Category Archives: Muslims

Time For Truth Commission In America

Incoming President Barack Obama had many challenges, but none more important than how to handle the debacle of two invasions which had led to the death of thousands of Americans and wounding, mentally and physically, of over 40,000. Nelson Mandela in South Africa offered an excellent example of how a nation confronts evil in its past. He created the Truth and Reconciliation Committee which allowed any white person who had violated the rights -or even the life– of a black person under Apartheid could appear before the Commission, admit his guilt, apologize to the relatives of those who died, and was then given a pardon for his evil actions. This blog urged the new president to adopt this approach. Instead, Barack Obama said he did not wish to dwell on the past but only be concerned about the future. Today, we now are deep in anger over the past of what the CIA did, and hate grows stronger with each passing day.

The Senate Intelligence Committee under Dian Feinstein is furious and demands the complete truth from the White House which currently is in the position of defending those who violated the law. The Senate Committee believes “the CIA manipulated the media” by lying concerning the effectiveness of enhanced interrogation techniques. England established the Chilcot Commission which dealt with this issue openly and enabled those who suffered to hear the truth and those who tortured to admit their guilt. We NEED SUCH A PROCESS!

Condi Drops The Box!

In the search for the almighty dollar, Condoleezza Rice, along with the dynamic trio of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld, has ample opportunities to secure a nice position which makes her wealthy and gives her some power in our society. Condi decided to become a member on the Board of Dropbox, an organization which provides protection for our property and our secrets of life. According to the Board when asked why hire someone connected with the Bush violation of human life, the response was: “when looking to grow our board, we sought out a leader who could help us expand our global footprint.” We admit, Condi Rice is certainly connected with expanding American footprints all over the Middle East. Of course, her footprint sort of was pushed into the faces of those arrested on bogus charges.

A new site, Drop Dropbox poses a question: “Given everything we know about the United States’ warrantless surveillance program and Rice’s role in it, why would we want someone like her involved with Dropbox, an organization we are trusting with our most important business and personal data??” A great question and now we need a great answer!

Pakistan, What Are You?

Every so often a story emerges from the land of Pakistan that leaves me wondering on which planet I live. I have met dozens of people who come from Pakistan,and they, invariably are intelligent, wise and deeply religious. Most are devout Muslims with high human values, and then up out of nowhere comes a strange story which leaves me baffled. In the land of Pakistan there dwells a NINE MONTH OLD TODDLER WHO IS NOW IN JAIL! Yes, he is in jail. Now, what exactly could a nine month old toddler do that would lead to a jail term? I guess he could wet his diaper or cry or make life difficult for parents.

This is the crime: police raided his home and the toddler threw some stones at the cops. He was seized, his diapers confiscated, and sent directly to the police station where the child was finger printed and told that from this day foreword he has a criminal record. HUH!

Secede Is Now A Right

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is very worried that Russian moves to encourage eastern areas of the Ukraine to break away might impact other areas of the region and lead to secession efforts. “We don’t want the Ukraine crisis to start a domino effect around the Black Sea.” He would prefer that any problems within the Ukraine or between Russia and that nation be resolved “within the framework of international law.” He does make a point, but he also disregards the rights of people to break away when they sincerely believe their rights are being taken away. For example:

1. Shouldn’t the people of Texas be allowed to form their own nation and make it mandatory for a shoot out each high noon in each city of the new nation?

2. We who believe in the New York Knickerbockers have not witnessed an NBA championship for forty years. We need to secede, form our own nation, form our own Professional Basketball league which guarantees each team at least one championship each ten years!

3. Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann need to secede and form a new country that guarantees those designated as mentally retarded to become the president. Not only would this guarantee a female president, it would guarantee that Fox News finally has good news to report.

4. The House of Representatives must secede from the Senate and create its own version of the American legislature. Gerrymandering will guarantee Republican control forever, and America will finally be saved from LIBERALS AND SOCIALISTS AND COMMUNISTS WHO SEEK THE MONEY OF JOB CREATORS!

Headlines From World Press

We offer samples of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

Russia, Moscow Times: “Court Reaches Riot Sentence”

In Putin Land, that means– off to Siberia!

USA, aol: “Collect Dead Students’ Debts”

Can they pay monthly?

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Lion Makes It Home”

Would you like to be around those gun nuts in Texas?

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “Cyclist Hits Truck”

Truck is doing well at last reports.

South Africa, Mail & Guardian: “Oscar Pistorious To Take Stand”

On his knees, I assume.

UK, Guardian: “Stuck In Traffic”

Some stuck in traffic, some stuck in poverty, take your choice.

France, Connexion: “President’s Love Nest”

Which one are you referring to?

