Category Archives: Middle East

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the world from a 24 year old mind trapped in an 44 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

I Republicans love anyone who is against poor people.

We have to find a word to replace Genocide so that Turks will be happy.

I wonder what will replace iPads in the future.

Most young Americans must be compelled to spend four hours a day in the sunshine.

Barack Obama is the best friend for Israel. He seeks peace.

There is no end to hatred in this world.

I wonder if God will ever return to this experiment.

Republicans For Christianity

A common theme among those seeking the Republican nomination for president is their commitment to the Christian religion. They insist that President Barack Obama is a secret Muslim or that he not only hates America but he hates Christianity. Republicans wrap themselves in the mantle of Christianity and proclaim that if elected they will defend Christians throughout the world. Let us examine the Republican party record in defending and protecting Christians in the Middle East.

1. When Republican President George Bush invaded the country of Iraq there were 800,000 Christians who could trace their ancestry back nearly 1800 years ago. Saddam Hussein was always protective of Christians because they wound up owing him for that protection and would not oppose him in power.

2. Along came the Americans. Now, there are about 250,000 Christians in Iraq. The rest have fled for their lives.

3. Why did they flee? George Bush installed people like Prime Minister Maliki who hated Christians and allowed Muslim fanatics to murder, harass and drive them from the country.

4. There are Christians in Syria and they are already gone or shortly will depart.

The Bush policies have been the greatest disaster for Christians in history.

So, Rand and Ted and Jeb sing out your love of Christianity. One more Republican president and there will not be a single Christian left in the Middle East!

Oops, Putin Said A Bad Word!

Vladimir Putin has an ability to irritate one and all in this world. He is so confident that whatever he utters will be accepted in the Soviet Union, –oops, I meant, Russia, that he once again angered another government. He was attending a meeting in the nation of Armenia to remember the murder of 1.5 million Armenians residing in Turkey during World War I, when he referred to this disaster as a GENOCIDE. Naturally, the government of Turkey is upset because they prefer living in a world that never happened. Either the Armenians in Turkey killed themselves or they were collaborating with the invading Russian army, but somehow in some way about 1.5 million wound up dead. Actually, the American Ambassador Henry Morgenthau described the atrocities frankly and clearly to his government. Armenians were murdered and it is time for Turkey to recognize this sloughier and initiate an educational program that teaches the truth.

What happened a hundred years is not the fault of modern Turks anymore than the Holocaust is the fault of modern Germans or the massacre of Indians in the West is the fault of modern Americans. As a society we must accept the truth of what happened in the past and work to ensure it does not happen today.

Fallacy Of Drone Wars

The ongoing complaint about President Obama by members of the Republican party is that he is some sort of Neville Chamberlain who wants to appease evil doers. They insist he fails as a war leader because he does not want to take out the bad people. Drone attacks under the administration of President Obama are fifty times more prevalent than under the administration of our prior president, one George Bush. The real criticism of Obama is that he has gone crazy in ordering Drone attacks that have resulted in the death of thousands of bad guys –along with the deaths of thousands of innocent people. The US government has now acknowledged that a drone attack on January 15, 2015 which was directed at a military compound also led to the deaths of two hostages–Warren Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto. The Pakistan Foreign Ministry issued a statement: “The deaths of Weinstein and Lo Porto in a drone demonstrates the risk and unintended consequences of using this use of technology that Pakistan had been highlighting for a long time.”

Where is the evidence that killing bad guys with drones–along with a lot of innocent people–has in any way or any form resulted in the weakening of terrorist forces??? Drone attacks may result in the death of a bad guy but it also results in making other men desire to obtain revenge. The US government is now proud they have been open about admitting these deaths. Terrorism will only be defeated by another ideology that results in people leaving terrorism.

Oh Dem Mosques!

There is a constant fascination within Europe, among those who hate Muslims for the presence of mosques in their towns. There is something about the towers that are found upon mosques that irritates those who oppose the Muslim religion. Cathedrals are OK, they are examples of beautiful architecture, but once a mosque is built–the entire appearance of a town is completely destroyed. And, even worse, those Muslims issues calls to prayer. Talk about the horror of the Muslim religion–it actually gets people to enter a hose of prayer! Wow! At present only about 30% of Christians in Europe go into a house of prayer except for Easter or Christmas. It is simply not fair because them Muslims pack in people just about every day in the week.

Geert Wilders and Machiel de Graat are really angry about mosques. They want every mosque in the nation of Holland to be closed–yesterday! “We want to clean the Netherlands of Islam.” In their view the presence of members of the Muslim religion threatens the identity and culture of the nation of Holland. Gee, I wonder why some Dutch people go to pray and why most Dutch people do NOT wish to enter a house of workshop? Now, that is a mystery of life–and death for some religions!

Whose On First In Yemen?

