The nation of Turkey in the aftermath of World War I ended its monarchy and created a republic that was heavily secular in thinking an operation. From its initial leader, Ataturk, the armed forces and most public officials were committed to the concept of a secular government which granted all citizens the right of religious freedom. However, in exchange for this freedom citizens had to surrender control of the government to the Turkish Army. Its leaders decided which political leaders could be elected. However, in 2003, Recep Erdogan, and his Justice and Development Party took control of the government. Prime Minister Erdogan instituted a program that stripped the military of its power and ensured that civilians would control the government. However, his initial moderate Muslim centered government increasingly began to insist the Muslim religion should be a central feature of government. He became increasingly dictatorial in behavior and actions.
Several months ago, police in Istanbul tapped Erdogan’s phones as part of an investigation of corruption. Yesterday, about twenty policemen were arrested for the crime of illegal wire tapping even though their illegal act had uncovered illegal acts of the prime minister. I wonder how our Supreme Court would handle this case?
I sometimes wonder if there ever was a day on this planet since those creatures named, Cro-Magnon, finally appeared on the scene of “civilization?” Select any place on this planet and some form of violence and killing is proceeding just about every day.
1. Rockets were fired from Gaza so missiles were fired from Israel. I assume some people were either wounded or killed, but who these days keeps counts of the slaughter of humans.
2. In Nigeria, Boko Haram seized another village, killing men and kidnapping women. There is no question the Nigerian Army is the best fighting force in this world that opposes any form of shooting of the enemy. If you want to be safe and secure from soldiers, just confront some Nigerian soldiers.
3. Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan witnessed about 50,000 protesters swarming through the streets and headed for Parliament. They believe the last presidential election was fixed. Frankly, I am bewildered. Did anyone expect an honest election or counting of votes in Pakistan?
So, why bother you with further examples of another day of peace on planet Earth.
There is scant doubt that Barack Obama does not enjoy the dirty world of politics. He intends to stand above, away and beyond any connection with “politics” and trades and giving politicians something for their vote. After all, he is the PRESIDENT. Unfortunately for Barack Obama he never studied the history of successful American presidents. Abraham Lincoln traded laws for votes, how else the 14th Amendment getting through Çongress. Need a new Post Office in your district, OK, but you must vote for my law. Franklin Roosevelt spent time each day talking with members of Congress, identifying which bills they needed to be passed in order to continue in office. In exchange for his largess the Congressman votes for the bill desired by the President. Lyndon Johnson needed Republican votes to pass the Civil Rights bill which granted equal rights to minorities and women, he go them by working to meet their political needs. The essential task of American presidents is to think about members of Congress and what they need in order to continue in office.
Failure on the part of Obama to adopt this attitude is part of his problems with Congress. Few Democrats in Congress have ever enjoyed the opportunity to meet and discuss political needs with their president. After all, a President is leader of his political office. Barack Obama has never understood that concept. He remains aloof from the dirty world of politics, and this is a piece of the puzzle for his terrible relations with Republicans–and Congressional Democrats! He is among the most inept political Presidents in our history.
Sorry, Barack, a great President is a great political leader!
American planes are blasting away at ISIL or ISIS –depending upon how you wish to term this group of murderers. We bomb, they retreat–for the moment. As these bombs fall, back in Baghdad, politicians are throwing verbal bombs and threats at one another. Sunnis are still furious at the anti-Sunni behavior of just departed Nuri al-Maliki, and many Shiites are worried the new government might offer Sunnis too many promises of equal treatment. Meanwhile, Kurds in northern Iraq just want heavier weapons with which to fight ISIL. IN a nutshell, no group in Iraq is happy with the present arrangement of power. Perhaps, it is time to offer groups in Iraq another version of government.
1. Divide Iraq into three states.
2. One state would be for Kurds, one for Shiites, and one for Sunnis.
3. Of course, we could create four states which would provide for secular folk disgusted with any form of religion.
4. Then again, we could create five states leaving one for Christians and any other group which feels left out of the current situation–like Yazidis.
5. Of course, we could create a sixth state for American soldiers.
In other words, some form of federal government is necessary for Iraqis–at least for the following fifty years. Perhaps, in 2065, those still in the area might be ready for one nation!
Reports indicate that Hamas and Israel negotiators are not going to reach any agreement. We offer a version as to how each side feels about these negotiations.
Several years ago when Israel invaded our homeland, we killed about ten Israeli soldiers. This time we killed over sixty so there is no doubt of our great victory in this conflict. We forced Israel soldiers to leave Gaza due to our tenacity in refusing to surrender. OK, so a few buildings were blown up. OK, so a few hundred civilians are dead. But, leaders of Hamas are alive and ready for the next fight. We have radicalized hundreds of young men which means there will be even more fighters ready to die fighting for the great cause. Now, you ask, what exactly is “the great cause?” The “great cause” is to inflict a hundred or so deaths upon Israel soldiers. If we kill Israel soldiers then it gives meaning to our lives. We gain pride in killing. We gain power in killing. So, why the heck should we sign any agreement not to cease fighting. Pray tell, what exactly do we do if we cease fighting? On with the fight!
