Category Archives: Judaism

Life Before ISIS

It is difficult these days getting through 24 hours without encountering predictions the world will shortly collapse because there are 30,000 black clad guys in the desert seeking to kill every American before midnight arrives. The assumption of Fox News pundits is America is confronting a new threat to its very existence from this group of terrorists. So, I was wondering, what was the situation prior to their arrival on the scene?

1. The Iraq government under Prime Minister Maliki had caused havoc and disunity within the country by persecuting Sunnis. Bombs were being exploded every day of the week.

2. Saudi Arabia was chopping off heads at least twice a month. And, no one protested!

3. Syria was claiming the lives of thousands each month and over 2,000,000 had fled.

4. There were terrorists in Somalia who bombed and bombed. They even set off bombs in Nairobi.

5. President Sisi in Egypt was killing hundreds of members of the Brotherhood, and locking up thousands.

6. Libya was in chaos.

7.Boko Haram was kidnapping hundreds of young girls and murdering at will.

I will halt here since I could get into the situation in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Clueless In Middle East

There is no question that President Barack Obama is rather upset about events in the Middle East. No, he is not angry at ISIS or terror groups as much as furious at refusal of Sunni leaders in the region to take a stand against terrorism. Leaders in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, Jordan, Turkey, and a few minor places refuse to address the issue of terrorism in the region other than to demand that America do something about it. Oh, President Obama did get Saudi Arabia to send some planes to drop bombs. He did get a few Jordanian planes in the air and Egypt has promised their planes will shortly be in the air dropping bombs. Of course, this will come as a welcome relief to Egyptians since their armed forces ordinarily point weapons at them. So, the United States of America has compelled some Middle Eastern Sunni leaders to drop bombs.

The real issue is “troops on the ground.” Sorry, dropping bombs on ISIS or any terror group will result in some moments of terror, but within an hour they are all back to normal and will chop off some more heads. Only TROOPS ON THE GROUND will end terrorism in the Middle East. Of course, in addition to troops, there is need for economic reform to create jobs. Sorry, Republicans, President Obama is not at fault, how about directing your anger toward Sunni Middle Eastern leaders??

Terrorist Group Of The Week

Growing up there were several ice cream chains that advertised a “flavor of the week.” These days it is now common for the American government to advertise a terrorist group of the week. For years all we heard was that al-Qaeda was plotting further attacks upon the United States and we had to be prepared for an eventual assault. Well, the years went by, a decade went by, and no al-Qaeda attack. For the past few months the new terror group is ISIS which, allegedly, poses a threat to the very existence of the United States of America. I continually hear on television from those who are experts in terrorism that ISIS is right at this moment preparing an attack on America that will result in widespread destruction and the death of millions. Exactly how 31,000 guys who wear dark masks over their faces are going to descend upon Americans and run wild through our streets wrecking havoc and mayhem is a tale yet to be told.

Oops, the American government just announced the new terror group of the week. Its name is Knorasan, and it is composed of Muslim terrorists who had fought in Afghanistan and Pakistan. This group, whose numbers range from about fifty to a few thousand is preparing special explosives which will blast planes from the sky. How about?

1. Draw upon the Israel method of checking passengers. Their approach has worked for nearly forty years. Try it out.

Religion Rears Head In Turkey

A majority of people in Turkey are of the Muslim faith although there are Jews and Christians as well. However, the Alevi Muslims do not agree with most strict religious attitudes found among Sunni and Shiites. For nearly a century governments in Turkey have endeavored to establish a secular feeling in the education system in order to avoid imposing strict religious practices to those who disagree with such attitudes. The Alevi are open to secular ideas and work readily with those of other religions. However, since the rise of Recep Erdogan to power as head of the Justice and Development Party, a new attitude is being pushed in the nation. From now on girls as young as the fifth grade will be able to wear the chador in class, which until this moment has been banned.

Alevi Associations demonstrated outside the Ministry of Education in protest about recent decisions to make religious education compulsory within schools in the nation. They believe such education will strive to present a Sunni attitude within schools. Alevi groups are supported by the European Court of Human Rights which cited recent moves by President Erdogan as resulting in “inadequately equipped (schools) to ensure” religious freedom.

What If We Just Left Iraq?

A hundred years ago, nations in Europe were arguing about demands of the Austrian-Hungarian nation for revenge towards Serbia because some Serbs had murdered a prominent member of the royal family. Nations argues for a month about how this problem could be solved. A solution that was never drawn upon was simply to allow Austria-HUngary to attack Serbia while other nations stood apart from the conflict. Had this been done, millions of men would never have died or been wounded. Communism and Fascism would never have appeared. Six million Jews would never have died in the Holocaust because this event never would have occurred. If European leaders simply had stood away, the carnage never would have happened. Ironically, when Austrian troops did invade tiny Serbia the small Serbian army defeated them!

