Category Archives: Human Rights

Collateral Damage In Iraq

Since day one of the great invasion of Iraq that was initiated by the dynamic trio of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld, the collateral damage of this conflict has simply been ignored by the American government and media. For example, how many Americans know that in March, 2003 there were nearly a million Christians in Iraq who traced their ancestry back nearly 2000 years? How many Americans know these were descendants of early Christians who followed the word of Jesus Christ? Today, thanks to the Born Again Christian, George Bush, only about 400,00 of these CHRISTIANS still remain in Iraq. George and the boys created a Muslim fanatic government which did not intend to grant Christians any favors. Of course, the Kurds in northern Iraq said “goodbye” to Iraq and went their merry way of independence. In fairness to George, he is not responsible for the flight of 150,000 Jews who left Iraq by the 1970s.

Let me explain something to the Dynamic Trio–Christians were a second class minority within Muslim societies. They lacked power and existed due to sufferance of Muslim rulers. Saddam Hussein granted them equality in order to have a group that was disliked by Muslim clerics. In other words, “my friend is the enemy of my enemy.” By the way, Georgie boy, as you chop wood and go to church on Sunday in Texas, just remember, YOU are the one responsible for the flight of Iraq Christians from their homeland.

Today, yet another example of Collateral Damage. There is a minority Muslim group called the Yazidi. They are deemed heretics by Muslim clerics. They have been around for several hundred years. However, since growth of ISIS, the latest form of fanatical Muslims, the Yazidi have fled their towns. Over 100,000 are now in Kurdistan. About 40,000 are trapped on Mount Sinjar. As one refugee noted: “we are being told to convert or to lose our heads. There is no one coming to help.”

How about contacting George Bush? At least he could provide wood for your fires!

HALT THE INVASION!

I thank God that America has citizens who are willing to risk their lives in order to protect this nation from an invasion of ruthless, savage, job destroying CHILDREN! A thirty car convoy is winding its way align the border with Mexico, it is filled with God fearing, decent, gun toting members of the National Rifle Association, and they are prepared to risk their lives in order to secure the border against the hordes of children seeking to violate our security system. There are unconfirmed reports these children are armed with dolls that talk. It is rather unclear if the talking dolls are speaking in some form of code that is being conveyed to drug lords back in Mexico. As the leader of these patriotic Americans noted, the goal of the convoy “is to defend America against an invasion.” He also noted the convoy has received “death threats.” It is unclear whether the death threats came from the children or their dolls. As the convoy went through Arizona, they halted in order to picket the offices of Senator John McCain, the author of many “pro-invasion legislation.” This blog believes Senator John McCain should be investigated, after all, he spent four years as a prisoner of the Viet Cong in Vietnam, why did he allow his plane to be “shot down?” Frankly, I never believed he was “shot down,” it was simply a ruse to become a prisoner so that he could be tortured.

Good News from Texas. Governor Rick Perry has alerted Texas Rangers to the invasion threat. Perry is fighting against “government funded programs” that seek to allow these children into our beloved land. Who knows what these young females will do? I have received reports they seek to take jobs away from decent American female prostitutes!

Save New York From Terrorists!

The city of New York has been confronting potential attacks since the infamous 9/11 assault by fanatic Muslims. I understand that Secretary of State John Kerry is wandering the Middle East or confronting evil doers from Russia, but why has he failed to address the real terrorist attack? As of this moment, there is no evidence that John Kerry, nor President Obama planning to make trips to New York City in order to prevent another 9/11. While the world burns with horror, the Obama administration remains oblivious to threats here at home. Fortunately for America, there is one man in the New York City Police Department who is ever vigilante in the quest to prevent a terror attack. Chief of Department Phillip Banks ordered his men to begin surveillance of potential violent individuals who each day were engaged in activities that posed threats to the safety of New Yorkers. So Banks had deployed several men to take pictures of anyone engaged in the act of selling untaxed cigarettes! Imagine, men out in the open selling cigarettes that had not paid the tax!

It was due to this diligent, hard working police officer that police spotted one Eric Garner on Staten Island selling the untaxed contraband. According to Banks such behavior impacted “the quality of life” of New Yorkers. He made clear to one and all, that we police “address behavior and conditions.” `He ordered police to get Eric Garner off the streets. In the ensuing struggle to complete this task, Eric Garner was choked to death. I assume that for Chief Banks, this was simply “collateral damage” as always occurs in a war. New Yorkers can sleep peacefully tonight knowing those selling untaxed cigarettes are either dead or in jail!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Australia, Canberra Times: “We Need More Education”

That should be burned into the forehead of every Republican congressman.

