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Hate Leads To Death-Always!

I was never a supporter of President George Bush, but must admit his shinning moment was in the days following 9/11. He refused to give in to voices of anger and hate toward those of the Muslim faith. Bush urged calm and endeavored to tone down cries for vengeance. In the moments following the horrible kidnapping and murder of three Jewish teens, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu behaved in the exact opposite manner as did Bush. Netanyahu promised revenge, he promised those who committed the act would be dealt with in strong ways. At no point did he differentiate between those who murdered and the 99.9% of Arabs who did not murder anyone. Netanyahu unleashed the dogs of war and hate. Crowds of Israel Jews crowded the streets shouting death to Arabs. Innocent Arabs were beaten, their cars set afire, and homes were vandalized by mobs set free to take revenge on ALL Muslims. Once hate is set free to roam the streets it was simply a matter of time before some Israelis became so excited and filled with hate that they found an opportunity to exact it upon an innocent Palestinian. A group of Israelis seized teenage Mohammed Abu Khdeir as he walked to prayers. We do not know what was said, but we now know what was done. The assaulted the boy, hit him with stones, and then set afire his body.

Mohammed is dead. So are three Israeli Jewish boys. Why? To his credit, President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority urged calmness and peace. It was Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who inflamed minds with his demands for revenge. There is no question those who kill must be brought to justice. But, lynch mobs are never the answer,all they do is to further anger. Lynch mobs consist of cowards who fear allowing justice to proceed. Benjamin Netanyahu has never recognized that he is prime minister of the state of Israel which contains over a million people who are Muslim or Christian. He is also THEIR PRIME MINISTER.

Death Of The Innocent

There is nothing new to report concerning conditions in Israel or the Palestinian Authority or from Gaza Strip which is under control of Hamas. Leaders of Middle Eastern nations have but one thought in their minds–how to ensure their followers recognize they hate “the enemy.” Hamas leaders hail the death of three innocent Israel teenagers even as West Bank Jewish settlers hail the death of a Palestinian Muslim child. The only thing that can bring leaders of Israel or Palestinians is the cause of death. Each will spread hate and revenge. In their minds, the only alternative to stalemate is to create a new crisis, and, by what better method than killing someone. Unfortunately, in cases of REVENGE the innocent, more likely than the guilty, are the ones who die. For over sixty years the cause of REVENGE has guided leaders in the Middle East. The tragedy of the Middle East is failure of a leader with the mindset of Nelson Mandela to appear.

New reports indicate the Israel police have arrested 3 to 6 men who may be responsible for the tragedy. Not only did they beat the boy, but they burned his body while Abu was still alive! Burning Bodies! Oh, my God, this is what the Nazis did to Jews and now Jews do it to others!!

Nelson Mandela had ample reason to preach the doctrine of REVENGE, but he preferred the doctrine of FORGIVENESS. In turning his back upon REVENGE he enabled the people of South Africa to avoid further violence and death of the innocent. Jewish mobs, Muslim mobs, heck, Christian mobs, surge through the streets oF Israel or Gaza Strip or Palestine, and this evening mothers and fathers will mourn their dead children. REVENGE only gives birth to one child: DEATH. Some will rejoice that a child from ‘THE OTHER GROUP” died. Unfortunately,the only death is the death of peace and the end of Death.

As a person of the Jewish faith who helped found a Holocaust center, in my mind are words told me at Yad Vashem. Let me pass them on. As one enters the Yad Vashem Holocaust Center in Jerusalem, one encounters the Forest of Righteous Gentiles which contains trees planted in memory of Christians who save Jewish lives during the Holocaust. As one leaves, again there are the trees. I asked the head of education at Yad Vashem why one on entering and leaving is confronted with acts by Christians. He replied in words to this effect: He said, “once in the museum an individual is confronted by incredible hate and horror. If one leaves with such feelings, then Hitler won.” I fear all too many Jewish Israelis have forgotten the lesson of the Holocaust. Jews can not murder the innocent in the name of revenge!

US Downgrades Obama

Recent polls indicate that most Americans are not impressed by the presidency of Barack Obama.In some polls he now ranks as the least competent American president since the end of World War II. Naturally, the Republican party and Fox News and those who hate the very thought of someone with dark skin as our president will applaud this view. This blog has frequently been critical of the performance of our president, but is he the worst since 1945 is an interesting question? If he is, we should examine what he did or did not do.

