Category Archives: Middle East


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

USA, Newsday: “Rob Yogurt Store At Gunpoint”

So, which flavor was stolen?

Russia,Moscow Times: “No Easy Solution”

Have you checked with Ben Carson, he always had the easy solution.

France, Connexion: “Leaning Tower Approved”

For Republicans,that means lean to the right.

UK,Guardian: “Free Advice From Notary”

Pay your taxes?

Sweden, Local: “Town Hall Set On Fire”

The Tea Party handles getting rid of government.

Explaining Syria

Recent events in Syria have not been discussed in the American media, aside from calls for “more boots on the ground” Few American analysts have given the public an understanding of what is transpiring in Syria.

1. President Assad is frightened. He is scared of his allies in Iran. Assad now grasps that the Ayatollahs in Tehran are ready to dump him and get what they can from Syria.

2. The Iran Revolutionary Guard has grown powerful in Syria to the point where it is making decisions about the country’s future. The Iranians believe they no longer need Syrians in leadership positions.

3. The Alewives, from which Assad comes, are not the same type of Muslims as those in Iran. As one noted, “They are turning us back a thousand years. We don’t wear headscarves and we aren’t Shiites.”

4. Assad fears that Hezbollah will carve out a piece of Syria that borders Lebanon and just forget about Syria.

5. So, Assad has called in the Russians to balance Iran.

6. And, Putin wants Syria to be close to Russia so if Iran gains power in Syria, goodbye Russia!

Slogan Diplomacy

The emergence of Republicans to power in Washington D.C. has been accompanied by the resort to a slogan in order to resolve any and all problems in the world. Just shout a one liner and–poof, away goes the problem.

“Bomb Iran.” At no time did Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Richard Nixon, or Ronald Reagan urge bombing our enemies. They relied upon diplomacy.

“Shoot them down.” Bib Netanyahu’s answer to the Palestinian issue is to resort to violence. The last time there was an Intifada, thousands of Palestinians died, along with over a thousand Jewish Israelis.

“Give Everyone A Gun.” People with guns kill people. Australia, after a mass shooting, ended the use of automatic weapons. Gun violence went down.

“Cut taxes.” During the 1950s the top tax rate was –91%! It was a boom time for jobs and wages.

“Arm Everyone.” How about kindergarten kids?

Sheriff Carson Warns Bad Guys

Ben Carson, by all accounts was an excellent surgeon who understood the process of making people healthy. Since he began pontificating about the world of politics, gun violence and world affairs, it is quite clear this man would have been the last one that a western town would have appointed as their Sheriff. He insisted that he just had to say something about gun violence and the death of several in an Oregon town.Here is the sage of the Republican party: “I would not just stand there and let him shoot me. I would say,’Hey guys, everybody attack him. He may shoot me, but he can’t get us all.”

Very brave statement from someone who has never confronted people with guns. A famous study by S.L.A.Marshall regarding American troops fighting in Europe revealed that one third did not fire their weapons in order not to reveal their position. The world of facing those with guns is frightening.

Oh, Ben wants kindergarten teachers to be trained in self defense. Huh?

Angela No Longer Angel

Chancellor Angela Merkel has definitely placed her head on the chopping block because this refugee from Communist East Germany has made clear that her country WILL accept those fleeing from the chaos in the Middle East. Even as I write these words, thousands of people from Syria or Iraq or just about any place in the Middle East are heading towards Germany.The latest estimate is by the end of the year nearly one million refugees will have reached Germany. Naturally,the backlash is growing as German politicians wonder whether their country can absorb so many immigrants.

Reality–there is no question that Germans will rebel at the arrival of one million people from the Middle East. Even the Turkish immigrants who have been in Germany for over fifty years will become upset. The logical solution is to distribute the refugees among all nations in the European Union. Most probably,that will not happen. So, what is the future? Frankly, I do not have a clue and neither does Angela Merkel.


We offer observations on the human condition from a 25 year old mind trapped in an 85 year old body.


I wonder if someone out of the blue will cast their name into the Republican race–Dick Cheney?

So, what ever happened to Rand Paul– a lot of silence?

So, what does Scott Walker now do–take on Planned Parenthood or the AA group?

I would so love to hear what a wealthy guy says to a Republican seeking his money.

I know that guns in hands of good guys halt shootings, but how does one define a “good guy?”

The Oregon shooter had a wonderful mom, she even loved guns more than he did.

March On Mother Russia

Latest reports indicate that Russian troops are now in combat alongside their Syrian buddies. Of course, their allies in this glorious war to defend Mother Russia against the hordes of Islamic terrorists, are troops, who for one reason or another, support the regime of their glorious leader, President Assad. As Karl Marx once said, history all too often repeats itself as farce. It was thirty five years ago that Russian troops, then representing the Soviet Union, marched with happy looks on their faces into Afghanistan to support Communist leaders. Today,they march to assist the incompetent, authoritarian, un-loved government of President Assad.

Vladimir Putin is the Donald Trump of Russia. He has a “plan,” he knows how to win, he is a job creator, he will win because he has always won. Only,this time, thousands of Russians will die. Western infidels will NOT defeat Islamic believers. So, march on and on and meet the doom that awaits Russian soldiers in Syria.

So, Who Bomber Kunduz?

There is one thing very clear–American planes bombed a hospital in the city of Kunduz in Afghanistan. According to General John Campbell:

1. US forces were being attacked by the Taliban and called in an air strike. The pilot of AC-30 gunship had difficulty in locating the target.

2. Afghan forces were under attack by the Taliban and called in the air strike.

3. Well,that was not exactly it. According to General Campbell: “Afghan forces had not directly communicated with US pilots in the AC-130 gunship.

Anyway there are now dead doctors, dead nurses, and several dead patients.

In other words, no one is to blame except the Taliban which started the fight.

Oh Dem Happy Slaves!

If there is one topic that I know about it is the Texas Education Board which selects textbooks for students in the former rebel state. Many years ago they rejected my high school textbook because we had an entire chapter devoted to the story of the American Negro and we referred to the Civil War rather than the “War Between The States.” So,Texas is back in the news. They accepted a new American History book from McGraw Hill that had a section devoted to: “Patterns of Immigration” that discussed how immigrants came to America.

According to this version of history the “Atlantic slave trade brought millions of workers from Africa to southern states to work on agriculture plantations.” These darkies were so happy to get a FREE trip to America so they could get a job on a nice plantation where they were allowed to work without getting paid!

In the state of Texas Joe McCarthy,the man who knew nothing about human rights was a “great American” and our Founding Fathers were influenced by Moses when writing the Constitution.

Afghan Mess As Always

The Afghan story continues to reveal that blunders are just a normal event for the US military. American bombers bombed the city of Kunduz because Afghan soldiers were scared shit to go into battle, as always. They informed American military that the bad guys were in front of them and they needed a few bombs. According to US sources: “On 3 October we have now learned that Afghan forces advised they were taking fire and asked that for air support. An air strike was called in to eliminate the Taliban threat.” So,US planes bombed and they killed a dozen people in a hospital including several doctors and staff members.”‘

According to the US military it is not their fault for the killing of Doctors without borders because “the Taliban have purposely chosen to fight from within a heavily urbanized site.” It is the fault of the bad guys that we killed innocent doctors and nurses.

When will this horror end??