Category Archives: Middle East

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer samples of headlines that appeared in the world press.

Indonesia, Jakarta Post: “Prayer Cloaks In High Demand”

I have a hunch this is in Gaza!

UK, Guardian: “And, So It Goes”

If in the US Congress, the end of this is: “nowhere!”

Canada, Toronto Post: “Right To Be Forgotten”"

This sums up children from Central America seeking safety from murderers.

US, NY Post: “Amputate Penis By Mistake”

This story gives me a rise!

China, China Daily: “High Speed Train Breaks Down”

I assume this train is now known as a Slow Speed Train?

Australia, Canberra Times: “Cheap Viagra Good For Men”

Now, if we could find some cheap young gorgeous women!

Turkey, Hurriyet: “Size Isn’t Everything”

Ah, my constant excuse when engaged in sex!

America Needs A Healer

As one reviews the history of American presidents over the past fifty years it is apparent that not a single one was able to create a sense of leadership that encompassed those of differing views and beliefs. The polarization of Americans into separate groups, each committed to firm beliefs has grown and grown. Our society lacks the sense that only a leader could convey that those who seek a different America also have a place within America. The last American leader who offered that sense of a society bound together seeking a new America was Robert Kennedy. He died on the road to becoming president because another of those fun nuts was angry and decided to end a life. After all, as the National Rifle Association argues, one has the Constitutional right to kill, if one believes his rights are threatened.

On the night when Martin Luther King was murdered, Robert Kennedy was in Indianapolis. He spoke calm words to those who were Negroes, he spoke of the pain that he, as a white man had suffered, when a white man murdered his brother. He then walked the streets of Indianapolis offering words of calm to angry Negroes. Robert Kennedy was just as comfortable in a group of white conservative workers as he was with liberals. His words were always about the importance of recognizing that to be an American was to be concerned about ALL Americans. Neither Bush nor Obama has ever been able to convey that feeling. For Robert Kennedy, the plight of those who were poor or disadvantaged was primary to the American dream. He often took the side that was being oppressed, regardless of political consequences. And, thus he died with his dream of a united caring America.

I was struck at lack of presence of President Obama at the border to hug and welcome children seeking refuge. Yes, such a sight would be terrible politics, but such a sight would be what a leader of
America must convey.

Extremists Rule In Israel And Gaza

To those who seek peace in the Middle East, the current madness of death and destruction has resulted in the end of words. Frankly, there is nothing more to say about either side in this conflict. Hamas shouts words of hate and unreason demanding the world recognize it as the voice of Palestinians. Israel insists the world is filled with anti-Semites seeking the complete destruction of a Jewish state. President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority has lost any power as well as respect from Palestinians who blame him for the slaughter now proceeding in Gaza. UNRWA Commissioner General Pierre Krahenbuhl has reached the point of utter desperation in dealing with either Hamas or the IDF. “The scenes of carnage and human suffering that we witnessed at our elementary school in Beit Hanon were so appalling and intolerable that it is difficult to find the words to convey my indignation.”

He pointed out that rockets were discovered in schools, left by courtesy of Hamas. He contacted the IDF and asked for a pause in action-”approval for that never came.” Hamas places troops in locations where there are civilians in order to ensure civilians die. The IDF is determined to wipe out all tunnels, and insists civilians are told to leave. Pray tell, leave and go where?? Does anyone doubt that a new generation of suicide bombers are being born in this madness?

An Israeli woman tried to read the names in Hebrew of children who died in Gaza. The Israel Broadcasting Authority banned her reading of names and ages. It was defined as “politically controversial.”

A year from now or two years from now, suicide bombers will kill Israelis. THAT is politically controversial. In the end, suffer the children for crimes of adults!

Ah Benghazi, We Knew You Well

I spent several hours talking with a member of the Republican party who wanted to make certain this blog was telling the truth about events in Libya. As any informed person knows, the present lack of stability in Libya is the result of failure on the part of HILLARY CLINTON! This past weekend while Hillary was off raising money, diplomats from Germany, England France and the United States had to flee for their lives from Islamic militants seeking their deaths. There is fighting between those seeking to create a secular government in Libya, who are led by General Khalia Hiftar, and al-Qaeda which seeks to impose a traditional sharia law upon one and all.

