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Easter 2010: Greed, Ecocide, Genocide & Denial

EasterEaster is a festival that celebrates Spring and the renewal of life. The wonder of springtime renewal in all its glorious manifestations surely inspired notions of life after death as in the ancient Greek and Phoenician fable of Adonis that transmuted to the Christian story of resurrection. However, racism, greed and organizational incompetence is pushing the world downhill to genocidal and ecocidal terracide, the irreversible destruction of human and biological complexity.

The quintessential seasonal resurrection story is that of Adonis, the beautiful young lover of Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Aphrodite and Persephone, queen of the underworld, argued over who should possess beautiful Adonis. Zeus, the king the gods (although some say it was the muse Calliope) settled the dispute by allowing Adonis 4 months with Aphrodite, 4 months with Persephone and 4 months alone (as in seasonal progression). While hunting on Mount Lebanon, Adonis was gored by a wild boar. Aphrodite heard his death groans, and rushed to his side but he died in her arms. Aphrodite sprinkled nectar on Adonis, this becoming the anemone with its transient, wind-blown red petals. The daughter of their union was Beroe, beloved of both Dionysus (the god of wine and having a good time)  and Poseidon (god of the sea), and perpetuated in the city of Berytos (Beirut). The blood of Adonis becomes blood red river waters each spring when the Adonis River (modern Nahr Ibrahim in Lebanon) turns red as water from melting snow washes out iron oxide in its course. 

It is no coincidence that the similarly beautiful Christian resurrection story, celebrated at Easter time, in which Jesus Christ the Messiah dies for humanity and then  rises from the dead, is located in Palestine, adjacent to the ancient seasonal renewal and resurrection story of Adonis. 

However, these stories that attempted to make sense of the world in a pre-scientific era thousands of years ago have been set aside, together with the science that supplanted them, by world-bestriding and genocidal Anglo-American and Israeli racism, greed and state terrorism. The ultimate in this perversion is climate genocide that is set to kill 10 billion non-Europeans this century due to unaddressed, man-made climate change. However, the last 65 years since the end of World War 2 have been associated with over 1.5 billion excess deaths due to Western wars and neo-colonial hegemony. I have created a huge painting called “Qana” that illustrates this outrage (for the image see: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gideonpolya/4293063550/ ). “Qana” incorporates both the Adonis and Christ stories and uses the Double Golden Rectangle geometry of Picasso’s huge anti-war painting “Guernica” (based on the Nazi bombing of the Basque  town of  Guernica in April 1937) to illustrate the Israeli  destruction of the Lebanese town of Qana (for the second time) in 2006. 

The idea of the Kingdom of the Mind was promulgated by Orthodox Judaism - we render unto Caesar what is demanded of us by Caesar but otherwise we live our own decent  lives governed by earnestly discussed principles of ethics and morality. This beautiful Kingdom of the Mind was enough for Orthodox Jews who had no need of a race-based State, ruthless armies, race-based colonization, dispossession of Indigenous people, mass murder, ethnic cleansing, genocide, and possession of nuclear weapons – all these being the attributes of Anglo-American-backed, zionist-run apartheid Israel today. 

Indeed, genocidal zionism is a heresy and blasphemy according to universalist orthodox  Judaism which says that there should be no return to Zion (Jerusalem)  until the Moschiach (Messiah) arrives, revealing the glory of the Lord (Adonai) to the whole world (see the views of the Orthodox Jewish Neturei Karta, True Torah Jews Against Zionism, Jews Against Racist Zionism and “Zionism reconsidered”, an anthology of eminent anti-Zionist Jewish opinion edited by Michael Selzer). 

