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Game Of Death Enters Extra Innings!

Let me make clear the views of this blog concerning war in Gaza.

1. No nation can allow rockets from any source to land on its soil. That is a given.

2. No nation or group can place the lives of civilians at risk if it can in any way be avoided.

We begin with the above premises. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu raises a key issue when saying, “Following Hamas’ incessant rocket fire ..which was agreed upon for the welfare of the civilian population of Gaza, the IDF will now resume its aerial, naval and ground activities in the Gaza Strip.” The Israel prime minister is raising a key point, but he also fails to raise other key points.

1. Israel shells and missiles ARE killing the innocent. Which, if any, steps can be taken to reduce this situation?

2. Are there other political steps which can be taken that would lessen the influence of Hamas among Palestinians?

I am not a military expert, but certainly steps could be taken to reduce(note, I say, “reduce,” not “end.”) the killing of civilians. Netanyahu has a responsibility to those civilians just as he has a responsibility for his fighting men. Throughout the history of this human race, the innocent have always died in wars. All one can do is REDUCE the numbers of innocent people who die.

Political: This is my main complaint about Prime Minister Netanyahu. His failure to engage in meaningful negotiations with President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority set the stage for growth of power in Gaza of Hamas.(Actually, there is now considerable evidence if an honest election was held in Gaza, Hamas would lose it). So, what can Prime Minister Netanyahu do at this moment?

1. Announce a freeze on any construction of new settlements on the West Bank.

2. Announce that Israel recognizes creation of a Palestinian nation.

3. Urge creation of a Middle Eastern “Marshall Plan” funded by the regions’ oil states and Israel which would be used to improve living standards within Palestine, Egypt and Syria.

4. Announce that eastern Jerusalem could become the capital of Palestine.

5. Agree to discussions concerning the ongoing refugee problem. Israel has a legitimate right to note over 700,000 Jewish refugees had to flee Arab nations. There are both a Palestinian refugee issue and a Jewish refugee issue. Thus, there is a basis for compromise.

NEGOTIATE IN GOOD FAITH. That is the best way to reduce power of Hamas!

John Kerry Wanded

These days Secretary of State John Kerry never gets an opportunity to sleep in his own bed, let alone work in his own office since he is on the go working to reduce violence in the Middle East or in the Ukraine. One suspects he has lost track of time and place. A few days ago, our Secretary of State found himself in Cairo at the airport since he was visiting President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi on the ever required need to get an Egyptian leader to address issues of democracy in his own nation. Kerry was halted by security guards who proceeded to inspect his body with their wands. I assume they were worried about this tall, lanky man who did not speak Egyptian and was on his way to see the president of their nation. The hand held electronic device finally obtained evidence that a Mr. Kerry was NOT a terrorist and could proceed.

The Egyptian government insisted it was perfectly normal to wand a visiting American Secretary of State. After all, former Egyptian Foreign Minister, Nabal Fahmy was wanted at Kennedy air port. Oh well, a new crisis. We have now introduced the “wand” issue. Who should or should not be wanted? Another day, another foreign policy issue. Such is life in the Middle East.

A Woman’s Life In Tehran

Over thirty years have passed since Islamic militants seized power in Iran and deposed of secular leaders who mistakenly thought ending the rule of a Shah would result in creation of a democratic society. For thirty years, educated Iranians have struggled to maintain their individuality while inhabiting a society in which old men with beards decided what young men with or without did or did not do. In a recent article published in the New Statesman, the life of a upper middle class girl was described. She attends a university which gains her access to people of divergent ideas, and it is rather easy to obtain videos depicting sex as well as the same movies that are shown in Western nations. “Tahmineh” told a reporter that, although raised in a conservative family which forces her to wear an all-encompasing black chador, she still drinks alcohol, and attends parties with her university friends. “I first hand anal sex when I was 21. Of course, I want to have proper sex, but until I know for sure that my boy friend wants to get married, I can’t engage in proper sex.” She makes clear that many of her friends are “allowed to hang out with boys, but are still expected to be virgins so they all have anal sex instead.”

