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REMEMBER THIS: KILLING A FELLOW HUMAN BEING IS MURDER - EVEN IN A WAR SITUATION
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THE WAR WIDOWS LAY A WREATH FOR PEACE...
PETE & NIKKI'S white poppy campaign in the local newspaper
Pete's preference for the white poppy of peace over the usual red one was given credence in the Stevenage & District COMET newspaper...
... and there was support the following week, including one from an ex-United Nations worker...
Well, what a good idea? Does anyone agree with this idea?
PETE & NIKKI XXX
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THE PRECURSERS OF WAR...
By PETE PERRY
(who may upset a few people, including members of his own family!)
Sadly, the desire for war is within us all, because Mankind, as a species, has not outgrown his primitive instincts, and until we do, we can never, honestly, call ourselves 'civilised'...
We may berate our children for calling each other names, or for fighting in the playground over the ownership of a toy, - BUT WHAT EXAMPLE DO WE SET THEM?
We argue with our spouses, partners, friends, or other members of our families over exactly the same things: How, or how we shouldn't, behave or dress, matters of ownership, rights of access to persons or objects, the rights to speak the truth,- and it all comes down to that most replulsive of all human traits, GREED.
And it is greed, ownership, and the need to protect property, people and the things we consider to be OUR PROPERTY, that leads to war.
WE ARE COERCED INTO CALLING THESE TRAITS PATRIOTISM BY OUR MASTERS (Yes, the people who rule our lives, whether we like it or not!) - AND IT IS PATRIOTISM, THEY TELL US, THAT MAKES US PROUD TO GO TO WAR WITH ANOTHER COUNTRY. IT IS PURE PROPAGANDA..
Prehistoric Man went to war with a rival tribe for exactly the same reasons, - SO WHAT HAS CHANGED?
We are born into a Society that believes in OWNERSHIP, - of property, land, animals, and even people.
True, slavery may have been abolished in Europe and The United States, - but many people still believe they OWN their spouses and their children, - and it is accepted, even nowadays, that we OWN pets: WE DON'T!
WE SHOULD NEVER, EVER, OWN ANOTHER LIVING BEING, - THAT, IN ITSELF, IS A FORM OF SLAVERY, whether we care to admit it or not.
Just watch a dog owner training their dog to do as it is told, or a jockey racing a horse until it is totally exhausted, and tell me that these poor creatures are not slaves to their human masters.
Recently, there was a programme on Television about divorced couples claiming access rights to the children, who gets the house or the car, and even who gets custody, or visiting rights, the the family pets!
One couple couldn't agree who gets the goldfish in an aquarium...
I TOLD NIKKI THAT IF I WERE THE JUDGE ON A CASE LIKE THIS, I'D TAKE THE FISH TANK, WITH THE COUPLE FOLLOWING, AND THEN EMPTY THE FISH INTO THE RIVER...
'THERE!' I'D SAY, 'AT LEAST THE FISH ARE HAPPY NOW...'
THE PEOPLE WHO ARE MEANT TO BE ROLE MODELS ARE PROBABLY THE WORST EXAMPLES OF ALL - AND AFTER ALL, THEY ACTUALLY TAKE US TO WAR...
Recently, The ConDem Government has added to this, with 'The Help To Buy' scheme, which, in turn, will encourage more greed, - even for those who cannot afford it, and even the fact that some people have nothing, whilst others have more than they really need, - is down to greed in our society, and just look at how the politicians behave - tearing each other apart in the House of Commons, The House of Lords, at speeches, through the media, and more recently, via networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
These sites can be used for positive promotion, or to spread gossip.
We choose the former, but unfortunately, most of us use it for the latter...
As for the Help to Buy scheme, - this is merely encouraging people to BUY their own property, rather than to rent. It is a peculiarity of British Society that people who RENT property, (especially if it is from the Council or a Housing Association), are looked down upon, and that home owners are seen as upstanding citizens who believe they are better than others, PURE SNOBBERY, IN FACT!
Well! WHAT NONSENSE!
I have owned and rented, and from my experience of home 'ownership' of two properties, (one in Walthamstow, London, pictured left, and one in Blackpool, Lancs, pictured right) and I can assure you that I would never, ever want the millstone of a mortgage hanging around my neck again!
'Owning' your house on a mortgage is an illusion, as it is never yours, at least, not until you have paid back the loan.
Until then, it belongs to the bank, or mortgage lender, - AND YET YOU STILL HAVE TO MAINTAIN IT YOURSELF!
