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US Never Had Middle Eastern Foreign Policy

The foreign policy tragedy of the Obama administration is that it never developed a foreign policy for the Middle East. Symbolically the comment by President Obama as to his policy toward ISIS was, ” I do not have a strategy.” His problems in the Middle East began years before that statement. Does he even today have a Middle East foreign policy. In fairness, he inherited a mess from President Bush, and never figured out what he wanted to accomplish in this region of the world. Examine the reality of the Middle East.

1. The most important military centers are in Turkey, Egypt, Iran, and Algeria. Only these nations have armies.

2. Poverty is the most important driving force in this region.

3. Well educated young people lack work. This results in them winding up working with jihadist groups.

4. The unresolved problem of Palestinians hovers over the region. It is a source of anger and violence.

5. President Assad was a wild card who hated militants of the Muslim religion.

At no point did the Obama administration:

1. Address the economic realities of this area of the world. Economic aid was crucial. NO “Marshall Plan” was ever offered to the region.

2. Some form of military alliance between Turkey, Egypt and Algeria might have created an armed force that could handle militants.

3. The issue of Israel HAD to be addressed. It never was.

In other words, a Mediterranean Marshall Plan just might have won over young educated Muslims in the region. The key element of the original Marshall Plan was -no money without cooperation between nations seeking funds.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

France, Connexion: “French, A Language Of Love”

L’amour, toujours!

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “No Hard Feelings”

These words will never pass the lips of John Boehner when speaking with Obama.

Australia, Canberra Times: “Jihadists Banned From UK For Two Years”

After that, please engage in jihadist actions.

UK Guardian: “Why Mosquitoes Bite Humans”

Who would turn down free blood?

Russia, Moscow Times: “McDonald’s Reopens In Moscow”

Was there a bare chested man who was first on line?

It’s China’s Turn To Be Feared And Hated

There is something about human history that always winds up being true. Catch your breath, wait a few years, and a new powerful nation will wind up being hated and feared. Whether it is France or Egypt or Germany of America, there is always a new power on the scene which makes other nations angry and their hearts filled with fear. Satellite photos reveal that China is building an island on a reef in the disputed Spratly islands which will soon be able to handle planes as well as ships. This area is claimed by Vietnam, the Philippines, and Taiwan. Why is everyone interested in the Spratly islands in the South China Sea? One word is the answer: OIL.

Always follow the oil and you will wind up with a nation that creates fear. Remember the days when Saudi Arabia could threaten the world by increasing or decreasing their output of Oil? China is simply the new bully on the block. Former enemies like the US and Vietnam are now allies in the fight to prevent China from controlling oil in the area. The circle of power goes round and round, and some nation emerges for the new bad guy.

Catholic Crazies Also Exist

It has become the norm in America to believe that only Muslims engage in horrible warfare against the innocent. Even liberals like Bill Maher are convinced there is something special in the Muslim religion that leads to brutal murder of the innocent. Elena Poniatavska, a Mexican novelist and journalist wrote a powerful essay in which she expressed her horror at the murder of 43 innocent college students by police and drug lords who decided that killing was the only solution. “To hear that 43 young people were assassinated and then burned in a municipal garbage dump;s, as if the kids were trash or crap is offensive. As a Mexican, I am ashamed by this tragedy. How can we face the world after this?”

Yes, there is something extra horrible after these murders. She is particularly upset at the calm attitude of the killers, who murdered without any sense of anger toward the students. She compared this brutality to German (Christians) at Auschwitz. When Christians commit brutality, we Americans insist that Muslim murders are more brutal. Death of the innocent is not the monopoly of any religion. Is yoiu want to murder, you are simply a human.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 24 year old mind trapped in an 84 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

In my childhood I ate what mom set upon the table.

I miss standing in line for cheap tickets to New York Giant football games.

Study the past in order to understand your future.

Children love studying menus.

I am grateful for what I have and do not worry about what I do not have.

The noise of war these days overwhelms the silence of peace.

In any group, people pair off.

I do not gamble with Death.

One should never abandon the sense of humor.

Some slip one leg under body, I cannot.

So, Who Are The Violent Folk In Israel?

Anyone who has studied the history of the Middle East since the creation of the state of Israel is quite aware that during the past sixty odd years, Arab nations have repeatedly muffed opportunity after opportunity to resolve their conflict with Israel on reasonable terms. Of course, there also have been groups in Israel which have no desire for peace with Palestinians unless their opponents completely accept their ideas. There is no doubt Palestinians have resorted to violence in order to end their conflict with Israel. I regret to inform those supporting the state of Israel, that violence has also been a weapon of that government. Homes of Palestinians have been blown up, campaigns in Gaza resulted in the death of thousands of Palestinians along with the death of dozens of Israelis. Neither side can bask in the glory of always being on the side of peace.

