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ON THE WORLD STAGE

Posted on October 12th, 2015 by Don Cerow

 

On the 27th and 28th of September, we were watching as we had the Full Moon on the former, and Neptune squaring the US Ascendant on the latter. Certainly, here was an issue worthy of note, celestially speaking. What would it be?

In a hard aspect, Neptune can deal with confusion, illusion, deception and uncertainty. It is the planet of loss and suffering, outcasts, and those confined to institutions, hospitals and prisons. They are confined, out-of-sight (unconscious) from the rest of society. The three alignments of our horizontal axis (the Ascendant/Descendant) are March 9th and September 28th, 2015, and January 6th, 2016. The Full Moon occurring on the day before helped to ‘bring to light’ the issue that is happening at that time, making it more prominent, more luminous.

Barack Obama UN speech

It was on the 28th, a Monday, that President Obama and Putin squared off at the UN, each providing their own vision of the world. Here is what Solar Fire had to say about this transit, having never met Obama or Putin:

This can be a time of confusion in your personal (or in a nation’s case, international) relationships. There is a lack of clarity in either your own or your partner’s intentions at the moment, and every time you try to sort things out the fog seems to thicken. It may be that one of you is involved in outright deception or it could just be that the communication lines are crossed. Either way it is best to be as honest as possible reflecting your true self as much as possible in all intimate encounters. In the meantime avoid making life-changing decisions until the transit ends. It is particularly important to avoid making decisions about business partnerships and legal situations until this transit is over.

Obama drew the short end of the stick. Here’s what the New York Times had to say on the day following the presentations.

Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin

Middle East

Obama’s Call at UN to Fight ISIS with Ideas is Largely Seen as Futile

By Gardiner Harris and Eric Schmitt

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015

UNITED NATIONS- President Obama called upon a conclave of world leaders on Tuesday to fight violent extremism not just with weapons but with ideas, jobs and good governance, a strategy he has long advocated. There are few signs that it is succeeding.

Military pressure, Mr. Obama said at the United Nations summit meeting, will be insufficient to vanquish groups like the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL.

“This means defeating their ideology,” he said. “Ideologies are not defeated with guns. They are defeated by better ideas- a more attractive and compelling vision.”

Mr. Obama spoke without having to hear a robust riposte to his strategy moments later, which was what happened to him on Monday at the General Assembly when President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia defended his government’s support for President Bashar al-Assad of Syria and other authoritarians.

But the echoes of Mr. Putin’s more muscular strategy still reverberated in the United Nations hallways, where many leaders have little enthusiasm for the kind of political changes Mr. Obama has urged upon them that might empower or at least legitimize their political opponents.

Mr. Putin, in his speech Monday, said the American strategy of promoting democratic changes in the Middle East had backfired.

“Instead of the triumph of democracy and progress, we got violence poverty and social disaster,” Mr. Putin said. “And nobody cares a bit about human rights, including the right to life.”

Even Vice President Joseph R. Biden acknowledged in a candid moment when he arrived in New York that little would come of Tuesday’s meeting. He asked a group of reporters who were following him if they would stay awake at the United Nations meeting and “30 speeches about how we’re going to go after ISIS.”

The conclave seemed to highlight the bewilderment of world leaders in how a movement like the Islamic State, which slaughters opponents, enslaves women and destroys historical artifacts, continues to attract followers from around the world.

Nearly 30,000 foreign recruits have poured into Syria and Irag since 2011 from more than 100 countries, almost doubling the total that was estimated a year ago despite international efforts to tighten borders, share intelligence and enfore antiterrorism laws.

A $500 million Pentagon effort to train rebel forces to take on the Islamic State in Syria has produced only a handful of fighters. And the fight against the Islamic State has expanded beyond its cradle in Iraq and Syria- where, senior Pentagon officials recently said, the struggle is at “a stalemate”- into North Africa.

“We have ISIL taking root in areas that already are suffering from failed governance,” Mr. Obama said. “And as a consequence of the vacuum that exists in many of these areas, ISIL has been able to dig it.”

Islamic State combatants have shown themselves to be resilient, and the group is adept at attracting adherents through social media.        

At least eight Islamic State branches in the Middle East and Afghanistan have cropped up in recent years or have redefined themselves as allies, such as the Boko Haram insurgency group in Nigeria.

At the same time, international efforts to combat the Islamic State’s online propaganda messaging has been an abysmal failure, according to a recent State Department assessment.

Russia intends to host its own meeting Wednesday in the Security Council devoted to counterterrorism efforts in the Middle East. It is expected to introduce a draft Council resolution along the lines of what Mr. Putin proposed in his General Assembly speech Monday — to authorize the “coordination” of anti-Islamic State activities in Syria.

 

Unfortunately, our system is rotten. Congress wants to shut down the government. The two parties hold each other at bay in headlocks, the financial system is wavering and yet everything is based on the bottom line. Obama is essentially correct, that by introducing new and better ideas, life can improve and we all treat each other better, but commercial gain through war was too long been our export, with democracy and capitalism our selling points.

The Middle East does not trust us, and with good reason.

With this Neptunian pass, the national tide is at low ebb, and faith in the system along with it.



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