what s going on there,your information is outdated . The vicar of the Mary Gerges Church in Al Minya told the Egyptian 'On TV' station that "Since 3rd July when the coup was announced the baltagiya(thugs) had carried out a number of attacks on churches and plundered a historical monastery which dates back more than 1,500 years." He pointed out that his community had made several appeals to the police and army to protect their churches from the thugs, all without any success .

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      cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      what is your point James .. I am tiring of your rhetoric.! make a point .. why can't the islamists call for peace ? why doesn't the brotherhood call for peace and talks .. ( they said they would boycott unless their demands are met ) when you demand then conversation is dead.! tell me James.. for I am a child who asks simple questions already 3 times ..yet no answer from you .. Sir.! because you have no point and no answer just terror ..!

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      My point was clear about that. WHY DOESN'T BROTHERHOOD CALL FOR PEACE ? You should instead put it in this way:WHY DOESN'T THE MILITARY BACKED GOVERNMENT CALL FOR PEACE AND STOP ARRESTING AND KILLING ANTICOUP PROTESTERS ?When U.S. Senators John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., called on Egypt's military-backed government to release top Muslim Brotherhood leaders from prison so that meaningful reconciliation talks could begin.

      "There is only one way that we can bring about a peaceful Egypt and that is a process of negotiation and reconciliation between the major players. They're gonna have to put their country first," Sen. McCain told CBS News.

      "I cannot see any negotiation that doesn't entail someone from the Muslim Brotherhood being released from jail," added Graham.

      So,It is clear that the Military backed governement who doesnt want peace or reconciliation.Look for what Lindsey graham says about Sissi and Bablawi after the crackdown on the two sit-ins which resulted in more than 3000 killed people.

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      cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Graham and McCain are political animals who are trying to grand stand .. and further thier own careers by trying to remain relevant .. neither will be re elected in next election .!

      you never answer ..all you do is turn the question around... you know there is no answer ...BECAUSE THE MB does NOT WANT PEACE.. THEY ARE TERRORISTS.. end of debate.!

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      I dont beat about the bush.It s you who doesn't want to accept the fact that what happened there was military coup and BM was ready to negotiate but the military backed government which refused to sit at the table .They found it a golden opportunity to exterminate brotherhood but they are daydreaming .

      Besides,I dont care about Graham and McCain s elections.I told you what they observed.

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      Robert A. Joseph 3 years ago

      As I am witness to a live debate with each speaker being in a different place; Colorado and Morocco, specifically. Probably 5,000 miles separate the two, yet with little to no effect on the contest. In our world such is mundane, expect success in diplomacy, too. Geographical relevance acts as a triage to which political bombshells get dealt with. Ideology aside, realize this will be resolved, ALONG with the problems of national prejudice among the plethora of nations fighting for life. Relax, let it happen, as neither of you have any effect on the reality of which you speak. Thank you.

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      cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      JPB... your observations are almost correct .. there will be no success in diplomacy ..? TERRORISTS want only complete victory they see negotiations as weakness from the west .. if I was president .. I would end this in one week ..!

      You political observations are quite nieve, my friend . obviously you give these tribal wars to much credit to have rational thought .. they kill people like you and hang them from bridges..! they chop off your head and carry around on a spike until it is stinking and then they place it in the middle of the town square to instill FEAR in all the others who would question their loyalty to Allah... Religious fanatics such as James .. who know nothing of giving peace a chance.. for the sake of the populace (the innocent women and children) care only for their religious power to keep for their personal right .!

      I am so blessed to live in the melting pot of America, we are not perfect in our ways and we still have a long way to go .. but we are not savages.. there is eveil in America .. but we respect our own rule of law .. the people of Egypt understood that they made a mistake when electing Morsi ..for he was trying to overthrow democracy and sieze full power .. only the military could have stopped him .! people like James who refuse to see this are so blinded by their own idealogy that he will never understand this that millions of people can not be wrong .. they all seen this ..! thanks for your comment ..! political expression as long as it favors your side is not debate ..but I can only pray that the people of Egypt resolve this not other Islamists from another country who have no business trying to justify terrorists with their own agenda.

