Category Archives: Islam

Extremists Rule In Israel And Gaza

To those who seek peace in the Middle East, the current madness of death and destruction has resulted in the end of words. Frankly, there is nothing more to say about either side in this conflict. Hamas shouts words of hate and unreason demanding the world recognize it as the voice of Palestinians. Israel insists the world is filled with anti-Semites seeking the complete destruction of a Jewish state. President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority has lost any power as well as respect from Palestinians who blame him for the slaughter now proceeding in Gaza. UNRWA Commissioner General Pierre Krahenbuhl has reached the point of utter desperation in dealing with either Hamas or the IDF. “The scenes of carnage and human suffering that we witnessed at our elementary school in Beit Hanon were so appalling and intolerable that it is difficult to find the words to convey my indignation.”

He pointed out that rockets were discovered in schools, left by courtesy of Hamas. He contacted the IDF and asked for a pause in action-”approval for that never came.” Hamas places troops in locations where there are civilians in order to ensure civilians die. The IDF is determined to wipe out all tunnels, and insists civilians are told to leave. Pray tell, leave and go where?? Does anyone doubt that a new generation of suicide bombers are being born in this madness?

An Israeli woman tried to read the names in Hebrew of children who died in Gaza. The Israel Broadcasting Authority banned her reading of names and ages. It was defined as “politically controversial.”

A year from now or two years from now, suicide bombers will kill Israelis. THAT is politically controversial. In the end, suffer the children for crimes of adults!

Ah Benghazi, We Knew You Well

I spent several hours talking with a member of the Republican party who wanted to make certain this blog was telling the truth about events in Libya. As any informed person knows, the present lack of stability in Libya is the result of failure on the part of HILLARY CLINTON! This past weekend while Hillary was off raising money, diplomats from Germany, England France and the United States had to flee for their lives from Islamic militants seeking their deaths. There is fighting between those seeking to create a secular government in Libya, who are led by General Khalia Hiftar, and al-Qaeda which seeks to impose a traditional sharia law upon one and all.

Naturally, Fox News blames Hillary Clinton. If only she had personally flown to Benghazi and grabbed a weapon, and blasted away at militants our ambassador would still be alive, and militants would have surrendered to the awesome woman on top of the wall! If only Hillary would halt her fund raising tours, get in a jet plane, fly to Libya, and blast away at militants! As one English diplomat said: “today, the priority is getting out.”

I wonder if Senator John McCain could jump into a jet plane and fly to Libya where he could, single-handedly, end the civil war!

The Israeli – Hamas Dilemma

During the momentary lull in Gaza fighting it is time to examine what is happening in Israel and among Palestinians. During the 1967 war, Israel gained control of the West Bank. At that point in time, Jordan ruled the West Bank because the concept of an independent Palestinian state had yet to be born. Israeli leaders in 1967 were prepared to allow an independent Palestinian state to be created in 1967 in return for recognition and peace, but no Arab nation took up the offer. This began the current stalemate in the region. It was simply a matter of time and politics before conservatives in Israel took up the cry of settling on the West Bank in order to restore the ancient land of Israel. There simply was no Arab nation willing to negotiate with Israel until President Sadat of Egypt initiated a peace agreement. Unfortunately, only Jordan was willing to go along with recognition of the state of Israel.

During the past forty years, the “settlers movement” within Israel continued to gain strength and power. By the year 2000 it was a force in Israeli politics. Benjamin Netanyahu seized the opportunity to incorporate this group along with conservative factions in Israel in order to become Prime Minister of the country. He soon recognized that creating the “Iran Threat” would produce votes. Shout that Israel is threatened by Iran in order to engender fear, and the result is more votes. Examine the Netanyahu political approach and the war in Gaza makes sense:

1. He opposed efforts by President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority to forge an alliance with Hamas. Of course, if Abbas signed a treaty with Israel, this would FORCE HAMAS to go along with it or face massive disapproval by Palestinians.
2. Instead, Netanyahu continues to gain support from Settlers on the West Bank who now number over 500,000. Instead of forcing Hamas to become engaged in a political process, Netanyahu simply encourages their extremists to engage in violence.
3. REALITY: If President Abbas announces the end of his government, this means Israel would have to assume responsibility for government of the West Bank. This is the ISRAEL NIGHTMARE. Within thirty years there would be more Muslims in Israel than Jews. What then?

In one sense, the current horror in Gaza serves the political aims of Hamas and Netanyahu. Both Hamas and Netanyahu require a crisis in order to gain political power. Eventually, fighting will cease. President Abbas, the moderate, has been virtually destroyed by the Gaza war since now revenge and violence are the mantra of most Palestinians. The refusal of Prime Minister Netanyahu to compromise with Abbas has brought to power violent extremists within the Palestinian community.

“Where Shall We Go?”

