Posted by: Dr Churchill | September 11, 2019

Why not a Peace Advisor to the President?

The President Donald Trump has now just fired national security advisor John Bolton for insubordination, and although the shrill voices say otherwise — in my humble opinion, this is a good thing.

Indeed the President aimed to sit down with the leadership of the Afghan Taliban, this weekend at Camp David, in order to carve out a long-needed peace plan and a future roadmap for Afghanistan…

And yet, all too tragically things fell apart, as the Taliban ruined the peace making process by killing eleven people in a roadside bombing, including an American soldier, so that prospect of a peace initiative on the week of 911, is also victim to that bomb from the errant insurgents.

Yet the central point remains because the principle is that whenever you see a path towards peace, you’ve got to take it.

All the political handwringing aside: the president should be applauded for trying to find a peaceful resolution to a conflict that’s drawn on forever. And maybe he should start a separate office for a Peace Advisor in the Cabinet to counterbalance the hawks and the military hammers that see everything as a nail to be hammered in place…

Of course the odds of success in achieving a pathway to Peace with the loony Talib, were a million to one against him, but then these are at least good odds….

Keep in mind that the odds were a billion to one against Mandela, against Gandhi & against MLK, but that didn’t stop them from seeking peace & changing the world successfully all in their own good time of trials and tribulations…

Let us remember President Eisenhower – a former general – and a Peace loving President, who warned us against the dangers of letting a military-industrial complex become the de-facto ruler of our nation.

And as anyone who knows him — Mr Bolton is the poster child of our preposterous $17 trillion war apparatus, since he sees bad guys everywhere, and given Bolton’s nefarious inclination of shooting first and asking questions later, we might have already been in deep doo-doo with him.

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Hell, to justify himself — Bolton might wish to invade Granada all over again with guns blazing, and then once we are done there with saving the medical school cheats and killing the tourist business, along with some tourists — we might also go next door and invade Trinidad & Tobago over the soccer referees’ erring on their calls for penalties and fouls…

That’s Bolton for you…

Yours,
Dr Churchill

PS:

In my mind — you always play for peace.

Keep the stick handy.

And after all the incessant beatings on all sides for decades – maybe it is time that we change our tune.

And maybe we can open up the position for a Peace Advisor next to the good ear of the President so that he can listen to the good Angels of his heart more often, than the terribly sour voices of those militating for war always like Bolton et al.

Because I’ll never forget the Arlington cemetery dusk burials or the dawn trumpet call… for the fallen.

In our times of trial and error — you must always take a shot at peace, even if it’s destined to fail.

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Posted by: Dr Churchill | September 11, 2019

Recalling 911 and the days of Peace…

Today, we remember the victims, the fallen, the survivors and all the heroes of September 11th, along with the dastardly evil doers, who 18 years ago caused the death of the 246 people who took their morning flights, 2,606 people who showed up for work, 343 firefighters who rushed to help people leave the burning buildings during their morning shift, 60 police officers who were on NYC-PD morning patrol, the 8 paramedics who were killed while saving lives, and a traumatized nation of 325 Million Americans is still grieving someone of their own amongst the far too many fallen at the collapse of the Twin Towers of the New York World Trade Center.

It was exactly 10:10 am on September 11th of 2001, the moment when a stunned nation woke up to the feeling that we are at war… proving that in one single moment life may never be the same, and yet we all came together to fight the tyranny of terror & evil, and we all embarked in a series of wars that linger on to this day…

So, as you go through your day today in your usual routine, please remember the fallen of 911, with a little bit of silence in between your tasks to do, and remember that they had loved ones also, and those people miss them terribly, as you also miss those that you loved and who have gone home to our loving father before us.

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And Thank God, for your life today and reflect on the greatness of our nation. Thank God and be grateful for having the ones you love. Thank God, and kiss your kids a little longer… Thank God and hug your loved ones, pet your pets, love your furry friend your precious dog, and please remember to never ever, take peace, love, serenity, or even your life for granted.
But always be grateful for all we’ve got, because evil lurks in the shadows and wants to rob you of your life and happiness… And because of that, we need to always be vigilant, be aware, and be ready to serve in the primordial battle of Good VS evil, if we are to win this.

And let us today vow, that we will never forget… and that we will never give in until in God’s good time we will emerge victorious.

Yours,
Dr Churchill

PS:

God Bless You All, & God Bless America

Let’s bring back Peace again…

#Neverforget911🇺🇸

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Posted by: Dr Churchill | September 5, 2019

A Man’s Dream is the Jewel of his Life…

This simple quote bellow, is from the writings of a great man, who was a close friend and associate of my grandfather Winston Churchill and helped realize Churchill’s dream of a free, unified and independent Arabia, as he endeavored to liberate and unite the disparate and often warring Bedouin tribes of Arabia — from the hated, barbaric, tyrannical & oppressive rule, of their Turkish overlords.

This simple yet rather complex dream, not only led to the independence of all the Peoples of the Middle East, but it has also led to the creation of Iraq, Jordan, Palestine, but most importantly to the creation of the Bedouin kingdom of Saudi Arabia and their coming into being an independent, self determined and assertive nation, with free will and their own form of government as the Bedouin people saw fit…

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But the quote written further bellow, is not about a dream of the author T E Lawrence, but rather about the “dream” of his friend and his leader, his boss and my grandparent Sir Winston Churchill.

