I am Charlie & I am the Kouachi Brothers

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By Steffan Vanel • Astrologer • Tarot  Reader

January 10, 2015

Today was supposed to be the day that I was to complete my newsletter: 2015/2014: Looking Ahead and Behind, and to finish uploading a new video to YouTube: Astrological Insights into 2015 and Beyond, but the recent attack in Paris inspired me to look at the Astrological Chart for that event, and the chart for France. That has, in turn, inspired me to share some comments with you.

First of all, I have many friends and subscribers in France and my heart goes out to you in this time of horrible suffering and anger that this has brought into your lives.

However, when someone is obviously coming from a very irrational, dysfunctional, even what one might call insane place, (such as the Islamic Extremism these brothers were imbued with), and lays a heavy trip on me, I do try to remember to make an inquiry along the lines of: “Ok God, I see where this guy is coming from, but nonetheless why is this happening to me? What is the lesson for me to be learning here?”

I find that Astrology is often a great tool to get that inside information, beyond the obvious surface level of things.

This event is resonant with what I had already written in my Astrological ‘Weather Report’ for this year. For example:

A Saturn in Sagittarius Square to Neptune in Pisces, a tension which has already been in effect since October and will continue to build until it peaks in December 2015.

Any tension involving the planet Neptune or the sign Pisces, and here we have both, creates a high propensity for the ‘victim/victimizer’ program.

This time the tension is coming from a Saturnian stern restriction or ‘reality check’ in Sagittarius, a sign related to your ‘belief system’ and your philosophical morals.

(This creates:) …. an inadequate external social consciousness being confronted by the need to move to a deeper spiritual, psychic, non-intellectual level of being and consciousness.

Because the only way out of the victim/victimizer program is the positive side of the planet Neptune, that being: unconditional love, for oneself and for others, total forgiveness for oneself and for others, and total faith, trust and surrender to where there are no victims or victimizers, but just all of us little boys and girls doing the best that we can.

It brings to my mind what Rodney King said during the LA riots that followed the acquittal of the police officers who beat him: “Why can’t we all just get along?”

Rather applicable I would say.

In looking at the Astrology chart for the Charlie Hebdo Massacre one can see clearly both the Saturn/Neptune and the Pluto/Uranus squares. This chart, however, also gives some chilling additional factors. When I look at this chart I can see that something has been born here that France, Europe and the World will be dealing with for a long, long time.

First of all the chart has not only Neptune in Pisces square Saturn in Sagittarius, but it also has a Pisces Ascendant, thus a Piscean self-image, and a Sagittarian Mid-Heaven, the projected image to the world.

This is what Hilarion* says about these two placements:

Pisces The sign Pisces rising will color the self-image with hues of melancholy and victimization. The person will feel in many ways downtrodden or under the heavy hand of fate. The “sad sack” image attaches to the self-picture and it is extremely hard to make the individual see that life need not be as glum and pessimistic as he makes out. In this case, the rising sign influence is a test: to see if the heaviness can be overcome by positive effort.

Sagittarius This sign on the M.C. at birth will cause the individual to tend to project an image of uprightness, candor and a youthful, adventurous spirit. Many with Sagittarius at the M.C. have Pisces rising, and in such cases the purpose of the positive and buoyant sign on the Midheaven is to act as a counter-weight to the more melancholy and subdued inner picture which Pisces confers.

This tragedy has stimulated everyone’s desire to put forth a brave, Sagittarian, morally righteous face, on all sides. The Pisces self-image of ‘melancholy and victimization,’ and fear of future victimizations, on all sides, is one legacy of what was birthed here.

This was what I noted in my ‘Starwise Forecast’ for the 3rd of January:

3 – A rather intense day. The Sun in Capricorn conjuncts Pluto in Capricorn and squares Uranus in Aries, thus a conscious engagement with the Astrological ‘zeitgeist’ of this decade.

The conscious solar energies are attuned to the concrete earthy ambitions and structures of Capricorn, having to submit to deep Plutonian investigations into the deeper realities and motives of those ambitions, while being challenged by sudden, impulsive, potentially aggressive (Aries), Uranian energies to liberate those Capricorn structures and ambitions from old patterns that have outlived their purpose.

Obviously this can play out in many different ways, but can be rather contentious, or transformative.

That connection of Solar identity with this Pluto/Uranus tension was still in effect on this day of the massacre and appears in this chart.

