The Art of Leadership and Lessons from the Past – Edward M. Kennedy


Edward Moore Kennedy

Edward Moore Kennedy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Leadership lessons  (Edward M. Kennedy)

 
“Ted Kennedy’s life is a reminder that much can be achieved by late bloomers; that you don’t have to have your career all figured out by the time you’re   
   25, 35, or even over 45.”
             – Sarah Green in a post on Harvard Business Publishing.

His life was marked by tragedy and somehow recklessness perhaps in his early years, but change within himself  later in life  made him become one of the greatest Senators in US history. He went through personal lessons of resilience and agonising redemption, realising that he had to face his own shortcomings., – which he did.

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We have to make sometimes very personal choices in life and whatever triggered his change,  he started to reshape his life in his late 50’s making him from the age of 59 until his death a most fascinating leader – showing that leadership starts with self-control and responsible decisions. However not only this.  If we are fortunate enough in life to find someone who loves us for what we are,  we may be able to multiply affection and love by giving of what we once received.

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Good leaders are just human beings as well, the last at times forgotten by the public and media.

The assassination of his 2 older brothers contributed to his first years of struggle and (hidden) heartbreak, – “Teddy” now representing his  “legendary” family following events in 1968.  However he really found a new voice whilst standing up for those not too well off in American society, showing to be a key figure amidst liberal principles.

Edward Moore Kennedy (February 22, 1932 – August 25, 2009) was the Democratic US  Senator for Massachusetts, serving almost 47 years. He was the second most senior US Senator when he died and the third or fourth longest-serving member of this college, being perhaps one of the most positive and powerful legislator’s in American history.

 

He was the last surviving son of Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Sr; the youngest brother of President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy (both assassinated in public service)  and Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., the last being killed in action in World War II; and the father of Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy. After the assassination of his brother John an Robert he was for many years the most important living member of  the Kennedy family.

Kennedy’s New York Times obituary described him: “He was a Rabelaisian figure in the Senate and in life, instantly recognizable by his shock of white hair, his florid, oversize face, his booming Boston brogue, his powerful but pained stride. He was a celebrity, sometimes a self-parody, a hearty friend, an implacable foe, a man of large faith and large flaws, a melancholy character who persevered, drank deeply and sang loudly. He was a Kennedy.”

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Following his failed presidential bid, Kennedy became one of the most influential members of the Democratic Party, and was later in the 1990’s called a “Democratic icon”as well as “The Lion of the Senate“.  Kennedy and his Senate staff wrote more than 2000 bills and more than 300 were enacted into law. Kennedy supported another 550 bills  becoming  law after 1973. Kennedy was most effective in dealing with Republican senators and administrations, sometimes even at the irritation of some Democrats. During the G.W. Bush administration, almost every bipartisan bill being signed had significant involvement from Kennedy. A late 2000s survey of Republican senators ranked Kennedy first among Democrats in bipartisanship, which should be an example for the Republicans (in 2011). Kennedy was committed to  the principle “never let the perfect be the enemy of the good,” and would agree to pass legislation he viewed as incomplete or imperfect with the goal of improving it down the road. Somehow different we see this with President Barack Obama as well. As long as it works for the better progress, often a good compromise is required. In April 2006, Kennedy was selected by Time as one of “America’s 10 Best Senators”; the magazine discussed that he had “amassed a titanic record of legislation affecting the lives of almost every man, woman and child in the country” and that “by the late 1990s, the liberal icon had become such a prodigious cross-aisle dealer that Republican leaders began pressuring party colleagues not to sponsor bills with him”.Even the Republican presidential nominee John McCain said in May 2008: …”[Kennedy] is a legendary lawmaker and I have the highest respect for him. When we have worked together, he has been a skillful, fair and generous partner.” At the time of Kennedy’s death, sociologist and Nation board member Norman Birnbaum wrote that Kennedy had come to be viewed as the “voice” and “conscience” of progressive America ( American progressivism). He worked on major issues of our time including civil rights, healthcare, the war in Vietnam, Watergate, and the quest for peace in Northern Ireland.

Kennedy’s passion was at times most powerful and contagious.  Besides this he was able to disagree on issues without making it personal. He was therefore greatly admired across the political spectrum.

What can we learn from him in terms of leadership, – without subdividing the issues too much?

1. “Stick- to – itiveness” and give it the very best performance.

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Whilst his performance at the start of his political career was a learning curve and subject for improvement he won his Senate seat for the first time during the Presidency of his brother, Jack Kennedy. He was perhaps in a fortunate position but for certain was he not “a celebrity Senator”.  He proved this after each re-election, especially when he began performing for his constituents and collaborating with his colleagues.

He had an unwavering tenacity and perseverance which did include in a steady pace mastering the details, studying and learning amidst changing issues.Kennedy rolled up his sleeves and earned his place, even through rough and threatening times. He continued planning , timing and cultivating a degree of patience. The reward for his “stick-to-itiveness” was that he knew he stayed the course by following “True Compass”

When Mitt Romney challenged Kennedy for his Senate seat in 1994, the crucial moment of their debate — which probably made  Kennedy win the re-election — involved Kennedy pressing Romney for the specifics on his health care plan, with Romney forced to  admit that he hadn’t worked out all the details. “Well that’s what you have to do with legislation,” the Senator replied. Kennedy knew the job. His career rewards followed from his service and perseverance to master the details to be required for progressive change.

Ted Kennedy faced various public crises which could have destroyed him, yet he proved to be resilient and able to learn.  He restored confidence in his leadership. The still-mysterious incident at Chappaquiddick where a young woman drowned nearly ended his career. Whilst showing at that particular time no courage and ducking accountability he bounced back by redoubling his efforts to do his job well. Even fumbling during an important interview during his bid for the Democratic Presidential nomination in 1980, he recovered by applying more energy and passion to his work in the Senate.  He was not perfect but he learned from his mistakes and became a better human being, persistent and committed as he was.  Besides this he never claimed victory for himself but was generously able to share credit

2.Find a purpose recognised by yourself as a very strong one.

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Kennedy reached a stage of mind  to feel that his live belonged to the community and his newly found values did suspend part of his ego. He rejoiced in burning up for the values he stood for before handing the responsibility for his course to the next generation. Ted Kennedy believed in public service as the best profession and in government to help all citizens getting their chance for a better quality of life. Once he found his voice and his core mission after overcoming some misery from the past his position and “Compass” were clear and often he spoke for the people who could not speak for themselves.  The goals were so important that he was willing to work with political opponents in the Senate to reach agreement on measures that served the people.He supported President Bush’s “No Child Left Behind legislation” for school reform.  The cause of children less privileged was that important to him that he rather would compromise and get a bit done whilst the alternative was no action at all. He took action by calling on higher principles which did resonate with principle centred members of the other party. He proved that his ability to compromise for a better outcome was a strength rather a weakness, the last based on ongoing efforts to build strong relations across the political spectrum. With at times an emotional appeal for what he thought to be right he was able to get the more intellectual minded on board from the other party. His emotional bank account on the Senate floor had a large surplus, he was well liked and well trusted on his views.


