Category Archives: Islam

Walk For Freedom In Nigeria

The people of Nigeria live under the fear violence, but it is still unclear if the source of that threat comes from crazy Boko Haram militants or from their own government. These days in many parts of Nigeria, thousands are sleeping in the bush because to remain in their villages might result being killed or captured by fanatic Muslim fighters. In theory, and I do mean, theory, rescue efforts to recover those kidnapped is the responsibility of the so-called Nigerian army. Among the dozens of women and teen girls about 63 decided to leave their captors when left alone. They walked about 31 miles to freedom before authorities realized those kidnapped were now not kidnapped. It is quite clear the Nigerian army, as presently constituted, is simply not capable of fighting any group that is in possession of weapons. In theory, when soldiers hear the sound of guns, they run toward the guns. Nigerian soldiers have a different perspective on living and dying, when they hear shots being fired, they run away from those sounds.

Reality, Nigeria is a wide open kleptomania in which a small group steal the nation blind. They also steal money from salaries due soldiers which makes certain they are not risking their lives for a government that robs them blind. When a nation has a president whose name is Goodluck Jonathan, it is clear the best good luck they can get is to find someone with the name of Badluck Ben. Then again, perhaps the National Rifle Association might wish to provide its members an opportunity to blast away against a living creature who also has possession of guns.

Hookah Hash Gets Brownout From Officials

The one thing nations have in common is an exaggerated concept of their own uniqueness. If I was God, rule one would be making it illegal for any country to shout out words regarding why they are so special and unlike other societies in the world. I doubt if Ted Cruz or any member of the Tea Party to express a single thought without also emphasizing why America is a special nation whom God blesses above all others. Under the regime of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan, nationalism is now the highest priority. He wants to ensure that old stereotypes never again are seen or heard. A recent Turkish exhibition in Paris has created a furor because someone decided to have some men wearing a fez on his head while he engaged in smoking some Hookah. Believe it or not, the use of drugs is part of the history of just about every Middle Eastern nation. To make matters more horrible the exhibit had a woman doing a belly dance.

We are pleased to report the exhibit has been changed. Of course, there are no exhibits of students getting the hell beat out of them or journalists enjoying a pleasant prison cell for the crime of printing stories that do not depict Erdogan as the second coming of Mohammed. In reality, we all have living inside our brain some sort of stereotype about something or someone. Erdogan wants his nation’s cultural traits displayed. Of course, that means limited free speech and punishment of those who do not praise the prime minister.

Death Of The Innocent

There is nothing new to report concerning conditions in Israel or the Palestinian Authority or from Gaza Strip which is under control of Hamas. Leaders of Middle Eastern nations have but one thought in their minds–how to ensure their followers recognize they hate “the enemy.” Hamas leaders hail the death of three innocent Israel teenagers even as West Bank Jewish settlers hail the death of a Palestinian Muslim child. The only thing that can bring leaders of Israel or Palestinians is the cause of death. Each will spread hate and revenge. In their minds, the only alternative to stalemate is to create a new crisis, and, by what better method than killing someone. Unfortunately, in cases of REVENGE the innocent, more likely than the guilty, are the ones who die. For over sixty years the cause of REVENGE has guided leaders in the Middle East. The tragedy of the Middle East is failure of a leader with the mindset of Nelson Mandela to appear.

New reports indicate the Israel police have arrested 3 to 6 men who may be responsible for the tragedy. Not only did they beat the boy, but they burned his body while Abu was still alive! Burning Bodies! Oh, my God, this is what the Nazis did to Jews and now Jews do it to others!!

Nelson Mandela had ample reason to preach the doctrine of REVENGE, but he preferred the doctrine of FORGIVENESS. In turning his back upon REVENGE he enabled the people of South Africa to avoid further violence and death of the innocent. Jewish mobs, Muslim mobs, heck, Christian mobs, surge through the streets oF Israel or Gaza Strip or Palestine, and this evening mothers and fathers will mourn their dead children. REVENGE only gives birth to one child: DEATH. Some will rejoice that a child from ‘THE OTHER GROUP” died. Unfortunately,the only death is the death of peace and the end of Death.