Those with wealth, those who have access to a university have access to the latest Western fashions and ideas. She attends parties at which alcohol is served, people kiss, people discuss ideas that are contrary to those of Iranian leaders. Tahmnineh, in many aspects enjoys the life of a modern Western female, except for the emphasis upon anal sex. She also is aware than in Tehran which has 12,000,000 people there are at least 300,000 “special girls.” In plain English, this means there are 300,000 prostitutes allowed to work and earn a living by the conservative government. The reporter discovered there are thousands of girls from supposedly conservative families who now work in Tehran, earn money and live apart from their families.

The question whose answer is still unknown is what happens to Iranian youth who will continue to have access to Western ideas? At which point will they rebel? Or will they?

Muslims Kill Muslims, Jews Kill Muslims, Who Doesn’t?

Future generations will look back on 2014 with wonder. Throughout Africa and the Middle East thousands of Muslims are engaged in the process of murdering other Muslims while leadership of Muslim societies remains remarkably silent about this carnage. In Nigeria, the nut case Boko Haram continues to sweep into Muslim villages, and either murder every Muslim in sight or they kill the men and gather up women to be used as sex slaves. Has anyone seen a single outburst in any Muslim nation about this murder of Muslims? Oh, in Pakistan a mob went wild and murdered three Muslims because they were not the right kind of Muslim. Just about every day in Iraq, hundreds are shot to death by fellow Muslims, but silence reigns from al-Ahram university. Where are Muslim clerics like Christian Martin Luther King who risked his life in order to aid fellow black Christians? Syria is a monstrosity of murder by Muslims against Muslims and no leader in any Muslim society rises to seek the end of this slaughter of Muslims. According to Muslim columnist, Harron Siddiqui: “Muslims are being killed by fellow Muslims in Syria, Iraq, Pakistan and Nigeria in far greater numbers(than those in Gaza). Muslim blood is cheap.

Perhaps, the lack of an outraged response from Muslim leaders throughout the world enables the Israel government to continue its policy of wiping out Hamas. Ironically, killing 1500 Muslims in Gaza is much fewer than have been killed in Iraq or Syria on any week of the year. I guess Mr. Siddiqui is right-Muslim blood is cheap. If this carnage is to end, it should begin with organization of Muslim clerics who would march into Syria or Iraq or into Gaza and demand a ceasefire in the killing of Muslims. If they do not take action, then who will?

So, What Comes Later?

I thoroughly agree with the concept that a nation has the right to defend its territorial integrity. I agree that a nation has the right to wipe out any groups seeking to cause it harm. I agree that Israel has the right to make certain no bombs are headed for its people. Frankly, any nation in the world would take action to halt such violence against its territory. The government of Israel made clear “when a ceasefire proposal that answers Israel’s important needs is laid on the table, it will be considered.” Even as he spoke Israel tanks were blasting away at civilians seeking refuge in a UN school. Let me examine the Israel statement.

1. What are Israel’s “needs?”

2. What does “consider” mean?

3. What comes after the conclusion of the war in Gaza?

It is quite clear that Israel’s “needs” entail an end to bombs entering its nation. Hopefully, “consider” means address ALL issues linked to the fighting in Gaza. To simply respond to the need for an end of bombs is not enough because ceasing at that point any meaningful discussions does not address the issue of “what comes after conclusion of the war in Gaza?” Unless this issue is addressed in a “meaningful manner” a few years from now there will be more bombs and within a year there will be suicide bombers blasting away in Israel. Does anyone in the Israel government actually believe that this war has not created a new generation of suicide bombers! They are now teens and within a few years they will be ready and willing to die for Allah by killing Jews.

So, what must be done–NOW!

1. An end to further West Bank settlements.

2. Consolidation of all West Bank settlements into an area of the West Bank not to exceed 5% of the land.

3. Recognition of the new state of Palestine.

4. The right of Palestinians to have its capital in east Jerusalem.

5. Creation of a new “Marshall Plan” for the region whose aim is stimulating the economies of Palestine, Egypt and Jordan, along with that of Israel.

Get youth into meaningful education and jobs if one seeks to avoid suicide bombers!

