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Promoting World Harmony Day in Washington D.C. on 23rd & 24th August during the 2002 International Society of Poets Summer Convention and Symposium

“You who want peace can find it only by complete forgiveness.” – A Course In Miracles.

“False imagination teaches that such things as light and shade, long and short, black and white are different and are to be discriminated; but they are not independent of each other; they are only different aspects of the same thing, they are terms of relations, not of a mutually exclusive character; in essence things are not two but one.”
– Lankavatara Sutra. There is only One World belonging to ALL, is that so difficult to understand?

For all the world’s greatness and democracy, there is not a way great enough or democratic enough to stop people from starving to death much less stop killing each other. A civilized society that doesn’t know how to solve conflicts in a non-violence way, instead killing one other because of differences in opinions is proof that society has not evolved.

“The greatest quest is to know what one must do in order to become a human being.” – Immanuel Kant. Now, we must ask ourselves honestly, are we truly human by bombing one another to get even and killing one another to claim a piece of land? What justifies such an action? Mr. Kofi Annan said, “To save one life was to save humanity itself”. We need to strive for greater humanity to save our world.

The implementation of “World Harmony Day” is by no means an end all solution to the escalating violence but rather an uplifting start of the world as one collective voice.

Don’t you agree that as we progress we are in fact degenerating? Something is wrong with this world, because why do we need so much education, if education only deny us to have a better world to live in peace? (Maybe something wrong in our education system, either we don’t know how to teach our children or we are teaching them the wrong stuffs!) Why can’t we share this world and work together in the interests of mankind, to help make each other life better for the sake of the future generations.

“Fight fire with Fire and you will end up with ashes”
and “An eye for an eye will makes the world go blind?” Is that what we really want for our world and the future world for our children’s children? The fight for humanity, if carried out with more bloodshed, explosives or worst still, weapons of mass destruction, will serve not only to take away the lives of both guilty and innocent, it will also leave more wounds and scars in the environment, for our children and their children.

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” – Reinhold Niebuhr.

World Harmony Day is calling for everyone who cares for the world to come together to help make this world right for our children because the power is in our hands to make it right for them. The objective of World Harmony Day is to remind the people of the world not to take peace for granted. In order for us to realize peace in the world, we have to cultivate a good heart. In short, strive to be a good human being. By having this thought, we are on the right step to reach success for peace.

As Confucius said,

“If there be righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character. If there be beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home. If there be harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation. If there will be order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.”

How are the world communities going to create a balance world for peace to prevail?

If we notice the recent disaster in New York, the Muslim extremists are getting the upper hand. How are we going to tackle this problem? Because it will not go away if we refuse to go to the root cause of its problem – Palestine is the root cause to the world’s problem. The extremists are using it as an excuse to cause trouble in the world.

After Sept 11, there is urgency to create awareness to highlight the importance to understand that “Tolerance of World Culture Diversity Equals Harmony.” This world’s problem came about due to the lack of understanding of each other’s cultures. Thus, this led to the lack of understanding of one another’s way of thinking and way of life. We need to integrate “World Cultures”.

This is indeed truly a monumental task. Not one country can embark on this long journey alone despite how genuine and courageous its intentions may be. Besides creating an environment that is conducive to develop it further, it needs the world communities to lend its support by funding it. How and where are the areas that we need to focus on?

I believe it is time for the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Organization Islamic conference (OIC) to come together to take a major role in shaping the minds of the future generations of Muslims, especially after Sept 11 through education. They should not just focus on economics, it is very important for the Muslim world to make an effort to bring the awareness that Islam is Islam and culture is culture, they should not mix. Therefore there is a need to educate the Muslims of their true religion. ASEAN with its majority Muslim population can take the lead to harmonize the minds of all Muslims through education and come up with creative ways to integrate social, cross cultural and religious consciousness into the minds of every Muslims.

The youth especially the Muslim youth have to understand that in order to survive we have to link up with the world economy whether they like it or not, if not they will be left behind. No one likes change but change is inevitable if we want to progress. What we can do as individuals, is to work hard to maintain our traditions and values as we flow with the crowd. It is easier said than done, but by defying changes and using force to make a stand is bringing disaster not only to oneself but also to the entire world as happened recently in Afghanistan. Is that how our Muslim youth of the “New World” are going to evolve in the 21st century?

Only through Education can we build greater understanding among nations and societies. We need an education that emphasizes our similarities and not our differences. The best way to prevent extreme unsociable behavior based on race, religion and culture. This is something that needs to be inculcated in schools and through other formal educational institutions. The events and unfolding picture of international fundamentalism following Sept 11 only served to underline the urgency of the need for such a cross-cultural education system.

Another channel we could address is the root causes of violence. We can then build a culture of peace and hope for future generations by creating a website for the young to voice their political grievances. Through this website, we could pave the way to prepare a new era for our youth of today and tomorrow to work hand in hand with the government to provide them the opportunity to interact constructively. At the same time inculcate a shared responsibility in building a better world, this will instill much pride in our youth. A growth of government is not necessary when there is a growth of consciousness among the youth.

The world is getting smaller and smaller, a lot of effort had been made in economics to better our own circumstances not those of the world in general. We must ask ourselves why it is not happening? The answer is very simply because social and cultural developments do not bring in the revenue. If such an ambitious plan is to take off, who is going to fund such a program?

Unfortunately the whole world culture is to make money from one another and not to make money to give away. So here is our dilemma! How to change this culture of taking or greed? There is a need to nurture future generations with a magnanimous heart. This will be the key to our success in building a better world. We have to realize that the world belongs to us all and if we don’t take care of it there will be no world left for us?

We hope the philosophy of cultivating a good heart and the World Harmony Day legacy could be passed down to the younger generations through the annual event of World Harmony Day. We might not be able to save the world, but at least it is a start and we hope that out there, we can inspire other like-minded people to join our cause of saving the souls of the world.

