Having been based in Istanbul for over a decade and producing portraits of Atatürk, I am aware each year of 9.05am, 10 November, the time and anniversary whereby Turks stand for a minute's silence to remember the passing of the founder of the Turkish Republic. This 10.11.2013 was a 75 year anniversary.
Then comes 11 November and Remembrance Day to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918. Hostilities formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
11:11 also holds significance for those who have explored its symbolism. As an artist, the numerals hold a fascinating visual symmetry.
Poppy sellers come to our doors and we feel compelled or obliged to buy them. I noticed these following articles in recent days, which will upset those of a traditional, conventional disposition:
Swinging on the Gates of Hades - Remembrance Day Exposed:
Poppycock – or why remembrance rituals make me see red:
The Tap Blog: No poppy for me:
In a letter to my Conservative MP Matthew Hancock of 19 August 2013, to which he has not responded nor acknowledged, I said this...
Regarding the Coney Weston 1914-1918 war memorial by our village hall, my perception is...
PTE J.H. Bloomfield Queen’s RWS Regt.
PTE G. Brothers, Middlesex Regt
PTE C.W. Hogg, Wiltshere Regt.
PTE R.H. Hogg, Machine Gun Corps
PTE A. Hubbard, Suffolk Regt.
PTE J. Ollington Suffolk Regt.
Sergt. A.J. Sadd Suffolk Regt.
.... thought they were going to war for valid and just reasons; fighting a war to end all wars. Little did they know endless armed conflicts, official and unofficial, would continue well after their demise. Having researched perceived history, I sadly conclude, these brave young men were sacrificial lambs for an elitist vision above and beyond the awareness of most people.
Coney Weston village hall and 1914-1918 war memorial:
Bloomfield Brothers Hogg Hogg Hubbard Ollington and Sadd
Was it all part of a bigger plan? Perhaps it was to do with a typed letter signed by Lord Balfour and addressed to Lord Rothschild:
"In Palestine, we do not propose even to go through the form of consulting the wishes of the present inhabitants of the country…Zionism, be it right or wrong, is rooted in age-old traditions, in present needs, in future hopes, of far profounder import than the desires and prejudices of the 700,000 Arabs who now inhabit that ancient land.”
Lord Balfour, UK Foreign Minister 1917
“History becomes a meaningful event once it can be revisited; when we look at the past and manage to produce an ethical judgement that allows us to think of a better future. Locking millions of Palestinians into open air prisons is wrong. How is it possible that 3 years after the liberation of Auschwitz, Israel ethnically cleansed the Palestinian people? It repeated the Nazi crime.”
BBC Persia & Gilad Atzmon interview 01.08.2013
... end of MP letter quote.
So poppy day comes round again, locals come to our door and money is handed over rather than create a fuss on the doorstep. For those who really want to remember with a view to creating a better future, I suggest this following video better reflects my thoughts than the bombardment of 1984 style propaganda that descends upon our BBC airwaves:
The REAL truth about Palestine in response to Danny Ayalon:
If the UK were interfered with, we might react with any weapon or tool at our command. It is openly chronicled that external forces are operating and interfering in Syria. If any side is using chemical weapons, it is certainly the US-UK backed rebels. My perception is the UK, US and EU authorities are war mongering just as Blair and Bush did while the UK taxpayer is probably already funding covert operations. Since we are not informed of the activities of the intelligence services, due to ‘national security’ reasons, my MP cannot assure me one way or the other.
Last week I listened to and watched some of GCHQ's Sir Iain Lobban, MI5's Andrew Parker and MI6's Sir John Sawers being questioned by the Intelligence and Security Committee.
These people do not represent me. I do not consider NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden a threat to my or national security. Indeed, I view him as a brave individual and no BBC interview or politican's statement has thus far convinced me otherwise. These intelligent agencies represent a 1984 mind set justifying an endless taxpayer funded war machine, perpetuating a war = peace psychology. It seems far from intelligent. Indeed, I propose we consider doing away with intelligence agencies altogether as suggested in my essay Intellectual Property Right To Become Redundant:
"In 2010 I painted portraits of Gresham's 6 spies, which brings me to consider MI5, MI6 and the secret service networks that operate throughout the world in a never ending suppression of ideas and information in the name of national security. I propose the suppression of information, knowledge and advancements in technology and even consciousness, merely adds to the promotion of fear and the identification of an enemy to justify a trade in war and weapons fuelling the promotion of fear over love and death over life."
