Category Archives: Muslims

Jihadists Come Running

A recent United Nations report indicates that over 15,000 Jihadists have arrived in the Middle East over the past few years. These are young men from countries as diverse as Russia, Ireland, Chile, France and the United Kingdom. They share a desire to hate and kill. There is no doubt this group of haters represent a 21st century phenomenon. Select any nation in the world, and you will uncover those who believe to be engaged in a fight against forces of evil. Heck, in the United States of America even our Supreme Court contains jihadists who intend to ensure that our wealthy folk once again rule the nation. What else is the Tea Party other than a band of jihadists filled with hate and anger. Jihadists in the Middle East seek to return to olden days, and American Jihadists want the good old days when “real Americans” ruled the land to become the new norm.

The common element in all these Jihadists is a sense of hate against anything that resembles modernity. Check out the Republican Party in Congress whose members boast of not believing in “science.” We now have throughout the world a rejection of modern thinking, and a felt need to return to those times when ignorance ruled the waves of government. Heck, poor al-Qaida is now considered too modern by these Jihadists. Perhaps, it is time to send Tea Party folk to the Middle East to fight. At least it will provide them a sense of doing something to alter all this nonsense about science and climate change.

Surprise! Tensions In Jerusalem

Another shooting in Jerusalem, another source of hate and violence. It was simply a matter of time before an important Jewish leader in Israel was shot by a fanatic whose heart was filled with hatred and anger. On one side in Israel is a government which has only one goal–to enhance the presence and power of Jews in Jerusalem and seize more and more areas in that city. On the other side are Palestinians who resent their lack of power, and will engage in violence in order to express that emotion. The shooting of anyone is a crime, and shooting of people is NOT acceptable behavior. However, in American when some kids shoot other kids, we devote enormous time exploring why people suddenly break out with violence. So, what happened in Jerusalem is NOT a surprise. It was bound to happen.

Rabbi Yehuda Glik was attending a conference in Jerusalem which was organizing Jews to pray at sites where previously, the Israel government had made clear that only Muslims could pray. The Temple Mount includes the Dome of the Rock and a mosque. Of course, the current Israel government under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu argues that Jews have a right to pray anywhere they desire. I doubt if a similar right is accorded Muslims. There is no excuse to justify shooting people, I realize such an attitude is not shared by most Americans or by most Israelis.

The question that remains to be answered is: what is the policy of the Israel government to ensure peace between Jews and Palestinians? The former Jewish leader, David Ben-Gurion once said, “but we Jews are also Palestinians.” Yes, both Jews and Muslims and Christians are all Palestinians and should respect each group’s rights in the land of Palestine. If not, someone will get shot.

Kurds Enter Kobani

The Turkish government has finally allowed Kurds from Iraq to send troops into surrounded Kobani, and hopefully, end the prospect of mass murder and shots of heads being chopped off. Turkish President Recep Erdogan has finally bowed to international pressure and allowed those from his hated enemies to send armed troops who will fight against ISIS. There is something ironic that after the famed invasion of George Bush in 2003, the only Iraqis who want to fight for democracy are the Kurds. This is one group of Muslims who hate ISIS and will not flee from armed encounters with the fanatics of hate. Hopefully, with additional troops, bombings of ISIS forces, and more weapons of war, a Muslim army will fight, and defeat ISIS. The question remains as to why is this group of Muslims ready to fight against ISIS, while other Muslim Iraq soldiers ripped off their uniforms and fled for their lives when ISIS appeared?

The answer is simple. Kurds have a government which is supported by the population. Kurds believe in their right to have such a government and will fight for it. Most Iraqis only have the government that was installed by former President Bush, a government of kleptomaniacs whose only thought was money and power. The government of Nuri al-Maliki spent its time making life miserable for Sunnis and turned them toward the only alternative of ISIS. Get a government in Baghdad that seeks honesty and respect for all Iraqis, and ISIS will shortly disappear.

Whatever Happened To America?