The Uranus end of the tension, however, is in the First House of Self-Image, and the Pluto/Sun end of the tension is in the Tenth House of Work, Career, ‘Role’ in the World, thus we have a self-image of aggressive disruption and liberating tension, stimulating a ‘role’ in the world of intense Plutonian, destructive, manipulative, self-reliant, Capricornian authority and control. The challenge of this has also been born, on all sides.

The chart also has two planets in the House of Karma with Former Enemies.

There is, however, an even deeper story here. Saturn is square to not only Neptune, but also to Mars. And the Mars/Neptune tension with Saturn is coming from the House of the Deeper Unconscious, Past Life Memory, and the Family ‘Daemon’ i.e. the unconscious family programs affecting you.

Mars there indicates a Masculine identity, but square to Saturn shows a conflict and struggle with Saturnian authority and control. Neptune there in square aspect shows great suffering and victimization in relation to that Saturnian authoritative control.

This configuration reveals the deeper realities of what has served as the unconscious programs prior to this event, and to the unconscious programs now part of the birth of the new entity of the ‘Charlie Hebdo Massacre.’ Unconscious programs that everyone is now forced to experience and deal with.

I would say that this unconscious suffering has existed on both sides of this conflict.

The Saturn end of this tension is in the House of Philosophy and Religion, of which Hilarion says:

Ninth House When Saturn is located in the ninth house, the meaning pertains to the area of philosophy. Saturn is not at ease in the ninth, since the ringed planet is attuned essentially to worldly things whereas the ninth house is that of speculative philosophy, spiritual insight and intuition. This placement usually suggests that the individual has a tendency to develop a self-based philosophy of life, limited to that which can be objectively known and experienced. Often spiritual and “other-worldly” ideas are given short shrift as being incapable of hard demonstration. The task for the person with this Saturn placement is to broaden his perspective on life, and to develop some concept of the purpose of existence.

I can easily relate this to what I would describe as the French Secular Attitude. In fact the chart for the current political entity of modern France also has Saturn in this same House of Philosophy and Religion indicating the limits in belief.

Commentators have pointed out the difference between the American Revolution and the French Revolution. The American Revolution had a major focus involving the establishment of freedom of religion. Whereas the French Revolution had a major focus involving the establishment of freedom from religion.

It is easy to see how the Muslim community in France, of which the Kouachi brothers are a product, have had to live with a suffering of their own religious values and vulnerabilities, and their ability to use their Mars-will to do something about it has been repressed by this Saturnian secularism, until…

Here is what Hilarion says about a Mars/Saturn tension:

Saturn in aspect to Mars is not the terrible thing that some astrologers pretend. Mars is energy and any close Saturn aspect will tend to sit on the energies and cap them up from time to time. However, the outer circumstances of the life — even with the square or opposition — do not usually reflect the dire events that one might be led to expect from a perusal of the available astrological texts. The secret here is the balancing-off of the restrictive tendency of Saturn against the expansive, not to say explosive tendency of Mars. If the individual can learn to find the mid-point between these principles, balance in the life pattern is possible. If he cannot, then wild swings between over-repressive and overly energetic states can be expected. Typically such a person finds himself under the cold, limiting hand of Saturn for extended periods, and when he cannot bear the frustration any longer, breaks free and shoots the martian energy in all directions, usually in a destructive way. This pattern is extremely broad and can be recognized in many different departments of life: love, job, health, etc. For this reason, specifics cannot be given.

I would venture to say, however, that the French have also had the deep, spiritual, mystical legacy of their nation, which I truly love and admire, as evidenced in the esoteric knowledge embodied in the Gothic cathedrals, repressed and restricted into the unconscious by their secularization.

One could surmise that the intense Saturnization/Secularization of France is also as a result of a legacy of years of religious wars, as well as the historical Saturnian/Catholic power destroying the esoteric mystical French traditions through the massacre of the Cathars in the Southwest of France, and King Philip’s execution of the Knights Templars.

One way to never suffer for your beliefs ever again, however, is to not have any.

I believe, however, the Muslim community has served as a convenient projection in France of this deep unconscious suffering.

I do also believe in keeping a sense of humor and for no one to take themselves too seriously. And I believe, to a point, in the use of satire in society. My favorite news program is ‘The Daily Show’ with Jon Stewart. I am sympathetic to the bumper sticker that says: ‘Dear Jesus, Please save me from your followers,’ and to the cartoon in Charlie Hebdo that has Mohammed saying: ‘It is so difficult to be loved by such idiots.’

But publicly portraying Mohammed naked in pornographic poses with his genitalia exposed is something I can only imagine happening in France.