Confederacy Still Alive-Only In Europe

Modern America retains those who believe fervently in the idea of a separate Confederate nation. During the year, at some point or another, they hold celebrations about their beloved Confederacy and pretend they are in a battle. These mock battles invariably result in victory for the forces of slavery. Ironically, many separatist and neo-Nazi groups in Europe have taken up the star and bar flag of the Confederacy as these people fight for the right to be bigots. Ukrainian separatists have displayed the Confederate flag–along with that of Texas! I wonder if Governor Rick Perry will fly to Donetsk and stand with his fellow believers in secession and war against democracies. After all, Rick can handle children, why can’t he handle the Ukrainian army? The amazing aspect of this fascination with Nazi flags and flags for those who fight to retain slavery is that grandparents of separatists were murdered by Nazis!! How can a grandchild believe those who brutally killed their grandparents is someone to admire? I assume for this group, Adolf Hitler is a man of courage who fought for human rights!

Alexander Hug, who is deputy head of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe(OSCE) has been attempting to investigate the crash site of the downed Malaysian plane. As he commented: “an airplane crashes over a war zone, totally innocent vacationers fall from the sky, and access is prevented.” The reason is clear. Russia, which lost twenty-five million to Nazis during World War II now insists those who did the killing are heroes of Mother Russia. Russian TV Channel One was reporting that Western sources were preventing access to the crash site. Such is life in Putin Russia.

Does Israel Get A Free Pass From Media?

The current events between Israel and Palestinians is raising new questions concerning whether or not Israel gets a free pass from the American media. For example, when Palestinians murder innocent Israelis the media refer to them as “terrorists.” When Palestinians riot and throw stones at police, they are guilty of “violence.” When West Bank Jewish settlers destroy vines and other farm products of Palestinian farmers, the event never makes it to the media. Three Israeli youth just murdered an innocent Muslim teen, but it is doubtful if any newspaper in America will term them as TERRORISTS nor will their actions fall into the category of terrorism. If a Hamas spokesperson shouts hatred of Jews, it is reported as an example of stirring up violence. If Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promises revenge, promises to kill every person connected with the horrendous crime, the American media does not explore how such words will stir up anger and possibly lead to violence against the innocent.

A cousin of Mohammad Abu Khdeir was visiting his relatives. He was in a demonstration and soon found himself on the ground being held down by Israel police who proceeded to beat up the boy. He is a slightly built teen who can readily be handled by a single Israel policeman. Jodi Rudoren, head of the New York Times Jerusalem Bureau reported statements from an Israeli police spokesperson. He insisted the video which depicts the beating was “edited and biased.” Fair enough. Why didn’t Ms. Rudoren then ask him:

1. If the boy is being held down by police, why the need to beat him up?
2. How can a slightly built teen put up a fight against burly cops?

Prime Minister Netanyahu is responsible for his statements which urged revenge. Is it surprising that some Israel teens took him up on his promise by murdering an innocent child?

Torture, Torture, Everywhere In America

As a child growing up in the United States of America during World War II, movies constantly depicted the horrible Germans and Japanese as brutal foes. They tortured people, they gassed to death innocent people, heck, they even chopped off the heads of American prisoners. Thus, I was taught to believe that in my wonderful America, we were NOT like these evil people. We treated prisoners with dignity because the war was being fought in order to prove to the world that decency and respect for human life was central to the meaning of a democratic society. Of course, that was before the advent to power of Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld and George Bush, three men who decided that was central to the meaning of our Constitution, had no place in THEIR WORLD. These men decided to adopt tactics of the German Gestapo and the Japanese army in order to “Save America.”

Senator Dianne Feinstein who heads the Senate Intelligence Committee, will be issuing a 6,300 page document which describes in detail exactly how torture became the norm under President Bush’s fight to save AMERICAN DEMOCRACY. Former CIA directors are being given a chance to examine the document which provides evidence of torture during interrogations, rendition and detention. Oh, the report also provides a CIA defense of their behavior. I assume they argue, anything is OK to prevent Los Angeles from being destroyed by a hidden atomic bomb!