The evidence is quite clear, Republicans will gain more seats in Congress, and most probably may secure control of a majority of seats in the US Senate. The most interesting question is: why will Americans reward a party with victory which seeks to make life harder for the average American? Frankly, this phenomena has occurred in the past, and will happen in the future. We live in interesting times. We live in an era in which those under age, forty, lack any sense of their economic needs, and prefer fiddling with fingers than fiddling with their minds. OK, blame Barack Obama for his failures to understand how Presidents must lead, but the alternative to Barack Obama is not the Koch brothers.

In the past when most American engaged in hard physical labor, they understood the boss was in his office and they were out on the assembly line. They did not need to go to college in order to understand their economic interests were not similar to those of the boss. Today, our young people lack a sense of CLASS. They do not understand there IS a Working Class, and they are in it. They do not understand that when one is in the Working Class, one must vote for their economic interests. And, they certainly are not those of this Republican Party.

The disaster will come. Americans will learn the goals of Republicans are not their goals. Hopefully, in 2016 there will be another change in attitudes by Americans.

What Went Wrong In Afghanistan

It is now clear after a dozen years from the initial invasion of Afghanistan what went wrong with American policy. Most Americans have forgotten that a large portion of the “invasion” force was composed of Afghan warlords and their armies. Afghanistan in 2001 and Afghanistan in 2014 is a large geographical areas in which dozens of tribal groups live as they have lived for a few thousand years. About a thousand years ago, these people converted to the Islamic religion, but they have always, and still are, governed by rules, traditions, values that predate the arrival of the Islamic religion. Americans sought to impose a “democratic ethos” to “Afghanistan.” But, the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld trio imposed upon tribal peoples a concept of nationalism that simply did not exist. Their idea of “nationalism” was their tribe, not the nation of Afghanistan.

Back about 2004, a British think tank proposed focusing upon tribal leaders rather than upon the government in Kabul. The argument was to create local armed forces which would guarantee peace and security within their tribal areas. Instead, the Bush, and then the Obama administrations continued their idea of “nation creation” when the population was tribal creation. Our failure to grasp that security lay within the power of tribes allowed the Taliban to return to power in many areas of Afghanistan.

We also failed to understand that growing poppy was the road to economic success for countless Afghan farmers. So, we destroyed their crops and drove them into the hands of the Taliban which preferred to allow poppy growing as long as they got a cut of the sales. We should have purchased the entire poppy crop, and made farmers our loyal allies!

Kobani Deaths Continue

I have written today about hysteria in America, but when one gazes at world events, the only apparent common pattern is death and destruction. No, these murders are not in any way comparable to deaths in World War II. We do not have a Holocaust, but we do have killers who openly boast about their murders. ISIS murderers in the embattled city of Kobani which is filled with Kurds is besieged by ISIS forces. Naturally, these men of God must show the world another example of how they can chop off a head. This is probably the first time since the French Revolution so much attention has been paid to chopping off heads. OOPs, sorry, I forgot about Saudi Arabia which so far this year has chopped off a dozen heads without a word of complaint from the Western world.

Death has become the natural event in Kobani. US Planes are bombing ISIS forces with some success. We can now boast that our bad guys are dying. So, this must be good news. Death will not leave the environs of Kobani, he has found a fall resting place. At least Death is a happy person in Kobani!

I Do Not Understand

I suspect it will take at least twenty years before any future historian or sociologist can make sense of what has been transpiring in this society over the past decade. There is something mysterious and strange about behaviors of our young people. They inhabit a world they make on their own within the confines of Social Media. Jaylen Fryberg is dead. He also is responsible for the deaths of at least two of his friends. We now know that he texted these friends to have lunch with him. He then strode into the lunchroom, took out a revolver and proceeded to shoot his FRIENDS. No, he did Not shoot his enemies, just his friends. Why is the great mystery of this shooting. A popular boy, an athlete, the Prince at a homecoming somehow became furious towards his friends.