One can see from this why genocidal zionism is abhorrent to all decent, anti-racist, humanitarian  people around the world today, whereas in the first millennium of the Christian Era a universalist Judaism was very attractive to “non-Jews” and secured many converts in the Roman Empire and subsequently among Berbers (northern Africa and Spain), Khazars (southern Russia) and Yemenis (southern Arabia) (see “Jews Against Racist Zionism”, “Non-Jews Against Racist Zionism” and  the best-selling books “The Thirteenth

Tribe” by Jewish Hungarian Arthur Koestler and “The Invention of the Jewish People” by  Jewish Israeli Professor Shlomo Sand of Tel Aviv University). 

The Kingdom of the Mind idea transmuted into a flowering of secular, universalist intellectual life with the Enlightenment, this being assisted by the emancipation and secularization of Jewish people in Europe as they left the ghettos and became assimilated. Thus the extraordinary scientific culture of the 19th and 20th centuries involved ordinary citizens dutifully obeying the nation state promulgation of Jesus’ injunction  “Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s” (the New Testament of the Holy Bible, Matthew Chapter 22, Verse 21), but then conducting science in a very international Kingdom of the Mind. 

However, a shocking paradox in human history is that the Enlightenment that secularized ethics and morality from first principles was associated with capitalist perversion of concomitant science in pursuit of violent occupation, colonization, exploitation and genocide by European imperialists. Thus British Jewish Christian convert Benjamin Disraeli was an imperialist colonizer, war monger and mass murderer intimately associated with the Irish Holocaust (the 1840s man-made Irish Famine that killed 1 million Irish and sent 1-2 million overseas as emigrants) and the Indian Holocaust (about 500 million Indians died avoidably from deprivation under the rule of proto-Nazi Queen Victoria, an estimated 10 million being butchered by the British in the decade after the 1857 Indian rebellion against genocidal British rule; see “Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History” by Gideon Polya and “War of Civilizations: India AD 1857”, Volume 1 “The Road to Delhi” and Volume 2 “The Long Revolution”,  by Amaresh Misra). 

Because of the Christian prohibition of usury, money lending became a province of Jews. As big business arose and became increasingly linked with highly profitable propaganda (lying), wars (killing), colonization (theft) and genocide (race-based mass murder) from the 17th century onwards, so too did Jewish financiers. Thus the Rothschilds  made a huge financial killing by getting advance notice of the victory of Wellington at Waterloo in 1815. Clearly many non-Jews were also involved in genocidal capitalism, but Jews played a disproportionately  large role because of this usury-linked history of banking. 

European genocidal capitalism and colonialism perverted the Enlightenment by seeking philosophic and scientific justification for genocide and like crimes against humanity. This could work both ways. Thus British capitalists could tell the world how noble and humanitarian they were by abolishing slavery in the 19th century, whereas the reality was that they had discovered that enslaving people by poverty was far more effective than by chains (indeed all my wife’s grandparents were indentured labour “5-year-slaves” of the British and Australians in colonial Fiji in the early 20th century under the Girmit system that was only finally abolished in 1920). 

Conversely, all kinds of mendicant academic philosophers proposed convenient rationalizations for imperial colonization and genocide in the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia and the Pacific. The most clear-cut rationalization was based upon a vile societal application of the brilliant Darwinian theory of natural selection (see “The Origin of Species” by Charles Darwin) and the obscene notion that it was the “natural order of things” that people who could not compete with Europeans armed with industrially mass-produced guns should simply disappear from history. Even relatively enlightened writers such as H.G. Wells subscribed to this view (e.g. see the parts of H.G. Wells’ “The Outline of History” dealing with the genocide of the Tasmanian aborigines) and indeed this was the view I was taught as a child in primary school and high school in Tasmania (that as Van Dieman’s Land completely exterminated all full-blood Indigenous inhabitants in the short period of 1803-1876). 