I have Muslim friends in France as well, and I know they are well aware of the double standards that exist there, for there are laws in France about displaying Nazi symbols and what you can say about the Holocaust, but portraying their sacred prophet in a pornographic pose with genitalia exposed….

It is true that all the European nations with large Muslim populations are experiencing socio-political tensions now. When they held the anti-immigrant marches in Germany recently, however, there were equally large anti-anti-immigrant marches.

And the Cathedral in Cologne dimmed their lights in protest of those anti-immigrant marches.

I fear that when the Right Wing Marie Le Pen, whose father once stated that a Jewish critic ‘should be the next one put into the ovens,’ cashes in on the current fear and hatred unleashed now with her National Front marches, there may be no counter-marches, or dimming of the lights of Notre Dame…

I do ask forgiveness of my French friends and readers. I love France, and previously thought I wanted to live there the rest of my life. I am not saying these things about you out of lack of compassion for the horrific event this has been for you. I say them out of fear of what lies ahead for you in the wake of this event.

There is no doubt that this ‘Charlie Hebdo Massacre Chart’ is very intense and there are very intense Astrological transits hitting your own birthchart now and in the years ahead. Tomorrow I will pray that the solidarity march which will be taking place in Paris will help to soften and heal everyone with love and compassionate forgiveness and dissolve the ‘victim/victimizer’ program.

I wish to put forward a vision of 13th Century Toledo, Spain where a cosmopolitan respect and harmony allowed churches, mosques, and synagogues to co-exist and even cross-fertilize.

I am, however, going to end this newsletter with Hilarion’s pronouncement for the lesson and possible destiny of France taken from the book channeled from him called: Nations:

FRANCE has lost her perceptions.
Once she swayed the world with the eloquence of her language, the
clarity of her thought, and the lucid writings of her philosophers.

All this has vanished now. France is like an aging scholar whose
faculties have dimmed, struggling to grasp again the ideas and concepts that once were mastered so easily. The complexities of the
modern world are beyond her understanding. The great rhythms of
civilization, once the very pulsebeat of this country, ‘now are stilled.

France is in a period of confusion and searching. She seeks the intellectual anchor she once had, but knows it is lost forever. If this
country can learn the great lesson that faces it today, France can stand among the victors in the day of battle that is looming. The lesson is this: that it is not the intellect but the heart which raises up the spirit from the level of the material world. If the lesson is not learned, then the cold intellectual persuasions of atheism will be her undoing, and she will be led down to her destruction.

This noble country can yet be saved, by prayer. She must not make
the mistake that has snared so many other nations. The world stands
to lose much if the greatness of France should perish.

May We All Blessed Be,

Steffan Vanel


Nightmare in Gaza

Spiritual Company Newsletter

By Steffan Vanel • Astrologer • Tarot  Reader

August 4, 2014

Dear Friends and Clients,

I have been asked to share some comments about the conflict in Gaza. In that regard I’ve decided to relay three documents.

  • The first is the section in my book where I spoke about the Arab/Israeli Conflict.
  • The second is MIT professor Noam Chomsky’s assessment of the present conflict.
  • The third is a rather chilling article by an American Jew named Yochanan Gordon entitled: “When Genocide is Permissible.”

I do hope and pray that all parties can find some kind of positive, peaceful resolution and that the suffering can be alleviated.
Steffan Vanel

But first I want to share with you a conversation with a Middle Eastern Terrorist bomber:

First Speaker: When you attack it’s just to spread terror….I think these bombings and these killings hurt us with the United Nations…When they read about us, it’s nothing but terror and violence.

Terrorist: It’s not the first time this happens in history. I don’t know of one nation, whether existing now or in the past……that was not born in violence. Terror, violence, death. They are the midwives who bring free nations into this world….justice itself is an abstraction……completely devoid of reality.

We will continue to bomb them out.

Reading the above I would imagine that it would be an easy conclusion that the terrorist is a Palestinian bomber.

Actually, it is dialogue coming from a Jewish terrorist in the movie Exodus, who had been imprisoned for the 1946 bombing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem:

The King David Hotel bombing was an attack carried out on Monday July 22, 1946 by the militant right-wing Zionist underground organization, the Irgun, on the British administrative headquarters for Palestine, which was housed in the southern wing[1] of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem.[2][3][4] 91 people of various nationalities were killed and 46 were injured.[5] -Wikipedia

Interesting when the tables are turned?

The Arab/Israeli Conflict

According to Hilarion, the Middle East is the place to watch. He says that the oil deposits which ring the State of Israel were purposely arranged to be there to serve as the catalyst for what Hilarion calls the casus belli for the final war. The Spiritual Hierarchy understood that the nations of the Earth would fight for ownership of the oil deposits. I must admit that during the Gulf War I thought, ‘This is it.’