Sunflower Chong
8 June 2002

 

Letters to World Leaders – STOP THE WAR IN IRAQ

Letters

ATTN: President Jacques Chirac

1-10-2002

Dear President Chirac,

On behalf of the world communities, I beg of you to
help us stop the “War on Iraq”. Only the innocence
will suffer and not Saddam Hussien. Please convince
President George Bush to lift the sanction in Iraq in
order for the ordinary people to have a decent life.

I have written to President George Bush and share with
him my feeling about the “War on Iraq”.

Thank you very much for your help.

Yours truly,

Sunflower Chong
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8-10-2002

Dear President Chirac,

I just sent the second letter to President George
Bush. The citizens of the world are doing whatever we
can to stop the “War on Iraq”. Please don’t give up
the fight.

The whole world is depending on you to change the
tide. We are praying constantly for you and ask God to
give you strength and vision to help us pull through
this difficult period.

I have sent Mr. Villenpin’s paper to the rest of the
world and to all the senators in America and to all
the contacts in www.internationalanswer.org

May God be with you always?

Yours truly,

Sunflower Chong
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ATTN: Mr. B. Samuelsson

8-10-2002

Dear Mr. Samuelsson,

I would appreciate if you could help us to pass these
messages around. We must stop the “War on Iraq”,
because there will be no winner in this war of hatred,
only suffering for the entire world.

We the citizens of the world must claim our world back
by coming together with one collective voice “Stop the
War On Iraq”.

I have started World Harmony Day because I knew that
America would bomb Iraq next. President George Bush
Senior left Saddam there to threaten the other Gulf
States, so that they will depend on America to protect
them, but Instead America felt threatened after Sept
11.

Please do whatever you can to save this world. You
obviously know what Nobel principle stand for.

Yours truly,

Sunflower Chong
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ATTN: Prince of Wales

8-10-2002

Dear Prince Charles,

I would like to keep you inform of the latest
development to stop the “War on Iraq”.

I have written to Prime Minister Tony Blair to beg him
not to allow President George Bush to drag him along
this dark tunnel. He should focus on the economy and
find jobs for the people.

In President George Bush’s horoscope reading, by 2004
he will be in deep trouble and could sink like a
stone. Why should England be drag along with it?

We must open the eyes and mind of Prime Minister Tony
Blair. Please help us to save the world. You can do
it, please believe in it.

Yours truly,

Sunflower Chong
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ATTN: Mr. Kofi Annan

30-10-2002

Dear Mr. Annan,

On behalf of the world communities, I beg of you to
help us stop the “War on Iraq”. Only the innocence
will suffer and not Saddam Hussein. I have written to
President George Bush and share with him my feeling
about the “War on Iraq”.

May God give Mr. Kofi Annan great strength and inner
power to solve the world’s problem?

Thank you very much for serving us with your total
dedication and love for humanity.

Yours truly,

Sunflower Chong
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7-10-2002

Dear Mr. Annan,

Please do your best to stop the “War on Iraq”. In the
east everyone is accepting the fact that America will
bomb Iraq because no one can stop them.

I hope our spirit and passion for the love of humanity
can change the mind of President George Bush.

Thank you for working so hard for the whole world. We
love you dearly, especially my daughter and I.

Thank you may God blessed you and your wife always?

Yours truly,

Sunflower Chong
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ATTN: Prime Minister Helen Clark

8-10-2002

Dear Prime Minister Clark,

I would appreciate if you could pass the messages
around. I tried to send it to Prime Minister John
Howard, but could not get his office number.

Please help us to stop the “War on Iraq”. The citizens
of the world are doing whatever we could to make the
different. I hope on your side, you could show
compassion and love for the world at large. We are all
human; we must love one another regardless of our
color, religion and creed.

Thank you very much for supporting us,

Yours truly,

Sunflower Chong
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ATTN: Mr. Prodi

1-10-2002

Dear Mr. Prodi,

On behalf of the world communities, I beg of you to
help us stop the “War on Iraq”. Only the innocence
will suffer and not Saddam Hussein. Please convince
President George Bush to lift the sanction in Iraq in
order for the ordinary people to have a decent life,
because this is basis human-right.

I have written to President George Bush and share with
him my feeling about the “War on Iraq”.

Thank you very much for helping us to build a better
world for the future generations.

Yours truly,

Sunflower Chong

 

A Letter to US Senators

Attn: Senators and all who love this world.

Dear Sirs,

I would appreciate if you could help us to pass these
letters around especially to those who oppose the war
on Iraq

We the citizens of the world must claim our world back
by coming together with one collective voice “STOP THE
WAR ON IRAQ. WE WANT PEACE AND EVERLASTING PEACE FOR
OUR CHILDREN’S CHILDREN”

Please do whatever you can to save this world. Only
the American can save the world because they are the
one who wants to start the war out of fear and
suspicious.

I beg of you to do your best to reach President George
Bush and convince him to change his mind.

Thank you
Yours truly

Sunflower

 

Letters to PM Tony Blair

Reply from PM Tony Blair’s office
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ATTN: Prime Minister Tony Blair

1-10-2002

Dear Prime Minister Blair,

On behalf of the world communities, I beg of you to
help us stop the “War on Iraq”. Only the innocence
will suffer and not Saddam Hussien. Please convince
President George Bush to lift the sanction in Iraq in
order for the ordinary people to have a decent life.

I have written to President George Bush and share with
him my feeling about the “War on Iraq”.

Thank you very much for your understanding and
support.

Yours truly,

Sunflower Chong

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8-10-2002

Dear Prime Minister Blair,

Please listen to the voices of the world. You got
nothing to lose by being patient as patience is a
great virtue.

