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Reaping what we sow

August 12, 2010,
Claire Montanaro

Whenever we speak a word or take an action even think a thought, if the intent behind it is not pure, then a learning will follow which will be appropriate and may even be painful. I am talking of Karma.

Karma, the Universal Law of Cause and Effect, is clearly having its impact in the Middle East, but also in all those places in the world where western forces have chosen to intervene in order to protect their own interests. For decades there has been manipulation, bribery,deception and aggression targeted at middle eastern countries in particular, in reality for reasons of power and control, political advantage and economic gain but ostensibly to help the oppressed peoples there. The intent was not benevolent and is not still, so far.

The most obvious examples are in Iraq and Afghanistan, where US and European involvement has resulted in the destabilisation of the whole region, the massive expansion of terrorism and great suffering to the civilians living there. Pandora's Box has been opened. The US and their allies find themselves now in a dilemma which has no easy resolution: Iraq now is in a far worse condition than when it was invaded, with a broken infrastructure, no political leadership, no adequate national police or military services and a rising level of violence which is out of hand. If the western troops leave, as they are pledged to do, there may be anarchy at least and more likely civil war. If they stay, it will be costly and ultimately fruitless, like trying to hold the tide back with a sieve.

In Afghanistan too, the options are to stay at great military expense in a hostile environment in which they can never succeed or to withdraw and leave a country that is weakened, fragile and dangerous. Meanwhile, the impact of this western interference on Pakistan and Iran is creating further and serious problems for the west. Dilemmas indeed.

Yes, the workings of the Law of Karma are visible if we look at world events from a higher perspective and with discernment. There is no call for judgment here; the world politically, economically and militarily is as it is now, and if decision-makers can look at recent history and learn wise lessons from it much progress can be made. Anything is possible, and with good will and right intent the most intractable dilemmas become solutions through which everybody benefits, at every level of their being.

Claire Montanaro is a spiritual teacher, channel and blogger with special interest in esoteric philosophy and the world in transition. Loves nature and wildlife. Author of "Spiritual Wisdom”.

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