Category Archives: Islam

Lazy Days And Nights In Cuba

Cuba is associated with being a land where the sun shines and people enjoy swimming or walking in a beautiful evening. Alas, such is not the case for some men who are in Cuba, but are not in Cuba. There is a place called Guantanamo Bay prison in which reside some men who are termed to be “terrorists.” Have they been convicted of any crime? Of course not, someone said they were terrorists and therefore who could doubt what some Afghan said twelve years ago in the heat of battle? These men have asked for a trial, but, alas, having a trial for a terrorist, according to Republicans, is simply aiding the cause of terrorism.

Abu Wa’el Dhiab has been on hunger strikes for years. He simply wants to be placed on trial. Of course, this is the United States of America in which people are entitled to a trial by jury. However, if someone sometime calls you a “terrorist” then you cease to be a human being, and certainly you are not an American. To live in America and not be an American, such is the legacy of the Afghan war of George Bush.

Bill Maher Charged As Racist!

It is not usual for anyone to term the famous liberal fighting Bill Maher as anything other than a champion of the oppressed. He has a reputation for attacking bigots, he enjoys mocking the right wing conservative religious fanatics in America, so it was shocking during his recent Friday night show to have guest Ben Affleck deride Bill’s comments about Muslims as simply an example of “gross, racist and disgusting” observations on the Muslim religion. However, Bill insisted that his remarks were simply the words of a liberal who was defending rights of people to live in a free society.

The Bill Maher words that angered Affleck were: “Freedom of speech, freedom to practice any religion you want without fear of violence, freedom to leave a religion, equality for women, equality for minorities, equality for homosexuals, you try saying that in a Muslim world.” To be honest, these comments DO reflect what is happening within many Muslim societies. Of course, it is NOT happening among Muslims in many nations such as Indonesia or among Muslims in western nations or India. Of course, any generality opens the door for a response about hatred toward Muslims in Christian African nations.

What Bill did not note is that twenty years ago, Christians lived in peace within Iraq or Egypt or Syria. Something has happened during the past ten years to unleash this hatred. Did the United States play a role in this switch, that is a question?

Wahabbi Is The Problem!

ISIS continues on its murderous path, in Afghanistan, the Taliban are still alive and murdering people, but few Americans understand the force behind these killing groups is none other than our beloved ally, Saudi Arabia. The Taliban was originally created by the Pakistan secret intelligence working with vast amounts of money furnished by Saudi Arabia. The Saudi government is committed to the principles of the Wahabbi sect of the Muslim religion. Wahabbi imams preach the doctrine that all Western ideas are anti-Muslim, and it is the duty of a Muslim to murder these evil forces. The original young men who formed the Taliban had been educated in madrassa schools funded by Saudi Arabia. They were indoctrinated to fight all forms of Western thought and institutions.

Remember, that in 2014 women still cannot drive a car in Saudi Arabia. Bad people have their heads chopped off in Saudi Arabia. Any form of Christian worship is forbidden in Saudi Arabia. Children are taught that Western ideas are those who hate the Muslim religion. Saudi money continues to fund ISIS and other such groups. On one hand, we ask the Saudi government to aid in the fight against ISIS even though this group is being funded by Saudis! America must insist that Saudi Arabia cease any aid to fanatical Muslim groups.

The Saudi government had better remember that if ISIS enters their land, the first to have heads chopped off are leaders of Saudi Arabia!!

Ban The Veil, Save France!

The economic systems of many European nations have collapsed. France is suffering from a sputtering economy and there is widespread anger at its government. So, what is the solution to these problems, not only in France, but throughout the European Union– BAN THE VEIL! A French Muslim woman, known only as SAS, petitioned the European Court of Human Rights for the right to wear her veil. The nation of France made illegal the wearing of a veil in public due to reasons of national “safety.” The Court agreed with the view that if a woman wears a veil then safety of others is somehow under threat. Of course, people can own guns, but those weapons are required for “safety” of individuals. Heck, in America, a woman wearing a niqab receives ugly looks, but if a man with guns appears, people now feel safe.

The lawyer of SAS made clear, “her faith is an essential element of her existence, she is a devout believer and the wearing of the veil is fundamental to her life.” For SAS the wearing of a veil is HER decision. I was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family and when we went to shul, women sat behind a curtain, separated from men. Somehow, we managed to live and no one felt frightened.

Some day it will be explained to me why wearing a veil is a greater threat to life than wearing guns!

Consequences Of Bombing

Leaders of the “Free World,” as well as those who lead dictatorships that are on “our side” proclaim they are bombing ISIS controlled areas and killing bad guys. Pictures of destroyed vehicles, dead bodies of ISIS soldiers are cited as success of the bombing. Alas, there is another side of this story that is NOT being told by the media, and,certainly will not appear on Fox News. What are the real results of the bombing campaign?

1. ISIS forces are retreating into areas in which there are civilians and daring bombers to blast away.

2. Thousands of refugees are fleeing for their lives –from the bombings!

3. Oil wells are destroyed. Yes, that deprives ISIS of revenue, but it also means there is no oil for civilians.

4. In the city of Deir-al Zor, ISIS bandits rounded up 150 males and will undoubtedly murder them in retaliation for the bombings.