I pray constantly to God that you will change your
mind in regards to the “War on Iraq”.

In President George Bush’s horoscope reading, 2004 he
will be in deep trouble and could sink like a stone. I
don’t want him to drag you along with him.

England must focus on its economies for the sake of
the people. That’s the job you are elected for, to
give job to the people and not to start a war so far
away. If Bush wants to do it, then let him do it alone
without Tony Blair.

Yours truly,

Sunflower Chong

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ATTN: Prime Minister Tony Blair

3-11-2002

Dear Prime Minister Blair,

Thank you very much for your reply dated on 23-10-2002. I am so glad no decision has been made about the military action being taken against Iraq because if any action is taken without the approval of the UN, I swear to God Almighty, I will offer my life to you and President Bush to appease both your desire to see blood.

After reading my concept proposal for the Millennium Dome and the letter dated on 17-5-2002 (which I did not sent to you) you must know that I held you in high esteem. I prayed for you to be the Prime Minister for Britain because I knew deep in my heart you would give a lot of yourself to uplift your people welfares. But I was so disappointed in you when you joint hands with President Bush to bomb Iraq. I will not forgive you if ever Iraq will be bomb not because I love Saddam Hussein but because I care for the innocence that are caught in between all these total madness. Just put yourself in their shoes and you will know what I am talking about. By the way, these wise words are from the west, “To kill a mocking bird”.

Britain will excel to greater heights depend on your immediate action on the “War on Iraq”. What kind of a leader you going to be will not be determined by the people at large but by the way you see the New World and how you envisage the future world should evolve. If you see the future world will be rule with love, then your immediate action is to convince President Bush to change his mind in regards to the “War on Iraq”.

In order to have a breakthrough, you must ask yourself these very important questions. How are you going to help the natives to accept a New Britain? How are you going to implement this ideology that “Tolerance of World Culture Diversity Equals Harmony “or even taking a step further, idealistically integrates World Cultures? I believed it is through education, by promoting awareness and the need to have an open mind by accepting one another for who they are.

By integrating the nation’s various ethnic groups through the awareness that “Tolerance of World Culture Diversity Equals Harmony” is your very first and important step in the direction of achieving peace and harmony not only for Britain but the whole world as well. Britain is already an example for the world as it showcases how various ethnic groups can live together side by side in peace and harmony for so many decades. Therefore the creation of the Millennium Dome was a unique opportunity for Britain to lead Europe by instilling the ideology that there was a need to integrate World Culture. As long as the seed is sown in the heart, even without the Dome you could achieve this objective by creating a special department or Ministry to look into this area – cultures developments.

I have no right to give you my views or opinions as an outsider how Europe should evolve under the “New World Order”. I am writing to you to share my concern about the growing fear of the western world that other cultures are eroding the native culture. In Germany, Britain, and Austria and of course, France, there is legitimate concern that their culture will be swamped or the politics fundamentally altered by unfettered immigration. It would be difficult for you to reject these immigrants as they have already planted their roots on your land they call ‘home’.

The Straits Times (dated 29-7-2000, Saturday) reported that according to a document drawn up for discussion by the group’s ministers, “Europe will need 75 million immigrants over the next 50 years and to become a racially hybrid society”. This simply means single ethnicity will rapidly disappear and every country will eventually be multi ethnic, thus multi cultural. I do not need to elaborate, as you know this is already a reality in Britain and many parts of Europe. For this reason, difficulties in governing the country may arise if the people refuse to acknowledge this growing trend as a fact of life.

“Where there is genuine vision, people excel and learn, not because they are told to, but because they want to” – Peter M. Senge.

I strongly believe true success come from the people besides the government taking the lead. By inviting the people to participate in the future development of the country, you are building a bond and trust with the people. Isn’t this what great leadership is all about – caring for humanity and not just for your people?
Yours truly,

Sunflower Chong
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ATTN: Prime Minister Tony Blair

17-5-2002

Dear Prime Minister Blair,

On the 10-5-2002 I had sent a letter of congratulation to President Jacques Chirac for winning the presidency of France. Attached was a proposal I had sent to Mr. Mandelson in 1998. The subject was the Millennium Dome, and at those times was quite a controversy due to it high cost and objective in building the Dome.

I hope that after going through my Millennium Dome concept proposal you understand my concern in this area of identity. There is a great need to elevate architecture to a higher level whereby it can play the role of nation building. I thought it would be ideal to turn the Millennium Dome into a center for World Culture Development. The New Europe needs this Center badly after what had happened in Holland. The death of Mr. Pim Fortuyn was a tragic event that should not be repeated again. In fact, it should be a great awakening for the whole world that human relationship developments should not be allowed to run on its own course but needed a helping hand from the world communities to constantly monitoring it as we progress with time.

I shivered when I read what Mr. Pim Fortuyn had said about Islam. He said that Islam separates people and more frightening is that I believe there are silent majorities agreed with him. How are we going to address this issue that Islam is not an enemy to the modern world but people perception of what Islam is, is the real culprit? His view is that Islam is an anti-secular and backward culture. How are we going to convince the native that’s not what Islam is all about because Islam is about Peace? It is human nature that they felt threatened by what they do not know or understand. The book he had written entitled “Against The Islamisation Of Our Culture” is not very helpful too, especially when we need the community of different groups to live in peace and harmony.

Against the darkness that is in the world, we must retaliate with light and bring out the unbiased picture of multi-ethnicity and Islam as a religion, instead of going back into the boxes. Being converts to a religion is a choice of will that you can translate to the world. With the atrocities of terrorism it has only served to tarnished the name of Islam. Changing minds and attitudes and educating the public about the true Islamic spirit is one of the goals. To promote racial peace and harmony between all the citizens of the world, Europe and the world cannot sit and watch and wait for another Sept 11 before they take action as a whole to address this so important issue of identity?

