Uganda:Science Can Bring Peace to Uganda-Editorial
Mareeg.com- By Maj. Gen. Kulwant Singh (Ret.), Dr. John Hagelin and Dr. David Leffler
The Uganda Pulse reported that Uganda has "engaged what they always referred to as 'option two' -- a joint military offensive on the LRA [Lord's Liberation Army] by regional governments including Uganda, Southern Sudan and the DRC [the Democratic Republic of Congo]." They also concluded that: "Few people if any believe that the LRA will sign and honour a peace agreement, just as few people believe the Uganda army will militarily deal a decisive blow to the LRA and bring about lasting peace in Uganda."
The over 20 year effort by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and the Uganda army show that military force alone cannot eliminate violent extremism and cannot guarantee peace and security. Clearly, a new strategy for lasting peace is desperately needed.
Violent extremism is a human problem requiring human solutions. The underlying cause of extremist social violence is accumulated social stress. Therefore, to protect their civilian populations effectively, The Uganda Peoples Defence Force (UPDF) needs first to reduce the collective societal stress in Uganda.
A new technology of defense now exists that can accomplish this goal. It is based upon the latest discoveries in the fields of physics, neuroscience, and physiology. Ultimately, it is based on the discovery of the unified field of all the laws of nature -- the most fundamental and powerful level of nature's dynamics. Extensive research has confirmed its effectiveness. This new technology is easily applied and highly cost-effective. It can prevent disruption and attack from within the country or outside the country.
This approach is known today as Invincible Defence Technology (IDT). It has its roots in ancient technologies of consciousness, revived in modern times by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi as a non-religious approach to peace. These technologies of consciousness directly access and harness the unified field on the deepest level of human experience -- pure consciousness itself. Extensive scientific research indicates that this approach reduces collective societal stress, eliminates extremism and thereby snuffs out war and terrorism. Over the past three decades, it has been quietly and successfully used by members of many faiths to defuse and eliminate conflict.
The approach involves the creation of large groups of peace-creating experts practicing Invincible Defense Technology together. A Prevention Wing of the Military consisting of approximately 2% to 3% of the military of the UPDF could easily achieve this goal. This special unit would be trained in the technologies of consciousness revived by Maharishi -- the Transcendental Meditation (TM) and TM-Sidhi programs -- and would practice these techniques in large groups, twice a day.
Extensive research shows that the size of the group needed to reduce social stress in a given population should exceed the square root of 1% of the population size. The UPDF would therefore need to train approximately 561 soldiers as IDT experts. (Source: SquareRootOfOnePercent.org).
Studies show that when the required threshold of IDT experts is crossed, crime rates go down in the affected population, quality of life indices go up, and terrorism and war abate. Scientists refer to this phenomenon as the Maharishi Effect in honor of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who first predicted it. As an example of this effect, in 1993 a two-month Maharishi Effect intervention was implemented in Washington, DC, the capital city of the US. Predictions of specific drops in crime and other indices were lodged in advance with government leaders and newspapers. An independent Project Review Board approved the research protocol. The findings showed that crime fell 24 percent below expected levels when the group size reached its maximum. Temperature, weekend effects, and previous trends in the data failed to account for these changes. The study was published in Social Indicators Research (1999, vol. 47, 153-201).
Invincible Defense Technology experts gathered in Washington, DC, lowering the crime rate 24%
A day-by-day study in the Journal of Conflict Resolution (1988, vol. 32, #4, pp. 776-812) of a two-month-long coherence-creating assembly in Israel showed that, on days of high attendance, war deaths in neighboring Lebanon decreased by 76%. On the same days, a composite quality-of-life index showed decreased crime, traffic accidents and fires in Jerusalem, and decreased crime accompanied by improvements in the stock market and national mood throughout Israel. Other possible causes (weather, weekends, holidays, etc.) were statistically controlled for and could not account for the results. A follow-up day-by-day study in the Journal of Social Behavior and Personality (2005, vol. 17, 285-338) of more than two years showed that during seven different coherence-creating assemblies, war deaths in Lebanon decreased by an average of 71%.
The research results on the effects of coherence-creating assemblies on the Lebanese conflict are of particular significance to UN peacekeeping forces. One study covered the period from July to August 1983, and another covered the two-year period from 1983 to 1985. During these periods, international peacekeeping forces were on duty with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon. The research indicates that during the coherence-creating assemblies, decreased stress and increased coherence in the regional collective consciousness may have diminished violent outbursts in Lebanon and facilitated more co-operative interaction among typically antagonistic factions. This research provides strong evidence for the reliability of coherence-creating groups even under extreme conditions of protracted political violence.
IDT Group Size Vs. Quality of Life in Israel
Over 50 studies have shown that IDT works. The causal mechanism has been postulated to be a field effect of consciousness -- a spillover effect on the level of the unified field from the peace-creating group into the larger population. On this basis, a study in the Journal of Social Behavior and Personality (2005, vol. 17, 285-338) additionally offers a proposed explanation of causality in biological terms. Research conducted on the powerful neurotransmitter serotonin shows that it produces feelings of contentment, happiness and even euphoria. Low levels of serotonin, according to research, correlate with violence, aggression, and poor emotional moods. The IDT study showed that higher numbers of IDT experts correlated with a marked increase in serotonin production among other community members. These results were statistically significant and followed the attendance figures in the IDT group. This finding offers a plausible neurophysiologic mechanism to explain reduced hostility and aggression in society at large.
