Category Archives: Egypt

Plant A Tree and Die!

I have frequently been told that I am a “self hating Jew” because my dream is for Israel to exist in peace and cooperation with all nations in the Middle East. I have worked in the field of Holocaust education for over fifty years and did study in Israel, but according to the folks at AIPAC, unless I accept any and all actions by West Bank settlers and the Israel army against Palestinians, it is clear that I hate the state of Israel. Frankly, I am sick and tired of the unJewish actions by West Bank settlers who seize land from Palestinians, destroy their crops and insist these actions are necessary. Recently on the West Bank, a horse was stolen, by you know who, which resulted in angry actions by West Bank settlers. Zaid Abu Ain, a Minister in the government of the Palestinian Authority went to plant some trees. Yes, that was the threatening action he posed to the state of Israel.

It is clear the Minister was shoved, had arms placed around his throat, and wound up on the ground. He is now dead. According to the Israel newspaper, Haaretz, “after Abu Ain was hit by an IDF soldier” he fell to the ground. I am certain AIPAC will insist that once trees are allowed to be planted, the next step in Palestinian terrorism is murder of innocent Israel children. The worse threat to peace in the Middle East is AIPAC, and naturally the worse threat to a US Congressman who supports peace in the Middle East is AIPAC raising money to defeat him or her.

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

Hug by mom is like being hugged by God.

Fewer workers and more work in modern America.

“Greed” is the modern American disease.

Whatever happened to motorcycle guys?

Modern Americans gaze at machines all day long.

I chronicle the story of America.

America has shifted from “we” to “I.”

I do not see as many pony tails on female heads.

K-12 is free, why not college?

I feel oppressed if the toilet does not flush.

Bad Guys Acting Like Good Guys

It was many, many years ago back in the 1950s when I first entered the field of education. I was teaching an 8th grade class of Negro and Hispanic boys in a junior high school in Harlem. One day the boys asked me to explain what the heck was happening in the world and this is what I told them:

“During World War II the bad guys were the Germans and Japanese. The good guys were the Americans, the British and the Russians and Chinese. After the war ended, we decided that the bad Germans and Japanese really were the good guys, and the good guys Russians and Chinese were really the bad guys. So now we are friends with the former bad guys who are really good and the good guys are really bad guys. Is that clear?” They gazed at me as though I was stark raving crazy. Today, in Iraq, Iranian planes bombed ISIS. You know the bad Iranians are now working with their former enemies to kill the new bad guys.

Naturally, American authorities and Iranian authorities deny that Iranian planes are working in conjunction with Americans in Iraq to destroy ISIS. Admiral John Kirby wants the world to know: “Nothing has changed about our policy of not working with Iranians.” Oh, in Tehran, authorities deny they are cooperating with the evil nation of America.

Nothing has changed in life. We are all crazy!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

South Africa, Mail & Guardian: “Step Up Ebola Financial Aid”

Ebola needs more money to get around to people and help them get sick.

USA, aol: “Rewrite History”

Republicans had nothing to do with any financial crisis, it was the Democrats!

Denmark, Copenhagen Times: “Bad Week Gets Worse”

Select any Middle Eastern country and this applies.

Norway, Norway Post: “Man Makes Pig Noises”

Sounds like a loud oink to me.

France, Connexion: “MPs Revote Veil Ban”

If 2,000 Muslim women in France wear a veil it is the end of civilization as we know it!

Another Dictator Goes Free

As you recall there once was a thing we term, the Arab Spring. As you recall the streets of Cairo were filled with hundreds of thousands protesting corruption in their government and a dictatorship run for the benefit of those who run the Egyptian army. Brave young men and women risked their lives in order to bring some semblance of democracy to their land. However, the Egyptian armed forces enjoy the comfort of robbing their nation in order to ensure they live a life of comfort and wealth. Former President Hosni Mubarak became a millionaire as did his sons. Just about every Egyptian general has a nice bank account. The initial need was to place Hosni in jail in order to pacify crowds in the street. Of course, Hosni never actually went to a “jail.” Neither did his sons. General Sisi, his former buddy is now President of Egypt and we can be certain that he is either, or shortly will becomes a millionaire.

The “trial” of Hosni and his sons was finally held. It lasted but a few hours and Judge Mahmoud Rashidi virtually apologized for even having a trial. Hosni is back in his mansion and so are his sons in their mansions. Life has returned to normal in Egypt. Spring has become the winter of discontent– for protesters, not for military rulers.

Selling Al Qaeda Franchises

Military forces in Yemen stormed a house and freed seven hostages. The hostages had been seized by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, an outgrowth of the main organization which is fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt and any other place that will allow them to engage in acts of terrorism. Yemen soldiers insist they freed an American officer who was engaged in training Yemen soldiers. The United States government denies that any US soldier was freed because there are no American forces in that nation. This incident has led me to explore other franchises that might be of benefit to anyone reading this blog.

