We offer observations on the human condition from a 24 year old mind trapped in an 84 year old body.
NOBODY ASKED ME BUT
Friendship is a gift, not an obligation.
There are friends of heart and friends of convenience.
Prejudice has a thousand fathers.
Some talk to self aloud, others only within.
The past dwells forever in our mind.
People enjoy boasting of their skin color.
Our choice is always to love or to hate.
I enjoy being is silence enjoying my mind.
Some grasp the pizza proudly as though won a prize.
Some dig into pocket seeking to grasp a treasure.
A member of the United States Air Force has been informed that he must depart unless on his re-enlistment process he takes an oath of allegiance to the United States that includes the words, “so help me God.” It turns out the Air Force is the only branch of our armed forces that insists someone who does not believe in God must pledge allegiance to God or forsake belonging to the armed forces. A few years ago, there were reports from the Air Force Academy of efforts by religious folk to propagate their ideas among those in the Academy. What exactly does God have to do with being a loyal American is a mystery of life. Most reports indicate at the minimum about 10% of Americans are atheists in one way or another. Heck, at least thirty percent of Americans don’t belong to any religious group!
We insist that “God Is ON Our Side” when we go off to kill the “enemy.” We insist that God helped us win the bet or ensured that we had the winning hand in a poker game. Frankly, “so help me God” should only mean that I love my fellow humans, so help me God!
By the way, those who lead the US Air Force, ISIS believes that God is on their side, so help me God!
We offer samples of headlines from the world press along with our comments.
New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “Politician Is Hot Thinker”
I would wait until he cools off a bit.
Canada, Toronto Star: “One Mean Bunch”
Congressional Republicans are NEVER mean to the wealthy!
Russia, Moscow Times: “Global Mission”
Vladimir wants the world to see him bare chested!
USA, aol: “Woman Bites Cop And Dies”
At least she wasn’t beaten to death!
Australia, Canberra Times: “Doctor Forgot To Diagnose Cancer”
No one is perfect. Isn’t it about time patients did some thinking?
President Barack Obama is going to give a speech this Wednesday evening in which American foreign policy toward terrorist groups will be discussed. Believe it or not, but Barack finally has decided to invite Republican leaders, and a wide variety of foreign policy experts to the White House so that he can hear differing views. This blog has been urging such gathering for years, but whoever Barack Obama relies on for foreign policy advice, the idea of coming across as aggressive in world affairs has not been characteristic of this administration. Instead, we have been treated to comments about “I have yet to work out a strategy.” There are many good things to be said about the Obama administration, but forceful thinking about foreign affairs is not one of them.
Ed Royce, Republican Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, praised the president’s action. Boy, this must be a first, a Republican with nice things to be said about Obama! However, Royce made clear he “wants a plan that brings our allies on board.” I assume that is the new plan. Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein praised the President for “going on the offense.” I assume that five years into a presidency is just about the right time to go on the offense.
The good news is that Iraq now has a new Cabinet. The bad news is that Iraq has a new Cabinet. US Secretary of State John Kerry hailed formation of an inclusive group of men who represent all factors in the nation as the beginning of a process that will result in the end of ISIS. Frankly, we are not that impressed with arrival of Haider al-Abadi to the role of prime minister. Yes, the problem is that former Prime Minister al-Maliki was incompetent, a bigot who hated Sunnis and did everything in his power to create ISIS, but that is not the only problem. ISIS did not emerge from nothing. It was created with money that came from rich Muslims in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.The government of Saudi Arabia for decades has been providing millions of dollars to violent Imams preaching words of hatred to those who stand for moderation and peace in the Arab world.
We would be more impressed if John Kerry was able to announce that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates had decided to end any and all money outflows to terrorists. As long as groups such as ISIS get financial support from Saudi Arabians they will be functioning as threats to peace and security in the Middle East!