Category Archives: Muslims

Who Is This Man?

I voted for Barack Obama in 2008 with anticipation and hope that he will turn America away from policies of George Bush which violated the essence of our Constitution. I voted for him in hope that a man who believed in human dignity, a man who had taught students about the Constitution, a man whose family legacy incorporated hatred for those seeking to employ violence in order to foster their values. Instead, Barack Obama has become simply a light version of George Bush. In his recent press conference, the President offered still another defense of those who employed torture of individuals based upon the premise there was an immediate threat to the United States which required torturing prisoners in order to avoid an atomic bomb going off in Los Angeles. This is what the PRESIDENT of the United States of America told reporters:

“We tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values. It is important for us not to feel sanctimonious in retrospect about the tough job that these folks had” “Tough job?” The person who is tortured has the “tough job,” not the torturer! We fought World War II against Germany which had the best Army in the world, we fought against Japan which had an outstanding Army, and we did NOT torture people! Our interrogators employed a variety of basic techniques that did not include torture. We refused to sink down to the level of German and Japanese use of torture. And, in those days, our future often was on the line. There was NO crisis confronting America, there was NO fear an enemy could win, it was clear from day one our enemy consisted of a few thousand fanatic men who lacked the means to inflict any serious attacks upon the USA. If one follows the logic of Barack Obama:

1. OK, so we did kill some Jews, but we were under pressure to win a war. Please don’t be sanctimonious just because we tortured and killed a few folks!

2. OK, so we tortured captured American soldiers. Please don’t be sanctimonious, we were under considerable pressure against a great American and a great British Army!

Who is this man??

Who Are These People In Congress?

I am the child of two of the TWENTY MILLION people who came to America during the period, 1880-1924. I am the child of two people seeking to escape violence and hatred in eastern Europe. I am the child of two people who arrived in America lacking the ability to speak English and in a state of poverty. I am the child of two people who were accused of taking jobs away from native born Americans. I am the child of two people who were accused of being dirty, and who engaged in criminal activities. In other words, my parents never would have been allowed into America if 2014 Republicans were in charge of the government. My parents, along with other immigrants inhabited slums, they lived in apartment buildings which had one toilet per floor. The Mafia was born in this era, and it consisted of Italian and Jewish gangsters, the children of immigrants. The new immigrants brought crime and poverty to America. But, they also brought new ideas, people with energy to create new industries. In 1920, one out of four Americans was either an immigrant or child of one. Today, the figure is about 8%.

The Republican led House of Representatives, which consists of a high percentage of people who trace their ancestry back to the New Immigrants of 1880-1924, passed a bill intended to prevent President Obama from halting deportation of people brought to America as children by illegal immigrants. In other words, X percent of those in Congress who voted for this bill never would have been born in America if similar attitudes existed a hundred years ago. I have a hunch their great, great grandparents are crying up in Heaven.

It Will Not End Until No One Is Left!

In all honesty, there simply are no new words to add to what has been described and reported in Gaza. Each day more die. Each day more buildings are destroyed. Each day more tunnels are blasted to pieces. Each day rockets and shells explode. Following is the latest list:

64 dead Israeli soldiers— 1418 dead Palestinians — 3196 Israel shells into Gaza — 2842 rockets fired into Israel by Hamas

The only certainty in this fighting is that by tomorrow these figures will be higher. Each day hate and anger grow more intense. One thing is very clear, this fighting has created a new generation of Palestinians and Jews who are determined not to live in peace with one another. Both sides have become convinced the other is, and will always be, the other. Any prior work to construct bonds of friendship is now over. Both sides will continue to fight. Hamas has a special problem– no Arab nation is ready to supply weapons or economic aid. Egypt is working closely with Israel to destroy Hamas. The people of Gaza have been abandoned.

Who knows, perhaps on some future day in this unhappy region the last person will die and the entire area will be devoid of any human life. I assume on that day this last survivor will have a look of joy and happiness knowing he is the LAST survivor and with his death peace finally returns to the region! I assume he will go to his death with a feeling of triumph because HIS side had the last man standing!

Game Of Death Enters Extra Innings!

Let me make clear the views of this blog concerning war in Gaza.

1. No nation can allow rockets from any source to land on its soil. That is a given.

2. No nation or group can place the lives of civilians at risk if it can in any way be avoided.

We begin with the above premises. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu raises a key issue when saying, “Following Hamas’ incessant rocket fire ..which was agreed upon for the welfare of the civilian population of Gaza, the IDF will now resume its aerial, naval and ground activities in the Gaza Strip.” The Israel prime minister is raising a key point, but he also fails to raise other key points.

1. Israel shells and missiles ARE killing the innocent. Which, if any, steps can be taken to reduce this situation?

2. Are there other political steps which can be taken that would lessen the influence of Hamas among Palestinians?

I am not a military expert, but certainly steps could be taken to reduce(note, I say, “reduce,” not “end.”) the killing of civilians. Netanyahu has a responsibility to those civilians just as he has a responsibility for his fighting men. Throughout the history of this human race, the innocent have always died in wars. All one can do is REDUCE the numbers of innocent people who die.

