Category Archives: Muslims

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!

Impeachment Redeux?

Throughout the history of the United States of America only two presidents confronted the prospect of being impeached–Andrew Johnson in the 1860s and Bill Clinton in the 1990s. In each case, the honor of introducing impeachment charges fell to the Republican party. Richard Nixon in the 1970s certainly engaged in actions that bordered on the illegal. Although, there was discussion among Democrats about impeachment, these charges were never filed. In other word, the party of Impeachment is the Republican party. An estimated 100 Republicans in the House of Representatives are hot to engage in an impeachment war with President Barack Obama. Among the issues for this group is the fact that Obama has issued Executive Orders because he has been unable to persuade this group to pass any laws that are needed in this nation. Heck, our Infrastructure Fund to build roads and bridges is nearly empty, and Republicans insist that no money can be spent on such worthless things such as roads or dams or bridges. At this juncture in history, the United States, which once led the world in infrastructure innovation, is now among the least able to do anything.

The issue of Executive Orders is rather interesting. At this moment, the following presidents issued at least twice as many Executive Orders as has Obama–Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, Dwight Eisenhower, Woodrow Wilson and Abraham Lincoln. For some reason, neither of these men was confronted with the prospect of being impeached. I wonder why?

Report In Al Ahram About Gaza

Given the reality that members of the American Congress are ready and willing to accept any act by Israel, and condemn any act by Hamas, we decided to present what an Arab newspaper is discussing events in Gaza. According to al Ahram in Egypt, Hamas only seeks to end the fighting and desires peace to reign in Gaza. Yasser Abed Rabbo, who heads the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), “after extensive calls and consultations with the brothers in Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the Palestinian leadership announced on behalf of everyone the willingness for a cease fire and humanitarian truce for 24 hours.” I always find it rather interesting that “the brothers” never include, “the sisters.” So, at this moment, Hamas will accept a 24 hour truce. Great news. At least for 24 hours people in Gaza will not be ducking shells and missiles. Of course, on Saturday, the UN(not the brothers) urged adoption of a 72 hour truce, but Hamas rejected it. There is something sad about this statement. Imagine at this moment, with over 1100 dead–77% being innocent civilian, an Egyptian newspaper is discussing a “24 hour” ceasefire!

Let me be perfectly clear that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shares responsibility for this slaughter of the innocent because he has consistently refused to engage with US Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts to develop a comprehensive plan for peace between Israel and Palestinians. Based on what al Ahram reports, it is clear that Hamas, and the brothers, just want to continue fighting because it has become a sign of their manhoods to fight and fight to the bitter end. There is not a single story in al Ahram offering ideas for peace in the Middle East. Al Ahram is correct in condemning actions of Israel in their nonstop bombing which has resulted in death of the innocent. But, it it time for Arab media to present ideas and suggestions on how to achieve peace in the Middle East.

Muslim Vs Muslim-The Israel Mistake

The original Bush invasion of Iraq occurred at a time when conflict in the Middle East focused mainly upon Muslims focusing upon Israel or western Christian groups. Today, in 2014, the central conflict in the Middle East is Muslim vs Muslim. The defeat of Sunni Saddam Hussein, who had kept minority Sunnis under close control, resulted in triumph of Shiites who were determined to take revenge upon Sunnis who had for too long ruled over them. Syria was controlled by Sunni leaders such as the Assad family, but they were very secular in attitude and governance. Any demonstration of religion was for show purposes. The Assad clique had close working relations with secular Sunnis and Christians, and they were deeply concerned about rise of any Islamic religous figures. There regime was the perfect Muslim nation in which religion played a secondary role to that of power and prosperity. Bashar Assad married a very secular woman, and enjoyed the life of a modern upper class person. Yes, he attended the mosque, more for a photo op than for any deep involvement in religious issues.