In an effort to clear up the situation in Yemen we offer a reader’s guide to the place known as Yemen:

1. There is a country known as Yemen.

2. In this country are people known as members of al-Qaeda.

3. In this country there is a group of people known as the Houthis who do not like the people from al-Qaeda.

4. There used to be a President named Saleh who the US supported.

5. Now Mr. Saleh is out of power and the US no longer supports him.

6. There is now a President Hadi who hates the Houthi and is now supported by the US.

7. Saudi Arabia and its allies used to like Mr. Saleh but now they like Mr. Hadi.

8. For some reason the Houthi and al-Qaeda are either helping one another while fighting one another.

9. Saudi planes bomb away and just kill anyone down there.

10. The US which sends drones to bomb away does not wish the Saudis to bomb away because they are not as accurate as a drone bomb away.

I trust you now understand who is fighting who and who the US supports– at least for today!

The Poor Migrant From Africa

Each day they board what is termed to be a “boat,” and each day some of those passengers wind up in the sea because they are simply refugees who have left their homes in search of a safe haven. The European Union has an organization that is known as, “Frontex.” According to its head, Fabrice Leggeri, “in our operational plan, we cannot have provisions for proactive search-and-rescue action. This is not in Frontex’s mandate, and this is not the mandate of the European Union. In simple English this means if a refugee is encountered, the goal is to catch them, hold them, and then send them back to Africa. It is a simple plan that is focused on the reality that Europe does not wish to have refugees within their borders.

Some might argue that a civilized society would at least check on the boats which are carrying refugees in order to make certain they are sea worthy. What exactly is the problem in checking boats? Why are criminals allowed to load up what they term to be a “vessel” in such a manner that many will simply overturn and cause the death of thousands? The “mandate” is not violated when care and concern is carried out. Frontex can easily return living people back to Africa rather than burying the bodies of dead Africans.

As I recall that guy named Jesus was from the other side of the Mediterranean!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Canada, Toronto Star: “Strange Smell”

Don’t worry, it is jus the aroma coming from the American Congress buildings

USA, NY Post: “Woman Shot On Texas Highway”

At least she was not shot in a Texas church.

Sweden, Local: “One-In-Three Russian Diplomats Are Spies”

That’s all?

UK,Guardian: “Nontraditional Families”

A man and a woman?

Japan, Japan Times: ‘Kim Jong-un Climbs Mountain”

You mean he rolled up a mountain?

On Satire

The murder of French satirists is still on our minds. The debate is still on our minds as to what is permissible when it concerns satirists who simply are being satirists since such behavior is within their minds and blood. Australian Foreign Minister, Julia Bishop, raised some key issues concerning satire. “We see satire as an integral part of French society. Satie is controversial, it is provocative, it offense all religions,all political parties, nothing and no one is spared. It is a counter balance against power.” Well said. So, the question is: are their limits to satire and who should exercise such limits?

1. Satire if it is to continue to be satire has no limit. That is the meaning of satire.

2. If one does not like being the object of satire, then engage in a conflict of words rather than a conflict of violence.

3. The world has to encourage satirists to emerge within Muslim nations. How about a Satire Recovery Plan?

4. If the United States of America is to produce political leader such as Ted Cruz, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio, John Boehner, and the rest of the clowns what else do they expect other than ridicule??

5. Then again, a night of Fox News is an experience in how a TV network is engaging in satire without knowing it is engaging in satire.

In the end we need clowns in our lives as well as sane people given that sane people are producing the most bizarre nations in the world!

P.S. I wonder if God is a satirist who created this strange world?

Death Be Not Proud

Two men including the captain of the ship that capsized in the Mediterranean are now in custody because of their inept performance in steering a ship to disaster. It is now estimated that at least 700 human beings died as a result of this horror. The sad aspect of this tragedy is we know either this week or next week or next month another ship will sink with hundreds on board because the European Union has sen unable to devise a plan to handle refugees fleeing from the horrors of modern northern Africa. Either it is Boko Haram, ISIS, their own incompetent and corrupt government, their own army, the conflict between Christians and Muslim, or God knows what else but living in northern regions of Africa is not the place to be. Add in climate change and one has a recipe for disaster. We are witnessing the follies of mankind coming to fruition. For millions it is either die on the way to Europe of die by remaining at home. In many aspects this modern tragedy is similar to the departure of millions from eastern and southern Europe during the period from 1880 to 1925. People faced with starvation head elsewhere, it is among the oldest acts of humans. Heck, our ancestors fled from Africa in order to spread around the world.

The European Union needs a policy. We suggest:

1. Each EU country should be assigned Z number of refugees.

2. A massive economic plan must be initiated in northern Africa to provide work and a decent standard of living. Do that and they will remain.

3. The EU must work with the African Union to create a modern African Union armed force if Boko Haram and Libya is to become safe areas.