As a person of the Jewish faith who helped found a Holocaust center, in my mind are words told me at Yad Vashem. Let me pass them on. As one enters the Yad Vashem Holocaust Center in Jerusalem, one encounters the Forest of Righteous Gentiles which contains trees planted in memory of Christians who save Jewish lives during the Holocaust. As one leaves, again there are the trees. I asked the head of education at Yad Vashem why one on entering and leaving is confronted with acts by Christians. He replied in words to this effect: He said, “once in the museum an individual is confronted by incredible hate and horror. If one leaves with such feelings, then Hitler won.” I fear all too many Jewish Israelis have forgotten the lesson of the Holocaust. Jews can not murder the innocent in the name of revenge!

Caliph Of Doom Now In Mosul

I have a hunch there have been numerous meeting at headquarters of the CIA, NSA, and God knows which other agencies in our government that safe guard the nation with their phone taping and Internet surveillance in order to prevent Muslim terrorists to grow more powerful. I do not recall a single statement from guardian of the Internet or phones which referred to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria as a powerful threat to national security– at least not until the past two months. Yesterday, openly, in the city of Mosul a new Caliph was proclaimed who demanded obedience from all Muslims in the world. A spokesman for the Brookings Center sarcastically described what happened. “One of the most wanted men on earth was able to travel into the center of Mosul, give a 30 minute sermon in the most venerated mosque in the largest Arab center under control of the most notorious jihadist group of our time.” And, we Americans must be snooped on by agencies that spend untold billions on gathering “data.”

Ironically, Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi demanded that al-Qaeda obey him from this moment on. He told leaders of al-Qaeda they now were under his control. Naturally, leaders of al-Qaeda told him to go to hell. In other words,al-Qaeda now seeks new allies. How about President Obama meeting with al-Qaeda leader Zawahiri and forming a new alliance? We can now all unite to fight the latest terror group– ISIS!

I guess George Bush was right: FINALLY-MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! We finally took down al-Qaeda by becoming its ally!!

IRAQ –Send In NRA And Tea Party!!

It has become increasingly clear as events unroll in Iraq that the only hope for survival of this nation is to send in the NRA and members of the Tea Party. Just imagine how General Ted Cruz would handle the situation in that nation that has arisen due to actions of Islamic militants? Just imagine if red blooded God fearing decent Americans were allowed to use their guns, and actually shoot men who also had guns? Just imagine what men who readily take care of defenseless deer would do to those barbaric Muslim fanatics?? I believe it is time for the whimp President Obama to step aside and allow men who understand how to fight, and who are patriots in the fight against terrorism to have an opportunity to carry out their beliefs in violence.

OK,there are a few problems such as Iraq Prime Minister Maliki who is to fighting terrorism as the NRA and
Tea Party are to fighting against poverty and national security. Whatever makes sense, simply do the opposite. OK, so Maliki is corrupt, so is the NRA and Tea Party. OK, so Maliki wants to stir up sectarian division within the nation, so do the NRÅ and Tea Party. OK, when it comes to actually solving any problem, Maliki will do the opposite. I believe this also fits members of the NRÅ and Tea Party.

Read the words of a Sunni Iraq political leader who wants his nation to address problems and solve them. Sunni MP Hamed al-Mudlaq: “We are at a crossroads with Maliki. We need to forget about sectarian divisions that are currently in place. Mr. Maliki has torn this country apart with religious and political sectarianism and corruption.”

Response of Mr. Maliki supporters: “What we are against is formation of a government outside the Constitution.” Spoken like a true NRA or Tea Party member!

US Downgrades Obama

Recent polls indicate that most Americans are not impressed by the presidency of Barack Obama.In some polls he now ranks as the least competent American president since the end of World War II. Naturally, the Republican party and Fox News and those who hate the very thought of someone with dark skin as our president will applaud this view. This blog has frequently been critical of the performance of our president, but is he the worst since 1945 is an interesting question? If he is, we should examine what he did or did not do.