Political: This is my main complaint about Prime Minister Netanyahu. His failure to engage in meaningful negotiations with President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority set the stage for growth of power in Gaza of Hamas.(Actually, there is now considerable evidence if an honest election was held in Gaza, Hamas would lose it). So, what can Prime Minister Netanyahu do at this moment?

1. Announce a freeze on any construction of new settlements on the West Bank.

2. Announce that Israel recognizes creation of a Palestinian nation.

3. Urge creation of a Middle Eastern “Marshall Plan” funded by the regions’ oil states and Israel which would be used to improve living standards within Palestine, Egypt and Syria.

4. Announce that eastern Jerusalem could become the capital of Palestine.

5. Agree to discussions concerning the ongoing refugee problem. Israel has a legitimate right to note over 700,000 Jewish refugees had to flee Arab nations. There are both a Palestinian refugee issue and a Jewish refugee issue. Thus, there is a basis for compromise.

NEGOTIATE IN GOOD FAITH. That is the best way to reduce power of Hamas!

John Kerry Wanded

These days Secretary of State John Kerry never gets an opportunity to sleep in his own bed, let alone work in his own office since he is on the go working to reduce violence in the Middle East or in the Ukraine. One suspects he has lost track of time and place. A few days ago, our Secretary of State found himself in Cairo at the airport since he was visiting President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi on the ever required need to get an Egyptian leader to address issues of democracy in his own nation. Kerry was halted by security guards who proceeded to inspect his body with their wands. I assume they were worried about this tall, lanky man who did not speak Egyptian and was on his way to see the president of their nation. The hand held electronic device finally obtained evidence that a Mr. Kerry was NOT a terrorist and could proceed.

The Egyptian government insisted it was perfectly normal to wand a visiting American Secretary of State. After all, former Egyptian Foreign Minister, Nabal Fahmy was wanted at Kennedy air port. Oh well, a new crisis. We have now introduced the “wand” issue. Who should or should not be wanted? Another day, another foreign policy issue. Such is life in the Middle East.

A Woman’s Life In Tehran

Over thirty years have passed since Islamic militants seized power in Iran and deposed of secular leaders who mistakenly thought ending the rule of a Shah would result in creation of a democratic society. For thirty years, educated Iranians have struggled to maintain their individuality while inhabiting a society in which old men with beards decided what young men with or without did or did not do. In a recent article published in the New Statesman, the life of a upper middle class girl was described. She attends a university which gains her access to people of divergent ideas, and it is rather easy to obtain videos depicting sex as well as the same movies that are shown in Western nations. “Tahmineh” told a reporter that, although raised in a conservative family which forces her to wear an all-encompasing black chador, she still drinks alcohol, and attends parties with her university friends. “I first hand anal sex when I was 21. Of course, I want to have proper sex, but until I know for sure that my boy friend wants to get married, I can’t engage in proper sex.” She makes clear that many of her friends are “allowed to hang out with boys, but are still expected to be virgins so they all have anal sex instead.”

Those with wealth, those who have access to a university have access to the latest Western fashions and ideas. She attends parties at which alcohol is served, people kiss, people discuss ideas that are contrary to those of Iranian leaders. Tahmnineh, in many aspects enjoys the life of a modern Western female, except for the emphasis upon anal sex. She also is aware than in Tehran which has 12,000,000 people there are at least 300,000 “special girls.” In plain English, this means there are 300,000 prostitutes allowed to work and earn a living by the conservative government. The reporter discovered there are thousands of girls from supposedly conservative families who now work in Tehran, earn money and live apart from their families.

The question whose answer is still unknown is what happens to Iranian youth who will continue to have access to Western ideas? At which point will they rebel? Or will they?

Muslims Kill Muslims, Jews Kill Muslims, Who Doesn’t?

Future generations will look back on 2014 with wonder. Throughout Africa and the Middle East thousands of Muslims are engaged in the process of murdering other Muslims while leadership of Muslim societies remains remarkably silent about this carnage. In Nigeria, the nut case Boko Haram continues to sweep into Muslim villages, and either murder every Muslim in sight or they kill the men and gather up women to be used as sex slaves. Has anyone seen a single outburst in any Muslim nation about this murder of Muslims? Oh, in Pakistan a mob went wild and murdered three Muslims because they were not the right kind of Muslim. Just about every day in Iraq, hundreds are shot to death by fellow Muslims, but silence reigns from al-Ahram university. Where are Muslim clerics like Christian Martin Luther King who risked his life in order to aid fellow black Christians? Syria is a monstrosity of murder by Muslims against Muslims and no leader in any Muslim society rises to seek the end of this slaughter of Muslims. According to Muslim columnist, Harron Siddiqui: “Muslims are being killed by fellow Muslims in Syria, Iraq, Pakistan and Nigeria in far greater numbers(than those in Gaza). Muslim blood is cheap.

