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From Nightmares to RevelationsDr. William A. Cook Salem-News.com
To proclaim a nation civilized, advanced, democratic, and assured means it must possess inner trust, so that what the nation proclaims to be, truly exists and can stand examination by others.
(LAVERNE, CA) - An AP article from June 9, 2013, states:
“A new hurdle” seems to be an understatement, perhaps it is a nightmare, an on-going perpetual nightmare foisted by the Zionist state on the United States and the international community as a mouthing of interest in peace but with a silent intention that all Arabs must be removed from “their” land. In light of this anticipated consequence, I offer what might be the only positive way to comprehend Israeli deceit and it comes in the form of a dream, a mode of understanding that may reveal what should be while the reality does the opposite.
Dreams have in centuries past been understood to reveal truths about the conscious world that provide deeper insight into our day to day lives than what we discern when awake. Similar insight can come through the arts whether in the form of novels, short stories, films or plays. One need only read Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” or Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” to grasp the concept that we dream as an extension of our state of mind when awake to realize the implications of this. Hawthorne’s dream explores the universality of human depravity, rooted in its very nature. Dostoevsky seeks to show how that nature erupts in action in an individual, an enlightened and intellectually superior being. Both unveil the suffering that attends the common ordinary person as a result of forces beyond their control.
I awoke early this morning from such a dream spurred into my unconscious mind I have no doubt from viewing “For My Father,” a recent film that focuses on the reality of day to day behaviors in occupied Palestine. It like Kosminsky’s “The Promise” captures the lives of average people caught in the suffering of conditions imposed on them in most cases by forces over which they have no control, people caught if you will in the middle, sandwiched between those isolated in hopelessness and despair acting out of hate and vengeance and those isolated in their opulence and power who have removed themselves from the cloak of brotherly love to forgo the natural sympathies that bring harmony to the masses of people in order to inflict their will with force to secure their desires. It might be said that we, the mass of humanity, are mired in a slough of pathologies, driven to live each day in the sickness imposed by these extremes, unable or unaware of the causes or the means to allay them.
Let me tell you of my dream, focused as these two films are focused, on conditions in the occupied territories; it is a picture of the dichotomy of those alone in a society they cannot accept and a puppet caught in the maelstrom of power alone and unable to control the greed and arrogance that gives him life: the story of a terrorist and a President. In many ways this dream has haunted me for years. It begins with a Rabbi, perhaps the most revered Rabbi in Jerusalem until he died in 2006, Yitzhak Kaduri. This man proclaimed on his death bed that the messiah would come soon and revealed the name of that messiah in a sealed note that could not be opened until one year had passed from the day of his death. He also predicted that the messiah could not come until after the death of Ariel Sharon. It is this man that has haunted me these past 12 years, a man who is the inspiration for the protagonist of my morality novella, the Prime Minister of Nefaria who lies in a coma, immobile but able to think and relive his life in silence and isolation. The novella is titled The Chronicles of Nefaria and my protagonist like Sharon is still in a coma and Katuri’s prophecy has yet to be fulfilled since Sharon has not yet died.
In my dream the Prime Minister of Israel, having spent years in a coma reliving his life that encompassed the early days of terrorism against the Mandate government of Britain, the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, the massacres at Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Beirut, and his rise to the position of Prime Minister despite his responsibility for those massacres, arrives at an awareness that only sincere uninterrupted reflection and contrition can provide, a need to confess and state the truth of what must be done if justice is to be served. Yet ironically he can confess to no one and can proffer his revelation to no one. But since it was my dream I will reveal all. There follows Sharon’s revelations confronted in his coma told through this intermediary.
No other nation in the history of humankind was created for a people, identified as one through their religion, by the people of the world as represented in the United Nations Partition Plan, Resolution 181, out of sympathy for the horrendous suffering they had experienced at the hands of their fellow humans. The purpose was to alleviate their suffering and to demonstrate to all humankind that civilized people, roused by charitable thoughts and conscious of human weakness, could create a state that would better the human condition and explore the potential of civilized man to exist in harmony and peace with all. This did not happen as Ariel Sharon knew all too well. As he lay there in his coma, he recognized that if peace were to be achieved, he must address the underlying absolute; that absolute is justice.