Because this very quote describes one of the boldest dreams of my grandfather Sir Winston Churchill — a dream that was fully realized through the actions of his friend Thomas Lawrence, and it is to that dream that we owe today — the very existence of Saudi Arabia and it’s alliance with the Western world as it is today the cornerstone of our Middle Eastern alliance…

So here it goes:

“All men dream but not in the same way, those who dream at night wake up the next day and realize that everything was vanity, but those who dream of day are dangerous men because they can act in their dreams with open eyes and they can make dreams come to Life…”
–T. E. Lawrence

It is important to note that T. E. Lawrence (Thomas Edward Lawrence) CB, DSO, was a British secret service subordinate of Winston Churchill, and is the point man, who lead and executed many of Churchill’s daring dreams, and secret missions, especially those in the Arabian peninsula and in Palestine. T E Lawrence was always daring the impossible and he stirred men to follow him in all of his brave pursuits in war and peace. He was particularly adept in the Arabic language and customs and thus he opened the way for the Arab tribes to embrace him and follow him into war against their oppressive and tyrannical barbaric Turks of the Ottoman empire.

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Indeed, it was the singular strength of the relationship and the deep unalloyed cooperation between my grandfather Sir Winston Churchill and the young officer T E Lawrence, that shaped the whole of the Middle East as we know it today…

Notably, T E Lawrence is also the famed author of the pivotal book “Seven Pillars of Wisdom” that to this day is a primer on the Arabian Revolution against the tyranny of the Turks. Seven Pillars of Wisdom is the autobiographical account of the experiences of British soldier T. E. Lawrence, while serving as a liaison officer with rebel forces during the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Turks of 1916 to 1918.

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By that stage in time, T E Lawrence had embraced Islam, he favored the serenity of the desert, and he lived the Peace of that native born faith, as much as his own. He was a great warrior, a true leader of men, a well researched historian, an archaeologist of note, a terrible army officer, an unusual diplomat, a great friend of my grandfather, and an avid motorcycle rider like yours truly.

T E Lawrence earned lasting fame and immense recognition for his leadership role in uniting the Arab tribes and leading them into revolt and then leading the unruly Bedouin   tribal warriors into the impossible crossing of the desert, that led to the capture of of the important port city of Aqaba, during the Sinai and Palestine First World War military campaigns, and especially during his leading his tribal army into the fierce Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire’s vastly superior, well armed, trained and numerically superior armies of combatants with severe military training — during the First World War when the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia first came into view…

Of course today, T E Lawrence remains one of the most iconic figures of the early 20th century, because his life has been the subject of at least three major Hollywood films, several lesser movies for TV, and amongst them all there is at least one film that is today considered a masterpiece.

Along the way there have been written over 70 biographies, several theatrical plays and innumerable articles, monographs, and dissertations.

Part of the enduring fascination with T E Lawrence, maybe has to do with the sheer improbability of Lawrence’s tale, of an unassuming young Briton who found himself the champion of a downtrodden people, thrust into events that changed the course of history. Added to this is the poignancy of his journey, so masterfully rendered in David Lean’s 1962 film, Lawrence of Arabia, of a man trapped by divided loyalties, torn between serving the empire whose uniform he almost never wore in the field, and being true to his Bedouin brothers, fighting heroically, and dying alongside him. It is this struggle that raises the Lawrence saga to the level of Shakespearean theatrical tale, as it ultimately ended in an unlikely and unexpected scenario, for all concerned, such as Lawrence, the Arabs, and Britain, in the slow uncoiling of history, and for the Middle Eastern regions, as well as for the Western world at large who was helped to win the next World War — due to the large Oil reserves the previous world war had uncovered.

Still loosely cloaked about the figure of T.E. Lawrence there still lingers the ghost and the wistful specter of “what might have been” if only he had been listened to more attentively by the powers that followed his command in the 1930s and during the Second World War and beyond, even to this day and age of destruction and war.

Indeed, further proof of his lasting influence in diplomacy, war, and strategy, is that his wartime memoir, “Seven Pillars of Wisdom” has been translated into more than one hundred languages, and it remains in print nearly a full century after its first publication in 1922.

Indeed even the British Foreign Office requires T E Lawrence’s book Seven Pillars of Wisdom as required reading, for all the young diplomatic officers, included in the major study reading recommendations lists…

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In the views of the established English authority T E Lawrence was a rebel, more aligned with the interests of the Arabs than with the special interests of the English, and that is in my mind, and in my humble opinion, what contributed to his immense success, and to the blind following by the Bedouin Arabic tribes under his command, so much so that they were able to cross the impassable dessert on camels and attack the port of Aqaba and successfully capture it since the numerically superior Turks never expected an attack from the interior of this vast desert called the empty quarter of Sahara desert.

Yet, this impetuous young army officer who came to be known as Lawrence of Arabia, accomplished the impossible and much more since he “personally” with his Arabs, blew up 79 bridges along the Hejaz railway, thus effectively destroying this feat of train engineering for ever more. His rag tag army was actually becoming so adept at that explosive task, that they had perfected a technique of leaving a bridge seemingly safe, while “scientifically shattered” & fully ruined but still standing, so that the oncoming Turkish locomotive could not see that the bridge was in shambles, and often the Turkish trains full of soldiers, war-materiel, armor and armaments, would fall into that deadly trap with all of their precious cargo.

