Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Middle East Crisis

It is very difficult to be a part of this world and remain unscathed by the events which are manifesting so violently around us. It is hard to imagine that any good could rise from the ruins of so many shattered lives. The suffering unfolding right now is incomprehensible, and will most likely remain a rancorous wound for decades to come.

I have come to realize in recent days that it is not peace which is lacking in this world, but Justice. I have grown increasingly and uncomfortably aware of the ease with which the word peace precedes the launching of missiles. In this, our darkest hour in recent years I can only look for some solace in the words of a man whose profound ideology and capacity for reason long outlived his physical being- Mahatma Gandhi. The greatest man in my opinion to have walked this earth, believed that violence and democracy cannot coexist, that violent means will only give violent freedom, and that non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind.

It is hard for me to comprehend any belief system in which one life has more value than another, since regardless of our cultural and spiritual identities, we all share the same genetic code. It is therefore incumbent upon those of us who value all life to try and remain magnanimous during these times and eschew the resentment and anger which can so easily polarize us.

Azam Ali

"Peace will not come out of the clash of arms but out of justice lived and done by unarmed nations in the face of odds." -Mahatma Gandhi

29 Comments:

Anonymous Sir Brad of Tempe said...

There's a lot going on out there... But even more going on "in here"... We need love, harmony, and fearlessness to conqueor this trial. You must realize that although there may be suffering and dying, there is little we may do to save them all at once, we can only save them individually, by holding them, ensuring as many people as don't feel safe, or are clouded by darkness, be taken into the light of awareness, as to stand with pride face to face with the illusion that we are alone and separate from each other, and all... The crisis is not here or there, but within... that's where the healing must be done for these people... The system we live in will not suffice to care for all of humanity, ever... And it is only through time that the lotus unfolds most beautifully, we cannot pry open the flower with impatience because we have seen the beauty before. We must wait, without fear, and embrace each moment, spreading as much awareness as possible of the coming ascension period. People must be prepared for a lot more than war and famine on this planet!!! If the world is changing, and you don't realize it, the change can over-whelm and scare... people will be scared. We must not imply that something must be done to stop this, but rather that it is time to come to peace with the darkness on this planet, and stand aside peering through it's transparancy until it collapses upon itself, leaving what? The next step in human evolution, consciousness expansion, and bodily ascension.
Don't become confused by the appearences, materially we are now lost, and to try and hold onto this way of life will only keep us suffering... We must spread love and awareness of the potential for each being's future.

Do you know who I am Amaz Ali? any memory at all?

6:05 PM  
Anonymous Sir Brad of Tempe said...

Beautifully said Amaz, Ghandi was a beautiful being indeed, the way he looked at one with those deep eyes... as though to innocently ask "for what have you done so? for what do you act this way?" With nothing in his eyes but love for the ones he saw. Indeed a world filled with his ethic and guideline could rise above... but how to inspire this realization amongst the masses? such can not be done, there are too many people all trying to put their say in on how the world should be, and few have mind or heart to hear something peaceful. We are none the less part of an unstoppable force of light that will wash over humanity within 6 years... You and I here, him and her there, everywhere it adds up, we all stand together, yet almost invisibly, nothing can stop us from changing the world.

6:24 PM  
Blogger pepektheassassin said...

Gandhi rules!

10:20 PM  
Blogger Metanoia said...

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2:16 PM  
Blogger Metanoia said...

A Hindu fundamentalist murdered Mohandes Gandhi. An Islamic fundamentalist murdered Malcolm X. A Jewish fundamentalist murdered Yitzhak Rabin. Bad ideas kill. Religion is a bad idea. Only the naive can believe that religions preach love and tolerance. Far from it. At the heart all the major religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, is bigotry - a separation of the faithful from the unbelievers, with the wholesale slaughter of the unbelievers divinely sanctioned. All three have a history of bloody conquest. It's time to throw out the baby and the bathwater. Muhammed was a gangster. God does not write books. The Qu'ran is a mishmash of religious nonsense. The Old Testament is a fictitious history of a people who have no legitimate claim to Palestine. None of it is true. Read it sometime. It is a horrible narrative of a barbarous people led by their petty tribal war god. The New Testament is no better. The four gospels and many of the letters attributed St. Paul are complete forgeries. Jesus never existed. The peaceful first century gnostics who created the mythology of christianity were brutally suppressed by the literalist Roman church under the rule of the warlord Constantine which plunged the world into the Dark Ages. Religion can never be the balm to soothe a bloodthirsty world. It is the cause of bloodshed. Interestingly, you never hear of a Buddhist suicide bomber, or Amish or Quaker terrorists for that matter. Some religions are more murderous than others. That's just a fact. Only the gnostic idea of faith without dogma, the spontaneous awakening in every individual of god within, that which Aldous Huxley called "the perennial philosophy", has the power to create a heaven on earth, or at least make it a safer place to raise children.

