Category Archives: Egypt

When Will Hamas Ever Learn?

The topic of, “who is to blame for the carnage in Gaza” undoubtedly will be a major source of discussion and the media in the coming days, weeks, and months. Who fired the first shot? Or, who began the slaughter of the innocent? In reality, those who support Palestinians will blame Israel, and Israel will blame Hamas. Frankly, at this point such discussion engages people in the wrong issue at the wrong time. The only issue at this juncture is to end the slaughter of the innocent. There was a 72 hour ceasefire which was designed to lower anger as well as lower the number killed and wounded. So, what do Hamas soldiers do? They decide to attack Israel soldiers and kidnap one. Another example of the ineptness of Hamas leaders. Once gaining control of Gaza they should have focused their entire energy into transforming this piece of desert into a thriving community. A leader of Hamas has only one thing on his agenda–fighting and killing Israelis and destroying Israel.

At no point do Hamas leaders inhabit the world of reality. Israel will not disappear. Hey fellow, Israel has ATOMIC BOMBS. Do you jokers doubt for a moment that an Israeli government confronted with destruction would avoid using those weapons of mass destruction? The nightmare for Hamas is that Israel WOULD be confronted with losing. Such an event would result in mass destruction of Hamas and all living in Gaza. It is time for those who lead Hamas to wake up to reality. Israel is here to stay. You guys have no such guarantee. Switch from weapons of destruction to weapons of economics. Create a modern economically successful Gazas and Muslims will flock to your banner.

Modesty For Woman, Not Men.

I regard myself as a man who is open to new ideas. I enjoy engaging in open discussion with those offering differing viewpoints. But, I confess to having confusion whenever someone speaks about the need for women to be modest in their attire. For some reason, the assumption is that God or Christ spends their days gazing down on this insignificant planet checking to see if any woman has not covered her face or body. Coptic Christian Orthodox Bishop Bisboy in Egypt announced to women in his domain, that henceforth they were to behave like a good Muslim woman. He banned women from wearing trousers, blouses or using makeup when in HIS church seeking communion. Back in 2012, he advised Christian women to follow the precepts of Muslim females. “I call on Christian girls to learn from veiled Muslim women with their modesty. Some Christian women might be displeased with me, but the Virgin Mary and nuns wore modest clothes.”

I assume the Bishop is an expert on attire two thousand years ago in the Middle East. Of course, we lack any photos about what women wore although we do have some drawings. But, definitely, we do not have a scrap of evidence about the attire of the Virgin Mary. Frankly, if God or the Virgin Mary was interested in women wearing veils, one wonders whether she wants males to also wear veils. How did this idea get going that women must cover up, but men wear whatever the heck they desire? If covering the face is a sign of respect for God or those up THERE, why aren’t men displaying similar “respect?”

It Will Not End Until No One Is Left!

In all honesty, there simply are no new words to add to what has been described and reported in Gaza. Each day more die. Each day more buildings are destroyed. Each day more tunnels are blasted to pieces. Each day rockets and shells explode. Following is the latest list:

64 dead Israeli soldiers— 1418 dead Palestinians — 3196 Israel shells into Gaza — 2842 rockets fired into Israel by Hamas

The only certainty in this fighting is that by tomorrow these figures will be higher. Each day hate and anger grow more intense. One thing is very clear, this fighting has created a new generation of Palestinians and Jews who are determined not to live in peace with one another. Both sides have become convinced the other is, and will always be, the other. Any prior work to construct bonds of friendship is now over. Both sides will continue to fight. Hamas has a special problem– no Arab nation is ready to supply weapons or economic aid. Egypt is working closely with Israel to destroy Hamas. The people of Gaza have been abandoned.

Who knows, perhaps on some future day in this unhappy region the last person will die and the entire area will be devoid of any human life. I assume on that day this last survivor will have a look of joy and happiness knowing he is the LAST survivor and with his death peace finally returns to the region! I assume he will go to his death with a feeling of triumph because HIS side had the last man standing!

John Kerry Wanded

These days Secretary of State John Kerry never gets an opportunity to sleep in his own bed, let alone work in his own office since he is on the go working to reduce violence in the Middle East or in the Ukraine. One suspects he has lost track of time and place. A few days ago, our Secretary of State found himself in Cairo at the airport since he was visiting President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi on the ever required need to get an Egyptian leader to address issues of democracy in his own nation. Kerry was halted by security guards who proceeded to inspect his body with their wands. I assume they were worried about this tall, lanky man who did not speak Egyptian and was on his way to see the president of their nation. The hand held electronic device finally obtained evidence that a Mr. Kerry was NOT a terrorist and could proceed.

The Egyptian government insisted it was perfectly normal to wand a visiting American Secretary of State. After all, former Egyptian Foreign Minister, Nabal Fahmy was wanted at Kennedy air port. Oh well, a new crisis. We have now introduced the “wand” issue. Who should or should not be wanted? Another day, another foreign policy issue. Such is life in the Middle East.

