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A proven and humane technology could end violence in the Afghanistan conflict within a few months.

"We are in Afghanistan to prevent a cancer from once again spreading through that country. But this same cancer has also taken root in the border region of Pakistan. That is why we need a strategy that works on both sides of the border." -- United States President Barack Obama, speech at US Military Academy at West Point, December 1, 2009.

There are five parties to the Afghanistan war: 1) the US and western alliance; 2) the Afghanistan government; 3) the Afghanistan opposition; 4)the Afghanistani people; and 5) Afghanistan's neighbors. Any proposed resolution to the conflict must be acceptable to all five parties, because each party to the conflict has the capacity to continue the conflict. The problem is that the goals of the different parties appear irreconcilable.

Against this background, it is truly remarkable that a scientifically tested, immediate military solution to the Afghanistan conflict is now available that will work on both sides of the border and throughout the Middle East, thereby fulfilling President Obama's greatest hopes for the region. The technology was studied in great detail during the Lebanon civil war, with a comparable set of irreconcilable goals among its participants. There it was found to be effective with statistical confidence levels more like those seen in physics than in sociology or military sciences.

A recent article summarizes a practical proposal to quickly wind down the Afghanistan war by meeting the aspirations of all parties to the conflict:

http://www.senegambianews.com/...

Originally posted to greenkrete on Fri Dec 11, 2009 at 05:04 AM PST.

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    •  You forgot to include the funniest part (1+ / 0-)
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      For the Afghanistan situation, characterized by significant turbulence and influenced by neighbors on every side, a group large enough to create an influence throughout the entire region will be required. For the US, with a population of 300 million, a group of 1,750 is predicted to produce the necessary impact. For the populations of Afghanistan (28 million), Pakistan (180 million), Iran (74 million), and the whole region, a similar-size group will be necessary. To expand this peace-creating influence to the global population, only 8,250 trained experts would be sufficient to produce the desired impact.

      In order for this new approach to work, you have to have the entire populations of the US, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran practicing meditation. There is a greater chance that Bush will turn himself into the International Criminal Court in The Hague, confess to war crimes, and offer to testify against Cheney.

      The uninsured keep dying. Death to AHIP!

      by DWG on Fri Dec 11, 2009 at 05:22:07 AM PST

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      •  Actually a group of 2,000 to 4,000 is proposed (0+ / 0-)

        It is rather remarkable that a group of only 2,000 to 4,000 is predicted to be enough to impact the conflict. This is a size suitable either for military units being deployed, or for the use of people hired and trained for the purpose. In the Lebanon war, groups of various sizes, from a few hundred in Israel (close by), to 8,000 in the US (distant) were observed to have an impact on war intensity, war deaths, war injuries, progress towards peace and other variables. A group of this size could be trained and assembled in a fast, cost-effective manner to produce an impact in Afghanistan and regionally.

        •  Ah yes (0+ / 0-)

          So a sample of 1 per 100,000 population should be sufficient. Great. So if you and another member of DKos practice meditation together, we should be able to end strife, dueling diaries, name-calling, malignant hide rating, and of course GBCW diaries written in a fit of pique. Hop to it.

          The uninsured keep dying. Death to AHIP!

          by DWG on Fri Dec 11, 2009 at 06:03:20 AM PST

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          •  Wouldn't that be nice--alas (0+ / 0-)

            It's great to see you probing the content. How it appears to work, however, is on a field-to-physiology scale. It takes a decent size group to produce an impact locally, probably around 50. Then to impact a more distant population, the group size goes up. The method of predicting an impact is based on the square root of one-percent of a population within a given range. This appears similar to some quantum optics phenomena, such as Dicke's super-radiance. No evidence is seen for a targeted impact where one, or a few generators, produces an impact on a specific target. I actually did go looking for this, taking EEG from several generators and one target simultaneously.

  •  When you say.. (0+ / 0-)

    "the Afghanistan Opposition", are you referring to the Taliban that harbored al Qaeda prior to 9-11?  Just checking, since your characterization makes them sound like freedon fighters.

    •  Afghanistan opposition (0+ / 0-)

      In the article, by Afghanistan opposition, we mean the whole gamut of political forces arrayed against the current administration of President Karzai. This would include Abdullah Abdullah, an independent candidate who won a reported 30% of the popular vote in the difficult Presidential election and then declined to run in the run-off election. This would include the Taliban. This would also include the various political alliances that sometimes support and sometimes oppose the central government. We lumped all these into one to keep the count reasonable. We also did this with the term Afghanistan's neighbors which include Pakistan, Iran, the different 'Stans' and China.

      •  Thanks for the clarification (0+ / 0-)

        I do think, however, that it would be useful to add the Taliban as a distinct party, since we are fighting the Taliban while not necessarily fighting other opposition to Karzai's government.  Our main interest there is that the government NOT be the Taliban, not that it IS Karzai's party.

