Monthly Archives: March 2009

Israelis Retreat Into Bunkers Of Silence

The people of Israel have elected a government headed by Benjamin Netanyahu which refuses to indicate a commitment to work for a two state solution in which one of the states is an independent Palestine. President Obama told reporters in Washington that “the status quo is unsustainable. It is critical for us to advance a two state solution where Israelis and Palestinians can live side by side in their own states with peace and security.” He also indicated the election of Netanyahu made prospects more difficult for peace, “it’s not easier than it was, but I think it’s just as necessary.” Outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert warned his nation the selection of Netanyahu could result in Israel being isolated from other nations of the world.

EU foreign policy chief, Javier Solana also made clear the European Union will not support an Israel government that refuses to accept the prospect of an independent Palestinian state. “They (Israelis) know it, and we have to keep saying that.”

The world is baffled by the actions of Israelis in voting for such anti-peace figures such as the nationalist demagogue Avigdor Lieberman. Granted, it may appear comfortable living in a bunker, but at some point, one must open the door and get back to reality. The Arab world is ready to sign a peace treaty with Israel based on the 1967 borders. It is the ONLY solution for an Israel that seeks peace and prosperity for its people.

Did Israel Hit Sudan Convoy?

The government of Sudan charged that Israeli planes struck a convoy carrying arms which was in Sudan and headed to deliver their cargo to Gaza. According to a CBS report, 39 people were killed in the assault which occurred shortly after the invasion of Gaza concluded. “A convoy of vehicles carrying illegal weapons was bombed near the Sudanese-Egyptian border in mid-January,” according to a Sudanese official. Israeli army officials refused to comment. However, Israel newspapers claim there is an international network which has been organized to deliver weapons to Palestinians.

The unanswered question is whether Israel believes it has the right to strike any nation anywhere on grounds it is defending its national interests. Certainly, that is what George Bush claimed as justification for invading Iraq. The danger is at some point attacking other nations will result in a counter bombing which could escalate into wider war.

UN Body Seeks To Ban Criticism Of Religion!

The United Nations human rights group decided in the name of human rights to make it against human rights for anyone to insult a religion. Support for this proposal came strongly from nations of the Muslim world who resent criticism of their religion like the infamous Danish cartoons. The resolution urges states to provide “protection against acts of hatred, discrimination, intimidation and coercion resulting from defamation of religions and incitements to religious hatred in general.” Muslim nations want their religion to be protected against criticism in the media. India’s UN ambassador said it was inappropriate to link religious criticism with racism.

One can only wonder how this resolution impacts the continued attack on the Jewish religion by Muslim media and public officials. Will they be arresting individuals like the Ayatollah Khamenei and other such religious leaders who make negative remarks about Jews?

Oliphant Oirks Some American Jewst

Pat Oliphant has been around most of the 20th century dispensing his comic views on the state of the world. The Los Angeles based Simon Wiesenthal Center is a wonderful organization that does outstanding work has denounced an Oliphant cartoon which depicts a goose-stepping uniformed figure wheeling a fanged Star of David that menaces at small female figure labeled, “Gaza.” According to the Center, Oliphant’s cartoon reminds them of anti-Semitism that filled the streets of Berlin in the thirties and led to the Holocaust. During the past few years, Muslim groups have denounced Danish cartoonists for portraying their religion in a derogatory manner. If Danish cartoonists can lambast Muslims, Pat Oliphant can jibe at Israel.

It is a cartoon, for goodness sake. It is good old Pat Oliphant who has been doing this for nearly half a century. A little common sense will make clear Oliphant is not an anti-semite, he is an anti-pomposity person. Draw on, Pat.

Will Obama Stay The Course In Afghanistan?

The Obama administration believes it has a small window of opportunity to develop a successful strategy in the war in Afghanistan before public opinion swings against any such ventures. The main thrust of the new strategy is to shift from military to civilian development, an approach that has been continually attempted and has not succeeded. Focusing on civilians and their needs is only as successful as the government which is carrying out such activities and the current Afghan government is too corrupt and inefficient for success. Obama has mentioned a “timeline” but this has never been clearly spelled out.

It would be ironic if during the congressional elections of 2010, the Republican party posed itself as the party for getting out of Afghanistan regardless of the fact that it was the party that got America into it back in 2001? Who knows, will Republicans become the party of peace?

It’s Them White Folk With Blue Eyes!

