Excrement and Sacrament/ Theocracy means never having to say "God I'm sorry"
- Excrement and Sacrament/
Theocracy, means never having to say "God, I'm sorry!"
A lot of us have been through war. Survived it (some of
us barely), and tried to re-orient ourselves to
"normalcy". Perhaps to even understanding it. But
everyone at some point or other, whether survivors of
wars, or just Peace -loving people concerned with
preventing it, wonder how human beings become able to
carry out the most unimaginable things within the
context of war.
Our friend Barkin and I became entangled with each
others' lives within the global and regional Peace
movement partly because we share an interest in this
exploration of the pathology of human beings as it was
articulated by W. Reich, the scientist who developed
the modern Science of Orgonomy. Among other things,
Orgonomy provides tools for an understanding of the
sexual foundations of authoritarianism, and its
degeneration into sadism, perversion, and, on the
social level, the mass- scale phenomenon we know as
The article below is of interest to people with many
orientations. Especially to those of us concerned with
how our Middle Eastern/ Eastern Mediterranean conflicts
are being increasingly spun into a frenzied whirlpool
aimed at taking down the whole world with it. Even more
so it is of interest to those us who are seeking
Orgonomic analyses and solutions to the most burning
problems of our world.
Your thoughts would be most welcome.
"Nobody Should Preach to Us Ethics, Nobody!"
Israel, a Light unto Nations?
By Kathleen Christison
Former CIA political analyst
In the never-ending propaganda show designed to
depict Israel as a
moral nation victimized by immoral terrorists and
recently ran a film clip of the late Israeli Prime
Minister Menachem Begin
declaiming, as only he could, "Nobody should preach to
us ethics, nobody!"
And, of course, few do.
It's the general assumption among the vast
majority of Americans that no on can preach ethics to
Israel, that light unto nations. No nation is more
ethical or more innocent--or so we are told.
But I can't get something I recently saw off my
mind. Every so often
in the midst of a deluge of information something leaps
out at you as
unique--utterly electrifying, utterly horrifying,
almost mind-altering in a way. One's senses become
dulled after months, years, of reading about and seeing
images on television of innocents dead from Palestinian
terrorist attacks, of other innocents dead from Israeli
tank or sniper fire, of cities and refugee camps
devastated, in recent weeks of the entire civilian
infrastructure of Palestinian society destroyed. But
one searing article leapt out the other day that has
stuck in my craw, and I cannot let go of it.
In an article in the May 6 issue of the Israeli
entitled "Someone Even Managed to Defecate into the
Hass--an honest, courageous Israeli woman who has spent
years living among
Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and
Gaza--described the scenes of
destruction at the Palestinian Ministry of Culture left
Israeli military forces lifted their siege of the towns
of Ramallah and its suburb al-Birah, where the ministry
Entering the building after its month-long
occupation by an Israeli
military unit, ministry officials, foreign cultural
attaches, and reporters found a scene of grotesque
vandalism. Equipment from the local radio and
television station had been hurled from windows in the
multi-story building, electronic equipment was
destroyed or had been stolen, furniture was broken and
piled up on heaps of papers, books, computer disks, and
broken glass. Children's paintings had been destroyed.
And then there was this, as described by Hass:
"There are two toilets on every floor, but the soldiers
urinated and defecated everywhere else in the building,
in several rooms of which they had lived for about a
month. They did their business on the floors, in
emptied flowerpots, even in drawers they had pulled out
of desks. They defecated into plastic bags, and these
were scattered in several places. Some of them had
burst. Someone even managed to defecate into a
photocopier. The soldiers urinated into empty mineral
water bottles. These were scattered by the dozen in all
the rooms of the building, in cardboard boxes, among
the piles of rubbish and rubble, on desks, under desks,
next to the furniture the soldiers had smashed, among
the children's books that had been thrown down. Some of
the bottles had opened and the yellow liquid had
spilled and left its stain.
"It was especially difficult to enter two floors
of the building
because of the pungent stench of feces and urine.
Soiled toilet paper was
also scattered everywhere. In some of the rooms, not
far from the heaps of
feces and the toilet paper, remains of rotting food
were scattered. In one
corner, in the room in which someone had defecated into
a drawer, full
cartons of fruits and vegetables had been left behind.