1. A president is the national spokesperson of the nation. Every great president was able to communicate ideas to the public. On this point, He has never explained anything that he does. Even today, most Americans still do not know the meaning of his Affordable Care Act. Ironically, when Americans are polled on specific pieces of the act, they agree with it. Given this discrepancy, the rating must be–D.

2. He inherited a mess in Iraq. In fairness he did what had to be done in Iraq–leaving. However, again, there was no clear statement about why we did not sign any agreement with the Iraq government. To this day, few Americans know it was refusal on the part of the Iraq government to allow American soldiers to be tried in military courts that ended our presence. Why the secret? Tell it to the American people. If America was leaving Iraq, then what was to be our policy in the Middle East? He never offered one. Rating: D-

3. Israel under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu constantly refused to compromise with Palestinian leader President Abbas. After the victory in 2008, the new president had about one year to compel Netanyahu to engage in peace talks. He hesitated, he refused to get tough. Sending former President Bill Clinton to the Middle East with the power to get tough with Netanyahu and President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority might have gotten results. Perhaps not, but it was worth a try. Rating: C

4. Republicans were out to get him from day one of his administration. In 2009, he had a majority in both houses of Congress. He never learned the lesson of Franklin Roosevelt that the initial 100 days was the time to push through laws. He never learned the importance of co-opting Republicans. For example, asking Senator John McCain to be his representative in Afghanistan by heading a study group to come up with future policy. Meeting each and every member of Congress in a private session by the end of 2009. Would it have changed Republicans? Most probably not, but it was worth a gamble. Rating C-.

5. Obama remains the most aloof president in recent times. He has the worst record for press conferences of any American president since WWII. He never learned the importance of the press conference. Each press conference means that day, the president controls the news. He did not reach out to reporters, he stood away from them. He did not use the press conference to speak with Americans in clear terms. Rating: D.

So, how do we rate Obama? Definitely, not among the top presidents since WWII. Most probably a C one.

Revenge Not Sweet, Just Revenge

I am a citizen of the United States of America so it is normal in my society for people with anger to murder the innocent. Each year hundreds die due to someone whipping out a gun and blasting away at someone else because he feels justified in engaging in the act of murder. Three Jewish boys were murdered in Israel,and their bodies placed in shallow graves. Murder is a horrible act, the murder of children even more so. No one can comfort a parent whose child was killed by those who have hate in their hearts and lack any sense of compassion. Since the kidnapping occurred, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been engaged in raising the level of hate in his country by promises of revenge. He has made quite clear that revenge against the killers must occur. Unfortunately, at this moment, no one knows for certainty exactly who are the murderers. Netanyahu blames members of Hamas. There is a high probability his guess is correct. Hamas contains thousands of young men whose goal in life is to murder innocent Jews. However, at this moment, there is no evidence that Hamas leaders ordered or sanctioned the murders.

Two nights ago hundreds of Israelis roamed the streets of Jerusalem chanting, “death to Arabs.” Seventeen year old Mohammad Abu Khdar was on his way to prayers. Suddenly, a dark colored car drove up to him, three men got out and shoved him into the car. About an hour later his dead body was found in another part of Jerusalem. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkakt made clear, “this is a horrible barbarous act which I strongly condemn.” Netanyahu termed it a “reprehensible murder.” However, for days he has charged that Palestinian President Abbas is somehow responsible for the behavior of men seeking revenge against Jews. I wonder if we can now hold Prime Minister Netanyahu responsible for the death of this innocent child?

Of course not, Benjamin Netanyahu did not kill Mohammad Abu Khdar. People incited by cries of “revenge” decided to commit an act of what they termed to be, “revenge.” As usually occurs, when people are driven by “revenge,” the innocent die. Always the innocent!

On July 4th! A Day For Immigrants To Affirm!