USA, NY Post: “Cheap Viagra Good For Men”

Stories such as these give me a lift in life.

Israel, Jerusalem Post: “Innocent Caught In Cross Fire”

An eternal story told in an eternal place.

Canada, Toronto Star: “Who Made The Bitch List”

No question, Sarah Palin heads it!

UK, Guardian: “Rich Get Richer”

This is a non-story. How about some new news?

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “In Reality, Who Cares?”

The story of Gaza!

France, Connexion: “Mayor Breaks Gay Marriage Ban”

What a gay story!

What Should Be US Foreign Policy?

The ongoing complaint of this blog is lack of a foreign policy on the part of the United States of America that goes beyond handling the current crisis of the day. Since the invasions of Afghanistan in 2001 and that of Iraq in 2003, American foreign policy essentially is based on the premise that our nation does not like bad people. We got rid of the bad Taliban, then we got rid of the bad Saddam Hussein, then we got rid of the bad Libyan dictator Gaddafi because he was bad–at least for this moment. America does not like Chinese leaders because they are dictatorial, but we DO like dictators in Saudi Arabia and in Egypt. I assume they are among the “good dictators.” The only clear aspect of US foreign policy over the past decade is our concern for “dictators.” Of course, even though we are against dictators, we really mean “some dictators.” From 1946 until 1991, American foreign policy was based on the theory of Çontainment. In the end, the Soviet Union imploded, and Çontainment wound up proving accurate as a foreign policy.

What then can be a foreign policy for the Middle East?

1. Our goal should be creation of a Mediterranean Union that includes all nations in the region.

2. Creation of the MU should not be predicated on the assumption that all nations participating in the Union were, at this moment, democracies.

3. Our goal should be an Israel agreement with Palestinian leaders that results in formation of an independent state of Palestine which governs 95% of the existing West Bank and Gaza.

4. The US should take the lead in creating a modern Marshall Plan for the MU to stimulate economic development.

These four goals have nothing to do with democracy. The end result of this policy would be peace in the region and economic development. Period!

IF RUSSIA INVADES UKRAINE?

There are reports of Russian soldiers on the border of Ukraine who might be sent into that country in order to prevent the government of Ukraine from gaining control over its own territory. Such an invasion would create new issues for the people of Europe and the world. American foreign policy leaders must develop a plan of action if this eventuality became a reality. What can be done if Russia invades Ukraine?

1. An embargo of shipment of any goods from or to Russia by the European Union and the United States of America.

2. An embargo of any plane flights into or from Russia.

3. Immediate and total imposition of sanctions on the Russian financial sector.

4. Introduction of a Resolution in the UN General Assembly condemning the Russian invasion.

5. Attempt to remove Russia from important world economic groups.

6. American corporations will be forbidden to loan money to Russia or to establish business sites in that nation.

7. The US and Canada should announce they will export oil and gas to European nations that were getting such supplies from Russia. This means Obama must accept the new pipeline.

8. Any sporting event scheduled to be held in Russia will be canceled.

The United States must avoid sending military supplies to Ukraine. The country will be over-run by Russian forces. If Putin so desires, he can accomplish this goal. However, he is then stuck with what he ordered and the unintended consequences of his actions.

Reality for Russia. It is a nation that is not exporting high tech materials other than weapons. It depends upon gas and oil for revenues. Accelerate the long term program to end reliance on oil, and Russia will confront a huge economic collapse.

A Jew With A Conscience!

I am the child of east European Jews who fled hatred, discrimination, and possible death from anti-Semites in Poland and Russia. From an early age, the ideals of Socialism were embedded in my mind. I was raised to believe that Jews could not be free until ALL persecuted people were free. The very concept that JEWS would inflict oppression on others had no place in my mine or thoughts. We were JEWS and thus, above all people of the world, we understood the consequences of hatred gone wild against those unable to defend themselves. Gideon Levy writes for the Israel newspaper, Haaretz. These days when he enters a restaurant, people move away from his table. It is common for Levy to be cursed when he walks in the streets of Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. A member of the Israel Parliament, Yariv Levin, told Israelis that “It is time that we stop regarding despicable phenomena like this with tolerance” He was referring to columns written by Levy in which he attacks the method by which the invasion of Gaza occurred. In the Israel of 2014, if one disagrees with any action taken against Palestinians then one is a comrade of terrorists and should be regarded as a traitor to the state of Israel.