2:26 PM  
Blogger aqaq said...

Unfortunately, Human Beings have not changed in the last 2000 years. Human wikedness and the desire to dominate is still predominate to any kind of moralistic thinking. In all the media has tried to show there is still no change, if little to the contigent of human suffering regardlass of ethnicity. Organized religion is my feeling to the current situation. Which I feel will never have any positive influence untill it is obliterated. Mysynogysim is a current underlying especially concerning chritianity, islam and judiaism.Humanity is not and will not change. the few who feel as i that there should be an internit of sister/brotherhood will never make the majority. So human disgust and destruction will always dominate!

9:38 PM  
Blogger Olivier Blanchard said...

I never understood how neighbors - with so much in common - could come to hate each other so much... and only focus on their differences.

The worst part about this is that if any of them ever accepted responsibility for their own actions instead of always blaming the other side for all of their problems, none of this fighting and death would be an issue.

BTW, I just discovered your voice on my way home tonight (on NPR) and I am hooked! I can't wait to hear more.

8:48 PM  
Anonymous callie said...

It is such a helpless feeling, watching these terrible decisions being made by those in power. How is it that with all of the historical knowledge we have, they still refuse to acknowledge that the answer to violence is not more violence?

12:15 PM  
Anonymous S. Rabbani in Brazil said...

Azam, hale shoma che tour id?

I heard some of your music on NPR a few weeks back and loved it - then somehow found my way to your blog. Interesting stuff. I'm looking forward to hearing more of your music.

"Ye are the fruits of one tree and the leaves of one branch. Deal ye one with another with the utmost love and harmony, with friendliness and fellowship."

Khoda-hafez!

11:33 AM  
Blogger James said...

Beautifully said, Azam.

8:21 PM  
Anonymous j O i* said...

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power".

4:31 PM  
Blogger zs said...

realy hits the spot, nice job Azam.

9:45 AM  
Anonymous pascal samain said...

dear azam,

my name is pascal. i'm living in belgium, i'm working for 4 different magazines : crossroads, traverses, versus, progresiste.

i'm also a pat mastelotto friend.
just ask him.

i'd like to receive a copy of your new cd with pat and trey to be reviewed.

pascal samain
rue des canonniers 57
7000 mons
belgium

1:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People needs to see who they are in themselves before to have a look upon this world.
Everybody can try to sublimate this world on each time by simple things with simple persons.
Only in this case, the peace will rise, by little and simple things, you can try or deseperate, this is a choice.
I m so anonymous,but I choose...

4:15 AM  
Blogger Carlo said...

The world keeps turning, but humans forge his ways forgeting the own world's turns.. and despite this incomprehensible and hard days, i continue believing in homo "sapiens".

And you Azam please keep writing for us, for can know you a little more.

A kiss from Chile.

12:47 PM  
Blogger Shadan said...

Nice Job :)

9:12 AM  
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12:55 PM  
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12:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

salam azam jan

Really nice kind and pure heart you have and nice job you have done
I want just write apoem from mowlavi for you

di sheikh ba cheragh hami gash gerde shahr
kaz divo dad maloolamo ensanam arezoost

by the way I expected you reply my e-mail but you did'nt
please reply my e-mail
best wishes for you


ghorbanat Mojtaba
az Iran

4:17 AM  
Anonymous Ronan said...

Hello Azam

your recent entry here means so much to me and I suggest many others. Maybe mine will give hope to you and others. I grew up in Ireland during the "troubles" (70's) . I once thought the hatred felt between enemies then could never be mended. Through intervention by peacful forces from beyond, time that heals and better understanding peace can breathe and grow. It takes time and much work on both parts of the divide.

And never ever doubt Azam, the power of artistic expression such as your music has as a means of reminding the angered, confused and power seekers that there is more to happiness than wealth and control over the masses.

To Azam and the band members - your voice and music is like a bridge. It is wide and long. And I have enjoyed crossing it.

Ronan Kennedy

1:15 PM  
Blogger DarkAngel said...

DarkAngel from America,

I agree with you Azam. there is so much violence in this world. It seems to me that History is repeating its self. I wonder if mankind will ever really look at the past and relize that violence is not the answer. after all Evil begets Evil.

1:16 PM  
Anonymous foad said...

Azam joon;
I love your voice. Keep singing.
And let people with no talent talk rubbish, criticise and get offended.
They are nothing but flies around your sweetness

12:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Azamjan,

Man taaze baa sedaaye ghashange shomaa aashenaa shodam. Az rooye site BBC dar morede film-e naaraahat-konandeye 300.
az vaziyate naa hanjaari ke daresh gharaar gerefti moteasefam vali ezhaaraatet baraaye man be onvaane ye irani ghaabele ghabool bood.
Khodeto naaraahat nakon.
Shaad baashi.