Muslims Kill Muslims, Jews Kill Muslims, Who Doesn’t?

Future generations will look back on 2014 with wonder. Throughout Africa and the Middle East thousands of Muslims are engaged in the process of murdering other Muslims while leadership of Muslim societies remains remarkably silent about this carnage. In Nigeria, the nut case Boko Haram continues to sweep into Muslim villages, and either murder every Muslim in sight or they kill the men and gather up women to be used as sex slaves. Has anyone seen a single outburst in any Muslim nation about this murder of Muslims? Oh, in Pakistan a mob went wild and murdered three Muslims because they were not the right kind of Muslim. Just about every day in Iraq, hundreds are shot to death by fellow Muslims, but silence reigns from al-Ahram university. Where are Muslim clerics like Christian Martin Luther King who risked his life in order to aid fellow black Christians? Syria is a monstrosity of murder by Muslims against Muslims and no leader in any Muslim society rises to seek the end of this slaughter of Muslims. According to Muslim columnist, Harron Siddiqui: “Muslims are being killed by fellow Muslims in Syria, Iraq, Pakistan and Nigeria in far greater numbers(than those in Gaza). Muslim blood is cheap.

Perhaps, the lack of an outraged response from Muslim leaders throughout the world enables the Israel government to continue its policy of wiping out Hamas. Ironically, killing 1500 Muslims in Gaza is much fewer than have been killed in Iraq or Syria on any week of the year. I guess Mr. Siddiqui is right-Muslim blood is cheap. If this carnage is to end, it should begin with organization of Muslim clerics who would march into Syria or Iraq or into Gaza and demand a ceasefire in the killing of Muslims. If they do not take action, then who will?

So, What Comes Later?

I thoroughly agree with the concept that a nation has the right to defend its territorial integrity. I agree that a nation has the right to wipe out any groups seeking to cause it harm. I agree that Israel has the right to make certain no bombs are headed for its people. Frankly, any nation in the world would take action to halt such violence against its territory. The government of Israel made clear “when a ceasefire proposal that answers Israel’s important needs is laid on the table, it will be considered.” Even as he spoke Israel tanks were blasting away at civilians seeking refuge in a UN school. Let me examine the Israel statement.

1. What are Israel’s “needs?”

2. What does “consider” mean?

3. What comes after the conclusion of the war in Gaza?

It is quite clear that Israel’s “needs” entail an end to bombs entering its nation. Hopefully, “consider” means address ALL issues linked to the fighting in Gaza. To simply respond to the need for an end of bombs is not enough because ceasing at that point any meaningful discussions does not address the issue of “what comes after conclusion of the war in Gaza?” Unless this issue is addressed in a “meaningful manner” a few years from now there will be more bombs and within a year there will be suicide bombers blasting away in Israel. Does anyone in the Israel government actually believe that this war has not created a new generation of suicide bombers! They are now teens and within a few years they will be ready and willing to die for Allah by killing Jews.

So, what must be done–NOW!

1. An end to further West Bank settlements.

2. Consolidation of all West Bank settlements into an area of the West Bank not to exceed 5% of the land.

3. Recognition of the new state of Palestine.

4. The right of Palestinians to have its capital in east Jerusalem.

5. Creation of a new “Marshall Plan” for the region whose aim is stimulating the economies of Palestine, Egypt and Jordan, along with that of Israel.

Get youth into meaningful education and jobs if one seeks to avoid suicide bombers!

Torture, Torture, Everywhere In America

As a child growing up in the United States of America during World War II, movies constantly depicted the horrible Germans and Japanese as brutal foes. They tortured people, they gassed to death innocent people, heck, they even chopped off the heads of American prisoners. Thus, I was taught to believe that in my wonderful America, we were NOT like these evil people. We treated prisoners with dignity because the war was being fought in order to prove to the world that decency and respect for human life was central to the meaning of a democratic society. Of course, that was before the advent to power of Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld and George Bush, three men who decided that was central to the meaning of our Constitution, had no place in THEIR WORLD. These men decided to adopt tactics of the German Gestapo and the Japanese army in order to “Save America.”

Senator Dianne Feinstein who heads the Senate Intelligence Committee, will be issuing a 6,300 page document which describes in detail exactly how torture became the norm under President Bush’s fight to save AMERICAN DEMOCRACY. Former CIA directors are being given a chance to examine the document which provides evidence of torture during interrogations, rendition and detention. Oh, the report also provides a CIA defense of their behavior. I assume they argue, anything is OK to prevent Los Angeles from being destroyed by a hidden atomic bomb!

When a society becomes all they hate, it opens questions as to what originally did this society believe? I was raised to believe that Americans adhered to the US Constitution. When I entered the Army, I took the oath to defend this document. I thought President Bush took the same oath.

Question: What do we do to those who disregard their oath?