I do not really have a solid solution to this major problem of how to keep one identity as we progress, but all I know there must be dialogue to keep people talking and later work on it to bring a better understanding among all the races in the country.

I see you as the great leader who will leave behind a legacy that everyone will thank you for many generations to come. You are the driving force for the world by maintaining a balance between America and Europe. Without your great leadership to balance the world power, many will suffer including the people like me, at this end of the world, because the world is smaller and smaller but unfortunately, we are further and further apart in ideology and belief of how this world should evolved. (I do not need to elaborate you know what I am talking about)

So please don’t under estimate your importance in this trouble world. We in the Far East do need your great leadership to steer the world to the right direction of peace and prosperity for everyone. And peace and prosperity need the World Culture to be integrated. How are we going to achieve this great and yet seem impossible goal?

I hope you will be the catalytic to bring a new thinking to all your European partners by creating an open forum in Europe to touch on the topic of Tolerance of World Culture Diversity Equals Harmony. Make this the priority of the European Union for stability for the region. If this can be achieved, it will create awareness besides showing your great leadership for the New Europe. This action I believe will stir the ground and might create a lot of interaction among the European countries and the world at large. Education is the key to bring better understanding to the hearts and minds of the people.

I am just an ordinary person and I felt I don’t have the cloud or right to speak on matter so huge like integrating World Cultures but my conscience as a human being compel me to bring out my inner thoughts with the hope that it will contribute constructively to society. Thank you for allowing me to give my views and opinions and if in any way I cross the line please forgive me for my ignorance.
Yours truly,

Sunflower Chong

 

Letter to President George Bush

Dear President George Bush,

30-9-2002

Do You Have A Heart For The World At Large?

Dear President George Bush,

My name is Sunflower Chong from Singapore. Mr. Kofi Annan already said that the world is in a very uncertain period and we cannot afford another war. Why not use the war money by investing it into education to improve the present and future generations that will think kindly of America.

I still believe in America and I always believe in the American people. I cannot thank America enough for liberating the world; I say this from the bottom of my heart. My girlfriend who lives in Washington DC asked me, “Do you know why the whole world loves America and wants to come to America? She said because America represents ‘Freedom’ which is so lacking in many parts of the world.

I fully agree with her. America represents the freedom of self-expression. I profess this ideology and I embrace this belief and value with all the blood in my veins. With this belief as my anchor, I am writing to you to express my views of what has happened to the world recently. You will be surprised to hear that when America held its elections, I personally voted too. I did not vote for Al Gore because he did not show statesmanship when he ignored the Prime Minister Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad in his own country during the APEC convention. Instead I had voted for you because I believed you are a man of PEACE. Do you still believe this?

America is more than capable of waging not just one war but several – her strength in all areas cannot be underestimated – she is a Force to reckon with, we all acknowledge and recognize this Fact. My concern is for the Third World countries that cannot afford nor endure the violence and destruction of yet another conflict. This will be a hard blow to Peace and all the hard work for Peace that has been undertaken especially since the tragedy of Sept. 11th. Are you being fair to the world, just because of the need to take vengeance for the dead at the WTC and the Twin Towers in New York? The families of the grieving are coming to terms with their lost so why can’t the American Government demonstrate that it is magnanimous?

From my recollection, your entire birthdate 6-7-1946 comes to 6+7+1+9+4+6 = 33 = 3+3 = 6. 6 represents humanity and God is one. And 6 also stands for the Planet Venus which symbolizes popularity, partying, winning ways and diplomacy. Never in my wildest dreams would I have associated your popularity with wars! If I knew this, I would have pray to God for Al Gore to win instead! Is that the way you want history to remember you, a man of hate and vengeance?

In the case of former President Bush Sr., it was an entirely different scenario, when he went to War; he obtained the approval of the United Nations. Concerning the war on Iraq, many have voiced their disapproval (please refer to www.internationalanswer.org and www.worldharmonyday.com). Please think of the consequences, because the repercussions for America will be very grave. Though Mr. Scott Ritter’s (the ex-weapon inspector posted to Iraq), primary concern is not Iraq.. but he is an American and he knows that waging this war would be a big mistake! So he is doing whatever he can to stop it, not because he is against you but because, like the majority of the world he believes in his heart that only peaceful means to the resolution of this ‘crisis’ is the correct path to follow.

May God help America and the whole world if really you decide to bomb Iraq! If I could give you my life in exchange for not bombing Iraq I am ready to do so without any hesitation. If I can capture Saddam and hand him to you I will be so happy to do so. If America, such a powerful Nation could not capture him with all the latest armaments and technology, how could any country or anyone do the job? Let us be realistic, how could you allow yourself to be convinced by the military to bomb the whole country just to capture one man whom you believe is evil. Why don’t you challenge the military to capture Saddam in a conventional way that is fighting him on the ground?

I keep asking God what has happened to George Bush Jr., the man I prayed for so hard to be the 43rd President of the United State? 4+3 = 7, you should be a spiritual man but instead you are a warmonger. It is only after reading the annual horoscope 2002 of Bejan Daruwalla that I got a better understanding of your recent action.

I found out that your Mars is in Virgo – Virgo is a sign of intelligence and perfection. Also it is a sign of attention to detail. These three attributes taken together make for very stern qualities of will and determination. If applied blindly and ruthlessly it could lead to dictatorship and egomania. Lyndon B. Johnson, Fidel Castro, Chiang Kai-Shek, Napoleon Bonaparte, Joan of Arc and Alexandra the Great, all had Mars in Virgo.

