Meditation Focus # 58

Heightening the Vibration of Love in America



What follows is the 58th Meditation Focus suggested for the two consecutive weeks beginning Sunday, February 17, 2002.

HEIGHTENING THE VIBRATION OF LOVE IN AMERICA

1. Summary
2. Meditation times
3. More information on this Focus
4. Peace Watch for the Middle East




1. SUMMARY

For over 50 years now, the American foreign policy has been dominated by what President Dwight D Eisenhower called the military-industrial complex. In recent years its influence has become ever more pervasive and the consequences are far-reaching. Not only is world peace threatened by the continued reliance on military might to further increase the dominance of the United States in world affairs and provide almost limitless profits to military contractors, but the very survival of the fragile web of Life that sustains humanity and all other lifeforms on Earth is increasingly strained by the diversion of world resources and human ingenuity towards fulfilling the aspirations to complete dictatorship over all aspects of human existence held by a tiny minority of powerful people directly manipulated by even more powerful invisible forces bent on destroying the miracle of Life on this most precious planet. The stakes have never been so high as the world is faced with the prospect of endless war under the guise of combating terrorism and so-called rogue states, a perfect cover for increasingly stringent control measures that are sure to stymie civilian liberties, while the desperate plight of billions of impoverished people and the devastating consequences of global warming and a number of other environmental calamities will remain unattended.

Throughout all these years, the weapon of choice of those forces seeking dominance over this planet has been fear, one of the most disempowering emotions that human can experience, which has been and remains a decisive influence in the lives of far too many humans on Earth. Under the shadow of fear, the most wonderful qualities of human souls can hardly flourish and thus billions are being led like frightened sheeps towards their own destruction with nary a word of protest. Yet amidst the growing pall of fear whose shadow ominously extends to almost every corner of this world, an army of Light servers and courageous rainbow warriors has arisen and is asserting its growing influence through selfless acts of goodwill and countless other benevolent means, to not only counter the aims of the dark ones but most importantly to establish a beachhead, here and now, of the coming era of global peace and brotherhood that is bound to succeed these troubled times of worldwide tribulations. As their number grows and as they assert ever more confidently their knowledge and experience of the almost miraculous healing abilities they have acquired over countless lifetimes, a new era of compassion for all sentient life and true unconditional love towards all our brothers and sisters, no matter how far they may have strayed from the Path of Light, is dawning on Terra Gaia and gradually dissipating the veil of fear that has shrouded this vibrant world for so long.

The time to manifest even more clearly and decisively the healing power of love has now come as we are summoned from within to face eye-to-eye and soul-to-soul those who, from their hidden lairs, are attempting to drive a stake of fear in the heart of humanity and deny us our innate freedom to BE All That We Can Be. Please dedicate your prayers and meditations, as guided by Spirit, in the coming two weeks to contribute in heightening the vibration of Love in America, not only as a rampart against the pervading influence of those who seek not the highest good of all, but also as a beacon of hope that will empower ever more people to courageously face the opposing forces and rekindle in every heart the will to love unconditionally even the vilest beings and thus disarm them by taking away the power they have through fear over so many. With the combined radiant power of our compassion and goodwill, let us assist the beings of Love and Wisdom who have been assigned to contribute from the invisible realms to the perfect manifestation of a new Golden Era on Earth, and let us serve as conduits to step down the Violet Flame of purification and celebrate all together the healing of all souls, for the Highest Good of All.

This whole Meditation Focus is also available at http://www.aei.ca/~cep/MeditationFocus58.htm

Please note that this focus onto the healing power of Love will remain at the heart of the coming Meditation Focus as we will successively extend our attention to other continents and other situations in need of peace-fostering and healing assistance.


COMPLEMENTARY THOUGHTS SUGGESTED TO FACILITATE WHAT IS ENVISIONED ABOVE

"Please remember, all of you: What can be visualized, or imagined, can be created! It is a *concept* that is first created, and when there is sufficient manifesting energy directed at the concept, it becomes 'reality.' It is given life, or 'reality,' by the numbers of people who consider it so. Do NOT give negatively-based concepts any more fuel toward 'reality' than they have, please! Withdraw the fuel of the dark forces by sending to them what is missing from their souls and causing them to behave in the ways you consider evil, something which they cannot create themselves: light. How does one do this? By allowing the judgments to fall aside and compassion to aid the understanding that the opposite of light is not darkness, but the *absence of light*, and the soul in its darkly-perceived reality believes it has been abandoned by its Creator. That soul is suffering from fear, and in its frenzy to rid itself of fear, its dark nature consistently has turned to the false gods of political power and money.

