Apr 302012

Hi Sandra,

i am sending this to absolutely everybody i know!   It speaks for itself.   SEE  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrhtFKE2V4I (We Love You – Iran & Israel)

Love, brigitte

(2 minutes)   April 30, 2012:   22,640  views in the am.    22,798 by suppertime.

  • But the number of views is understated.
  • The cascade of supporting videos has been phenomenal, more people on the same idea.

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I am VERY sorry.  I lost track of who sent this in,  more on  We Love You – Iran & Israel:

And then there is this, in the face of the psychopaths who are planning to drop bombs on Iran.
It is rather heart-moving.   Israeli-Iranian solidarity exchange sweeps Facebook

On Saturday night, an Israeli couple – two graphic designers named Ronny Edri and Michal Tamir – decided to cut across the growing anxiety and fear over the possibility of an Israel-Iran war, and address Iranian citizens directly. They created a slogan you can impose over your profile picture or any picture of your choice:

I have to admit this is pretty damn cool. (Sandra speaking:  don’t stop at the top few (cynical) examples.  Keep going, it’s really neat.)


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Note:  Buffy St Marie’s “Universal Soldier”   SEE  http://sandrafinley.ca/?p=5230 Buffy does a short introduction to explain the origin of “Universal Soldier”.   The theme is individual responsibility.  The lyrics are included.

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One of the great attractions of patriotism – it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat.  Bully and cheat, what’s more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous.
Aldous Huxley

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The biggest bullies are us;  we pay for the war machines.  Will pay for Harper’s stealth bombers.

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I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.

Dwight D. EisenhowerApril 1953, SEE 2011-01-17  WATCH:  President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s 1961 farewell speech  Plus Words of Wisdom from Eisenhower.

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Hey!  How about this?  An easy way for us to pitch in.

  • Ronny (the Israeli who initiated the video)  and thousands of others are stopping the making of war on Iran from below. 
  • Lockheed Martin is setting up at the University of Saskatchewan.  Its “collaboration topics” are listed at  http://sandrafinley.ca/?p=5103
  • We challenged collaboration with Lockheed Martin at the last meeting of University Senate. (April 21)
  • The Dean of Engineering, Ernie Barber, (306 966 5593  ernie.barber  AT  usask.ca)  defended the collaboration.
  • The University of Saskatchewan is, at least for now, still owned by the people of Saskatchewan (but the theft continues.  I phoned to ask a question of a scientist who is doing a project with the synchrotron at the University.  The scientist is with the University;  it’s a University phone number.  The phone is answered “Cameco . . . ”.)
  • The “Collaboration Topics” with Lockheed Martin mean that our children will study and research to aid Lockheed Martin develop more weapons.

Lockheed Martin does not care

–  whether  their weapons are illegal,

–  whether the radioactive poisoning from their DU  weapons cause birth defects in the offspring of their own soldiers let alone of the Berbers and Afghans, (Depleted Uranium – which is not depleted at all!) or

–  whether they are used to kill and to create tonnes of more hatred in the world – against us in the end.

  • We can no longer pretend that we are not part of the American corporate war machine, especially not with Lockheed Martin at the U of S and Canadian participation in the war in Afghanistan (that gets almost no coverage in Canadian mainstream media).
  • We CAN help Ronny (We Love You – Iran & Israel, link at top of page) and the tens of thousands of people who are sending messages like his to Iranians.  Iranians are sending messages back.  People from other countries are pitching in.  It is an exciting viral campaign.
  • If the war against Iran is launched, Lockheed Martin will be a promoter and large financial beneficiary.
  • Our contribution to the battle to stop the wars?
  • Quite simple:
    tell Ernie Barber (306 966 5593  ernie.barber  AT  usask.ca) and the University (contact info at http://sandrafinley.ca/?p=5103) that it is wrong to collaborate with Lockheed Martin Corporation.  Doesn’t get much easier than that!
  • Working with courageous and inventive others, using non-violent resistance we CAN stop the destruction and hatred.  We are millions in numbers.  It is FUN and rewarding work!  . . .  Way to go Ronny!  We’ll do what we can here, to further your brilliance.   Again, the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrhtFKE2V4I (We Love You – Iran & Israel)


  2 Responses to “(war/peace) Stop it from below: please watch (2 min) and PASS ON We Love You – Iran & Israel”

  1. Hi Sandra

    I always liked the song and several versions are on my folksong collection and I had seen the interview.

    Of course it is naive. To think that young men, kids really, could resist the powers of the draft and/or the attraction (yes, I know what I am talking about) of a great adventure is very unrealistic.

    But her point is what you reffered to, that it is the general public that has to resist. How to accomplish that is beyond me, since also the general public most of the time (GB, Canada, France, US) is all too happy when one of their “strong” leaders enters into a war. Even if the enthusiasm for the war wanes when the first coffins come back, they are just as willing at the next opportunity 10 years down the road.

    One of the documentaries I saw with the war documentaries was about Joseph Goebls and his Ministry of Trouth, the Reichs Propaganda Ministerium, and the effect it had on the German population. The German attitude is different now, there the anti-war attitude has lasted now for over 60 years and as you know, Germany is probably the only country that drastically reduced its military, and still does, at the end of the cold war.

    But even then soldiers were considered ‘citizens in uniform’ to stress that the military is not an elite club of potential heros.


  2. I think we have no option but to believe that we are in a new world. It’s a new world because of the ability to connect with people anywhere on the Earth, and because of our ability to exchange information rapidly and inexpensively.

    We have to TRY different ways. Leaving things in the hands of immature or emotionally unintelligent,or “conditioned” people has one outcome: more war with more poisonous and destructive weapons. It is pretty obvious that these people will not stop until they have created total hell on Earth.

    We have the tools to prevent that from happening. We have the power because of our numbers. So we’d better get our act together and create the new economy. It means using the weapon of non-violent resistance because the war lords do not understand logic.

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