Category Archives: Islam

Ebola Is Here, Run For Hills!

Today’s pictures from New York City depict thousands of people wearing white masks to protect themselves against Ebola. It appears that a doctor who was working in west Africa returned and has been preliminarily diagnosed with Ebola. I recall in 1938 the famous “Martian threat” that sent thousands of New Yorkers fleeing for their lives. A radio broadcast came across as presenting a real Martian invasion in New Jersey. Naturally, the thousands headed across the George Washington Bridge to New Jersey. Today, if one seeks to frighten Americans just say the magic word, EBOLA. We have become a nation of frightened people who lack the courage to confront danger with calmness. Actually, there is NO danger from Ebola in America. To reassure my fellow American:

1. If someone coughs, you will not get Ebola.

2. If someone sneezes, you will not get Ebola.

3. If someone touches your sleeve, you will not get Ebola.

4. If someone sits next to you on the subway, you will not get Ebola.

Allow medical staff to treat the doctor and stop this panic reaction.

Please remember this advice comes from DOCTOR Fred Stopsky. OK, so my DOCTOR title has to do with Education, big deal, I am still a Doctor with as much experience in medicine as those yelling on Fox News!

Forget About The Iraq Army

Every so often I realize that over a decade has passed since the trio of George, Dick, and Don sent our men and women into Iraq to bring democracy to the backward people of that region. I recall the days when Americans were promised by President Bush that he was fully in charge of what was being done to ensure that Iraq had a modern government and that Iraqis would become a leading democratic government. Oh, and along the way of this task being accomplished evil doers such as al-Qaida would be destroyed. That was then, today is now. It is so easy to blame Barack Obama for every problem in the Middle East when, in reality, he inherited a mess, and simply lacked the ability to transform disaster into some form of success. What is most amazing about this story is American failure to grasp some basic concepts regarding the situation in Iraq.

1. Iraq is composed of tribes. These tribal groups are centered in religion. About 30% are Sunnis and the remainder are Shiite.

2. Urban Iraqis have a much higher percent of people educated in modern school systems, but they still are centered in religion.

3. Saddam Hussein destroyed leaders who might have led the nation.

4. Americans imposed leaders who never were leaders.

Reality check: The current Iraq army lacks faith in its purpose. It has been led by kleptomaniacs whose only desire was to make money. Iraq army officers never trained soldiers, let alone inspired them to fight. It will take months, hopefully, to equip and inspire an Iraq army to fight.

Turkey Lives In Isolation From Reality

The behavior of Turkey in the tragedy that is unfolding in the city of Kobani defies any rational explanation other than its leaders inhabit a world that has nothing to do with planet Earth. Turkish soldiers stand idle in their tanks as ISIS tanks and weapons blast away at Kurds in Kobani. The entire focus of Turkey is upon Kurds in their land who constitute at least 20% of the population. Only a mad man would anger a large segment of the population which already contains armed groups. President Erdogan insists the real enemy is NOT ISIS, but the Kurds in Kobani. He is infuriated that American planes dropped supplies to Kurds who are fighting ISIS. He charges President Obama is “arming terrorists.” In his view, there is nothing to fear from ISIS.

The Kurds, the Kurds are the enemy. It is this group which must be destroyed. Does this man realize that once ISIS conquers Syria, it will be sending Islamic terrorists into Turkey in order to create the basis for a war? Such an event would then result in Kurds rebelling and Turkey will become a mess. It is very simple for Erdogan:

1. Negotiate with Kurdish leaders for some form of autonomy in the nation that would satisfy Kurdish desires.

2. Destroy ISIS around Kobani and win the admiration of Turkish Kurds.

For God’s sake, do something to prevent a massacre in Kobani! That event will create a new civil war in Turkey!

No Surprises In Israel

It was simply a matter of time before some Palestinian did something that resulted in the death of an innocent Jewish Israeli(twenty percent of people in Israel are NOT Jewish). A Palestinian man drove his car into some pedestrians and a baby died. In an east Jerusalem neighborhood, Palestinians threw rocks at Jews who had moved into the area. Naturally, most Jewish organizations in America will cite these examples of death and hate as evidence that it is impossible for Jews to ever trust Muslims. On the other hand, these same people will insist that Muslims can always trust Jews. The bottom line is that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lacks a foreign policy that would lead to permanent peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The current Israel foreign policy is based upon the concept of CONTROL. Just keep Palestinians under control and all problems disappear. Just tell Israelis that no Palestinians can ever be trusted and life will go on in peace.