3.Never forget family & friends.

The hard-working Ted Kennedy was at heart a family man. After the assassination of his brothers he was the stronghold and the father for many amidst the larger Kennedy family, keeping people together, encouraging close to lost children, playing touch-football at the family compound in Hyannis Port and arranging  family outings to historic sites,-  apart from sailing away from the pier in Hyannis Port through the waters of Nantucket at the Cape. In spirit his late brother President John F Kennedy and Robert F Kennedy were always close to him and the love for his extended family guided him through tough times in his life. He was a role model for some of the Kennedy children and helped them with their own belief system and the power of the words: “I can” and “I will”.

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He did neither always agree with family nor friends but he was able to agree to disagree without losing his affection or staying amicable. Whilst being able to continue to be friendly and loving he was able to work together with a range of people, based on trust. He understood the power of being considerate  and friendly.

In summary:

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Did Ted Kennedy add value to life? Yes he did! He stood for the people who had no voice, trying through legislation to improve the living conditions of fellow citizens for many in his country. He made no major paradigm shift as eg Gandhi did with the perception of “non violence ” (under all circumstances). However Teddy Kennedy tried to mobilise the available recourses in the US Senate to help change at various levels. He stood by his principles but was prepared to listen and seek compromise for the better. He was a trustworthy icon in the US Senate working with an excellent team supporting him to work the required changes for the better. He was not free of mistakes and made a few but made good on them by getting a better person and sticking to his compass, which always directed him back to the original course of action. He had a mission, imagination and was both persistent and committed to give it the best performance, – at some stage not for his ego anymore but for the benefit of others. He did own up to his mistakes and learnt from them with a faith to allow eventually the higher power in himself taking over.

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With his belief system Involving the will of giving and with his own trials and errors in life, he showed us: “Together we can, together we will!”

And that’s enough, –  good enough!

Thank you!
 Paul 

Paul Alexander Wolf

https://paulalexanderwolf.wordpress.com/2013/01/06/we-dream-of-things-that-never-were-and-say-why-not/

 

US Presidential profiles in violations of Justice. (Part 9 – former President W. J. Clinton)


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English: Official White House photo of President Bill Clinton, President of the United States. Русский: Президент США Билл Клинтон,официальное фото Белого Дома. Ελληνικά: Επίσημη φωτογραφία Λευκού Οίκου του Προέδρου Μπιλ Κλίντον, Προέδρου των ΗΠΑ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The 42nd US President William (“Bill”) Jefferson Clinton

 “Part  of  our  essential  humanity  is  paying  respect  to  what  God  gave  us  and  what  will  be  here  a  long  time  after  we’re  gone.”   – Bill Clinton.  (1946 –      

Born 1946 in Hope (Arkansas), Clinton graduated at both Yale Law School and Oxford. Between 1973 and 1976 he lectured law at the University of Arkansas. Before he was elected to the position of State Attorney General in Arkansas (1976) he married Hillary Clinton in 1975. His childhood was somewhat troubled the least and it has amazed what he made of his life. It makes you realise there is for most of us in the more advanced countries a free choice in life to make the most of it. Despite my critical remarks perhaps we need to keep this in mind as from my perception – whatever will be said about Clinton, and whatever flaws he had – he did very well from this point of view. He made the most of it and his 2007 book about “Giving” (>”how each of us can change the world”<) shows Clinton at a different dimension, more mature than at the early stage of his Presidency, – not to speak about his time as Governor in  Arkanson. I guess most US Presidents in retrospect may realise that there have been times that circumstances could have been dealt with differently, – with a better outcome for humanity.

In 1978 he became at the age of 32 the youngest person ever being elected to the position of Governor in Arkansas. He served 5 terms until 1992.  He worked on educational reforms and Arkansas’s roads, with his wife Hillary leading a successful committee on urban health care reform.

Clinton became a prominent figure among the New Democrats.The New Democrats, organized as the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC),  has been a branch of the Democratic Party which called for welfare reform and smaller government, a policy supported by both Democrats and Republicans. As a Chair of the National Governors Association from 1986 to 1987, Clinton was in a position to give the Democratic response to the then US President Ronald Reagan after Reagan held his State of the Union Address in 1985, which brought Clinton to an audience  beyond Arkansas. Obviously this was the purpose  as Clinton had ambitions beyond Arkansas. The Clinton’s’ had  however personal & business matters during the 1980s included various transactions which became the reason of the Whitewater investigation later on.

Ken Starr became later a relentless investigator on Clinton’s affairs.  This really troubled the later President in person but not as such his Administration. After really most extensive investigations over several years, no convictions were ever made against the Clinton’s related to the years in Arkansas. This most to the sadness perhaps of Ken Starr.

Readers of the series about US Presidential profiles in violations of justice may recall the last edition about the former US President G.H Bush. In particular in this case the Iran-Contra scandal in which an airport in Arkansas (Mena) was used for a large illegal CIA operation, involving large quantities of drugs to be sold with the profits to be transferred to a fund to support the Contras. The details are reflected in the last edition about President Bush,sr, – but underneath is reflected what President Clinton had to say about those issues when he was US President:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxaFGsdGxnc&feature=player_detailpage                                                                                                                                         (What President Clinton had to say about the Iran-Contra scandal and Mena airport in Arkansas being used)

On the issue of violations of Justice Clinton may argue differently, but the controversy is quite clear and the incriminating reason is that he did neither act in terms of facilitating Congress to make formal enquiries and investigations, nor did he support the legal system to do its work once this was requested in his own State where he was the Governor of State, apart from ignoring a public request to take matters further. It is fair to say that he started his US Presidency compromised over the Mena issues and the question is why. His achievements in general have been so good, his prospects were already so positive at this young age that courage and integrity would have been an added bonus on this otherwise remarkable man. We don’t know why he did not act. However not acting whilst seeing high level Federal Crime in such a position and at such an amazing level makes you a culprit in conspiracy as well. There is a duty to report at this level of politics and there are many ways to prevent an assassination if this would have been his concern.  Sharing information at an proper forum as detailed and correct as possible would have been a preventative and the best forum would have been US Congress. At the highest place in politics we are not allowed to be indifferent against the injustice we face and life asks from us in such positions of power and capacity to act in the positive, to act against evil and injustice. Always however with common sense and extensive research or intelligence being available. Like the Press has a duty to face the  facts as they are and present them candid and clear, US Congress has a duty as well to face illegal dealings and present the facts both candid and with clarity as well, if such occurs at the highest Executive Branch. It is just a matter of following protocol.