Brazilian President Lula de Silva blasted white people in the world as the cause of the current economic crisis which he believes has most impacted poor darker skinned people. He said “white people with blue eyes” are the ones who destroyed the banking system and sent the world into a downward spiral of poverty that now impact millions of innocent dark skinned individuals. “It’s not an ideological question–the fact is that once again we find that most of the poor who have not even participated in globalization have been the first victims of the crisis.”

This raises questions about white people with dark eyes. Are they at all responsible for what has happened? Perhaps, it is time to check out any white person with blue or dark eyes and find out their exact role in the financial crisis. If it turns out that only blue eyed are devils, we can take off the hook those white people with dark eyes who live in Brazil.

By the way, whatever happened to the darker skinned dark eyed people of Japan? Do they fit in anywhere?

Google Is Going Into Private Matters

Google took another step in making the lives of people subject to the market forces of the advertising industry. It is launching what it terms, “internet-based advertising,” which is simply another way to say it will allow business organizations to obtain information concerning the lives of people in order to enable more effective advertising strategies. Google will collect an endless source of data concerning where on the Internet people venture, how long they venture and other such interesting pieces of information which the business world would like to know.

We have not yet reached the world of Big Brother or Big Sister but we are moving along a slippery slope in which others gain information as to our everyday lives. Once upon a time, a person had privacy, but once entering the world of the Internet the only privacy that exists is when the computer is turned off.

Or, do we know if they are collecting data when the computer is silent?

Sarah Palin Tells It Like It Is- That’s The Problem!

Sarah Palin told a meeting of Alaska Republicans that she will not back down from telling the truth to the American people regardless of smears on the part of the media. “I’m going to call it like I see it” proclaimed that fervent advocate of ignorance and stupidity. She lashed out at the media for treating her unfairly and noted that she had a DEGREE IN JOURNALISM! How many of the liberal media pundits can match her degree from a prestigious institution of journalism in Idaho? Palin was recently upset that President Obama cracked a joke which insulted all those with physical disabilities and she wanted to make clear one does not joke with such matters. Of course, she has no interest in the physical disabilities of those without medical insurance or those who can’t pay the rent or those who are poor.

Perhaps, one day, the Governor of Alaska will actually propose a single intelligent idea on how to deal with economic problems or the collapse of our infrastructure. Apparently, the main issue confronting America in her mind is the liberal media and their unfair attacks on her personage. She never said a word when 4,000 Americans were killed in Iraq, she never said a word when Bush lied, but, then again, one does not attack Republicans in her view of life. It is the darn fault of the liberal media! That’s why the economy collapsed!!

US General Blames Russia For Aggression

American General John Craddock blamed Russia for engaging in aggressive actions which have resulted in creating tensions in the world. He noted the world had been moving toward a position that no nation in Europe should engage in aggressive actions in order to achieve its foreign policy goals but Russia by invading Georgia in August, 2008 had violated this basic premise. “Russia seems determined (to) use Euro-Atlantic security institutions weakened and has shown a readiness to use economic leverage and military force to achieve its aims.” Of course, this is a typical George Bush interpretation of what has been going on. However, the evidence is now overwhelming that Georgia initiated the invasion, not Russia, but no mention is made of this event.

America all too often sees the world through its own lens. Was it an aggressive action to inform Russia that missile bases were being built on its border? Was it an aggressive action to incite Georgia to initiate an invasion of South Ossetia? The United States constantly uses economic sanctions against nations like Cuba or Iran, but according to General Craddock that is not an example of aggressive action. When will Americans begin to see the world through the perspective of other nations?

Dealing With Finnish School Shooting After Effects

Shootings in schools attract enormous attention in the world press and frequently give the illusion that such events are common in schools. Despite the rarity of such events, they are traumatic to children, to educators and to the community in which they occur. People assume a school is a safe area and children are protected in them against the evils of society. Last September, Matti Juhani Saari, a Finnish boy, entered a vocational high school and killed nine students and a teacher as well as himself. The Kauhajoki Project has been established to work with teachers, students and the community as emotional feelings continue to impact individuals. The project emphasizes, as part of a three year effort to assist the community a focus on students and the families of dead children. A budget of one million Euros has been allocated to provide trained professionals to work with those in need of emotional support.

This is an intelligent approach. It is all too often for communities to go through shock and pain and then attempt to put the event away. We lack these approaches to systematic study of what happens in a community in the aftermath of a school shooting.