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Notably, the Hejaz railway was the main link of the Ottoman Turk army in Saudi Arabia, and it was basically a narrow-gauge railway that ran from Damascus to Medina, all through the Hejaz region of Saudi Arabia, with a branch line to Haifa on the Mediterranean Sea, and as such it’s importance was vital for the Ottoman’s occupation of the Arab lands. One of the great civil-engineering projects of the early 20th century, the Hejaz Railway was a belated attempt by the Ottoman sultan of Constantinople to propel his empire into modernity and knit together his far-flung realm, with German engineering and funds for the development of the oil rich regions, in order to fuel the modern wars of Europe and elsewhere across the world where oil burning fleets of naval vessels sailed, fought and conquered. And that is how my grandfather Winston Churchill “sold” his amazing dream of the liberation of the Arabian peninsula through the vastly expensive British campaigns in the region to a reluctant parliament and Prime Minister. That was all done from his post as the First Lord of the Admiralty, where he recognized that if the British fleet was to maintain it’s global Supremacy — it had to replace it’s coal burning steam boilers with the far more efficient oil burning ones.

And thus upon Winston Churchill’s dream of a fast fleet — Saudi Arabia was born…

And this idea taking fruition, was right in the midst of the fiercely bloody and deadly war in Europe and all over the world that we have come to know as the First World War.

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Because back in those days, the Germans with their allies, the Turks, led by the Sultan of Ottomans, had completed the rail line from the Turkish capital of Constantinople all the way to the titular heart of Arabia, into the holly places of Mecca and Medina. By 1914, this impressive feat of engineering was finished, and thus it was possible to travel from the Ottoman capital of Constantinople all the way to the Arabian city of Medina, 1,800 miles distant, without ever touching the ground. It was a miraculous feat of engineering and it would have been a great achievement for the Turks. Instead, the Hejaz Railway fell victim to Churchill’s ambitions to shorten the First World War with the help of his die-hard ally T E Lawrence, who for nearly two years, led the commandos of the British demolition teams, working with their Arab rebel allies, constantly attacking its bridges, culverts, and isolated train depots, quite rightly perceiving this railroad as the Achilles’ heel of the Ottoman empire, since it offered the only supply line linking its isolated garrisons to the Turkish heartland and the Capital of the Ottoman empire.

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And the world noticed, because although by then T E Lawrence “had gone completely native Arabian” and he was seen as being more of an Arab leader than an English officer by his own superiors — yet the British authorities recognized his talents, and forgave his impetuosity, because as General Edmund Allenby, chief British commander in the Middle East during World War I, noted.

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General Allenby went on to say that, T E Lawrence was the first and the best at his work, with complete disregard for his own life and his personal safety, and yet with total love and devotion to the Arabic people — as proven by the many life threatening wounds he received, leading always from the front during his Arabian war campaigns, where he always rode first into battle:

“There is no other man I know, who could have achieved what Lawrence did” is what General Allenby had to say on Lawrence’s defense when he was going to be brought up on charges leading to military tribunal, for his numerous insubordinations and rebellious behaviors…

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Lastly it was Winston Churchill who put it best, when he famously said, that Lawrence fought like a desert lion, a creature so fierce and deadly, that men even feared to whisper his name…

Yet  we ought to step back and look at the relationship between the two great men because few long friendships ever shaped history as much as the bond between Winston Churchill and T. E. Lawrence. In Great Contemporaries, Churchill reminded his readers that Lawrence “flew best and easiest in the hurricane.”

Of course the same might be said of Churchill and that is why he recognized that quality in Lawrence, since both were men of genius, littered with paradoxes, both had an unyielding sense of justice, and both were products of the prime era of the British Empire’s apogee…

Churchill admired Lawrence as a sort of English born Napoleon and undoubtedly saw traces of himself in Lawrence’s behavior and leadership skills, because both men were early enthusiasts of air power, and both enjoyed not only making history, but writing the historical account as well.

This helps explain the nature of what might appear to have been an unlikely friendship, especially after their first meetings in Paris during the 1919 Peace Conference.

The two were both attending a luncheon when Churchill was told a story about Lawrence refusing honours to be bestowed upon him by King George V. Churchill’s impression was that Lawrence, wishing to make a political statement, declined the honours during an official public ceremony. Churchill was outraged and quickly rebuked Lawrence, calling his actions “most wrong.”

Only later did Churchill learn that Lawrence had refused the “honors” in a private reception with the King in order to demonstrate that “the honor of Great Britain was at stake in the faithful treatment of the Arabs and that their betrayal to the Syrian demands of France would be an indelible blot on our history.”

