Category Archives: Iraq War

As long as the war in Iraq continues, we shall present voices of American soldiers and discuss issues of concern to those compelled to risk their lives.

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!

Wars Of Choice, Wars Of Necessity

Political scientist Richard Haas has identified two forms of war that we Americans have fought during our history-wars of choice, and wars of necessity. Let me briefly review has this concept fits into the history of American wars:

1. American Revolution. In 1776, the American colonists had the highest standard of living in the world. They enjoyed free speech, freedom of religion freedom of the press,and 90% of laws that impacted them were passed by a Colonial legislature. A majority of people opted for war. Most probably, further self government would have arrived within thirty years. A War of Choice

2. The War of 1812, by any definition, falls under the category of a War of Choice.

3. The War with Mexico in 1846 was definitely a war of Choice. America invaded Mexico.

4. The Spanish American War of 1898 was initiated by the US, and is a War of Choice.

5. World War I was a choice by President Wilson to support England despite the fact American ships were being attacked by both German and English vessels. A War of Choice

6. World War II is clearly an example of a War of Necessity. America was attacked.

7. The Korean War. North Korea attacked South Korea, and America made the choice to support South Korea. A War of Choice.

8. The Vietnam War was clearly a War of Choice.

9. The Gulf War of 1991 was a War of Choice.

10. The invasion of Afghanistan was a War of Choice.

11. The invasion of Iraq was a War of Choice.

12. The Civil War is rather unusual. It was an internal war. There is no question that President Lincoln had to respond to the threat of secession with force. A War of Necessity although many Southerners would argue it was a War of Choice.

After reviewing this list it is clear that only World War II was supported overwhelmingly by 95% of the people. In all other wars, America had a divided society. It is not surprising that in 2014, Americans are divided about the current situation in Iraq and Afghanistan. Neither of these wars had a 90% agreement.

Perhaps, the issue is that America entered two wars of Choice, and the choice was incorrect!

Bring On The Pagtans!

Gaze around the world. Can you locate a single area in which war and death is not the major industry? Heck, gaze around the so-called Judaic/Christian United States of
America, and what do you osbserve? Nearly half the population which lives in the 21st centtury actually believes the world is only 10,000 years old! Most Americans believe in this or that God which results in 5% of the people who control 42% of the wealth. Imagine believing that yur “God” supports the idea of depriving people of health care or accepting that most people lack the means for a decent life for themselves or children. Heck, a few thousand children seek to enter the country, most would live with relatives and most Americans go wild with fear! CHILDREN ARE THE PROLEM? No, claim these nut cases, there is no problem when people wander around with guns and assault rifles, but when kids simply desire to live with their relatives, then the entire socie5y is under threat!!

It is time to accept the reality that our GOD is simply not doing a very acceptable job. Perhaps, it is time to give Paganism a shot at running this world. Or, if you don’t want a Pagan society, how about one based upon atheism?? Let me put it this way, anything, anyone, any belief, could not do a worse job of creating a society in which love, peace and economic equality were the norm. Please do not get me wrong. I have always liked our God. However, I think God needs another shot at creating a society of life forms which prefer love and joy over murder and mayhem. I hear tell there is a nice pleasant planet a few hundred million miles away and it really could use a God!

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NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 23 year old mind trapped in an 83 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

In my childhood I knew every store owner in the neighborhood, they were neighbors.

Mystery of life: Man has large bag of coins.

Sometimes, best to forget and get on with life.

To sigh, is to have a moment of peace.

For some reason, the scratch offs I purchase never have the right numbers.

Elderly women always smile when seeing friends.

Babies and elderly toddle when walking.

Carrying three sandwiches in hand is the limit for most.

No favorite basketball team in any tournament this year.

Know when to cut your losses.

Many want things from the Lord, but they don’t want to live in his neighborhood.

In my Depression youth, the wealthy were hated.

Some seek good in people, some seek evil in them.

Democratization Of Violence

Violence has always been an integral aspect of life on planet Earth. From the days when Cro-magnons used stones or spears or arrows in order to kill either one another or the Neanderthals, violence has been a daily occurrence among those who term themselves to be–humans. So, it is not surprising that violence is party of our daily life, and those who employ this tactic justify the murder of other life forms. However, there is now a difference in how violence is utilized. Due to advances in technology, an emergence of small sized powerful weapons of destruction just about any group can gain possession of the power to murder large numbers of people. The recent shooting down of a plane in Ukraine by a small number of men who were given access by the Russian government of a Buk missile is a vivid example of our modern capabilities for murder.