When a society becomes all they hate, it opens questions as to what originally did this society believe? I was raised to believe that Americans adhered to the US Constitution. When I entered the Army, I took the oath to defend this document. I thought President Bush took the same oath.

Question: What do we do to those who disregard their oath?

Explaining Iraq, Not Shouting Political Nonsense

The current Republican mantra is that President Barack Obama is responsible for the rise to power of Muslim extremists in Iraq. Republicans argue that,despite some original mistakes, President George Bush was able to recover, ended violence in Iraq, and turned over to Obama a nation prepared to become independent and prosperous. According to the Republican version, all Obama had to do was retain a small force of American soldiers and Iraq would have become a safe and prosperous nation. Senator John McCain continues to blast Obama for leaving Iraq too quickly.

Following is what actually happened in Iraq.

1. The famous “Surge” led by General David Petraeus was actually greatly aided by formation of “Awakening Council” Sunni militia. These Sunni led militia turned against Sunni extremists such as al-Qaida, and led the fight to defeat Osama bin Laden in Iraq.

2. Newly elected President Barack Obama AGREED TO MAINTAIN a small American military presence in Iraq. However, he insisted that US forces operate under the American Code of Military Justice, and not be subjected to trial in an Iraq court. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki refused. THIS was the reason no US troops remained in Iraq. John McCain would have gone ballistic if an American President allowed American troops to be tried in Muslim courts!

3. The Obama administration obtained promises from Prime Minister Maliki, a Shiite, that the Sahwa Sunni militia which had fought against al-Qaida would become part of the Iraq armed forces, and Sunnis who fought along with Americans against Osama bin Laden would be paid.

4. Maliki turned against the Sahwa Sunnis, he persecuted Sunnis, and basically disbanded their militia. This led many Sunni militia to become so disgusted they joined groups like the Islamic State. The entire problem currently facing Iraq was caused by the inept, corrupt, lying government of Nouri al-Maliki!

The current situation was NOT caused by American decisions. It was the result of incompetent IRAQ decisions. I challenge any Republican to deny what has just been written!!

Death Takes No Holiday In Gaza

Once the hounds of war are unleashed, they gain increased momentum as they run faster and faster. Today, we Americans forget how so many yelled with joy when President George Bush stood before a banner proclaiming, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. Set in motion armies or guerrilla forces and each step along their path to killing results in more and more dead. Once the taste of blood is on their lips, a bit more blood is of no importance. A few weeks ago, there was a hesitant quiet along the Gaza and Israel border. Friday, marks the beginning of World War I a hundred years ago. Not a single person in the world on July 1, 1914 thought there would be a major war. A month later, misunderstandings, pride, foolishness had enveloped European leaders and they set in motion the slaughter of twenty million in a conflict no nation desired on July 31, 1914. However, the day war began streets in Berlin or Paris of Moscow or London were filled with joyous crowds chanting the song of war. This same process is now occurring in Gaza. Both sides are trapped in their promises to defeat the other, both sides have made promises of victory, both sides have gone too far down the road of war to believe it possible of returning from whence they began.

Hamas insists there can be no end unless Israel and Egypt lift the blockade. Why do they desire the lifting of this blockade? They need more concrete to build more tunnels through which they can get more weapons of destruction. Their policy of firing missiles was a show, not an act of military need. So, which Hamas leader is now prepared to admit making mistakes in strategy? On the other side is Israel. The Israel Defense Force(IDF) began an attack to wipe out missiles, stumbled into a maze of tunnels, and decided destroying tunnels was key to their decision to invade. The IDF was perfectly aware that Hamas encouraged civilians to gather close to those firing so the decision was made to blast away. It has now reached the point of blasting away. UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon told the world: “The precise location of the Jabalia Girls Elementary School and the fact that it was hosting thousands of internally displaced people was communicated to the Israel army 17 times to ensure its protection!”

However, once operating on the assumption that Hamas is always hiding within a crowd of civilians it becomes difficult to believe any crowd of civilians does NOT include Hamas fighters. So, the IDF races into battle to kill the enemy. At this point neither the IDF nor Hamas is clear as to who is the enemy!