Saturday, December 24, 2016

What is the best form of defense?

Donald Trump has announced his intent to expand U.S. nuclear capacity as a deterrent to attacks against the United States.

President-elect Trump didn't say he will reserve U.S. nuclear weapons for defense of the U.S. only, but during the campaign, he declared that he is putting America first, so that puts into question whether he will stand on past agreements to defend NATO allies in the event they are attacked. He also said he will dismantle President Obama's programs, so Obama-era agreements are also in question.

Is this the best form of defense?

On December 12th, the U.S. Court of Appeals heard arguments from an Iraqi woman that George W. Bush waged an illegal war, an act of aggression based on the Nuremberg Trials, and she used the Chilcot Report--the Iraq Inquiry--as the basis for her court case. In Colin Powell's speech to the United Nations, he justified the preemptive attack on Iraq, saying that Iraq had created a nuclear program with the capacity to attack the United States with only 1/2 hour of warning. George Bush's preemptive strike was based on the idea that he was defending the United States from Saddam Hussein, saying that Saddam Hussein intended to use them against the United States. There would be no way to defend the United States under those circumstances.

Mankind always has three choices, to go up, down or straight ahead. Straight ahead is to ignore the crisis and pass it on to future generations, and it takes seven generations to undo the damage. If you choose to go down, you rely on the power games, and there is always a backlash to the games. If you choose to go up, you do what is in everyone's best interest, and everyone moves forward in their progress.

If you are backed into a corner, you still have the three choices, but only two are obvious and both are untenable. You can continue to be squeezed or you can  come out over the larger force and fight. The unseen third choice is to stop playing the power games, turn around--because in a crisis you are 180 degrees from where you think you are-- and do what is in everyone's best interest.

Power games go against Universal Law, which says, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" and so there is always a backlash to the games.

To defend yourself, you stand on seven principles that bring the pendulum back to the center point: equality, freedom, liberty, compassion, abundance, capacity and tolerance. This applies to every dilemma, and it is how to walk the proverbial "straight and narrow." If you stand on all seven principles, you are unbeatable.