Consider also the value of directing creative energy toward a concept that is in the light from the onset. Imagine a world glowing in the golden dawn of people awakened in harmony, people caring for and about each other, a world with equality in the distribution of its gifts. *Imagine* this enLIGHTened Earth of peace, abundance, love, beauty -- Heaven, if you will! -- and then *CREATE* it! It is easier to create beauty and harmony than to create hatred, greed, terror and dis-ease. From the beginning only love and light have been building materials for everything from a tadpole to a star, and to distort these into making products of darkness, one must seriously digress consciously from the soul-level urging to co-create within the godly provisions. Learning -- but really, remembering -- who we are and unfolding our beginnings, is the wondrous promise of the light. It is with enticements, however false, of power and glory and dominion over All that the dark forces tempt those who weaken before these dreams of control and unwittingly but in free will choosing, spiral away from the light."

- Recent message from Matthew in heaven through Suzanne Ward <suzy@pacifier.com>
Details at http://www.matthewbooks.com




2. MEDITATION TIMES

i) Global Meditation Day: Sunday at 16:00 Universal Time (GMT) or at noon local time. Suggested duration: 30 minutes.

ii) Golden Moment of At-Onement: Daily, at the top of any hour, or whenever it better suits you.

Beginning Sunday October 28, these times below will correspond to 16:00 Universal Time/GMT:

Honolulu 6:00 AM -- Anchorage 7:00 AM -- Los Angeles 8:00 AM -- Denver 9:00 AM -- San Salvador, Mexico City, Houston & Chicago 10:00 AM -- New York, Toronto & Montreal 11:00 AM -- Halifax, Santo Domingo, La Paz & Caracas 12:00 PM -- Montevideo, Asuncion * & Santiago * 1:00 PM -- Rio de Janeiro * 2:00 PM -- London, Dublin, Lisbon, Reykjavik & Casablanca 4:00 PM -- Lagos, Algiers, Geneva, Rome, Berlin, Paris & Madrid 5:00 PM -- Ankara, Jerusalem, Johannesburg, Athens, Helsinki & Istanbul 6:00 PM -- Baghdad, Moscow & Nairobi 7:00 PM -- Tehran 7:30 PM -- Islamabad 9:00 PM -- Calcutta & New Delhi 9:30 PM -- Dhaka 10:00 PM -- Rangoon 10:30 PM -- Hanoi, Bangkok & Jakarta 11:00 PM -- Hong Kong, Perth, Beijing & Kuala Lumpur +12:00 AM -- Seoul & Tokyo +1:00 AM -- Brisbane, Canberra & Melbourne +2:00 AM -- Wellington * +5:00 AM

+ means the place is one day ahead of Universal Time/Greenwich Mean Time.
* means the place is observing daylight saving time(DST) at the moment.

You may also check at http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/full.html to find your current corresponding local time if a closeby city is not listed above.




3. MORE INFORMATION ON THIS FOCUS

This section is for those who wish to understand in more details the situation of this week's Meditation Focus. For those who wish to read on, we would encourage you to view the following information from a positive perspective, and not allow the details to tinge the positive vision you wish to hold in meditation. Since what we focus on grows, the more positive our mindset, the more successful we will be in manifesting a vision of healing. We provide the details below because we recognise that the knowledge of what needs healing can assist us to structure our awareness to maximise our healing effect.

From: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2002/jan2002/bush-j31.shtml

State of the Union speech: Bush declares war on the world (31 January 2002)

The State of the Union speech given by George W. Bush Tuesday night was among the most menacing and belligerent in American history. The US president outlined a program of limitless and perpetual warfare, on every continent, and against any regime that stands in the way of the rapacious American ruling class.

