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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Keeping the Peace - The Main Task of Soldiers

I once was a soldier who believed that the primary task of a soldier is to wage war, but I have by now realised that idea is not correct anymore. The primary task of a soldier is not to just wage war because if that were the case we would wage war for the sake of waging war and for no other reason. The primary task of a soldier is to prevent war by being strong enough to scare off a potential enemy or to defeat that enemy and to return to a state of peace. Therefore the primary task of a soldier is peacekeeping.

In order for a country to remain strong enough to prevent war or defeat any enemy it needs to motivate, train and equip its military. For that reason neglecting its military serves no purpose as they leave their military unable to fight, which is a waste of money and may eventually lead to a waste of human life. "To lead untrained people to war is to throw them away." - Confucius.

The exceptions to peacekeeping are countries that invade other countries under the guise of trying to prevent future conflict, but who undertake said action for some other less noble reason such as self-enrichment. Eventually their actions may actually lead to future conflict and not prevent it. History teaches us that such invasions lead to the invading countries usually being defeated or having to withdraw at some stage anyway. Thus in the end simple peacekeeping is all that was required.

Friday, April 24, 2009

South African Flag as part of SADEC

This Mozambiquean Soldier prepares to raise the SA Flag today together with the flags of the other countries during the closing ceremony of Exercise Golfinho. As was intended the exercise was a great way for us to iron out problems in the Draft SADEC Doctrine. Now the lessons learned has to be taken forward to the field training exercise at Lohatlha.

Even if SADEC for some reason does not work, African Unity will work; it is only a question of time.

Mozambiquean Fishing Boats

One of the most important industries in Mozambique is fishing. I took this photo further up the coast today after we managed to get stuck in sea sand for half an hour.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Israel Primed to Hit Iranian Nuclear Sites

In News 24 it is reported that Israel is poised to do aerial strikes on possible Iranian Nuclear Sites. What problems will this solve I wonder?

Newton's Third Law of Motion states:

Whenever a particle A exerts a force on another particle B, B simultaneously exerts a force on A with the same magnitude in the opposite direction. The strong form of the law further postulates that these two forces act along the same line. This law is often simplified into the sentence, "To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction."

This law may be based on Classical Mechanics, but we now know Quantum Mechanics envelopes Classical Mechanics so this law also or only operates on the level of Quantum Mechanics. So the possible action by Israel on Iran will in future bear more violence. That is the way wars have always operated and always will operate. Violence begets violence. If you want peace practice peace.

Maybe it's time the world stops simply acting like it wants peace just to gain some kind of mindless self-defeating advantage and actually starts thinking along the lines of actual peace? The possibility only lies in a paradigm shift.

Man only enjoys war until the first shots are fired.

Exercise Golfinho (Dolphin)

Exercise Golfinho is in full swing. The purpose of this exercise is to test the readiness of SADEC Forces in case of unrest in the region. South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Angola, Namibia, DRC, Mauritius, Swaziland, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Zambia and other countries are part of SADEC. The photo is of me sitting at my station.

Maputo Seaside

I took this photo of the seaside in Maputo a couple of days ago. Currently we are stuck in the city, but I am hoping to get to see some of the beaches further to the North.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

The Religion of Love

One thing we can do without in this world is the doom and gloom evangelists or whoever spreads fear under the guise of it being the will of God. The idea of the end times is based on mainly the book of Revelation, which nobody understands and can interpret as they please anyway. Yes, the words "end of the world" do appear in many passages in the Bible, but a school of thought is that it refers to the "end of the age [of Pisces]". It is for that reason that the biblical stories of Jesus includes so many references to fish, which we know is the symbol of Pisces. So all these people running around proclaiming end times are actually referring to the end of the Age of Pisces, which will happen soon as we then enter the Age of Aquarius. Remember the song?

Then there is the reference to the signs of the times as being war and famine and earthquakes and floods and so forth. When in history has these not been present? Why should they be so much more prevelant and to be seen as "signs"now? Might it be people giving us these messages who make it sound so bad? What if they are wrong? Do you honestly think that is what God's love is all about?

So why are we so hung-up with the end of the world idea? Why do we insist on telling our children that the world will end soon and that some people will be saved and others not? In the same breath we tell them God loves without condition, but people who do not believe in what we believe will burn in hell. Does that not mean God loves with condition? Then, is our way of seeing things not slightly warped?

I think we are like that because we are all seeking that ultimate love that saves. In our searching for that love or the source we have moved away from it and the more we look for it the further we move away from it until the day we die; on that day we realise it was there all the time and our eyes light up one last time as we blow out our final physical breath. All great spiritual leaders have been saying it, singing it, shouted it and even died for it, but still we do not get it. Do not think about it; simply be it. Be in the moment. That is why we are Human Beings.

"And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." - TS Eliot, 'Four Quartets'.
"Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life." - Eckhart Tolle.

"What we are looking for is looking" - St Francis of Assisi.

God does not judge, he/she loves. God does not punish, he/she loves. God does not condemn, he/she loves. God does not save certain people, he/she loves all equally. Listen to God by being quiet. People may distort that original message so simply listen, hence meditation.

“Thus meditating you will no longer strive to build yourself up in your prejudices, but, forgetting self, you will remember only that you are seeking the Truth.” - James Allen.

"A free and silent mind is always in meditation." - Remez Sasson

Choose the meditation that works for you. I believe none is better than the other. Speak to those who meditate. How many people who meditate are caught up in the end times madness? Change the way you think before it changes you.

6 SAI Bn Medal Parade

This is a photo of the guard of honour getting on parade. We had our medal parade last Friday. Medal Parades in the SANDF are a very important part of military culture.

The Leopard

Our unit has the Leopard as the motive on our Colours. I took this photo shortly before our medal parade last Friday.

The Big Pineapple

The Big Pineapple is a pineapple-shaped building near Bathurst, Eastern Cape, South Africa. I visited it a week ago and took this photo. As you may assume the area is well-known for its pineapples.