According to Gideon Levy what is different this time in Israel from other crisis situations, “is the anti-democratic spirit.” There is zero tolerance for any dissident voice. “The very young people are the worst. More ignorant. MOre brainwashed.” The young no longer convey a spirit of cooperation with Palestinians their age, now, if you are one of “them” then you are a terrorist who must be hunted down and killed. Few young Jewish Israelis have friends among non-Jew Israelis, let along among Palestinians. As the famous Israel writer, Amos Oz notes, life for them has become “black and white.” Naturally, Jews are the guys in white hats!

These are not the Jews I grew up with.

Was It Dolus Directus?

The only certainties about the trial of South African athlete, and double amputee, is that no one is blaming the murder on Muslim terrorists or the Israel Defense Force. At least Gaza is off the table of discussions about what happened in the apartment of Oscar Pistorious. It has been established that Oscar was in his apartment with a female, it has been established that this female was shot to death while she was in the toilet. After that,k everything gets flushed down the toilet of you said or she said or no one said. Gerrie Nel, the determined South African prosecutor has no doubts that Oscar deliberately, and with malice blasted away through the toilet doors in order to murder Ms. Steenkamp. “In an attempt to trendier his version to support his plea,” argues Nel, ” he(Oscar) tangled himself in a web of lies… He cannot escape connections that he made. Even if he thought there was an intruder in the toilet, he cannot escape;e conviction on murder with dolls directs–direct intent.”

I follow the arguments of Gerrie Nel up to a point. Most statements made by Pistorious simply make no sense. For example, prior to blasting away at the toilet door, why didn’t you alert your girl friend there was an intruder in the toilet? However, if it is true he thought there WAS an intruder, how can he be convicted of “direct intent?”

1984 In Russia In 2014

George Orwell’s classic tale of how an authoritarian regime can control minds of its population is now being lived out in Russia. Vladimir Putin has gained complete control of all sources of information that are found in Russia. He controls newspapers, magazines, what is presented on the media at night, and his spies seek out those with views that differ from the established party line of Vladimir Putin. One doubts if a single member of the Russian Parliament is able –or knowledgeable– to present a differing point of view regarding what is happening in Ukraine. The Russian people are brain washed and without a clue regarding what happened in Ukraine when a plane was shot down by missiles under the control of Separatists supplied by Russia. Levada, an independent pollster reveals the current state of Russian thinking about this topic:

46% are convinced Ukraine sent missiles into the air to shoot down the plane.

36% believe a Ukraine military plane shot down the airline filled with people.

Many believe their was a Western plot to assassinate President Putin, and in some way Flight M17 is connected to the plot.

Many believe the Flight 17 was filled with corpses and when it hit the ground those were the “people” who were found.

Oh, 3% believe that Ukraine separatists used a missile launcher to shoot down the plane.

Now, you know why Vladimir Putin is so defiant towards the West.

Open Arms Of Christ To Afflicted??

Members of the Tea Party are completely opposed to allowing immigrant children to enter the hallowed grounds of the United States of America. As I recall, the Tea Party stands for Christianity and Jesus and a whole lot of very religious sounding people and groups. Recent events connected with the breakdown of Iraq’s incompetent government have resulted in the Islamic State fanatics gaining control of large areas in northern Iraq. After entering the city of Mosul, which contains Christians who date back to the original days of Jesus, the Islamic government warned Christians to leave the city. Their churches were destroyed, and any remaining has to pay a tax for being a Christian. The French government is shocked by this mistreatment of Christians and has offered a helping hand.

Interior Minister Laurent Fabius, made clear, “we are ready, if they so desire to help facilitate asylum on our territory” for any Iraq Christian so desiring. My question to the Tea Party–and the Republican Party is: Should the United States of America open its borders and offer asylum to CHRISTIANS who are being persecuted by Islamic Muslims? If the answer is, “Yes,” then it stands to reason these same compassionate people are ready to offer asylum to Christian children from Central America. If not, why not??