Opinion. But What Of Truth By Hal O’Leary

Opinion. But What Of Truth By Hal O’Leary

Opinion. But What Of Truth By Hal O’Leary. Once again, an interesting article in the weekly section of Just Hal on Yareah. Enjoy your weekend, friends!


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When you’ve heard all the arguments, questionable evidence, hypocritical moral outrage, nonexistent threats to our way of life and dire predictions of doom and gloom in our insane run-up to war in Syria, you would, more than likely, be best advised to heed the old Yogi Berra adage, “It’s deja vu all over again.”  There is nothing said of Syria that wasn’t said of Iraq, and there was nothing said of Iraq that could or should have been relied on. The brazen hubris of the Obama administration with the expectation that the American public will buy the lies once again suggests the lengths to which it believes it can go in its deceit. The even more sorry truth is that their expectation may be correct.

One of the most frequently heard arguments is that ours will be a limited engagement for a matter of days or weeks, but are we not, after more than a decade, still in both Afghanistan and Iraq?  Another favorite argument is that our failure to act will send the message that the perpetrators of this evil can in the future commit even more heinous crimes with impunity. But should the hard pressed American  taxpayer be saddled with the expense of policing the whole world, and what of the other atrocities being committed around the world? What makes Syria so exceptional? To respond to that question we are told that the situation in Syria represents a direct threat to the interests of the United States. What we are not told is that the “interests of the United States” is a euphemism for the Military/Industrial Complex we were warned about sixty years ago by a man who should know, President Dwight David Eisenhower. Then, there is the threat that these weapons could fall into the hands of “terrorists.” Is this not as futile as gun laws in the United States to keep guns out of the hands of criminals? But what of the threat to our moral reputation in the world should we fail to act? This argument will be addressed later.

The evidence offered is strikingly similar to the evidence offered for Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. It can be summed up with the stockpiling and use of WMD, the oppression and killing of their own people– innocent men, women and children–and a threat to their neighboring countries, which in turn threatens the stability of the entire region if not the world.

Of course, such so-called evidence is little more than a disguised attempt to lay claim to a “moral high ground” that quite simply does not exist. Hypocrisy is raised to a new level by a nation that can speak of its morality while continuing to murder innocent men, women and children under the euphemism of “collateral damage.” Speaking of the killing of children, which this administration does in an attempt to sway public opinion, there is little or no mention made of the five hundred thousand Iraqi children killed by UN sanctions at the direction of a government claiming moral superiority. There is little or no mention made of the repeated drone strikes claiming the lives of “alleged” or “suspected” terrorists, not to mention even those of U.S. citizens. To paraphrase Senator Joseph Welch at the McCarthy hearings, “Have they no sense of decency”?

The idea of threats to our way of life by any nation other than perhaps China or Russia is simply absurd: with more than seven hundred military posts scattered throughout the world, the United States has global military supremacy. Any attack, or even the perceived threat of an attack brings immediate retaliation. In fact, the United States’ CIA has been known to manufacture threats.  Operation Northwoods consisted of a series of false-flag proposals originated by the CIA to commit perceived acts of terrorism that included the shooting down of an American plane to justify an invasion of Cuba. These proposals were approved by the Joint Chiefs of Staff but were subsequently rejected by President John F Kennedy. It is my contention that 9/11 was such an event. It is certain that WMD, which did not exist, took us into Iraq. False-flag operations have become accepted strategies for any and all aggressors.

Think about this for a moment: There is no greater motivating factor in the behavior of human beings than that of fear. FDR’s admonition that “We have nothing to fear but fear itself” is truer today than when he uttered it. The fear he spoke of was a fear of defeat. The fear we face today is a manufactured fear of external threats that do not exist. This fear is designed to force us into accepting violations of our constitution which deprive us of the very rights we are being told we must defend by entering into illegitimate wars. The realization that our way of life is being threatened, not by external enemies but by those in control of our own government, should awaken us to the real danger of losing the promise of our Founding Fathers.

We must acknowledge that truth is something we can no longer expect, and with its loss, comes the loss of trust. The only answer is to demand greater transparency and accountability from our leaders. Not to do so only emboldens them to move to greater excesses. The loss of truth should be out greatest fear.


For now, the loss of truth’s the only known.

The truth’s become old fashioned. Could this be?

With lies, we have decided to condone.

Just what the end will be, I cannot see.


The truth is now old-fashioned. Could this be?

Like chastity and people you can trust?

Just what the end will be, I cannot see,

For those believing life was somehow just.


Like chastity and people you can trust,

A thing called love could also disappear

For those believing life was somehow just.

We’ve got to make an effort, or I fear


A thing called love could also disappear,

To set each individual apart.

We’ve got to make an effort, or I fear

There is the chance that we could lose the heart.


To set each individual apart,

With lies we have decided to condone,

There is the chance that we could lose the heart.

For now, the loss of truth’s the only known . . .

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Hal O’Leary is an eighty-seven-year-old Secular Humanist who believes that it is only through the arts that one is afforded an occasional glimpse into the otherwise incomprehensible. He has been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from West Liberty University.

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