Bush threatened to attack Iran, Iraq and North Korea - mentioning the three countries by name. Despite his apocalyptic warnings about "thousands of dangerous killers, schooled in the methods of murder, often supported by outlaw regimes," these countries had nothing to do with the September 11 terrorist attacks, a fact acknowledged even by the US government.

Instead Bush outlined a new rationale for military action, claiming that Iran, Iraq and North Korea were seeking to develop chemical, biological and nuclear weapons. He declared, "By seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger."

"States like these," he said, "and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world."

Despite Bush's attempt to resurrect the rhetoric of World War II in his reference to the "axis of evil," it is the US government and Bush himself who are following in the footsteps of the Nazis. One would have to go back to the diatribes of Adolf Hitler to find comparable bellicosity in the public declarations of a major world power, and comparable cynicism in the lies and provocations employed as justifications for military aggression.

A program of world conquest

The comparison is an apt one, because like Hitler and the Nazis, American militarism has embarked on a campaign of world conquest and world domination. The State of the Union speech was a declaration of the unbridled appetites of the military and of the most ruthless, corrupt and criminal sections of the American ruling elite, who find their direct representative in George W. Bush.

Like Hitler, Bush presents an upside-down view of the world in which small and weak states are mortal threats to the most powerful and heavily armed. In 1938-39, Hitler demonized first Czechoslovakia and then Poland as threats to the national security of Germany, before invading and laying waste to each. In 2002, Bush targets North Korea, Iran and Iraq, declaring, "The United States of America will not permit the world's most dangerous regimes to threaten us with the world's most destructive weapons."

In reality, these countries have only two things in common - desperate poverty, and longstanding victimization by US imperialism. As for the "world's most dangerous regime," its identity should be obvious: it is the government of the United States, a country whose military budget exceeds that of the next nine powers combined, a country which has, in the course of the past 12 years, invaded, occupied or attacked a litany of smaller nations: Panama, Haiti, Yugoslavia, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan and now Afghanistan.

There are specific reasons for the selection of the three regimes which Bush named on Tuesday night. North Korea has long been a focus of obsessive hostility on the part of the extreme right elements that make up Bush's political base, as one of the last remnants of the Cold War confrontation with the Soviet bloc. Iraq, the most likely target among the Arab oil-producing countries, represents unfinished business from the regime of Bush's father, whose failure to conquer Baghdad and install an American-backed stooge regime has long rankled in Washington. Iran has been in conflict with the United States since the revolution of 1978-79 that overthrew the US-backed dictatorship of the Shah.

But there are two overriding strategic concerns which contribute to the targeting of these three countries for American military action - oil, and the preparations for a US war against China, the power which Washington views as its main competitor for influence in north and east Asia.

The Middle East and Central Asia possess, between them, more than two thirds of the world's reserves of oil and natural gas. The US attacked Afghanistan as the first step in a campaign to establish its military position in Central Asia. Iran has come into direct conflict with this drive by pursuing its own interests in the Persian-speaking regions of western Afghanistan. Iran and Iraq are themselves the second and third largest oil producers in the region, following only Saudi Arabia.

From a military standpoint, the network of bases and access rights which the US has established since September 11 resembles more and more a noose tightening around China: Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, India, the Philippines, and now the saber-rattling on the Korean peninsula.

As the British daily the 'Guardian noted Wednesday, "Every twist in the war on terrorism seems to leave a new Pentagon outpost in the Asia-Pacific region, from the former USSR to the Philippines. One of the lasting consequences of the war could be what amounts to a military encirclement of China." The newspaper cited the Pentagon's Quadrennial Defense Review which, without naming China, warned of the danger that "a military competitor with a formidable resource base will emerge in the region," and called for a policy that "places a premium on securing additional access and infrastructure agreements."

The scale of US military ambitions is demonstrated by the gargantuan increase in the Pentagon budget that Bush proposed, a staggering $48 billion, an increase larger than the total military budget of any other country. And his call for every American to sacrifice two years in public service clearly suggests the logic of this program of unbridled militarism - the restoration of compulsory military service for the new generation of American youth.

The crisis at home and the drive to war

The policy of international brigandage on which the US has embarked is the expression, in the final analysis, of insoluble social conflicts within its own borders. How else to understand the frenzied urgency of the drive to war: as Bush told Congress Tuesday night, "time is not on our side. I will not wait on events while dangers gather. I will not stand by as peril draws closer and closer."