To proclaim a nation civilized, advanced, democratic, and assured means it must possess inner trust, so that what the nation proclaims to be, truly exists and can stand examination by others. Reliance only on those nations whose leaders can be bought contradicts every one of the characteristics that determine a culture as civilized, democratic and capable of interaction with all nations. A corollary of that follows logically enough, reliance on raw power, a policy that might solidify the people out of fear of enemies, turns the state inward isolating it from its neighboring states who find themselves the victims of that power, turning them into enemies. The result is isolation, a growing dependency on self against all others: reversion to ancient tribal organization takes place, exclusionary laws are designed to protect and defend, beliefs that bear no resemblance to contemporary life take hold as protection against outside forces whose ideologies threaten the exclusive nature of the nation.
Knowing as he did the growing hatred crystallizing against the state of Israel, falling in the latest polls to the virtual bottom of nations respected by their peers, he decided to construct a declaration to be set before the world body: a Declaration of Peaceful Intent. I present here Sharon’s declaration as remembered in my dream; should it be adopted, he believes that peace will reign throughout the world, a peace that surpasses all understanding.
The Declaration of Peaceful Intent
As Prime Minister of Israel, I declare that this nation will seek peace with its neighbors by cooperative efforts determined by all parties and their respective citizens to ensure that all have a say in the laws that will operate in the greater middle-east.
As I reflected on Sharon’s Declaration I could not help but realize the film I had seen the night before, “For My Father,” presented as a reality the imposed state of fear used by the two forces mentioned above to dominate and control the people. Obviously, I thought to myself, if the hatred imbedded in the soul of those in despair could be alleviated by removing the source of the hate, the occupying forces, and if the powerful that imposed their will on the masses could be convinced that the world needs to give justice a chance, then the people would see themselves as equals living, working, learning, growing, and praying together in their own way, recognizing the purpose of life through sharing in a meaningful way.
After all, the roots of both people grow deep in the same land, the beliefs of both rest in the same teachings, the desires of both are to seek harmony, compassion, caring, learning, and love that can reach into every individual soul with the ultimate hope that the land of Palestine will be the home of all who find in each other a brother or sister or cousin or neighbor worthy of love.
William A. Cook is Professor of English at the University of La Verne in southern California where he served for 13 years as Vice President for Academic Affairs before assuming his faculty position in 2001. Prior to coming to California, he served as a Dean of Faculty, Chair of Department of English and faculty member at institutions large and small, public and private in four eastern states. He is an activist and a writer for numerous Internet publications including Counterpunch, Salem-News.com, Pacific Free Press in British Columbia, Dissident Voice and Information Clearing House, serving as senior editor for MWC News out of Canada, and contributing editor at the Palestine Chronicle, the Atlantic Free Press in the Netherlands, and the World Prout Assembly, his polemics against the Bush administration and the atrocities caused by Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert in Israel, now our 51st state, have been spread around the Internet world and translated into French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and Italian. Cook also serves on the Board of the People’s Media Project, interviews on radio and TV in South Africa, Canada, Iran and the United States and contributed for five years yearly predictions to the Hong Kong Economic News. This volume follows his Tracking Deception: Bush Mid-East Policy, Hope Destroyed, Justice Denied: The Rape of Palestine and continues his scourge against the hypocrisy, deceit, and destructive policies that have characterized American mid-east policy and its destructive alliance with the Zionist forces that have turned Israel into an apartheid state determined to destroy the Palestinian people.
In addition to his polemics, he writes plays (The Unreasoning Mask, co-authored with his wife, D’Arcy, and The Agony of Colin Powell), satires (see “Advancing the Civilized State: Inch by Bloody Inch” in The Rape), and poetry (Psalms for the 21st Century). His most recent fictional work creates a morality tale based upon real life figures that haunt our lives, The Chronicles of Nefaria He can be reached at email@example.com or www.drwilliamacook.com..
The Plight of the Palestinians: a Long History of Destruction is a collection of voices from around the world that establishes in both theoretical and graphic terms the slow, methodical genocide taking place in Palestine beginning in the 1940s, as revealed in the Introduction. From Dr. Francis A. Boyle’s detailed legal case against the state of Israel, to Uri Avnery’s “Slow Motion Ethnic Cleansing,” to Richard Falk’s “Slouching toward a Palestinian Holocaust,” to Ilan Pappe’s “Genocide in Gaza,” these voices decry in startling, vivid, and forceful language the calculated atrocities taking place, the inhumane conditions inflicted on the people, and the silence that exists despite the crimes, nothing short of state-sponsored genocide against the Palestinians.
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