For a brilliant account of the capitalist-imperialist  perversion of the Enlightenment read Sven Lindqvists’s “Exterminate All the Brutes”, a book that makes the connection between imperialist genocide (that Charles Darwin witnessed in Argentina when the Argentinian Indians were being mass murdered in the interests of companies listed on the London Stock Exchange)and Nazi German lebensraum-driven industrial mass murder of 30 million Slavs, Jews and Gypsies (1939-1945). The Nazis found that anti-Semitism was politically profitable both in Germany and in other European countries but the victims were overwhelmingly poor Jews who had nothing to do with war-making Jewish capitalists or traitorous zionists (who were promised a Palestinian home by British in 1917 as an inducement for trying to keep Russia in the war against Germany (see Zionist historian Martin Gilbert’s “First World War”, p373). 

The defeat of genocidal Nazism and blood-thirsty Japanese militarism was meant to bring an era of peace and brotherly love, and the post-war decolonization process was notionally consistent with this humanitarian dream. However the bombing devastation of European and Japanese  cities and the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki had already established the preparedness of victorious Anglo-Celtia to match the Nazis in commission of horrendous, unimaginable crimes against innocent humanity. Anglo-Celtia hit the ground running in 1945 with horrendous wars against subject peoples around the world and the killing continues in the 21st century. 

For a detailed account of the post-1945 carnage wrought on the world by the US (together with its UK, Australian and NATO allies) see William Blum’s “Rogue State”.  For a detailed summary history of every country in the world and an attempt at estimating the horrendous cost in human lives see my book “Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950”. It can be estimated that in the period 1950-2005 excess deaths (avoidable deaths) in the Anglo-Celtia-dominated world totalled 1.3 billion for the World, 1.2 billion for the non-European World and 0.6 billion for the muslim world, a muslim holocaust 100 times bigger than the 1941-1945 Jewish holocaust (5-6 million dead, 1 in 6 dying from deprivation) or the WW2 Bengali holocaust (6-7 million Indians deliberately starved to death by the British). The above 1950-2005 global avoidable mortality  estimates are consonant with independently estimated 1950-2005 under-5 infant deaths of 0.85 billion for the world, 0.8 billion for the non-european world and 0.4 billion for the muslim world. 

A critical transition occurred in 1967 when zionist-run apartheid Israel invaded its neighbours, seized all of Palestine and slabs of neighboring territory. It is believed that Apartheid Israel also acquired nuclear weapons at this point, an obscenity it was to share with its ally and similarly UK- and US-backed Apartheid South Africa. While the South African Apartheid regime was explicitly Nazi, the zionists had merely collaborated with the Nazis before and during the war and had the same racist philosophy. With its defeat in southeast Asia, the US turned its attention to the underbelly of the  Soviet Union, funding the 1980-1988 Iraq-Iran War and precipitating endless, still-continuing war in Afghanistan with the overthrow of the secular government of Afghanistan and funding of the Al Qaeda and Taliban resistance to the subsequent Russian invasion. With  the collapse of Communism in 1990 and the blooming of democracy in formerly US dominated Latin America, a dominant zionist-subverted US expanded its a massive and deadly program of mass murder into the muslim world. 

However, carnage in post-1950 US Asian wars (excess Asian deaths totalling 25 million) and in the US Alliance- and Israeli-imposed muslim holocaust (excess deaths total 0.3 million  in occupied Palestine, 1967-2010; 4.4 million  in Iraq, 1990-2010; and 4.5 million in Afghanistan, 2001-2010) is dwarfed by 22 million annual avoidable deaths due to first world global hegemony and 10 billion predicted deaths this century from unaddressed, man-made global warming (this carnage including 6 billion infants, 3 billion muslims in a 21st century muslim holocaust, 2 billion Indians, 1.3 billion non-Arab Africans,  0.5 billion Bengalis, 0.3 billion Pakistanis and 0.3 billion Bangladeshis). 

Yet just as colonial genocides proceeded apace for several centuries in the context of the advance of the secular Enlightenment, so the current carnage (0.7 million avoidable muslim deaths annually in the US Empire, 22 million avoidable deaths annually globally due to first world hegemony) proceeds apace  in a highly-educated world saturated with real-time news. 