What could be the reason Clinton did not act?

The other reason could have been his potential concern that if he would obstruct Bush/Reagan and the CIA his chances of ever becoming US President would be obstructed from various corners. We really don’t know what his considerations were at the time. We only know from this video that he tried to talk his way out with incorrect information, and the last happened on more occasions, not only as US President. It would be however interesting to know from him why he decided as he did in retrospect. Obviously if a genuine concern would have been that he could ruin his chances on the US Presidency, it does show both ways. Again a reflection on character and integrity, but on the other hand the political system. The last perhaps neither allowing nor permitting facing crime and injustice “head on”. Having said this, it is required to do so sometimes when Government actions are both against the law and the Constitution.

George H. Bush left a legacy of economic recession and public dissatisfaction whilst Bill Clinton during the Presidential elections in 1992 was able to inspire change and hope. When he did defeat George H Bush, as such an era of a 12 years lasting Republican Administration in the White house ended.

Clinton was inaugurated as the 42nd President of the United States on January 20, 1993. In his inaugural address he declared: >”Our democracy must not only be the envy of the world but the engine of our own renewal. There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America”<.  Let’s face it, he was an excellent speaker, this was spot on! But the reality was different for both him and America, as the reality is often different from what we like to see. The US is still not the engine of its renewal and the efforts and proportion of success in this direction is highly dependent on the quality of law enforcement, maintaining the principles of Democracy and both the required level of perception and application of justice.

Bill Clinton’s achievements in the White House were  most considerable in various areas, including the shift from a record deficit to a record surplus, creating new jobs, helping families and communities, improving education, really challenging crime, and moving many Americans from welfare to work. Both healthcare and environment got significant attention and on foreign policy he was importantly able to keep peace. The last being the topic perhaps of our time, a topic much underestimated by so many.

Clinton’s Presidency started actually less than two years after the fall of the Soviet Union, and his administration’s foreign policy  dealt with conflicts in Herzegovina, Kosovo, Haiti, Somalia and Rwanda. He really made personal  efforts to try to end conflicts in the former Yugoslavia, Northern Ireland, and the Middle East, with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict having special attention. Clinton signed the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 which was a bipartisan agreement indicating  support to change the regime in Iraq. I will come back on this as it may be fair to say that intelligence at the background of his Administration increased both efforts in Afghanistan and issues surrounding  Iraq, – the last being an increasing concern. It is difficult to believe however that the 9/11 matter as it presented at the early start of the G.W.Bush Administration arrived totally out of the blue, that there has never been any intelligence warning before.  The administration unsuccessfully attempted to capture or assassinate Osama Bin Laden on three different occasions, the last finally being  killed by U.S. special forces in 2011.

The Iran Contra affair with the use of  Mena airport in Arkansan when Bill Clinton was a Governor there, was for some a continuing issue of concern. There was more.  Patrick Matrisciana created a film in 1994. This video investigated the deaths of Vincent Foster and  BCCI, Dan Lasater.  Those deaths were part of a conspiracy theory known as the “Clinton Body Count“. The deaths listed in this  film have been largely discredited and debunked as containing deliberate bias, produced by people opposing Clinton. The Kenneth Starr investigations started in August 1994, which was a profound predicament for Clinton. He kept however concentrating on his work despite his anger about injustice being done to him, which he claimed to be a Republican conspiracy. However in a 1994 letter to congressional leaders, William Dannemeyer listed 24 people with some connection to Clinton who had died “under other than natural circumstances” and called for hearings on the matter. His list was largely taken from a longer list compiled by Linda Thompson.  Areas of controversy included:

Without going too much in detail on those issues, it is fair to say that some questions remain questions but that Kenneth Starr was not particularly Clinton’s best friend. If Kenneth Starr would have found any slightest evidence of Clinton being involved in privately arranged assassinations, – needless to say that Clinton would have been impeached. Bill Clinton became reelected in 1996 and he was both a charismatic and popular President, able to keep up peace besides promoting peace at an international level.

Legislative achievements are as mentioned considerable:

1993: Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993  ,Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act ,1994: Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement ActCommunications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, 1995:  Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act, 1996:  Telecommunications Act of 1996Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996Small Business Job Protection Act of 1996Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act,   Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act,   Defense of Marriage Act,    Mental Health Parity Act,    Balanced Budget Act of 1997, 1997: Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997, 1998: Workforce Investment Act of 1998,   Iraq Liberation Act,    Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act,   Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act, 2000: Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000

His Administration unfortunately however was also attracting much public attention of the “Lewinsky affair” in the White HouseMonica Lewinsky was a White House intern and a relationship developed with the President which he denied followed by charges of  perjury and obstruction of justice. Though being initially impeached he was quitted by the Senate and he was able to finish his second term. The fact however remains that he acted both against the law and against the usual obligations of a President not to get engaged in this type of matters.  Apart from this he failed to act on the Iran Contra scandal before he became President. In 1994 the Arkansas State Trooper L.D.Brown told publicly via the American Spectator in 1994 that he had procured close to hundred women for Clinton from 1982 until he left the office of Governor in Arkansas. As it would seem, reportedly Monica Lewinsky was only one of the many female encounters during the Clinton Presidency.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiIP_KDQmXs&feature=player_detailpage                                                                                                                       (Female encounters..)

Dick Morris worked with Bill and Hillary Clinton during Bill Clinton’s successful 1978 bid for the position of Governor of Arkansas. He did engineer Clinton’s re-election to the Arkansas governorship after a major defeat at the end of Clinton’s first term. Clinton turned to Morris again after the mid-term elections of 1994, when Republicans gained control of the U.S. House and Senate. Clinton’s own chance for a second presidential term appeared to be limited. From early 1995 to August 1996, Morris was a principal architect of the Clinton-Gore re-election strategy.The friendship broke down.   (Dick Morris commented later: ” He (Clinton) had hundreds of women since he’s been in the White House.” Reflecting on the Clinton Cabinet members who blindly accepted his denials of “a potential affair” with Lewinsky, Morris said, “You had to be a moron to believe this guy after his record.” In taped conversations with Linda Tripp, an other White House intern revealed the president had once told her he’d slept with more than a hundred women during his Arkansas days.)

Morris became a critic of the Clinton’s since his departure, in particular Hillary Rodham Clinton and her run  for the US presidency. Morris has published various articles about the Clinton’s and also contributed to Hillary: The Movie, a documentary about her when she was a 2008 Presidential candidate. I guess there was at least a degree of frustration him being so outspoken about those issues when his friendship with the Clintons’ ended as during the friendship there were never comments of this nature, however it can’t be denied that Clinton had various legacies.

(In April 1998, former White House steward Michael McGrath detailed for Star magazine (April 1998) what he considered were Oval Office assignations between Clinton and former West Wing secretary Debra Schiff. A New York Times article reflected that Schiff’s access to Clinton was almost as close to Hillary Clinton’s and that of Vice President Al Gore. As the Lewinsky case became a “hot topic” up,  Schiff was transferred to the State Department.  Former White House staff director David Watkins went public in 1996 with claims that one-time Clinton girlfriend Marsha Scott (a trusted White House insider to both the Clinton’s), had continued a sexual relationship with the President. Scott remained at the White House as part of the few close associates from the Arkansas time. In this 1996 interview, Watkins indicated that Clinton was carrying on with 25-year-old Catherine Cornelius. Cornelius was mentioned in official White House reports as Clinton’s “distant cousin.” But neither Watkins nor the late Vince Foster, both of whom knew Clinton from his earliest days in Hope, Ark., had ever heard of Cornelius before.)

Tolerating Bill’s weakness,” said Hilary’s close friend Susan Thomases, “has always been part of her relationship with him.”

Harder to tolerate was public humiliation for Hillary Clinton. Time after time  again, she did defend her husband, even when the facts overwhelmingly suggested that he was lying.

It was not unlikely a  strange atmosphere to bring up their only child in such a White House environment and it may be assumed that it was a big job for Clinton to keep his secrets outside the public domain. It seemed more “headache” than benefit, some would say.

Whatever he did in private, whatever he disclosed incorrectly in public, – this behaviour has been a touchstone of his character as well, besides the many positives.

Like many Presidents he was not always that candid and honest. Knowing he reflected not rarely on matters besides the truth it seemed in crucial matters difficult to assess whether he spoke the truth.

In biblical terms we may compare somehow  or draw a comparison with David in terms how far one may be prepared to go against what is known to be wrong and hide matters. If required at all costs.

David committed adultery with Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah the Hittite. This woman becomes pregnant. David sends for Uriah, who is with the Israelite army at the siege of Rabbah. Davis asks him to lie to his wife and hide the identity of the child’s father. Uriah refuses to do so. David then sends him back to Joab, the commander on the battle field, with the instruction to abandon Uriah on the battlefield, “that he may be struck down, and die.”  David then marries Bathsheba and she bears his child, “but the thing that David had done displeased the Lord.” The prophet Nathan confronts David, saying: “Why have you despised the word of God, to do what is evil in his sight? You have smitten Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and have taken his wife to be your wife.” Nathan presents three punishments for this………….. The difference is that David (unreported) had neither to hide an Iran Contra scandal pointing at Mena, nor was he in a place to conceal Government involvement in 9/11 as part of a “Presidential Camorra”. Life was perhaps more simple in those days, but the temptations have been always the same. However for some more than for others.

From earlier editions of “US Presidential profiles in violations of Justice” we learnt that against all odds and justice Presidents were/are able to hide the truth on most vital issues, as they have background powers working for them, as long as they are working with those  background powers. The code of silence is a matter of Presidential honour and those who don’t stick to those code because they have the courage, and the vitality to do what is right are indeed at risk of an assassination, regardless whether they are US President or not. Presidents, whether they want it or not, have to keep secrets, – and some secrets are darker than others.  In essence it  is a reflection of good nature that Clinton after his Presidency continued working on matters adding value to both his life and others.

Obviously during the Clinton Administration there were the financial favors on various issues and favoring businesses who did support him or his campaign with moneys. Issues needless to say which could have been handled differently. On purpose I don’t go too much in detail about this as we may otherwise be sidetracked and loose the main issues.

Generally spoken  Clinton was in his different way very committed and his legacy after his Presidency may even exceed his achievements in the White House. He became involved in public speaking and humanitarian work and travelled across the world. Obviously his fees for those speaking tours were much, the least. With his evolving world view  related with his role as previous US President (but also restricted in this previous role), his philanthropic  legacy increased and Clinton created the William J. Clinton Foundation . The last to promote and address international causes including the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS and global warming.  His candid autobiography My Life was published in 2004 and obviously he became involved in his wife Hillary’s 2008 presidential campaign. Once Barack Obama got the Democratic ticket he supported the Presidential campaign in favour of  Barack Obama in 2008. In 2009, he was involved in the  United Nations Special Envoy to Haiti.  After the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Clinton together with George H.W. Bush created the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. In 2010, Clinton declared support with a keynote address for the inauguration of NTR, Ireland’s first ever environmental foundation.  Clinton visited Haiti on the 21st of July 2011 to witness the inauguration of a large permanent refugee village to give homes for the victims of the earthquake still living in temporary refugee camps in Port-au-Prince.

Besides the positives there are more serious issues to explore as well. Interesting before going to the next chapter is to look into the way the Clinton Administration dealt with the terror threat in the face of the 9/11 attack due to be happening  at the beginning of the Bush,jr Administration.  Did this attack came totally out of the blue?  – Was there no “work up” nobody was aware of?  – Clinton always defended the Government position, including the outcome of the 9/11 Commission.

Samuel Richard “Sandy” Berger  was the  United States National Security Advisor, under President Bill Clinton from 1997 to 2001. In this  position he assisted towards the foreign policy of the Clinton Administration. During this time he advised the President regarding the Khobar Towers bombing, Operation Desert Fox, the NATO bombing campaign against Yugoslavia, responses to the terrorist bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and the administration’s policy of engagement with the People’s Republic of China. He was also one of the prominent advisers and facilitator of the Camp David 2000 Summit.  We all know that the outcome of policies such direction is not based on the act or decision of one person. We know that a whole staff is involved besides military and CIA  intelligence during the preparations and before. We know as well that during the Clinton years there has been a significant  “intelligence build up” in Afghanistan and Pakistan for various reasons. We’ll discuss 9/11 and the reasons to go to war in both Afghanistan and Iraq later on discussing the Profile of Bush,jr.  But if we make a little jump in time and just go beyond 9/11. What do we see when the 9/11 Commission is starting its activities”?

Well:

Late 2003, Berger was called to testify before the 9/11 Commission about steps taken against terrorism during his earlier mentioned position and the way he provided information to his successor, Condoleezza Rice.  On the 19th of July 2004 it was announced that the U.S. Justice Department was investigating Berger for unauthorized removal of classified documents in October 2003 from a National Archives reading room before testifying before the 9/11 Commission. The documents were five classified copies of a single report commissioned by Richard Clarke,  detailing various internal assessments of the Clinton administration’s handling of the 2000 millennium attack plots. An associate of Berger said Berger took one copy in September 2003 and four copies in October 2003. After a long investigation, Justice Department prosecutors determined that Berger only removed classified copies of material stored on hard drives stored in the National Archives, and that no original material was destroyed.Berger eventually pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material on the 1st of April 2005. Berger was sentenced. Not important as such in the total picture of things. But we need to consider that those issues have been discussed between Clinton and Berger, and that Berger was prepared to do this on behalf of the former US President.  There are however mixed story’s whether all material returned and that nothing, not even a fraction  did not return.

