Category Archives: Islam

On War Crimes

The Founders of the state of Israel were men and women who had been profoundly impacted by the Holocaust and sought to create a society that would be a shining example of justice and humanity for all. Their decisions were made within a moral context. Yes, during the fight for Israel’s independence there were some examples of war crimes, those were days when it was doubtful if the nation would ever come into reality. But, the overall belief of Israel leaders was that Israel must become a democratic society which respected human rights. Now, Israel is led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who continues to display a sense of anger and fear. The killing of 1,483 civilians in the fight against terrorism can not be ignored by any democratic society. The UN has established a commission to investigate what happened and is ready to identify both Israelis and Muslims as the ones responsible for the deaths of innocent people.

Bibi is convinced that the UN and the world is simply, anti-Israel. He described the commission as an “anti-Israel body” and charged that its head, William Schabas demonstrated “clear and documented bias against Israel.” Frankly, anyone appointed to such a commission is, by definition, anti Israel. The state of Israel has come a long way from its Founding Fathers and Mothers.

Wrong Train, Wrong Party

The nation of Germany has never mentally recovered from the horror of Nazism. At least the vast majority of Germans can not forget that their nation murdered over thirty million people during World War II. Of those, the Holocaust consumed the lives of six million Jews. So, who is around today in modern Germany? The German National Democratic Party (NDP) has discovered a replacement for Jews-Muslims. Its leaders spout the same words of hate, violence and anger, but instead of their object being Jews, it is the presence of Muslims in their midst. A group of NDP members boarded a train in Germany on their way to a rally in southwest Germany only to discover they were on a train going in the opposite direction. There must be something symbolic in this fiasco–heading in the wrong direction. The mayor of Freidburg which was their destination simply commented: “We don’t feel their absence here.”

Yes, there are some Muslims in Germany seeking death and destruction. Yes, there are some Christians in Germany seeking death and destruction. At least the Muslim population does the dirty work of this society, but on the other hand, the NDP does the dirty comments of society.

I Don’t Understand?

I DO understand the hesitation of the Obama administration to send arms into the Middle East which might result in arming the wrong people. I do understand the decision to arm the government of Iraq in order to halt the spread of ISIS. I DO understand the hesitation in sending weapons into Syria. But, I simply do NOT understand the hesitation to arm the people of Ukraine who are fighting against forces that are supplied by the Soviet Union, oops apology, I meant Russia. There is no doubt that thousands of Russian soldiers are fighting alongside separatists and they posses modern weapons. So, why the hesitation to send guns and ammunition to the forces that defend Ukraine?

President Obama is now reconsidering his opposition to send such weapons. There is a chance weapons will be heading to Ukraine. The only questions is why the delay? These are the moments when one wonders about the leadership abilities of Barack Obama?

Bibi Throws Down The Gauntlet To One And All

In one sense, Israel remains among the few democratic societies in the Middle East, in another sense, Israel leaders continue to behave like every Muslim fanatic in the region. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu believes that each and every event must elicit angry words and threats because the only thing that Muslims understand is the sword and planes of destruction. After a Hezbollah attack that cost the lives of two Israel soldiers, Bibi has been engaged in non stop threats. “We have proven that nobody is immune from our intentions to foil attacks against us. Thus we have acted and thus we will continue to act.” Yes, those are powerful words of anger. Yes, those words will be greeted with applause for those in Israel who believe that war is the only path to peace.

The Prime Minister has never used words to present a path towards peace. Is it his assumption that for another seventy years Israel must remain armed and ready for war? Is there never to be an end to this conflict? Perhaps, he is right. Perhaps for the next seventy years Israel remains an armed nation ready for war and war and war?

How about giving peace another shot?

Egypt, Bastion Of Democracy

Egypt is among the most important nations in the Middle East but this country is also among the key areas of this region in which a government lacks any plan to revitalize society and create conditions that will engage young people in meaningful work. Yes, the Muslim Brotherhood under the leadership of Mohammed Morsi committed one blunder after another to wreck the Egyptian spring of peace and hope for a new beginning. Yes, the Muslim Brotherhood was out to gain power and then use that power to destroy democracy. But, under leadership of General Sisi, Egypt is pursuing the path of dictatorship and lacks any plan for an economic development that would create a vibrant society. A year ago, Sisi ordered the arrest of Al-Jazedera employees as part of his effort to stifle democracy in the land. Egypt needs those raising important issues and focusing on corruption and incompetence if the nation is to become an economic giant.