  •  The diarist is proposing, it seems, (3+ / 0-)
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    that the solution to Afghanistan is Transcendental Meditation.  I'm not kidding.

    Why don't you try reading the rules, Shankopotamus?

    by bugscuffle on Fri Dec 11, 2009 at 05:10:28 AM PST

  •  I wish there could be negative recommends. (5+ / 0-)

    What we learn from History: History repeats itself. History never repeats itself. Histories lessons are always ignored.

    by Hector Gonzalez on Fri Dec 11, 2009 at 05:10:43 AM PST

    •  Well There's the Tip Jar. (1+ / 0-)
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      Diarist has evidently just pasted the opening of a piece from a different blog. If it's not their own that's plagiarism.

      Diarist has zero comments except for tip jar, and only this one diary, and no contact information.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Fri Dec 11, 2009 at 05:19:53 AM PST

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      •  You have to wonder if was a joke (2+ / 0-)
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        The article says the method would require teaching the entire populations of the US, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran to meditate. I swear this could have been a Monty Python routine.

        The uninsured keep dying. Death to AHIP!

        by DWG on Fri Dec 11, 2009 at 05:26:20 AM PST

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        •  See post above--group size 2,000 to 4,000 (0+ / 0-)
          •  Oh you were serious (1+ / 0-)
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            Teaching meditation to a small sample of each of the groups in the conflict will produce an end to the conflict? From the merely ridiculous to the ridiculously sublime.

            The uninsured keep dying. Death to AHIP!

            by DWG on Fri Dec 11, 2009 at 05:51:01 AM PST

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            •  The size of the group matters, not composition (0+ / 0-)

              Actually, it is very interesting that the composition of the group does not appear to be a factor. In hot-spot nations in Africa, for instance, groups of Europeans produced the effect without any significant contact with participants to the conflict. Likewise, the intensity of the Lebanon war was impacted by Israelis over one period, Europeans over other periods, Americans over another period, seven periods in all. Actually, none of the groups producing the impact were Lebanese. A different study by abu Nader, however, found that training a smaller number of Lebanese in this technology, in one village, dramatically reduced conflict in their immediate area, while 5 adjacent control villages experienced no reduction.

              •  A different study by abu Nader (0+ / 0-)

                You mean the successor to the Maharishi? So the new proprietor of the Transcendental Meditation society and marketer of all things TM claims success. Brilliant.

                The uninsured keep dying. Death to AHIP!

                by DWG on Fri Dec 11, 2009 at 06:13:45 AM PST

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        •  Here's the doco version of the diary. (3+ / 0-)
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          Sorry. I can't seem to find that sig-line. j1k1l

          by Rick in Oz on Fri Dec 11, 2009 at 05:48:24 AM PST

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        •  only necessary to teach a few (0+ / 0-)

          It is only necessary to teach Obama, Biden, his cabinet, the US Senate, and the US Congress and the war will be over.

    •  Some right wing blog... (3+ / 0-)
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      ... is going to use this to prove we are moonbat wackjobs.  Goddammit.

      Gates was guilty of Failing to Kiss the Ass of a Police Officer. Punishment: bullshit arrest.

      by BKuhl on Fri Dec 11, 2009 at 05:39:57 AM PST

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  •  Mass meditation to the rescue (0+ / 0-)

    At the core of this proven military solution is the establishment and deployment of a "Prevention Wing" of the military, in which a large cadre of military personnel or contractors is trained to create coherence in the "collective consciousness" of a nation through the application of specific, field-tested technologies of consciousness. The "fog of war," the incoherence created by the deep-seated religious, political, and ethnic tensions that fuel conflict, is itself the enemy. A Prevention Wing dissipates this confusion and incoherence by boosting coherence in the collective consciousness of the nation -- and if the Prevention Wing is sufficiently large, these effects spread to the surrounding region as well.

    Basic training for the Prevention Wing cadre is instruction in the Transcendental Meditation (TM) program, the most extensively studied practice of meditation in the world today, as well as instruction in the advanced applications of this program. The cadre would assemble twice daily to practice these technologies of consciousness, which create profound brainwave coherence in the individual, as verified in studies of EEG and biochemistry.

    The uninsured keep dying. Death to AHIP!

    by DWG on Fri Dec 11, 2009 at 05:14:55 AM PST

    •  I read mass mediation... (2+ / 0-)
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      now I understand.  It makes me think of Men Who Stare At Goats.

      •  I have met Col. Alexander--this is different (1+ / 0-)
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        My coauthor and I did spend a very illuminating day with Colonel Alexander in Las Vegas last year, one of the real-world people that movie is modeled on. But, this is completely different. A large group of people come into a large hall and then sit and practice a specific technology of meditation. The hall fills with a tangible sense of peace. They do this twice a day. And the effect is produced without any intention to calm down some specific area, or to counter some specific threat.

