Category Archives: Egypt

Our Ally, Egypt!

Egypt is among the oldest allies of the United States of America. We have sent billions of dollars to this nation because its leaders are not religious fanatics. Oh, they are fanatics, but fanatics a much different way. Since General Sisi and his army took over the government from the incredibly incompetent President Morsi, the nation of Egypt has moved further and further into a land of military rule and power. Oh, under the previous General Mubarak, the military also enjoyed power, but at least there was a semblance of law and order and the right to express an opinion. At this moment, THOUSANDS of Egyptians are in prison on charges of supporting the Morsi government or supporting views that run contrary to those of General Sisi. A report by the International Federation of Human Rights provides abundant evidence of brutal treatment of prisoners. “Egyptian police, National Security, Intelligence officers abuse detainees with sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault, rape with physical objects, electrocution of genitalia,and blackmail.”

Egypt has presented the world with mass trials of 100 people which conclude with death sentences of all. Prior President Morsi has been sentenced to death. There is no question that Morsi was incompetent, t here is no question he wanted to impose religious rule. But,the alternative to what he desired is — DEMOCRACY! Not, Army rule and Army abuse!

Middle East 101 For Dummies

marco Rubio and Rand Paul have suddenly become experts about Middle Eastern foreign policy. Both men have emerged as the leading experts on policy in this area of the world. Both men are determined the only solution in dealing with problems is to “send in the troops.” They demand action, and are tired of the inept policy of President Obama who refused to take strong military action, right now. Frankly, I doubt if either one of these two brave men who have never served their nation in the military have the slightest knowledge of what is happening in Iraq or Yemen.

1. Both demand confronting the “Iran-backed” Houthi in Yemen. Actually, the Houthi have two enemies in Yemen. One was the government which they drove from power. However, their main enemy is -AL QAEDA! I doubt if Rand or Marco even knows the group they want to take out is leading the fight against al Qaeda which both hate.

2. Actually, the Houthi initially were NOT backed by Iran, it was only AFTER the Houthi demonstrated success that Iran offered support. So, how come the US did not offer support?

3. Rand and Marco are the great friends of Israel. I hate to inform them but Israel is one of the problems in the area. Its failure to work with Palestinian leaders and create a modern Palestinian state is A cause of problems, not THE cause.

4. I hate to inform Marco and Rand that use of force was the MAIN problem of the Bush administration. It was GEORGE BUSH whose use of force created ISIS.

It is time for being calm and focus on economic development and provide young people in the region a reason to support Western powers. Above all, it is necessary to allow the emergence of Muslim moderate leaders if we desire peace in the region.

So, ends Middle East 101 for Dummies

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 24 year old mind trapped in an 84 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We should have a contest for the most bizarre Republican conspiracy theory.

Whatever happened to the once sane Rand Paul?

Say the word, Iowa, and Marco Rubio will say whatever you want him to say.

We need term limits on how many candidates a political party can allow to run in their primaries.

A paper flew onto the desk of Rand Paul which said, Republican primary, and he signed it.

Once upon a time there were giants in the land, today, there are pygmies.

Sorry, Jesus is NOT coming back, would you return to this planet containing these crazy Republicans??

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer samples of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

South Africa, Mail & Guardian: “Boko Haram Captivity”

A trip to Hell.

Norway, Norway Post: “A Long Way Home”

If only Republicans could send Barack Obama back to his home in Africa!

Hungary, Budapest Times: “Dark And Stormy Night”

What would happen if Ted Cruz became President!

Japan, Japan Times: “Actress Pregnant”

Hopefully with lines not babies.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Sex Ed Homework”

Hopefully an example of hands-on education.

Training Good Syrians

The United States government has finally gotten around to instituting a program to train ‘good” Muslims in order to end the war in Syria and allow the good guys to win. About $500 million has been allocated to train and equip about 5000 men who supposedly are to enter Syria and wipe out ISIS, al-Qaeda, and the Syrian government. And, not an American has to be involved in any aspect of this war. Oops, I should not use the word, “war” since all we are doing is “training” people to kill the bad guys. Senator John McCain has called for instituting a “no-fly” over Syrian skies in order to prevent any group from dropping bombs. As he put it: “I don’t think it’s possible to recruit young men to be trained in Jordan or Saudi Arabia or some place and go back in and tell them you’re not getting protected from being barrel bombed. It’s immoral.”

