My Sunday Praise: All those who dare to speak the truth.

Rally against the treatment of Julian Assange ...

Rally against the treatment of Julian Assange by the Australian Government, Parliament House Lawns, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In a week when the Syrian government cut the internet and much of the phone system , my Sunday praise has to go to all the people who dare to speak the truth whatever the consequences.

Of course, the Syrian government has blamed the “rebels” for the outage. 84 ISP addresses  became unreachable during Thursday morning,  except  that is,  for 5 .These are the same 5 addresses which were used to send malware to the anti government forces earlier this year. So guess who I think pulled the plug? See the story here.

I´m not going to go into the rights and wrongs of any particular situation today, although those of you who read my blog regularly will know I am a pacifist and anti-war, for any reason. What I am discussing to-day it the absolute right for every man and woman on the planet to speak the truth as they see it, and to publish that truth via the internet. No country, no regime, no religious organisation, has the right to silence another human being. If what the person says is wrong,  then it must be debated in public, and backed with facts. I probably shouldn´t name names here, or I may to find myself without an internet  connection  but  if a well-known news station named after a small animal is allowed to daily broadcast “facts” as sent to them by their government,  then ordinary citizens should be able to speak their truth to at least attempt to keep the news balanced. After all,  at least their truth – if later proved right or wrong – is at least what they believed to be the truth. They are not being given their lines by government writers.

This week also saw more news about the plight of  Julian Assange. According to the Ecuadorian Embassy ,which is giving him asylum, he has serious lung problems and needs to be let free – presumably to somewhere with no ties to the USA, UK or Sweden. See the story here. Whatever you think of the man,  I am standing for is his right to do what he did; to publish everything he could get his hands on. To make information available to all. What´s the worst damage wikileaks could have done? Caused a war? Oh, really – so all the secrecy was keeping the world at peace was it? I must have been taking a shower when I missed that World-Peace-Moment.

Now only yesterday, the pre-trial hearing for US private Bradley Manning began. That´s right, big US army vs Bradley. Guess who´s going to win? What on earth is the US defence so worried about? Surely not the stuff Bradley gave to wikileaks. I don´t believe for one moment that army privates have access to anything that could be damaging to the USA. embarrassing maybe, but that´s not the same. No, it is not “National Security” they are worried about; it´s  the little people deciding they can open their mouths and say anything they feel like saying.What secret-ridden society is going to tolerate that? See the story here.

And the list is endless: Men and women, in prison, under house arrest or “disappeared” for daring to break the silence. I have chosen just a few examples from this week alone. Remember this poem by  pastor Martin Niemöller

First they came for the socialists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists ,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.

Never has there been a more important time to remember the pastor´s words.

Have a good Sunday everyone,

Judy xxx

About judymorrisart

Independent artist working with oil on canvas. I live and work in Málaga, Andalucía in Southern Spain.
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9 Responses to My Sunday Praise: All those who dare to speak the truth.

  1. jav3d says:

    I pretty much agree with all you say Judy, except that I regard the militants doing the killings in Syria no “rebels” but rather the US bought merceneries who are being armed and supported by US and it’s war-mongering puppets around the world. Wake up people! These militants adhere to the same philisophy as the Taliban and the Al-Qaeda. Do they deserve our support ???

    Bashar-Al-Assad is pretty much the last remaining secular-minded educated leader in the Arab world. No wonder the US wants to remove him and install a fundamentalist puppet regime, as in Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Pakistan etc. etc.

    I am strongly anti-imperialism, and will always be!

    • Me too, Javi, it´s just that todays post was about the right to speak up. The “rebels” deserve a post just for themselves……especially now that it is so difficult for their voices to be heard.
      So pleased to have met a kindred spirit, and there are plenty of us, people need to wake up and speak up xxx

      • jav3d says:

        Yes, true! Sorry I got a bit side-tracked 🙂
        It is indeed a pleasure to meet a kindred spirit.

        I find it very hard to believe that ordinary US or EU citizens would support their governments war-mongering, resource-grabbing and empire-building at the cost of millions of innocent lives.

        As I have repeatedly written, I believe the democratic system in the US and most major western countries has been hacked from the inside! The general public is no more in control of their government or the system imposed upon them, as it is supposed to be.

        This makes your call to speak-up even more relevant!

        I brought up Syria because this is another instance where the elite-controlled Media is hugely distorting facts, unfairly creating a boogieman out of a very secular and educated leader and trying to convince us for the need of another war!

  2. Jeff Nguyen says:

    Bradley Manning was Flik, the ant who forgot his place, and Obama was Hopper, the grasshopper who couldn’t tolerate this, “You let one ant stand up to us, then they all might stand up! Those puny little ants outnumber us a hundred to one and if they ever figure that out there goes our way of life! It’s not about food, it’s about keeping those ants in line.” It’s not high art but it does make a point.

  3. Diane says:

    Oh Jav I wish you were right about Americans but I fear you are wrong. How would the US economically survive without a war? Why do you think war is a favorite game here? Have you seen the video Manning released of the US soldiers shooting civilians from a helicopter and laughing while encouraging each other, please watch it.
    Concerning Syria, here in the US we are never told the truth. I have many Armenian friends in Lebanon who have told me the rebels are targeting Armenians and other Christians who were only protected by the Assad regime and they tell me many of the rebels are Taliban from outside of Syria. These friends have taken in and are helping refugees so I tend to believe them. But as Judy says, everyone should be free to express an opinion.

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