There are real dangers confronting American imperialism, but they do not arise from small bands of terrorists or the governments of weak and impoverished countries on the other side of the world. These dangers stem from the deepening crisis of world capitalism, and in the ever-intensifying contradictions within the United States between the ultra-wealthy elite, and the vast majority of working people.

Bush admitted that the US economy has entered a recession, but he had no remedy for the growth of unemployment, poverty and social deprivation, only proposing an extension of his program of cutting taxes for the wealthy and big business. He made only passing reference in the State of the Union speech to social needs such as education and health care, and his budget to be released next week will funnel nearly all new spending to the military and "homeland security."

The State of the Union speech came in the shadow of the collapse of Enron, the seventh largest US company and one which has the closest political ties to Bush and the Republican Party, as well as a series of other corporate bankruptcies: Kmart, Global Crossing, Sunbeam, the entire steel industry. But Bush could propose nothing on the question of jobs and living standards except more government handouts to the corporations.

Bush's domestic policy centers on internal repression, building up the police and military at home. While the "war on terrorism" is the pretext, the real purpose is to prepare to deal with massive social upheavals through the use of force. A government installed, not by a vote of the people, but by a 5-4 majority on the US Supreme Court, the Bush administration more and more rests on the army and the police and dispenses with the trappings of democracy.

Despite the glorification of Bush by a cowed and cynical media, and the prostration of the Democratic Party, this administration is isolated and deeply frightened of any genuine opposition. As for the polls and claims of pundits that Bush is wildly popular with the American people, these are merely instruments of political intimidation. In factories and offices, or working class neighborhoods, the general reaction to Bush is one of indifference, suspicion or contempt. The war in Afghanistan is hardly talked about or felt among the broad masses of the American people.

This is no ground for complacency. Opposition will inevitably emerge to the Bush administration and American capitalism, but to be effective it must be based on the development of political consciousness among masses of working people.

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From: http://www.guardian.co.uk/leaders/story/0,3604,650374,00.html

A US president writes (Not, unfortunately, the current one)

February 15, 2002

The Guardian

"The way chosen by the United States was plainly marked by a few clear precepts, which govern its conduct in world affairs. First: no people on earth can be held, as a people, to be an enemy, for all humanity shares the common hunger for peace and fellowship and justice. Second: no nation's security and well-being can be lastingly achieved in isolation but only in effective cooperation with fellow-nations. Third: any nation's right to a form of government and an economic system of its own choosing is inalienable. Fourth: any nation's attempt to dictate other nations their form of government is indefensible. And fifth: a nation's hope of lasting peace cannot be firmly based upon any race in armaments but rather upon just relations and honest understanding with all other nations.

"In the light of these principles the citizens of the United States defined the way they proposed to follow, through the aftermath of war, toward true peace. This way was faithful to the spirit that inspired the United Nations: to prohibit strife, to relieve tensions, to banish fears. This way was to control and to reduce armaments. This way was to allow all nations to devote their energies and resources to the great and good tasks of healing the war's wounds, of clothing and feeding and housing the needy, of perfecting a just political life, of enjoying the fruits of their own free toil.

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its labourers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some 50 miles of concrete highway. We pay for a single fighter with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. This, I repeat, is the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron."

President Dwight D Eisenhower, 1953

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SEE ALSO:

Bush keeps option of force to oust Saddam; Iraqi president must know he is serious (Feb 13)
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20020213/ap_to_po/bush_iraq_9
Powell has taken the lead in making the public case for ousting Saddam, telling Congress last week that the United States might have to act unilaterally to bring about a "regime change" in Baghdad.

Bush administration confirms plans for war against Iraq (16 February)
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2002/feb2002/iraq-f16.shtml

Saddam's destruction is now a matter of honour (February 15)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,650372,00.html
America's resolve is hardening against the Iraqi regime

Selling War Against Saddam (Feb. 13, 2002)
http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,203027,00.html
How the Bush team hopes to rally a posse against Saddam
Our allies are against it, but it's looking more likely that Iraq is the next target of the Bush administration's war on terror. The selling of Gulf War II has already begun; White House officials said this week that the administration is committed to overthrowing Saddam Hussein, and will do the job alone if necessary. But the tough talk may be designed to force America's almost universally reluctant allies to fall in behind Washington by presenting them with a fait accompli — the geopolitical equivalent of "if you build it, they will come." CLIP

Cheney Rejects Criticism by Allies Over Stand on Iraq
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/02/16/international/16CHEN.html
The vice president said on Friday that he expected allied support if "aggressive action is required" in Iraq.

