Category Archives: Islam

Turkish Paranoia Continue

Turkish President Recep Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party arrived on the scene a dozen years ago and instituted several important changes in society. The Army was finally prevented from interfering in the political process and the economy began to take off. But, somehow, along the way, Erdogan increasingly has become a man obsessed with the belief there are powerful forces throughout the world who spend their days and nights seeking to destroy both him and his party. The other day he informed the world about his “enemies.” According to him the American “Armenian lobby, homosexuals, and those who believe in Alevism, all those represent the representatives of sedition. (The Alevi are those who believe in a version of the Muslim religion which preaches tolerance for all).

He is very angry at the Turkish Democratic People’s Party which he claims receives support from “foreign media outlets seeking to make Turkey their colony.” Oh, among those “foreign media sources are The New York Times, the BBC and CNN.

Give it a break, Recep, I do not believe the New York Times has sessions devoted to infiltrating Turkey!

All Quit On Middle Eastern Front?

In November, 1918 the guns of war fell silent because those fighting finally agreed it was time to put away the violence that had destroyed the lives of over twenty million humans and destroyed vast areas of land. In May, 1945 those fighting in Europe allowed the guns of war to become silent. It would take until August for all guns to cease blasting away in Asia, at least for the moment. The tragedy of modern life is that we will NEVER have a day when weapons grow silent and peace, at least for the moment arrives. Our young men, and these days, our young women, will never know what it is like to live in peace, at least for the moment. Heck, little Corporal Adolf Hitler went home in November, 1918 and, at least enjoyed a few years of peace and quiet.

Modernity means there will never be ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT. We are doomed to lives in which the guns of war go on and on and on. Does anyone in Syria have the faintest idea who is on their side, let alone knowing when peace will arrive? They just go on and on fighting and killing because they know there will never be an ALL QUIET ON THE SYRIAN FRONT moment.

Israel Girls Are Shafted

I do realize that if one is an American Jew the last thing one should do is utter any words about a problem in Israel. To state the obvious about problems in Israel is to be termed a “self hating Jew” or one “who hates Israel.” Anyway, there area few problems in Israel and one concerns the rights of young Jewish females to dress as they like. Many Israel high schools have introduced dress codes that blatantly discriminate again young girls. For example, they are not allowed to wear shorts to school. Here is the issue described by the girl who is identified as “R.14.” “There is a situation here in which they are blaming the victim. They tell girls not to come with shorts because the boys look. WE are the victim and they are blaming us. We aren’t a Haredi high school. At one high school girls were detained and arrived late for impotent exams.

Perhaps, it is time for American reform Jews to recognize that Israel each year is drifting into a theocracy in which the Orthodox impose their medieval ideas upon the rest of the population. They control marriage, they claim that all land designated for Palestinians by the UN belongs to them because God himself said so. The original Israel which was a beacon of democracy has now become a theocracy which is more like Muslim nations than democratic ones in the world.

We Solve Syria Mess

The so called nation of Syria has become a basket case of horror so it is time for new thinking. We offer some concrete proposals on how to end fighting and death in Syria:

1. President Bashar al Assad might turn over the country to President Vladimir Putin of Russia who would arrive with an army and air force. Naturally, Putin would go into the field of combat and beat the bad guys.

2. Have a shoot out at noon. Each leader of each faction faces off with an opponent and the last guy standing runs Syria.

3. Israel could drop o few of its atomic bombs and wipe out the mess. Ooops, I forgot, Israel is surrounded and defenseless!

4. How about allowing FIFA to take over the country and stage football games with the winner taking all?

5. Then again we could have a contest as to who best knows passages from the Quran, sort of a spelling bee.

I have a hunch these ideas make more sense than what currently is on or off the table.

The Real Sorrow Of FIFA

The media is all upset at bribery and corruption among FIFA leaders, but few are focusing on the real horror of this group of crooks. They award nations the right to hold the World Cup, but rarely place any conditions on the nation that receives this billion dollar gift. Qatar will be hosting the World Cup in 2022. It is a small country, but has gobs of oil so when it comes to billions, head for this land. Unfortunately, its population is not accustomed to hard physical labor and this task is outsourced to poor people from African or Asian lands. These men and women do the tough physical tasks while the native born folk sort of supervise the work. As of this moment any stadiums or other facilities are being build by imported labor.

The last count is, as this moment, about 1,200 workers have died while doing this hard labor. These people are allowed into Qatar, but have a hard time leaving. Their passport is confiscated by the boss and this prevents anyone complaining about work conditions, and God knows, the idea of a labor union would get anyone shot on the spot. A report by the International Trade Confederation estimated by the time all construction is ended, about 2200 people will be dead due to bad working conditions!

THIS is the real horror of corruption in FIFA!

A Hamas “Discussion”

Every so often Muslim groups in the Middle East utter some words that leave one wondering if they ever read what they say. Mushafa al Sawwat is a Palestinian journalist who works for Hamas and he came out for a plea that his group should sit down with the Israel government and have a “discussion.” He wants the Israel government and the Hamas government to understand that it is better to jaw, jaw, then to war, war. “If the negotiations are aimed at achieving general interests, without recognizing or making aid to the enemy,m then why should Hamas be afraid of direct or indirect negotiations?” The goal of these negotiations are simple: Israel should agree to release all Palestinian prisoners, lift its blockade, and accept that Hamas has the right to end the state of Israel.

