Category Archives: Islam

Hezbollah, The Good Guys?

I recognize any words that depict members of Hezbollah as other than savage terrorists would annoy the Israel government. Of course, the Palestinian branch of Hezbollah has agreed to serve in the Palestinian Authority government which means it can not engage in terrorist activity. The complexity about Hezbollah grows even more interesting when one discusses ISIS. In the valley of Bekaa, which lies on the border with Syria hundreds of Hezbollah are fighting ISIS which it regards as a threat to Lebanon, as well as to the Syrian government. Hezbollah soldiers told a correspondent their aim is to “degrade and destroy” ISIS. So, let me explain:

1. The Israel government considers Hezbollah a threat to Israel.

2. The Israel government wants ISIS to be destroyed.

3. Hezbollah wants ISIS destroyed.

4. Turkey, allegedly is an ally in the fight against ISIS.

5. At this moment, Turkish planes are attacking Kurds who are fighting ISIS.

Question: How did we Americans get caught in this mad world??

Republicans Want ISIS Strategy

Fox News and Republicans are up in arms because there are not enough arms up in action in Iraq. They blame Barack Obama for the rise of ISIS and want to know why this group of terrorists have yet to be defeated. Let’s examine the record:

1. In 2006, when George Bush was president, his administration backed Nouri al Maliki to become head of the Iraqi government.

2. Since he assumed office this crooked, corrupt man has driven out from any place of responsibility Sunni men as well as sending thousands to jail. Maliki believes Shiites must dominate all aspects of Iraqi society, and the result is that thousands of Sunnis welcomed the arrival of ISIS.

3. ISIS consists of about 25,000 soldiers. The Iraqi army, allegedly has 250,000 soldiers. Do the math.

4. President Obama offered to retain US military advisers in Iraq but Prime Minister Maliki insisted that Americans would be subject sharia law if accused of a crime. Imagine what Fox News and Republicans would have shouted if President Obama had agreed to that demand.

Turkey is our “ally.” As Turkish troops stand idle, ISIS is blasting away at the Kurdish city of Kobani. Oh, the Turkish military is doing something–it is attacking Kurds. So, let me get this straight: Kurds are fighting ISIS and Turkey is fighting soldiers who are fighting ISIS. Sorry, the blame for problems in the Middle East rests on heads of Muslims in the region.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

UK, New Statesman: Riot Club Lads”

How about a Peace Club to handle the Riot Club?

Sweden, Local: “Are Youth Today Boring?”

No, but their iPads sure are!

USA, aol: “Two Shot In Shoot Out”

They were simply exercising their 2nd Amendment Constitutional rights!

South Africa, Mail & Guardian: “Rat On Rivals”

How about just sending rats to your rivals?

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “How Could It Have Been Mislaid?”

In the House of Representatives, they only mislay their sense of ethical behavior!

Turkish Army Attacks The Wrong Army!

ISIS is fighting in the streets of Kobani against its Kurdish defenders while a Turkish army stands on the outskirts of town doing absolutely nothing. OOPs, I just wrote the wrong thing. The Turkish army is bombing and fighting against “terrorists” but these attacks are occurring, not in Kobani, but inside Turkey. Its air force just launched bombing assaults against the Kurdistan Workers’Party (PKK) which is composed of Turkish Kurds who seek some form of autonomy within the nation. The issue of rights for Kurds has long been a concern for the Turkish government. In 2011, both sides agreed to negotiate rather than fight one another. This air attack has, essentially, ended the truce and now civil war will return to Turkey. President Erdogan is more concerned with Kurds than with ISIS. In fact, he welcomes ISIS which is attacking Kurds. Let me explain the Middle East:

1. ISIS is composed of Sunni militants who incorporate both religious fanatics and secular people.

2. ISIS seeks to wipe out Shiite Muslims along with any Muslim “Heretic.”

3. ISIS wants to destroy any Kurdish nation that might appear.

4. Turkey, under Erdogan, wants to destroy Kurds.

5. Turkey wants to overthrow the Assad government in Syria.

6. ISIS wants to overthrow the Assad government in Syria.

7. The US and Turkey are allies.

Figure out what to do next!!

Oh, the one clear thing about this mess is–BARACK OBAMA IS AT FAULT!

Israel, My Israel!

It may come as a shock to the Israel government, but the United States of America is the only nation that enjoys the advice of AIPAC in the process of governance. The Israel lobby is not welcomed in nations throughout the world. British MPs votes 247 to 2 in favor of recognizing the state of Palestine. Naturally, this resulted in expressions of doom and disaster from Israel officials. The Israel government denounced this vote as “undermining chances for peace.” According to Israel logic, if Palestine becomes a nation it somehow poses a threat to Israel. According to Israel, recognition by Sweden of the state of Palestine, “sends a troubling message to Palestinian leadership that they can evade the tough choices that both sides have to make.” Wow!

1. The government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has refused to make the tough choice of putting on hold any further building of settlements.

