If We Are Not Very Careful, Armageddon Might Be Uncomfortably Closer Than We Think

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April 26 2015  Vol. 8 No. 31

Rusty Miller – Editor

Denny Steussy – Associate Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

If We Are Not Very Careful, Armageddon Might Be Uncomfortably Closer Than We Think

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Looks like there’s some controversy about the way America is waging war on terrorism, specifically the drone issue.  Drone Strikes Reveal Uncomfortable Truth: U.S. Is Often Unsure About Who Will Die   Drone Strikes On Al Qaeda Are Said To Take Toll On Leadership

Two hostages were killed in a recent strike and I am as sorry as anyone else to hear about that.  But I’ve been on the sending end of short rounds, etc.  Whether it is an entire village massacred out of sheer rage or the parents of a daughter or son killed in battle, there are no civilians.  Only shifting and fluid battlefields.

This is the way of war and all the parades and patriotic songs in the world will not change the nature of it.  Technology has not altered it since our species first raised its fists in anger.

Victory is not the answer and we will not achieve it.  But neither will terrorists.  It will stop when it is no longer profitable, when it no longer serves the purpose(s) for which it was intended.

To that extent, it is also an economic war and America is no more alone in that than she is in the military aspect.  Perhaps most importantly, it really is about the hearts and minds of the people.  When Arab nations join in the fight against such groups as Al Qaeda, that seems to me a pretty clear signal that the people themselves are rejecting this alternative.

I hope we do it right this time because if we do not, peace will not last and Armageddon might be uncomfortably closer than we think.

Have a good week, gang.  And thanks for the ear.


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Anastacia Evsiukova (one of two founders of the Inside of Living project) interviews an elderly Ukraine village lady.  Source: Inside of Living group on Facebook

Anastacia Evsiukova (one of two founders of the Inside of Living project) interviews an elderly Ukraine village lady. Source: Inside of Living group on Facebook

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

Hello, Mishka, from Ukraine:

Here are the top headlines from Ukraine:

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And to keep a track of the Inside-of-Living project. they have already started from the border crossing in the village Strilche.  What they are finding is the progress, in measured steps, is spreading from the big cities to the countryside.

Thus, in the village of Zhovtneve, for example, most of the people know what selfies and You Tube are and enjoyed leaving their comments on camera.

Before they took to the trail again, I interviewed Olya Soloviova and Anastacia Evsiukova.

Q:  How did the idea of the project came?

A: Olya Soloviova (professional tourist) already wanted to walk through the whole Ukraine, once we walked together and found that both like to walk and both love our country, since that we have a common dream: to explore Ukraine, to walk it from border to border.

Q:  Do not you think that it could be dangerous?

A: First of all we think about safety, of course. To do this, we give publicity to our project and invite people to join us for whole or part of the way. We do not disclose the exact trail and dates except to those who are close to the project or participants. We also carefully select a safe place to sleep.

Q: What is your route?

A: Our route is from the Russian border to Slovakia: Kharkov- Poltava- Kiev-Vinnitsa-Belaya Tserkov- Kamenetz-Podolskiy- Ivano-Frankovsk- Mukachevo- Uzhgorod. Approximate distance – 1800 km/1080 miles, according to our calculations.  With rest days it would take about three months.

Q:  What things you take with yourself?

A: We take the most necessary things: tent, sleeping bag, personal hygiene items, first aid kit, tableware, sportswear, cameras, notebook for records, etc.

Q: How will you cover your campaign (blog, social network)?

A: We will have a channel on Youtube, which will contain all the video associated with the project and video blogs, as for social networks there is already the group http://www.facebook.com/groups/insideofliving/

Stay warm, Mishka.



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