In the bigger scheme of history, for too long now, the strategies for resolving global conflicts have been built predominantly around military force.
Soul-force must be given a chance.
Marilyn Luongo has put this project forward to honour the memory of Aaliyah al Ghrari who was sleeping in her home in Libya and woke up under a pile of debris suffered a stroke as a result and died in hospital a few days ago.
Her story is but one of thousands of people who daily suffer the same fate.
In today’s world, war is waged not against nations but against villages that are supposedly harbouring terrorists, but who are the victims of this so called war on terror... woman and children sleeping in their beds.
Maveric NGO cannot stop the wholesale slaughter and misery created by this war on terror but we are there to pick up the pieces of wreaked lives and restore them to some kind of normalacy.
Maveric NGO will be establishing centres for rehabilitation and long term medical care in Africa and Middle East.
We will be providing food parcels to start with while we help people rebuild their lives and strength so they can start agricultural projects and building of house s and schools.
We will endeavour to help these children who have only known war for 10 years develop a new future.
We will help them build new dreams on the devastation caused by war.
Radioactive contaminated water need to be made drinkable and fish farms need to be cultivated.
Children with no arms and legs need to been given prosthetics and taught how to cope with this new way of life.
Trauma clinics will be established to help them recover from the nightmare of war.
Child soldiers need to be rehabilitated.
Politicians who planned their grand strategies have used young men and woman and destroyed their lives... they are also victims and we at Maveric would like to implement a program where they can also be part of the rebuilding and rehabilitation process so they can also be re-integrated into society.
There is another forgotten victim of war... animals in zoos and animals used in the conflict like horses and dogs... displaced wild life that no one even thinks about.
Radioactivity that has affected grazing and damaged the soil ...... all this has to be repaired at what cost.
Would negotiating around a table not have alleviated this one wonders?
Ours is not to reason why but to do the best we can to assist in helping the countless victims of war.
As President John F. Kennedy said in his famous speech of 1963:
“If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. In the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s futures. And we are all mortal.”
Victims of War are not to be seen or heard or mentioned
by Robert Weitzel.
"The greatest dignity and respect you can give Victims Of War is to show the
horror they suffered, the absolute gruesome horror."
War Photographer David Lesson.
In war soldiers and civilians die gruesome deaths and suffer horrific wounds.
This is reality. Pictures that capture this miserable fact are not meant to be
gratuitously violent. They are merely the unvarnished truth.
Veteran war photographer, Chris Hondros, admits that many of his imagines of
war are indeed horrible, but says, "... war is horrible and we need to
understand that. I think if we are going to start a war, we ought to be willing to
show the consequences of that war."
But it is not only the dying that remains invisible and unheard and never
mentioned. The armless and the legless and the blind and the burned, the
destroyed minds and the disfigured bodies "recovering" at Walter Reed Army
Hospital remain as unknown as Joseph Bonham.
The national myths and political lies that sent these casualties marching to war cannot abide their wounds.
Worth-while human beings will not let themselves be driven to despair. They will create new and lasting values, and under the tremendous pressure brought to bear upon everyone today these new works will be of particular greatness.
A nation which believes in its future will never perish.
August 30, 1946 Nuremberg Tribunal: On day 216, the defendants make their final statements.
Final Statement of Albert Speer: Mr. President, may it please the Tribunal: Hitler and the collapse of his system have brought a time of tremendous suffering upon the German people. The useless continuation of this war and the unnecessary destruction make the work of reconstruction more difficult. Privation and misery have come to the German people. After this Trial, the German people will despise and condemn Hitler as the proven author of its misfortune. But the world will learn from these happenings not only to hate dictatorship as a form of government, but to fear it.
Hitler's dictatorship differed in one fundamental point from all its predecessors in history. His was the first dictatorship in the present period of modern technical development, a dictatorship which made complete use of all technical means in a perfect manner for the domination of its own nation. Through technical devices such as radio and loudspeaker 80 million people were deprived of independent thought. It was thereby possible to subject them to the will of one man. The telephone, teletype, and radio made it possible, for instance, for orders from the highest sources to be transmitted directly to the lowest-ranking units, where, because of the high authority, they were carried out without criticism.