The Maharishi Effect has also been documented on a worldwide scale in a study published in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation (2003, vol. 36, 283-302) using data provided by the Rand Corporation. When large assemblies of IDT experts exceeded the Maharishi Effect threshold for the world during the years 1983-1985, terrorism decreased globally 72%, international conflict decreased 32%, and violence within nations was reduced without intrusion by other governments.
In the 1990s, the military in Mozambique used IDT to end its civil war. (See: "Mozambique's Prevention Wing of the Military: End civil war, Improve the economy" published by Africa Economic Analysis). Today, The Netherlands, Bolivia, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Peru have enough practitioners of IDT to create the Maharishi Effect. The United States of America is close to achieving the requisite number of IDT experts through its Invincible America Assembly in Fairfield, Iowa. And a group large enough to have a global effect is planned for India. But these are all civilian groups, and most require financial support.
Since the UPDF is funded by the government of Uganda and its personnel are paid to perform their duties and protect the country's citizens, the UPDF is not subject to fluctuations of donors, jobs, student graduations, and optional activities. A Prevention Wing of the Military would therefore be a permanent peace-creating group.
The UPDF is responsible for protecting its respective civilian population, and is obligated to thoroughly examine realistic, scientifically validated methods for ending war and terrorism. IDT is such a method. Therefore, we feel it is the duty of the UPDF to create a Prevention Wing of the Military and truly protect Uganda.
As a scientifically verified, field-tested approach, Invincible Defense Technology is the most realistic option for Uganda President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni as Commander-In-Chief to create a lasting peace for Uganda.
About the Authors:
Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Kulwant Singh, U.Y.S.M., Ph.D. fought in combat and led India's fight against India's intransigent terrorism problem for nearly 30 years. He was awarded the Uttam Yudh Sewa Medal, the second highest decoration for senior officers during operations in Sri Lanka as part of IPKF (Indian Peace Keeping Force). Today he is leading an international group of generals and defense experts that advocates Invincible Defense Technology. A list of Dr. Singh's publications on the topic of Invincible Defense Technology is available at: http://www.StrongMilitary.org.
John Hagelin, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the International Center for Invincible Defense, a leading policy think tank headquartered in New York City that advocates scientifically proven, prevention-oriented solutions to problems of national security. He is a Harvard-trained quantum physicist who won the prestigious Kilby Award, which recognizes scientists who have made "major contributions to society through their applied research in the fields of science and technology." Dr. Hagelin also serves as and as International Director of the Global Union of Scientists for Peace. A video of Dr. Hagelin (1:13:00) explaining the scientific research on IDT is available online as well as from a transcription with full-sized images from his presentation.
David Leffler, Ph.D. a United States Air Force veteran, is the Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Military Science (CAMS). Dr. Leffler has published articles about IDT in Aljazeera Magazine1, Aljazeera Magazine2, Asian Tribune, Australia.To, Voxy, USA Today "Topics", The Huffington Post, Right Side News, India Defence Consultants, Global Politician, The Pakistani Spectator, Senegambia News1, Senegambia News2, Indo-Canada Outlook, Frontier India Strategic & Defense, Frontier India World Affairs1, Frontier India World Affairs2, Frontier India World Affairs3, Broadcast India, Emirates Tribune1, Emirates Tribune2, IDT.COM.RU (Russia), Pajhwok Afghan News, The Seoul Times1, The Seoul Times2, Pars Times - Greater Iran & Beyond, PakTribune, News Blaze, Saudi Telegraph, Alarabiya, Congo Forum, Sri Lanka Guardian1, Sri Lanka Guardian2, Nepal Monitor, Pakistan Daily1, Pakistan Daily2, The Bottom Line, Arab News, Pakistan Link, Qatar Morning Post, The Colombo Times1, The Colombo Times2, Middle East Online, Hi Pakistan, Soldier of Africa, Sentinel Review, Sudan Tribune, Beirut-Online, Media For Freedom, Fiji Daily Post, News From Bangladesh, Muslims, Webnewswire, Intent, United News Network, News Wing, Sri Lanka News First, Muslim World Today, Sinhala, Defence Talk, MEPeace, The Korea Post, Southern Asian Outlook, Northern News Lines, Sudan Watch, Blitz, New Age Islam, Haalkhabar, The Earth Times, Rantburg, The Morung Express, Chowk, Islam And Muslims, and Newstrack India.
Dr. Leffler serves as a special columnist for The Seoul Times and is on the Board of Editors for the Journal of Management & Social Sciences (JMSS) Institute of Business & Technology BIZTEK in Pakistan. David served as an Associate of the Proteus Management Group at the Center for Strategic Leadership, US Army War College and is a member of the U.S. Naval Institute. Proteus published an appendix about Invincible Defence Technology entitled "An Overlooked, Proven Solution to Terrorism" that appears in "55 Trends Now Shaping the Future of Terrorism."