Finally one of the Al Jazeera reporters was freed. The others remain in jail. Peter Greste was an Australian and is headed home. But, as he leaves the people of Egypt remain in a society in which open discussion is still not available. General Sisi and his buddies will continue their efforts to gain power and to seek economic gains for those who have the power. The only losers are the people of Egypt.

Blame It On CIA, Who Else?

Those who are under the age of 35 inhabit a world in which the CIA or GOVERNMENT are always engaged in some sort of nefarious activity. They are convinced that GOVERNMENT is always the culprit for spying or aiding secret terrorist groups. The problem is that GOVERNMENT IS the culprit in all too many cases. Russian Chechen leader, Ramzan Kkadyou insists that the CIA is really behind such groups as ISIS or book Haram. “Young people have said that fakek profiles vacated by western intelligence agencies have conducted work for attracting young people into terrorist organizations.” In other words, the CIA is attracting young people into ISIS as part of their plot to destroy ISIS. IN other words, behind each terrorist organization are some CIA agents engaged in a great plot to destroy those very same terrorist groups!

Conspiracy theories are great. Actually, in SOME cases they are the truth. But, it is easier to concoct a conspiracy theory than to actually carry out the conspiracy.

Oh Dem Muslim Women!

Muslim clerics who seek to become part of the modern world of social media increasingly confront the dilemma that if they can tweet and titter so can every Muslim woman on the planet. An Indonesian cleric, Felix Siauw, devotes hours of his time engaged in tweeting and today has over a million fellow tweeters. He now has around the scorn of thousands of Indonesians who regard his social media comments as rather hypocritical, particularly those that refer to women. Felix tweeted to his tweeters, “these days Muslim women false selfies without shame. There are usually nine frames in one photo with faces and poses that are just– where is the purity of women?”

So, let me get this straight. Here is a MAN who tweets, who sends photos of God knows what, but is concerned that women do exactly what he does. At least they are not tweeting photos of bodies without heads or men and women preparing for death. Indonesian youth are deluging the cleric with their own satirical comments. Good luck.

Mitt Says NO!

A millionaire has decided not to seek the presidency of our fair land. A millionaire who is concerned about the plight of our middle class has decided that such concern did not play right in the land of the Koch Brothers. So, we must say farewell to the only Republican who stood for the middle class. Oh, I know some will recite his comment about no concern for the 47% of Americans who are mooching off the federal government with handouts unlike the wealthy whose only thought and concern is for the right of empowering every citizen with a million dollars, provided that person has drive, intelligence, and was born int he right family. Just consider the record of this man:

1. He pushed through an Obamacare like health program in Massachusetts.

2. He has gobs of kids which proves that he cares about children.

3. He has an elevator for his car which proves he is concerned about roads and highways.

4. He employs maids which proves he cares about those illegals from Mexico.

5. He worked himself up from a few million to lots of millions. If he could do this, it proves that every child of a millionaire can do it!

Unfortunately, Mitt just could not compete with the billions of the Koch Brothers!

Hairgate In Saudi Arabia!

Prior to leaving India where President Obama made a powerful speech concerning the importance of respecting the rights of women, our leader flew off to Saudi Arabia, that bastion of respect for the female body. As we all know, when it comes to the right of women to be accorded the right to be allowed freedom of development of the human mind and body, there is no other country like Saudi Arabia. After all, where else can women not be allowed to drive a car or not be able to leave the house without permission of a man? Where else can women be lashed for displaying the wrong behavior?

The President rushed to the land of oil along with about twenty other American leaders. But, for some strange reason, Michelle Obama refused to cover her hair and just stood there tall and defiant. Naturally, no speeches were made about women rights in the land of oil. Barack decided to keep things oiled down with no comments about women and their right to anything. The only comment was made by his wife who stood out with uncovered hair.

I wonder what Saudi women thought about the picture of the uncovered hair woman?

I Do Understand Murder

There is one certainty in the human experience- today, somewhere and some place in the world someone was killed by someone else on the ground they were not part of the right religion. Those who live in Western nations are the descendants of people who waged religious wars for over two hundred years and in the twentieth century witnessed the murder of six million people who were Jews. Oh, they were murdered by people who regarded themselves as Christians. Oh, the Pope never took any action against such murders. No Catholic who murdered was ever thrown out of the Catholic Church. So, who can be surprised that today it is the turn of Muslims to murder those whose religion does not fit into their religion?

In a town in the south of Pakistan, some men were gathered in a mosque when bombs exploded. Their crime was to be Shia Muslims rather than to be Sunni Muslims. At least forty are dead and dozens are wounded. This is simply another story in the madness that is religion. I assume if there is a God up there, HE has left for another planet.