“Good vs Evil”

Reducing Foreign Policy to Good vs Evil

Last year in March Dr. Stuart Bramhall published a Film Review by Adam Curtis (BBC).

At the moment I was mostly interest in what it said about Good vs Evil. I copy it here:

“Reducing Foreign Policy to Good vs Evil

Like Ronald Reagan, George W Bush attempted to reduce the US role in Afghanistan to a simple battle of good vs evil. The political reality was far more complex. US and Saudi intervention during the Soviet occupation brought corrupt warlords to power who supported their fiefdoms through Afghanistan’s heroin trade.

The Taliban, consisting mainly of Afghan orphans raised in Pakistani Madrassa, were primarily driven by a desire to end the heroin trade and this endemic corruption, which they (rightly) blamed on the interference of western imperialists in their country’s domestic affairs.”

A simple battle of good vs evil? Certainly not. I think it still has not become clear to us what is at spiel. It still is not simple, on the contrary, it seems to become more and more complicated. See here:

Brexit,Trump, Syria and the Fabricated War on Terror

I reblogged the avove!

Collapse: Revisiting the Adam and Eve Myth

A very interesting book review about how previous civilisations fared. Maybe we could learn a bit from that when we compare it with where humankind is at at present. 🙂

The Most Revolutionary Act

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A Short History of Progress

by Ronald Wright (2004 Caroll and Graf)

Book Review

The theme of A Short History of Progress is social collapse. In it, Canadian historical archeologist Ronald Wright summarizes humankind’s biological and cultural evolution, as well as tracing the role of ecological destruction in the collapse of the some of the most significant civilizations (Sumer, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Easter Island and the Mayan civilization). Exhaustively researched, the book advances the theory that many of colossal blunders made by modern leaders are very old mistakes made by earlier civilizations. Wright starts with the mystery of the agricultural revolution that occurred around 10,000 BC, when Homo sapiens ceased to rely on hunting and berry-picking and began growing their own food. Twelve thousand years ago, the global population was still small enough that there was more than ample wild food to feed…

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Seeing “The Railway Man” at the DENDY on Sunday, 5th Jan.2014

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Yesterday, Peter and I  went to see the ‘The Railwnay Man‘ at the Dendy Cinemas at the Quay, Sydney Harbour.

This movie is based on the best selling book by Eric Lomax. Colin Firth plays the older Eric Lomax and Jeremy Irvine is in the role of the young one who got captured by the Japanese in Singapore in 1942 and sent with his mates to the notorious ‘Death Railway’ in Thailand.

Patti Lomax (Nicole Kidman) turns out to be a wonderfully supportive wife of the older Eric.  Eric, as a 21 year old, is a British Signals Engineer and railway enthusiast. And of course he is in the British Army. The film depicts the sufferings that war veterans undergo even decades after the events. The sufferings occur on both sides, the oppressed as well as the oppressors. It shows the absolute trauma that wars can inflict on the participants. It also shows how sufferings can be abbreviated by enemies becoming friends.

This movie was psychologically quite challenging. The torture scenes were immensely distressing, however necessary to understand the full impact of the sufferings these people had to go through; and not just in a physical but all over in a psychological sense as well.

The acting all around was truly first class. Jonathan Teplitzky created a very powerful film with ‘The Railway Man’ with an elite cast. And it is based on a true story!

The DENDY CINEMAS are going to show soon ‘The Book Thief’. This movie we definitely want to see as well. This is another story going back some seventy years.

It was great to be out in Sydney yesterday on a beautiful warm summer’s day. Since it was Sunday, I went to the 7,30 am Mass. The Epiphany was celebrated a day early. Peter picked me up after Mass, and we went to do half an hour’s shopping. We picked up a lot of bananas and some stone fruit among a few other things. At 10,29 we caught the train to Sydney. The movie started at 2 pm. That gave us a bit of time to enjoy the wonderful summer Sunday around Sydney harbour. Peter took a lot of pictures and I took only a few. Here now are some of the pictures.

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