Category Archives: Islam

New Style Taliban

It is a common event in human history for violent groups to evolve from their terrorist backgrounds into a more moderate status. In Bakakhshan province in Afghanistan a new style Taliban has become to emerge that is fundamentally different from Taliban groups elsewhere in the country. Many of these Taliban men have now accepted some of the pleasures of modern life. They allow young girls to go to school. They enjoy watching television and dancing to music. They regard beheading enemies to be a violation of the Koran and the meaning of the Muslim religion. Just imagine, members of Taliban dancing and singing. What next, to sing and dance with WOMEN!

This group of Taliban warriors seek to create a viable economy and establish some form of modern government that is not corrupt. Perhaps, these are Taliban who deserve some contact by the Afghan government which might agree to work with them. Perhaps, it is time to establish modern Taliban groups that want to end war and work for peace at the local level. A heck of a lot better than sending in the drones of destruction.

Fruits Of War Linger On In Minds Of Veterans

I, along with millions can not forget what happened to millions of young Americans who were sent off to war by the dynamic trio of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld. They were asked to fight, get wounded or die in a war that had no plan, no purpose, and no conclusion. Yes, “American Sniper” is making millions pretending the war was a glorious moment for at least some people. But, the millions of veterans will not cash in on a Hollywood moment, they must spend their days and nights reflecting on the horror of combat and loss of their friends. Why them and not me is THE question in so many minds? A new bill has finally been passed in Congress called the Clay Hunt Suicide prevention act. Its focus is upon dealing with Post Traumatic Disorder.

1. It creates new peer support systems for those in psychological need.

2. It establishes a comprehensive VA suicide prevention program.

3. It provides for hiring additional mental health specialists.

4. It even provides student loan assistance to psychologists who will work with these veterans.

Of course, nothing can wipe from minds what happened. Then again, nothing has been done to punish those responsible for what did HAPPEN!

Is Silence Always Wrong?

President Recep Erdogan was on a trip to Mexico when he decided to provide America with an opportunity to receive his words of wisdom. Actually, he did make a good point by noting the silence of President Obama, Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry over the murder of three Muslims on the University of North Carolina campus. He described the silence as “telling.” Erdogan went on to blast American leaders. “If you stay silent when faced with an incident like this, and don’t make a statement, the world will stay silent towards you.” His point is well taken although I don’t think that foreign ministers in countries issue statements about murders in their nation. The President definitely should have said something, after all, he made several comments about the murder of black men.

However, when President Erdogan pontificates about silence concerning murder of the innocent, he opens up comments about his own silences.

1. He has been very silent about confronting ISIS. He refused to aid Kurd soldiers fighting them.

2. He has been very silent concerning prejudice against Kurds in his nation.

3. He is the chief of silence when it comes to the topic of genocide against Armenians during World War I.

For each statement Obama makes about human rights how about one from Erdogan

Bibi, The Great Leader

I understand that many Americans and Israelis actually believe that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is some sort of great leader. When he assumed power in Israel, the following was present:

1. Turkey was a close ally of Israel and their troops were engaged in joint military exercises.

2. Egypt and Israel had close relations.

3. Jordan and Israel had good relations.

4. Israel still enjoyed the respect of most European nations.

5. American diplomats worked with Israel in hope of securing peace in the Middle East.

After several years of Bibi in charge of Israel this is the reality:

1. Turkey has become an enemy of Israel and has yet to get over the murder of Turkish citizens who were bringing humanitarian aid to Gaza. I will not get into the humiliation of Turkish diplomats by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

2. Relations with Egypt are formal, not close.

3. Jordanians do not seek close relations with Israel.

4. It is impossible to name a single European nation that supports the foreign policy of Israel.

5. There are NO meaningful relations with the United States of America.

Oh, Israel has good relations with the Republican party of America.

Iran And Nuclear Weapons

Senator John McCain is one tough dude and he is willing to draw his pistol at any moment in defense of the American way of life. He agrees with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that any and all discussion must be ended with Iran. Bibi and John insist no negotiations and the end result will be????

How about this end result after Iranian negotiations are ended:

1. Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives in Tehran.

2. President Putin offers to assist Iranians in securing atomic development that leads to atomic weapons.

3. President Putin and China agree to end sanctions against Iran.

4. Oh, Putin was just in Egypt where he offered to build them a nuclear plant.

The Bibi — John end result is this:

1. Israel bombs Iranian nuclear facilities.

2. Thousands of missiles wind up in Israel

3. Israel bombs Moscow to show the Russians no one messes with Israel!

John and Bibi have NO logical plan other than the end of the world!

