We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

In signal to Israel, US delays war games

Click here to access article by Gareth Porter and Jim Lobe from Asia Times Online.
The postponement of a massive joint United States-Israeli military exercise appears to be the culmination of a series of events that has impelled the Barack Obama administration to put more distance between the United States and aggressive Israeli policies toward Iran. 
These two well informed political analysts try their hand at divining US's latest move back from the game of chicken that Zionist influenced US political operatives have been promoting. Some time in the future we will have access to documents that will tell the real story, but their interpretation looks quite plausible and positive because it should lessen tensions. We might just be spared another world crisis