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.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Sweden, Local: “Dog Moves In With Family”

I assume the cat moved out.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “People Lose Faith In Police”

Sorry, this is NOT news.

France, Connexion: “Thousands March Against Health Laws”

At least they are getting some exercise.

China, China Daily: “China Heads Reform Project”

We can expect that many minds will be reformed of bad ideas about democracy.

Russia,Moscow Times: “First President Transplant”

Finally, Putin gets a heart!

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

Bibi Netanyahu is the poor man’s Ted Cruz.

I have a hunch if Jesus showed up he would be termed a “welfare cheat.” Did he ever have a job?

Oh, for a day without someone getting their head chopped off.

I wonder if Bill O’Reilly was at the inauguration of Lincoln?

There should be a law against snow in March.

I have nothing against snow in the Arctic.

We should be paid by the NCAA to spend ten hours watching basketball games.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Canada, Toronto Star: “Missing Woman Found”

I guess she is no longer a missing woman.

Russia, Moscow Times: “Coca Cola Wars In Moscow”

I am certain that Vladimir Putin will also win this war.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Come In From The Rain”

Sorry, raindrops are falling on my joyous head.

China, China Daily: “Look Back Always””

Mantra of Republican party.

Norway, Norway Post: “A Little Less Fairy Dust”

This blows me away with hope

Hate Lives In Israel

The voices of hatred were loud sound during the past election in Israel which resulted in triumph for anger toward Israel Muslims and Christians. I hate to inform Sheldon Adelson but his beloved Israel is composed of about twenty percent of Israelis who do NOT go to a synagogue. Yehonaton Gefen is an author who stands for creation of a modern state of Israel that is open to both Jew and non-Jew. Yesterday he opened the door of his house and was greeted with a punch in the mouth, eggs thrown on his body and words of hatred to anyone who dares to believe that non-Jews have rights in their OWN LAND. He was informed that he was a “leftwing traitor and murderer.” Mr. Gefen’s crime is to believe that the state of Israel welcomes with open arms all who dwell within it regardless of their religion.

In a Tel Avid theater Gefen spoke the truth. “Congratulations to the Caesar for his re-election. I am very sad and I can barely sleep at night. March 13 can be declared as Nakba Day for the peace camp.” He emphasized that the people of Israel had chosen someone who won by frightening people. “What would you say if in 1932 a German had said, Jews were streaming to the voting booths?

Anyway, the good news for Netanyahu is that Sarah Palin is on his side.

Blast Away In Yemen

I am quite aware that the United States operates drones in Yemen whose goal is killing the bad guys. I wonder how anyone in the US military which runs this operation can figure out who are the bad guys and wh o are the good guys in Yemen. Yesterday, suicide bombers blasted away at mosques that were under the control of Shiite Muslims known as the Houthi group which currently are in control of the capital city of Sanaa. Muslims were at prayer on Friday night when these suicide bombers entered, not to pray, but to kill fellow Muslims. I forgot that in olden days Catholic Christians murdered Protestant Christians and vice versa. Of course in those olden times no one had bombs to blow themselves up and no one had drones to send missiles into the air. Anyway, there are dozens of Shiite Muslims now dead. Of course, the former President Hadi had fled to southern regions of the nation and his men were attacked by a different group and he had to flee.

1. We do know there is a civil war in Yemen.

2. We do know there are good and bad guys.

Now, if we could figure out which is which, then the American guys in Virginia could direct some drones to kill someone. The problem is WHO?

Tunisia Fights Terrorism

Among the ongoing mantras of Fox News and Republicans is that America is engaged in a conflict with Muslim nations. Tunisia was the origin of the now forgotten Arab Spring and for decades has been a center of moderation in religion. Even today, there are still Jews living in this Muslim area and a high proportion of educated Muslims remain secular in spirit and practice. So, it was not surprising that Islamic terrorists decided to blast away at their fellow Muslims. They attacked a major museum in Tunis. Reports indicate a group of gunmen emerged from vans and blasted away at tourists who had come to inspect ancient Roman ruins. At least nineteen are dead and dozens are wounded. President Beji Caid Essenbi blasted Islamic terrorism. It may be difficult for Republicans to grasp that thousands of moderates inhabit the nation of Tunisia.