In the book, Nations, Hilarion has a specific pronouncement regarding Israel. Before I present that information, I would like to share some Astrological insight into the Arab/Israeli conflict. In his book, Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology, the author contends that Astrologically speaking the Israelis are related to the sign Aries while the Arabs are related to the sign Scorpio. Aries and Scorpio are the two signs which are ruled by Mars, the God of War. This gives insight into why both sides exhibit seemingly irrepressible, aggressive, and violent tendencies, However, the Aries and Scorpio ‘styles’ are totally different. The Aries related Israelis express their aggression in blustering ‘Six Days Wars’ campaigns with helicopter gunships and tanks. In contrast, the Scorpio related Arabs express their aggression in smaller secretive, terrorist attacks and suicide bombers. Each side totally hates and resents the other’s ‘style.’

I have traveled to Israel. I made a spiritual pilgrimage to Jerusalem, as a Christian. I also made a pilgrimage to the northern Israeli town of Zefat, as a devoted student of the Jewish Kabbalah. In the 16th century there was a great flowering of Kabbalistic teaching and knowledge in Zefat. The hillside there is dotted with numerous grave sites, many painted blue to indicate the resting place of a tzadikim or holy person.

While in Israel I also visited with Israeli friends. These were largely European Jews, friends and family of my Jewish friends in Europe. They told me that, at one time, they had great hope and faith in the future of their country. During the 1960’s and 70’s there was a lot of positive optimism for the future of their nation. That was the time when a lot of kibbultzim and other communal efforts flourished. My friends then told me that their optimism is gone. They have little faith in their future. I was told this in early 1987, long before the present intifada. At that same time, these friends of European descent also told me that the most aggressive, anti-Palestinian, and militant Israelis tended to be Jews who came from Arabic countries such as Morocco and Yemen. These Jews already had developed a long history of tension with Muslims. My friends noted that the other group of Israelis who were equally aggressive and militaristic in their attitude toward the Palestinians were Jews who had emigrated from America.

Here, I am venturing onto tricky ground, in relation to my many Jewish-American friends. Nonetheless, I say what I say now because it is my observation, and I offer it only to further awareness and consciousness and healing. My Jewish-American friends are generally very liberal, abhor racist discrimination, and are firm advocates of Civil Rights. Yet among many of them, once the subject of Israel is mentioned, a whole different demeanor descends over them. They become aggressive and militaristic in their attitude towards the Palestinians. Of course the sad history of anti-Semitism and the horrors the Holocaust arc a large and understandable cause for Jewish protectiveness. However, why would American Jews be more militant in their defense of Israel than European Jews, who are actually more connected to the historical areas where those horrors took place? My conclusion is that the American Jews are likely subject to the elements of the American Astrological character. These Astrological influences would include the Sagittarian tendency to see oneself as ‘upright, honest and morally strong. whether true or not; the Mars in the Seventh House ‘tendency to rush into battle when opposed’; and the Neptune/Mars square leading to the ‘victim /victimizer program.’ These are all American birthchart characteristics which could lead American Jews to dismiss or downplay Israelis who support peace and a less aggressive approach to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

Before I quote Hilarion’s comments on Israel, 1 would like to repeat what Hilarion has said regarding prophecy. He stated that the best prophet was the false prophet, he whose prophecy has failed to come true. By delivering his prophecy he has encouraged people to change sufficiently so that the prophecy no longer needs to occur. The material for the book Nations was originally channeled from Hilarion in 1979. Much has changed in the fate of nations since that time. For example, the information regarding Iran references 1979 when the Ayatollah Khomeini seized power. Hilarion’s predictions for Iran then were quite dire, but the possibilities arc always in flux. Today with reformist forces gaining political power there is cause for greater hope in Iran. People and nations always have the opportunity to change and thus alter their destiny. Here are Hilarion’s comments on Israel:

ISRAEL has lost her Master.

She has forgotten the god who guided her people through the long centuries of affliction and persecution. Because she has forgotten her god, she will be tested in the very center of the crucible when the bitter years are upon the earth. This trial will bring the nation back to god, but only after much has been suffered.

Israel has been the repository of a burning faith and devotion for many centuries. She was meant to carry that flame aloft so that in the Tribulation years new fires could be lighted from it, to bring the world back to a true faith.