The toilets were
left overflowing with bottles filled with urine, feces
and toilet paper.
Relative to other places, the soldiers did not leave
behind them many sayings scrawled on the walls. Here
and there were the candelabrum symbols of Israel, stars
of David, praises for the Jerusalem Betar soccer team."
This is not a tale we are ever likely to see in
the American press,
so the vast majority of Americans who think with
Menachem Begin that nobody can preach to Israel about
ethics, that Israel's army is the only moral army in
the world and always employs the doctrine of "purity of
arms," will go on thinking that way.
But I cannot.
I am forced to ask some questions that that
American majority will no doubt never hear: Can it, for
instance, be called terrorism if an entire unit of the
Israeli army forsakes purity of arms and spends a month
crapping on floors, on piles of children's artwork, in
desk drawers, on
Is this self-defense, or "rooting out the
Is it anti-Semitic to wonder what happened to the
moral compass of a
society that spawns a group of young men who will
intermingle their own religious and national symbols
with feces and urine, as if the drawings and the
excrement both constitute valued autographs?
Do they think Israeli shit is cleaner, holier
than anyone else's?
Why are my taxes paying for this army?
How can Palestinians ever make peace in the face
of filth and
disrespect like this?
Kathleen Christison worked for 16 years as a
political analyst with
the CIA, dealing first with Vietnam and then with the
Middle East for her
last seven years with the Agency before resigning in
1979. Since leaving
the CIA, she has been a free-lance writer, dealing
primarily with the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Her book, "Perceptions of
Influence on U.S. Middle East Policy," was published by
the University of
California Press and reissued in paperback with an
update in October 2001.
A second book, "The Wound of Dispossession: Telling the
Palestinian Story," was published in March 2002. Both
Kathy and her husband Bill, also a former CIA analyst,
are regular contributors to the CounterPunch website.
Other CounterPunch articles by Bill and Kathleen
Bill Christison: The Disastrous Foreign
Policies of the United States, May 10, 2002
Kathleen Christison: Before There Was
Terrorism, May 2, 2002
Bill Christison: Oil and the Middle East, April
Bill Christison: Why the War on Terror Won't
Work, March 5, 2002
What a particularily disgusting story. Thank You.
Not to say I really support either side of the conflict. I stand by
my previous statement that murder is just murder, no matter what
trappings of "war" or "justice" we cover it with. Were it up to me,
and it is not because I am just a citizen, we would withdraw all
support from both sides, which means we would stop giving Isreal 10
Million dollars A DAY to crap on Palestinians. I am so sorry we are
helping do this, and feel powerless to stop such hypocrisy.
The asshole terrorists accomplished one thing though that is
helpful. The idiot FBI is now focusing less on the drug war, and
more on their real job of protecting US from slaughter.
Did The Drug War Claim Another 3,056 Casualties?
While Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida minions were diligently
preparing for their murderous mission, the FBI was looking the other
way with equal determination. More than twice as many FBI agents were
assigned to fighting drugs (2,500) than fighting terrorism (1,151).
And a far greater amount of the FBI's financial resources was
dedicated to the war on drugs.
I thank GOD for the advent of the internet, because it introduced me
to good people like you who press forward with their version of the
truth, which veries dramitically from the "official truth"
The Corruption of Journalism in Wartime
MADISON, WISCONSIN-When I arrived in Afghanistan (news - web sites)
last November, Operation Enduring Freedom-the American bombing
campaign that eventually toppled the Taliban-was being hailed by the
U.S. media as an unqualified success. Precision bombing and first-
rate intelligence, the Pentagon (news - web sites) claimed, had kept
civilian casualties down to a few dozen victims at most. Long-
oppressed Afghan women burned their burqas and walked the streets as
the country reveled in an orgy of liberation. Or so we were told.
And a word to the warning, although the FBI is now more focused on
terrorism because they not only fumbled but RAN THE WRONG WAY WITH
THE FUCKING BALL, this means that they probably will continue to do
poorly, but with an extreme increase in powers, namely, monitoring
and harrasing and meddeling in churches and church internet groups
such as this very one.