Could it be possible that vital information was at stake and that this was one of the reasons that Clinton had “to show anger” in public about people who claimed 9/11 was (in part) “an inside job”?  The Justice Department initially said Berger stole only copies of classified documents and not originals. But the House Government Reform Committee later revealed that an unsupervised Berger had been given access to classified files of original, not copied, not inventoried documents on terrorism. Several Archives officials acknowledged that Berger could have stolen any number of items and they “would never know what, if any, original documents were missing.” Well, I guess this is interesting. It did raise obviously some questions, but not all questions are taken further if there are risks of a more “explosive background” to be revealed. We discussed the JFK assassination already. Likewise we discussed “Watergate”, US Presidents ensuring ongoing cover up’s. An illustration as well was the Iran Contra scandal. However also the “9/11 Commission” left more questions than that it answered.

According to the House report, Clinton “designated Berger in 2002 as his representative to review NSC documents” to the 9/11 inquiry. Berger made four trips to the National Archives.  He did so likely to refresh his memory before testifying first to the Graham-Goss Commission and then to the 9/11 Commission. Berger made his first visit in May 2002, his last in October 2003. What happened with the material in the meantime and why was he allowed to have such an unprotected access?  Perhaps the better question to ask is who did approve this? We know that part of the 9/11 investigations  took place behind strict closed doors and that the “behind doors conversations” with Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Clinton and al Gore were private conversations, touching base on national security. Reportedly Berger destroyed some documents during his four visits.  “The full extent of Berger’s document removal,” reports the House Committee, “is not known and never can be known.” Brachfeld met with DOJ attorney Howard Sklamberg. Obviously concerned that Berger had obstructed the 9/11 Commission’s work, Brachfeld wanted assurance that the Commission knew of Berger’s crime and the potential ramifications of it. Did he get it?  The documents do say he did not get it. What was the reason? On the 22nd of March, two days before Berger’s public testimony, senior DOJ attorneys John Dion and Bruce Swartz got back to Brachfeld. They told him that the DOJ was not going to tell the 9/11 Commission of the Berger investigation before Berger’s appearance. Again the question is why?  Who ordered the DOJ to refrain from this notification as part of normal procedure?

We can’t help it to think that to keep Clinton’s version of events leading up to 9/11, (for which he had to testify privately) he had dispatched Sandy Berger to the National Archives, at the risk of Berger’s career and reputation, and to edit the official record. If we look at the broader context of Clinton being a person trying to hide vital matters becoming public (like he did with the Iran Contra scandal and the CIA activities at Mena airport in Arkansas),  this would seem to be a reasonable assumption.

 On the 4th of October  Clinton descended on Weldon’s Pennsylvania district. In campaign mood but not without reason. “I will not make a single stop in this campaign season that means more to me than this one — not one,” he told a crowd of nearly nine hundred at a Sestak rally. On this occasion, Clinton was really telling the truth. But there was a very personal interest for him.
Weldon the Republican opponent, who had secured 59 percent of the vote in 2004, held a seven-point lead in the polls over the Democratic nominee Sestak. This would not last. During the week after Clinton’s visit, events took a less public but more sinister turn. It is difficult to say who orchestrated these events. If there were investigations, the former assistant U.S. attorney Melanie Sloan and the assistant U.S. attorneys should be questioned with the DOJ who shared the  Democratic sympathies, especially Howard Sklamberg, Bruce Swartz, and Glenn Fine. It seemed trivial but it was not trivial. On the 13th of  October Greg Gordon of the liberal McClatchy Newspapers Washington Bureau revealed a profound damning story, detailing on the Justice Department  investigating whether Weldon had traded his influence for “lucrative” lobbying contracts for his daughter. Gordon referred to “two sources,” both anonymous (obviously). One being described “a federal law enforcement official. ” The second was  not described at all. Although Gordon admitted that “it is possible at this stage of the investigation that nothing will come out of it” this uncertainty did not stop the McClatchy Newspapers from blasting the anonymous leak nationwide. Still, Gordon had not come looking for this story. Someone had to alert him to it and introduce him to two sources willing to talk. Nothing ever did come out of this but the damage was done, for an election purpose obviously. For Weldo things got dramatic  quickly. On Monday morning the 16th of  October, the FBI raided the homes of Weldon’s daughter and a friend, allegedly for fear that documents would be destroyed. This prompted very public raids.  Midday that same day a group of some  twenty Democratic activists were protesting outside Weldon’s district office in Upper Darby, carrying matching signs that read, “Caught Red-Handed.”  Obviously this was coördinated action. Why Clinton had such a personal interest was not because he was a Democrat. There was something else.  On the 7th of November  Sestak won with 56% of the vote. Americans were told  having  enough of that Republican “culture of corruption.  FBI Director Robert Mueller appeared before a Senate Judiciary Committee on December 2006 with serious issues to answer for. According to the Associated Press, he admitted to being “exceptionally disappointed” about the leak made public on October 13, 2006 that Pennsylvania congressman Curt Weldon was under investigation for influence-peddling. The question that the media should have asked was  “Why Weldon?” What  inspired Sandy Berger, the Clinton’s, the Democratic Alliance, CREW, and just about every key player in the Clinton national security apparatus to get rid of Weldon’s potential political status?
Berger was not the only Sestak supporter to have a cloud hanging over his head. Donor John Deutch, formerly Director of Central Intelligence, had signed a criminal plea agreement in connection with his mishandling of national secrets a day before being pardoned by the outgoing President Clinton. The 10-term Republican Congressman Curt Weldon had committed one unforgivable crime: investigating the intelligence failures of the Clinton era. Members of Bill Clinton’s national security team have joined together to defeat Pennsylvania Republican Curt Weldon’s House re-election bid that particular  November – in what looks like retaliation for Weldon’s efforts to expose  the Clinton administration’s “Able Danger scandal”.

Weldon went reportedly public in June 2005 with news that Clinton administration lawyers prevented the Defense Intelligence Agency’s “Able Danger group” from blowing the whistle on two al-Qaeda terrorists who would later pilot the planes that destroyed the World Trade Center.

Though the media downplayed Weldon’s bombshell, a number of high-ranking Clinton officials apparently had not forgotten.