Those of her people who remained in other countries have still that intensity of dedication to their religion which can fulfill the stated purpose during the Last Days. But among the people of the new state of Israel there is only a mockery of faith. They do not believe any more. And because of their unbelief they will be forced to drink the bitter cup to the dregs in the years of trouble ahead.

Hilarion’s observations on Israel echo the lack of faith admitted by my Israeli friends. In reading Hilarion’s Nations, it is clear that it is no accident what nation you are born into, or choose to live in. It is also clear that the Tribulation is going to come down more forcefully in certain parts of the planet than in others. Historians have looked back to World War II and we can now see clearly what could have been done by various nations to avoid or lessen the horrors that ensued. If and when the Middle East conflagration fully ignites, historians will look back at the role which the U.S. played in that eruption, both in terms of what we did and didn’t do. Personally, I think that the many flaws in the American character are leading us to fail to live up to what this country does and should truly stand for. In addition to the flaws of Sagittarian self-righteousness and Martial aggression, there is our Saturnian Tenth House ‘sloth and inattention’ in relation to our role in the world. This negligent attitude coupled with our Saturn square Sun’s resentment of any kind of authority, explains why we do not support the only body of authority which could bring peace to the Middle East. The U.S. is the key player in denying that body of authority its true potential role and mission. That body would be of course, a fully empowered and functioning United Nations. In an interview with Retired Rear Admiral Eugene Carroll relative to non-military solutions to conflict in the world were the following comments:

Admiral Carroll: We had leaders who helped found the United Nations and make it reflect our objectives, interests and values. The Charter is an American document and yet we have been among the least supportive in the last 50 years of any nation in the world.

Weekday host: If there was one thing you could do, if you could wave your magic wand to make the United Nations stronger, what would it be?

Admiral Carroll: The U.S. taking it more seriously, its responsibility seriously, paying its dues and supporting the changes in the U.N. which are absolutely essential to make it effective as an institution.

Weekday host : But it still has hope for you as an institution? Admiral Carroll: I know of no other game in town that has any promise whatever. The Charter is magnificent. It has all of the authority in writing that it needs. It doesn’t have the support and leadership of the United States to translate the authority into capabilities.

It was dismaying to me when I learned that a proposal to put U.N. peace monitors on the Israel/ Palestine border had been accepted by the entire body of U.N. nations, except for two – the U.S. and Israel. Of course the U.S. exercised its Security Council veto and the proposal was killed.

I am happy to read in Hilarion’s Nations that “in an agony of soul, America will again stand forth with her love, to rescue and nurture the peoples of the world”. How long it takes for the present ‘blindness’ to be removed will determine how much good we can do. It will also determine how much guilt we must carry, collectively, for what we could have done if we had awakened sooner. It is partly with that in mind that I am writing this book.

Nightmare in Gaza by Noam Chomsky

Amid all the horrors unfolding in the latest Israeli offensive in Gaza, Israel’s goal is simple: quiet-for-quiet, a return to the norm.

For the West Bank, the norm is that Israel continues its illegal construction of settlements and infrastructure so that it can integrate into Israel whatever might be of value, meanwhile consigning Palestinians to unviable cantons and subjecting them to repression and violence.

For Gaza, the norm is a miserable existence under a cruel and destructive siege that Israel administers to permit bare survival but nothing more.

The latest Israeli rampage was set off by the brutal murder of three Israeli boys from a settler community in the occupied West Bank. A month before, two Palestinian boys were shot dead in the West Bank city of Ramallah. That elicited little attention, which is understandable, since it is routine.

“The institutionalized disregard for Palestinian life in the West helps explain not only why Palestinians resort to violence,” Middle East analyst Mouin Rabbani reports, “but also Israel’s latest assault on the Gaza Strip.”

In an interview, human rights lawyer Raji Sourani, who has remained in Gaza through years of Israeli brutality and terror, said, “The most common sentence I heard when people began to talk about cease-fire: Everybody says it’s better for all of us to die and not go back to the situation we used to have before this war. We don’t want that again. We have no dignity, no pride; we are just soft targets, and we are very cheap. Either this situation really improves or it is better to just die. I am talking about intellectuals, academics, ordinary people: Everybody is saying that.”

In January 2006, Palestinians committed a major crime: They voted the wrong way in a carefully monitored free election, handing control of Parliament to Hamas. The media constantly intone that Hamas is dedicated to the destruction of Israel. In reality, Hamas leaders have repeatedly made it clear that Hamas would accept a two-state settlement in accord with the international consensus that has been blocked by the U.S. and Israel for 40 years.

In contrast, Israel is dedicated to the destruction of Palestine, apart from some occasional meaningless words, and is implementing that commitment.

