The Fruits Of Peace And True Security



Bill R

I posted this on my face book page this morning:

These days Jeanette and I are doing childcare a full two days a week for our three grandchildren, four year old Matilda, and the five month old twins, Lucia and Paul. As I watch them grow and go through developmental stages I am reminded of how important it is for human beings to learn ways to calm their mind and emotions in order to react constructively with others in this world. That process starts early. And there are too many examples of human beings not learning that important skill with sad and tragic consequences both as individuals and nations.

The great spiritual leaders of our time and before, like Bishop Tutu, the Dalai Lama, and Pope Francis speak of the essential value of learning to resolve conflict with our enemies in a peaceful way so that we can live in the fruits of peace and true security. The prophet Micah says that there is no security unless all are secure. It begins with feeling secure and safe within ourselves with calm and stable thoughts and emotions.
We are at a critical juncture in our nation where a debate rages between choosing the present opportunity of resolving conflict with Iran, birthplace of a 6,000 year old ancient and advanced civilization, a nation declared by many to be an enemy. We have the opportunity- now sanctioned and authorized by a vote of the United Nations Security Council as international law- to choose diplomacy with international enforcement or unilateral war with Iran, another Middle East War with boundless catastrophic consequences.


This should be an easy choice. However, we have a faction in our country that has made a policy choice of regime change through war,and will accept no peaceful agreement that allows that govt. to stay in power. Led by a foreign govt,, funded by sympathetic billionaires Congress may likely vote disapproval of diplomacy and international law (although it is unlikely there are the votes to overcome a veto). What is needed is rational and constructive thinking and intention. Contrary to media reports, Congress does not have the authority to block this international law from implementation(see article below), but it can make impediments for implementation that will only harm the United States and US businesses.

Now is an important time especially here in Oregon as one of our senators, Ron Wyden, under the influence of a foreign govt. and its agent here in the US, is reported to be leaning toward a war decision. It is important that he hear from Oregonians as I write. Once before Senator Wyden made a rational decision to not support the war in Iraq. I am hoping he will do likewise in this case.


Those of you who know me, know that I have a life commitment to a strong meditation practice, because for me it has been the way of inner peace, harmony of mind and emotion, and healing of the soul. It is this spiritual commitment that leads me to talk to my Facebook friends, in a not customary fashion, about a vital policy decision facing our country. To make a decision to turn our backs on an internationally supported decision for diplomacy with enforcement to make a decision of a path towards war, a plan overwhelmingly supported by the scientific and weapons control community, which will actually harm our our stated policy objective of preventing nuclear proliferation, would be tragic and lead to tragic consequences for generations to come, a decision that affect even these little grandchildren of ours. Deliberate unilateral decision to deny the opportunity of peaceful resolution and choose a war of regime change is evil and destructive. It is a choice our Congress will vote on in Sept. just a few weeks. I am posting this for your own reflection and discernment, and not to invite a debate on this site.

105 Responses to “The Fruits Of Peace And True Security”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    August 10, 2015 at 12:24 pm


  2. August 10, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    End of last thread:

    • 8 GGail
      August 10, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      Great interview. The President knows how to answer questions in easy to understand language.

      I cringed every time that the interviewer called him “Obama”

      Somebody, please tweet him and ask that he please respect the President’s title and position.

  3. August 10, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Need to be freed from WP moderator BT-TY

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  5. August 10, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Birds of a feather….this is so rich 😆

  6. 16 GGail
    August 10, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    TOD, please send this scheethead commentator, Errol Louis, a piece of your mind. Think again stoopid, Schumer has surrendered his political future as far as I’m concerned. Your mind game won’t work – We. See. You!

    Schumer’s careful break with Obama on Iran deal
    By Errol Louis, CNN Political Commentator
    Even if you don’t agree with Sen. Chuck Schumer’s decision to oppose President Barack Obama’s proposed nuclear non-proliferation deal with Iran, you have to admire his skill at carefully walking through a political minefield without surrendering his power, his principles or his political future.