Brandeis Reacts In Fear

Ayaan Hirsi is a critic of the Muslim religion and has fought against Islamic fundamentalists in Africa,the Netherlands and around the world. She is definitely not a person who is loved by those of the Muslim faith. Her experiences in Somalia and in her childhood caused deep feelings of anger against those who insist on a fundamentalist interpretation of the Muslim religion. She deeply resents male domination of women by fundamentalists, she resents genital cutting by these members of the Muslim faith. She has been blunt and makes clear that in her view, the Muslim is a “violent and nihilistic cult.” These are not pretty sounding words to make about a religion,and there is no question she utters generalities. A generality results in the innocent as well as the guilty being branded by words.

For some reason, those in charge of Brandeis were not aware of that Ms. Hirsi was all about. They had invited her to accept an honorary degree but when a letter arrived from the Council on American Islam Relations, bells sounded in the administration office. Just remember, College academic leaders always place money before other objectives. “We cannot overlook certain of her past statements that are inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values. We regret that we were not aware of these statements.” Huh? She has been talking this way for over a decade. What, in the first place, led you to invite her?

Another Day In Pakistan, A Few More Deaths

One reaches a point in discussing issues within Pakistan or its neighbors when there arrives a moment of wonder as to how did this nation ever reach this state of insanity? The people of Pakistan contain within its midst wonderful, intelligent and caring humans, but somehow the process of creating a nation resulted in so many unresolved issues that just getting through a day in that country without some bomb killing people is a wonder to behold. A fruit and vegetable market in Islamabad was filled with people doing their shopping when suddenly the place was torn apart by bombs exploding and killing. Afzai Khan put it this way: People were dying. People were crying. People were running. People were torn apart.Body parts were everywhere.”

Yesterday, the Pakistani Taliban were able to deny any connection. A “not us” statement emerged from their leaders. It turns out the bombers were from a Baluch separatist group that wanted to make a statement. Exactly, what is the statement remains unknown to me –or anyone else.

My question: will religious leaders emerge and go among their people insisting upon respect for fellow Muslims?

US Senate Nuts Act Like Nuts

There are times when it is quite clear our Founding Fathers had a different interpretation as to what a Senate could be in reality. They envisioned a group of elderly white men who pondered great questions based on reading and thinking and discussing important issues. Alas, we are in 2014, and those who serve in the US Senate regard the almighty buck as the only almighty thought in their head. Our Senators seek money from right wing Jewish zealots in America who have gobs of money, and whose idea of fairness and diplomacy has nothing to do with the majority of American Jews. So, the US Senate wants legislation that prevents Iran from sending its choice as Ambassador to the United Nations because it is claimed that in 1979 he was involved in the Tehran Embassy crisis!

After World War II, we forgave the Germans even though they had murdered 30 million people. We forgive Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld and George Bush although their actions led to the death of thousands of Americans. But, Hamid Aboutalebi, former Ambassador to the European Union, Belgium and Italy, cannot be forgiven for NOT killing any Americans!

No Emotion In Torture

Michael Hayden if a former director of the National Security Agency and a former head of the Central Intelligence Agency so, when it comes to issues of torture, this is one cool dude who knows how to control his emotion while watching someone water boarded and subjected to “advanced interrogation techniques.” General Hayden is now very upset because Senator Dianne Feinstein who used to agree with his assurances that his organizations never engaged in torture suddenly changed her tune and became angry learning that his assurances were simply a pack of lies. Hayden complained the actions of the Senate Intelligence Committee to blast the CIA for use of torture was the result of the “emotional” outburst by Senator Feinstein. I assume he means, how can we he-men operate for the safety of America when there are these soft females who do not grasp that torture in the defense of ending torture is the American way of waging war against terrorists

Senator Ron Wyden spoke for most American congressmen in his defense of Senator Feinstein. “General Hayden unfortunately has a long history of misleading the American public– he did it on domestic surveillance when he was head of the National Security Agency and he did it on torture when he was the CIA director.” In simple English, General Hayden and his torturing staff are, not only liars, but incompetent in the struggle to end terrorism in the world.

Tribal Woes In Egypt

It is a common belief among those of the western world that people in Egypt are Muslims and support the ideas of Muslim fanatics. Of course, 10% of the population is Coptic Christian, they predate Muslims in Egypt by about 500 years. There are also large numbers of dark skinned people known as Nubians who inhabit southern regions of the country. Their history with light skinned Arabs is analogous to the experience of dark skinned people with white Christians. Discrimination and poverty and definitely the state of being powerless.

Some Nubian students were on their way to school when they encountered comments and graffiti which depicted them as sub human. At this point, both sides claim the other fired the initial shots. Anyway, guns blazed and people lay dead. At the latest count at least 25 are dead and over fifty are wounded. Not an Arab extremist among those engaged in violence. Just another example of how we have peace and quiet in Egypt since the Armed forces returned to power.