The crime of the Palestinians in January 2006 was punished at once. The U.S. and Israel, with Europe shamefully trailing behind, imposed harsh sanctions on the errant population and Israel stepped up its violence.

The U.S. and Israel quickly initiated plans for a military coup to overthrow the elected government. When Hamas had the effrontery to foil the plans, the Israeli assaults and the siege became far more severe.

There should be no need to review again the dismal record since. The relentless siege and savage attacks are punctuated by episodes of “mowing the lawn,” to borrow Israel’s cheery expression for its periodic exercises in shooting fish in a pond as part of what it calls a “war of defense.”

Once the lawn is mowed and the desperate population seeks to rebuild somehow from the devastation and the murders, there is a cease-fire agreement. The most recent cease-fire was established after Israel’s October 2012 assault, called Operation Pillar of Defense.

Though Israel maintained its siege, Hamas observed the cease-fire, as Israel concedes. Matters changed in April of this year when Fatah and Hamas forged a unity agreement that established a new government of technocrats unaffiliated with either party.

Israel was naturally furious, all the more so when even the Obama administration joined the West in signaling approval. The unity agreement not only undercuts Israel’s claim that it cannot negotiate with a divided Palestine but also threatens the long-term goal of dividing Gaza from the West Bank and pursuing its destructive policies in both regions.

Something had to be done, and an occasion arose on June 12, when the three Israeli boys were murdered in the West Bank. Early on, the Netanyahu government knew that they were dead, but pretended otherwise, which provided the opportunity to launch a rampage in the West Bank, targeting Hamas.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed to have certain knowledge that Hamas was responsible. That too was a lie.

One of Israel’s leading authorities on Hamas, Shlomi Eldar, reported almost at once that the killers very likely came from a dissident clan in Hebron that has long been a thorn in the side of Hamas. Eldar added that “I’m sure they didn’t get any green light from the leadership of Hamas, they just thought it was the right time to act.”

The 18-day rampage after the kidnapping, however, succeeded in undermining the feared unity government, and sharply increasing Israeli repression. Israel also conducted dozens of attacks in Gaza, killing five Hamas members on July 7.

Hamas finally reacted with its first rockets in 19 months, providing Israel with the pretext for Operation Protective Edge on July 8.

By July 31, around 1,400 Palestinians had been killed, mostly civilians, including hundreds of women and children. And three Israeli civilians. Large areas of Gaza had been turned into rubble. Four hospitals had been attacked, each another war crime.

Israeli officials laud the humanity of what it calls “the most moral army in the world,” which informs residents that their homes will be bombed. The practice is “sadism, sanctimoniously disguising itself as mercy,” in the words of Israeli journalist Amira Hass: “A recorded message demanding hundreds of thousands of people leave their already targeted homes, for another place, equally dangerous, 10 kilometers away.”

In fact, there is no place in the prison of Gaza safe from Israeli sadism, which may even exceed the terrible crimes of Operation Cast Lead in 2008-2009.

The hideous revelations elicited the usual reaction from the most moral president in the world, Barack Obama: great sympathy for Israelis, bitter condemnation of Hamas and calls for moderation on both sides.

When the current attacks are called off, Israel hopes to be free to pursue its criminal policies in the occupied territories without interference, and with the U.S. support it has enjoyed in the past.

Gazans will be free to return to the norm in their Israeli-run prison, while in the West Bank, Palestinians can watch in peace as Israel dismantles what remains of their possessions.

That is the likely outcome if the U.S. maintains its decisive and virtually unilateral support for Israeli crimes and its rejection of the long-standing international consensus on diplomatic settlement. But the future will be quite different if the U.S. withdraws that support.

In that case it would be possible to move toward the “enduring solution” in Gaza that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called for, eliciting hysterical condemnation in Israel because the phrase could be interpreted as calling for an end to Israel’s siege and regular attacks. And – horror of horrors – the phrase might even be interpreted as calling for implementation of international law in the rest of the occupied territories.

Forty years ago Israel made the fateful decision to choose expansion over security, rejecting a full peace treaty offered by Egypt in return for evacuation from the occupied Egyptian Sinai, where Israel was initiating extensive settlement and development projects. Israel has adhered to that policy ever since.

If the U.S. decided to join the world, the impact would be great. Over and over, Israel has abandoned cherished planswhen Washington has so demanded. Such are the relations of power between them.

Furthermore, Israel by now has little recourse, after having adopted policies that turned it from a country that was greatly admired to one that is feared and despised, policies it is pursuing with blind determination today in its march toward moral deterioration and possible ultimate destruction.