Perhaps, the lack of an outraged response from Muslim leaders throughout the world enables the Israel government to continue its policy of wiping out Hamas. Ironically, killing 1500 Muslims in Gaza is much fewer than have been killed in Iraq or Syria on any week of the year. I guess Mr. Siddiqui is right-Muslim blood is cheap. If this carnage is to end, it should begin with organization of Muslim clerics who would march into Syria or Iraq or into Gaza and demand a ceasefire in the killing of Muslims. If they do not take action, then who will?

So, What Comes Later?

I thoroughly agree with the concept that a nation has the right to defend its territorial integrity. I agree that a nation has the right to wipe out any groups seeking to cause it harm. I agree that Israel has the right to make certain no bombs are headed for its people. Frankly, any nation in the world would take action to halt such violence against its territory. The government of Israel made clear “when a ceasefire proposal that answers Israel’s important needs is laid on the table, it will be considered.” Even as he spoke Israel tanks were blasting away at civilians seeking refuge in a UN school. Let me examine the Israel statement.

1. What are Israel’s “needs?”

2. What does “consider” mean?

3. What comes after the conclusion of the war in Gaza?

It is quite clear that Israel’s “needs” entail an end to bombs entering its nation. Hopefully, “consider” means address ALL issues linked to the fighting in Gaza. To simply respond to the need for an end of bombs is not enough because ceasing at that point any meaningful discussions does not address the issue of “what comes after conclusion of the war in Gaza?” Unless this issue is addressed in a “meaningful manner” a few years from now there will be more bombs and within a year there will be suicide bombers blasting away in Israel. Does anyone in the Israel government actually believe that this war has not created a new generation of suicide bombers! They are now teens and within a few years they will be ready and willing to die for Allah by killing Jews.

So, what must be done–NOW!

1. An end to further West Bank settlements.

2. Consolidation of all West Bank settlements into an area of the West Bank not to exceed 5% of the land.

3. Recognition of the new state of Palestine.

4. The right of Palestinians to have its capital in east Jerusalem.

5. Creation of a new “Marshall Plan” for the region whose aim is stimulating the economies of Palestine, Egypt and Jordan, along with that of Israel.

Get youth into meaningful education and jobs if one seeks to avoid suicide bombers!

Confederacy Still Alive-Only In Europe

Modern America retains those who believe fervently in the idea of a separate Confederate nation. During the year, at some point or another, they hold celebrations about their beloved Confederacy and pretend they are in a battle. These mock battles invariably result in victory for the forces of slavery. Ironically, many separatist and neo-Nazi groups in Europe have taken up the star and bar flag of the Confederacy as these people fight for the right to be bigots. Ukrainian separatists have displayed the Confederate flag–along with that of Texas! I wonder if Governor Rick Perry will fly to Donetsk and stand with his fellow believers in secession and war against democracies. After all, Rick can handle children, why can’t he handle the Ukrainian army? The amazing aspect of this fascination with Nazi flags and flags for those who fight to retain slavery is that grandparents of separatists were murdered by Nazis!! How can a grandchild believe those who brutally killed their grandparents is someone to admire? I assume for this group, Adolf Hitler is a man of courage who fought for human rights!

Alexander Hug, who is deputy head of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe(OSCE) has been attempting to investigate the crash site of the downed Malaysian plane. As he commented: “an airplane crashes over a war zone, totally innocent vacationers fall from the sky, and access is prevented.” The reason is clear. Russia, which lost twenty-five million to Nazis during World War II now insists those who did the killing are heroes of Mother Russia. Russian TV Channel One was reporting that Western sources were preventing access to the crash site. Such is life in Putin Russia.

Does Israel Get A Free Pass From Media?

The current events between Israel and Palestinians is raising new questions concerning whether or not Israel gets a free pass from the American media. For example, when Palestinians murder innocent Israelis the media refer to them as “terrorists.” When Palestinians riot and throw stones at police, they are guilty of “violence.” When West Bank Jewish settlers destroy vines and other farm products of Palestinian farmers, the event never makes it to the media. Three Israeli youth just murdered an innocent Muslim teen, but it is doubtful if any newspaper in America will term them as TERRORISTS nor will their actions fall into the category of terrorism. If a Hamas spokesperson shouts hatred of Jews, it is reported as an example of stirring up violence. If Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promises revenge, promises to kill every person connected with the horrendous crime, the American media does not explore how such words will stir up anger and possibly lead to violence against the innocent.

A cousin of Mohammad Abu Khdeir was visiting his relatives. He was in a demonstration and soon found himself on the ground being held down by Israel police who proceeded to beat up the boy. He is a slightly built teen who can readily be handled by a single Israel policeman. Jodi Rudoren, head of the New York Times Jerusalem Bureau reported statements from an Israeli police spokesperson. He insisted the video which depicts the beating was “edited and biased.” Fair enough. Why didn’t Ms. Rudoren then ask him:

1. If the boy is being held down by police, why the need to beat him up?
2. How can a slightly built teen put up a fight against burly cops?

Prime Minister Netanyahu is responsible for his statements which urged revenge. Is it surprising that some Israel teens took him up on his promise by murdering an innocent child?