The “Sept. 11 Commission”  did investigate  a claim that U.S. defense intelligence officials identified ringleader Mohamed Atta and three other hijackers as a likely part of an al Qaeda cell more than a year before the 2001 hijackings but did not send the information to law enforcement. Republican Curt Weldon, vice chairman of the House Armed Services and Homeland Security committees, said that the men were identified in 1999 by a classified military intelligence unit known as “Able Danger.” An earlier link to al Qaeda than any previously disclosed intelligence about Atta is correct if this is true. “The 9/11 commission did not learn of any U.S. government knowledge prior to 9/11 of surveillance of Mohamed Atta or of his cell,”  co-Chairman of the “September 11 Commission”  Lee H. Hamilton said.

The reaction of many 9/11 families on this late information is not surprising as it would seem this has not been properly investigated.  The question is about why  didn’t “Able Danger” report their finding to the FBI? Why wasn’t Atta and other 9/11 terrorists put on a watch list even though there was evidence of their terrorist ties? Have there been profound failures or were there other reasons which needed to be concealed at all cost?

The truth is that “Able Danger” was banned from sharing information with the FBI. One of the 9/11 commissioners herself was  deep in Clinton scandals including “Chinagate”. Jamie Gorelick was Janet Reno’s right hand “man” in the Justice Department.

The answer to the question about why this new information came that late, being banned from the Commission, is because Jamie Gorelick was on the Commission for the purpose to hide information, as such to protect the position of former President Clinton, – as it would seem.

Whilst  the Republican Curt Weldon was no longer a Congress man and in a place to raise fundamental questions based on “transparency”, being  replaced now by the Bill Clinton-sponsored retired Navy Admiral Joe Sestak, debunking “Able Danger”  appeared to be  just a piece of cake, and this was Clinton’s aim. He was long enough in politics to know how the system works. The FBI was deliberately out of control and directed as such as there were higher interests at stake, by no means to be revealed. It is early day to say whether the “9/11 Commission” was a deliberate attempt to give a cover up for public satisfaction, as did the “Warren Commission” at the time of the JFK assassination. Personally I tend to think they did, on the other hand I have some difficulty to really believe it now, – lacking access to vital information, as such an assessment is subject to prove. However more about this in the chapter about President George W.Bush.

Weldon believes he became the target of the National Democratic Party because of his investigations into Clinton-era National Security scandals, including the sell-off of military technology to communist China.

Weldon had for sure marked reservations on the intelligence community, for clear reasons. He made efforts to urge  Congress to apply a stricter oversight of an intelligence community he believed was “out of control.” Without commenting on the broader context and background his assessment was correct.

It’s an issue both former US President Truman and Eisenhower warned for. It is part of the reason former US President John F Kennedy died for as well, as he did resist conspiracy and the overpowering  CIA  presence  in  the  United  States and elsewhere.  Clinton did not carry this  torch forward in terms of personal courage and integrity, he was too much compromised already. However: bright, talented and charming. Having said this, Clinton’s White House legacy could have been far more, far better, with an enduring impact on American history if had shown more courage and integrity at times of controversy.

The YouTube images below are interesting: What role takes Clinton?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pk7-XfE7KcU&feature=player_detailpage#t=58s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrlsAWEqgaI&feature=player_detailpage#t=45s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jS2xj1M_N9k&feature=player_detailpage#t=52s

The last one is the Kennedy (JFK)  speech about the dangers of secret societies. It still applies, it even got worse. Bear this in mind for the next chapter in particular about George W.Bush.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeYgLLahHv8&feature=player_detailpage#t=33s

The Presidential pardon’s of Bill Clinton: ?Deserved

This includes the list of people pardoned by a United States president. (Bill Clinton’s pardon’s have been widely considered as controversial)

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Profiles In US Presidential Violations of Justice – Front page (Part 1 of 11) on July 5, 2011

 
 
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Anniversary JFK assassination and review
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Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

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Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.

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Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.

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Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.

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The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.

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Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.

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A child miseducated is a child lost.

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The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways.

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The unity of freedom has never relied on uniformity of opinion.

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Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is also true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on.

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Let’s take the torch forward


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English: Posthumous official presidential portrait of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, painted by Aaron Shikler (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Good evening – or good morning – wherever you are at this hour.

Wherever you might be in your life, or wherever you will be in the future, – the future being the most important thing for all of usThe future we all cherish, – if we still have dreams or things to do.

The future which lives in us, – and we live in this future. A future still in which we are able to live our dreams and desires for a better world.

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The future is important for us because in the future lies our growth.

The growth which we all cherish for ourselves and for our children.

A future which will be the result of the decisions we make, either as persons, or as a people, – as citizens of the world.

What sort of future do we seek and what sort of world do we have?

Is what we see a world only of conflicting national interests and international fear, on a planet which bears the burden of increasing environmental degradation, – increasing disasters of nature and the risk of war?

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Is what we see only perhaps ourselves, trying to keep up with day-to-day life, finding a job , keeping a job and push as hard as possible to live the life we want to live for ourselves and our family?

A world of hope perhaps, – despite the enormity of sorrow?  A world with a future, despite agonising questions about both the past and the present? – –

Whatever the way we live and in whatever circumstances we are, there is still a world with opportunities,  if we are able to decide to live up to that future and face the questions as they are, – find the answers and actions which we need. The questions, answers and actions of our time, – as one global community.

A future in which we hope to survive the challenges which we face today, in our time, and for all times. Not only for this generation, but for all generations. For our children and their children. Long after we have gone ourselves.

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In our days as a human race, we need to be remembered not for the victory of wars, but for the victory of the human spirit, which dictates us to show our common humanity at all corners of the world.

Is this our quest for peace?

It is my wish to discuss some of the major challenges of our time, – the potential events we face as a people on this planet.  A pathway perhaps to take the torch forward to a new birth of freedom, – for all those people who seek this freedom and this peace, – unwilling as well to sacrifice the future of this world on the altar of increasing nuclear threat or war. War either by miscalculation or misinterpretation the nature of people, or disaster by underestimating the force of nature itself.

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Let everybody know that in the long history of the world, we are still embattled in the search for this new birth of freedom, based on the perils of liberty and a free choice. Based as well on the examples of people who lived before us. Based on the aftermath of many wars,  and captured in the spirit of hope to live up to the standards and obligations of  this freedom. Freedom which looks to the future with responsibility, based on conscious, –  but knowing that human nature is neither perfect, nor will it ever be.

Many pointless wars have been endured and will again happen all over the world. Many families and soldiers still traumatized as a result of often ill selected battle fields, wherever they took place, wherever they may take place. Many people having to face death going to war, and if they survive  – having to face what died in their heart and their personal lives, as the human spirit does neither cope with e.g. the past killing fields in Vietnam & Cambodia,-  neither will it cope with the potential of mass destruction in the Middle East or anywhere else on this world.