Indeed, after the dust settled in the blistering yet cool exchanges between the two men — Lawrence’s cool demeanor and “good humor” regarding the incident, stood out in Winston Churchill’s mind as a great asset to have him on his side…

Because by 1919 it had become apparent that Britain’s antiquated and chaotic system of colonial governance (split between the Colonial Office, Foreign Office, and India Office) was not capable of creating a coherent Middle East policy. The most glaring example of deficiency resulted from three important promises made during the First World War, each of which proposed seemingly different arrangements for the post-war Middle East:  1) The Hussein-McMahon pledges made in 1915 and 1916 that supported Arab national aspirations, which Lawrence defended at the Paris Peace Conference. 2) The 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement proposed splitting the remains of the Ottoman Empire between France and Britain. 3) Further complicating the situation, the 1917 Balfour Declaration stated that Britain would work toward establishing a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine.

And indeed the reason Winston Churchill was appointed Colonial Secretary in early 1921, was to find a solution to this tangled and embarrassing fiasco, and settle the Empire’s promises in a unified way that manages to bring the best possible and diplomatically peaceful results for all concerned.

As usual, my grandfather Winston Churchill wholeheartedly flung himself into the task of creating a new Middle East Department. He enlisted a host of experts on Middle Eastern affairs, including John Shuckburgh as Department Head, and Major Hubert Young as his Assistant Secretary. Both men were sympathetic to the Arab cause. However, Churchill’s adviser on military affairs in the Middle East, Colonel Richard Meinertzhagen, was a fierce Zionist, who frequently butted heads with Lawrence.

Remembering Lawrence’s passion for Arab national aspirations and his willingness to sacrifice his own career to bring the matter before the King, Churchill immediately set on Lawrence to be his special adviser on Arabian Affairs, despite apprehension from colonial officials, who feared that Lawrence’s temperament was unsuitable for public office and asked Churchill, “wilt thou bridle the wild ass of the desert?”

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Bringing Lawrence into the department began an enduring friendship with Churchill, which had long-term effects on British policy in the Islamic world. Among the things they discussed in their first official meeting in January 1921 was Lawrence’s support of Prince Feisal, a son of King Hussein of Mecca, in his designs for Mesopotamia. As they were discussing possibilities for the region, Lawrence pointed out to Churchill that if the British supported Feisal, it would “tend towards cheapness and speed of settlement.” Churchill concurred.

With his new Middle East department set up, Churchill swiftly called for a conference in Cairo to determine how exactly Britain might administer the region in a cost-effective manner. The Cairo Conference opened on 12 March 1921 at the Semiramis Hotel. It was attended by “some 40 British experts from London and the Middle East,” including A. T. Wilson from Persia, the high commissioners Percy Cox for Mesopotamia, and Herbert Samuel for Palestine, T. E. Lawrence, Gertrude Bell — Cox’s oriental secretary and the only woman among the delegates — as well as several representatives of Somaliland and Aden. This conference decided to structure the region on what Churchill called the “Sherifian solution,” which vested power with the Hashemite family and its patriarch King Hussein. This ensured that King Hussein would be King of the Hejaz and would be based in Mecca. It placed his son Feisal on the throne of Iraq and his son Abdullah on the throne of Jordan.

Beyond Lawrence’s ability to find solutions, Churchill’s relationship with him was characterized by “deep mutual admiration and respect.” “Lawrence’s influence on Churchill was considerable,” resulting in “Churchill’s adherence to Lawrence’s recommendations even on issues [with] which the rest of the Middle East Department dissented.” Meinertzhagen recorded in his diary that he was “struck by the attitude of Winston towards Lawrence, which almost amounted to hero worship.” Churchill’s admiration of Lawrence became a thorn in the side of Meinertzhagen, because Lawrence typically steered Churchill towards Arab sympathies. As a result, Lawrence and Meinertzhagen became rivals for Churchill’s attention and mouthpieces for the opposing Arab and Zionist causes in the Middle East.

Usually, and mainly because of my grandfather Winston Churchill’s patronage — Lawrence’s diplomatic proposals often won out.

Still, Churchill’s admiration for Lawrence might be explained by his similarities to Churchill’s old friend and well known Arab sympathizer Wilfrid S. Blunt, and indeed in some ways, Lawrence was a “caricature” of Blunt, so much so that Churchill even arranged a meeting of his two greatest influences in Islamic and oriental matters in early 1922.

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However, whatever the cause of Churchill’s admiration for Lawrence, he sometimes trusted Lawrence’s positions on the Middle East to a fault. For instance, Lawrence pushed heavily for Feisal to become the sovereign in Iraq, despite Feisal’s Sunni faith clashing with the predominantly Shia population he aspired to rule. While Percy Cox and Gertrude Bell also supported Feisal, it was Lawrence’s reports, such as when he reported that Feisal “behaved like a real gentleman and with a fine sense of honor and loyalty” and was “the best possible one for us in the present circumstance” that led Churchill to believe “Lawrence’s thesis that Britain owed a great deal to Feisal and his followers.” Moreover, it was Lawrence who pushed British favor away from Feisal’s brother Abdullah, whom Lawrence depicted as “lazy and by no means dominating.”

Perhaps more insidiously, Churchill absorbed negative notions about Palestinian Arabs from Lawrence, who went so far as to characterize them as “stupid, materialistic, and bankrupt.” This most likely came from the belief that Palestinian Arabs were loyal to the Ottoman Empire in the First World War, while the Bedouin Arabs allied with Britain. The reality, however, was that most Arabs overwhelmingly supported the Ottoman Empire, with the exception of those associated with Feisal’s Hashemites. Despite this, anti-Palestinian feeling was commonplace among Lawrence’s allies such as Feisal, who was “contemptuous of the Palestinian Arabs” and did not “even regard them as Arabs.”

