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kisakuvaI got an email from Mr. Methane who I interviewed the last year. He informed me about “the very first world fart championships” that are going to be held at Utajärvi, Finland, on 13th of July this year.

Mr. Methane is not going to be competing but he will be giving his own show there. You can find Mr. Methane’s and Esko “Peräsmies” Väyrynen’s videomessage about the event from here.

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The very first World Fart Championships.

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Edellinen postini “Brzezinskin suuri shakkilauta ja PNAC” käsitteli Brzezinskin geopoliittisia strategioita (kirjansa The Grand Chessboard pohjalta) ja Project for new American century-ajatushautumoa. Brzezinskin geopoliittiset ajatukset olivat Bushin hallinnon uuskonservatiivien kovasti arvostamia, ja vedinkin edellisessä postissani hieman yhtäläisyyksiä niiden välille. Brzezinski ei tiettävästi ole ollut viimeisimpien Afganistanin ja Irakin sotilasoperaatioiden suhteen tekemässä “suurella shakkilaudalla” merkittäviä siirtoja, mutta hänellä oli varsin suuri vastuu siirroista “suurella shakkilaudalla” 70-luvulla Afganistanissa, jossa hän oli tärkeässä roolissa salaisessa operaatiossa nimeltä “Sykloni“. Tuo operaatio koulutti ja varusti mujahadeenia taistelussa Neuvostoliittoa vastaan, ja samalla se loi pohjan al-Qaidalle. Seuraava Pariisissa vuonna 1998 tehty Brzezinskin haastattelu kertoo paljon hänen strategisesta ajattelustaan.

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CIA:n puuttuminen Afganistanin tilanteeseen

Zbigniew Brzezinskin, presidentti Jimmy Carterin kansallisen neuvonantajan, haastattelu

Le Nouvel Observateur, Pariisi, tammikuun 15.-21. 1998.

Kysymys: Entinen CIA:n johtaja, Robert Gates, sanoi muistelmissaan From the Shadows, että Amerikan tiedustelupalvelu aloitti mujahadeenin auttamisen Afganistanissa kuusi kuukautta ennen kuin Neuvostoliitto tuli Afganistaniin. Tuona ajanjaksona olit presidentti Carterin kansallisen turvallisuuden neuvonantajana. Tämän vuoksi sinulla oli rooli tässä kaikessa, pitääkö tämä paikkansa?

Brzezinski: Kyllä. Virallisen historiankirjoituksen mukaan CIA alkoi avustaa mujahadeenia vuonna 1980, eli vasta sen jälkeen kun Neuvostoliiton armeija oli tunkeutunut Afganistaniin joulukuun 24. 1979. Tähän asti salassa varjeltu todellisuus on kuitenkin täysin toisenlainen. Presidentti Carter allekirjoitti heinäkuun 3. 1979 ensimmäisen toimintaohjeen, jolla salaisesti tuettiin neuvostohallinnon vastustajia Kabulissa. Tuona samana päivänä kirjoitin presidentille muistiinpanon, jossa selitin hänelle, että mielestäni tämä tuki tulee aiheuttamaan Neuvostoliiton aseellisen mukaantulon tilanteeseen.

Kysymys: Riskistä huolimatta kuitenkin kannatit tätä salaista toimintaa. Kenties kuitenkin toivoit tätä Neuvostoliiton mukaantuloa sotaan ja yritit provosoida asiaa siihen suuntaan?

Brzezinski: Se ei aivan pidä paikkaansa. Emme yllyttäneet neuvostoliittolaisia sekaantumaan tilanteeseen, mutta tietoisesti lisäsimme asian mahdollisuutta.

Kysymys: Kun neuvostoliittolaiset oikeuttivat tilanteeseen sekaantumistaan sanomalla, että he taistelivat Yhdysvaltain salaista toimintaa vastaan Afganistanissa, heitä ei uskottu. Asiassa oli kuitenkin perää. Kadutko nykyään mitään?

Brzezinski: Kadunko mitä? Se salainen operaatio oli erinomainen idea. Se sai neuvostoliittolaiset Afganistanin ansaan, pitäisikö minun sitä katua? Sinä päivänä kun neuvostoliittolaiset virallisesti ylittivät rajan, kirjoitin presidentti Carterille, että meillä on nyt mahdollisuus antaa Neuvostoliitolle sen oma Vietnamin sota. Ja niin kävi, että Moskova joutui jatkamaan sotaa, jota sen hallinto ei tukenut, melkein 10 vuotta. Tuo konflikti murensi heidät ja lopulta sai Neuvostoliiton hajoamaan.

Kysymys: Et myöskään kadu sitä, että olet tukenut islamilaista fundamentalismia, aseistanut ja kouluttanut tulevia terroristeja?

Brzezinski: Mikä on maailmanhistorialle tärkeintä? Talebaanit vai Neuvosto-imperiumin romahdus? Muutamat kiihtyneet muslimit vai Keski-Euroopan vapautuminen ja kylmän sodan loppuminen?

Kysymys: Muutamat kiihtyneet muslimit? Nykyäänhän sitä on toistettu, että islamilainen fundamentalismi edustaa maailmanlaajuista uhkaa.

Brzezinski: Hölynpölyä! Sanotaan, että länsimailla on globaali linja suhteessa islamiin. Se on hölmöä. Ei ole mitään globaalia islamia. Katsoppa islamia järkevästi, ilman tunteellista painotusta. Islam on maailman suurin uskonto 1.5 miljardin kannattajineen. Mutta mitä yhteistä on saudi-arabialaisella fundamentalismilla, maltillisella marokkolaisella, pakistanilaisella militarismilla, egyptiläisellä länsimielisellä tai keski-aasialaisella sekularismilla? Ei mitään sen ihmeempää kuin mikä yhdistää kristittyjä maita.