In one sense, Tunisia represents the failed dream of the Arab Spring. That movement was organized by young Muslims seeking a new brand of their religion that would create societies in which people could enjoy democracy and freedom of religion. Given the chaos in Egypt or Libya or Syria it is now clear that was a dream, not a reality. Conservatives rule in Muslim lands in the Middle East. So, what is the destiny of those seeking the democratic dream?

There Is Nothing To Fear!

I devoted thirty years of my life to the study of the history of crime in the United States and the world. I taught courses in the history of crime that included members of police departments. If there is one thing that I know is what has happened in the past and present about the issue of crime. At this juncture in American history the rate of crime is at its lowest. Americans today are safer than at any point i n our history. Criminals no longer linger on highways ready to hold up stage coaches and we actually have police forces. The initial police forces in America first appeared about the 1850s and 1860s. Prior to that point no policemen were on the streets of our cities and thus any person was subject to violence at the hands of criminals. Gangs roamed the streets of most American cities and they robbed and killed people. TGhe murder rate in New York City during the 19th century was about ten times the current rate.

So, what is reality to the current frightened American public?

1. There has been no terrorist attack since 9/11.

2. Actually, if normal procedures had been followed in the Bush administration to check on terror groups there never would have been a 9/11.

3. Ironically, in the nineteenth century there were stricter laws about weapons than in current America.

4. Today, anyone can employ the services of companies that provide protection against robbery. If you want to be safe, pick up the phone and get your home secured.

The sky is NOT falling. We are safe and secure. It is the best of times to be alive in modern America if you do not want bad people to kill or rob you!

Bibi Says The Hell With Palestinians!

There is one thing certain about Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu–he wants to create a system of apartheid in Israel under which those who are Jews have all the power and those who are Muslims or Christians lack any power or semblance of equal rights. Bibi made it clear that if he continues in office there will NOT be a Palestinian state. He insists that Palestinian leaders must accept the concept that Israel is a JEWISH STATE. Of course, at this moment in time one our of five people in Israel is either a Muslim or Christian. The sad aspect of this situation is how many American Jews go along with the
Bibi madness which prevents any resolution of problems between Jews and Muslims. If one accepts the Bibi idea that Israel is a Jewish state, does this mean the United States of America is a CHRISTIAN STATE?

Just remember that what we now term, the United States of America, was founded by Christians seeking a homeland for CHRISTIANS! The election of Benjamin Netanyahu means the end of hope for peace between Jews and Muslims in Palestine. The situation in Israel is sad, but what is even sadder is the situation in America in which Jews support the destruction of democracy in Israel. Bibi says the hell with Palestinians which should lead American Jews to say–the hell with Netanyahu!

Will Israelis Vote With Minds?

In the coming days the people of Israel will cast their ballots and decide whether or not sanity rules rather than hysteria. Israel was founded as the one nation in the Middle East which was centered in an ethos of democracy and concern for all people. It arose in a world of dictatorships and had a foreign policy that wanted peace in the region.By the way in earlier days Israel had excellent relations with Turkey and even Iran. It was Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who transformed the friends of Israel in Turkey into enemies. It is the policies of Benjamin Netanyhu which have led to the current situation in which the President of the United States of America no longer trusts or respects the government of Israel. The current isolation of Israel was created by Bibi and his American Jewish billionaires.

The voters in Israel w8iill determine if their country becomes part of those in the world seeking peace in the Middle East or whether Israel decides o walk the road leading to war and apartheid.

Good News About ISIS

Fox Nes and Republicans an never cease warning the American people about the threat to their lives from ISIS. So, let us get a few facts clear:

1. At tops there are about 35,000 ISIS troops.

2. ISIS forces operate in the open rather than hide.

3. ISIS forces engage in open combat and can be bombed.

4. The “success” opt ISIS arose when the Iraq army threw away their weapons and fled.

5. ISIS can not defeat a well armed fighting force equipped with tanks.

6. The geographical features of Iraq favor an armed force which has a powerful air force.

7. ISIS stands and fights rather than becomes a guerrilla force.

Keep on behaving as you are and ISIS will be defeated in Ira.