At the Cairo Conference, Lawrence also worked to create an independent Kurdistan, because he felt the Kurds should not be under Arab rule. In doing so he broke ranks with Percy Cox and Gertrude Bell, who thought the proposed area “formed an integral part of Iraq” and should be kept in a united Iraq. As a result, Bell, who felt Lawrence was becoming unruly, called Lawrence a “little imp,” at which “his ears and face turned red and he retreated in silence.” Churchill agreed with Lawrence because he was fearful that the future ruler might “outwardly accept constitutional procedures [but] at the same time despise democratic and constitutional methods.” In this situation it would prove all too easy for the new king to “ignore Kurdish sentiments and oppress the Kurdish minority.”

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Plans for independent Kurdistan came to nought, however, due to the region not being completely under British control. The new Turkish government led by Mustapha Kemal contested the region in the mountains between the two Zab Rivers west of Arbil, making a Kurdish nation all but impossible. Churchill later came to regard Kemal Atatürk as a “Warrior Prince” and spoke of his quality as a military tactician. These and other praises prompted Lawrence to write that he “was glad to see Churchill say a decent word about Mustapha Kemal.”

While in Cairo, Churchill and Lawrence had time to venture out, along with Clementine Churchill, Percy Cox, and Gertrude Bell, to see the pyramids and ride around the Sphinx. Famously, Churchill fell off his camel. According to Gertrude Bell, he looked like “a mass of sliding gelatin.” Clementine laughed, “How the mighty had fallen.” Churchill barked back that he had “started on a camel and…would finish on a camel.” Far from being embarrassed, Churchill kept a copy of the story clipped from the local paper, Palestine Weekly, which noted the incident and concluded by saying that he and “Colonel T. E.  Lawrence rode their camels back to Mena House in Cairo.”

Much to Churchill’s appreciation, it was reported that he did indeed “finish” the journey, on a fast racing camel.

After the Cairo conference — Churchill and Lawrence went to Jerusalem to finish the solving of the Middle East puzzle by finding a place for Abdullah. And then it appeared that their solution was to partition Palestine. The lands west of the Jordan River would remain under British control through a League of Nations Mandate. And the lands laid East of the Jordan, would be renamed Transjordan, and later simply Jordan, and would become Abdullah’s kingdom.

Lawrence was cautious about Abdullah as ruler there, fearing the French might dangle the throne of Damascus toward Abdullah to bring Transjordan into the French orbit. However, Churchill remained steadfast. He believed that “a Sherifian candidate was essential, because to support Feisal in Mesopotamia, but to refuse to support his brother in Trans-Jordan, would be courting trouble.” Churchill wanted to “adopt a [Jordanian] policy…which would harmonize with our Mesopotamian policy.” Lawrence quickly reversed his position, in part because he supported an overall Sherifian solution to the Middle East, as Churchill suggested, but mostly because he believed that “neither Britain nor Amir Abdullah were strong enough at present to hold Transjordan without the assistance from the other.”

After restructuring the Middle East, Lawrence and Churchill saw less of one another. However, they still shared their thoughts and literary accomplishments. Churchill shared his memoirs of the First World War, The World Crisis, with Lawrence, who thought it was a masterpiece and praised Churchill as a writer and a historian. While Churchill admired and respected Lawrence, he was in awe of his writing. Lawrence’s account of the Arab revolt, Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Churchill believed, “ranks with the greatest books ever written in the English language,” not least because it said that “Mr. Winston Churchill…was entrusted… with the settlement of the Middle East; and in a few weeks, at his conference in Cairo, he made straight all the tangle, finding solutions fulfilling…our promises in letter and spirit.”26

Yours,

Dr Churchill

PS:

After restructuring the Middle East, Lawrence and Churchill saw less of one another. However, they still shared their thoughts and literary accomplishments. Churchill shared his memoirs of the First World War, The World Crisis, with Lawrence, who thought it was a masterpiece and praised Churchill as a writer and a historian.

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While Churchill admired and respected Lawrence, he was in awe of his writing. Lawrence’s account of the Arab revolt, Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Churchill believed, “ranks with the greatest books ever written in the English language,” not least because it said that “Mr. Winston Churchill…was entrusted… with the settlement of the Middle East; and in a few weeks, at his conference in Cairo, he made straight all the tangle, finding solutions fulfilling our promises in letter and spirit.”

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Winston Churchill and T E Lawrence riding camels in front of the pyramids of Egypt…

We all love riding camels.

Perhaps a bit too much…

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Here above is my grandfather Winston Churchill with the great adventuress Gertrude Bell, and Lawrence of Arabia, in a stylized and enlarged version of the photo taken in 1921 in front of the Sphinx of the land of the Pharaohs in Gaza Egypt.

Churchill confided in his old age to Anthony Montague Browne that Seven Pillars of Wisdom was “a remarkable work,” and that Lawrence was a “stylist” and thus Seven Pillars could not always be read, as factual history, but that this did not matter at all because the legend of Lawrence of Arabia was much more important for History, and thus held much more interest than the typically austere and simple historical accuracy.