    • 17 MightyPamela
      August 10, 2015 at 12:41 pm

      Please step right up, Senator Murray. Time for a woman to help these mental midgets get into line. Patty is the one.

      • 18 Judith Fardig
        August 10, 2015 at 1:05 pm

        Agree, MP!! I could live with Durbin but prefer Murray. No possible way will we grassroots Democrats stomach Schumer as Majority/Minority leader in place of Reid. Schumer stepped ON the land mines. What did Louis smoke?

    • 20 Vicki
      August 10, 2015 at 1:20 pm

      Errol Louis is usually sane but this piece is Shit. In NY State and NYC the politics and jealousy and backbiting competitiveness reach epic heights.
      Errol has been around this crap for so long that he seems to have lost his way.

  7. August 10, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Damning indictment of Bibi:

    ‘…This, despite inflammatory statements from within the prime minister’s own Likud. “I think the president should be arrested for the grave things he said,” wrote influential Be’er Yaakov Likud branch chief Shimi Tal. “Only a mentally ill person would address world media and say ‘my people chose the path of terror.’ He should be committed, urgently.” Significantly, among the few other public figures who weighed in on the incitement, was veteran settlement movement leader Daniella Weiss. “I can deliver a message to Ruvi Rivlin – you can sleep peacefully at night,” she told Israel Channel One television. “Nobody’s going to kill him. He’s not important enough for somebody to kill him. “Nor, evidently, is President Rivlin important enough for the prime minister to publicly support and defend. What matters to Netanyahu, clearly, is that he keep the support of a critical segment of his base – the exact Israelis to whom, in desperation, he turned on Election Day, warning that “Arabs are advancing to the polls in droves.” This is how the nightmare works. This is how our monsters thrive. In tolerating them, we shield them. In shielding them, we enable them. In enabling them, we embolden them. At some point, they turn into monsters. And at some point, in a certain sense, so do we. In this nightmare time, no one has to remind anyone here, that the monsters we’ve made are killing the Israel we love. Yet we still have a choice. We can stand with Reuven Rivlin. Or we can stand on the sidelines, cowering, along with Benjamin Netanyahu.’

  8. August 10, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    This has exceeded the get your popcorn stage of what I was imagining!!!

  9. August 10, 2015 at 12:49 pm

  10. 26 57andfemale
    August 10, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    BillR, this is the best. Ever.

  11. August 10, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Context….but why would the media want any of that 😕

  12. August 10, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Thank you, NW for sharing this piece I posted on my Facebook page. I’m honored you found it worthy.

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  14. August 10, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    Good morning TOD.
    Congratulations VC!
    Bill, it is most worthy. Thank you.
    NW, excellent job!
    Today is a great day to be alive!
    (It is taking a slow process to get here…..but LOVE is lifting me.

    Our President and family are on vacation and it is a beautiful gorgeous day here in NY.
    My prayers are with the people in Ferguson.
    May the peace of God fill their hearts and His love continues to flow today.

  15. 38 Judith Fardig
    August 10, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Thanks to Nerdy for front-paging Bill R’s masterful post.

  16. August 10, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Thank you NW for the post and your work behind the scenes.

  17. 41 GGail
    August 10, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Well said Bill R.

    Thank you for allowing NW to share your reflections here with us at TOD. We share your hope for peace and security.

    Let every American feel it is within their power to let their voice be heard and counted.

  18. 42 JER
    August 10, 2015 at 1:46 pm

  19. 47 Nena20409
    August 10, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    WTG VC Au ⭐ recipient 😉

  20. 48 Nena20409
    August 10, 2015 at 1:58 pm

  21. 49 Nena20409
    August 10, 2015 at 1:59 pm

  22. 57 donna dem 4 obama
    August 10, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    A powerful statement by Bryant Gumbel on Charlie Rose PBS Show.