Bibi Angers Democrats

Democrat Senator Patrick Leahy from Vermont has traditionally been a strong supporter of Israel and one who deeply seeks peace in the world. It requires real stupidly on the part of any Israel political leader to get Leahy angry about Israel. Well, Israel Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu has accomplished his mission to anger many American political leaders who ordinarily side with Israel. Following is Leahy’s comments about the proposed Netanyahu speech to Congress. “The unfortunate way that House leaders have unilaterally arranged this, and then heavily politicized it, has demolished the potential constructive value of this Joint Meeting. They have organized a tawdry and high handed stunt that has embarrassed not only Israel, but Congress itself. It has long been an unwritten rule and practice through the decades that when it comes to American foreign policy, we speak and act thoughtfully with one voice, when we can, and with the national interests of the United States as our uppermost consideration.”

As an American Jew the national interest of the United States of America supersedes the national interests of any other nation. I took an oath to defend the American Constitution when entering the US Army, not the constitution of Israel. I believe in defending the national interests of the United States I also aid the survival of Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu is NOT my leader. Hew is an incompetent, stupid, arrogant man whose policies damage the national interest of Israel!

Why Waste Time Watching Newscasters?

Confession. I very rarely watch any newscasters on any television program for the simple reason they lack a grasp of foreign policy and simply mouth words written on cards. I do not respect any political commentator on any program. I read newspapers, I read magazines, I even read BOOKS! But, why spend my precious time listening to ignorant men and women pontificate about something they THINK they know? So, the latest great debate about Brian Williams is simply another boring story. Bill O’Reilly came to the defense of his television colleague. “Every public person is this country is a target . These people delight in seeing famous people being taken apart.” Oh well, did Brain ride in a helicopter that had missiles coming close to it?

There is one thing that is clear, those who pretend to be involved in war, make certain they remain far from the scene of actually getting killed. Of course in Syria, many reporters have died, but rarely are these brave people working for major television networks. I doubt if Brian is as brave as those working for Fox News who pretend to know something about what happens in the world. So, who cares??

Turkey Turns Away From Openess

Recep Erdogan is the president of Turkey after spending many years as its prime minister. He began his rise to power with the desire to transform his nation into a modern symbol of what a Muslim society could become in the Middle East. Initially, he worked with Israel and displayed sympathy and understanding of that nation. In fairness to Erdogan, the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went out of its way to antagonize Turkey and even murder some of its citizens who were on a ship heading for Gaza with humanitarian supplies. Gradually, Erdogan has gathered all power in the nation. He has crushed efforts by Turkish students who dare to demand rights to participate in a democratic society. At the same time, Erdogan seeks membership in the European Union. However, his policies of increasing Muslim domination of a society in which at least forty percent are secular Muslims or those of other religions has led him to impose laws that contradict European values.

The latest Erdogan push is to impose increasing Muslim education in public schools. One family in which dad is a Christian and his wife is a Muslim now confronts a problem. Christians and Jews are excused from compulsory religious education, but Turks carry identify cards. They left blank, “religion” on the ground their son should decide at age 18 what to fill in. Now, he must take compulsory Muslim education lectures. Such is the power of Recep Erdogan.

Just Another Social Media Murder

Prior to the arrival of social media, angry nut cases headed to the nearest bar, drank beer and mumbled their desire to do something. Oh, perhaps, they found solace with another nut case, but the anger more often wound up smothered in drink and talk with a few folks. Now, we have the social media and an angry guy can rant to thousands and feel the power that his words are actually being heard by many people. We underestimate how social media outlets provide an outlet for hate and violence. Craig Stephens Hicks is one angry dude. He is an atheist and hates those who believe in religion. He lives in an apartment located on the University of North Carolina campus. His neighbors were Deah Shaddy Barakat, a student at the college, who lived with his wife, Yasor Abu Salha and her sister Razin Abu Salha. Just some neighbors, but in the world of social media they represented the object of hate-they are Muslims.

Anyway, Craig decided to murder these three neighbors. Who knows why he killed, it was somehow connected to the fact they believed in religion and Craig does not believe in any religion other than the religion of social media. Just some more killings with guns. Just remember, guns do not kill, people do. Of course, if people did NOT have guns the guns could not kill anyone!

Bibi Is One Butt Head

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spent part of his childhood in the United States where his father was a staunch Republican so it is no mystery that Bibi welcomes Republicans and seeks their support. He accepted an invitation from John Boehner to address Congress. Normally, yes normally, a leader of a country does not address another nation’s legislative body without permission of the chief executive. Heck,Bibi is Bibi and he doesn’t give a shit about this guy named President Obama. The President told the media, that he has “real differences” with Bibi. “I don’t want to be coy. The Prime Minister and I have very real differences around Iran and sanctions.” He went on to say, “much as I love Angela Merkel(German chancellor), if she were two weeks away from an election,she probably would not have received an invitation to the White House,and I suspect she would not have asked for one.”

It is time to play hard ball with Bibi because the people of Israel must not suffer for his inept leadership. How about:

1. Make clear to Bibi if he wants to behavior like Bibi, the US will just abstain the next time the Security Council votes to send Israel to the International Court of Criminal Justice.

I have a hunch Bibi will begin to act with maturity!