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Julian Assange
Two good quotes from Julian Assange:
1: "Creative generous men do not create victims they nurture victims."
2: "The universe doesn't give a damn about you, so it's a good thing you do."

Surprise Guest at TED in Oxford 2010

Somewhere along the line most of us have to do something we actually believe in.  Most of the time most people seem to attempt evade that.  The worst, in my view, are the people who cloak their soul in a charade of "good" work.

I was in the kitchen and I couldn't for the life of me recall where I heard someone say something to the effect that doing no harm is not good enough and we have to actually do good.  I was fortunate that the BBC repeat programs because some time in the middle of the night I was listening to Radio 4 and I heard what I must have heard before but it had drifted over me.  It was a program about Julian Assange (a founder and the public face of WikiLeaks) and the scandal over the WikiLeaks publication of what the American military refer to as "the destructive publication of sensitive military documents about the Afghan war".

Quoting from the program this is what Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the American Joint Chiefs of Staff, said:

"Mr Assange can say whatever he likes about the greater good he thinks he and his source are doing but the truth is they might already have on their hands the blood of some young soldier or that of an Afghan family."  He went on to add "Disagree with the war all you want but don't put those who willingly go into harm's way even further in harm's way just to satisfy your need to make a point."

(A point of note here is that that is the typical pattern presented by a kidnapper: If you don't do what I want then the harm I do to the victim is your fault.)

Julian Assange had the following to say (it was implied as a response to the criticism):

"I don't take the view at all and I, in fact, condemn the view, that people should do so little as to ensure that they have no chance of causing harm.  Instead of saying to yourself 'guarantee that you will never ever do any harm' instead say to yourself 'try to do some good and then work out how to minimise any harm that might come about'."

Then I began to realise why Julian Assange's words had been so haunting.  One of the fundamental problems humanity has is the confusion brought about by those people in positions of power and control who continually wrap their behaviour up in complex justification of the goodness that they are so concerned about.  But our hearts and souls know something is wrong.  It is the same thing Christ objected to in the hierarchy of the Jewish religion.  It is, unfortunately, not even as simple as hypocrisy.

Christ said of his killers "Father forgive them for they know not what they do."  Extraordinary words from a man in the process of being murdered.  On the one hand we can understand it and on the other hand we can't stand by and allow them to continue their slaughter.

We are living in a blame culture and we have a hierarchy of power and control.  Those people that float, or fight, their way upward in this pyramid of oppression have certain qualities which seem similar.  It is all part of the blame game.  And this is how it works:

As a dependent child a person has to survive.  It is necessary for the child to adapt to the parental control.  It is deeper than that because the child is making sense of its environment and the parents and their behaviour are simply part of the environment.  If the parents employ criticism and threat (something nearly all parents do to varying degree and it is also understandable if not the best way) the child learns how to avoid pain.  Jump along a few years and what you have is a child who is alert to not doing anything wrong.  That way they stay safe.  Too often the net result is that they equate "not doing wrong" with "doing the right thing" (which it is in a way, for them).  Because their neurological network is wired up (both hard wired and software) to maintaining a resistance to doing wrong things they have no option but to notice those things that other people are doing that fit into the category of "bad things" for them. Their internal mechanism for stopping them doing it themselves comes into play but has no effect on the other person and so they experience distress.  They attribute this distress to the other persons actions.  They assume the other person is doing something "bad" and the consequence is that they are suffering.  It bolsters their misconception that the other person is "doing" something "bad" to them.  So, inevitably, they criticise.  This achieves two goals: It satisfies their need to alleviate their distress and it passes the oppression down the line.

Some of the most successful people in our culture (according to the cultures values of "success") are those people who precisely are the hierarchy that runs our culture.  The judges, the police chiefs, the army officers, the doctors, the priests, the directors of companies, the officials in establishments, the teachers and basically all the pillocks of society.  They are so focused on "not doing anything wrong" that they regard this as really very good.  And they expend a massive amount of energy ensuring they can't be "blamed" for anything and criticising the behaviour of other people who are so evidently not as "good" as them.

But what they do less of is "good" things.  The reason for this in part is that to do something good often involves risk.  Doing something good, by its very nature, involves doing something out of the ordinary.  This would leave them open to criticism.  So they play it safe.

There are paradoxes all over the place.  Fighting for peace!  When you assert that you disagree with oppression and cruelty there is a paradox when you develop cluster bombs and land mines to fight your enemy in the name of justice.  Pointing out that there is this paradox and using the same argument that is supporting the war to illustrate that the aggressors actions are wrong is reasonable.  To accuse someone who is evidencing the deception of being culpable for the damage you are causing because in some way they are interfering with your objective of "peace" is unfortunately totally insane.

To put it another way:  When one country decides to drop a nuclear bomb on its enemy in the fight against aggression it is reasonable to question the correctness of dropping a nuclear bomb on civilians.  Whatever the answer or whatever you think, it remains a pertinent question and one that requires some thought.  To simply "blame" the questioner is an insane, irrational, unjustifiable response.  Admiral Mike Mullen, in his statement above, is clearly suffering from UAS.  UAS is a mental illness explained in more detail on the Uncle Adolf Syndrome page.

Julian Assange, on the other hand, clearly has his neurological network wired consistently and reliably.  He is probably in agreement with the motives expressed for the action in Afghanistan (for example).  Note - with the motives expressed!  From reading all about WikiLeaks, their origins, their motives, their concerns and beliefs and their objectives it is clear that they are against oppression and injustice.  They are against deception and abuse.  The "expressed" motives for the war in Afghanistan are acceptable.  That is how the politicians get the agreement and support from a large proportion of the population.  But if (and I emphasize IF) the politicians and the generals are lying and they have other motives then to reveal these motives is only exposing the deception in which they are engaged and which THEY assert is wrong.  It is clearly the establishment which contains the contradictions and paradoxes and it is clearly the establishment which needs to be re-examined and sorted out.