Now, these seem to be fair goals that any Israel government would agree to. Hamas destroys Israel and in return?? On which planet is this guy living? NEGOTIATIONS ordinarily among humans refers to some give and take on each side. No wonder Hamas is restricted to a small plot of land.

Jeb Bush Salutes Our Heroes!

I feel so reassured to know that at least one candidate of the Republican party refuses to abandon our admiration for the former government of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld. Jeb Bush wants the American people to know that “what I admire most about my brother was that he kept us safe. And I believe people will respect him for a long time because of that.” He also wants Republicans to know that he disagrees with Senator Rand Paul who wants to end government surveillance of our lives. “This is a matter of national security. We shouldn’t surrender the tools that keep us safe. It would be irresponsible. It would be reckless;” Mighty strong words in defense of the Bush-other Bush, that is– policy of defense against weapons of mass destruction.

I wonder what the five thousand Americans who died in this venture into nothing that had anything to do with terrorism feel now that they are dead. I wonder if the 40,000 who were wounded feel about being “saved” by President Bush feel about that caring effort. And, I wonder what the estimated 500,000 who returned with PTSD feel about being “saved” by George Bush? I have a hunch this campaign approach is a losing one.

Erdogan Refutes The New York Times!

Turkish President Recep Erdogan is always ready to defend his nation against any and all enemies. He has now uncovered a vicious new foe whose only task in life is attacking the brave people of Turkey. Not only does this enemy verbally attack and attack, but it is seeking to give aid and comfort to ISIS as well as all terrorist groups in the Middle East. President Erdogan is sick and tired of these constant written assaults on his nation by, none other than: THE NEW YORK TIMES! Thank God Erodgan was quick enough to uncover the latest plan of this arch enemy. President Erdogan informed the world that the New York Times “called the Ottoman ruler Sultan Abdulhamind an absolute monarch.” Not only has the New York Times been smearing the good name of the Turkish government today, but it now displays “hate that is directed to the Ottoman state.” Wow!

Erdogan is convinced the New York Times is “close to the Armenian lobby and now recently the state of Pennsylvania.” Now, you might wonder why this American newspaper is making alliances with the state of Pennsylvania, so let me clear things up. In this state which harbors anti-Turkish rebels lives one Islamic cleric named Fethullah Gulen, whose only task in life is smearing the name of Erdogan. I believe the cleric and the New York Times have been referring to the fact that Turkey has now placed in prison over two hundred media reporters who also hate the Ottoman empire!

Coke Wars

A Muslim woman who happens to be the chaplain at Northwestern University for Muslim students took a plane ride that wound up being an adventure in American madness. Tahera Ahmand, like millions of others whip have traveled on planes asked for a Coca Cola. Obviously, the first thing any Muslim terrorist does is to seek a Coca Cola. She asked the stewardess for an unopened can of Coca Cola which sent fear running through the mind of this woman. Why would a God fearing decent American woman ask for a can that is not opened? She replied to this suspicious request with, “Well, I’m sorry. I just can’t give you an unopened can, so no Coca Cola. We are unauthorized to give unopened cans to people, because they might use it as a weapon.”

The unfortunate Ms.Ahmad soon heard words of fear from the other passengers. “Shut the fuck up you Muslim!” Let me offer some defense of the actions of this brave stewardess who saved the plane from destruction.

1. The lid on a can could be used to jimmy open the door leading to the pilots, attack them and crash the plane.

2. The lid could be used to attack other passengers who, lacking a lid since they had an open can of Coca Cola, could not defend themselves.

George Bush saved us from Weapons of Mass Destruction and this brave stewardess saved us from another weapon of mass destruction.

Such ended the Coca Cola war, and we Americans can sleep peacefully!

Mouth That Roars Nonsense

Ted Cruz is now the leading Republican expert on the Middle East and he wants to make certain that Jewish billionaire Sheldon Adelson understands there is no better friend of Israel than the dude from the state of Texas. In an interview with the liberal Israel newspaper, Haaretz, Ted blasted the dude from Africa who we know as one, Barack Obama. “I think it is the height of chutzpah for Obama to lecture Israel on Israel values. We should be standing proudly with Israel against the forces of evil that is represented by radical Islamic terrorism.” Ok, Sheldon, heard your words of defiance and hatred toward the evil Barack Obama who hates Israel. As to the West Bank, “I think that is a question for the nation of Israel. Israel is a sovereign nation.”

I realize that I did not go to Harvard, so it might be impertinent for me to lecture the Ivy League graduate about international law.

1. The West Bank was an area of the Mandate of Palestine that was given by the UN to Palestinians when they divided the Mandate in 1948.

2. The West Bank has NEVER been incorporated into the state of Israel, The UN today considers this area to belong to Palestinians.

4. Under the administration of President Barack Obama the state of Israel has been provided with financial assistance to construct a Dome that destroys missiles.

5. Under the administration of President Obama the state of Israel has been provided, each year, THREE BILLION DOLLARS IN MILITARY AID!

6. And, thanks to Secretary of State John Kerry the US in the Security Council refuses to allow statements to be issued to Israel condemning their actions on the West Bank