He also predicted that it would not be smooth sailing for Cancerian Bush Jr., born on 6th July 1946. The destiny of America will no doubt be affected Your leadership – Saturn, the planet of sorrow, limitations and the serpent or boa-like constrictions present in your sun sign, cancer may cause problems. Thus, the period from Junes 2002 till after June 2003 will not be so healthy or dynamic for the American economy and this will be reflected in the change in mood and attitude of the American people. (It also stated that by 2004 you will be in deep trouble.there is much more, I am afraid it is not so positive. I know you can change your destiny and the destiny of the world too!)

Does it mean you are a coward by not taking vengeance? As history has taught us, vengeance comes to nothing, instead forgiveness is the triumphant word of the day. What about forgiveness and understanding are they just words? Have you not read this quote, “You who want peace can find it only by complete forgiveness.” – A Course In Miracles.

Is God testing your ability and capability to lead the world and not just America? In short, do you see yourself as a leader for America or the leader for the whole world? If you see yourself as the leader for the world then you will know how to fix this world by calling for forgiveness instead of vengeance.

Please do not forget, the world is not just America; it is make up of 191 countries? Don’t you have any thought for all of us if GOODNESS is in you? Where is justice for the world? Is the world at large at your mercy? Please listen to your inner voice, because God is in you! Do not make the same mistake of the past administrations. Let me share with you this article written by Gar Alperovitz, “In another Gulf crisis, a lesson to be learnt”. (The Straits Times Wednesday, September 25, 2002)

“I was a young senate legislative aide in 1964, at the time of the gulf of Tonkin crisis. Just as the Bush administration is now looking for a “reason” to go to war, in 1964 the Johnson administration was desperately looking for some “reason” to expand the Vietnam War. It was also clear that the Johnson leadership team was not above creating or embroidering a reason – or at least so it seemed to many of those working in the Senate then.

When the reason occurred – two alleged ‘unprovoked” mosquito-boat attacks on United States destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin – a national crisis atmosphere was created and a resolution was introduced for congressional approval that gave the president authority to respond.

It seemed obvious there were many questions about the alleged events. The senator I worked for, Mr. Gaylord Nelson put forward an amendment we drafted to the gulf of Tonkin resolution. Its purpose to only that which was ‘limited and fitting” to the actual provocation (if there actually was such a provocation).

Among other things, the amendment stated that US policy should be limited to the ‘provision of aid, training assistance and military advice”. It concluded that it was ‘the sense of Congress that, except when provoked to a greater response, we should continue to attempt to avoid a direct military involvement”. Like the Bush administration today, the Johnson administration 1964 wanted no restricting amendments.

It was interested in creating a crisis atmosphere and a rush to judgment. To buy off opponents, it permitted the then chairman of the foreign relations committee, Senator William Fulbright, to create a legislative record that could serve as a less-than-formal interpretation of the meaning of the Gulf of Tonkin resolution.

Senator Fulbright, in turn, stated on the senate floor that his understanding of the resolution’s intent was that it was to permit only a response appropriate to the alleged provocation. With such assurances, Mr. Nelson withdrew his amendment.

The Johnson administration went on to use the gulf of Tonkin resolution to justify its massive expansion of the war in Vietnam. We now know that the incidents used to ram the resolution through Congress were highly dubious: The first appeared to have been provoked (the US fired first), and the second may never have occurred.

We’re now faced with another administration urging another congressional resolution that will be used to authorize war. There will be many opportunities for “interpreting” alleged violations of agreements concerning disarmament inspections. There will be many ways for the Bush administration to exaggerate, dramatize and publicize what may or may not be attempts to conceal weapons of mass destruction.

The lesson of the Gulf of Tonkin resolution is clear: There is every reason for tough and explicit limiting language that does not allow for the usual rhetorical gambits that thereafter can be used by an aggressive administration to claim support for whatever it wants
to do, no matter what.”

I hope the article written by Gar Alperovitz had enlightened you to make the right decision for the world and not just for America. Henry Kissinger said, “History did not say that there would be only one superpower forever in the world. And the United States cannot have as its mission the prevention of any other country from gaining some of the attributes we now have”. He continued, “What we can do is to do our best, provided our potential partner is prepared to do the same thing, to find ways to work together in the interest of mankind.”

Also in 1992 when CNN interviewed Ex-president Nixon, he said that America must work in partnership with China to build a better world. Why were they saying all these words after their retirement? If you can’t find the answer please ask God Almighty as you are a man of faith.

“May God guide you every minute of the way!” we the ordinary people with a heart of love and compassion can only watch and pray for the best for this world. Great sacrifices must be make for the future generations and not for pride or ego sake!
Yours truly,

Sunflower Chong

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Dear President Bush,

7-10-2002

A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe’; a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and feelings as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.

Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures, and the whole of nature in its beauty.” – Albert Einstein

I’ve got a perfect solution for Everlasting Peace.

Dear President George Bush,

Why is it that America is so different from the rest of the world? Once you were threatened the whole world had to pay the price for it! Look at England, Russia, India and many more countries that have been suffering under the same fate. They don’t go around bombing and take the whole world down with them. Why is America doing this to the world at large? We just can’t sit and watch and do nothing and allow you to destroy our world just like what the fundamentalists have done to our world! You are no better then them if you decide to bomb Iraq! Can’t you see you are playing into their game; they’ve got you right where they want you.

You are allowing the terrorists to dictate your way of life! America stands for “Freedom” but after Sept 11, it stands for “Fear”. So how can you claim that in America life is going back to normal? Now America is a country filled with great fear and obsession to get rid of the races that they don’t understand. How could you allow them to turn such a powerful country into this sad state of affairs? It is so tragic to see America degenerate into such a mouse.

Do you think this is the way the New World Order is supposed to evolve? Do you remember after Ex-president George Bush Sr., won the “Gulf War”, he declared that he would set a New World Order? I really wonder, are we in order or disorder, maybe you could ask him what he meant by it? Now this “New World Order” simply means America dictates and the rest of the world has to follow, but for how long can America play this superiority?

