Category Archives: Egypt

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “Police Officers In Brawl”

I assume they were arguing over who gets the bribe.

Australia, Canberra Times: “Climate Change Makes Hayfever Common”

AHCOO!

UK, Guardian: “Bishop Burqa Order”

Asking nuns to wear them??

France, Connexion: “Summer Road Deaths Down”

Not to worry, winter figures will go up!

Sweden, Local: “Suffer From Sexomania”

Please tell me how to catch this disease!

Bomb And Chop

The actions of ISIS cause confusion among those in America who believe that wars contain rules of behavior. ISIS insists that chopping off the heads of innocent people is a logical result of bombs falling on their warriors in the field of action. For an ISIS soldier, murdering the innocent is allowed by God who for some reason only prefers certain humans over other humans. We who inhabit civilized societies are horrified at such behavior. Unfortunately for those who will be brutally murdered, killing the innocent is simply how we humans have always behaved. It was just sixty years ago that the most educated and among the most “civilized” societies brutally gassed and murdered babies. Nazi Germany was a Christian nation. Of course, the Soviet Union, led by Joseph Stalin murdered an estimated twenty million. Then, of course, there was China, led by Mao tse-tung who allowed at least twenty million to starve to death.

I am not excusing the brutal behavior of ISIS. As they chop off heads, over in Saudi Arabia they not only chop off heads, but arms. We are all HUMANS. As Humans we simply can not halt murder and killing and always ensuring that the innocent die. Within a few days, Peter Kassig, who was trying to help people in Syria will be murdered. As long as we humans prefer death to life, the innocent always will die. Such is the human condition!

Life Before ISIS

It is difficult these days getting through 24 hours without encountering predictions the world will shortly collapse because there are 30,000 black clad guys in the desert seeking to kill every American before midnight arrives. The assumption of Fox News pundits is America is confronting a new threat to its very existence from this group of terrorists. So, I was wondering, what was the situation prior to their arrival on the scene?

1. The Iraq government under Prime Minister Maliki had caused havoc and disunity within the country by persecuting Sunnis. Bombs were being exploded every day of the week.

2. Saudi Arabia was chopping off heads at least twice a month. And, no one protested!

3. Syria was claiming the lives of thousands each month and over 2,000,000 had fled.

4. There were terrorists in Somalia who bombed and bombed. They even set off bombs in Nairobi.

5. President Sisi in Egypt was killing hundreds of members of the Brotherhood, and locking up thousands.

6. Libya was in chaos.

7.Boko Haram was kidnapping hundreds of young girls and murdering at will.

I will halt here since I could get into the situation in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “Deprived Of Justice”

USA, Aol: “Diner Drops Prayer Discount”

God, that is not good news!

France, Connexion: “Sue Over Release Of Balloons”

Boy, is this a case of hot air!

UK, Guardian: “Drug Cop Arrested”

By drug lords?

China, China Daily: “Would You Give Money To A Beggar”

Definitely not to someone begging for justice in China!

Turkey: Playing With Fire!

Each day the guns of war draw closer and closer to the border of Turkey. Each day, thousands of people fleeing from the destructive force of President Assad as well as the mad Islamists reach and cross the border of Turkey. On one hand, the Turkish government is pleased that ISIS is killing Kurds since the destruction of Kurdish forces reduces their fears of the rise of an independent Kurdish state. At least ten percent of Turks are of Kurdish heritage, and they are considered to be a security risk by the Turkish government. So, the current game is destroying Kurds, and…..? The current, “and” is rise of Islamist fanatics who desire to take over the nation of Turkey and impose their brand of the Muslim religion.

The game may come across as an attractive alternative, but it poses incredible risks for Turkey as a society. At least 35% of Turks are moderate Muslims who fear any appearance of Islamist fanatics. President Recep Erdogan risks his nation’s security because he is gambling that ISIS can destroy Kurds, but leave Turkey alone. This is a risk.