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      Robert A. Joseph 3 years ago

      cleaner, thanks, I appreciate all your intentions. Naïve may or may not describe me; either way, I thank you for such a nice statement. As I see it, as I saw it prior to the fall of the Soviet Union, nothing can compete with capitalism. See "China." We win, always. Enjoy the ride, cleaner.

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      JPB0756,

      Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality.

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      Michael,

      Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached.Your problem there you are very attached to patriotism at the expense of moral codes. Check Wiki-leaks video of 2007 US military helicopter st..ri..ke that ... around a dozen Iraqi civilians.

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      cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      JPB.. that is why the people of Egypt wanted Morsi out ... their economy collapsed under his dictatorial rule ..he cared not for the people ..only wanted to consolidate his power with his decree's.. that is the truth.! I now see that The terrible two (as they are known in the U.S.)McCain, Graham... are grandstanding trying to show leadership ..! what a joke they are in the U.S.! almost like the terrorists that want to take back Egypt from THE PEOPLE who live there .. ! Muslim Brotherhood was banned from Egypt for 85 years .. now we know why .. TERRORISTS.. they assinated Sadat for bringing peace to Egypt with Israel ..!

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      Robert A. Joseph 3 years ago

      James, well-put; I agree, sharing of first person awareness, or just opinions and viewpoints leads to exactly what you suggest, as quickly as possible to that and more. Effort, commitment, etc., are tantamount to success in allowing peace to reign.

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      cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      James .. I hope that you and JPB, wake from your dream state soon .. the Mb is done in Egypt .. mark my word ..you are the one who refuses to see that ..banned for 85 years as terrorist organization.!

      JPB ..wish you would talk in complete sentences..so I can understand what it is you are trying to say .. no need to try to sound intellectual ..! make a point instead of trying to please both sides ..

      James, perception is reality ! when you perceive that something is real .. you are making a judgement on that perception.. the Muslim Brotherhood are terrorists..! plain and simple Radical extremists with religious idealogy.. which is against all the principles of Capitalism.. (See JBP..that is how you speak in a complete sentence and make a point ) Capitalism succeeds when the needs of the many , are considered before the needs of the few.!

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      Michael,

      As I told you before ,the apparently miraculous end to the crippling energy shortages and the re-emergence of the police seems to show that the legions of personnel left in place after former President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in 2011 played a significant role in undermining the overall quality of life under the Islamist administration of Mr. Morsi.

      What you dont know is that Naguib Sawiris, a billionaire and an outspoken foe of the Brotherhood,Tahani el-Gebali, a former judge on the Supreme Constitutional Court who is close to the ruling generals, and Shawki al Sayed, a legal adviser to Ahmed Shafik, Mr. Mubarak’s last prime minister, who helped finance, advise and organize those determined to topple the Islamist leadership.It is the police returning to the streets that offers the most blatant sign that the institutions once loyal to Mr. Mubarak held back while Mr. Morsi was in power. Throughout his one year tenure, Mr. Morsi struggled to appease the police, even alienating his own supporters rather than trying to overhaul the Interior Ministry. But as crime increased and traffic clogged roads (undermining not only the quality of life, but the economy )the police refused to deploy fully.

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      JPB0756

      Things don't have to change the world to be important.

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      cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      the same old rhetoric... blame everyone except the one in control.. are you sure you aren't related to Obama and the democrats .. they been blaming bush for 5 years now ..! that is ridiculous.. ! he was a dictator .. a terrorist and a radical ideologue..!

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      I am a cosmopolitan .I fight for justice and peace .If your army toppled Obama,I will stand by him and fight for democracy until it is restored .

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      Robert A. Joseph 3 years ago

      Importance is both selective and relative, true; auto-correct has failed to exhibit any fragmented phrases, so I am writing complete sentences. As I see it, no dream to awaken from, and I mean no disrespect. Your part in this world's play is determined by you, James, I say choose well and act accordingly. If you have seen to your own self, I bid you well, as I see, accept and love the path the world is on, led by the United States in learning how to be free. Not an old practice, reading history. I am ALWAYS on the side of my country, the United States, as change is factored into our plan. Thanks for your fine and well-expressed opinions, but World of Warcraft beckons...