What is the United States simply told Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey and Jordan that ISIS was THEIR PROBLEM? What is we departed and allowed Muslims in the Middle East to solve their problems? Saudi Arabia has done more to create groups like ISIS than any other nation in the world. It has funded terror groups as part of what its leaders believe is spreading the words of Islam. OK, Saudi Arabia has an army of over 200,000 and plenty of planes. Go to it, handle the 30,000 ISIS terrorists that your madrases have created. Is is the problem of Middle Eastern Muslims, let them solve it. We are going home!!

Hamas Continues Being Hamas

There is one certainty when discussing Hamas as an organization. It does not have the faintest idea as how to create a viable Palestinian state. Hamas leaders believe fervently that the Gun is the weapon of success, and only through killing, bombing, and fighting can a people denied their rights achieve lasting success. Hamas has run Gaza for years, and what is the result of this leadership? Thousands are dead, untold hundreds of homes and factories destroyed, but Hamas insists that its organization is successful. When asked to disarm and work for peace, Khaled Mashaal, leader of Hamas, was quite clear about his intention. “The subject of the resistant’s weapons is not open for negotiation.” Nope, Hamas will continue fighting.

A major problem is that when Hamas “fights for freedom,” a few thousand Palestinians who simply want to continue living, wind up dead. So, Hamas will meet with Fatah Palestinians leaders, it will meet with Egyptian negotiators, but it will continue insisting that only war is the road to peace and success. Dream on.

Bombs Away To End ISIS

The air war which is designed to end the terror of ISIS is in full swing. Fighter jets, Tomahawk missiles, drones and bombers are blasting away at targets in Iraq and Syria. The goal is simple, drop bombs, bad people get killed, and, voila, that is the end of bad guys. This has been a central strategy of America’s armed forces for over a decade, and the results of this policy are clear to see. ISIS has grown more powerful, instead of about 5,000 members of al-Qaeda, there are now over twenty thousand. We bomb, we kill, and the bad guys continue to be bad guys. During World War II, we bombed and bombed the Germans, but until three months before Germany fell to the power of Soviet armed forces and armies from England and the US, the Germans continue to fight on despite bombing.

We used bombing in Vietnam, and, in the end, American forces had to leave that nation. Bombing alone is NOT a strategy. It must be accompanied by creating a government that is supported by people, by offering the average person in Iraq guarantees of a better life if they cease supporting ISIS. For example, where are the Imams of peace preaching a different version of the teachings of Islam?

Public Hatred OK

It has becomes an accepted idea in the Unites States of America as well as throughout the Western world that Muslims are terrorists who enjoy murdering the innocent. At this point in time, Americans fear for their lives at the prospect of ISIS coming to this nation and beheading all of us. Pamela Geller is a blogger who hates Muslims because they kill. She is a Jew who believes that Jews in the Middle East are confronted to the greatest threat in the history of Judaism. She has begun a campaign in New York City’s subways and buses to make clear to one and all that the Muslim religion is based on hatred. She has taken out ads that will soon appear in the Subway:
ISLAMIC JEW HATRED–IT’S IN THE QURAN

According to Ms. Geller the Muslim Holy Book contains passages about hating people.

Let me get this straight. The Jewish Old Testament and the Christian New Testament contain words of hate. Most religious books are filled with hatred toward “bad people.”

Oh, Ms. Geller, if you added up the number of Jews killed since the birth of Israel in 1948 that figure would not surpass the number of Jews murdered by Christian Germans on a single day of the Holocaust!

Muslims kill thousands, Christians killed millions. And, all killed because God was on their side!

Another Death By American Society

I confess my confusion an ambiguity concerning the death penalty. It has never been clear in my mind as to whether or not society should kill a person. Lisa Coleman was put to death, naturally in the great state of Texas which, not only leads America in killing people, but leads the world. She was a horrible person who tortured and starved a nine year old boy. There simply are no redeeming aspects of her life. She was a brutal person who murdered an innocent child. My guts make me hate this creature. I seek revenge on her for the brutality, the murderous rage within her soul. I want to punish this creature. These are my feelings, these are my emotions. Kill the bitch!

On the other hand, my mind understands that killing a killer will not halt killing. My mind knows that violence begets violence. My mind knows there have been all too many examples of people being sent to their deaths based upon mistaken evidence. My mind knows that most civilized societies have ended the death sentence. Heck, our Supreme Court in the seventies declared the death sentence to be unconstitutional. I fear the use of a death sentence simply plays into the hands of NRA adherents who seek death to those who are “evil.” We kill, and NRA followers feel joy.

I have two opposing feelings. But, in the end, it is time to end killing.

Iran Is Not The Problem, It Is Part Of The Solution

US Secretary of State John Kerry is arguing that Iran should not be invited to discussions concerning issues in the Middle East. The presence of this nation “would not be appropriate” because according to his reasoning, “Iran has been deeply involved with its forces on the ground in Syria.” How about?

1. The United States had forces on the ground in Afghanistan and Iraq.

2. European Union forces were on the ground in Afghanistan.

3. United Kingdom troops were on the ground in Iraq.

Iran’s presence is important if issues in the Middle East are to be resolved. Iran has close connections with Syria, with Hamas, and the situation in Lebanon. How about bringing together any and all nations in the Middle East who are concerned with creating stability?