For a moment, for twelve hours, the guns of Gaza are silent. For a moment, another body will not be killed. For a few moments, children can sleep without the sounds of explosions and fear in their hearts. Yes, for a moment, the madness which constantly envelops the Middle East has ceased. For a moment, people can stumble through streets strewn with rubble, with body parts, and find a UN site that distributed food. Unfortunately, even the UN could not offer safety to sleep since the guns of July must sound in anger and hate. This all began with the death of three innocent Jewish boys who were brutally murdered by someone or some men determined to gain revenge by killing the innocent. Sorry, but that is the ongoing story of the Israel-Palestinian conflict, those in power shout while ordinary people suffer.

Israel Defense Minister, Moshe Yaalon best summed up the crazy behavior which so dominates this area of the world. “At the end of the operation, Hamas will have to think very hard if it is wise to taunt us in the future.” Taunt us? Sorry, Mr. Yaalon, that is a comment I would expect from a twelve year old, not an important government official. Even as he spoke, Hamas was matching his childishness with boasts they will never give in until THEIR DEMANDS are accepted! Sorry, you did not “win” this war. No one has won anything. There are only losers in this conflict. Over 880 Gazans, and about 37 Israelis.

As always, the innocent die.

Turkish High Speed Train Slows Down

The nation of Turkey just initiated its first high speed train,and its passengers included Prime Minister Recep Erdogan. The train left the capital of Ankara and was headed to Istanbul when something went wrong, and the train had to halt for repairs. A Turkish source informed me there were “question marks” and something suspicious about this incident. This intrepid reporter decided to check with other important world figures about this alleged crime.

1. Sarah Palin informed me there was no doubt this train was sabotaged by Hillary Clinton since a passenger on the train came from Benghazi and he knew what happened in that city!

2. John Boehner informed this reporter since the train was build by the national government of Turkey rather than by private free enterprise businessmen, what else could one expect than a train that goes nowhere?

3. Governor Rick Perry asked me if this train was headed towards the Mexican border, he was prepared to dispatch members of the Texas National Guard to head off this train.

4. A Fox News panel agreed this incident was linked to the Affordable Care Act, they needed a few more hours in order to gather evidence of the connection.

5. Donal Trump offered to buy out the government of Turkey and transform its trains into mobile Casinos.

Another Plane, Another Mystery

An Air Algerie plane which had taken off from Ougadougu in Barkina Faso, a capital and nation that is known to all Americans, simply vanished from the radar screen and is apparently some place up in the sky. We are pleased to report to readers of this blog that we are the only one on this planet who knows the true story about this plane. Actually, we also know what happened to that plane which disappeared in Malaysia, and, in all honesty we understand what happened to the plane in Ukraine. Last night at the stroke of midnight I was suddenly confronted by a strange creature. It(there are no sexual differences on the planet of Xul) arrived in my room as I was typing. It referred to itself as, X. It appears there is strong interest by inhabitants on the planet of Xul about we humans. X indicated–it does not speak, but simply places its ideas into my mind– leading theorists on Xul have come to believe that humans are among the most interesting life forms in the universe.

According to X, the idea of killing other life forms is an unknown concept in the universe. The idea of not sharing all resources with other life forms is an unknown idea in the universe. X is simply confused that life forms would allow a few to gather untold riches while most remain without access to them. Thus, Xulians are taking some of our planes to their planet. Its inhabitants will be studied until Xulians can figure out how we humans invented such curious ideas as wars, hatred and violence. After being studied, humans will be given the choice to return to this planet or remain in a land which does not know war, hatred or hunger.

I have now been designated as the representative on planet Earth who will have ongoing contact with Xulians. I do have the option, at some point or another, to hop on one of their space ships and go to the planet which only knows love, peace, and plenty for all.

P.S. Let me know if you would like to voyage across the stars!

Democratization Of Violence

Violence has always been an integral aspect of life on planet Earth. From the days when Cro-magnons used stones or spears or arrows in order to kill either one another or the Neanderthals, violence has been a daily occurrence among those who term themselves to be–humans. So, it is not surprising that violence is party of our daily life, and those who employ this tactic justify the murder of other life forms. However, there is now a difference in how violence is utilized. Due to advances in technology, an emergence of small sized powerful weapons of destruction just about any group can gain possession of the power to murder large numbers of people. The recent shooting down of a plane in Ukraine by a small number of men who were given access by the Russian government of a Buk missile is a vivid example of our modern capabilities for murder.

We can expect in the coming years that such powerful weapons will become smaller in size, and more powerful in consequences. The Israel government insists that it can “destroy” Hamas. Yes, today, Hamas will be enormously weakened, but tomorrow Hamas or another Muslim violent group will gain control of some weapon which can murder hundreds of Jews some place in Israel. Eventually, biological weapons will emerge to murder on a large scale. Crazies such as Hamas do not care if they kill their own people, they are engaged in a crusade to destroy Israel.