FULL COVERAGE ON IRAK
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/fc/World/Iraq/

Bush's "evil axis" speech destabilises the Korean peninsula (15 February 2002)
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2002/feb2002/kore-f15.shtml
The threat of US military action against North Korea implicit in George Bush's State of the Union address has cast a pall over the South Korean government's “sunshine policy” of rapprochement with Pyongyang and revived fears of another conflagration on the Korean peninsula. Just 18 months ago, it appeared that decades of such hostility were coming to an end. A political detente was well underway between North and South Korea, following an inter-Korea summit in June 2000, and work had begun on joint economic projects. (...) The accusation that North Korea is a sponsor of global terrorism or a threat to the US flies in the face of reality. North Korea had no involvement in the September 11 attack. It is a backward, famine-stricken and impoverished state, with a population of just 24 million and a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of little more than $US10 billion. Much of its military's obsolete Soviet-era equipment is dysfunctional due to lack of fuel, spare parts and maintenance. Far from “threatening the world”, Pyongyang has repeatedly sought to appease the US and South Korea since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, its main Cold War sponsor. In 1994, it closed down its nuclear reactors after the threat of military strikes by the Clinton administration. International teams that inspected the sites found no evidence that North Korea possessed either nuclear or biological weapons. In 1998, also following US threats, North Korea suspended its long-range missile program and has not resumed it. (...) According to Halloran, the American military has target lists of North Korean military positions, underground bunkers and government facilities. An unnamed senior US official told him at the time: “When we're done, they will not be able to mount any military activity of any kind. We will kill them all.” (...)There is no doubt that this particular piece of military madness, along with others, is now up for review and discussion in the White House and the Pentagon.

North Korea: signs of trouble but no evil (February 14, 2002)
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/getarticle.pl5?eo20020214a1.htm

Afghan villagers killed and prisoners beaten in US military "mistake"
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2002/feb2002/afgh-f14.shtml

Afghans are still dying as air strikes go on. But no one is counting
(February 12, 2002)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,648759,00.html
Bombing blunders and misleading information on the ground keep
the civilian toll rising in Afghanistan. In the first of a three-part
investigation Guardian writers ask: How many innocent people are
dying?

(...) They were all innocent victims of Washington's war on terror, part of the
steadily mounting toll of civilian casualties still being inflicted on Afghanistan despite the collapse of the Taliban and the dispersal of Osama bin Laden's Islamist international. They are what have become known as "collateral damage", like "ethnic cleansing" a chilling and cliched euphemism of the past 10 years. (...) The first and most obvious question in this unfinished war is how many civilians have died. There is no easy answer. Somehow in the middle of America's hi-tech, $1bn
a month bombing blizzard, the simple matter of keeping a tally of civilian
casualties has been overlooked. (...) A senior MSF worker, who has been in Afghanistan for five years, estimates the number of civilian dead at between 2,000 and 3,000, based on reports from hospitals and field workers around the country. Some analysts say more than 60 Afghan civilians are being killed daily on
average since the bombing began on October 7. A European demining expert
in Kabul who works closely with the Pentagon reckons that up to 8,000
civilians have been killed. The September 11 toll in the US is now put at just under 3,000 dead. (...) In the post-Taliban phase of the war, the bombing has been concentrated for the past month on the south and south-eastern areas by the Pakistani border where support for the Taliban was strong. (...) There is little doubt the war in Afghanistan has been a triumph of American might. But out of sight and out of mind, day after day, in dribs and drabs, a lot of ordinary people are dying in a war that sees the most advanced fighting machine ever assembled doing its killing in one of the most backward societies on earth. The results: just two Americans killed by hostile fire to set against thousands of dead Afghan non-combatants. Is this civilian death toll warranted? (...) "Despite the adulation of Operation Enduring Freedom as a 'finely tuned' or 'bulls-eye' war, the campaign failed to set a new standard for precision in one important respect: the rate of civilians killed per bomb dropped," he says. "In fact, this rate was far higher in the Afghanistan conflict - perhaps four times higher - than in the 1999 Balkans war."