I heard on the news 22 July 2013, Hezbollah has been designated a terrorist organisation by the EU because they allegedly killed 5 Israelis in Bulgaria. Have UK intelligence services ever been responsible for killing a foreign national abroad and, therefore, committing terrorist activity? Are we so righteous that we can judge others? Anyone who accuses me of disrespect to the dead who fell to enable my freedom and liberty, go ask yourself what the legacy really is of our war dead. While I question the official presstitute history my accuser seems to acquiesce to the same old mind set supporting the same old war = peace psychology.
I always found Churchill's humour amusing, his drinking and smoking almost endearing and certainly as a child I was educated to view him as a hero. It is his intent I now question. It is interesting that Churchill suffered among his darkest periods at Gallipoli:
Yet, Churchill said of his adversary Atatürk:
"Had Ataturk been alive the second world war would not have been fought."
"Ataturk's death is not only a loss for the country, but for Europe is the greatest loss, he who saved Turkey in the war and who revived a new the Turkish nation after the war. The sincere tears shed after him by all classes of people is nothing other than an appropriate manifestation to this great hero and modern Turkey's Ata."
Atatürk, like so many leaders, leaves a different legacy for different people. I associate him with Turkey's national slogan:
Peace at Home, Peace in the World.
What a pity today's leaders, Turkish or otherwise, do not adhere to this idea.
I give you with some thoughts from Atatürk:
“Freedom consists of man’s ability to do what he thinks and desires without any influence or intervention by others. This is the broadest definition of the concept. Mankind has never attained liberty to this extent and never will because as is known, men are creations of nature and nature itself is not absolutely free either; it is subject to universal laws.”
“Religion is an issue of conscience. Everyone is free to conform to the commands of their conscience. We show respect for religion. We are not against a way of thinking or thoughts. We are only trying to not to mix religious affairs with the affairs of the nation and the state. We are avoiding reactionary actions that are based on evil intent and deeds.”
“Every individual has the rights and freedoms to think what he wants, to believe what he wants, to possess a political opinion that is unique to himself and to undertake or not undertake the requirements of the religion he has chosen. No one’s ideas or conscience can be dominated.”
Last night The People's Voice (TPV) aired its first broadcast. I suspect this new media station outlet can be a game changer. Mike Adams The Health Ranger has today posted a video update on his big research project at the Natural News Forensic Food Labs:
During this impromtu address, Mike mentions TPV.
Also this morning, the BBC report on John Major's talk at my nearby South Norfolk constituency:
'Truly shocking' that the private-school educated and affluent middle class still run Britain, says Sir John Major...
Hey John. Cut the crap. What about The Carlyle Group? Anyone for making money out of war?! John Major is an arms trade perpetrator and probably profiteer.
I've been to the Post Office with BBC 5 Live on my car radio. They were rattling on about 11/11 Remembrance. It is such a one sided, blinkered take. What do soldiers die for? Our freedom and Liberty? This is why The People's Voice http://www.thepeoplesvoice.tv/ can be a game changer, to address history and the bigger picture so better perspective is attained: No More To War!
So, what is my contribution to remembering and commemorating the dead? I repeat and probably not for the last time:
A New World Model:
"Yep, it might be as well we consider a general amnesty, perhaps a truth commission or investigative enquiry to explore all the lost technology and hidden secrets, so we can offer sanctuary to those we require to spill the beans, put them to one side out of our or their harm’s way and focus on creating a new model based on... here we go: unconditional love. Yeah, nice idea Ned, now get real! You can't beat the system! Or can you? It’s a thought."
An Englishman due to return to Istanbul.
Benjamin Freedman's 1961 Speech at the Willard Hotel:
01.01.2015 - 911 False Flag - American Traitors & Mossad - Where are the Oath Keepers? - Ken O'Keefe: