Category Archives: Islam

US Senate Nuts Act Like Nuts

There are times when it is quite clear our Founding Fathers had a different interpretation as to what a Senate could be in reality. They envisioned a group of elderly white men who pondered great questions based on reading and thinking and discussing important issues. Alas, we are in 2014, and those who serve in the US Senate regard the almighty buck as the only almighty thought in their head. Our Senators seek money from right wing Jewish zealots in America who have gobs of money, and whose idea of fairness and diplomacy has nothing to do with the majority of American Jews. So, the US Senate wants legislation that prevents Iran from sending its choice as Ambassador to the United Nations because it is claimed that in 1979 he was involved in the Tehran Embassy crisis!

After World War II, we forgave the Germans even though they had murdered 30 million people. We forgive Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld and George Bush although their actions led to the death of thousands of Americans. But, Hamid Aboutalebi, former Ambassador to the European Union, Belgium and Italy, cannot be forgiven for NOT killing any Americans!

No Emotion In Torture

Michael Hayden if a former director of the National Security Agency and a former head of the Central Intelligence Agency so, when it comes to issues of torture, this is one cool dude who knows how to control his emotion while watching someone water boarded and subjected to “advanced interrogation techniques.” General Hayden is now very upset because Senator Dianne Feinstein who used to agree with his assurances that his organizations never engaged in torture suddenly changed her tune and became angry learning that his assurances were simply a pack of lies. Hayden complained the actions of the Senate Intelligence Committee to blast the CIA for use of torture was the result of the “emotional” outburst by Senator Feinstein. I assume he means, how can we he-men operate for the safety of America when there are these soft females who do not grasp that torture in the defense of ending torture is the American way of waging war against terrorists

Senator Ron Wyden spoke for most American congressmen in his defense of Senator Feinstein. “General Hayden unfortunately has a long history of misleading the American public– he did it on domestic surveillance when he was head of the National Security Agency and he did it on torture when he was the CIA director.” In simple English, General Hayden and his torturing staff are, not only liars, but incompetent in the struggle to end terrorism in the world.

Tribal Woes In Egypt

It is a common belief among those of the western world that people in Egypt are Muslims and support the ideas of Muslim fanatics. Of course, 10% of the population is Coptic Christian, they predate Muslims in Egypt by about 500 years. There are also large numbers of dark skinned people known as Nubians who inhabit southern regions of the country. Their history with light skinned Arabs is analogous to the experience of dark skinned people with white Christians. Discrimination and poverty and definitely the state of being powerless.

Some Nubian students were on their way to school when they encountered comments and graffiti which depicted them as sub human. At this point, both sides claim the other fired the initial shots. Anyway, guns blazed and people lay dead. At the latest count at least 25 are dead and over fifty are wounded. Not an Arab extremist among those engaged in violence. Just another example of how we have peace and quiet in Egypt since the Armed forces returned to power.

India Will Elect A Monster

The people of India will shortly participate in the world’s most populous election with over 700,000,000 voting for candidates to lead their nation. All reports indicate that Narenda Modi will become the next president of India. A dozen years ago he ran a state in India when over a thousand Muslims were slaughtered in a rampage of hatred set off by some killings on a train. Mr. Modi did not prevent the slaughter but encouraged such hatred to succeed. OK, so that was then and today is today. The problem with India is that one family for over sixty years has been in charge and one party, the National Congress, has basically run the nation. The family of Jawahara Nehru, a founder of modern India has run the show, and the results are mixed. India is definitely a modern democracy. The poor are still with us, and women fear for their lives in a society in which men rape and laugh and go home to rape and laugh.

Who knows? Perhaps, Mr. Modi has changed or evolved over the years. Perhaps, he has become a man who can jump start the economy of India in a manner that begins a process to end poverty and protects the women of this society. Who knows? At this point, Mr. Modi has the record of a monster. Will time tell another tale?

Old Fears Die Slowly

There is no new news on the Middle Eastern front since Palestinians and Israelis are well dug in their trenches of anger, hate, and distrust. Neither side seeks to do anything other than bring in more machine guns, heavy artillery and stretch miles of barbed wire in front of the trenches. FRUSTRATION is definitely the word that best describes this conflict. Each side is committed to repeating what the other side did yesterday or last year in in 1948. Each side is going to dig the trench even deeper and arm it even more strongly. Israel leader Tzipi Livni wants peace to succeed and there are Palestinians who agree with her desire, but any movement in the so-called, “peace negotiations” have ceased. She argues a problem is: “part of what happened in the past few months was more negotiations between us and the United States and less with Palestinians. I believe we need to move to more meetings, more negotiations.”

I agree with the sentiment, but do not believe more negotiations will lead to other results. Let us be honest. Israel holds the trump cards, it is in the stronger position. It is time for a dramatic act on the part of Israel. For example:

1. Cease settlement building for one year.

2. Free the next batch of Palestinian prisoners.

After these two acts, Israel should then ask Palestinians to make at least one new act.

