Despre politica întregirii familiilor si inamicii ei

Unchiul lui Stephen Miller, arhitectul politicii anti-imigratie a lui Trump, despre familia lor comuna de imigranti. O familie a carui stramos a plecat din Rusia in 1903, fugind de pogromurile incurajate de regimul tarist. Daca aceeasi politica s-ar fi aplicat atunci, un neam intreg ar fi ajuns in cuptoarele naziste; ceea ce s-a petrecut cu aproape toti cei doua mii de locuitori ai localitatii Antopol, actualmente in Belarus. Nu e vorba numai de o mare parte a locuitorilor Statelor Unite, ci si de însusi Trump, cu ai lui bunici si ale lui neveste… 

„I have watched with dismay and increasing horror as my nephew, an educated man who is well aware of his heritage, has become the architect of immigration policies that repudiate the very foundation of our family’s life in this country.

I shudder at the thought of what would have become of the Glossers had the same policies Stephen so coolly espouses— the travel ban, the radical decrease in refugees, the separation of children from their parents, and even talk of limiting citizenship for legal immigrants — been in effect when Wolf-Leib made his desperate bid for freedom. The Glossers came to the U.S. just a few years before the fear and prejudice of the “America first” nativists of the day closed U.S. borders to Jewish refugees. Had Wolf-Leib waited, his family likely would have been murdered by the Nazis along with all but seven of the 2,000 Jews who remained in Antopol. I would encourage Stephen to ask himself if the chanting, torch-bearing Nazis of Charlottesville, whose support his boss seems to court so cavalierly, do not envision a similar fate for him.”

https://whww.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/08/13/stephen-miller-is-an-immigration-hypocrite-i-know-because-im-his-uncle-219351

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Changing Sides – July 4, 2018 U.S. Independence Day

By Richard Rohr

God chose things the world considers foolish to shame those who think they are wise. And God chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. —1 Corinthians 1:27

You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.” But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun to rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. —Matthew 5:43-45

Christianity is a bit embarrassed by the powerless one, Jesus. We’ve made his obvious defeat into a glorious victory. Let’s face it, we feel more comfortable with power than with powerlessness and poverty. Who wants to be like Jesus on the cross? It just doesn’t look like a way of influence, a way of access, a way that’s going to make any difference in the world.

We worship this naked, homeless, bleeding loser, crucified outside the walls of Jerusalem, but we want to be winners . . . at least until we learn to love the so-called little, poor people—and then we often see they are not little at all, but better images of the soul. Yes, those with mental and physical disabilities, minority groups, LGBTQIA folks, refugees, prisoners, those with addictions, those without financial wealth—all who have “failed” in our social or economic success system—can be our best teachers in the ways of the Gospel. They represent what we are most afraid of and what we most deny within ourselves. That’s why we must learn to love what first seems like our “enemy.”

If we look at all the wars of history, we’ll see that God has unwittingly been enlisted on both sides of the fight. It’s easy to wonder what God does when both sides are praying for God’s protection. Trusting Jesus as the archetypal pattern of God’s presence and participation on Earth, I believe God is found wherever the suffering is. I believe this because that is precisely where Jesus goes. He makes heroes of the outsiders and underdogs in almost all his parables and stories. To miss that point is culpable and chosen ignorance. The awakened and aware ones—like Jesus and Francis of Assisi—go where people are suffering, excluded, expelled, marginalized, and abused. And there they find God.

Imagine, brothers and sisters, how different Western history and religion could have been if we had walked as tenderly and lovingly upon the earth as Francis and Jesus did. Imagine what the world would be like if we treated others with inherent and equal dignity and respect, seeing the divine DNA in ourselves and everyone else too—regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, appearance, or social class. Nothing less offers the world any lasting future. We must be honest about that—and rather quickly, I think.

 

Despre abuzuri, proteste, solidaritate si o victorie

Familia Bodnariu a castigat, pana la urma, batalia cu statul norvegian si si-a recuperat copiii rapiti.

De George Mioc, pe Ziare.com

„Rapiti, acesta este cuvantul. Eu nu mi-am ascuns niciodata credinta, dimpotriva. Sunt, deci, subiectiv si nu ma feresc sa spun ca ma bucur enorm de aceasta victorie. Dar acum nu vreau sa scriu despre aspectul religios al acestei istorii.

Victoria familiei Bodnariu este victoria unor oameni care s-au luptat pentru libertate. Au crezut in dreptul lor de a-si creste copiii asa cum doresc, au fost convinsi ca familia stie sa educe mai bine decat statul si s-au batut cu un sistem bazat pe barfe si delatiuni.