Senator McCain does have a point. The US could impose a no fly policy without great risk to our pilots. But, the real issue is that Muslims must take over training and arming their own fighters without any Americans being involved. They will not be effective fighters unless they believe in the fight. And, Americans can not teach them how to believe!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer samples of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

Hungary, Budapest Times: “Banks Abandoned”

Yep, the wealthy took out all the money!

South Africa, Mail & Guardian: “Police, Army Raid House”

And, a good time was had by one and all with the women in the house.

Norway,Norway Post: “New Gas Discovery”

And, new earth quakes along with it.

USA, aol: “Hottest City”

It used to be Ferguson, but guess which city today is the hottest spot?

UK, Guardian: “Mr. Irrelevance”

Today in America, the title goes to –TED CRUZ!

Hurrah, Hurrah, We Hit Bad Guy

American military leaders are besides themselves with joy. A drone strike hit a group of men in Iraq and it turns out that one of them was the leader of evil ISIS, the notorious, evil, horrible, brutal Abu Kakr al-Baghdadi. Not only is Baghdadi a bad dadi, but he is also head honcho of the ISIS gang. Remember when President Obama was besides himself with joy as Special Forces shot to death the evil, horrible, brutal guy named Osama bin Laden? Yes, we were promised that once the bad leader was dead then……something was going to happen. We assumed that once the head guy was dead, then…… For over a decade American leaders have been talking big about capturing or killing bad guys. In the end many of them have been killed, wounded, or incapacitated, but the wars go on and on and on.

There is no connection with getting rid of the top guy and ending a civil insurrection. In order to end a civil war, and today, that is what is happening in Iraq and Syria, the people must be offered a new dream. So far, western nations and their “allies” in the Middle East lack a message, let alone a leader. People in the Middle East simply do not believe those in alliance with western powers represent a meaningful future. ISIS can only be defeated with IDEAS. There are no leaders out there or IDEAS to challenge ISIS. We can only celebrate when those emerge in the world of the Middle East.

Iraq Forever

The latest news from Iraq is that ISIS is still around and continues to fight back against planes and soldiers from Iraq and a few dozen other nations in the Middle East. Just when it was thought ISIS was on the run, they are now running straight for the city of Ramadi in Anbar province. So, what is happening?

1. Thousands of fanatics are streaming into Iraq from all parts of the Muslim world in order to partake of an opportunity to die for Allah.

2. For some strange reason these men — and women– continue to obtain arms in order to carry on the fight.

3. ISIS continues to behead while opponents continue to bomb.

4. ISIS followers BELIEVE. It is doubtful if most Iraq soldiers believe in anything other than their pay check.

5. It is a war between devout believers who claim to be carrying out the will of God vs soldiers who are doing a job.

6. ISIS fanatics are to Iraq what Tea Party fanatics are to the USA. People consumed with hate and who believe God is on their side

Opponents of ISIS must have a dream. They need leaders who will inspire. At this moment no such leaders are present in the Middle East other than those who head groups such as IIS. I wonder if there are moderate imams who can inspire?

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer samples of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

Denmark,Copenhagen Post: “Come In From The Rain”

Some are wet in body and wet in spirit.

Canada,Toronto Star: “Missing Woman Found”

I assume she is no longer a missing woman.

Russia, Moscow Times: “Man Dumped At Psychiatric Center”

I hope his name was Vladimir Putin.

Norway, Norway Post: ‘Nontraditional Families”

These days for some that means a man and a woman.

Egypt, al-ahram: “South Sudan Peace Talks Collapse”

What else, it is in South Sudan?

ISIS STILL AROUND

American planes are bombing ISIS, Jordan planes are bombing ISIS, British planes are bombing ISIS, French planes are bombing ISIS, heck, even Iraq planes are bombing ISIS, but for some strange reason this group continues to advance and take over areas of Iraq. The Iraq Prime Minister Haidar al-abaci is pleading for help in halting this terrorist group which is now drawing men and women from all parts of the world to its banner of Islam. Why?

1. ISIS enforces struck laws of honesty when it takes over an area.

2. ISIS provides food and clothing and shelter to all. Of course, they take food, clothing and shelter from those who have those items.

3. ISIS establishes free education for the children and teaches them the Koran from dawn to dusk.

4. ISIS promises that if they triumph, Muslims will be respected in the world.

5. ISIS does not allow officers to steal money and it insists on respect for all soldiers.

6. ISIS pays soldiers a decent salary.

7. ISIS offers wives to its soldiers and provides for the family.

An idea can not be defeated with bombs, it can only be defeated by another idea.

This is NOT done by the Iraq government. Wonder why ISIS is still around and growing?