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      Robert A. Joseph 3 years ago

      James, I truly enjoy hearing your perspective on world events and opinions concerning the U.S.; I seek counter-point. My objective is understanding; as you know, nothing is done without intention, therefore understanding equals knowledge. World opinion, or at least Middle Eastern thought is what I am looking for. Thank you.

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      Robert A. Joseph 3 years ago

      Quick note; Turkey's foreign policy as to the Syrian incident may mirror the U.S.'s. Let's see.

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      Robert A. Joseph 3 years ago

      A string of comments...cleaner, ambiguity is not intended; I fear nothing, at least verbally, ha! My objective is to maintain clarity by using emotion, not being ruled by it. Truth is truth, with or without drama, and friends make peace, so friendship I seek to understand. 'Tis a bold venture, cleaner, ought to give it a try... I am confident in the U.S., and all she represents; ethics and politics are not likely to meet, my friend.

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      JPB0756,

      If USA wants really to learn to be free from old practices,It should invest in education instead of military.

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      Robert A. Joseph 3 years ago

      Both are necessary; and we are working on that, James. I believe standard "education" is merely robotic behavior guised as wisdom for cash, or talent, too; actual education occurs when an individual chooses to free his own mind and take responsibility for life. The U.S. leads all in real life learning. Thanks for your perspective and input, James.

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      cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Ha ... ha..ha.. thank you ..oh wise James for pointing out what a backward country the U.S. is ..! the only uneducated two I see are the persons that I am debating with for ..one is a islamist with his head buried so deep in the sand he will abso lutly blame the west and anyone else for the shortcomings of his own culture .. You ..JPB.. espouse thoughts of what you think the world is .. in your dreams ..! Read a few books my friend..! You are only responsible for yourself .. and who is the "we" you talk about .. We are working on that .. such apologetic language .. is inane , idiotic.! you cannot know from words on a page if I am raising my voice or whispering .. can you ..?

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      JPB0756,

      Thirty years ago, America was the leader in quantity and quality of high school diplomas. Today,your nation is ranked 18th out of 23 industrialized countries and teacher quality is one of the most significant factors related to student achievement.I think they should bring teachers from abroad to teach kids not to use g..u..n..s in classroom when they have problems with each others lol if they want to have a good and broadminded generation lol

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      Michael,

      Slow down,my friend:)

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      JPB0756,

      USA is on the verge of falling apart, not on learning process because its priorities are different from what people need and you may know that priorities determine future. Right now, it appears that American government’s greatest priority is not whether an average American will have electricity, drinking water,and good roads in the years ahead, but, as Edward Snowden says:

      “to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people

      around the world with this massive (and extremely expensive) surveillance machine” secretly being built.

      Well, the secret s out. The U.S. government is investing heavily in a bridge that no one wants.

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      cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      James .. you have the gall ..to make derogatory comments about my country ..!! then tell me to slow down..! you hypocrite.! I will not let you do this without a response .. you do not live here .. go look into the mirror my friend, quit watching Al Jezzera and Cnn.. for you could only wish you were born into THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN HISTORY.!

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      Robert A. Joseph 3 years ago

      Thank you both, cleaner and James for your well-thought out and clearly presented opinions. I'll merely let you think on this: wherever one travels on this planet people are found, so people, or knowledge of same, equals control. This information, this trade, helping people see themselves, sparks evolution(merely an extended habit) and thusly peace. The U.S. defeated the Soviet Union by out-spending them, we sell billions of cigarettes(flavored!) to China without that famous warning label. Capitalism thins the herd. Education is a meaningless, political stat, LOL.

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      Michael,

      You should watch "Newsroom," an HBO series, especially the opening sequence of the show as Jeff Daniels, aka Will McAvoy, discusses why America WAS the greatest country in the world but no longer is.

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      Robert A. Joseph 3 years ago

      James, have you listened to the lyrics of Joni Mitchell's (later redone by John Mayer) anti-war protest song from circa 1969? Quote: "when they own the information, they can bend it all they want." Quite timely. Again, thanks.