Bomb away, it will kill bad guys, but it also will lead to disaster for the innocent!

Life Before ISIS

It is difficult these days getting through 24 hours without encountering predictions the world will shortly collapse because there are 30,000 black clad guys in the desert seeking to kill every American before midnight arrives. The assumption of Fox News pundits is America is confronting a new threat to its very existence from this group of terrorists. So, I was wondering, what was the situation prior to their arrival on the scene?

1. The Iraq government under Prime Minister Maliki had caused havoc and disunity within the country by persecuting Sunnis. Bombs were being exploded every day of the week.

2. Saudi Arabia was chopping off heads at least twice a month. And, no one protested!

3. Syria was claiming the lives of thousands each month and over 2,000,000 had fled.

4. There were terrorists in Somalia who bombed and bombed. They even set off bombs in Nairobi.

5. President Sisi in Egypt was killing hundreds of members of the Brotherhood, and locking up thousands.

6. Libya was in chaos.

7.Boko Haram was kidnapping hundreds of young girls and murdering at will.

I will halt here since I could get into the situation in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

It’s Not The East, It’s Up North!

Ah, problems in the Middle East, ah, problems with Russia, ah, problems with Ebola in Africa, but, who knows, perhaps, the solution is to go South and create a problem that we can solve. President Christina Fernandez de Kirchner, heck with a name like that, who even has the time to dwell on this problem, anyway, she gave rambling twisting chat on television that ranged over many topics. But, she wanted the people of Argentine to know that someone is out to get her. “Ifs something should happen to me, don’t look to the Middle East, look to the north.” And, who else in the North but the good old USA is on her mind. For some reason, Chris things President Barack Obama is looking to discover a new enemy.

This woman is been in charge of Argentine for a few years and it has been one economic crisis after another. Heck, last summer, the country just defaulted on debts, but to Chris it is a plot to get her. A few weeks ago she figured out:

Pope Francis comes from Argentine.

She comes from Argentine.

Arab terrorists don’t like the Pope.

Therefore, the United States is out to get her!

Turkey: Playing With Fire!

Each day the guns of war draw closer and closer to the border of Turkey. Each day, thousands of people fleeing from the destructive force of President Assad as well as the mad Islamists reach and cross the border of Turkey. On one hand, the Turkish government is pleased that ISIS is killing Kurds since the destruction of Kurdish forces reduces their fears of the rise of an independent Kurdish state. At least ten percent of Turks are of Kurdish heritage, and they are considered to be a security risk by the Turkish government. So, the current game is destroying Kurds, and…..? The current, “and” is rise of Islamist fanatics who desire to take over the nation of Turkey and impose their brand of the Muslim religion.

The game may come across as an attractive alternative, but it poses incredible risks for Turkey as a society. At least 35% of Turks are moderate Muslims who fear any appearance of Islamist fanatics. President Recep Erdogan risks his nation’s security because he is gambling that ISIS can destroy Kurds, but leave Turkey alone. This is a risk.

Danger Signs In Indonesia

Indonesia is the largest Muslim nation in the world,but it rarely is discussed by those who believe they know all about MUSLIMS. Indonesia is a democracy and within its borders there are Christians and various sects of the Muslim religion. It recently held a presidential election which witnessed the victory of Joko Windodo, a poor boy who rose to fame and victory. He is the symbol of millions seeking to make their nation even more modern, reduce religious strife and endeavor to prove to the world that a Muslim society can contain within its borders those of varying religious and political views. Hew has promised reforms, he has promised to end corruption.

However, the man he defeated for the presidency Prabowo Subianto is furious. His political coalition is now considering pushing for laws that would end direct election of President and allow the legislature, which he controls, to elect a President. Prabowo represents those seeking to end religious freedom and return Indonesia to a state of conflict. Hopefully, Joko can organize Indonesians to fight for freedom!

Let’s Secede

The recent defeat of Scotland’s effort to secede from Great Britain is simply one of a few dozen desires by people to secede from their mother country. Nationalism, the concept that diverse people could come together as part of one nation is a relatively new concept in human history. Yes, leaders like Alexander the Great conquered different peoples, but most retained their national identify although now part of an empire. However, the French Revolution ushered in the concept of allowing peoples to come together and form a “nation.” I recall in 1954 attending college in Paris, France and sharing a dormitory room with a French student. He quickly made clear to me that he was from Normandy, that was his identity.

The people of Catalonia in Spain were told by the nation’s Constitutional Court they could not have a referendum in order to vote for secession. As for the idea of secession, how about?

1. Encouraging the people of Texas to take a fling being on their own.

2. Allowing anyone who is a member of the Tea Party to become an independent nation. That means, no Social Security, no roads in front of their home, no Health care, no attendance for their children at public schools, etc..

3. Then again, what exactly does America lose if the great state of Mississippi is no longer with us?