So, what is the solution to this reality? Israel, and every other nation, must work for peace with its neighbors. This will require compromise. But, without peace, enemies will eventually have the power to murder on a large scale. Sorry, Prime Minister Netanyahu, this is REALITY!

Day Of Rage -Soon Months Of Rage!

I was born a Jew, raised as a Conservative Jew by parents who had escaped the vicious anti-Semitism prevalent in Europe in the early part of the twentieth century. At least eleven of my relatives were murdered in the Holocaust, and my uncle and his three daughters fought in the forests of the Ukraine during World War II. I have spent my life Jew in America who is horrified at actions of the Israel Defense Force in Gaza is termed to be a “self hating Jew.”I now confront the reality that any Jew in America who is horrified at the slaughter of innocent men, women and children in Gaza is termed, a “self hating Jew.” So, be it. It was a horrible act by some group of Palestinians to murder three innocent Jewish boys in Israel. But, as of this date, at least 840 people in Gaza have also been murdered, some are vicious terrorists, but the majority are simply innocent civilians caught in the middle of a war that will go on and on and on. The UN had established the Beit Hanom School in Gaza, UN officials informed the IDF of the coordinates of the school, but Israel forces bombed the location and murdered innocent children.

The word is “murdered,” not “killed.” Israel forces continue to destroy homes and businesses of innocent people in their quest to end the power of Hamas in Gaza. Yes, Hamas is composed of ruthless murderers who have placed innocent people at risk due to their hatred of Jews. Yes, the tunnels have to be destroyed. But, the murder of innocent people will have but one consequence– hundreds of new terrorists are being born in the world of Gaza and on the West Bank. Palestinians had a “day of Rage” on the West Bank and five were killed, including one by a Jewish settler. Dozens are wounded. Today a day or rage, tomorrow years of rage.

There is only ONE solution. A COMPROMISE agreement between Palestinian leaders and Jewish Israel leaders. It must be based on the following:

1. The end of further West Bank settlements.

2. The establishment of a Palestinian government on the West Bank.

3. A compromise settlement of the refugee issue. Most probably, this would entail (a) some form of financial settlement, (b) return of X number of refugees to the West Bank.

4. Establishment of a joint Educational Commission to foster a peace and reconciliation curriculum in Israel and Palestinian schools. We must look to youth to create a new world of peace. After all, Jews and Germans now work together -even after the murder of SIX MILLION JEWS.

Hey America-Let’s Fight With Turkey!

The Gaza war continues to ripple across the Middle East creating one new conflict after another. For some strange reason, Muslim Turkey has been upset at the invasion of Gaza and death of hundreds of fellow Muslims. Unlike, George Bush who didn’t give a damn that hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians were being oppressed by an Iraq government placed in power by the United States, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan is furious at the death of civilians in Gaza. Let me make clear that Recep Erdogan is a petty tyrant who has been active in crushing democratic forces in his own nation, but he certainly is correct in fighting to protect the lives of innocent civilians in Gaza. Yes, he did employ harsh words towards Israel, why is this a surprise to anyone? What else should the leader of a Muslim nation do other than seek to save the lives of fellow Muslims? In fairness to him, Erdogan has been working with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in an effort to obtain a cease fire.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutogu is upset at comments made by a State Department spokesperson who said: “the U.S. believes Erdogan’s statements were offensive and wrong.” What else could Erdogan say but, “If America is still saying Israel is using its right to self-defense, then it should be critical of itself. It is America that is offensive.”

Perhaps, it is time for American diplomats to, while acknowledging the right of self defense, to also acknowledge the right of civilians to be able to live. A civilian certainly has the right of self defense, and that includes still being able to live.

Gasps Of Death Finally Conclude

Throughout my life the issue of our death penalty has been a difficult one for me to resolve in my mind. I do understand how someone whose wife or daughter was raped or killed or someone whose husband or wife was murdered for no other reason than being in the wrong place at the wrong time would seek revenge against the killer. I suspect if this happened to a loved one in my family, the desire for vengeance would be strong. In other words, having thoughts of a violent revenge against someone who has done terrible wrong to your loved ones is normal. However, there is simply too much actual evidence that in X percent of murdering convicts, the person executed was really innocent. Thus, one is left in the position of either supporting the concept that it is OK for one innocent person to die in order to exact vengeance upon an evil doer or one is confronted with the concept that if one innocent person must die to satisfy our desire for vengeance it is OK.

Joseph Wood was convicted for being a double murderer. He was sentenced to be executed in the state of Arizona. Last night he was given a drug execution. Something went wrong with the drugs. He was given them, and then over the following 1187 minutes gasped and snorted in agony before death finally ended his torment. Our Constitution forbids cruel and unusual punishment. That is the 8th Amendment. As one who believes in the Constitution, I cannot support any punishment which violates its basic tenets. Therefore, I must oppose the Death penalty.