"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Tuesday 29 September 2015


Whoever wants to quarrel with Christopher  Watts  about his spelling and illustrations  on his blog must do so on his terms. This blog is not available for anonymous comments to a post on Watt's Trending.

watched Ghandi night before last.... a classic movie decades old. I grew to adulthood during Ghandi's epic journey. I was never inclined to watch the film before. I knew the narrative and how it ended.

The entire world was shaped to benefit the few with little concern for the many.  The governing elite was all powerful. 

As a consequence the French had a successful revolution accompanied by horrible consequences. 

The Russians later  did much  the same thing under a political banner.  

The Americans had already broken free from the British and down the road massacred each other in a civil war the effects of which are still being felt. 

I was young but old enough when  Ghandi struck a chord with the masses world over. His resolve was to free his country from British Colonial Masters. His life was a triumph of logic, courage and uncompromising commitment to principle and endurance.

The story ended with qualified success .The British partitioned the country between Muslim and Hindu
They divided the people along religious lines and created Pakistan 

Ghandi was shot by a fanatic

Last night I was flipping channels and heard an opening line of dialogue.Ghandi was being welcomed home from South Africa where he published a journal. 

"We needed you to come back to India because of the power of your writing" 

I was hooked. I didn't know that early part of the story.

The British government was busy building an empire and re-arranging the world. 

The British Protectorate of Palestine  was partitioned to create the State of Israel.

Where before Jews and Palestinians lived compatibly side by side for centuries, non Jewish Palestinians became refugees over-night, living in camps ,with schools where  young males  were taught to hate and prepare. Sixty-six years later, that hasn't changed. Except that young Palestinians males and females turn themselves into human detonators that kill Jews indiscriminately and  Israelis have nuclear weapons and heat-seeking missiles that have a specific target and also kill women and children indiscriminately. 

The French finally extricated themselves from French Indo-China after decades of terrorism at home and abroad.  Vietnam emerged. The Americans used flame throwers,Agent Orange and  hundreds of thousands of young American lives to impose their influence. And failed. 

They did the same thing earlier in Korea .

In 1956 ,the French and British invaded  Egypt to protect the private interest of the Suez Canal. American President Dwight Eisenhower ordered them out and Canadian  Prime Minister Lester  B Pearson intervened and Canada became the peacemaker.

Currently, millions of people are pouring out of Iraq and Syria and according to last night's news, Afghanistan . They desperately seek a safe place to raise their children.

In the late fifties hundred of thousands of Europeans flooded out of Europe for the same reason. 

Hundreds of thousands of Russians living in Ukraine are looking to Russia for protection from consequences of  the separation that occurred during the break-up of the former Soviet Republic. 

History continues to march on  with death, destruction, propaganda and the same mistakes 
repeated over and over. 

Billion dollar fortunes are made from weapons of mass destruction, including poison gas manufactured in  Western Canada.If we don't use it to kill people including small babies, I suppose  it doesn't count that it was made in our country and sold to whoever wanted to buy. 

And Canada's Prime Minister is ready to send young Canadians to fight and die while young Ukrainains high -tail it to Poland because they do not want to kill their cousins. And the government gives them sticks to fight with. 

That's reminiscent of the outset of the Second World War when the Polish Cavalry rode out to meet German tanks and howitzers. 

So I watched the movie, was inspired, then returned to terrible and stark reality.


Anonymous said...

It is a great story.

Anonymous said...

Leo Tolstoy wrote the novel War and Peace.

Where above is there any peace?

Or are we destined to live with war forever and a day?

Anonymous said...

I agree. It is difficult now to find any country that isn't a mess itself or participating in the messes of others.
[ Now someone will find fault with my grammar. ]

Anonymous said...

14:45- where's there money and power to be had, there always will be wars.

Anonymous said...

And the more basics. Food and water.

Anonymous said...


That's not necessarily the case.

There have been empires, forged through war, that have experienced lengthy periods of peace and prosperity.

But these have usually ended with another war.

So you're partially right.

Anonymous said...

"This blog is not available for anonymous comments to a post on Watt's Trending."

Then you should equally not publish those comments that promote the same site. You cannot have one with out the other.

Anonymous said...

WE could use more of Canada as a peace-maker and honest broker. The fact that Canada is now excluded from
many major negotiations weakens us.

Anonymous said...

Mankind is stupid. We keep doing the same thing to each other and expecting a different result.

Anonymous said...

Evelyn you have never been consistent.

When you say>>>
"Whoever wants to quarrel with Christopher Watts about his spelling and illustrations on his blog must do so on his terms. This blog is not available for anonymous comments to a post on Watt's Trending."

You can't allow this>>>
"Anonymous said...
Just went over to chris's blog. He's hilarious. This Center is truly embarrasing.

29 September 2015 at 21:17"

You need to either allow it or not. He's a big boy, you do not need to protect him.

Anonymous said...

8:55- If your talking about the TPP deal, that "exclusion" was just another example of how the US is looking out for their own $$ interests. It's business nothing personal. I'm sure Canada and Mexico got a bit miffed about the way it was done, and someone's ass should get the boot for not knowing that this was happening. Japan acting like they had no clue about what was going on is out right lying.

Anonymous said...

No, not just trade deals although they have been good examples of alienation of supposed friends. We do
not have any new ones as a result.
I meant at the UN where we could not garner enough votes for a ' temporary ' place.
And the Groups meeting regularly to discuss common interests.

Anonymous said...

@ 14:45
Perhaps it is you who needs to let the lady of the blog make her own decisions ? Like, MYOB......