Could U.S. policy change? It’s not impossible. Public opinion has shifted considerably in recent years, particularly among the young, and it cannot be completely ignored.

For some years there has been a good basis for public demands that Washington observe its own laws and cut off military aid to Israel. U.S. law requires that “no security assistance may be provided to any country the government of which engages in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights.”

Israel most certainly is guilty of this consistent pattern, and has been for many years.

Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, author of this provision of the law, has brought up its potential applicability to Israel in specific cases, and with a well-conducted educational, organizational and activist effort such initiatives could be pursued successively.

That could have a very significant impact in itself, while also providing a springboard for further actions to compel Washington to become part of “the international community” and to observe international law and norms.

Nothing could be more significant for the tragic Palestinian victims of many years of violence and repression.

© 2014 Noam Chomsky Distributed by The New York Times Syndicate

Earlier today the Times of Israel published the article “When Genocide is Permissible” by Yochanan Gordon. They have since taken it down but we are republishing it here as representative of part of the discourse in the American Jewish community. According to Gordon’s bio at the Times of Israel his father is the founder of The Five Towns Jewish Times in Nassau County, NY which is “committed to showing the best of our Orthodox Jewish community, while reflecting reality.” The article is still posted there.


The article has been taken off the The Five Towns Jewish Times website with this explanation:

An article that was posted earlier today on our website dealt with the question of genocide in a most irresponsible fashion. We reject any such notion or discussion associated with even entertaining the possibility of such an unacceptable idea.

The piece should have been rejected out of hand by editors but escaped their proper attention. We reject such a suggestion unequivocally and apologize for the error.

Gordon has reportedly ended his twitter account, citing security concerns. He has now also issued an apology for the article, but he doesn’t seem to get it:

I wish to express deep regret and beg forgiveness for an article I authored which was posted on 5TJT.com, Times of Israel and was tweeted and shared the world over.

I never intended to call to harm any people although my words may have conveyed that message.

With that said I pray and hope for a quick peaceful end to the hostilities and that all people learn to coexist with each other in creating a better world for us all.

When Genocide is Permissible by Yochanan Gordon

Judging by the numbers of casualties on both sides in this almost one-month old war one would be led to the conclusion that Israel has resorted to disproportionate means in fighting a far less- capable enemy. That is as far as what meets the eye. But, it’s now obvious that the US and the UN are completely out of touch with the nature of this foe and are therefore not qualified to dictate or enforce the rules of this war – because when it comes to terror there is much more than meets the eye.

I wasn’t aware of this, but it seems that the nature of warfare has undergone a major shift over the years. Where wars were usually waged to defeat the opposing side, today it seems – and judging by the number of foul calls it would indicate – that today’s wars are fought to a draw. I mean, whoever heard of a timeout in war? An NBA Basketball game allows six timeouts for each team during the course of a game, but last I checked this is a war! We are at war with an enemy whose charter calls for the annihilation of our people. Nothing, then, can be considered disproportionate when we are fighting for our very right to live.

The sad reality is that Israel gets it, but its hands are being tied by world leaders who over the past six years have insisted they are such good friends with the Jewish state, that they know more regarding its interests than even they do. But there’s going to have to come a time where Israel feels threatened enough where it has no other choice but to defy international warnings – because this is life or death.

Most of the reports coming from Gazan officials and leaders since the start of this operation have been either largely exaggerated or patently false. The truth is, it’s not their fault, falsehood and deceit is part of the very fabric of who they are and that will never change. Still however, despite their propensity to lie, when your enemy tells you that they are bent on your destruction you believe them. Similarly, when Khaled Meshal declares that no physical damage to Gaza will dampen their morale or weaken their resolve – they have to be believed. Our sage Gedalia the son of Achikam was given intelligence that Yishmael Ben Nesanyah was plotting to kill him. However, in his piety or rather naiveté Gedalia dismissed the report as a random act of gossip and paid no attention to it. To this day, the day following Rosh Hashana is commemorated as a fast day in the memory of Gedalia who was killed in cold blood on the second day of Rosh Hashana during the meal. They say the definition of insanity is repeating the same mistakes over and over. History is there to teach us lessons and the lesson here is that when your enemy swears to destroy you – you take him seriously.

Hamas has stated forthrightly that it idealizes death as much as Israel celebrates life. What other way then is there to deal with an enemy of this nature other than obliterate them completely?