My analysis of post-1950 avoidable mortality in “Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950”concluded that most avoidable deaths (16 million in 2003, currently 22 million) are due to deprivation, disease, violence and lying. Anglo-American and zionist greed and racism  are enabled by egregious lying by omission and commission in the pro-war, pro-zionist western murdochracies in a process fairly described as holocaust commission and holocaust denial. The man-made catastrophes in Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan merit the terms Palestinian holocaust, Iraqi holocaust and Afghan holocaust, respectively, and also the terms  Palestinian Genocide, Iraqi Genocide, and Afghan Genocide, respectively, with genocide as defined by Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention. 

However, while numerous Asian, American, African, European and Pacific societies devastated by Anglo-American imperialism, colonialism and genocide have, like Adonis and Christ,  returned from the Kingdom of Death (as optimistically implied by my “Qana” painting), the prospect currently facing humanity and the biosphere is one of massive, mostly irreversible destruction that merits the terms climate genocide (deliberate, climate-based destruction of particular groups of people), ecocide (destruction of ecosystems) and indeed terracide (killing of the biosphere). 

At an average surface temperature increase of 0.8 degrees centigrade above that in 1900 (and with predictions that this will rise to at least 2 degrees C this century) there is already massive climate disruption (accelerating glacier and Arctic sea ice melting, doubled tropical hurricane intensity, accelerating sea level rise, droughts, floods, insect predator-induced deforestation,  ocean acidification, increased forest fire extent, and massive ecosystem destruction).  The extinction rate for animal species is now 100-1,000 times higher than normal and one third of the world’s corals have died, with the remainder facing near-total destruction within several decades. 

Professor James Lovelock recently told the UK Guardian (29 March 2010): “I don't think we're yet evolved to the point where we're clever enough to handle as complex a situation as climate change. The inertia of humans is so huge that you can't really do anything meaningful.”  That inertia is clearly compounded by extraordinary climate change denialism deriving in part from lobbying by polluting corporations. The denialism over horrendous man-made mass mortality  heavily derives from pressures on neoconservative and zionist-beholden media, politicians and academics. 

The climate change denialism in the face of overwhelming scientific consensus is mirrored by denial in relation to human mass mortality. Thus searches on Good Friday 2010 of the UK BBC and Google for the following key terms used by sensible scholars to describe the current catastrophes yield the following number of results from the BBC/results from Google (noting that many of the meagre results  obtained in the BBC searches are not actually relevant to the matters discussed above):

“racist zionist”(1/ 9,550), “racist zionism” (1/ 18,700), “climate denialist” (3/ 24,500), “climate change denialist” (0/ 301,000),  “climate denialism” (0/ 26,400), “climate change denialism” (0/ 807,000), “murdochracy” (0/ 25,600), “Palestinian holocaust” (0/ 33,500), “Iraqi holocaust” (0/ 30,700), “Afghan holocaust” (0/ 13,800), “climate holocaust” (1/ 5,630), “Bengali holocaust” (0/ 6,790), “Indian holocaust” (0/ 82,000), “Palestinian genocide” (1/ 7,380) , “Iraqi genocide” (0/ 26,000), “Afghan genocide” (0/ 15,100), “Bengali genocide” (0/ 1,830), “Indian genocide” (1/ 17,000) ), “climate genocide” (0/ 34,200), “excess death” (5/ 29,800), excess mortality” (9/ 313,000), “avoidable death” (27/ 27,100), “avoidable mortality” (1/ 39,200), “under-5 infant deaths” (0/ 81,700), “ecocide” (5/ 86,800) and “terracide” (0/ 182,000). 

BBC denialism indeed. The UKGovernment  may not censor Google (yet) but the neoconservative and zionist-beholden BBC’s egregious, holocaust-ignoring  and genocide-ignoring non-reportage certainly does. 

As Jesus Christ told Peter the night before His crucifixion: “Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice” (The New Testament, the Holy Bible, Matthew Chapter 26, Verse 34). 

Peace is the only way. Silence kills and silence is complicity. Please inform everyone you can before it is too late.


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