Another result was that numerous offices and headquarters were directly attached to the supreme leadership, from which they received their sinister orders directly. Also, one of the results was a far-reaching supervision of the citizen of the state and the maintenance of a high degree of secrecy for criminal events. Perhaps to the outsider this machinery of the state may appear like the lines of a telephone exchange--apparently without system. But like the latter, it could be served and dominated by one single will. Earlier dictators during their work of leadership needed highly qualified assistants, even at the lowest level, men who could think and act independently. The totalitarian system in the period of modern technical development can dispense with them; the means of communication alone make it possible to mechanize the subordinate leadership. As a result of this there arises a new type: the uncritical recipient of orders.
We had only reached the beginning of the development. The nightmare of many a man that one day nations could be dominated by technical means was all but realized in Hitler's totalitarian system. Today the danger of being terrorized by technocracy threatens every country in the world. In modern dictatorship this appears to me inevitable. Therefore, the more technical the world becomes, the more necessary is the promotion of individual freedom and the individual's awareness of himself as a counterbalance. Hitler not only took advantage of technical developments to dominate his own people-he almost succeeded, by means of his technical lead, in subjugating the whole of Europe. It was merely due to a few fundamental shortcomings of organization such as are typical in a dictatorship because of the absence of criticism, that he did not have twice as many tanks, aircraft, and submarines before 1942.
But, if a modern industrial state utilizes its intelligence, its science, its technical developments, and its production for a number of years in order to gain a lead in the sphere of armament, then even with a sparing use of its manpower it can, because of its technical superiority, completely overtake and conquer the world, if other nations should employ their technical abilities during that same period on behalf of the cultural progress of humanity.
The more technical the world becomes, the greater this danger will be, and the more serious will be an established lead in the technical means of warfare. This war ended with remote-controlled rockets, aircraft traveling at the speed of sound, new types of submarines, torpedoes which find their own target, with atom bombs, and with, the prospect of a horrible kind of chemical warfare. Of necessity the next war will be overshadowed by these new destructive inventions of the human mind.
In 5 or 10 years the technique of warfare will make it possible to fire rockets from continent to continent with uncanny precision. By atomic power it can destroy one million people in the center of New York in a matter of seconds with a rocket operated, perhaps, by only 10 men, invisible, without previous warning, faster than sound, by day and by night. Science is able to spread pestilence among human beings and animals and to destroy crops by insect warfare. Chemistry has developed terrible weapons with which it can inflict unspeakable suffering upon helpless human beings.
Will there ever again be a nation which will use the technical discoveries of this war for the preparation of a new war, while the rest of the world is employing the technical progress of this war for the benefit of humanity, thus attempting to create a slight compensation for its horrors? As a former minister of a highly developed armament system, it is my last duty to say the following: A new large-scale war will end with the destruction of human culture and civilization. Nothing can prevent unconfined engineering and science from completing the work of destroying human beings, which it has begun in so dreadful a way in this war.
Therefore this Trial must contribute towards preventing such degenerate wars in the future, and towards establishing rules whereby human beings can live together. Of what importance is my own fate, after everything that has happened, in comparison with this high goal? During the past centuries the German people have contributed much towards the creation of human civilization. Often they have made these contributions in times when they were just as powerless and helpless as they are today. Worth-while human beings will not let themselves be driven to despair. They will create new and lasting values, and under the tremendous pressure brought to bear upon everyone today these new works will be of particular greatness.
But if the German people create new cultural values in the unavoidable times of their poverty and weakness, and at the same time in the period of their reconstruction, then they will have in that way made the most valuable contribution to world events which they could make in their position. It is not the battles of war alone which shape the history of humanity, but also, in a higher sense, the cultural achievements which one day will become the common property of all humanity. A nation which believes in its future will never perish. May God protect Germany and the culture of the west.