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This will be our fate and that of our children, if the means by which we are able to fight wars are not extinguished from earth, or from our decisions to fight those wars. Too many countries with irrational leaders have potential access to nuclear energy, and may opt to set fire to this world.

War itself in some occasions might a necessary evil where the liberties of the free world are at stake, as happened e.g. in the 2nd World War. However, more and more is required to secure all efforts to reverse at an early stage the processes leading up to war, – as war with the long-lasting destruction ability as we have now –  neither predictable nor controllable when it starts – is no longer a rational alternative, – as President John F Kennedy once said.

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It is for us the living,  dedicated to the unfinished task of others and dedicated to the outstanding task still remaining,  to make our time a better time and to make our world a better place. To make our world a better and safer place to live, as there are conditions and circumstances on this planet of far more importance than the strict national interests as defined within the perceptions of existing nations. We need to shift the perceptions on the world as it developed in the last decades, to one of harmonising our global interest with our national interest, and educate the leaders of UN member states – mixed as the interests are – to do the same. To shift towards a global awareness on what is really important to survive together as a global community, interdependent as we are.

At the end of the day we are not only a world of Christians, Muslims or Jews. We are not a world of blacks and whites, but we are a world of people with similar needs, occupying the same planet, having the same right on some space to live, the same right on food and water. We are all breathing the same air, and we all mortal and fragile in our basic humanity.

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All of us – at some stage – will be struggling with disease, – physical and mental decline, – and many of us will be affected by the increasing agony of our environmental degradation, including the disasters of nature, –  of any kind.

There is too much to say and far more to add.

But blessed are those people who are the peace keepers in this world, – those politicians as well, who affirm to peace and shy away from military confrontation, but stick however to the principles of finding solutions for both national and international problems.

Those principles do not only include solutions for both the roots of hatred and violence on this globe, but help to erode the barriers from past generations, and give new directions for different ways – and old perceptions to change. Those principles include the use in this generation of different and new requirements, adapted to the needs of tomorrow. The last not only as part of our national interest, but foremost as part of our global interest. Not only as part of the interest of our own environment, but as part of the interest of our global environment, which does not allow anymore to cut corners for the benefit of those who suffer the least.

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We have to carry forward the torch of the legacy of some  forebears, who stood for the same principles, who stood their ground – with this hope – and with this spirit – and we have to  renew this spirit in our time and for all times, within the endeavours for this generation and all generations.  The torch of protecting humanity at all corners of the earth.

Tyranny, poverty, disease and the prospect of war itself are the great challenges of our time. Where civilization does not succeed in the battle with those challenges, those challenges will succeed the battle to end the prospect of life on earth. As free people we end up with the last choice. As free people we may decide and if we  do not decide properly, our learning –together with our freedom will be in vain.

In too many cities and countries around the world, peace is not secure, because the obligations of freedom and a free choice are not fulfilled.

It is fair to say that in the world of today, still at least half of its population lives amidst the chains of poverty and disease, and many are the slaves of some of the so-called modern dictators – those who violate their conscious and their Creator – , those who are the champions of oppression, the jailers of freedom and the enemies of the free spirit of man. They include those people who make human rights abuses their business, the business of human trafficking included.

Divided we often are, united we can be– united in our efforts to ease the burdens of those who are born in the millions of families without the prospect of living in peace and proper education. Those families all over the world, often in conditions of war , and many of those people now the  new generation of refugees, always on the move from one place to the other. Homeless, in either their own or different countries. Not only as a result of war yesterday but as a result of climate change and other things “tomorrow”,  –  increasing sea levels and other disasters of nature.

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I think we should not simply add a new chapter to the misery of mankind, but write a new story on  the prospect of different frontiers in the history of humanity. And write this story in the hearts and the minds of people all over the world. A frontier which proclaims to protect life on earth and dictates wisdom in the use of our energies. A frontier which may reach all corners of this planet, if we decide to commit and not to compromise, – compromised as we often are..

Let it be said that when  we have the means to reach the moon, and save no cost to get this right, – or save no cost to fight the wars we should not fight, – we could change history by spending most of the required resources in building factories of hope for those who deserve it most. Not only in the countries of the rich, but together as well in the countries of the poor.

I think as  free citizens of this world, we need increasingly ask what to do about our global interest, because with the historic endeavours  we face to overcome the obstacles which will challenge our life in the next 20 years – united only our planet will survive with us – and we shall survive with our planet.

I think that on the mountains of civilization, we must put an end to the valleys of war and terror, before  war and terror may end the high ground of civilization.  If we don’t learn the lessons from history of too many wars and its potential destruction in the world of today, by not changing our thoughts on our culture, on real progress to make, – the history book of our culture and all cultures is closing in to an end.

However, rather than the terror of tyranny being allowed infiltrating the liberties of free man, let free man all together restrict the limitations of the tyranny from terror, wherever on this planet, whenever it strikes again!

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Where nations fail to act on the misery created or provoked in neighbouring countries, either by war or by the forces of nature, – they are collective responsible for the suffering of human beings.

Young citizens of this world without hope or education easily follow the recruitment steps of terrorists, with hatred among the domain of the living, and either violence or death within the targets of their armed domains.  We know what they can do, – we don’t know what they may do.

Still too many people enjoy the comfort of ill-founded opinions and not the discomfort of their inner thoughts which could be the motor of change, and part of our education needs to provoke our real thoughts about the future of our world, and the contributions we are able to make as simple human beings.

All people on this planet have the right to live within liberty and dignity for each other. We can’t turn back from this pledge at this stage for the world, without compromising the spirit of humanity, wherever country we may live.

We can’t turn away with so so many children to educate, so many families and jobs to protect, so many dispossessed people to care for, and so many economic and environmental problems to solve.  So much to deal with as well in terms of urban and rural poverty, and so many reconstruction to prepare for.

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Both the material and immaterial costs of war and preparing for it will create and contribute to increasing problems of instability, the misery of refugees, lasting terror, ethnic conflicts, increasing global financial crisis, – whilst there need to be still the resources for justified wars like the war against all this kind of poverty, the war against disease and the war against the disasters of nature and terror.

Let it be said that if we don’t put an end to the roots of terror and it’s ghetto’s, the ghetto’s of terror will worsen the risk of conflict at international level, – with potentially more people to be killed and incinerated in the fires of a nuclear encounter than at any time in the history of humankind.

I think where poverty more often creates the prospect of terror, we need to defeat the prospect of the worst poverty, as this is neither the domain of our humanity, nor the domain of real freedom and responsibility.