This is the foreign policy of denial. Reality: those areas under control of the Palestinian Authority have NOT been areas in which violence against Jews occur. Instead of extending the power of strength of the Palestinian Authority, PM Netanyahu wants to weaken it. Reality check: A sensible peace based upon compromise IS possible.

1. Halt further West Bank settlements.

2. Halt further settlements in East Jerusalem.

3. Transform control of the West Bank to the Palestinian Authority.

4. Develop economic programs between Israel and Palestinians.

These steps would move the process forward of peace.

Why Do Men And Women Die For Islam?

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau is dead. He is a man who somehow embraced the ideology of terrorism and proceeded to carry out deadly attacks in Canada, the land in which he was born. Michael parked his car near Parliament buildings and shot a guard, and then, somehow got past other armed guards and was headed for the building containing dozens of members of Parliament. Fortunately, Sgt. Kevin Vickers took out his gun and shot the killer. There are many unanswered questions about this incident.

1. How can a man with a weapon in his hand walk up to a government building that is guarded by soldiers?

2. Heck, another man jumped over the White House fence before being caught.

The real issue is what is causing so many thousands of young Muslims to embrace an ideology based upon the concept of hate? What draws these individuals to abandon values they were taught as children, and seek to die for a philosophy centered in violence? Why do those opposing groups such as ISIS lack a fighting spirit? The Iraq Army had over 200,000 men who proceeded to flee for their lives when confronted by 20,000 men? There is something lacking among modern Muslims, particularly among its leaders. There is failure to offer ideas that youth deem so important as to be willing to fight for them. Ironically, a similar feeling is found among modern youth in Western societies, and, most probably among those in nations such as China, Japan or India. The 21st century offers an unlimited access to people, but it does not offer a sense that one is prepared to fight for ideas. In America, we are frightened of immigrants from Mexico, we are terrified about a non issue such as Ebola, and we definitely are worried about doing anything that might impact the wealth of our wealthy citizens.

The bottom line is both in Islamic and non-Islamic societies there is not philosophical goal that is valued as central to the lives of people. We exist, but we do not believe in anything other than our daily life activities. How many Americans are prepared to give up their lives for ???

The Issue Of Africa Is Our Issue

It is doubtful if one in a hundred Americans this day gave a single thought to what is happening in Africa, other than sickness. It is a continent that is far away,and other than thoughts about Ebola the lives of Africans is never on the minds of the American people. Each year a few hundred thousand Africans seek to leave their homes and enter the European Union. Along the way, thousands die in deserts or in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. These are the lost people whose demise goes unreported in the media. Heck, these humans did not kill anyone, they did not chop off any heads, they simply wanted an opportunity for a better life. My parents were among the TWENTY MILLION EUROPEANS who left their homes during the period, 1890-1924 seeking a new life in America. They were allowed to enter this promised land, and the end result is they transformed America into a greater country.

In the fall of 2013 a group of 113 people from Niger left for Europe. At the end of the journey only 13 arrived. Most died in the deserts of northern Africa. In the hottest part of the desert, an adult sitting in the shade loses one liter of water an hour. When fluid reaches a half percent of his-her weight, the process grows more significant in terms of being able to survive, and when it hits 10% the person is disoriented and unable to walk without stumbling. The death of these people went unnoticed. Thousands more will die. Just another group of immigrants doomed to death.

Thank God my parents were able to migrate to America!

Obama Careless Kills Democrats

I am among the millions of Americans who voted for Barack Obama, and, most probably am among the millions in that group who feel great disappointment with our choice. Let me make clear, there was no doubt that Obama was the better choice than McCain or Romney. The central issue is why did Barack Obama become so inept as a leader.

1. Barack Obama never understood that a President IS a political leader. He must organize conflicting forces into a political alliance. Politics is Not a dirty thing, it is inherent in a federal republic that encompasses a huge area of land and contains conflicting groups.

2. Barack Obama never challenged Americans to be better than they are. He never offered anything to youth who had supported his campaign in 2008. Where was the challenge to young Americans? Franklin Roosevelt provided youth one opportunity after another to change America while John Kennedy said, ask not what the government can do for you, but what can you do for American society?