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

France, Connexion: “Call For People To Give Blood”

This call has been issued by the Vampire Association of Paris. It is urgent!

Indonesia, Jakarta Post: “Governor Gets Back To Work”

Gee, could we get the US Congress back to work?

Canada, Toronto Star: “Plane Disappears From Radar”

I have been told Mayor Bob Ford was at the controls, and he had some beer!

Japan, Japan Times: “Hail Abe Drive For Women”

The question is whether or not women summoned him to their rescue??

Russia, Moscow Times: “Russia Shifting To Underworld”

I have a hunch it is much freer being in the Russian underworld than in its top world,

Sweden, Local: “Snake Hunt After Man Bitten”

I assume this is one dude seeking to give that damn snake a bite!

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Where Saints Go, We Go”

The Republican Congressmen version is: where the lobby money goes, we go!

Report In Al Ahram About Gaza

Given the reality that members of the American Congress are ready and willing to accept any act by Israel, and condemn any act by Hamas, we decided to present what an Arab newspaper is discussing events in Gaza. According to al Ahram in Egypt, Hamas only seeks to end the fighting and desires peace to reign in Gaza. Yasser Abed Rabbo, who heads the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), “after extensive calls and consultations with the brothers in Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the Palestinian leadership announced on behalf of everyone the willingness for a cease fire and humanitarian truce for 24 hours.” I always find it rather interesting that “the brothers” never include, “the sisters.” So, at this moment, Hamas will accept a 24 hour truce. Great news. At least for 24 hours people in Gaza will not be ducking shells and missiles. Of course, on Saturday, the UN(not the brothers) urged adoption of a 72 hour truce, but Hamas rejected it. There is something sad about this statement. Imagine at this moment, with over 1100 dead–77% being innocent civilian, an Egyptian newspaper is discussing a “24 hour” ceasefire!

Let me be perfectly clear that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shares responsibility for this slaughter of the innocent because he has consistently refused to engage with US Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts to develop a comprehensive plan for peace between Israel and Palestinians. Based on what al Ahram reports, it is clear that Hamas, and the brothers, just want to continue fighting because it has become a sign of their manhoods to fight and fight to the bitter end. There is not a single story in al Ahram offering ideas for peace in the Middle East. Al Ahram is correct in condemning actions of Israel in their nonstop bombing which has resulted in death of the innocent. But, it it time for Arab media to present ideas and suggestions on how to achieve peace in the Middle East.

Muslim Vs Muslim-The Israel Mistake

The original Bush invasion of Iraq occurred at a time when conflict in the Middle East focused mainly upon Muslims focusing upon Israel or western Christian groups. Today, in 2014, the central conflict in the Middle East is Muslim vs Muslim. The defeat of Sunni Saddam Hussein, who had kept minority Sunnis under close control, resulted in triumph of Shiites who were determined to take revenge upon Sunnis who had for too long ruled over them. Syria was controlled by Sunni leaders such as the Assad family, but they were very secular in attitude and governance. Any demonstration of religion was for show purposes. The Assad clique had close working relations with secular Sunnis and Christians, and they were deeply concerned about rise of any Islamic religous figures. There regime was the perfect Muslim nation in which religion played a secondary role to that of power and prosperity. Bashar Assad married a very secular woman, and enjoyed the life of a modern upper class person. Yes, he attended the mosque, more for a photo op than for any deep involvement in religious issues.

The Middle East today is witnessing a new manifestation of older Sunni vs Shiite strugles. Shiites constitute about 15% of Muslims in the world, and a large percent of this group is located in the Middle East– Iran and Iraq. Islamic militants which swept into northern Iraq were Sunnis who resented loss of power in that nation to the Shiites. Hamas is as geatly opposed to the Egyptian government as it is to the Israelis. In Libya the conflict is between more secular Muslims vs more religious centered ones. The same struggle is dividing Tunisia and Algeria. Israel has nothing to do with these conflicts. Muslims are fighting Muslims.

A Shiite dilemma is they only possess power in the Middle East. Sunis dominate the Muslim religion throughout the rest of the world. If Shiites can not gain power in the Middle East it means they will never possess power anywhere in the world. A basic failure on the part of Israel is lack of understanding regarding the Muslim vs Muslim conflict. Instead of seeking alliances with secular Muslims, Israel fails to differentiate because its government views Muslims as some sort of monoithic entity. Israel must accept the Palestinian Authority as a leader in Palestine. It must empower Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and assist his efforts to destroy Hamas. How can this be accomplished?

1. Recognize the state of Palestine.

2. Accept that about 5% of the West Bank will constitute Jewish settlements.

3. Encourage the state of Palestine to forge a military alliance with Egypt in order to crush Hamas in Gaza. Israel could provide drones, and helicopters.

It is time the US and Israel recognied reality in the Middle East. The war to ensure peace must be won by Muslims, NOT Israel!