The Middle East today is witnessing a new manifestation of older Sunni vs Shiite strugles. Shiites constitute about 15% of Muslims in the world, and a large percent of this group is located in the Middle East– Iran and Iraq. Islamic militants which swept into northern Iraq were Sunnis who resented loss of power in that nation to the Shiites. Hamas is as geatly opposed to the Egyptian government as it is to the Israelis. In Libya the conflict is between more secular Muslims vs more religious centered ones. The same struggle is dividing Tunisia and Algeria. Israel has nothing to do with these conflicts. Muslims are fighting Muslims.

A Shiite dilemma is they only possess power in the Middle East. Sunis dominate the Muslim religion throughout the rest of the world. If Shiites can not gain power in the Middle East it means they will never possess power anywhere in the world. A basic failure on the part of Israel is lack of understanding regarding the Muslim vs Muslim conflict. Instead of seeking alliances with secular Muslims, Israel fails to differentiate because its government views Muslims as some sort of monoithic entity. Israel must accept the Palestinian Authority as a leader in Palestine. It must empower Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and assist his efforts to destroy Hamas. How can this be accomplished?

1. Recognize the state of Palestine.

2. Accept that about 5% of the West Bank will constitute Jewish settlements.

3. Encourage the state of Palestine to forge a military alliance with Egypt in order to crush Hamas in Gaza. Israel could provide drones, and helicopters.

It is time the US and Israel recognied reality in the Middle East. The war to ensure peace must be won by Muslims, NOT Israel!

Bring On The Pagtans!

Gaze around the world. Can you locate a single area in which war and death is not the major industry? Heck, gaze around the so-called Judaic/Christian United States of
America, and what do you osbserve? Nearly half the population which lives in the 21st centtury actually believes the world is only 10,000 years old! Most Americans believe in this or that God which results in 5% of the people who control 42% of the wealth. Imagine believing that yur “God” supports the idea of depriving people of health care or accepting that most people lack the means for a decent life for themselves or children. Heck, a few thousand children seek to enter the country, most would live with relatives and most Americans go wild with fear! CHILDREN ARE THE PROLEM? No, claim these nut cases, there is no problem when people wander around with guns and assault rifles, but when kids simply desire to live with their relatives, then the entire socie5y is under threat!!

It is time to accept the reality that our GOD is simply not doing a very acceptable job. Perhaps, it is time to give Paganism a shot at running this world. Or, if you don’t want a Pagan society, how about one based upon atheism?? Let me put it this way, anything, anyone, any belief, could not do a worse job of creating a society in which love, peace and economic equality were the norm. Please do not get me wrong. I have always liked our God. However, I think God needs another shot at creating a society of life forms which prefer love and joy over murder and mayhem. I hear tell there is a nice pleasant planet a few hundred million miles away and it really could use a God!

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Another Pakistan Riot, More Dead People

Among the ideas that I have learned during my 83 years on this planet is that each and every religion, at some point, is ready to kill in the name of their founder, who undoubtedly urged the end of murder. I guess it was the weekend and folks in Gujranwala, Pakistan had nothing else to do after spending their time in prayer, so they decided to engage in a riot. Frankly, at this point in time, folks in Pakistan will riot over anything. Heck, a teen girl allowed her knee to show, let’s have a riot. A boy and a girl fall in love, but, alas, they belong to the wrong clans, let’s riot and kill them. Someone on Facebook posted the picture of the Kaaba, the Grand Mosque in Mecca, but along with this picture there were photos of nude folk. Naturally, this requires a riot.

The grandmother and her two granddaughters were members of the minority Ahmadi sect. If you want to live in Pakistan, please do not belong to any minority sect. To belong to the wrong sect means you desire to reach Heaven right now. Ghulam Ahmed, who lived in the 20th century preached for the equal distribution of wealth, and opposed interests of the wealthy.

I have an unconfirmed report that Tea Party gun men are flying to Pakistan to fight for the rights of those with wealth,k after all, they are the job creators!

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!

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.