This year marks my 83rd July 4th since I arrived in August of 1930 and thus missed July 4th of that year. July 4th always had meaning during my early years of life since I was a fanatic baseball fan and so loved having a double header(for the price of one game) played by all major league baseball teams. I could listen on my radio to the exploits of the New York Yankees in an era when they won world series after world series. Baseball players were giants in my life, they represented the end result of my dreams. Of course, my initial eleven July 4th came at a time when we had poverty, but no war. Then came World War II and July 4th was a day when we honored those who fought against Nazism and the Japanese. At least we knew very clearly who were the good and who were the bad guys in our lives. On July 4th we stood as a nation united, we felt as one in the struggle against evil. There was no ambiguity, the Nazis and “Japs” were the enemies.

As the child of immigrants, in those days no one differentiated between “illegal” and “legal” immigrants, we were simply immigrants blessed to be in a land where we all worked to defeat evil doers. I always felt a certain moment of patriotism standing at Yankee Stadium as the sang our nation’s song. Years later when I served in the armed forces, July 4th made me feel part of America. I was not the son of “foreigners,” I was an American. We understood that if one lived and worked in America it was simply a matter of time before they began to think and behave as an American. Who cared from whence you came, who cared if you were a recent arrival, the only important thing was–did you want to become an American!

I once wrote a history of America. I felt proud in so doing. It enabled me to bring together all memories of July 4th into one story. We Americans are ALL IMMIGRANTS! The issue for Americans has never been –how did you get here! No, the issue for Americans has always been–do you love America and will you fight for its continued existence!!

Get Marriage Proposal, Wrong Guy, Death Awaits

I am a member of what is termed, “Western Civilization,” so it ill behooves me to make comments regarding those of Asian or African regions of the world which over the centuries have evolved their own ideas pertaining to the act of marriage. After all, we Christians and Jews have murdered millions of people because they had differing religions. We don’t have to get into the entire story of the Holocaust which is a tale of murder, slaughter, horror and death. So, I tend to be careful when discussing religious behavior in other parts of this planet. But, every once and a while, I just have to shake my head in wonder how any humans can behave to those who seek to get married. I do understand that way back in the history of Western Civilization young folk had to get permission to marry from their parents, but that was a long time ago and today we are in the 21st century.

But, just about every week there is one or another story from Pakistan in which young people want to marry against the wishes of parents, and the end result is –Death! Muafia Bibi decided, for one reason or another, that she wanted to marry a 30 year old guy who had just ended two prior marriages. Anyway, mom, dad, her uncles and grandpa lured the newly married couple to the family house, and then proceeded to kill both of them. Just a simple case of getting hitched without permission.

In another example, a 20 year old girl rejected the marriage proposal of a 26 year old guy who proceeded to douse her with gasoline and set her afire. Just some further love tales from Pakistan.

Three Children Died–Dozens More Also Will Die

Three sweet innocent young boys were found dead in Israel or Palestine or whatever one seeks to term a piece of land in what is known as the Middle East. These boys simply wanted to live a life filled with learning and prayer hoping in this process to become closer to God. Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar, Naftal Fraenkel were Jews, they were teenagers, they were innocent of any injustice or hatred, but they are dead. Even as I write these words, Israel bombers are blasting the Gaza Strip in the anger and fury that ordinarily follows when a loved one is murdered in the Middle East. A few innocent Muslim boys are already dead, and there is scant doubt that others will follow. As so often is the case in what we term, the Middle East, the death of one must be avenged by the death of a dozen. ALL sides in this conflict are determined that Death must be the answer to any hurt committed to one of their own. For ALL sides in this conflict, God urges them to take revenge, at least that is their interpretation of God.

Israel claims that Hamas was behind the murders. Hamas claims they had nothing to do with the murders. There is no doubt we most probably will not discover who did the killings, or whether or not Hamas ordered these killings. Israel insists the murderers are Murwan Kawasmme and Abu Ayshe. Most probably the Israel secret police are correct, I simply do not know, but must accept those who devote their lives to killing have knowledge. Bombs are falling in the Gaza Strip as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promises -REVENGE AND JUSTICE. He blames Palestinian President Abbas for the murders even though the Palestinian leader denounced these killings and offered assistance to uncover the culprits.

Perhaps, if those in charge in the Middle East would halt for a moment in their anger, in their desire for revenge and seek a true revenge for these deaths. Perhaps, these boys would best be remembered if in their deaths, both sides abandoned revenge for a moment and worked out a peaceful approach to their conflicts. If their deaths led to peace, and the end of revenge, then their deaths were not in vain.