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  24. 62 donna dem 4 obama
    August 10, 2015 at 2:12 pm

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  26. 64 Dudette
    August 10, 2015 at 2:39 pm

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  28. 70 JER
    August 10, 2015 at 3:00 pm


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  31. 75 Dudette
    August 10, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    • 76 Vicki
      August 10, 2015 at 4:06 pm

      DeRay has almost 200,00 Twitter followers.
      NY Times online today features DeRay and Netta and another tweeter.

      This is crazy behavior St. Louis police.
      For those who have forgotten or who were not aware—Clayton, Mo is the chief headquarters for the WhiteCitizensCouncil—AKA KKK

  32. 77 Dudette
    August 10, 2015 at 3:29 pm

  33. August 10, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    RT’d a tweet about his article earlier, but wanted to give all of you a sense of just how EVIL Bibi is ….

    Netanyahu Must Stop Silencing Intel Chiefs Who Find Iran Deal Acceptable

    “There are those in the Intelligence Corps, including those in the research division dealing with Iran, who have a very positive view of the nuclear agreement. Their views, at variance with the totally negative stance taken by Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, have bubbled up to the level of Halevy, Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot and others, but there too they have been swallowed up as if they had never existed. Although this is not usually the case in the Intelligence Corps, as opposed to that regarding state secrets, these views are being concealed from the public. Where is the oversight department that is supposed to present contrarian views to the accepted wisdom?

    The damage that has resulted to Israel and its ally, American Jewry, is there for all to see. But this is not the case when it comes to unprecedented openness with which raw intelligence materials gathered exclusively by the United States, whether from space or air or land or sea, is offered to Israel on the condition that it refrain from acting independently against the entire world.

    Netanyahu is depriving Israel of this intelligence capacity. Even more serious, in the process, he and Ya’alon are transforming the Jewish state, as one senior U.S. military official told his Israeli intelligence colleague, from a friendly force into an enemy that requires intelligence monitoring of its own movements and decision making.

    Netanyahu, who is afraid of the publication of intelligence assessments that contradict his own, wants to prevent the public and the U.S. Congress from seeing the cracks in the false facade of a unified Israeli front that opposes the agreement with Iran. Military officers who cooperate with this approach are in breach of their national duty.”

    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.670504

  34. 83 Dudette
    August 10, 2015 at 3:29 pm

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  36. August 10, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Signs of Desperation

  37. 94 Dudette
    August 10, 2015 at 3:53 pm

  38. 99 Dudette
    August 10, 2015 at 4:17 pm

  39. August 10, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Is Trump Done? No.

    ByJosh Marshall
    Published August 9, 2015, 11:51 AM EDT

    Over the weekend, we’ve seen a growing consensus that Donald Trump has finally done it: gone too far and killed his rising campaign for the Republican nomination. Ezra Klein and Nate Silver argue that Trump has finally picked a fight he cannot win for a very simple reason: So far Trump has built himself up by attacking “elites” and institutions base Republicans don’t trust and feel grievances against. But now he’s picked Fox News, which polls show and as Ezra and Nate note, Republicans trust in very high numbers. He can’t win a battle over fairness with an institution base Republicans trust more than anyone else.

    I don’t agree. This is all too literal.

    I should preface everything I say here: I could totally be wrong. I think there’s a decent chance I am wrong. And with his day two “blood” escalation, I do wonder whether he’s finally induced a critical mass of disgust and vulgarity sufficient to sink him. But again, I don’t think so.

    Conservatives trust Fox News over and against other media organizations. It’s still an elite institution run by people in and of New York City. I don’t think it wins points against attacking a man, who is presenting himself as a conservative, for making demeaning remarks against women. He called Rosie O’Donnell fat and ugly and the crowd at the GOP debate loved it.

    In response to Chuck Todd’s question “Do you want to apologize?” this morning, Trump said, “What I said was totally appropriate. There was nothing wrong. Only a deviant, and I literally mean that, only a deviant would think anything other than that.”


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