Julian Assange is most probably an angel.  Woops!  What? me using metaphors?  Well as it happens I believe in angels - as metaphors.  There are those human beings who have somehow miraculously kept their integrity intact.  They can see the inherent goodness in humanity and they continue to stand up for it and to live their lives entirely in tune with the balance and harmony of reality in spite of the fact that they find themselves in a storm of fractured and discordant human events.

RELATED LINKS:
This link has to go at the top because it is so cute:
(09 Dec 2010) AllVoices: Julian Assange's Son on his Dad (and a bit about Julian Assange's Dad on his Son).

The About page on WikiLeaks.org
Wikipedia entry for Julian Assange
(11 Apr 2010) The Times: Technology: Profile: Julian Assange, the man behind Wikileaks
(00 May 2010) The Australian Current Affairs program Dateline on SBS (Special Broadcasting Service) travels with Julian Assange to Norway and Iceland in a report entitled: The Whistleblower (Part 1) & (Part 2).
(17 May 2010)The Sunday Times: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has passport confiscated
(14 Jun 2010) MIS ASIA: The secret life of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange
(19 Jun 2010) Before It's News: President Obama Orders Assassination Of Julian Assange, Founder Of Wikileaks
(19 Jul 2010) Belfast Telegraph: Wanted by the CIA: Julian Assange - Wikileaks founder
(25 Jul 2010) Channel 4 News (with video interview) Afghan leak: Wikileaks Julian Assange tells all
(26 Jul 2010) The Guardian: Afghanistan: The war logs
(26 Jul 2010) The Telegraph: Profile: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange
(26 Jul 2010) Channel 4: Secret files leak: Afghanistan's hidden war
(27 Jul 2010) The Independent: Julian Assange: Wikileaks founder is a hacker fighting for freedom of information
(27 Jul 2010) The Huffington Post: America's Most Dangerous Man -- Julian Assange or Barack Obama?
(28 Jul 2010) Telegraph: Julian Assange: Wikileaks founder fears he could be arrested
(29 Jul 2010) The First Post: Will Wikileaks help end the Afghan war? No
(31 Jul 2010) Telegraph.co.uk: Julian Assange: is 'Wikileaker' on a crusade or an ego trip?
(31 Jul 2010) Mediaite: Wikileaks' Founder Julian Assange Talks Afghanistan On Freedom Watch
(01 Aug 2010) BBC Radio 4: Profile - Julian Assange (a radio show broadcast 5:40pm Sunday 1st August 2010)
(01 Aug 2010) The New York Times: A Renegade Site, Now Working With the News Media
(01 Aug 2010) The Observer: Julian Assange, monk of the online age who thrives on intellectual battle
(01 Aug 2010) SBS's Dateline: Inside Wikileaks with Julian Assange
(03 Aug 2010) The Atlantic Wire: Should WikiLeaks Be Shut Down?
(04 Aug 2010) BBC News: US & Canada: Afghan leak: Wikileaks' Assange denies 'blood on hands'
(05 Aug 2010) America Blog: WikiLeaks: The National-Security State Strikes Back
(05 Aug 2010) The Washington Post: Pentagon bars staff from visiting WikiLeaks
(10 Aug 2010) The Daily Beast: U.S. Urges Allies to Crack Down on WikiLeaks
(11 Aug 2010) NPR (National Public Radio): WikiLeaks Faces Growing Pressure Over War Files
(12 Aug 2010) The Sydney Morning Herald: Australia not asked to charge Wikileaks chief Julian Assange
(14 Aug 2010) Austrlia's MATHABA (Media Active To Help All Become Aware): Swedes Protect WikiLeaks, Hire Assange as Columnist
(14 Aug 2010) Daily Finance: WikiLeaks says it won't be threatened by Pentagon
(16 Aug 2010) The Register: Wikileaks double dares Pentagon hawks 'More explosive' documents just weeks away
(16 Aug 2010) Fox News: Swedish Tabloid Protects WikiLeaks Chief With Journalism Job

(28 Aug 2010) PrisonPlanet.com: Sotomayor Says Court May Rule to Limit First Amendment in Response to Wikileaks
(18 Oct 2010) The Telegraph: Wikileaks' 10 greatest stories
(20 Oct 2010) The Guardian: Wikileaks Iraq: data journalism maps every death
(20 Nov 2010) heraldsun.com.au: International arrest warrant issued for WikiLeaks' Julian Assange
(26 Nov 2010) CBC News: WikiLeaks: Should sensitive diplomatic files be released? when I looked: Yes: 85.55% (5,766 votes) - No: 11.62% (783 votes) - Don't know: 2.83% (191 votes)
(30 Nov 2010) The Guardian: WikiLeaks cables: Bradley Manning faces 52 years in jail
(07 Dec 2010) The Progressive: Julian Assange, like Daniel Ellsberg and Joe Wilson, Feels the Heat
(07 Dec 2010) ABC (Australia): Open letter: To Julia Gillard, re Julian Assange
(07 Dec 2010) The New York Times: Justice Department Studies WikiLeaks Prosecution
(08 Dec 2010) LAW.COM: Companies Begin Distancing Themselves After WikiLeaks Founder's Arrest
(08 Dec 2010) Belfast Telegraph: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange may face trial in US
(28 Dec 2010) GatesChiliPost.com: Online Only: WikiLeaks: A warning and a wake-up call this appears to be an appallingly ignorant and right wing article. I'll try to elucidate when I get time.


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