Amir

2:26 AM  
Blogger Nevermind said...

I fear that Ghandi and his methods MAY have been for a different time; And I am not intending to "think negative"

Look REALISTICLY at the situation before us:
We are now dealing with pure evil of an unprecedented nature. Thousands dead, countries turned to rubble-and this evil is seeking even more destruction-perhaps of the PLANET...I dont think we have the luxury of WAITING too much longer....or for 'wishing' it all away...
Here, we live in comfort..bliss...for how long?

Huge marches have not worked.
Millions of emails and letters to our 'leaders' go unheeded.
Thousands of 'Visualize Peace' bumper stickers havent quite done the trick...Meditations...prayer gatherings...

I suppose 'God helps those who help themselves'
may sadly be appropriate...and in a way-what Ghandi was teaching-its just that things have gotten 10 times more dangerous since his day. Sitting back and watching , philosophy-ing and tsk-ing have done nothing it would seem..
Sometimes action needs to be taken, ALONG WITH good intentions.
Waiting and hoping for someone or something to come save us.....or for it to "all work out"...I just dont know ...

I hate to bring the obvious up, but our forefathers didnt just sit around praying, blissing out-waiting , discussing, focus-grouping, or civil -disobediencing for our freedom from England...they took action.

Many gave their lives for you and I-what some are now hell-bent on destroying-our lives, our freedoms and our planet...

are we going to allow this?
the clock ticks...
it IS up to us...

AWAKEN

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is nothing wrong with religion as someone on here stated. What we are dealing with is simply EVIL! Evil can enter the hearts of mankind and if they do not follow the peace of their religions or ideologies enough, or protect themselves from evil...It will enter them, and it will do them and perhaps those around them, harm.

4:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An eye for an eye makes the world world blind. Sustainable peace and freedom demands penance, patience, sacrifice, unshakable belief, organization and communication. The Indian freedom struggle was remarkable in that there was communication - of attrocities, meetings, speeches and positions. Remarkably, the antagonists were united in their understanding of the English language. Indeed the prime movers in the Quit India movement were lawyers by training, adept in the English language. Should those aspiring to freedom and counting on help from like minded people first speak a common language? Nelson Mandela spoke English. (BTW, his autobiography deals well with the subject of violence vs non-violence) Ultimately, Mandela chose defiance and prison.

Can you imaginge Dr. Martin Luther King leading a million man march and the "I have a dream" speech in a language that the rest of America did not understand?

Just musings of a mind tired of seeing the same old violence on TV.

I would love to hear from someone else who has thought on how Gandhi's thinking can be applied to contemporary situations.

4:53 PM  
Blogger RAHA said...

Dear Azam,
the first time I heard your voice I told every one there is a mysterious power inside your voice. A metaphysical power which has been granted by the omnipresent. A maternal voice making my hair stand on my skin, taking me to the unknown and unseen world. Later I understood that you are Iranian and in the school of Sufi. Congratulations to you, and to myself that have found your voice.

12:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


salam be azame aziz

u kasi hasti ke az 2006 ahangaye u ro gush mikonam va musice u range donyaye man ro avaz kard.
man dokhtari hastam az shomale iran .
omidvaram movafagh bashi.
rasti yeho be zehnam resid ke begam kami ham az afsanehaye ghadime irani bekhun. afsanehaee ghabl az hata shahnameh...


ta ruhe bashar dar change honar zendanist dar hich koja baraye mordan ja nist.

arezou shoja'ei rad
www.falsh.blogfa.com

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jews are the only people in the Middle East who just want to live at peace, but Muslims, Christians , Catholics are all doing everything in their power to conquer the world and proclaim their lying religions or religious interpretations that are full of hate and tyranny as the one and true way.

Why does this b*tch Azam Ali cry so damn much about injustices of Palestinians and doesn't talk about all the Arabs being murdered by their own kind, such as Syrians.. More Arabs have been killed in Syria in 6 months than Palestinians have been killed by Israel since its inception. Muslims will be muslims.. THey tend to love blaming the non Muslim for their own stupidity. Can somebody destroy Iran, Hamas and all the other crazy deranged Muslim theocracies already.

Hoooray for Egypt that they tossed the Islamists out and put in power a secular military government that will prevent the country turning into another psychotic Islamic theocracy bent on world conquest.. Maybe, they can finally re-ignite Egypt's tourist industry.

Israel is doing fine.. 1 million Muslims live in Israel, 0 Jews and less and less Christians (like 10% and decreasing) live in Muslim countries.. Muslims are barbarians and tyrants..

Gandhi was a moron, he wanted to give ancient Hindu/Sikh land to the terrorist nation called Pakistan.. Of course, a Persian Muslim like Azam Ali supports Gandhi.. Duh!

9:46 PM  

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