I simply do Not understand this shooting. It does not fit into any pattern of logic. It was simply an explosion of anger and hate towards those who were friends. We today can not explain such behavior. The only pattern we do know is that our society is filled with nonstop anger, hate, and hysteria. We have placed our youth into this environment, and most probably the end result is not pleasant for anyone. Hysteria rules the land. What have we done to our youth??

Iraqi Unintended Consequences

The Republican party has spent this election blasting President Obama for failures in Iraq. According to this story, the great war leader, George Bush left office with the presence of an Iraq army prepared to fight against all enemies. It was failure on the part of Obama to retain American troops in Iraq which resulted in the debacle of a collapsed Iraq army. Nice story, completely incorrect. It was under the administration of George Bush that Nouri al-Maliki became head of Iraq. This sectarian bumbling incompetent leader angered the Sunnis and drove them to support terrorist groups in order to protect themselves from the brutality of the Maliki government. The reason no US troops were retained in Iraq is clear- President Obama refused to leave them because the Maliki government insisted that any US soldier charged with a crime in Iraq would be tried by a Sharia court. Imagine the reaction of Fox News to that one!S.

ISIS had about 25,000 men when they confronted the Iraq “army” of over 200,000. The Iraq army fled the field of combat and left tanks and missiles for ISIS. Yesterday, ISIS forces shot down an Iraq Army helicopter with one of those missiles. This means many US attack Helicopters can not be used in Iraq or Syria due to the loss of the equipment. Blame the problem on its source- the failed government of Maliki which allowed corruption to run rampant and destroyed morale in the Iraq armed forces!

We Need A 21st Century Armed Force

In 1940, the United States of America has a smaller army than Bulgaria, and our troops were training with wooden rifles. President Franklin Roosevelt then compelled Congress to vote necessary funds in order to create a modern army and navy. What does it mean to have a “modern” armed forces? It requires providing those serving with the proper equipment, and leadership. Let’s face reality. Our present armed forces are not designed for fighting in the twenty first century. We continue building tanks and jet planes when we need troops who are versed in fighting wars against guerrilla organizations. We continue building aircraft carriers although there is absolutely no need for them. China has exactly ONE aircraft carrier, and we worry about the Chinese navy. What would a modern armed force look like?

1. Special forces, men and women who are able to function in lightening strikes would be increased.

2. We need men and women who understand the nature of their enemy. They must be educated about Islamic traditions and concepts.

3. We need officers who understand the enemy. Few, if any, American officers who entered Iraq or Afghanistan understood their enemies. They wanted to blast away with terrible results for the civilian population.

4. Our armed forces must understand how to work cooperatively with local populations.

During World War II when American soldiers entered France or Italy they were provided information about people of those nations. How many US soldiers knew anything about the people of Afghanistan or Iraq prior to those invasions? An educated soldier is a more effective one. That is essential in the 21st century!

Money, Money, Money, Let’s Elect IT!

I ve in the fair city of Chicago, or at least in the suburbs of that place. I switch on the TV and hour after hour, ads hit me from Bruce Rauner who is running for the office of governor of the state of Illinois. If I see one more ad from Mrs.Rauner, who for some strange reason, supports her husband’s candidacy, I will literally throw something at the screen. I wonder if she realizes that by the twentieth time one sees her quiet face talking softly about her husband, one simply is ready to vote for Donald Duck or even Sarah Palin! The Koch Brothers Inc. are spending about a half BILLION DOLLARS in this campaign which has been transformed into a fight as to which party can spend the most money. I have been informed by the Democratic party of their disappointment with me for failing to send in a few bucks. I assume this means I must stand in the corner with a dunce cap on my head.

The only question confronting America is how we reached this point in our history? Oh, the Founding Fathers! Yes, Madison and Hamilton and Washington fought the Revolution so that the Koch brothers could spend a half billion in the election. We need a new Supreme Court which is not radical like the current one. We need to end the mindless madness of money, money, money!