Death In Afghanistan By “Good Guys?”

It was just another day in the place we call, Afghanistan. During the past few weeks there have been numerous attacks by Taliban units against foreigners who cling to the supposed safety if large cities such as Kabul. A well guarded restaurant was a blasted last week and five killed. Anija Niedringhaus, a German photographer and Kathy Gannon, a reporter hitched a ride with a convoy protected by the Åfghan army in hope of getting to a city without getting blown up. They were successful and the convoy entered the city compound. An Afghan security man walked over to their car, shouted, Allahu Akbar, “god is great,” and opened fire on the women. Anija died instantly and Kathy was wounded. The Afghan officer meekly surrendered, and most probably will never be executed.

President Hamid Karzai insists any and all problems in his nation are the cause of American and NATO forces whose drones and fighting lead to the death of the innocent. He wants them to leave. Oh, the Afghan government has deployed over 400,000 police, security forces and the army to protect the people of Afghanistan. I think that is the problem, not the solution!

The Horror Of Syria

Those who were alive during years when the Germans engaged in a murderous process of death and destruction confronted a terror in which the German government had enough intelligence to disguise murder to the outside world. The Japanese government, on the other hand, glorified their murder of the innocent. So, how does one explain the behavior of the government of Syria? Ordinarily, they explain away murder by arguing the other side is killing so it is kosher for we who defend our government to slaughter the innocent. After all, allow a young boy to live and he might wind up in the jihad campaign against my government. The latest United Nations’ figures indicate, at a minimum, there are at least 150,000 dead Syrians since outbreaks against the government began in March, 2011. According to the UN report about 38,000 rebels are dead along with 58,000 government troops.

Of course, there are a minimum of 18,000 people who were arrested and no one knows what happened to them. Rebels have kidnapped and government forces have kidnapped. Both sides murder in the name of God or security or because they had nothing else to do that day. Death proceeds without halt in Syria.

Chris Christie APOLOGIZES!

Poor Chris Christie, he just cannot get a break these days. His aides are resigning and warning they will speak the truth about the notorious Bridgegate fiasco. Chris was invited by Jewish billionaire Sheldon Adelson to his Venetian resort in Las Vegas in order to appear before the man who actually believes HE alone personifies the Jewish people, not only in Israel but in the United States. He gave Republicans last year about $100 million in order to destroy Barack Obama, a man who speaks about rights for Palestinians. In order to demonstrate that he loves Israel as much as he does New Jersey, Chris spoke about his trip to Israel. “I took a helicopter ride from the occupied territories across and just felt how extraordinary that was to understand the military risk that Israel faces every day.”

Within a few minutes there was silence in the room and Sheldon was furious. How dare this goy use the expression, “occupied territories” to describe land that belongs only to Jews!! Chris fell to his knees, licked the feet of Sheldon, begged to be forgiven and promised four Hail Marys to atone for the slip of speech. He did apologize-with sincerity!!

God Does Not Dwell In Saudi Arabia

I am so happy that Saudi Arabia stands with the United States in the fight to end terrorism and support the ideas of democracy. OK, some of you become upset because there are no political parties in Saudi Årabia, there is no free press, there is no freedom of religion, and there is no atheist allowed. BUT, Saudi Arabia is against al-Qaeda and against terrorists. OK, so the government does on a few occasions employ terrorist acts against those who dissent, but it is against the bad guys who blew up things in America so give the Saudi government the benefit of the doubt. King Abdullah announced a few new regulations. New procedures define “terrorism” as “calling for atheist thought in any form or calling into question the fundamentals of the Islamic religion on which the country is based.”

Joe Stork of Middle East Human Rights Watch responded with a negative remark: “these regulations dash any hope that King Abdullah intends to open a space for peaceful dissent among independent groups.” Wait a second, Joe, he will allow any Muslim to defend the Muslim religion. Isn’t that a form of dissent?

Erdogan To The Rescue

Elections were held this past weekend in Turkey and the Justice and Development Party(AKP) wound up with about 46% of the vote. The vote will be interpreted as agreement with the ideas of Prime Minister Recep Erdogan who has been on a campaign to support his corrupt government and blame all troubles upon Generals or opposition political leaders. His main enemy is his former friend, supporters of Fethullah Gulen, a US based religious leader whose followers support extensive education programs in Turkey along with being active in government and police agencies. Erdogan regards his ex-buddy as now his most extensive foe who must be crushed in order to save Turkey from an honest government.

Erdogan yelled, “The old Turkey is no longer! The new Turkey is here.” The “new Turkey” has evidence that members of his Cabinet and his own family were engaged in activities that some might construe as criminal. A video on YouTube has Erdogan and his son discussing how to get rid of evidence. Obviously, the “new Turkey” is represented by the extensive charges of corruption. Turkey could become a model of modern Islam, but unless Erdogan is halted, it will become simply another of those corrupt regimes that exist in the Middle East and make peace an impossible dream for people of the region.