I have also rented, both through The Local Council, and privately (which we are doing now)
Let someone who has plenty of money buy the house and attend to the repairs, whilst I rent, - worry free!
Indeed, this is what war is based upon, - MATERIALISM! Anything for money. Even our own Government has sanctioned UK Industries to supply arms to countries that, in turn, use them against US, and they try to justify it by telling us it creates jobs and earns money forThe UK!
HOW MAD IS THAT?
Unfortunately, most of us have been taught to worship that great God, Money!
Nikki & I have learned to live our lives differently - there really are more important things in life than material things.
Unfortunately, to enable us to live in this Material World, we need money to enable us to eat, and to supply a roof over our heads...
APART FROM THAT WE TURN OUR BACKS ON MATERIAL THINGS, GOSSIP, GREED AND ONE-UPMANSHIP.
WE RESPECT AND TRUST OUR FRIENDS & FAMILY, AND THE WORLD AROUND US, AND WE NEVER GET INVOLVED IN FAMILY SQUABBLES - THEY BELONGS IN THE PLAYGOUND
IF WE ALL DID THIS, THERE WOULD BE NO NEED FOR WAR.
Love & Peace
Remember also, that even if you have bought your property, lock stock and barrel, The Authorities can take it away from you, at a much reduced value, if they need to build on that land. YOU HAVE NO REDRESS...They can make your life unbearable if you refuse.
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THOU SHALT NOT KILL
(in ANY Faith!)
All religions state that Killing is Evil.
Most of our readers will know that in the Holy Bible, the Ten Commandments states: 'THOU SHALT NOT KILL', but how many of you know what The Holy Quran states?
Here, to help all to understand, is a few quotes:
Human Beings Should Respect the Sanctity of Other Human Beings
Allah says, because the son of Adam killed his brother in transgression and aggression,
Note that in both The Holy Bible and The Holy Quran, Adam was the first man, and his son was the first murderer, - killing his brother.
(We ordained for the Children of Israel...) meaning, We legislated for them and informed them,
(that if anyone killed a person not in retaliation of murder, or (and) to spread mischief in the land - it would be as if he killed all mankind, and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind.) The Ayah states, whoever kills a soul without justification -- such as in retaliation for murder or for causing mischief on earth -- will be as if he has killed all mankind, because there is no difference between one life and another.
(and if anyone saved a life...) by preventing its blood from being shed and believing in its sanctity, then all people will have been saved from him, so,
(it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind.) Al-A`mash and others said that Abu Salih said that Abu Hurayrah said, "I entered on `Uthman when he was under siege in his house and said, `I came to give you my support. Now, it is good to fight (defending you) O Leader of the Faithful!' He said, `O Abu Hurayrah! Does it please you that you kill all people, including me' I said, `No.' He said, `If you kill one man, it is as if you killed all people. Therefore, go back with my permission for you to leave. May you receive your reward and be saved from burden.' So I went back and did not fight.''' `Ali bin Abi Talhah reported that Ibn `Abbas said, "It is as Allah has stated...
LOVE & PEACE
Nikki & Pete
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Pete & Nikki have their say on...
THE TRUTH ABOUT WAR
The uncomfortable truth is that, in a war situation, there are NO 'Good Guys' and 'Bad Guys', because they are ALL bad guys, - otherwise they wouldn't be killing each other!
Make no mistake, - torture and humiliation of prisoners is just as rife in The European and US Military as it is anywhere else, and so is the slaughter of civilians!
Witness The bombing of Berlin and Dresden, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Vietnam and Iraq ... in each case, innocent civilians were killed and maimed, - and this, they call 'The Glory of War!'
We don't believe there is any glory in setting a young girl alight with Napalm Bombs, as the Americans did to Kim Phuc (Pictured left) on 8th June 1972, during the Vietnam War, - especially when napalm Bombs were supoposed to have been made illegal at the time!
There are many reasons for war, but it all comes down to greed:
1. Disputes over land
2.Disputes over religion
3. Disputes over culture
4.Disputes over possessions
5.Disputes over 'strength' and 'weakness'
6. Disputes over Power
Unfortunately, we are all preconditioned to 'own' things, and to challenge others in order to prove ourselves and get what we want...
Sport is all about challenging your opponents.
This is most obvious in Boxing and wrestling, where opponents actually physically assault each other in the name of entertainment - hardly any better than The Romans pitting Christians against Gladiators, - but it goes back much further than that....