Infiltration and internal psychological warfare.
FBI agents and paid informers actively worked to disrupt
organizations from the inside. The infiltration was designed to both
sow discord within (Are you real or are you from the FBI?) and scare
off potential supporters. It was also common to leak false
information accusing genuine activists of being FBI plants and use
External psychological warfare.
The FBI planted erroneous stories with media sources, and published
bogus material supposedly created by targeted organizations, wrote
anonymous letters and forged correspondence, all this designed to
paint false pictures of aims and goals. Other tactics included
spreading misinformation about and/or disrupting meetings and events,
setting up pseudo organizations run by agents, and using strong-arm
techniques on parents, employers, landlords, school officials and
others who had influence over activists.
Agents perjured themselves and fabricated evidence as a pretext for
false arrests and false imprisonment. They discriminatorily enforced
tax laws and other government regulations and used conspicuous
surveillance, "investigative" interviews, and grand jury subpoenas to
Extralegal force and violence.
The FBI and local police conducted break-ins, black-bag jobs,
vandalism, assaults, and beatings. It is widely rumored that
political assassinations were carried out as well.
Peace and Determination,
- Excerpt from post by Petros -- Subject: Excrement and Sacrament/
Theocracy means never having to say "God I'm sorry"
"Among other things, Orgonomy provides tools for an understanding
of the sexual foundations of authoritarianism, and its degeneration
into sadism, perversion, and, on the social level, the mass-scale
phenomenon we know as fascism."
I've read some history about Reich and about orgonomy, and I'll admit
to being dubious about the scientific validity of his work with
'orgone' and 'bions' and such. However, when his ideas are applied to
the psychology of people and of societies, it seems to me that it
doesn't really matter if orgone is a real, verifiable energy or not.
I understand Reich's and his adherents' zeal to build a scientific
case for orgonomy, but as in philosophy, psychology, and religion --
there are some things that we can 'feel' and 'know' are true whether
we can 'prove' them beyond scientific doubt or not. Reich was on to
something that had only previously been explored in the domain of
There was mention of some similarity of orgone to 'chi' or 'prana'. I
read a great article yesterday that you might enjoy. I'm not Hindu,
but it brought to mind some basic truths I've discovered along the way
of studying history and social change. The recognition of female
strengths and the need for them in order to find balance and
fulfillment in life is shown in this article through the stories of
the Goddess Parvati and the circumstances under which she turned
herself into ten goddesses, each with different attributes which
complimented her consort Shiva.
It seems that this article I read indirectly deals with the same
issues discussed by the Israeli writer in the article you enclosed.
Equal recognition of the value of both male and female attributes, and
of both male and female deities, seems to promote a more civilized
society. Although the story of Parvati and Shiva is all about
sexuality, it is not degenerate or abusive, but tells through fable
how relationships between people must be based on mutual respect.
Without respect for the feminine in our faith, we fail to respect
women in general. If woman's place in the grand scheme of things is
not valued then all life -- the unborn, children, the infirm, the
handicapped, the elderly, wild and domestic animals -- becomes cheap,
something to be used and abused at will by governments and by
individuals like the Israeli soldiers.
The best use Reich's work has been put to, IMO, has been in the areas
of healing and self-healing. So many of us are hungry for healing
today. I think that is one reason why there has been so much growth
in the many pagan paths which include reverence for a female goddess
today. Spiritual people are concerned about our shrinking world and
how we can keep from destroying the earth and ourselves.
Societies which restrict faith to a male god were and still are more
warlike and aggressive. Evidence of ancient goddess-based societies
has shown that (within the context of their times) they existed for
the most part both peacefully and successfully -- oppression of faith
in the goddess has usually meant change for the worse. Women have
traditionally been the caregivers, the nurses, the caretakers of the
home and family; but under male-dominated societies, these occupations
are not highly regarded.