The Iranian Solution

The essence of a successful foreign policy compels a nation to do what is in its national interests, not what is necessarily popular with political leaders. At this moment, American foreign policy in the Middle East requires focusing on destruction of terrorist groups which threaten the very basis of Iraq. We all hate dictators such as President Assad of Syria, he is a vicious cruel individual who is responsible for the deaths of over a hundred thousand people. Democrats and Republicans in Congress detest the “evil” Iranian leaders who have threatened the existence of Israel. Ahmmadinejad is no longer in charge of Iran, and the current President Hassan Rouhani is a practical man who wants to end sanctions against his nation. He has never uttered threats about Israel, but he does want his nation to continue with a nuclear program.

According to Rouhani, “the stakes are high. A failure to agree to a nuclear deal” could wind up being another American foreign policy failure. Iran has to be assured that it can have a nuclear program. After all, the only nation with nuclear weapons in the Middle East is Israel. We have no problem with Israel nuclear weapons, but, most Arab nations do have a concern. It is time to support Iranian nuclear development as long as it does not entail nuclear weapons. How about Israel announcing it will destroy SOME of its nuclear bombs?

Clueless In Middle East

There is no question that President Barack Obama is rather upset about events in the Middle East. No, he is not angry at ISIS or terror groups as much as furious at refusal of Sunni leaders in the region to take a stand against terrorism. Leaders in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, Jordan, Turkey, and a few minor places refuse to address the issue of terrorism in the region other than to demand that America do something about it. Oh, President Obama did get Saudi Arabia to send some planes to drop bombs. He did get a few Jordanian planes in the air and Egypt has promised their planes will shortly be in the air dropping bombs. Of course, this will come as a welcome relief to Egyptians since their armed forces ordinarily point weapons at them. So, the United States of America has compelled some Middle Eastern Sunni leaders to drop bombs.

The real issue is “troops on the ground.” Sorry, dropping bombs on ISIS or any terror group will result in some moments of terror, but within an hour they are all back to normal and will chop off some more heads. Only TROOPS ON THE GROUND will end terrorism in the Middle East. Of course, in addition to troops, there is need for economic reform to create jobs. Sorry, Republicans, President Obama is not at fault, how about directing your anger toward Sunni Middle Eastern leaders??

Economics 101 In Middle East

President Obama is organizing a coalition of death and destruction which will blast bad terrorists to bits. Planes and missiles from the US, France, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and a few other Arab states have sent planes, drones, and missiles hurtling toward ISIS positions in Iraq and Syria. I assume this assault actually killed some of the bad guys. But, the entire premise of the Obama Doctrine is that the best way to solve problems in the Middle East is to blast away. How about a reality check:

1. The unemployment rate in most Middle Eastern countries(aside from Israel) hovers about 35% at a minimum.

2. This means that millions of young men and women have no jobs, no income,and live by part time work or aid from parents.

3. This means there are hundreds of young boys willing to blast themselves to pieces since life offers no economic solutions.

4. This means angry imams can rouse anger within young people who have nothing in life and offer them something in the after life.

There is need for an ECONOMIC PLAN that provides jobs and meaningful lives to the young people of the Middle East. How about engaging them in work rather than become engaged in death? Where is the Obama Doctrine of Economic Development??

Hamas Continues Being Hamas

There is one certainty when discussing Hamas as an organization. It does not have the faintest idea as how to create a viable Palestinian state. Hamas leaders believe fervently that the Gun is the weapon of success, and only through killing, bombing, and fighting can a people denied their rights achieve lasting success. Hamas has run Gaza for years, and what is the result of this leadership? Thousands are dead, untold hundreds of homes and factories destroyed, but Hamas insists that its organization is successful. When asked to disarm and work for peace, Khaled Mashaal, leader of Hamas, was quite clear about his intention. “The subject of the resistant’s weapons is not open for negotiation.” Nope, Hamas will continue fighting.

A major problem is that when Hamas “fights for freedom,” a few thousand Palestinians who simply want to continue living, wind up dead. So, Hamas will meet with Fatah Palestinians leaders, it will meet with Egyptian negotiators, but it will continue insisting that only war is the road to peace and success. Dream on.

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

There is always a third choice in life.

Muy elderly ears only hear fragments of words, good or bad news?

Some walk with fatigue.

Some carry unseen burdens of past.

I wonder if there is money in heaven.

Some are naturally curious.

Curiosity did not kill the cat, lack of it did.

Some remember what they should not.

Some are resentful, some are resourceful.

Some stride with hope.

Some seek Death, some Life.