News anchors such as those from CNN, BBC and Al-Jazeera have not missed an opportunity to point out the majority of innocent civilians who have lost their lives as a result of this war. But anyone who lives with rocket launchers installed or terror tunnels burrowed in or around the vicinity of their home cannot be considered an innocent civilian. If you’ll counter, that Hamas has been seen abusing civilians who have attempted to leave their homes in response to Israeli warnings to leave – well then, your beginning to come to terms with the nature of this enemy which should automatically cause the rules of standard warfare to be suspended.

Everyone agrees that Israel has the right to defend itself as well as the right to exercise that right. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has declared it, Obama and Kerry have clearly stated that no one could be expected to sit idle as thousands of rockets rain down on the heads of its citizens, placing them in clear and present danger. It seems then that the only point of contention is regarding the measure of punishment meted out in this situation.

I will conclude with a question for all the humanitarians out there. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clearly stated at the outset of this incursion that his objective is to restore a sustainable quiet for the citizens of Israel. We have already established that it is the responsibility of every government to ensure the safety and security of its people. If political leaders and military experts determine that the only way to achieve its goal of sustaining quiet is through genocide is it then permissible to achieve those responsible goals?

Steffan Vanel

IAD, Donations & Malaysian Flight 370

Spiritual Company Newsletter

By Steffan Vanel • Astrologer • Tarot  Reader

March 16, 2014

Dear Friends, Clients and Subscribers,

March 20th will be the Spring Equinox as well as International Astrology Day described as:

International Astrology Day was founded by AFAN (Association For Astrological Networking) in 1993, an outgrowth of the Astrology Awareness Weekend which AFAN had sponsored for several years previously. The goals of the new holiday were to expand networking opportunities among the astrological community, to direct media attention to positive aspects of astrology, and to help raise funds for local astrological groups and for AFAN’s legal, media, and other networking projects.

This is also the one time of the year when I put out the mention that, although I am happy to share the fruits of my researches, insights and writing freely with anyone interested in receiving it, I also greatly appreciate any donations anyone feels inspired to send my way. Financial donations do put a little extra ‘wind in my sails’ to keep up my enthusiasm for the work and efforts I put into these newsletters, and I send my heartfelt thanks to those of you who have supported me in the past, and to those of you inspired to donate some support, of any amount, at this time. (To make a donation do so in the left column of my website )

Malaysian Airlines Flight 370

On February 18th I purchased a flight for myself on Malaysian Airlines from China to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. My flight isn’t until May and I am figuring by then all of the intensity of this story should have subsided. Still I got a bit tweaked when this event took place last week.

I have also been spending time in China and Malaysia in the last few years, so I feel a connection in a personal way to the story unfolding there.

My comments about it are not so much from an Astrological perspective although, along with the recent events in Ukraine, this disappearing flight does seem to resonate with the likelihood of surprise shake-ups that one might expect from the Astrological ‘Grand Cross’ bearing down upon us these days, peaking the first time on April 22nd.

The brief insights I feel inspired to share with you are in reference to the fact that the area where the intense search was focused for the lost flight is an area which has been experiencing a lot of psychic tension lately. This is largely due to the territorial disputes between China and other nations in that region, disputes over ownership of certain islands, oil and gas drilling rights, and navigational controls and restrictions which even entailed a tense incident involving an Indian Naval ship.

At one point a Chinese official said that these disputes might have to be settled with cannons although the official government in Beijing distanced itself from that remark.

This and the parallel tensions between Japan and China relating to their naval/island territorial disputes I am assuming is why President Obama recently announced a pivot towards Asia in our military focus.

The fact that this was a Malaysian Airlines flight, but with 159 Chinese citizens on board, seemingly vanishing into the South China Sea, initially pulled the rug out from under all of that aggressive conflictual energy. Instead there was a place of mutual concern and compassion for the potential victims and a united naval search on the part of virtually all of the nations previously involved with these conflicts and disputes.

Now that this drama has moved from a sea crash tragedy to a possible hijacking, the number of nations involved in the diplomatic efforts to coordinate a resolution of this event has expanded from 14 to 20, including India, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Pakistan.

And now, the tendency to enter into the ‘blame game’ and resentments and accusations, especially between China and Malaysia, has returned. That brief period of mutual concern and compassion was nice while it lasted.

My own sense is that the tensions and conflicts and frustrations now being played out between the collective psyche’s of these various nations could help them to overcome and resolve the simmering tensions and conflicts which already existed before, now being brought more to the surface to be consciously confronted and dealt with through this event.

Or, this situation could serve to exacerbate these simmering tensions.

It simply boils down to those two choices, which are the only two real choices in any given moment: Love or Fear.

Steffan Vanel