2. The government of Netanyahu has refused to put on hold building homes in east Jerusalem where Muslims live.

3. Pray tell which “tough choice” the current Israel government has made in the cause of peace?

Among the issues that create anger in Israel is decisions by President Abbas to work with Hamas. His formation of a government with Hamas BENEFITS Israel. Once Hamas is in the government, they are bound to recognize the state of Israel. As former US President Lyndon Johnson used to say, better to have your enemies in your tent than outside causing problems. It is time for Israel to make some “tough choices.” If you doubt what I write, just check with John Kerry who tried so hard to get Israel to confront reality. In the end, Apartheid will end.

Turkey Allows Bombing- Hurrah!

A Turkish army is poised on its border just outside the besieged city of Kobani as Kurds fight to prevent a mass human massacre. This army has tanks, well trained soldiers and could within a week drive ISIS from the area, and if it so desired, drive ISIS from Iraq. However, the army sits and listens and does nothing. However, Turkish President Recep Erdogan has finally allowed American plans to use his airports in order to blast away at the Muslim terrorists. Erdogan regards Kurds as the major enemy facing Turkey, not Islamist terrorists. His plan is to allow ISIS to wipe out Kurds, and thus end their desire for an independent nation. Allowing American bombing is simply a ploy to come across as a partner in the fight against terrorism. Of course, for him, terrorism against Kurds is a good thing.

However, Erdogan is opening a new issue for his nation. If Kurds are massacred in Kobani, we can expect the emergence of mass terrorism within Turkey as its Kurdish citizens resort to violence in response to his failure to lead the fight against ISIS. We predict dark violent days for Turkey.

Iraq Knows NO Peace

Perhaps, one day in the future, people in Iraq will experience a complete day without someone getting blown to pieces. I confess there are moments of confusion being able to understand why or how anyone who believes in God or religion is able to proceed to murder innocent men, women and children. Somehow, it is hard to conceive of any God up in the sky who demands murder of the innocent in His name. More suicide bombers in Baghdad, more broken bodies. At this point in time it is simply open season on those who have nothing to do with the government of Iraq, nothing to do with any of the assortment of groups who sincerely are committed to murder and destruction.

I recall that back in the 1950s there were Americans who used to say: “Kill a Commie For Christ.” Although they expressed this silly idea, few, if any, did anything other than shoot off their mouth. Perhaps, it is time for religious fanatics in Iraq to just shoot off their mouths and leave the innocent alive to go to the mosque and pray??

Divide Iraq And End Violence

From day one of the American invasion of Iraq our government has failed to grasp problems in that “country.” The result continues to be an inability of reducing violence in this collection of groups that were thrown together to become a “nation.” The so called nation of Iraq consists of three groups:

Shiites

Sunnis

Kurds

It is time to confront reality and form three nations. Allow the Sunnis to have their own nation. Allow the Shiites to continue governing what we term, the nation of Iraq and allow Kurds to be what they desire to be -an independent nation. The Obama administration refuses to allow Kurds to function as a nation. It refuses to allow them to sell oil. It is time for President Obama to get a lecture about what really is situation in this alleged “nation.” It is NOT a nation. Sunnis will not be peaceful members of a country run by Shiite leaders who hate them. Sorry, President Obama, we should not NATION BUILD. Face reality. If not, we will witness constant wars and terrorism.

Another Afghanistan Mistake!

The war in Afghanistan has most probably cost the American people at least one trillion dollars. Of course, Republicans in Congress refuse to allocate a hundred million dollars to build roads or bridges or pay for health care since such allocation of resources is not in the best interests of our nation. Among the military equipment provided to the Afghan army were C-27 transport planes that cost about $486 million. I admit this is a drop in the bucket of how we spent money during the Afghan war–and continue to do so, but $486 million is money that could be used in other parts of our society. It turns out these planes have been plagued by one problem after another, and wound up being useless in fighting a war. So, what else to do but scrap these planes and sell them for whatever we could get. It turns out the American government was able to sell the planes to an Afghan scrap man and receive in return $32,000. Yes, I just wrote, $32,000!

The US Special Investigator for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR) is somewhat upset. “I was informed that an Afghan construction company paid approximately 6 cents per pound for the scrapped planes which came to total of $32,000.” He wants to know why the Army did not contact the Italian company which built these inadequate planes and get our money back? Or, how about identifying plane parts that might be useful. Oh well, it is just money spent on war.

It’s Friday, Let’s Hate Muslims!

There are about one billions six hundred million members of the Muslim faith scattered around the world. There are about 200,000,000 located in what we term to be the Middle East. The horrible ISIS group consists of about 30,000, that is thousand, not millions. They have conducted themselves with hatred and brutality, but the sum total of people killed is under ten thousand. People in Australia are upset at this behavior and have decided that since SOME Muslims are brutal murderers it means that all Muslims behave in this manner. Many Australians are particularly upset at the sight of Muslim women wearing a hijhab. There have been dozens of attacks upon Muslim women in Melbourne and Sydney. Females have been insulted, things thrown at them because they happen to wear a hijab.

This is simply hysteria gone mad. Exactly how does a woman wearing something on her face impact the life of anyone? Of course, the number of women who wear a hijab is, perhaps, under 5% of all Muslim women in Australia. Muslim lawyer, Lydia Shelly made clear: “As a Muslim woman, I am very concerned that this is impacting the rights and freedom of movement for Muslim women.” There are even examples of Muslim women with children having coffee thrown upon them. So nice that Australians behave in such a Christian manner!