“We Will Deport The Children”

I was a young boy living in America during the 1930s when children in Germany whose crime was to be Jewish were confronting the horror of hatred and violence. The United States of America,k basically, refused to allow thousands of Jews to escape death by coming to our nation as immigrants–this was the era of Depression. The American government even refused to allow children to enter our sacred shores. Fortunately, England did agree to accept hundreds of German Jewish children which enabled them to escape the Holocaust. There is no Holocaust in Central America, but the lives of children in Guatemala, Honduras or El Salvador is filled with daily fear of beatings, rape or death at the hands of rival drug gangs that believe in the cult of death. Thousands of children from these lands have fled to the border of America in hope of asylum from the horror that awaits them at home. They have arrived in response to rumors that if they reach the US border, they will be allowed to enter and then sent to relatives in America.

Naturally, since the children do not have a million dollars, Republicans do not want them in THEIR country. Naturally, President Obama continues believing that if he is tough on the border, then Republicans will cooperate with him on immigration reform. To believe such nonsense is to believe the Tooth Fairy exists. US Secretary of State John Kerry told Central American leaders the children will not be allowed to enter. “We obviously understand people who want to do better and who look for a better life. But at the same time there are rules and laws, and there is a process, and there is false information that is being spread about benefits that might be available to the young people.”

Have we not learned anything from the Holocaust? How about allowing children with relatives in America who are willing to allow the children to live with them to enter? The fact that children would have a home and food and education without requiring federal dollars does not impact the survival of this nation. However, it does impact the survival of these children.

Hurrah, Hurrah, Nazi Heroes!

Anyone who has studied the history of the German army in eastern Europe and Russia is painfully aware that in many areas, Nazi soldiers were welcomed as heroes, and that many local folk joined in the murder of innocent Jews–their fellow countrymen and neighbors. Of course, during the war, Hitler’s troops murdered an estimated 25,000,000 Russians. Ironically, those who once welcomed German forces wound up getting killed by the people they regarded as their liberators from communism. I never cease to be amazed and bewildered encountering stories from Russia and eastern European countries about the rebirth of Nazism and glorification of Adolf Hitler. How do people wind up regarding as their hero the person who killed their ancestors??

The FIFA warned Russia about its displeasure at behavior of Russian fans who displayed Nazi symbols during a World Cup game. These days neo-Nazis in Europe display a Celtic cross which resembles the swastika. Russia already is under warning because its fans chanted racist words and songs during a match as part of the Euro 2016 games. Again, please explain how Russians in 2016 think Adolf Hitler who killed over 30,000,000 Russians is a good guy??

The Original Intention Of Our Founding Fathers

I have spent my life in the study of American history, and at one point even wrote a history of the United States of America. I have read the words of our Founding Fathers, James Madison or Alexander Hamilton or George Washington, and definitely what Thomas Jefferson wrote about religious freedom. The First Amendment to the Constitution dealt with FREEDOM. Our Founding Fathers were concerned about Freedom of speech, of thought, and definitely of religion. I am not a legal scholar in any way,shape or form compared to the knowledge of Justice Scalia or Justice Roberts or any of the so-called Original Intention judges claiming to know what was in the minds of our Founding Fathers. Unfortunately, for this group of “legal scholars” it is quite clear they are not “scholars” when it comes to history nor when it comes to our Founding Fathers. The Hobby Lobby most probably has our Founding Fathers up in Heaven shaking their heads in confusion and bewilderment that any so-called, “scholar” would believe it was their intention that one’s religious views were more important than the views of our political leaders.

Most important for our Founding Fathers was: SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE. They wanted an end to government having links to churches and imposing a “government view” upon the inhabitants of America. They wanted a world in which all could pray as they desired, and that no religion could be linked to operations of the government. Jefferson once said he wanted his fight to separate church and state to be mentioned on his tomb stone. Allowing a corporation to insist their religious views allowed them to refuse to obey the government would have shocked Jefferson.

And, by the way, Justice Scalia, our Founding Fathers differed and argued throughout the Constitutional Convention, there was no ONE INTENTION. However, it is clear that all agreed on separation of church and state. It would be patriotic if Catholic Supreme Court Justices separated THEIR RELIGIOUS VIEWS from their role as judges who do not represent the Catholic Church on matters of legality. Their responsibility is to represent the views of Americans in 2014.