It is no wonder that Churchill encouraged Lawrence to visit him at Chartwell.

Lawrence did visit Chartwell in the Kentish countryside, and he even helped Winston Churchill lay bricks, while building his massive wall in the garden, for Churchill’s cottage and painting atelier.

In Lawrence’s typical fashion — he never announced his arrival, and he simply had the ability to “steal the conversation” away, even from the great man himself, my grandfather Churchill who is remembered by everyone, present that even my  grandfather, would be quiet and “listen in pin-drop silence to what Lawrence had to say.”

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When Lawrence died in a motor-cycle crash in 1935, Churchill was deeply saddened and after participating in the funeral and walking behind his friend of one last time — he gave not an eulogy — but a panegyric speech.

Churchill at a later time, he also gave the Eulogy and the Panegyric speech, at the unveiling of the Lawrence Memorial at his own Oxford High School.

Churchill received several letters, odes, and poems remembering Lawrence, from all corners of the Empire and from far flung outposts, but most of them came from the Arabian peninsula and especially from Saudi Arabia…

Indeed, Churchill loved Lawrence so much that he also participated in fundraising for monies to build the memorial for Lawrence, and much later on, he often recalled his joyful time together with T E Lawrence in the Middle East and in other places.

In 1946, when he was questioned about the Middle East in the House of Commons, Churchill remarked that when Lawrence gave him The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, he had written in it, that Churchill “had made a happy end to the show.”

Posted by: Dr Churchill | August 20, 2019

Be Grateful

Be grateful for your life because you are an infinitesimal oddity based on the chances of you being alive today, being in the order of one in 435 or 437 billion against it…

Be grateful and express yourself in clear terms about it so that action of gratitude might lead you to believe in a higher power that has preordained that your being here is of paramount importance for all creation.

Be sure to express gratitude in ways commensurate with the boundless blessings which you already know that you have received and enjoy today and forever, or you have enjoyed at some point as a fully functioning human being.

Do that even if you are not fully functional and perhaps especially then it is important to express this feeling of gratitude.

Or not.

Either way, you would be right…

Yet if you choose to believe in a good God and a Great Spirit — You will find yourself in good company, with almost all People of this Earth who believe in a higher deity.

No matter what your system of belief — you are there.

And as it seems that all spiritual belief systems ultimately take you to one of two destinations, either Life and connection to the Spiritual Energy that is the ultimate Source, of Life the Godhead.

Or to death and eventual isolation from God, the fountainhead and source of Life.

Therefore, if we are to wish for life, our job is to be Grateful and make an effort to nurture the unborn, the babes, and the young, as precious human beings that weathered the same awful odds to be alive today.

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Yours,

Dr Churchill

PS:

As for those that wish to deny the unborn, the conceived human, and the born baby that is unwanted — the Right to Life — then their own wish for death and denial of the source of God, is what leads them to embrace murder.

As for those that seek to exploit the unborn as a “resource” for any reason of their evil doings, including their unwillingness to allow them to be born fully and to live Life as they themselves have lived — is a crime beyond their comprehension and it needs to be addressed.

Their aspect of life is unbelief and their deed is death, and that is why they are called the walking dead…

Dr Churchill’s non profit foundation People’s Health International is the only goodwill organization that is exclusively combating the persistent threat of Tuberculosis that is still to this day the number one killer, amongst all infectious diseases in our world. And yet up to now, we have had no cure for the antibiotic resistant form of TB, or for any of the other extreme antibiotic resistant strains of Tuberculosis that ravage humanity. Sadly, we do not even have any successful vaccination against these most virulent strains of TB, nor do we have any potent medicines that we can use to save lives until the open-source effort that we fostered and participated into, and that eventually led to the advent of “Pretomanid” the first new anti-Tuberculosis medicine that was just approved by the FDA, on August 15th of 2019.

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This is a major milestone, because Tuberculosis is the leading infectious disease cause of death worldwide. In 2017, 10 million people fell ill from active TB and 1.6 million died. The vector of the disease is such, that in 2018, and in 2019, the numbers are even worse. Tuberculosis is an airborne disease that can be spread by coughing or sneezing. Drug-resistant forms of TB currently account for close to one in three deaths due to antimicrobial resistance annually. The FDA approval of Pretomanid is a “victory for the people suffering from these highly drug-resistant forms of the world’s deadliest infectious disease.” The great hope is that the new treatment regimen, will provide a shorter and more manageable treatment for those patients in need.

Until very recently, people infected with highly drug-resistant TB had rather poor treatment options and a very poor prognosis, whereas this new regimen provides hope with nine out of 10 patients achieving culture negative status at six months post-treatment with this short, all-oral regimen.

Pretomanid is a new chemical entity and a member of a class of compounds known as nitroimidazooxazines. TB Alliance acquired the developmental rights to the compound in 2002. It was granted Priority Review, Qualified Infectious Disease Product, and Orphan Drug status. The LPAD pathway that was used for the approval of Pretomanid was established by FDA as a tool to encourage further development of antibacterial and antifungal drugs to treat serious, life-threatening infections that affect a limited population of patients with unmet needs.