O paranteza: am observat cu tristete ca multi dintre cei care au sustinut ca statul norvegian a procedat corect refuza, si acum, sa vada unde au gresit. Isi mentin tezele false despre presupusa brutalitate a sotilor Bodnariu, invocand ancheta politiei. Nu este o ancheta noua!

Este vechea ancheta, demarata la sfarsitul anului trecut, care nu a dus nicaieri. Ma intristeaza ca oameni care sutin ca sunt liberi si toleranti preiau cu atata usurinta lozinci incorecte, mostenite de la regimul ceausist – „e ceva ciudat cu sectantii, precis isi bat copiii” – si fac apologia unui stat la limita absolutismului. Orwellian.

Sistemul norvegian care incurajeaza copiii sa isi toarne parintii este o monstruozitate cum nu am intalnit nici in vremurile staliniste. Psihologul Mircea Toplean a explicat clar „efectele devastatoare” asupra copiilor denuntatori.

„Acestia vor trai cu un coplesitor sentiment de vinovatie. Vinovatia ca si-au tradat fatal parintii genereaza cu usurinta un nucleu nevrotic, poate chiar psihotic”, a scris Toplean.

Nu este o opinie singulara, criticile la adresa Barnevernet au crescut exponential in ultimele luni.

„Este vorba mai degraba de interventii ale Politiei, mai degraba ca si cum ar trebui sa aflam ce este in neregula cu parintii”, a explicat psihologul Einar Salvesen, unul din cei 170 de semnatari ai unei scrisori care avertiza ca Barnevernet este o „organizatie disfunctionala care face erori grave de judecata, cu consecinte profunde”.

Abuzurile acestea se petrec de multi ani in Norvegia, care are o anumita traditie in a demola vietile copiilor. Drama celor 9-12.000 de copii nascuti in timpul celui de-Al Doilea Razboi Mondial din relatiile unor norvegience cu militarii germani este cunoscuta, nu mai insist asupra acestei rani inca deschise.

Numarul copiilor luati de Barnevernet de langa familiile lor a crescut substantial in ultimii ani si sunt statistici care arata ca strainii sunt vizati cu precadere. Unii au cedat, altii si-au luat copiii inapoi fara sa mai ceara aprobarea statului norvegian si s-au refugiat in tara natala.

In cazul Bodnariu, eu cred ca secretul victoriei este solidaritatea extraordinara de care au dat dovada zeci de mii de oameni, care au iesit in strada si au protestat pe toate caile.

Nu numai comunitatea religioasa din care fac parte sotii Bodnariu a sprijinit acest formidabil demers, ci toti cei care cred in libertate si nu vor ca statul sa ajunga sa ne dicteze ce trebuie sa facem in propria noastra casa.

Repet, a fost o confruntare intre libertate si un stat cu tendinte absolutiste.

Succesul familiei Bodnariu in confruntarea cu Barnevernet poate fi o lectie din care romanii au ce sa invete. Cu un pic de organizare si cu multa determinare, poti stopa abuzurile autoritatilor.

In noiembrie, cand zeci de mii de oameni au iesit in strada dupa drama de la Colectiv, si in decembrie, cand ciobanii au luat cu asalt Parlamentul, am vazut cat de mult se tem politicienii romani.

Strada este o solutie la limita, dar folosirea acestui instrument este legitima atunci cand mecanismele democratice si justitia nu functioneaza. In Norvegia asta s-a intamplat: statul si-a intemeiat masurile opresive impotriva familiei Bodnariu pe declaratiile secrete ale unor minori – fapt inacceptabil in orice alta tara.

In Romania am avut deja parte de un exercitiu complet nedemocratic, alegerile locale, chiar daca se pare ca multi au uitat deja. Acum, oligopolul transpartinic al vechilor politicieni, corupti si imbatraniti in rele, si-a aranjat si o legislatie a alegerilor parlamentare care sa-i asigure supravietuirea si dupa alegerile parlamentare.

Daca mecanismul alegerilor din toamna se va dovedi a fi viciat, ma tem ca romanii vor fi nevoiti sa invete cum a invins familia Bodnariu absurdul stat norvegian, daca vor dori sa isi recapete libertatea de a decide soarta tarii lor.”

Adaug, la rândul meu, cât m-a uimpresionat dovezile de solidaritate daca vreti, „transconfesionala”, a românilor din tara si din strainatate. Ceva rar.

Caligula, again

From a blogger in Quora:

During the GWB Administration the unwritten motto of the Bush State Department was the same as that of Caligula of Rome: “Oderint dum Metuant” – Let Them Hate So Long As They Fear. At the time Bush believed that the US was strong enough to deal with any threat and that he could squash it like a cockroach. As Bush discovered, cockroaches are not that easy to kill. Bush was most certainly feared – but he was not respected anywhere in the world. Does anyone remember the episode where Bush molested Angela Merkel on live television? Was that a proud day for American respect?