        •  I can see the positive sides to this (0+ / 0-)

          but as a military wife who sees active duty folks on a daily basis, I'm not sure how you get these guys to meditate.  It would obviously have to start with the senior brass and roll down hill.  Too many sceptics.  On top of that, you'll have to deal with the Christian Right who will believe that you are opening your mind to evil influences.  We know military folks who won't let their kids go to a yoga class or a martial arts class unless there is a pre-established Christian connection.  In other words, during silent meditation you actually pray to God instead of clear your mind.

  •  Tipped and rec'd for the huevos, and (0+ / 0-)

    for being a proponent of peace.

     I have the suspicion you are a part of this Transcendental Meditation group, else you would not have posted a diary that is almost word for word from the linked article.  So... you are either a plagiarist or a spammer.  Whatever, if it points to a higher consciousness.

      The one truly noteworthy concept is the recognition of the "fog of war" as a primary mechanism for the promulgation and waging of war, and the need for a universally acceptable medium for dispelling that emotionally charged, propaganda-friendly atmosphere that can be demonstably shown to all people in all places to be truly neutral.  "Inner Peace" may be the only thing that fits that bill.  And maybe, getting people who would rather kill each other to sit down side by side, close their eyes, and seek harmony is also a huge exercise in trust.  After all, to love others, you must first love yourself, right?  And, at the end of the day, it must be harder to blow yourself up as a weapon if you do love your self.

    "Pro life" my ass!

    by jhop7 on Fri Dec 11, 2009 at 06:13:56 AM PST

    •  I am author of both diary and article (1+ / 0-)
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      I am author of both the diary and the article that I link to. I am part of the TM group that creates the effect for the US. But, I'm also a concerned citizen trying to point attention towards an overlooked but very promising alternative. I spent many years in the US military, and if we could reduce the violence in Afghanistan, it would make a huge difference to everyone who is in harm's way. I'm for that. And, I'm an everyday reader and fan of dailykos.

      •  I thought you might be... (0+ / 0-)

          I can see meditation having huge benefits for the direct participants, and serious beneficial side effects for those they interact with.  I know I felt an over-arching sense of a spiritual malaise, of distrust and unease during the Bush years that seemed deeper than mere political disagreement.  That feeling now seems at least partially dispelled.  But it was a nebulous and insistent phenomenon that still worries me.
          Which is why I pay attention to concepts such as yours.  There are many "faith-based" organizations in our land that organize the power of prayer to wish ill on their political adversaries.  Which is kooky, getting together and asking a positive spiritual force to create a negative physical action somewhere else.  You are much less questionable in your goals in my opinion, asking people to participate together positively, physically and spiritually, to produce a positive spiritual and physical result.  Although (admittedly without investigating further) i suspect you  may be separating the cause and effect a bit.  I think you have to get at least some of the combatants together physically to make this work.
          But I do think there is  a lot of evidence, both in studies and in "churches" throughout the whole world, that real feelings of benevolence and togetherness are forged through shared spiritual activity.  What American churchgoer would deny that?  Transcendental meditation seems to seek that space where new spiritual consciousness can be born without prejudice, and sharing that journey openly with all comers is at least as good as any other "hearts and minds" initiative I've ever heard of.

        "Pro life" my ass!

        by jhop7 on Fri Dec 11, 2009 at 06:48:05 AM PST

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        •  Remarkable science, but remarkable history (1+ / 0-)
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          Thanks for your comment. It's my experience that deep spirituality unifies. It's truly amazing to actually be able to see this in objective research.

          I've always treasured my memories of visits to the Abbey of the Holy Spirit in Georgia, a Trappist monastery. I enjoyed the serenity there, and the remarkable people I met during my stay. One of the monks was an expert in bonsai, small potted trees with a decidedly Zen flavor. I have spent time in a number of other Catholic retreat facilities in the US Midwest, and always enjoy my stays as well.

          The impact of these large groups of people practicing TM, however, is different. First, the meditation is not religious. In the domes are people from practically every faith from around the world. Second, it produces the effects in a very reliable fashion. I participated in a demonstration project conducted in Washington, DC--the course organizers predicted in advance that crime would drop 25% during the two-month period of the course. The DC Chief of Police went on the record as saying the only way you would see such a drop would be if there were 25 inches of snow. (This was the hottest summer in a century in DC.) A 17-member independent review board--scientists who were not TM meditators--signed off on the research protocol in advance, and then unanimously signed off on the results at the conclusion of the study. The result--the crime dropped the predicted 25%.

  •  Thank you for showing us (0+ / 0-)

    what TM does to a person's mind.

    Mark Twain -Let me make the superstitions of a nation and I care not who makes its laws or its songs either.

    by Kingsmeg on Fri Dec 11, 2009 at 06:44:25 AM PST

  •  Diary missing snark tag (0+ / 0-)

    I mean, seriously, I'd love for pseudoscience like TM to work, but it doesn't.

    So for the sake of balance, I present some critical links:

    http://www.skepdic.com/...
    http://tmfree.blogspot.com
    http://www.behind-the-tm-facade.org/...

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