Pretomanid is expected to be available in the United States by the end of this year. In addition to the United States Food & Drug Administration, the TB Alliance has submitted Pretomanid as part of the BPaL regimen for review by the European Medicines Agency (EU-FDA) and has provided data to the World Health Organization for consideration of inclusion in treatment guidelines for highly drug-resistant TB. Today the nonprofit group TB Alliance offers the only FDA approved treatment, because the FDA greenlit “Pretomanid” under the “Limited Population Pathway” for Antibacterial and Antifungal Drugs. “Pretomanid” was approved as part of a three-drug treatment regimen for people with extensively drug-resistant TB, multi-drug resistant TB or for patients who are treatment-intolerant or non-responsive. The three-drug regimen consists of bedaquiline, pretomanid and linezolid and is referred to as the BPaL regimen.

The combination treatment was studied in the Nix-TB trial across three sites in South Africa. Data from the Nix-TB trial showed that within six months of treatment, the combination therapy hit the mark in 90% of patients within six months, according to the nonprofit. With FDA’s recent approval, Pretomanid became only the third new anti-TB drug in more than 40 years, as well as the first drug to be developed and registered by a not-for-profit organization, thus open-sourcing the drug, in order to make it available to all the people and to all the Peoples, across the Globe equitably.

Yours,

Dr Churchill

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Dr Churchill is currently the head of ALS-VC who also works in open-sourcing other major medicines, such as INSULIN and the methods of production of “Insulin” across the world, so that all the people who are diabetics or hypoglycemics, can have access to this life saving drug — BioInsulin — that is currently far too expensive for most of the Billion people suffering from this debilitating disease to be able to afford.

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Dr Churchill’s knowledge of enabling the democratization and popularization through open sourcing, of various technologies such as Wi-Fi, of medicines such as “Pretomanid” and of other life saving orphan drugs as well as popular medicines — has led him to be comfortable with the business model of “open source” and the ways of creating social value, wealth and great businesses, upon it.

As a matter of fact, all these examples of revolutionary & disruptive innovation & success are based upon the distributed business & entrepreneurial model of open source, that helps bring together an alignment of value creation for People, Planet & Profit, shared equitably amongst all the geographies of our vast ecosystem.

Today, in addition to the regular generic insulin, our Open Source production facilities can produce a better and faster acting form of insulin called BioInsulin, that is a clear winner in the battle of medicinal brands and a great help to those that battle the constant threat of diabetic ketoacidosis.

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For inquiries about cooperation, support and participation, in our work — please go to http://www.ALSVC.com

PPS:

Thanks to al of the great Leaders who assembled and participated in Dr Churchill’s “CEOs on Fire” Oxford UK Conference of August 14th & 15th 2019 — more money was raised for the charitable & philanthropic organizations we support, than at any other of Dr Churchill’s annual conferences in the UK…

Kudos – kudos – kudos… Well Done.

Posted by: Dr Churchill | August 16, 2019

Je veux aimer…

Je veux aimer … la belle du jour.

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Posted by: Dr Churchill | August 15, 2019

The Dormition…

The Dormition of Mary, mother of Jesus is a holiday that traditionally signals solemn spiritual celebrations around the world for Christians, who wish to pray & meditate upon the journey to the nether world that awaits all of us at some point sooner or later…

And as we celebrate today, the world’s most revered icon of the Mother of Lord Jesus, since tradition has it that this icon, which is now preserved in a church attached to the Tretyakov Art Gallery in Moscow, was originally painted by the disciple of Christ and holy Apostle Luke, to whom the Most Holy Mother entrusted the painting of her image that was to be used for the support of the faithful…

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The holy Christian Church from the days of antiquity to the present times, preserves the tradition that the apostle Luke the Evangelist, was the first person to paint the icon of the Mother of Jesus, and that this is that icon.

In a psalm from the anniversary of the Dormition of the Mother of God (August 15th) we hear: “The proclaimer of the Gospel mysteries, who was the first to write Thy icon, brought it to Thee, O Sovereign Lady and Thou didst make it thine own; and having made it powerful to save those who honor Thee, Thou didst rejoice for Thou art merciful, and bring us salvation.”

The dedication of the icon of the Mother of God, “Hodigitria” is based on early Roman Byzantine sources, and further, the Christian tradition confirms that this icon was painted by the Evangelist Luke himself at the behest & by the blessing of the Mother of Jesus Christ herself who is rumored to have said: “May my grace be with this icon.”

Yours,

Dr Churchill

PS:

After the icon was painted by the Evangelist — was then sent to King Theophilus in Antioch, and quite some time later it was transferred to Constantinople, where it was placed in the Blachernae Church.

The whole web of these traditions is woven around certain historical facts, but either of varying times, or in another order.

The ancient tradition that says that the holy Evangelist Luke painted this icon of the Mother of God goes back as far as the third century after Christ.

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The polite pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, have started with the umbrella movement in the past few years and have now culminated into a mature body of protest in this semi-autonomous Chinese territorial city, where recently masses of Liberty loving people have staged more than 10 weeks of relentless protests demanding greater rights, more democracy, and a few civil liberties.