We can expect in the coming years that such powerful weapons will become smaller in size, and more powerful in consequences. The Israel government insists that it can “destroy” Hamas. Yes, today, Hamas will be enormously weakened, but tomorrow Hamas or another Muslim violent group will gain control of some weapon which can murder hundreds of Jews some place in Israel. Eventually, biological weapons will emerge to murder on a large scale. Crazies such as Hamas do not care if they kill their own people, they are engaged in a crusade to destroy Israel.

So, what is the solution to this reality? Israel, and every other nation, must work for peace with its neighbors. This will require compromise. But, without peace, enemies will eventually have the power to murder on a large scale. Sorry, Prime Minister Netanyahu, this is REALITY!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Russia, Moscow Times: “Priest Says Football Is Gay”

That must mean there are over a billion gays in this world.

Turkey, Hurriyet: “Accuse Protesters Of Protesting Erdogan Comments”

For once, Recep Erdogan got it right about protesters.

Italy, Local: “Enough Is Enough”

How about forming a government before the end of the year??

USA, NY Post: “Run Of The Bulls”

I assume that refers to the Bullshit from Republicans in Congress!

Canada, Toronto Star: “Army Plans To Thin Ranks”

Hopefully, of incompetents.

Sweden, Local: “Pledge To Help Prostitutes”

Physically or financially?

USA, aol: “Middle Class Shrinking”

And, number of wealthy is rising!

Say, Whatever Happened To Iraq??

During the past two weeks the world has been focused upon events in Ukraine and in Gaza. World leaders are issuing statements, making claims, offering advice and threatening action if the other side does or does not do something. As our gaze shifts to the Ukraine or to Gaza, our gaze does not shift to Iraq. Hey, remember, there is a war still going on in Iraq. We complain about leaders of Hamas, but what about leaders of the Iraq government? Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki continues to refuse any compromise with Sunni leaders, and has lost confidence of Kurd leaders in Iraq, and ISIS continues to hold large areas of northern Iraq. It amazes me how short is our attention span on any issue in the Middle East. From day one when President George Bush refused UN requests for more time to check out the presence of alleged Weapons of Mass Destruction, the American response to anything connected with Iraq is to blunder along without any logical policy.

Iraq is a greater mess than the situation in Gaza. It is a nation tottering on the brink of collapse. Is ISIS gains control of Iraq this means it possesses the money and power to engage in biological warfare as well as pursue a nuclear component. Is it possible for our State Department to focus on two issues -simultaneously??

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 23 year old mind trapped in an 83 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Barack Obama comes across as a man alone.

As we grow older, we forget how we were mentally formed.

Today, is simply a revision of yesterday.

We can gaze into another’s eyes, but can we gaze into the soul?

Gentleness of daughter to dad is a wonder and joy.

In the end, I am who I am, no other.

Dawn breaks, question is -will we?

I knew, but never knew my father.

Hopefully, the child always remains in the adult mind.

Cherish each memory of life.

A nation enthralled by emotion is a nation headed for disaster.

A major issue is whether humans can behave as humans.

Some teen girls walk with wondrous eyes.

Sorry, Death Is Death

There is a difference when young men and women go off to fight in wars from those who witness death in their own homes. Members of the military understand that dying is a possibility if one is involved in a war. But, for those of us who are at home watching TV or playing with iPads, the concept of dying is beyond our comprehension. My home, my bedroom, my kitchen are safe places in the world so how could I die. Cassidy Stay,age15, was at home with dad and mom and two brothers and sisters when there was a knock on the door. A voice said he was a delivery man with a package. The door was opened. It turned out to be Ronald Lee Haskell, former husband of mom’s sister and he insisted that his former wife was some place in the house. Finally, he lined up the entire family, and proceeded to fire two bullets into the body of each person. Two parents are dead, two little boys are dead and two little girls are dead. He did not kill Cassidy Stay. She lives on. They held a funeral for her family and Cassidy said they were in a “better place.” It is a statement of sorrow, it is a plea of hope, it is the only way this young girl can make some sort of understanding of what happens in gun crazy America.

I am 83 going on 84. Death is the end. Sure,I tell people that I am going to heaven. But, reality,there is no better place elsewhere but here on planet Earth. Oh, Cassidy, I so wish your comment was accurate. The most important thing that Cassidy can do for the rest of her life is fight to end possession of guns in the hands of people in this gun-crazy nation!

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 23 year old mind trapped in an 83 far old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Friendships of youth last forever and a day.

So, what is the day after forever like?

There was a moment in life when the penny was important.

Long time since heard, “a penny for your thought.”

Most worry about the money they desire rather than the money they need.

Wars today are fought by those whose family are not part of the 5%.

I wonder how one can invest in wars and make money?

Most commentators on Fox News just hate poor people.

No greater expectation than moving elsewhere.

To be poor is to be innocent.

Easy to forget our good deeds.

Elderly at McDonald’s cluster together in morning.

Hands of time move slower when we get older.