Please don’t ever forget Henry Kissinger’s wise words, “History did not say that there would be only one superpower forever in the world. And the United States cannot have as its mission the prevention of any other country from gaining some of the attributes we now have”. He continued, “What we can do is to do our best, provided our potential partner is prepared to do the same thing, to find ways to work together in the interest of mankind.”

Indirectly he is telling you, in a subtle way, that your administrations must work together with the East to build a better world. This means a World with Peace, if not how could we prosper together. Look at the situation in America now, with the seaport strikes looming, you should focus on the economy rather than being the one who stagnates the whole world economy! Shame on you and the whole world dependent on you! Aren’t you aware that the world is changing and it keeps on changing? No amount of force can stop the circle of change.

Now after Sept 11, under your leadership America seems to go back to Stone Age. America at large must understand and accept that the time will come when another super power will take over and this super power will work together with America to build a better world for the future generations. Then I believe we will be on the right track to build a better world.

We all know that Palestine is one of the causes to the world’s problems, and America is the only super power who can resolve this thorny issue due to Israel’s dependency on the generosity of the America Government and the Jewish people. As we know nothing is free in life and no one owes you a living, therefore this means at what price are the world communities willing to pay for everlasting peace? Sad to admit it but it is a true fact that for “World Peace” to happen, there is a price tag that goes with it. Our problem is whether we should admit it openly or accept it in silence.

Now the question is, how much are the world communities willing to pay to have everlasting peace? Next, we have to ask ourselves this very vital question, if true peace can be achieved who is the beneficiary and who is the loser? If we can find the answer, this means we are closer to resolving this thorny issue that has almost brought the whole world down.

If you remember after the “Cold War” the sale of the armaments in America dropped drastically and the manufacturers were very worried – especially the military – because of their suddenly shrinking budgets. Because in peacetime many countries were reducing their defense budget and they were not buying arms. On top of it, the America people demanded that since peace is in the air, the Government should spend more on health care and education instead of defense. This must have driven the military up the wall, because they got a lot of new ideas for their expansion plan. The American Government cannot justify to the people an increase in the defense budget as health care and educations deteriorates and are ignored.

So if there is to be peace in this world, this means there will be no market for the arms. When there is no market, this means someone or group is not getting their cut and worst of all is that the America economy will go into a downward trend. When this happens, what is going to happen to the American economy? This is no joke, as we all know America economy depends very much on the sale of this firepower.

The fact is that if there is peace in the world this is bad business for the American manufacturer of the armaments and thus bad for the American economy.

My answer is very simple, get all the countries that had been buying fire arms from the America’s manufacturer to sign an agreement to continue buying those arms even at peacetime. Not only that, they should increase their budget annually. Doing nothing to stop this War on Iraq means the citizens of the world are giving you the license to kill, therefore we would rather convince the world communities to support America by continuing to buy arms from America in exchange for Everlasting Peace.

How many terrorists are you going to kill and how many countries are you going to bomb in order for the Americans to feel safe to go on with their life as usual? I know that America can solve this problem in the Middle East. In exchange for everlasting peace, America should give Palestinians their homeland and the world communities would guarantee America the continued support of the armaments industry. If the world communities still refuse to solve this problem I am afraid the extremists will be using it as an excuse to cause more trouble to the entire world.

I know by giving such a suggestion I might make a lot of people unhappy, like my friend from America. That’s what Sara said to me, “Are you saying that countries will agree to stockpile weapons just to keep the military industrial complex happy? I can’t completely agree with that as I am repulsed at the thought of billions of weapons just lying around. I advocate the elimination of all arms! We could ease these companies (by subsidies) into making new products and services that would help the people of the world instead of destroying them”.

It’s easier said then done, I told her it’s not that straightforward like A, B, C. Can you imagine how long it took the America armament industry to reach this stage, so this means how long is it going to take them to reach where they are now. There is no quick fix but great understanding is required to help each other strive for a better life for their people.

I would like to share with you Miss. Christiane Grenzebach from Germany making a “A PLEA FOR PEACE”. (I am only taking the Introduction section to share it with you.)
A PROTEST AGAINST WAR

This is a plea for peace, a protest against war on Iraq, against other “on-going wars”, against the destruction of peace.

This is a group poem, made up of voices from poets of several countries around the world, asking for an end to this war: the world’s plea for peace. We cannot let this war happen; we cannot let this mass murder of our innocent soldiers of several countries and innocent civilians of Iraq, and of the world, suffer with the greed and insanity of some leaders.

MOTTO:

“Once war was declared I took my courage by both hands and strangled it!” – Jacques Prйvert, French poet, 1900-1977 – fragment from the book FATRAS

W ORLD PEACE POEM

P lea to all nations:
Express your feelings against war without fear,
A ct now, don’t follow blind the masses,
C ling together to make a difference,
E nd the new war before it starts.

F ighting will lead us nowhere,
O ur world deserves peace.
R equital is no solution.

T error is without doubt horrible,
H oly war, too.
E xtermination of Iraq won’t change anything.

W e are all children of this planet,
O ur common goal should be a better world for us all.
R aise your voices,
L oud and clear,
D emand peace for this world!

May Almighty God be with you to guide you to make the right decision for the world at large?
Yours truly,

Sunflower Chong

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14-10-2002

“Love is the law of God. You live that you may learn to
love. You love that you may learn to live. No other
lesson is required of man”.
– Mikhail Naimy

Don’t you know that Love is the law of God?

Dear President George Bush,

The quote of Mikhail Naimy meaning is this: GOD IS LOVE. The purpose in living is to learn to love, understand, and have compassion for all others, even those who treat us badly or have completely different beliefs than our own.

This is the greatest lesson and the work of our lives! And once we do it for ourselves, we must make the effort to help others find the same love and understanding that we have found. This is the essence of our mission in this lifetime.