Naturally, Fox News blames Hillary Clinton. If only she had personally flown to Benghazi and grabbed a weapon, and blasted away at militants our ambassador would still be alive, and militants would have surrendered to the awesome woman on top of the wall! If only Hillary would halt her fund raising tours, get in a jet plane, fly to Libya, and blast away at militants! As one English diplomat said: “today, the priority is getting out.”

I wonder if Senator John McCain could jump into a jet plane and fly to Libya where he could, single-handedly, end the civil war!

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 23 year old mind trapped in an 83 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

In my childhood I knew every store owner in the neighborhood, they were neighbors.

Mystery of life: Man has large bag of coins.

Sometimes, best to forget and get on with life.

To sigh, is to have a moment of peace.

For some reason, the scratch offs I purchase never have the right numbers.

Elderly women always smile when seeing friends.

Babies and elderly toddle when walking.

Carrying three sandwiches in hand is the limit for most.

No favorite basketball team in any tournament this year.

Know when to cut your losses.

Many want things from the Lord, but they don’t want to live in his neighborhood.

In my Depression youth, the wealthy were hated.

Some seek good in people, some seek evil in them.

The Israeli – Hamas Dilemma

During the momentary lull in Gaza fighting it is time to examine what is happening in Israel and among Palestinians. During the 1967 war, Israel gained control of the West Bank. At that point in time, Jordan ruled the West Bank because the concept of an independent Palestinian state had yet to be born. Israeli leaders in 1967 were prepared to allow an independent Palestinian state to be created in 1967 in return for recognition and peace, but no Arab nation took up the offer. This began the current stalemate in the region. It was simply a matter of time and politics before conservatives in Israel took up the cry of settling on the West Bank in order to restore the ancient land of Israel. There simply was no Arab nation willing to negotiate with Israel until President Sadat of Egypt initiated a peace agreement. Unfortunately, only Jordan was willing to go along with recognition of the state of Israel.

During the past forty years, the “settlers movement” within Israel continued to gain strength and power. By the year 2000 it was a force in Israeli politics. Benjamin Netanyahu seized the opportunity to incorporate this group along with conservative factions in Israel in order to become Prime Minister of the country. He soon recognized that creating the “Iran Threat” would produce votes. Shout that Israel is threatened by Iran in order to engender fear, and the result is more votes. Examine the Netanyahu political approach and the war in Gaza makes sense:

1. He opposed efforts by President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority to forge an alliance with Hamas. Of course, if Abbas signed a treaty with Israel, this would FORCE HAMAS to go along with it or face massive disapproval by Palestinians.
2. Instead, Netanyahu continues to gain support from Settlers on the West Bank who now number over 500,000. Instead of forcing Hamas to become engaged in a political process, Netanyahu simply encourages their extremists to engage in violence.
3. REALITY: If President Abbas announces the end of his government, this means Israel would have to assume responsibility for government of the West Bank. This is the ISRAEL NIGHTMARE. Within thirty years there would be more Muslims in Israel than Jews. What then?

In one sense, the current horror in Gaza serves the political aims of Hamas and Netanyahu. Both Hamas and Netanyahu require a crisis in order to gain political power. Eventually, fighting will cease. President Abbas, the moderate, has been virtually destroyed by the Gaza war since now revenge and violence are the mantra of most Palestinians. The refusal of Prime Minister Netanyahu to compromise with Abbas has brought to power violent extremists within the Palestinian community.

“Where Shall We Go?”

For a moment, for twelve hours, the guns of Gaza are silent. For a moment, another body will not be killed. For a few moments, children can sleep without the sounds of explosions and fear in their hearts. Yes, for a moment, the madness which constantly envelops the Middle East has ceased. For a moment, people can stumble through streets strewn with rubble, with body parts, and find a UN site that distributed food. Unfortunately, even the UN could not offer safety to sleep since the guns of July must sound in anger and hate. This all began with the death of three innocent Jewish boys who were brutally murdered by someone or some men determined to gain revenge by killing the innocent. Sorry, but that is the ongoing story of the Israel-Palestinian conflict, those in power shout while ordinary people suffer.