In prehistoric times, males fought over females (and still do!) - in the same way that stags fight over hinds in the wild.
Tribes fought over territories, much the same way that cats and other animals do.
Unfortunately, we haven't progressed from those days.
The only difference is that, instead of using fists and stones, we now use guns and nuclear missiles!
We are actually encouraged to take part in, and to support competitive sports like football and rugby, which is, in fact, a re-enactment of war in a contained area, where supporters of each army (The Fans) vehemently cheer on one side or the other, - and very often, - the aggressive competitiveness of the game spills out amongst the fans, and you get football hooliganism.
To be honest, we cannot understand why Boxing is known as 'The Noble Sport' and Football is known as 'The Glorious Game' - when, in fact, both are simply a way of letting off latent agression.
THE PROBLEM HERE IS THAT, BECAUSE THE POWERS THAT BE NEVER LET WE, THE PUBLIC, KNOW THE TRUTH BEHIND THESE SORDID LITTLE SCHEMES, WHEN PEOPLE, LIKE US, SPEAK OUT, - YOU ARE TOLD THAT WE ARE SPREADING 'CONSPIRACY THEORIES'...
BUT WHO COULD FORGET THE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION (OR WEAPONS OF MASS DISTRACTION AS WE CALLED IT AT THE TIME!) THAT WERE COMPLETELY MADE UP BY MESSRS BLAIR AND BUSH AS AN EXCUSE FOR GETTING RID OF SADDAM HUSSIEN?
ISN'T IT ABOUT TIME WE STOPPED PLAYING AGRESSIVE GAMES, STOPPED BEING SO COMPETITIVE, AND START TO BUILD A WORLD BASED ON LOVE AND TRUST, RATHER THAN AGRESSION AND DISTRUST, - AND BRING PEACE TO THE PLANET?
Love & Peace
Pete & Nikki
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CARRYING ON JOHN LENNON'S WORK
Above is the letter Pete received from John Lennon in 1969, asking him for more information on The MOTF and it's campaign for peace. Below is the new MOTF Peace Campaign symbol...
Love and Peace,
Pete & Nikki
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THE LAST TASMANIAN
Billy, the last Tasmanian Aborigine (Pictured on the right) died in exile in 1876 and the race became totally extinct, a mere 75 years after the first white settlers arrived.
READ ABOUT MANKIND'S WANTON DESTRUCTION IN FULL IN PETE PERRY'S 'VANDALS IN THE GARDEN'
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WE CALL OURSELVES CIVILISED, YET HOW FAR HAVE WE COME? GREED AND MISTRUST OF OTHER CULTURES ARE WORSE NOW THAN IN THE STONE AGE. WE SLAUGHTERED POSSIBLY THE LAST NEANDERTHALS WHEN WE FIRST SET FOOT IN TASMANIA. WE ALMOST WIPED OUT THE NATIVE AMERICANS WHEN WE DISCOVERED THE 'NEW LAND'. WE SLAUGHTERED FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS IN THE CRUSADES, BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT OF OUR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS. WE WIPED OUT NAGASAKI AND HIROSHIMA AT THE END OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR, (SEE 'VANDALS IN THE GARDEN' IN 'PETE'S BOOKSHOP') - AND NOW WE ARE DOING THE SAME IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. LET'S BE HONEST HERE - PEACE AND UNDERSTANDING REPRESENT LOVE, WHEREAS WAR AND DESTRUCTION REPRESENT HATE -
WHEN IS THE HUMAN RACE GOING TO GROW UP AND START ACTING LIKE ADULTS?
THE CHOICE IS YOURS!
Remember this also: YOU are paying for WAR, through your TAXES.
We, the taxpayers, pay for The Royal Family, our MPs salaries and perks, War vehicles, and weapons of destruction.
WE, THE WORKERS HOLD THE POWER IN OUR HANDS TO CHANGE THINGS...
NIKKI & PETE'S WORLD PEACE CAMPAIGN
Join us in our campaign for peace here on Earth - otherwise, when we do meet people from other planets - and it will happen - we could find ourselves in a self-destructive war of the worlds!
Love and Peace
PETE & NIKKI XXX
Above and to the right are actual illustrations from Pete's book 'Vandals in The Garden'. Above The Devil in an atom bomb. To the left, Billy the last existing Tasmanian aborgine, who died in 1876 (SEE DETAILS ON THE LEFT)
WAR IS EVIL!