Ibn Fadlan,
an early emissary from Islam to the Vikings,
and a latter-day response
from a son of Vikings, Levites, and Christians,
calling for the sons of Abraham to unite
in forgiveness and peace

As-salamu alaykum

(A *very* rough draft. Still gonna send it up the flagpole, as is, for now.)

A call for peace and unity, written by a citizen of Canada, of European heritage through my fathers, and Levitical/Abrahamic heritage through my mothers. I served in Military Intelligence units in the United States Army National Guard, and stood down and withdrew into the Inactive Reserves for the the Gulf Wars, until honorably discharged, rather than wade into an unjust conflict and harm innocent peoples. For the basis of my confidence that 9/11 was not caused by Muslims, but was instead rumor of war and pretense generated by those who benefit from war, see elsewhere on this site, or any numerous posts by myself in public forums, stating and documenting that Muslims were not the instigators of the supposed war on terror.

I suggest starting by reading the early chapter in Odin's Toga on this site, titled "The Day All Hell Broke Loose," a reference to the first Viking attack in history, and a reference to two planes toppling towers centuries later in the 9/11 tragedy New York City. And then considering the account of Arab emissary Ibn Fadlan, cited later in that same account.

My initial gut analysis of the "war on terror," what Malcolm Gladwell might call Blink, was...that the war was a bogus pretense (in America, under the Constitution, the executive branch has no legal authority to declare war), based on a false-flag operation (Muslims didn't do it, but were made the scapegoat). And rather than being shipped off to fight unjust wars in a war without borders that seemed to have no end, and rather than harm innocent people, I requested my National Guard unit (a military intelligence linguistics unit) to downgrade my status to Inactive Reserves. At the time I said and did that, sergeants in my unit, which had the previous summer elected me soldier of the year, scorned my decision to withdraw. After receiving authorized transfer to the inactive reserves, as I packed up my things at my unit to leave, one of the sergeants assembled with others shook his said saying in essence, "you do this after what we elected you to be?" (A few months prior, I had been elected soldier of the year of Headquarters, Headquarters Company.)

At the same approximate juncture, my brother closest to me in age and friendship essentially claimed I was being an unpatriotic coward. Years later, after well over 100,000 Iraqi nationals had died (some estimate over half a million), he returned and admitted that my gut assessment of the situation had instead been accurate - and that the war had been an unjustified farce (as, I must add, are virtually all wars). My college studies in social sciences, culminating in a political-science class on "The Dilemmas of War and Peace" offered at Thomas Edison State, confirmed my earlier assessment, as did the likes of "In Plane Sight."

When I received news in America what Military Intelligence troops, specifically linguistics units, had cooperated and been complicit with, in places like Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay, and in various rendition sites throughout the world, I was grateful to have no role in such things. And wished I had evidence back then to stay/sway an unjust conflict. When word arrived that a Mormon specialist from Arizona supposedly killed herself over what she saw (and objected to) happening there, after considering the matter, I concluded that she had *not* taken her own life, but had been silenced. (Shooting *yourself* with an M16 is highly unlikely, not to mention what her family said of her temperament and values.) Cui bono.

When I initially stood down, however, I had no factual basis for doing so. Other than a gut check that this conflict wasn't right. Trusting impressions of the spirit, something my father had taught me to trust. It took years to gather an extensive amount of evidence, a warchest, if you will, that later sustained and helped me understand/appreciate that initial impression to stand down.