They killed three of our children and we now have killed hundreds of their children. They killed three Israeli citizens so now we have killed nearly two thousand. They fired missiles that wrecked a few Israel homes, we flattened hundreds of their homes and left thousands without any place to live. We destroyed dozens of tunnels and intend to destroy any we find in order to prevent terrorists from entering our land of peace. We cannot trust any Palestinians, that is our motto of peace. Once again, we taught Hamas the lesson that kill one Israeli and discover that a few hundred Palestinians are dead. Might is right. Might leads to peace. “Never Again” is the lesson from World War II. Never again will Jews go quietly to their deaths!
On with the fight!
I assume those reading this blog are becoming tired of continual stories about shooting. I assume those who are in touch with the social media are now mentally fatigued reading about innocent people shot by those armed with guns. The story has become boring because there is nothing new in these events. It is always the same, some idiot reaches for a gun rather than taking a moment to investigate a situation. Sgt. Easton McDaniels who works in the Loudon County police department in Virginia heard a sound in his garage. It was nighttime, and there was no reason for any noises in his garage. The policeman saw a figure in the darkness.
1. Did he say anything to the figure?
2. Did he issue a warning?
3. Did he fire his gun up in the air?
None of the above. The figure was that of his sixteen year old daughter. She has slipped out of the house to see a friend. So, the policeman blasted away. His daughter is now in a hospital with serious gun shot wounds.
Oh, I forgot to mention, Mr. McDaniels was Standing His Ground!
There are still fires in Ferguson, Missouri, there are still people wandering its streets with anger and fury at police who have treated American citizens as though they were enemies of the government. Police armed with weapons of war, clad in armor as though going into battle to confront Islamic terrorists are out in force in Ferguson. IN reality, Ferguson has become a war zone right here in the good old USA. There is something horrible at the sight of American police pointing assault weapons at citizens. There is something wrong at the sight of armored cars with machine guns driving around Ferguson with the same attitude held by soldiers who fought in the streets of Baghdad. American police no longer are the friendly guy in blue who places a loving hand on the head of children and offers a pleasant hello to businessmen and mothers. They have become warriors ready for combat.
I recall as a boy in the Bronx, New York being caught stealing comic books. A policeman grabbed me, took me outside, and gave me a hard whack on the head with words of warning” “Do that again you little bastard and I’ll send you up the river to a reformatory.” That was the end of my criminal career. What does Ferguson need?
1. Police dressed in blue, not in armor.
2. Police armed with a pistol and club.
3. Neighborhood police who know all the merchants, visit local schools and are friendly with people in the streets.
4. It would also help if instead of only 3 black cops of the 53 officers, the number was closer to thirty.
As we all recall, the United States of America in 1979 decided that Iran, which had just driven out its Shah, was now an enemy state. During the 1980s, America supported the freedom loving nation of Iraq which was ruled by that fighter for freedom, Saddam Hussein. After all, he had invaded Iran which made him now an official member of the club of democracies. A few years have passed and now that Sunni controlled ISIL has gained control over northern Iraq, the idea of working with Iran to halt this terrorist group has become an attractive possibility for America. Both the US and Iran are united in opposing spread of Sunni Islamist terrorism, so what else to do but become allies.
I realize this poses ideological problems for Fox News or Tea Party supporters. After all, Iran is one of the bad guys so how can we ally with these folks? Let me note to those opposing an alliance with Iran that during World War II the US and England were allies of Communist Russia, then led by dictator Joseph Stalin who had murdered at least five million people. As English Prime Minister Winston Churchill, among the most fervent haters of communism put it: “I would form an alliance with the devil if it meant saving my nation!”
Good advice to follow.
There was a student who was on the Arapahoe HS debate team and had a conflict with the coach. She demoted Karl Pierson which made the boy rather angry and he publicly made clear that he intended to murder the coach. Naturally, after a brief detention, the principal allowed the boy to return to class. After all, schools receive state money for each student who is listed as attending school that day. Last December 13, Karl returned –along with a shotgun, a machete and blood in his eyes since he intended to murder the debate coach. Alas, he could not carry out the threat and wound up murdering a 17 year old girl. He then committed suicide.
Attempts to contact the principal and other school authorities about the decision to allow Karl getting back in class have met with “no comment.” School officials note they are not allowed to discuss any disciplinary case. This is simply another example in which a suburban youth decided to enter a school and begin blasting away. The boy needed psychological aid, not going back to class. When will school authorities ever learn that some children should be under medical care rather in classrooms?
Perhaps, a wise member of a police department can explain why acts of crime have declined to historic low rates while at the same time the number of people in jail has risen to over two million. Just about each day there appears in our media another story about some person who engaged in an act of crime, and the result was death–not to police, but to the “criminal.” We need a new war on crime:
1. Shift use of police from worrying about who is smoking marijuana to those who are financial criminals.
2. Shift use of police from worrying about non-violent criminal behavior to those who are engaged in non-violent fiscal crime.
3. Fill the prisons with those wearing white collars rather than those wearing hoods.
4. How about shifting police to examining members of Congress who engage in the crime of selling their vote?
5. Just imagine an America in which agencies of law and order focused on government crime!
6. Imagine an America in which police supervised the health and safety of products being sold that threaten the health of our citizens?
I have a hunch the new War on Crime would result in greater safety for people in this country.