This is the old British-Asia financial hub that after the handover to China it has been governed under a “one country, two systems” legal framework. Yet since its handover to China from Britain in 1997, the Chinese government has eroded whatever freedoms existed before to the point that the situation is now intolerable for the citizens of this small enclave of wealth within the large mainland Chinese government.

And indeed for many weeks now, the residents of Hong Kong have politely asked for a measure of Independence as was promised in the handover of the territory from the British government to the Communist China, but now that the protests have grown into the airport and other key infrastructure pieces of Hong Kong — it seems that the days of the protesters are numbered.

As we learn the the advance guard of the people’s army has already infiltrated the territory and that the PLA army spies, along with the deep red Chinese Communist Party’s army cadres are already inside Hong Kong scoping the situation — we know that the full power of the People’s Red Army is not far behind…

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And now that the mainland Chinese authorities have linked the non-violent people’s pro-Democracy and pro-Liberty protests that have spontaneously erupted in Hong Kong to “terrorism” it is obvious that the coming showdown in Hong Kong, the huge clash of cultures, the bloodletting and resultant loss of life, are now unavoidable.

Since the Communist Party of China and the official mouthpieces of the regime, have consistently described the young Hong Kong protesters as rioters, looters, and terrorists, and have issued stern warnings about their intent to maintain law & order — the cover for violent attack by the army has been offered, and thus all of their actions in response — have been sanctioned.

What remains is the actual “mopping up” of the demonstrators.

The Chinese main newspaper and the major mouthpiece of the Communist party, “People’s Daily” wrote in a masthead title-line, this week — that the People’s Army is ready to pounce and put the Hong Kong situation under control, because they are responsible and in charge of handling riots, turmoil, seriously violent, criminal activities, terrorist attacks, and other societal security incidents…

Obviously the deployment of a vast numbers of Chinese troops to Shenzhen within five miles from Hong Kong is an affront to the titular independence of the territory, yet it also serves as a clear warning to the freedom loving people of Hong Kong.

China’s lifetime dictator Mr Xi Jin Ping, obviously chooses to project an image of strength, while sending a carefully calculated message to the Hong Kong protesters to seriously think about their lives and the lives of their families before they continue with their demonstrations and their talk about Democracy & Liberty, in Hong Kong.

Traditionally Hong Kong government has allowed far greater civil liberties than those on the mainland, but the protesters say those freedoms are eroding as mainland Chinese interference grows.

The protests, which have become increasingly violent and led to Hong Kong’s airport being paralysed for two days this week, have become the biggest threat to China’s rule since the handover.

The Chinese military has not interfered in Hong Kong since the handover but it can should it be called on by the city’s government to maintain “public order”.

Today, many thousands of Chinese military personnel waving red flags paraded at a sports stadium in a city across the border from Hong Kong, accompanied by armored personnel carrying vehicles and tanks that were all seen sequestered inside the biggest stadium in Shenzhen, a ten minute drive from Hong Kong across a conveniently placed new bridge…

Obviously with all the global events taking place, and as concerns builds within the Politburo, that China’s lifetime Dictator will forcefully intervene to end the ten weeks of protests, demonstrations and political unrest in Hong Kong, the demonstrators are looking for ways out of the imminent clash and are seeking outside intermediation to help defuse the tense situation before bloodshed erupts and people’s lives are lost by the thousands.

Unfortunately now the Red Army’s intent is becoming clear as seen by the reports coming from the state-run media this week, that the elements of the People’s Armed Police (PAP), which is under the command of the Chinese Central Military Commission — were assembling in Shenzhen.

So the cat is now officially out of the bag…

Yours,

Dr Churchill

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Today it was seen that the pressure is increasing…

Two of the most powerful Chinese state-run media outlets, the People’s Daily and Global Times, now have also published videos of what they said was the People’s Red Army, amassing & assembling in Shenzhen.

In a clear tone, seen as an unambiguous open threat, the Global Times editor-in-chief, Hu Xijin, said the military presence in Shenzhen was a sign that China was preparing to intervene in Hong Kong.

Hu wrote: “If they do not pull back from the cliff and continue to push the situation further beyond the critical point, the power of the state may come to Hong Kong at any time.”

Dear Bay Area Friends,

Please join my Talk “How the Independents are saving America” at the PROPELLER CLUB at 12pm, noontime today in San Francisco.

Cheers

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Posted by: Dr Churchill | August 5, 2019

It’s all about character…

Can’t recall who said this but someone can elucidate me…

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Yet, as I think and seek wisdom — I recall our old friend Marcus Aurelius and his admonishments such as this gem bellow, all born out from the hardships of his own life starting out as a lowly slave, and educating & training himself to becoming a gladiator of the arena of the Roman Collossium, a fighter of distinction, always rising as a fearless fighter and becoming a tactical military genius, and a leader of men rising to the standard of a Roman Legion General, and eventually becoming (by most accounts) the best Roman Emperor ever.

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He also said that our inner Courage is what matters most:

So as I ponder this — What profit is to the man to conquer all of the world, but to not be able to conquer oneself? — I seek the wisdom of divine Spirit and your Councel to find…

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He famously said this about his own nature:

“A harmless man is not a good man. A good man is a very dangerous man who has conquered that strong nature and keeps it under voluntary control”
-Marcus Aurelius

 

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Yours,

Dr Churchill

 

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