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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.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

France, Connexion: “Ways To Make Life Simple”

Just elect men and women with simple minds.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “You’d Better Believe It”

Cut taxes and get more money for the government.

USA,Washington Post: “Reluctant Warrior”

Two word description of Barack Obama?

Sweden, Local: “Wins Fights For Death Benefits”

Naturally, he is dead.

Australia, Sydney Morning Herald: “Don’t Act Against God”

If you do, watch out for the thunder bolts!

Beheading OK For Our Side

Among the ironic aspects of America’s anger against ISIS for beheading people is that one of our main allies makes a habit of not only beheading, but also engaging in the act of crucification. Saudi Arabia is among the leading nations of the world which engage in the act of beheading folk. Only they behead men who steal or rape a woman or happen to say the wrong thing. Sheik Nimir is a Shiite living in a nation that is governed by strict Sunni Muslim laws. He allegedly inspired fellow Shiites to speak out against the King of Saudi Arabia, and there might be evidence that he inspired some to take up arms against the government. Of course, in Saudi Arabia being “against the King” is a high crime and it could result in losing one’s head.

A Saudi court is now urging the Sheik be crucified because of his heretical views and anti-monarchy attitudes. Over a dozen, not two, men have been beheaded this year in the country of Saudi Arabia which has joined the coalition to end ISIS beheading of people. So glad the right beheading folk are on OUR side!

Iran Is Not The Problem, It Is Part Of The Solution

US Secretary of State John Kerry is arguing that Iran should not be invited to discussions concerning issues in the Middle East. The presence of this nation “would not be appropriate” because according to his reasoning, “Iran has been deeply involved with its forces on the ground in Syria.” How about?

1. The United States had forces on the ground in Afghanistan and Iraq.

2. European Union forces were on the ground in Afghanistan.

3. United Kingdom troops were on the ground in Iraq.

Iran’s presence is important if issues in the Middle East are to be resolved. Iran has close connections with Syria, with Hamas, and the situation in Lebanon. How about bringing together any and all nations in the Middle East who are concerned with creating stability?