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Brzezinskiä ovat asian tiimoilta tentanneet muutkin, mm. amerikkalaiset We Are Change-aktivistit. Tässä asian tiimoilta pari videota: Luke Rudkowski kyselee Brzezinskiltä al-Qaidan rahoittamisesta, kouluttamisesta, ja syyskuun 11. iskuista (joka löytyy laajemmalla kontekstilla hyvin mm. dokumentista The 9/11 chronicles, pt. 1, Truth Rising), Luke Rudkowski ja muut WAC-aktivistit kohtaavat Brzezinskin samojen aiheiden tiimoilta toistamiseen. Jossain vaiheessa Brzezinskiä alkoi kaikki tällainen ottaa vietävästi pattiin ja hän onkin puhunut olevansa “syvästi huolestunut” “massiivisesta globaalista poliittisesta heräämisestä.

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Aleister Crowley and Fernando Pessoa playing chess in Lisbon.

Aleister Crowley and Fernando Pessoa playing chess in Lisbon.

I’ve never been much into playing games. Computer games, board games, card games, or ”silly games” with humans. Games generally seem to me like escapism and a waste of time, a genuinely and amazingly stupid way to spend time. I would most likely get frustrated with most games in the same way I would get frustrated if I would have no choise but to sit on my ass some four hours a day in front of a television watching something like Sex and the City or American Idol. I would rather pick up a good book, draw something, write something, create something with my own hands or make love. Most of games like most of television content can get me rather frustrated. They can make me feel that I am losing minutes of my life, that I could use that time doing something much more enjoyable, creative and meaningful using my brains and the rest of my body. Most of games and television content represent me something like soma of Aldous Huxley’s The Brave New World – a mind paralyzing drug that allows one to flow smoothly and vegetably blissfully in the flow of time without any meaningful active role in it, all the way towards ones grave. And then the big game – ones life – is over.

Well, that is just what the word ”games” often brings to my mind. I am not saying that people who watch television programs or play games that I don’t care about are stupid or that they are doing stupid things, or too much some stupid things. Different kinds of games might have a meaningful place in the totality of their lives. Certain amount of light fun has its place in ones life, the big game, for sure. And who am I to judge how others spend their  time? I think that most people think that what I am doing with my life is unthinkably odd and maybe also stupid. And certainly I could play the big game better, as anyone else, for that matter.

If life is looked as the big game, I think it is at its best about learning what that game is all about, learning its pieces and those pieces functions, the games goal or meaningful direction, and learning to become happy with it and enjoying the game. When it comes to the big game one might have got a more or less good cards into ones hands. Certain elements of that game can’t be changed, they are given to us. What is interesting is how one plays with the cards one has and how one signifies the whole big game. It can be played in many ways.

Playing games is certainly an interesting thing peculiar to our species. Like humor, it is a child of our consciousness, a way to be able to think what we are thinking about, to step out of the immediate stimulus-response cycle and to see things in a broader context and well, to play with it all. If you are interested in reading about life as the big game, I recommend you to get your hands into Robert S. de Ropp’s awesome tome The Master Game. I’ve gained quite a bit from that book.

When it comes to ”smaller games” there are some of them that I have enjoyed for a shorter or longer period of time. Tetris is fairly brainless stimulus-response fun that I used to play a bit too much at some point of my life. I can still enjoy it in small doses. It appeals to my hippocampus. Worms2 must be my all time favorite computer game. It has a wicked black humor in it and has some strategic dimension too. I haven’t played it in ages but I know I would get kicks out of it also today. I bet there is no other game around that has such a fantastic arsenal of weapons, like an exploding salvation army tambourine player, exploding old mumbling granny, super banana bomb, holy hand grenade and a crowd of exploring mad cows, among other such lethal things.

Of all the smaller games chess is my clear all time favorite. I got into it when I was a teenager in the 80’s. I had just got introduced to life and writings of Aleister Crowley and found out that among other things ”the wickedest man in the world” was also one hell of a chess player. I dug up a chess that I had got as a present some years before and got myself to playing that I still active do. As a matter of fact I am playing chess almost on a daily basis over the internet nowadays and I play the game more than ever before. While writing this entry I have made several moves on the board.

Why I like chess? Because I see it as life in a small size. It has a serious side in it and I find it also just plain fun. The board is like a physical frame of ones life. The pieces of the game are like various elements of one’s life. They have different functions and value in the game. One day I might write a book called Life as Chess pondering how different pieces of the game represent different physical, social and ”soul”-parts of ones whole being. Just like in life ones moves in the game pave the way to what is to become reality. Step by step the game proceeds. Just like in life the moves are choises towards the future. Chess is not just a game to me but also a kind of mirror to my own thinking of various things. I’ve learned some things of myself by playing it in addition to just enjoying the playing. I’ve learned to look  at the big game of life with a bit better strategic eye by playing chess. Undoubtedly people learn that kind of things from other smaller games too. There was a time a friend of mine was intensively playing Starcraft, a game that just wasn’t for me, and apparently he was learning all kinds of things out of it in relation to the big game in addition to just having fun. Another friend of mine has done the same by playing poker.

I started this entry by saying that I’ve never been much into playing games. That was a lie, as is evident to you by now. Everybody is playing games in one way or another – just for the fun of it or for gaining something by doing it. Or both. Somebody might protest that labeling life as a game is profoundly erroneous, that it signifies it all wrong. I’m not getting into that now. But oh well, this entry is getting too long. I’m going to make a move in a chess now.

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