US bases pave the way for long-term intervention in Central Asia
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2002/jan2002/base-j11.shtm

More U.S. Troops Arrive in Philippines (February 16)
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20020216/ts/philippines_us_troops_12.html

Marines to Practice Urban War in Real City (February 16)
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20020216/ts/arms_marines_dc_1.html

Pentagon Urged to Raise Major Weapons Budget (February 15, 2002)
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/02/15/politics/15PENT.html
In a bipartisan voice, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are telling the Pentagon that they want to increase spending on conventional big-ticket weapons programs, particularly warships and planes, raising new questions about Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's ability to revamp the military with newer types of technology. Though the Bush administration has proposed a $379 billion Pentagon budget for next year that includes a $48 billion increase, the largest rise in military spending in 20 years, many senior lawmakers from both parties contend that the plan does not include enough money for new equipment. CLIP

Withdrawal from ABM treaty signals escalation of US militarism (27 December 2001)
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2001/dec2001/abm-d27.shtml

In-depth Coverage About the US Military
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/fc/US/US_Armed_Forces/

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2001/nov2001/afgh-n20.shtml
US planned war in Afghanistan long before September 11
[20 November 2001]

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2001/nov2001/elec-n14.shtml
The 2000 election and Bush's attack on democratic rights
[14 November 2001]

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2001/nov2001/coup-n07.shtml
Bush's war at home: a creeping coup d'état
[7 November 2001]




4. PEACE WATCH FOR THE MIDDLE EAST

Here are some of the latest developments in the Middle East. Please also keep this situation in mind during your meditations in the coming two weeks to help ensure that peace prevail there as well.

Peace Watch on the Middle East

From: http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/comment/0,10551,644419,00.html

We want to talk peace

Palestinians are ready to end the conflict, but only when Israelis treat them as equals

Yasser Arafat
Monday February 4, 2002
The Guardian

For the past 16 months, Israelis and Palestinians have been locked in a catastrophic cycle of violence, a cycle which only promises more bloodshed and fear. The cycle has led many to conclude that peace is impossible, a myth borne out of ignorance of the Palestinian position. Now is the time for the Palestinians to state clearly, and for the world to hear clearly, the Palestinian vision.

CLIP

The Palestinians have a vision of peace: it is a peace based on the complete end of the occupation and a return to Israel's 1967 borders, the sharing of all Jerusalem as one open city and as the capital of two states, Palestine and Israel. It is a warm peace between two equals enjoying mutually beneficial economic and social cooperation. Despite the brutal repression of Palestinians over the past four decades, I believe when Israel sees Palestinians as equals, and not as a subjugated people upon whom it can impose its will, such a vision can come true. Indeed it must.

Palestinians are ready to end the conflict. We are ready to sit down now with any Israeli leader, regardless of his history, to negotiate freedom for the Palestinians, a complete end of the occupation, security for Israel and creative solutions to the plight of the refugees while respecting Israel's demographic concerns. But we will only sit down as equals, not as supplicants; as partners, not as subjects; as seekers of a just and peaceful solution, not as a defeated nation grateful for whatever scraps are thrown our way. For despite Israel's overwhelming military advantage, we possess something even greater: the power of justice.

- Yasser Arafat was elected president of the Palestinian Authority in 1996 and is also chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organisation.

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See also:

Wake up. Things Can Get Even Worse
http://www.ariga.com/peacewatch/
We lost view of the bigger picture and the abyss we’re being dragged into.

Israel's conscience (February 11)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/comment/0,10551,648205,00.html
Diaspora Jews are asked to support the state, but some are backing acts of Israeli opposition to the occupation. (...) Throughout the past 17 months a small but symbolic array of Israeli peace groups has intensified its efforts. (...) They shift the terms of the debate from one for or against Israel to one for or against the occupation.

Special report : Israel and the Middle East
http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/0,2759,377264,00.html

FULL COVERAGE ON THE MIDDLE EAST
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/fc/World/Middle_East_Peace_Process/




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