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      JPB0756,

      Bush wanted to exterminate Gog and Magog from Middle east and create a new Quran for Muslims but he failed.His attempt was not only thwarted but backfired on him as well.It damaged the USA economy and Islam becomes the fastest growing religion in America.

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      No, I didn't.That Quote reminds me of the scene in the MATRIX, a young boy, dressed like a swami, is seen to bend a spoon effortlessly and make it twist and reform.

      When asked how this is done, part of his answer contains the phrase 'there is no spoon'.

      To sum up his explanation, physical reality is merely an illusion, and when one realises this so deeply that it becomes obvious and second nature, then one can reform reality however you want.

      In fact the only reality is our perception of it, and we can choose to see it any way we wish and project that back out to others. Essentially we have free reign to shape and change reality in any way that we so desire. The only thing stopping us is our previous experience of reality holds us back from believing that it can be real, even if we try.

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      Robert A. Joseph 3 years ago

      Illusion; succinctly pit, James. Stats on ANY economy, not only the U.S. are misleading, at best, to Doctors of Economics, a Science by definition. The Roman Empire AND The Nation of Islam used their ability to control the thinking of populations, what has changed but the times? As for any religion in the U.S., it will eventually be ignored in practice and revered in theory, so nice try with that thought. That;s a plus, James, as illusion is truth, so using time in that vein may not be in vain, yes? Thanks, again, my friend.

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      JPB0756,

      A house must be built on solid foundations if it is to last. The same principle applies to man, otherwise he too will sink back into the soft ground and becomes swallowed up by the world of illusion.

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      Robert A. Joseph 3 years ago

      James, nicely put. Time will tell, as that adage goes, as to staying power and all that. I see a world where all are friendly, if not friends and everyone sees their paths and choices as independent of approval; freedom for ALL. This removes the expectations of any other than self for self-determination....choking on letters, ha! Personal freedom allows freedom for populations; the blueprint is in the human genetic code. Peace to you, my friend James and glad to share world views with you.

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.

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      Robert A. Joseph 3 years ago

      Yes, for mistakes are needed in any and all learning and life scenarios; freedom must include that inherently, as I see it. I understand in our world there may be extant varying ideas as examples of "freedom," but those are in flux.

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      JPB0756 ,

      Freedom is the right to do whatever one wants, as long as nobody is being hurt.Freedom in western countries has no limits and the potential consequence of it as we see recently is anarchy.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      So sad.. James i am crying for the children for all that is dieing.. thank you for writing this.. keeping us informed.. you are simply an awesome writer.

      Debbie

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      Robert A. Joseph 3 years ago

      I must agree, anarchy is always waiting, metaphorically of course, for disunity and weakness. Fine response, thanks, James.

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      JPB0756,

      Freedom is an elusive, if not mythic, goal in our demanding society.We should redefine it .

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      Debbie,

      Thanks so much for the visit and comment.It really hurts me to see them dying and the whole world do nothing to save them.

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      Robert A. Joseph 3 years ago

      Freedom, as I see it, James, exists without words to limit it, even as its own word does so. No double-speak intended, as I agree with the need you point out, so perhaps I am leaving ideals behind while pragmatism forges forward; for me, freedom is no goal, it is reality, so I cheer you toward the place I am.

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      JPB0756 ,

      As I aforementioned,freedom is a word that can mean dramatically different things to different people in different settings. The kind of freedom that leads to human flourishing is freedom in a much richer sense than what many people mean by freedom today.

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      Robert A. Joseph 3 years ago

      I see what you mean. As I am here, where my mundane concerns are able to be used as "verbal fodder" instead of immediately living with my necessarily immediate decisions, I am sure that my capacity for total understanding may have much less poignant examples to refer too. I recall a phrase, if I may use it: 'People who get emotional over animal suffering have not seen Human suffering face to face." I may fall into that set; trying very hard, though, James. Thanks for sharing.