I don't mean to suggest that I believe that men are evil and women are
good, or that a female god is superior to a male. I think that it is
the rejection of the male or female aspects of ourselves that causes
personal and societal degeneration. Respect for both male and female
roles within society and inclusion of the mother goddess as well as
the male god within religion seems to me to be essential in order to
maintain the balance we need to keep us healthy as individuals and to
maintain the health of the larger social organisms and governments
within which we live.
Promotion (and acceptance) of women's rights seems essential to
acquiring respect for the value of life itself and of human rights.
Promotion of human rights is essential to a healthy society;
oppression of them, as under fascist regimes, undermines the strength
of the very society the government is trying to control. This ensures
suffering by the weaker of us and the ultimate destruction of society.
A government which does not value its people -- the female, the young,
and the old -- will always fail.
Here is the link to the article:
Wisdom Goddesses : Mahavidyas and the Assertion of Femininity in
Article of the Month - May 2002
I hope I haven't offended the monotheists who believe only in a male
God among us in this group, that wasn't my intention. Reich's views
stirred a lot of controversy, so I suppose some negative reactions to
my remarks is to be expected -- but even he didn't talk about a
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can
change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." -- -
2nd Sight Magazine
- ULChurch_We_Are_One@yahoogroups.com wrote:
> Date: Fri, 07 Jun 2002 03:08:22 -0000
> From: "rsbuscemi" <rsbuscemi@...>
> Subject: Re: Excrement and Sacrament/ Theocracy means never having to say "God I'm sorry"
> thank you petros for sharing this disturbing, illuminating article.
> it has been/is a long and daily process for me to check my biases
> while forming and interacting with the burgeoning (can i use that word
> yet?!) criticism of israeli aggression towards palestine. even just
> now i originally wrote 'policy' then deleted and wrote 'aggression'.
> aaargh! that infamous international israeli p.r. machine is working
> well! i am realizing how many lies i've digested, metabolized, have
> escaped my filters and best attempts at critical thinking. for me
> this war against palestine (and let's take G-d at her word and use our
> power to name what we see) this war has prompted me to rethink many
> things that have seeped into my 'taken for granted' tangle of ideas
> the most prevalent being that criticism of israel = anti-semitism.
> here in san francisco a true to life holy war is brewing as a result
> of our local news' meager (but really extraordinary) attempts at
> providing accurate information re: the palestinian experience of
> racialist israeli policies. needless to say the letters and demos and
> ad campaigns denouncing such news as 'anti-semitic' have been nearly
> overwhelming. a tidal wave against a sand castle. luckily (?) i
> worship a god of sand and sea and am learning to find my bearings in
> an otherwise confusing cacophony of words, lies, and accusations.
> reich helps, as always. but these days i'm going back to the source,
> which is the subject of my next post......
What's wonderful about reading your thoughts is that
what comes through your letters is a cool, refreshing
breeeze of your familiarity with our struggle on both
sides, the internal and the external. It's what our old
colleague Mitchel used talk about when he referred to
the revolution as a constant "battle on the barricades
inside our own minds".
Regarding the war of extermination by the Israeli
rulers against Palestine, one should not rely on what
Petros says. Some of the very best criticism and
resistance against the horror, is coming from within
Israel itself, from very highly conscientious Israeli
Jews who have been consistently working to develop a
thourough critique of the structure of society, and
using it so as to build better obstacles to the war
machine. I feel the best source for their work at this
point in time is the Israel Indymedia group, which
operates an independant media source at this page:
It takes a lot of courage to even say the things they
are saying. Even more courageous, a large number of
members of the military reserves in Israel, some
affiliated with the Indymedia group, have been engaged
in a campaign in which they are refusing to carry out
genocidal orders, and calling on other members of the
military to resist. There are people in jail over this
campaign now, and it's making a big impact in saving
lives, and eroding the credibility of the US/Israel
alliance. This whole subject is being mostly kept out
of the mainstream media.
Can you imagine what amount of moral outrage a soldier
must reach before saying "No!"? My heart is with them,
these resistors, because they are helping Israeli
society find its moral and political compass again. The
network of Jewish Americans who recently have been
expressing concern over the events in Palestine in a
multitude of social gatherings and events, are not
being told about this campaign by Israeli soldiers. It
would be an excellent furthering of Peacework to
promote this knowledge.