Where international misunderstanding and misalignment may put an end to mankind let it be proclaimed that humanity first and forever must put an end to international misunderstanding and misalignment, by principle centred leadership. The last which needs to be encouraged all over the world.

We faced many changes in history.

Production and industry changed and evolved. It shifted to highly qualified manufacturing and advanced service industries. We left the Industrial Age behind, but still follow the perceptions of the Industrial Age model in too many business entities, where people are “a cost” , and not an asset in an age of knowledge workers.

There is and has been an oversupply of workers at the lower end of the economy. Quite a number of those people ended in cheap labour at the bottom end of the income scale, not only in Europe or the US, but in other countries as well, where companies with their production lines and policies, shifted their lines of production to those areas overseas where the cheapest labour was possible.

I think we need to get a practical and principle centred approach where no one injustice, however grave, is above all others, and this approach needs to start in all communities where people prefer justice rather than injustice, where people prefer real communities rather than ghetto’s, whether they are the ghetto’s of the rich or the ghetto’s of the poor, as many ghetto’s there are..

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We live in a world where power decides outcomes and our approach needs to be practical based, on the moral realities and possibilities of our position to move things in the right direction. If we decide our direction with wisdom and restraint for the benefit of humanity, we may change the many imperfections from yesterday for at least some improvements tomorrow.

We know that the ark of Noah was not built on its own. Neither any major accomplishment was the work of one person. In the world of today we are more dependent on each other than ever before.

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We know as well that there are countries where people have no moral principles anymore. Principles to lift the darkness of their own conscious and attitudes.  More often  those people have seen too much violence, too much hatred, too much corruption and the worst examples of human living.  This only contributes to the imperfection of human nature and is not allowed to get into the mainstream of civilisation, as such cancer could destroy civilisation.

We are all mortal and have no permanent ownership on anything of this earth. However if one country denies an other country to exist and aims to prepare arms to destroy the other, the international community needs to cage this poison, before its venom may poison the region into the bitterness of death, – and the age into nuclear destruction.

And so, fellow citizens all over the world – our international obligation is not an obligation to bear nuclear arms, though arms we need, not an obligation to battle, though history faced us with battle, – but an obligation to struggle the battle of humanity for a better world, – to struggle and overcome the spirit of darkness in our time, which includes poverty, tyranny, disease, widespread global crime and corruption, the risk of self-inflicted ecological disaster, increasing disasters of nature, hyper consumption, – and finally war itself.

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We face global warming and our long-term sustainability is limited. We need to find new solutions for world water resources and end international water disputes, – we need to share our resources of knowledge and keep together the Oceans clean.

We need to make united efforts to protect habitats in danger, as on the long run increasing habitats in danger may endanger humans as well.

We tend to use unsustainable natural resources and with the growing global population we may have run out by 2075.  The choice to go nuclear in our energy supply by the so-called modern nuclear plants may evolve on a more global base, with ramifications often poorly understood at present.

Where the spirit of human kind is not ready yet for an enduring international peace, there is little room to increase the dimensions of nuclear energy. What is for peaceful use today, can be used for nuclear warheads tomorrow. Besides this the risk of radiation in even the best equipped powerplants are subject to failure if the unexpected strikes, either by nature war or terror.

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Some would say , and with justification, that our market forces operated across the global economy are potential most volatile and often irrational, – with strong fluctuating oil prices. Energy security is a matter of ongoing concern. Countries depending on eg gas from Russia and the Ukraine, as due to changing prices, may feel inclined to use eventually increasing nuclear power, – which will be  subject to widespread  suspicion as due to the potential on less peaceful use.

Under the “Kyoto Agreement “all EU countries are supposed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but with the lack of renewable energy sources more countries will use the new generation of Nuclear Power Stations, not only in Eastern Europe, but across the Middle East as well. Hence the united efforts to make the world a safe environment, and cut the potential of this power being used for destructive forces of any kind. Even conventional wars in countries possessing nuclear power plants, where such power plants are either damaged or destroyed, may give radiation ramifications far worse than the Chernobyl disaster  where those nuclear power plants become a target.

Going increasing nuclear in our energy supply will give the wrong message and is in a way cutting corners in terms of safety of our environment, at a significant cost of the next generations.

We face an increasing hungry planet with worldwide between 800 and 850 million people suffering from hunger, and widespread malnutrition in Asia, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Tajikistan and North Korea, – some countries with a long history of civil conflict. 

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It is well-known that the problems of Africa have enormous proportions, where most problems are rather political than environmental. Global rates of malnutrition are overwhelming. Somalia almost ceased to exist as due to hunger, nearly similar with Nigeria – the last by some considered as being the most corrupt country of the world. Of the world’s 50 poorest countries, 34 are in Africa, all of them with high HIV rates.

This is grossly our world in a nutshell – and there is far more than this.

Where East and West do meet in conscious and with purpose, with the required discipline passion and vision, there will be ultimately peace and shared resources of wisdom to solve the problems of this earth.

There where East and West meet at evil’s end, – there will be war and destruction, without the required resources to repair at any stage the global problems we may face in the aftermath.

Where the Assembly of the United Nations often appears not being effective enough in finding a common approach for resolving both the problems of the tyranny of poverty and the poverty of tyranny, this is mainly due to insufficient moral leadership of some of the membership countries.

Our global interests requires vigorously enforced non nuclear proliferation , supported by all nations on the earth. And those countries behaving outside such treaty, losing their credibility and provoking a nuclear or biochemical threat to others, – ultimately need to be caged with force if so required. The attitudes from yesterday are not the ethics for tomorrow, in which we face the world today.

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Our highest achievement is the preservation and cultivation of life, where this appears possible. If moral leadership is the core of our aspirations, responsibility at a global perspective will lift the world and will ease the burden of our planet, but not without national and international law enforcement.

Let everybody know that if we don’t erode old barriers, old barriers will erode us.

Let us not allow that any person or country destroys the idea of a new and better world, neither by violence nor war. Neither by living nor death. Neither by the mountains of our obstacles nor by the valleys of our despair, when we face what we have to face – to make responsible freedom come true..

And so we have no choice than to carry forward this torch. To carry forward and  set ourselves free from the slavery of the past, whether it is the slavery of the dictator or the slavery of our own thoughts, the slavery to either inflated perceptions or poverty at heart.

And so we may ask every day for the best possible perceptions. The best possible perceptions at any time we face, for both the better and the worse. For both the world in us and the world around us.

And then we may say: we are free, – free at last!!

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Thank you!

 Paul 

Paul Alexander Wolf

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https://paulalexanderwolf.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/rest-well-golden-eagle-in-memory-of-nelson-mandela/

 https://paulalexanderwolf.wordpress.com/2011/10/27/the-art-of-leadership-and-lessons-from-the-past-gandhi/