Two Palestinians brutally murdered four rabbis in a synagogue. Of course, twenty years ago a Jew entered a mosque and machined gunned to death over twenty Muslims engaged in the act or prayer. That person today is regarded as a “hero” by some Israelis. When it comes to “violence” each side has a case to be made that their opponents are violent people. The Israel Shin Bet secret service claims there is a plot to murder Avigdor Lieberman. I do not doubt the existence of such a plot. He is a controversial individual and has angered Palestinians by his violent words of anger toward them.

The time has come to cease arguing as to which side is, “violent,” and get down to the issue of how to end VIOLENCE! This would require patience, and lots of compromise on the part of both sides.

Turkey Charges US Acts Turkey

President Recep Erdogan was to last year the prime minister of Turkey, but decided he preferred the role of president in order to pursue his dreams of making Turkey the number one nation in the Middle East. HIs Justice and Development Party assumed power over ten years ago, and ended military rule of the nation. Of course, in pursuit of that goal he has increasingly demonstrated an authoritarian attitude and does not enjoy having anyone contradict his views regarding what is necessary. Vice President Joe Biden has flown to Turkey in an attempt to resolve issues in conflict.

1. Erdogan believes the war against Kurds is THE most important issue in the Middle East.

2. Erdogan believes that if President Bashar al-Assad was removed as head of Syria, then peace and prosperity would return to the Middle East.

3. Erdogan is not impressed with the power of ISIS which he considers a lesser threat than the Kurds.

4. Turkey is allegedly a partner in NATO, but he ignores this body in the Middle East.

5. Erdogan does not like anyone contradicting his ideas, that is why more reporters are in jail in Turkey than in any other nation.

6. Erdogan has refused to work with Greece and Cyprus about issues of oil and gas in the Mediterranean.

Joe, good luck. You will need it when with President Erdogan. He will make Mitch and John and Ted come across as reasonable folks!

No Dark Days For Russia

Vladimir Putin regards himself as the world’s leader in fighting against the forces of multiculturalism since when a nation that regards itself as a bastion of whiteness allows those of other shades of skin to reside within their midst, what else is the prospect other than racial disorder? He is the man on guard at the bridge of whiteness standing tall with a machine gun ready to blast away at any dark skinned person seeking to cross over into the beloved white land of Mother Russia. Let me makes clear that Mother Russia only had white kids, even in far off Siberia.

Putin informed the world about the greatest menace to European civilization. “In the modern world, extremism is being used as a geopolitical instrument and for remaking spheres of influence. We see that the tragic consequences, the wave of so called color revolutions led to. For us, this is a lesson and warning. We must do everything necessary so that nothing like that ever happens in Russia.” In other words, if your skin is black, stay out of White Russia!

North Korea May Go Nuclear

North Korean leader Kim Jong un is rather upset. He has gone without any access to NBA players for months, and he has acquired a limp that makes shooting basketball rather difficult. The UN issued a report about the violation of human rights in North Korea, and this sort of comment about his leadership just got the pudgy little man a bit upset. Satellite photos reveal the firing up at a facility that had been working on nuclear weapons. In 2007, North Korea agreed to halt work at Yongbyon in return for food. After all, if one devotes most money to creating bombs, how much is left over to get food for your people? Anyway, the world has hurt Kim Jong un’s feelings. We suggest:

1. Send an NBA team to play basketball games in North Korea.

2. Allow Kim Jong un to be photoed making layups against the NBA players.

3. Send in a circus which would fit into the climate of folly that pervades in North Korea.

4. Allow North Korea to field a team in the NBA. That would end any talk about nuclear weapons.

Naturally, the people of North Korea are just too exhausted to attend basketball games.

Finally, Pakistan Deals With Rape Victims

The “nation” of Pakistan over the past sixty years has gradually, but consistently, become a dysfunctional state of anarchy and madness. In its origin there were educated leaders seeking to create a modern secular focused nation that would adhere to the Muslim religion, but also respect people of other faiths. They wanted to create a MODERN nation that would adhere to ideas regarding the role of women in society. Instead of that dream becoming reality, the dream has been transformed into a nightmare of ancient ideas running rampant. During the past eight years in Pakistan, at least 3000 women have been murdered by their relatives because of allegedly “immoral behavior” that violated family “honor.”

Finally, a Pakistani Court has imposed the death sentence upon the family of Farzana Parveen who was brutally murdered by -father, brother, two cousins– because she married the wrong man. This murder took place outside the gates of the Lahore High Court! Imagine this family beating to death their daughter, their sister, their cousin, in broad daylight in the center of a city! The Court imposed a death sentence upon the group of four. They continue insisting the issue is “honor.” How come a man can marry whomever he desires and it never violates family HONOR?