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.

AirWar Continues In Middle East

Air strikes continue against ISIS in the Middle East. Members of ISIS continue to be killed. There are now reports that some Republicans are ready to vote for authorization of money to fund “appropriately vetted Syrian rebels” in order to get soldiers on the ground to fight ISIS. These Republicans are correct on one point, we do need men on the ground in order to defeat ISIS. But, which idiot in Congress came up with the idea that “Syrian rebels” could be the soldiers on the ground! Actually, there are thousands of potential troops on the ground for Iraq:

1. How about training Iraq soldiers? Yes, they do need training, they need competent officers, and they need to be paid on time.

2. How about twenty thousand from Jordan which has trained soldiers?

3. How about twenty thousand from Egypt? Heck, they are great at blasting away at Egyptians.

4. How about twenty thousand from Saudi Arabia? Heck, they have received billions in arms from the US?

5. How about twenty thousand from Iran?

6. How about twenty thousand from Saudi Arabia. Heck, we have given them billions in arms aid.

There are thousands of Arab soldiers ready to fight.

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?

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer samples from headlines in the world press along with our comments.

France, Connexion: “Sarkozy Has Made Up His Mind”

About which woman to bed?

Canada, Toronto Star: “Rob Ford Is In Hospital”

I trust they have stocked up on beer.

Israel, Jerusalem Post: “Onions Stolen”

This is one smelly story.

USA, aol: “When She Says, NO”

For a healthy American boy, she means, “YES.”

Norway, Norway Post: “Police Raid Grocery Store”

Fully armed with guns and tanks, I assume!

UK, Guardian: “Managers Cut Salaries”

Not on Wall Street!

Where Are Arab Nations?

The President of the United States has given an address to the nation concerning what the US will do in the Middle East in order to halt the spread of ISIS. Most European leaders have made statements. But, for some strange reason Arab nations and Turkey have yet to be heard from. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri insists that his nation is very upset at the slaughter of fellow Sunni Muslims, but this “doesn’t mean that we will participate in military action.” However, much as his government is horrified at actions of ISIS, “we believe that this action and the elimination of terrorism is a collective responsibility for all members of the international community.”

Let me get this straight:

1. ISIS is a Sunni Muslim group.
2. ISIS is murdering Sunni and Shiite Muslims.

But,the Arab nations of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Turkey believe the “international community” must take action!

When will Arab nations stand up to defend MUSLIMS??

David Cameron Wants Action -Or Does He?

British Prime Minister David Cameron is rather upset at the picture of ISIS beheading a citizen of his nation. David Haine is guilty of the crime of working to aid people in need within Syria, and now has paid for his kindness by death at the hands of those who thrive on death. David Cameron has made clear that his nation will not tolerate such behavior. He intends to challenge these creatures who embody evil by doing something. What exactly does he want to do?

1. His government will support the government of Iraq.
2. His government will do something, not quite clear as to what that is, to support the US air attacks.
3. His nation will provide humanitarian aid.
4. His government will protect English citizens at home.

There is nothing in his comments regarding military action, but he does promise “aid.”

I wonder if he will rush to the aid of Scots if they become an independent nation?

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

Some believe in God, some do not. Me, I have patience, eventually I will discover.

Rick Perry is a born again Christian, I wonder if he checked with Christ.

I wonder if one has to be “gifted” to teach “gifted children?”

Some order food with a look of awe on face.

Big butts do not necessarily result in big minds.

Little boy places arms on legs waiting for mom to speak.

Fox News needs to correct something, it might be more accurate to say, Fox since News rarely is presented.

I always compare noses of children with those of parents.

To emphasize point, people move their hands.

Some fear Muslims, I fear those who fear Muslims.

Children so enjoy showing parents something, anything.

Rarely does an article in a newspaper cause me to reflect.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Egypt, al Ahram: “Gay Imam”

I suspect that such behavior in Saudi Arabia would result in a headless imam.

Russia, Moscow Times: “Woman Bites Cop And Dies”

What does this say about cops?

USA, aol: “Creepy Old Men”

I assume this is another story about our House of Representatives?

UK,Guardian: “Illegal Lemonade Stand”

I’ll drink to it!

Canada, Toronto Star: “Doctor Forgot To Diagnose Cancer”

No one is perfect!

Whatever Happened To?

These days I wonder about, Whatever Happened TO:

The end of the Cold War in Europe?

The balanced budget that President Clinton left newly elected President Bush?

The promise of Barack Obama to end secrecy in government?

Our failure to pay attention to the words of wisdom of Sarah Palin?

The agreement that in view of John Kennedy’s assassination something had to be done to control access to guns?

The concept that a business was just that, a business, not a person?

Michelle Bachmann who daily offered her thoughts which led to another column about nonsense?

Firing those in government who lied to the President and Americans?

When we called people, people, not folks?

The end of violence in the Middle East now that Saddam Hussein was dead?

The end of violence in the Middle East now that Muammar Gaddafi was dead?

Creation of the independent state of Palestine?

When people at lunch talked with one another rather than with a machine?

Arabs, An Appointment In Samarra

There is an old Arab folk tale which should be read every morning by every leader in Hamas. “Once upon a time, a servant went out into the market place to shop for his master. As he gathered up fruits, he suddenly noticed that Death was in the marketplace. He ran home and told his master that he had seen Death in the marketplace. His Master grew frightened and decided to flee to the town of Samarra. He left in a hurry. The servant returned to the marketplace and walked up to Death. He berated Death for frightening his Master. Death apologized if his presence frightened his master and told the Servant that he had merely halted for a few hours because he had an appointment in Samarra.” The leaders of Hamas have an appointment in Samarra. The problem is that they will not go to that town, but people living in Gaza will be forced to head in that direction. The 72 hour ceasefire ended, and Hamas sent 35 rockets headed toward Israel. Naturally, Israel artillery responded with shells. Naturally, more civilians in Gaza will receive a premature appointment in Samarra.

Leaders of Hamas insist they won the recent war. The last time they fought the Israel Army only about ten Jewish soldiers were killed, but during recent weeks they killed 60. A Hamas spokesperson said there would not be a ceasefire until Israel agrees to its demands. On which planet are Hamas leaders living? The only “victory” for anyone is–an end to violence!

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!