3. Barack Obama never grasped that in an economic crisis there are TWO key issues: JOBS and solving banking problems. Instead, he focused on placating Wall Street bankers and tied up Congress in a health care bill. Health care was the issue for year two, not one. If I lack a job, my health is not on my mind, working and earning money are my chief priorities. FDR challenged the wealthy by saying, “I welcome your hatred.” How many wall Street bankers wound up in jail? Not a single one!

4. Barack Obama refused to hold weekly press conferences and thus continually communicate with the American people. FDR and JFK used the press to get out their message, Obama did not feel comfortable being questioned. Hell, submitting yourself to Americans for questions is the essence of leadership!

5. In the end, President Obama did not surround himself with powerful people. There was no one who would tell him that his policies were wrong. The entire Ebola episode smells of ineptness. Why in God’s name did he appoint a politician to head the effort, every American wanted a doctor in charge!

Bad News For Fox News!

There is gloom in Fox News at recent events in Syria where ISIS has been fighting in the streets of Kobani. Fox News commentators, particularly the cute, pert, blond haired ones whose knowledge of the world is confined to what they read on notes handed to them. In fairness to these TV women they CAN read what is given them to read. For weeks, Sean and Bill and the others have been in a state of joy over advances by ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Thousands of words have been told the American people about another “Obama failure.” After all, he is the reason there is terrorism in the Middle East. If only he had followed the dictates of former President George Bush who had defeated terrorism with his famous “surge” there would not be a single terrorist left in the entire region. So, what is the bad news?

Turkey has changed its policy and will now allow Kurds in peshmerga units to cross their territory and go to the aid of Kurds who are defending the city of Kobani. This is a dramatic shift for the Erdogan government which, up to this point, wanted ISIS to destroy Kurds who they regard as their enemy. The Turks finally realized that ISIS on its border was a greater threat than Kurds on its border. Another factor in Kobani has been air strikes by US and Coalition planes which have captured ISIS forces in open ground. Air lifts of weapons to Kurds in the city has helped turn the course of battle. A Kurdish soldier named, Ameen, commented: “the game has changed now. After the Americans provided us with weapons, we changed from being on the defense to attacking ISIS. I believe the next few days will bring us a victory.”

Could someone explain to me how Fox News can report a victory for Obama actions? Damn it, nothing ever goes right in this world!

Freedom To Assemble Dead?

As a child in New York City schools, I was taught all about the American Revolution. It was pointed out to this child of refugees, that among the wonderful characteristics of living in America, is that people could openly inform the government of their displeasure with its behavior. The right to petition the government was considered a fundamental right accorded to all Americans. As a teacher for over fifty years of history, this right was discussed in my classes. I spent over forty years teaching in the St. Louis county area, and assumed this land was in the United States of America. Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nepheed, was with some fellow protesters outside the police station in Ferguson, Missouri, when police arrested her on, as of this date, two unspecified violations of the law. She was told there was no right to protest in St. Louis country, particularly outside of police stations.

Of course, she will be released after posting bond. This arrest simply reinforces the prevailing attitude in the St. Louis area that racists control the police in Ferguson, Missouri. Initially, Michael Brown was murdered (the word is “murdered,” not killed) because he violated the law by walking down a street in the evening. In both events, a black person was NOT engaged in any form of violence when halted. They were WALKING. Perhaps, it is time to change the Constitution and clearly make it a crime to walk in public during the evening if one’s body skin is dark. At least then, honesty will reign in this land.

Stop The Real Terrorists!

There is a war on terrorism, but for some strange reason this war does not apply to wealthy members of the Muslim community in the Middle East. Every expert on terrorism knows that untold hundreds of millions of dollars are flowing to Muslim terrorists from wealthy people in the Gulf states such as Qatar or Kuwait or Bahrain. Lord Deighton, commercial secretary of the British Treasury charges that rich Muslim donors from these states are channelling money to terror groups in the Middle East. For example, he says that in Qatar, Abd al-Rahman bin Umayr al-Nuaymi sent $1.84 million to groups that are on the American blacklist as terror organizations. He is simply one of dozens of such individuals who support terror,and don’t forget money coming from our beloved ally Saudi Arabia. After all it was the Saudis who financed creation of madras schools for young Afghan boys that eventually became the Taliban!

The silence of American leaders about these groups is amazing. We have “allies” who send money to those seeking to destabilize the Middle East, and America remains silent. One is left with the most with a smile since we all know that “money speaks” in almost any and all situations. The real enemy in the Middle East is Saudi Arabia, sponsor of just about every terror group, including those which have killed American soldiers!