What, then, can we expect from Trump? Will he engender respect by abrogating important and long standing treaties? Will he earn respect by pulling the rug out from our NATO allies at a critical point when Turkey is turning toward Putin? Will he earn respect when he turns a blind eye to any Putin transgression in the Ukraine or the Baltic? Does he earn respect when he is so ignorant of world affairs that he doesn’t realize the Crimea was a part of the Ukraine invaded by Putin? Does his constant lying and inability to stick to policy without changing it mid-sentence earn any kind of trust by our Allies?

It seems highly unlikely that Trump would earn anything but the derision of leaders and people all over the world. A man risked his life to throw shoes at Bush to show his disrespect. I can’t even imagine the horror of people all over the world if Trump is elected.

But would he be feared?

Yes. The entire world would be in total terror of the erratic and eccentric actions of Trump behind the wheel of a nuclear behemoth like the US. Based on his words, I would expect Trump to:

  • immediately move 30,000 troops into Iraq with ensuing combat and deaths, causing further instability and rage in the Muslim world
  • acquiesce on any action Putin wants to take in Syria
  • acquiesce on any violence, sabotage or outright invasion Putin employs in the Ukraine
  • acquiesce on any mischief, sabotage, cyberwarfare that Putin employs on the Baltic
  • remove all sanctions on Russia — the Republican Platform already calls for weakening them based on Trump’s insistence
  • antagonize Iran to the point that they abrogate the Obama Iran Nuclear deal and re-start their nuclear program
  • threaten wide-scale bombing of Iran and possibly carrying it out
  • threatening NATO allies if they don’t pay the US billions in extortion fees
  • turning Mexico even further against the US and hurting trade
  • nuclear weapons use against ISIS
  • step up torture of the guilty and the innocent alike

There’s no way to tell where his recklessness will lead us but it will be feared the way an errant 2 ton cannon is feared when it parts its breeches and rolls uncontrolled across the crowded deck of a Man of War.

The world will be rightfully terrified. I will be also, and ashamed to be an American. Again.

By Jay Bazzinotti

Citesc si nu pricep

Un articol care începe, corect, cu indignarea. Atentatul din biserica din Normandia, grozavia, cauzele, etc. Dar la sfârsit dau de un atac la adresa democratiilor occidentale care, cica, nu ar face nimic si ar incerca banalizarea terorii. Asa sa fie…?

Antidotul propus, „redescoperirea unei dimensiuni militante” aflate, chipurile, într-o traditie (cea a razboaielor cu turcii???), nu mi se pare adecvat. De luptat, domnule autor, se lupta. Faptul ca nu se pot promite victorii nu e acelasi lucru cu defetismul. Iar daca pe undeva pe dedesupt e vorba de „radacinile crestine ale Europei”, as observa ca ele exista oricum, dar copacul de peste radacini a crescut asa cum a crescut, si azi arata mai degraba a hibrid, oarecum monstruos… dar faptul e ca ESTE. Pe când trecutul e trecut.

” A proclama public necesitatea familiarizării cu terorismul, în numele fatalismului resemnat ce echivalează cu o capitulare, este o strategie dezastruoasă şi defetistă. Democraţiile liberale au capacitatea de a se apăra, cu condiţia ca voinţa politică de înfruntare a inamicului să existe. Democraţiile nu sunt obigate să se transforme în autocraţii spre a supravieţui. Dar ele sunt obligate să se întoarcă la valorile pe care se întemeiază. Islamismul este în ofensivă atâta vreme cât Occidentul însuşi acceptă condiţia defensivei. Orbirea şi neputinţa sunt feţele gemene ale unui rău care macină Vestul- din acest rău se hrăneşte capacitatea islamismului de a fi ubicuu şi agresiv. Democraţiile liberale trebuie să îşi redescopere dimensiunea militantă care le permite să prevină extinderea maladiei afectând propriile lor societăţi.

Războiul civil purtat de islamism şi de celulele sale este un război global. Prin ferocitatea sa, el evocă deceniile teribile în care terorismul palestinian ţinea ostatec naţiuni întregi, acompaniat de entuziasmul anti-israelian al stângii radicale generoase şi asistat de lagărul comunist.Democraţiile posedă anticorpii necesari spre neutraliza acest nou asalt. Dar pentru activarea lor este condiţionată de regăsirea încrederii în valorile noastre fondatoare. Terorismul poate invinge doar în condiţiile unei demobilizări suicidare. Provocarea este, pentru noi, una politică, înainte de toate.”

Ioan Stanomir

http://www.contributors.ro/reactie-rapida/islamismul-si-escaladarea-barbariei/