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      JPB0756 ,

      It is hard to find anyone who would say he or she is not an animal lover, and every state has laws forbidding malicious cruelty and neglect. Yet, in this very same culture, we do so many harsh and awful things to animals that are perfectly legal :from factory farming to animal fighting to puppy mills to the slaughter of so many wild animals for trophies, trinkets, or mere convenience. We seem to forget that the mistreatment of animals has a corrosive effect on individuals and on society. There is a well-known link between animal cruelty and crimes against people. Maybe what I am going to say will sound silly,but if we ponder on it,we will see that it makes sense though: The President of the United States, the most powerful guy in the world used to stick firecrackers up frog's bu..t..ts for giggles when he was a child,but when he grew up ,he blew up a whole nation.

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      Robert A. Joseph 3 years ago

      Correct in oh so many ways; route to being sociopathic by definition. That dichotomy extant with animal treatment is spot-on. We are animals, also; perhaps people might consider that when giving excuses concerning all issues of cruelty, local, national or international. I did not know that info about Obama, but he is president because of one main fact and a subsequent addend: Seal Team Six and NO Republican nominee. Seals are the real truth, even with a good opponent. Peace, James. P.S., I played with such explosives and not once thought of killing with them.

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      JPB0756 ,

      I was talking about Bush not Obama.Anyway,Obama is worse than Bush. He has purposefully lied about the Benghazi atrocity, instructed others to lie, and intimidated whistleblowers who were guilty of nothing but a desire for justice and the truth. He burned-up 862 billion on a "stimulus" plan that was supposed to create "shovel-ready jobs". Later, he admitted there was no such thing as a "shovel-ready" job. By all accounts he has created a Nixonian "Enemies List" which has included any individual, company, or industry that disagrees with his destructive policies. He has attacked and tried to silence your free press, even going to the extreme of instructing Americans which media sources they should listen to.He turned blind eye to Military coup in Egypt and to heinous massacre in Syria .

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      Robert A. Joseph 3 years ago

      James, I have been told that Obama is attempting to become "dictator" of America; must say your fact list, and by no means a comprehensive one, seems to create a similar scenario. I appreciate and am beginning to comprehend your world view, you research well. I understand through my perspective that the "system cleans itself" and chuckle at such pomp as Obama's. No joke to his lack of any work ethic, or perhaps ethics at all, but out he will soon go. Thanks for your work.

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      JPB0756,

      I really love peace and justice for all.No double standards or hypocrisy .

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      Robert A. Joseph 3 years ago

      Count me in, James; well-said.

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      :) I ve written an other one about Syria, especially Obama: https://hubpages.com/literature/Bubble-Gum-Without...

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      Very powerful verses. I doubt that any of your detractors here can see things from your perspective. I pray for peace in the Middle East, but what else can I do?

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      Word 2 years ago from Chicago

      Thanks James, great message of sorrow. We must work to promote peaceful resolutions to worldly problems among people. Love is definitely the key!

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      Tijani Achamlal 2 years ago from Morocco

      Word55,

      Very true.You hit the spot.As Lyndon B.Johnson says :Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time.

      Thanks for the comment.Have a wonderful day there!

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      Tijani Achamlal 2 years ago from Morocco

      Mel Carriere ,

      Yes,what can we do other than praying?Let's pray and hope!

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      Shagow 2 years ago

      I've been looikng for a post like this forever (and a day)

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      Tijani Achamlal 18 months ago from Morocco

      Shagow,

      Thanks so much for your comment.

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      Prisana Nuechterlein 13 months ago from Thailand and Colorado

      I wrote a poem last week titled Syrian Lullaby...it's on the web somewhere but not on Hubpages yet. Words are powerful. They are our best weapon against all of this insanity. Could you please do me a favor and read my Stone story? I finally am working on it again. Muchos Gracias!

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      Tijani Achamlal 13 months ago from Morocco

      Okay. I'll try

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      Prisana Nuechterlein 11 months ago from Thailand and Colorado

      Ironic that your poem is about peace and yet cleaner3 and you certainly had a lively conversation going on that didn't seem all that peaceful. BTW this poem obviously provoked a lot of reaction, emotion, opinions from other hubbers. Syria may be mostly about pipelines or the big pipeline. The rest is just a distraction. Ditto Iraq which was never about WMDs which I knew or felt strongly before we went to war there. Only about oil and securing US position to keep an eye on Iran.

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