Category Archives: Muslims

More Death In Pakistan

I have spent the past few months reading historical works about World War I and the slaughter of over twenty million people. Unlike Bill Maher who believes there is something special about the Muslim religion which leads to ongoing murders and brutality, it is clear to me that no religion has a monopoly on killing the innocent. After all, it was Christians who killed twenty million in World War I and Christians who killed thirty five million in World War II. I hate to inform Bill, but the murderers were from the Christian nation of Germany. I leave out the twenty million murdered in China by people who were not Muslims. So, yesterday the murder parade continued in Pakistan. A young member of the Taliban went to a ceremony at the border of Pakistan and India, and decided to just blow himself up. At least 55 men, women and children died and another 200 were wounded. Heck they has just come to witness at the Wagah crossing into India a performance by Pakistan Rangers.

It is difficult these days to write a blog without reporting death of the innocent. In Africa, both Muslims and Christians are killing one another in west Africa. Here in America the crazies are going to take over our government. What is that about the “advance of civilization?”

Death In Iraq Continues

Another day in Iraq, and another day of death and destruction for members of the Muslim religion. Another day in Iraq, and another day in which foreign jihadists clamor to offer their bodies in the quest to drive out those who oppose the Muslim religion. I sometimes wonder how any person who believes in the Muslim religion can offer his or her services to those who murder fellow Muslims. ISIS has been focusing t he past few days, not on killing Kurds or western forces but on murdering fellow SUNNI Muslims who live in the village of al Bunmir. Over the past two weeks, ISIS soldiers have murdered at least 322 Muslims including men, women and children. The latest episode of this tragedy is lining up 50 men, women and children, shooting them and then dumping their bodies in a well.

I would so enjoy taking with a jihadist and allow him or her to explain why these innocent MUSLIMS must be murdered. Heck, they are not Shiite, but fellow Kurds! This is simple madness. The Muslims who adhere to ISIS have lost any sense of what being a Muslim entails. I DO understand the desire to kill Westerners who have entered their land, but how does one justify murdering fellow Muslims?? I leave it to God to figure this one out.

Days Of Doom Await America

Just about every polling organization reports a surge for members of the Republican party and they will gain control over both houses of our legislature. For some reason, those who inhabit this country are convinced they are living through bad times which are the result of actions by the President and the Democratic Party. Let’s look at the record:

1. We did not experience another Depression, one that originally was created by actions of the Republican party.

2. Obama inherited an unemployment rate of 10%, and today it is closer to 6%.

3. Over fifty million Americans lacked any form of health insurance, and now at least seven million of that group have health care.

4. A few laws have been passed to control Wall Street, not enough, but at least a beginning.

5. Our troops are no longer in Iraq in fighting roles, now only in supportive roles.

6. We soon will be out of Afghanistan.

So, what went wrong?

1. President Obama has failed as a communicator of good news.

2. President Obama has failed in the role of providing Americans with a sense that he is a leader.

3. President Obama has bungled simple issues and transformed them into major “disasters.” Example, the Ebola event. This is a simple case of a disease, and his bungling approach has transformed a non-event into a major disaster.

In other words, blame it on the man from Illinois, and I don’t mean Abraham Lincoln!

Eric Frein, Another Nut Case

I do not have a single doubt that within a year, conservatives in America will be composing songs about the gallant fight of Eric Frein who stood alone in the hills of Pennsylvania fighting his lonely battle against oppressive BIG GOVERNMENT. The elusive Mr. Frein murdered a member of the police, you know, one of those agents who descend from black helicopters seeking to bang down our doors in the quest by Big GOVERNMENT to take away our sacred liberties. Who does not believe that Frein will now be the hero of the National Rifle Association, he is now THE man who fought Big Government. OK, so some police died along the road of his fight for liberty and social justice. It is no mystery that this nation contains men and women who believe they are living in the days of Revolutionary America when decent man took up arms against the oppressive Big Government of England.

He has been captured. He will go on trial. The NRA will be selling pictures of their new hero. Men and women will be wearing tee shirts with his face on them. Welcome to the new hero of America–ERIC FREIN! how did this nation come to the point when a murderer who killed police is now a hero??

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!