1. A president is the national spokesperson of the nation. Every great president was able to communicate ideas to the public. On this point, He has never explained anything that he does. Even today, most Americans still do not know the meaning of his Affordable Care Act. Ironically, when Americans are polled on specific pieces of the act, they agree with it. Given this discrepancy, the rating must be–D.

2. He inherited a mess in Iraq. In fairness he did what had to be done in Iraq–leaving. However, again, there was no clear statement about why we did not sign any agreement with the Iraq government. To this day, few Americans know it was refusal on the part of the Iraq government to allow American soldiers to be tried in military courts that ended our presence. Why the secret? Tell it to the American people. If America was leaving Iraq, then what was to be our policy in the Middle East? He never offered one. Rating: D-

3. Israel under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu constantly refused to compromise with Palestinian leader President Abbas. After the victory in 2008, the new president had about one year to compel Netanyahu to engage in peace talks. He hesitated, he refused to get tough. Sending former President Bill Clinton to the Middle East with the power to get tough with Netanyahu and President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority might have gotten results. Perhaps not, but it was worth a try. Rating: C

4. Republicans were out to get him from day one of his administration. In 2009, he had a majority in both houses of Congress. He never learned the lesson of Franklin Roosevelt that the initial 100 days was the time to push through laws. He never learned the importance of co-opting Republicans. For example, asking Senator John McCain to be his representative in Afghanistan by heading a study group to come up with future policy. Meeting each and every member of Congress in a private session by the end of 2009. Would it have changed Republicans? Most probably not, but it was worth a gamble. Rating C-.

5. Obama remains the most aloof president in recent times. He has the worst record for press conferences of any American president since WWII. He never learned the importance of the press conference. Each press conference means that day, the president controls the news. He did not reach out to reporters, he stood away from them. He did not use the press conference to speak with Americans in clear terms. Rating: D.

So, how do we rate Obama? Definitely, not among the top presidents since WWII. Most probably a C one.

Flight From Or Toward Mosul??

The American media is filled with horror stories from Iraq and Republican congressmen are daily reciting their outrage on Fox News how Barack Obama “lost Iraq to Muslim terrorists.” A new mantra is emerging within the Republican party that things were going great in Iraq until the dude from Africa took office, and began a campaign to transform peaceful Iraq into a divided nation. However, on the road leading from or to Mosul which is now under control of the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq,(ISIS) a different story is emerging. Those traveling the road leading to or from Mosul now encounter Kurdish troops–”Last Peshmerga Checkpoint” which are manned by Kurdish troops ready and able to handle the ISIS. A driver told a reporter that he was headed back to Mosul. “Everything is normal there. The ISIS people do not interfere. Hospitals, municipal services, it’s business as usual. In other words, a city of nearly two million people was taken over without any opposition by a few thousand men.

A police officer who was headed back to Mosul explained to a reporter why he was going home. He bitterly discussed his Shiite superiors. “They don’t even consider we Sunnis to be human beings. Only Shiites got promoted to become officers. We were second class citizens.” Now he wants to return to a city run by Sunnis who intend to make Shiites second class citizens. So, those in cars headed south from Mosul are Shiites or any of the remaining Christians who fear death in a city run by Sunnis. In Baghdad, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has rejected any idea of forming a coalition government that includes Sunni and Shiites. That is why people are headed north to Mosul or south away from Mosul.

They Know Best For You!

There is good news coming out of Washington D.C. pertaining to the right of Americans to enjoy some sort of privacy in their lives. The good news is that those who decide what is right or wrong about what can or can not be invaded is still under the control of our government. We can sleep comfortably at night knowing the NSA, the CIA, the FBI and God knows what other agencies are awake and protecting us against evil doers. It is so wonderful knowing that our beloved government knows better than you and I what you and I should do or can not do. The Privacy and Civil Liberties for Oversight Board(PCLOB) is awake when you and I are asleep. PCLOB Chair David Medine wants one and all to know that his agency walks “right up to the line of constitutionality” because it loves Americans and understands more completely than the average American what sort of privacy he is entitled to.