Israel Defense Minister, Moshe Yaalon best summed up the crazy behavior which so dominates this area of the world. “At the end of the operation, Hamas will have to think very hard if it is wise to taunt us in the future.” Taunt us? Sorry, Mr. Yaalon, that is a comment I would expect from a twelve year old, not an important government official. Even as he spoke, Hamas was matching his childishness with boasts they will never give in until THEIR DEMANDS are accepted! Sorry, you did not “win” this war. No one has won anything. There are only losers in this conflict. Over 880 Gazans, and about 37 Israelis.

As always, the innocent die.

Turkish High Speed Train Slows Down

The nation of Turkey just initiated its first high speed train,and its passengers included Prime Minister Recep Erdogan. The train left the capital of Ankara and was headed to Istanbul when something went wrong, and the train had to halt for repairs. A Turkish source informed me there were “question marks” and something suspicious about this incident. This intrepid reporter decided to check with other important world figures about this alleged crime.

1. Sarah Palin informed me there was no doubt this train was sabotaged by Hillary Clinton since a passenger on the train came from Benghazi and he knew what happened in that city!

2. John Boehner informed this reporter since the train was build by the national government of Turkey rather than by private free enterprise businessmen, what else could one expect than a train that goes nowhere?

3. Governor Rick Perry asked me if this train was headed towards the Mexican border, he was prepared to dispatch members of the Texas National Guard to head off this train.

4. A Fox News panel agreed this incident was linked to the Affordable Care Act, they needed a few more hours in order to gather evidence of the connection.

5. Donal Trump offered to buy out the government of Turkey and transform its trains into mobile Casinos.

Another Plane, Another Mystery

An Air Algerie plane which had taken off from Ougadougu in Barkina Faso, a capital and nation that is known to all Americans, simply vanished from the radar screen and is apparently some place up in the sky. We are pleased to report to readers of this blog that we are the only one on this planet who knows the true story about this plane. Actually, we also know what happened to that plane which disappeared in Malaysia, and, in all honesty we understand what happened to the plane in Ukraine. Last night at the stroke of midnight I was suddenly confronted by a strange creature. It(there are no sexual differences on the planet of Xul) arrived in my room as I was typing. It referred to itself as, X. It appears there is strong interest by inhabitants on the planet of Xul about we humans. X indicated–it does not speak, but simply places its ideas into my mind– leading theorists on Xul have come to believe that humans are among the most interesting life forms in the universe.

According to X, the idea of killing other life forms is an unknown concept in the universe. The idea of not sharing all resources with other life forms is an unknown idea in the universe. X is simply confused that life forms would allow a few to gather untold riches while most remain without access to them. Thus, Xulians are taking some of our planes to their planet. Its inhabitants will be studied until Xulians can figure out how we humans invented such curious ideas as wars, hatred and violence. After being studied, humans will be given the choice to return to this planet or remain in a land which does not know war, hatred or hunger.

I have now been designated as the representative on planet Earth who will have ongoing contact with Xulians. I do have the option, at some point or another, to hop on one of their space ships and go to the planet which only knows love, peace, and plenty for all.

P.S. Let me know if you would like to voyage across the stars!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Australia, Sydney Morning Herald: “What Are You Scared Of?”

Republicans gain control of US Senate

New Zealand,New Zealand Herald: “I Didn’t Have Time To Pray”

That assumes God had time to listen to it.

Norway, Norway Post: “Tourist Caught Speeding Before Crash”

Shows the worth of a warning.

USA, aol: “Hope In Sight After 16 Operations”

Absolutely, I can guarantee there will be a seventeenth operation!

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Court Grants Boat Injunction”

From now on, no one on the boat the boat does not like!

Sweden, Local: “Apes Get Revenge”

Into the cages with humans?

UK, Guardian: “Trial Of Abuse”

The longest trial in US history and the culprits are Congressmen.