1. We have a franchise for any terrorist group for the city of Ferguson, Missouri. Plenty of opportunities to engage in mayhem and violence.

2. How about the al-Qaeda franchise to attack McDonald’s establishments in Texas?

3. Then again, how about a franchise to sell Wendy hamburgers to those going on a suicide mission. At least their tummy should be full prior to ceasing to be a tummy.

4. As of this point there is no al-Qaeda branch on Wall Street. Then again, it might be too dangerous for al-Qaeda when they encounter our Wall Street sharp shooters.

5. By the way there is no al-Qaeda organization for pre-schoolers. Care to set one up?

US Never Had Middle Eastern Foreign Policy

The foreign policy tragedy of the Obama administration is that it never developed a foreign policy for the Middle East. Symbolically the comment by President Obama as to his policy toward ISIS was, ” I do not have a strategy.” His problems in the Middle East began years before that statement. Does he even today have a Middle East foreign policy. In fairness, he inherited a mess from President Bush, and never figured out what he wanted to accomplish in this region of the world. Examine the reality of the Middle East.

1. The most important military centers are in Turkey, Egypt, Iran, and Algeria. Only these nations have armies.

2. Poverty is the most important driving force in this region.

3. Well educated young people lack work. This results in them winding up working with jihadist groups.

4. The unresolved problem of Palestinians hovers over the region. It is a source of anger and violence.

5. President Assad was a wild card who hated militants of the Muslim religion.

At no point did the Obama administration:

1. Address the economic realities of this area of the world. Economic aid was crucial. NO “Marshall Plan” was ever offered to the region.

2. Some form of military alliance between Turkey, Egypt and Algeria might have created an armed force that could handle militants.

3. The issue of Israel HAD to be addressed. It never was.

In other words, a Mediterranean Marshall Plan just might have won over young educated Muslims in the region. The key element of the original Marshall Plan was -no money without cooperation between nations seeking funds.

Turkey Charges US Acts Turkey

President Recep Erdogan was to last year the prime minister of Turkey, but decided he preferred the role of president in order to pursue his dreams of making Turkey the number one nation in the Middle East. HIs Justice and Development Party assumed power over ten years ago, and ended military rule of the nation. Of course, in pursuit of that goal he has increasingly demonstrated an authoritarian attitude and does not enjoy having anyone contradict his views regarding what is necessary. Vice President Joe Biden has flown to Turkey in an attempt to resolve issues in conflict.

1. Erdogan believes the war against Kurds is THE most important issue in the Middle East.

2. Erdogan believes that if President Bashar al-Assad was removed as head of Syria, then peace and prosperity would return to the Middle East.

3. Erdogan is not impressed with the power of ISIS which he considers a lesser threat than the Kurds.

4. Turkey is allegedly a partner in NATO, but he ignores this body in the Middle East.

5. Erdogan does not like anyone contradicting his ideas, that is why more reporters are in jail in Turkey than in any other nation.

6. Erdogan has refused to work with Greece and Cyprus about issues of oil and gas in the Mediterranean.

Joe, good luck. You will need it when with President Erdogan. He will make Mitch and John and Ted come across as reasonable folks!

Cut And Stitch Women

About sixty years ago when the Egyptian military was in charge of the country, women enjoyed a powerful role in the goal of creating a modern society. They walked around without head coverings, they attended college, served in government posts, and were no longer compelled by their parents to undergo genital mutilation. That was then, today is now. The old ways of compelling young girls to undergo Genital Female Circumsicion FGM has returned with a vengeance. Dr. Raslan Fadl, an Islamic cleric was acquitted in a court of law of the crime of mutilating 13 year old Sohair al Bata’a. After all, he is a doctor, and doctors are entitled to a few mistakes such as causing the death of a teenager.

According to the doctor, his problems stem from “those dogs rights groups.” You know, western infidels who seek to prevent the forced ceremony that cuts into the female body in order to make sex a sense of hurt in order to halt any woman from engaging in adultery. A UN report insists this practice is now common among Egyptian females, age 15-40. I guess modernity had not yet arrived in ancient Egypt.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

France, Connexion: “Police Shut Down Illegal Hotel”

I assume that means a hotel that does not pay protection money to the police.

Sweden, Local: “Health Workers Injure Disabled Man”

Is it wrong for health workers to alter the health of people?

USA, Army Times: “Lure Recruits With Alcohol”

A drunk soldier does not experience pain.

Hungary, Budapest Times:

“Keep Breasts Out Of Harm’s Way”

I will suck on this story for a while.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Dog Acquitted”

Sodomy is not a crime anymore in most countries!