Category Archives: Middle East

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.

Social Media Socialises The Mind

I was raised in a world in which people read newspapers and magazines as well as listen to the radio. New York City had 11 daily newspapers and most people read at least one or two. Obviously, most American cities rarely had more than two newspapers. Thus, for the vast majority of Americans it was common to read the same newspaper as a person who had differing political viewpoints. The 6:00 clock news was seen by the majority of Americans once television appeared in our lives. In other words, a majority of Americans were familiar with world issues. Of course, during World War II there were daily maps and stories in every newspaper. We shared a common base of knowledge even though we differed as to its meaning.

Social media, in theory, offers an incredible opportunity for people to engage with differing ideas. However, reality is the vast majority of Americans on social media only read those which agree with their particular views on life. It becomes less and less possible for Americans to have the same base of knowledge. We are fragmented intellectually into small sectors of information. Social media has been most successful in narrowing the base of knowledge rather than extending it. Today, the average person using social media has LESS knowledge than previously in history. Sorry, they do know more about what they already know!

Iran’s Role In Middle East

The American government has just decided that action must be taken against ISIS and other terror groups in the Middle East. US Secretary of State John Kerry made clear that Iran’s presence was not desired in any conference dealing with policy in the Middle East. He argued their presence “would not be appropriate” on grounds that “Iran has been deeply involved with its forces on the ground in Syria.” Kerry is absolutely correct, Iran HAS been involved in fostering the civil war in Syria by aiding dictator Bashar al-Assad. Of course, one could argue this involvement is all the more reason why Iran should be at conferences dealing with the region. Reality: Iran hates the Sunni led ISIS and wants it destroyed. Iran wants the Shiite led Iraq to be a successful entity. In other words, the foreign policy goals of Iran are the same as those of the United States of America. The enemy of my enemy is my friend, a concept that is a realistic approach to foreign policy.

Iran has troops which can be directed to Iraq and quickly crush ISIS. A combination of American air power and Iranian forces on the ground would result in destruction of ISIS within a few months. It is time to bring Iran into discussions that center on how can the Middle East become a region that is at peace and economically successful? Oh, and invite Israel to participate in such discussions!

John McCain Is Always Right!

Senator John McCain is ready to fight someone at the drop of the hat. He is ready to portray Barack Obama as the cause of any and all problems in the world. The Senator has now charged Obama policies for the current rise of ISIS. He charges that leaving Iraq was a mistake. “And the fact that they didn’t have a residual force in Iraq overriding his military advisers is the reason why we’re facing ISIS today.” Let’s look at the record:

1. President George Bush negotiated with the Iraq government to have American forces out of the country by 2011.

2. President Obama AGREED to leave a residual force of about 5,000 American troops PROVIDED that US forces were not subject to trial in an Iraq court of law.

3. The Iraq government refused to this request. I wonder what Senator McCain would have said if an American soldier was tried for a crime in a Muslim sharia law court!!

ISIS is the result of the George Bush invasion of Iraq that was supported by Senator John McCain!

Oh, the Wall Street Journal has concluded that Dick Cheney was correct all the time.

Rhetoric Of Hate And Anger Goes Nowhere!

Israel was founded upon the proposition that Jews were ready to discuss any and all issues. Over the decades all too many Jews have slipped into an anger that prevents intelligent discussion regarding problems. The South African Jewish Report produced a story that shocked most people in South Africa. A reporter named Reich compared Archbishop Desmond Tutu to HITLER! In fact, the newspaper had a picture of the famous as though he was Adolf Hitler! Tutu was accused of “preying on Jews together with Hamas” One wonders what is the intention of such rhetoric? Desmond Tutu fought for civil rights in South Africa, not with weapons of war, but with words of peace.

It is time for Jews throughout the world to recognize that opponents do not hate Jews, they dislike Israel foreign policy. Attacking Desmond Tutu only garners enemies, not friends. End rhetoric, and invite Tutu to discuss his views!

Republicans On Iraq Air Strikes

This intrepid reporter decided to seek reaction from leading Republicans about President Obama’s decision to send humanitarian aid plus air strikes in order to assist stranded Christians and other minorities in Iraq who are faced with death from ISIL.

Senator John McCain: “For months I have been telling the wimp President to show some balls and blast away in Iraq. How about sending in Special Forces to end this fiasco?”

Senator Rand Paul: “I am completely in favor of aiding Christians, and also any Jews. But, how much will this cost?”

John Boehner: “If this stuff has anything to do with ObamaCare, I am against it.”

Senator Ted Cruz: “First, protect our border against the hordes descending upon it. THAT is our priority!”

Senator Lindsay Graham: “Whatever John McCain goes double for me.”

Mitt Romney: “I told you, elect Obama and terrorism would increase.”

Sarah Palin: “Could you please point out on the map this Iraq?”

NRA: “Just another example as to what happens when people don’t carry around guns.”

Marco Rubio: “Does this have anything to do with illegal immigrants?”

George Bush: “Sorry, I don’t have time to comment, got some wood to chop”