Medine supports warrantless searches just weeks after the House of Representatives voted to end them. OK, so we elected the House of Representatives, but who knows better what should be our rights, those we elect or those who spend day and night knowing what is good for us? Think of the PCLOB as your friendly doctor who knows that you have cancer and he will make certain the cancer will not kill you. Just follow his directions, he knows best. Look at the bright side, you can have sex with your spouse or loved one, and the PCLOB will not be checking on your performance. Who you fuck is your business, provided, of course, it is not some Muslim terrorist!

Then again, would you sleep more comfortably tonight if the PCLOB supervised your sex life?

Revenge Not Sweet, Just Revenge

I am a citizen of the United States of America so it is normal in my society for people with anger to murder the innocent. Each year hundreds die due to someone whipping out a gun and blasting away at someone else because he feels justified in engaging in the act of murder. Three Jewish boys were murdered in Israel,and their bodies placed in shallow graves. Murder is a horrible act, the murder of children even more so. No one can comfort a parent whose child was killed by those who have hate in their hearts and lack any sense of compassion. Since the kidnapping occurred, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been engaged in raising the level of hate in his country by promises of revenge. He has made quite clear that revenge against the killers must occur. Unfortunately, at this moment, no one knows for certainty exactly who are the murderers. Netanyahu blames members of Hamas. There is a high probability his guess is correct. Hamas contains thousands of young men whose goal in life is to murder innocent Jews. However, at this moment, there is no evidence that Hamas leaders ordered or sanctioned the murders.

Two nights ago hundreds of Israelis roamed the streets of Jerusalem chanting, “death to Arabs.” Seventeen year old Mohammad Abu Khdar was on his way to prayers. Suddenly, a dark colored car drove up to him, three men got out and shoved him into the car. About an hour later his dead body was found in another part of Jerusalem. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkakt made clear, “this is a horrible barbarous act which I strongly condemn.” Netanyahu termed it a “reprehensible murder.” However, for days he has charged that Palestinian President Abbas is somehow responsible for the behavior of men seeking revenge against Jews. I wonder if we can now hold Prime Minister Netanyahu responsible for the death of this innocent child?

Of course not, Benjamin Netanyahu did not kill Mohammad Abu Khdar. People incited by cries of “revenge” decided to commit an act of what they termed to be, “revenge.” As usually occurs, when people are driven by “revenge,” the innocent die. Always the innocent!

On July 4th! A Day For Immigrants To Affirm!

This year marks my 83rd July 4th since I arrived in August of 1930 and thus missed July 4th of that year. July 4th always had meaning during my early years of life since I was a fanatic baseball fan and so loved having a double header(for the price of one game) played by all major league baseball teams. I could listen on my radio to the exploits of the New York Yankees in an era when they won world series after world series. Baseball players were giants in my life, they represented the end result of my dreams. Of course, my initial eleven July 4th came at a time when we had poverty, but no war. Then came World War II and July 4th was a day when we honored those who fought against Nazism and the Japanese. At least we knew very clearly who were the good and who were the bad guys in our lives. On July 4th we stood as a nation united, we felt as one in the struggle against evil. There was no ambiguity, the Nazis and “Japs” were the enemies.

As the child of immigrants, in those days no one differentiated between “illegal” and “legal” immigrants, we were simply immigrants blessed to be in a land where we all worked to defeat evil doers. I always felt a certain moment of patriotism standing at Yankee Stadium as the sang our nation’s song. Years later when I served in the armed forces, July 4th made me feel part of America. I was not the son of “foreigners,” I was an American. We understood that if one lived and worked in America it was simply a matter of time before they began to think and behave as an American. Who cared from whence you came, who cared if you were a recent arrival, the only important thing was–did you want to become an American!

I once wrote a history of America. I felt proud in so doing. It enabled me to bring together all memories of July 4th into one story. We Americans are ALL IMMIGRANTS! The issue for Americans has never been –how did you get here! No, the issue for Americans has always been–do you love America and will you fight for its continued existence!!