“Mourn the Victims. Stand for Peace. Islam is not the Enemy. War is NOT the Answer.”

Today we are at a point of imbalance in the world and are moving toward what may be the beginning of a THIRD WORLD WAR. The citizens of the world beg of you to listen to the voices of the world, please dont be hasty, get all the facts together and get them right too before you take any action because your final decision will affect not only the life of the American people but also the life of the whole world.

Let me share with you what Prime Minister Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad said – Bush stress on military action is the wrong path to take.

American President George W. Bush is taking the wrong path? With anti-terrorism policies that stress military action and tightened security rather than dealing with the root causes, said Malaysian Premier Mahathir Mohamad. He is really taking the wrong path? Said the Prime Minister, Americans are very angry. They have a right to be angry. But when you are angry, you cannot be rational? Many Muslims would perceive repression in the Israeli-occupied territories or war against Iraq as an attack against Islam and breed new terrorists, he said.

US measures to tighten visa policies and impose stricter checks at US airports for visitors from Muslim countries would have only limited effect and will not help the global economy recover, he added. He also said that an anti-Muslim hysteria was sweeping the United States, but that Muslims should not take seriously a statement by conservative religious leader Jerry Falwell that the founder of Islam was a terrorist. We know that this is just one Christian, who is irrational? He said. There is a need for rational voices to be heard?

He told reporters on the sidelines of the East Asia Economic Summit here that he had urged Mr. Bush during an official visit to Washington in May not to let understandable anger over the Sept 11 attacks dominate his judgment.

Mr. Tom Plate had written on his paper that highlighted this issue about racism if America went overboard in regards to Sept 11. He said, “Consider that all the targets now under consideration by the West – the terrorists, Iraq, Iran – are Muslim. What Mr. Howard did in effect was to invoke the us-against-them, white-against-non-white, western versus Islamic showdown that makes one shiver.” There are worries and concerns on the Muslims ground that Islam is being attack. And the saddest scenario is that the funamentalists are taking over because the liberals felt helpless as they witnessed the New World Order turned into such a World Disorder because of the shallowness of the people due to their ignorance and misunderstanding of each other cultures.

The recent attack in Bali is a prove of Malaysian Premier Mahathir Mohamad and Mr. Tom Plate fear that this world will be divided between the West and Islam. The fundamentalists are blinded because in their eyes they are the protectors for Islam, therefore the altruistic duty of every Muslims must protect their faith. Do you blame them? Similarly, America is attacking any country that they feel are hiding the terrorists!
In the West cultures is just another word. In short it is not a big thing to the American society because when the different nationalities came to create America they came by leaving their roots and cultures behind. Their main objective is to make money and make as much as they can without any values and principles in mind, just the fittest survived. On the contrary for the Asians and Middle Eastern, cultures is everything to them. It represents who we are and if you take these aspects away, we will lose our identity and thus our true self! That is what the people from the East and Middle East have been fighting so hard to maintain as our countries open up to the western world.

This is precisely the persistent worry of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and many more who understand the depth of the problems between East and West. For this reason, I see Sept 11 as a great awakening that we got to integrate World Cultures. In a way Sept 11 had brought the whole world together. Is God telling us that with all the pains it is time for us to work together to achieve the gains because it is not going to fall down from the heaven and hand it to us on a silver plate? The world communities got to fix this world by bringing Islam closer to the West, to help them understand the faith of Islam. At the same time, the Muslim world need to teach the Muslims what Islam is all about  Islam is about love and not hatred. Is that so difficult to do, if the world bodies put their mind to it?

This world is not save any more and how can you imagine the economy will recovery under such an insecure environment. Now instead of stimulating the economy we should first stimulate the minds of the whole world to help them see the world is not divided into black or white.

There is a great need for genuine dialogue as Mr. Villenpin said, “Fairness is the second pillar of peace. Against a background of emergency situations and interdependence, the hallmark of our era, injustice creates rebellion, rebellion disorder and disorder violence, in a vicious circle, repeated in country after country, region after region, and continent after continent.

At a moment when it is determined to resolve the Iraqi disarmament problem, the international community must adopt the same approach to the Middle East crisis, with a view to rejoining the path to finding a settlement.”

It is in self-limitation that a master first shows himself – J.W. von Goethe

Basically (from my experience and understanding), it means that it takes a great person to restrain him/herself and act from a place of peace and intelligent rationality rather than lashing out in emotional fury. And also, limiting him/herself – not being a slave to desires, but a master, in control. Are you the master or slave? The power is in your hand to decide?

We can only beg of you not to allow the Iraq phobia to defocus your thoughts and vision! It is very important that you stay on focus and your immediate focus is on the WORLD ECONOMY and not just the America economy. Cant you see that the seaport strike, the Pakistan latest missile launching and the death of two Americans in Kuwait are signs from God? Now what is He telling you? He is telling you to be focus because the world needs your attention and statesmanship to put us back on cause. Iraq is a diversion in order for you to make mistake, do not lose your sense of direction and purpose of what life is – To live in peace so that we could achieve prosperity for humankind.

I often wonder during this entire crisis, have you ever realized how important a role you had been chosen for? And the answer is not from your dad, advisors or the Military but your conscience, in short is between you and God. We are here to help you have a clearer vision and view of what is going on around the world; what do the people think, what we hope to achieve for one another and most importantly what do we want the future world to be -to be rule with love instead by fear? Are the citizens of the world asking too much from the world leaders? Or is that too much to ask out of our simple life?

You have every right to play with your life and even the life of your family, but when it comes to the life of the American people and the world at large, I am sorry to say WE DONT GIVE YOU THIS RIGHT! Who do you think you are in the first place to play God and decide our life? To decide how this world of ours is going to evolve. Dont we, all the citizens of the world, have the right too?

