Rudy Giuliani continues insisting recent illness has nothing to do with his earlier history of getting through cancer, but rumors are flying and they are not all birds of cheer. Although, Giuliani is ahead in 13 states whose combined delegate total is 758 delegates, it is now clear the former New York mayor will not reach the convention floor as the overwhelming favorite of the convention. Huckabee, inadvertently is helping Giuliani, by apparently defeating Romney in Iowa and South Carolina which should eventually result in him garnering about 170 delegates. Romney appears to be headed toward at least 112 while McCain and Thompson will probably obtain fewer than a hundred for their efforts.
The real story of this Republican race is the reality no single current candidate will emerge with a majority of delegates. This will be the first time in decades that such a situation has arisen. Once the Republican convention begins, talk will slowly develop about a compromise candidate whose name has yet to appear among those running. Will it be a Jeb Bush? Will it be a dark horse whose name is hidden somewhere among Republican governors? Unfortunately, for the Republican Party, the movie star governor of California is ineligible to run for the presidency. Who knows, maybe they will trot out Independent Joe Lieberman and let him have a shot. He certainly acts like a Republican.
The American press which readily reports examples of hatred and violence on the part of Muslims did not report the quiet events that transpired in Indonesia this Christmas. There was not a single anti-Christian incident in the most populous Muslim nation in the world except for a single bomb hoax. jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo made it a point to spend Christmas eve visiting various Christian churches and he dispatched 17,690 police to guard them against any possible violence. “I got the impression,” he said, “that Christians are celebrating Christmas this year more freely and happily. they don’t feel threatened anymore.” He also urged the people of Indonesia to “build a city for everyone” and “set aside all the discriminating manner in ourselves.” The governor was extremely proud that several Islamic groups provided security around Christian churches.
The unreported news about Christian-Muslim relations is that in many nations like Indonesia, the government protects freedom of religion. Unfortunately, in nations the American government supports like Saudi Arabia, the very concept of freedom of religion is banned. If a Muslim terrorist kills Christians, it is on the front pages of the American press, but a peaceful Indonesian Christmas will never appear on right wing anti-Muslim programs like those of Rush Limbaugh.
Posted in Asia, Catholics, Christianity, Human Rights, Islam, Multicultural, Muslims, Peace, Politics, Religion, World News
Tagged Indonesia, peaceful Christmas, Religious freedom. Rush Limbaugh
The desire for the Serbian province of Kosovo to become an independent nation became even stronger as an election drew near which would enable the people of Kosovo to make that decision. There is little doubt since Kosovo is 90% Muslim Albanian it will vote for independence from Christian Serbia which killed thousands during its drive to crush opposition in Kosovo to Serbian Christian rule. An election in Serbia also is caught in the middle of the conflict. Pro-Western Prime Minister Boris Tadic is pushing hard for membership in the European Union which is supported by 69% of all Serbians. His opponent, Tomislav Vikolic, who leads ultranationalist forces in Serbia that are ready to oppose Kosovo independence, is arguing for placing the unity of Serbia over the desire for EU membership.
Too much blood has past under the bridge for the Muslim people of Kosovo to ever again seek to be members of the same country with Serbians who killed thousands during their drive to impose Serbia’s will upon all sectors of the former nation of Yugoslavia. It is time for Kosovo to go its separate path. It might be beneficial if the European Union relaxed some demands on Serbia and expedited its application for membership in the EU.
Posted in Christianity, Europe, Human Rights, Multicultural, Muslims, Peace, Politics, War, World News
Tagged EU, independence, Kosovo, Serbia
Israel Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told Syria’s President Bashar Assad that “a lot has changed i relations between Israel and Syria” and seeks to begin negotiations that would lead to peace between the two nations. Olmert told visiting US Senator Arlen Spector who is on his way to Syria to “Tell Assad I await an answer from him regarding the dynamic message I have conveyed to him regarding negotiations.” It is apparent Israel seeks to resolve its differences with Syria even as a recent poll indicated excessive pessimism pervades Mideast people. However, the Harry Truman Institute in Jerusalem found in a poll that 53% of Israelis still support peace proposals advocated by former President Clinton while 47% of Palestinians have a similar viewpoint.
The fact such a large percent of people on both sides still cling to the Clinton proposals indicate a strong desire for peace. These figures also demonstrate another failure on the part of George Bush, he refused to build on the work of Clinton because Bush felt this only helped Democrats. For George Bush, politics is always the most important facet of diplomacy.
Posted in Human Rights, Islam, Israel, Judaism, Multicultural, Muslims, Peace, Politics, Syria, US Foreign Policy, War, World News
Tagged Clinton plan, Israel-Syria, Olmert-Assad, Senator Spector
A group of Iraq types dressed and talking like terrorists sit around a new shipment which they assume are more explosives. But, the shipment contains fireworks and a leader who looks like Osama bin Laden is gleeful at the arrival of fireworks and has members of the group put on suicide vests containing fireworks as they say strongly to the TV camera the effort they are prepared to undertake, “demonstrates to you our true power by blowing ourselves up.” A harmless spoof on suicide bombing? A harmless spoof on being careful when using fireworks? The ad was designed for a Dutch consumer group that wanted viewers to be concerned about using fireworks in a harmful manner. Most Dutch Muslim groups were infuriated at the negative image projected about Muslims, but to the ad group, it was all harmless fun. In fact, their view was echoed by Inalayat Bunglawala of the British Muslim Council who said: “I thought they were very humorous public safety films.”
Satire is a powerful weapon in changing minds, but there also must be consideration of when and how it is used on public television. A Broadway play, “The Producers,” spoofs Nazi Germany, but the overall sense of the performance in no way casts any negative image on Jews. These ads may be spoofs, but they also create a negative image of Dutch Muslims. This crosses the line of decency and respect for human dignity.
Posted in Europe, Human Rights, Iraq War, Islam, Multicultural, Muslims, Politics, War, World News
Tagged Dutch ads, Duth Muslims, terrorist spoof