When it comes to the life of the world at large, you should allow the world bodies to share this burden and responsibility. Let the decision be shape by the world at large too. In fact what Mr. Villepin said come to light, The danger presented by Iraq concerns all the worlds peoples and, in the first place, those of the Middle East. This mean not even America got the right to decide how this world of ours is going to evolve, simply because the world belong to all of us. Don’t you know we are one big family and we must try to stay as one big happy family by helping each other pull through this crisis together as a team! You need to go alone; no one asks you to, we are all with you provided you are willing to listen to all of us, even from far away places like Singapore.

You should not put this enormous burden on your already heavy shoulder, dont you realized it is too much to ask from any man and in the first place we did not ask you to shoulder all these responsibilities? France, Russia, China with the UN are willing to be part of the decision making process because this world belongs to all of us! Why dont you allow us to help you lessen your load so that you could sleep soundly for Laura and the childrens’ sake too. I am sure they are very worried for you as you are putting too much on yourself.

You had already listened to the Military, all your advisors, and even to your father I believe, and then why not for a change, listen to the voices of the world? You got nothing to lose? Iraq will always be there and Saddam is not running away from you or any body or even the world at large, he is ready for you to take him anytime, so time is on your side, so why dont you use it wisely?

If you are a spiritual man you will believes in Mr. Kofi Annan values, “To save one life was to save humanity itself”. We need to strive for greater humanity to save our world. Instead of allowing time to destroy your judgment and vision; you will use time wisely to heal all the wound of the world. As Thomas L Friedman said, “To be successful in with Iraq, US President George Bush has to tread the most unusual line one could imagine for a statesman. He has to be wild, but not crazy.”

Do you know everyone is calling you not only a crazy man but also a mad man and a warmonger? To bring one man down, you got to bring the whole world down. This is not a brave act but plain stupidity and mindless of what going on around the world. Many people believe America got ulterior motive or hidden agenda and that is to control the second largest oil field in the world, instead of liberating the Iraqis. If the sincerity is to liberate them, then the sanctions should not be impose anymore! Neither can you consider yourself a crusader or a hero or a savior because in the eyes of the world they see it differently! In short, they see President George Bush as a coward. And this is the reason why the whole world got to stop the War on Iraq, for the sake of the Americans people before a mistake is make and regret will be too late.

During the briefing in regards to the seaport strike you ask of the America people to sacrifice for the country. They will only do so if you set the example by sacrificing for the world at large. Please, I beg of you to listen to the argument of Mr. Villenpin. All of us in the world love America because America represents Freedom! and not Fear. What has happened to our beautiful America now? Can President George Bush fix it for us? Does he really want to do it? We know that the power is in his hands; does he has the will to do it? How is he going to achieve it without violence? These are the questions the world has got to know. The citizens of the world can only pray for you day and night to make the right decision for all of us.

You know from the bottom of your heart that we all care and love America for what it represents, and swear to God (which I dont often do) we the citizens of the world would want to continue to love and respect America for as long as you allow us too. Please dont ever let this beliefs and values go down the drain! They could and will if you make the wrong decision for the world at large.

We are indeed at your mercy, not because we wanted to be but we do not have a choice obviously, since you declared openly that you would go alone. So if you are man enough you should have a duel with Saddam instead of dragging Prime Minister Tony Blair and the whole world with you to kill innocent life! How could you do that if you are a sane man? If you are not insane then this means either the American people are insane to elect you as the President of America, me included because I prayed so hard for you to be the president with the hope that when you became the president you would not be hard with Malaysia, my neighbor. As the saying goes you can’t have everything in life. I got what I wanted, for you to be kind to Malaysia but at the expense of destroying the whole world. May God forgive me for my choice!

So you can imagine how I am feeling now, desperate, helpless and at a loss because the future in front of us is very, very dark. Therefore, I am left without any alternative but to keep on trying to reach you and if I could speak to you that would be great, if not I will continue to write to you straight from my honest and sincere heart with the hope my messages will touch yours to convince you to change your mind in taking action to bomb Iraq. We pray and beg of you to give us your ears and listen to what we have got to say to you. Is that too much to ask of you, a man of great faith in God?
Yours truly,

Sunflower Chong

 

A Plea to Decision Makers (by Sara R. Iglesias)

Dear Senators, Representatives, White House Administration, etc.:

No matter what the media reports, the majority of the people of this country DO NOT want war. We are organizing at a grass roots level and the numbers are astounding. We know the real reasons behind the push for war. We will NOT stand for it and the feeble attempts to keep us uninformed are wayning.

To those of you who oppose the war and have spoken out about it, we thank you and want you to know that we vehimently support you and applaud your courage to speak out.

To all the others who have doubts, we implore you to look deep inside your heart and ask yourselves if you support the MURDER of thousands of innocent civilians in Iraq while our nation’s resources are irresponsibly spent on DESTRUCTION as the people of this country (and throughout the world) sink deeper into the abyss of poverty, desperately in need of jobs, health care and education. Take heed and do what you KNOW in your hearts is right. We, the people, will support you in your stand.

To those of you who support the war, take a minute to rationally look at the facts. Separate your emotions and personal feelings for one moment and be objective. Then ask who will gain from another war. While most of you are aligned with or a part of those who will gain (the military industrial complex, oil companies, and other multinationals), ask yourselves as human beings, if you want to be a part of murdering thousands of people and setting the world on a disaster course. The karmic debt you and our nation will incur as a result of your choice will be enormous.

For no matter what happens, the people of this country (and the world) are coming together and have had ENOUGH of the lies and manipulation of the government and big business in the arrogant pursuit of profit and power.

In love and light,
Sara R. Iglesias
A World Citizen for Positive
Change through Peace, Love,
Joy, and Understanding
Miami Beach, FL

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