Category Archives: Asia

New Style Taliban

It is a common event in human history for violent groups to evolve from their terrorist backgrounds into a more moderate status. In Bakakhshan province in Afghanistan a new style Taliban has become to emerge that is fundamentally different from Taliban groups elsewhere in the country. Many of these Taliban men have now accepted some of the pleasures of modern life. They allow young girls to go to school. They enjoy watching television and dancing to music. They regard beheading enemies to be a violation of the Koran and the meaning of the Muslim religion. Just imagine, members of Taliban dancing and singing. What next, to sing and dance with WOMEN!

This group of Taliban warriors seek to create a viable economy and establish some form of modern government that is not corrupt. Perhaps, these are Taliban who deserve some contact by the Afghan government which might agree to work with them. Perhaps, it is time to establish modern Taliban groups that want to end war and work for peace at the local level. A heck of a lot better than sending in the drones of destruction.

Obama Speaks Freely

As the leader of a nation, President Barack Obama has to be mindful about what he says in public. He just returned from a trip to India where his goal was to persuade the government of that nation to cooperate with the United States in creating a coalition of Asian nations that can restrict the drive south of China. The government of China desires to establish itself as the power in southeast Asia in order to dominate potential oil fields in the South China Sea. So, what does President Obama express in public: After expressing the idea that India is a beautiful country, he went on to say that “acts of intolerance (in India) that could have shocked Mohandas Mahatma Gandhi” have been common in that nation. He was referring to attacks upon Muslims in India.

Yes, there are attacks upon Muslims in India, yes, there is religious intolerance, but leaders of India are attempting to control such outbursts. India has numerous religions including Christians and Muslims, but it will take time for our concepts of religious freedom to become part of the laws of India. Have some patience.

Oh Dem Muslim Women!

Muslim clerics who seek to become part of the modern world of social media increasingly confront the dilemma that if they can tweet and titter so can every Muslim woman on the planet. An Indonesian cleric, Felix Siauw, devotes hours of his time engaged in tweeting and today has over a million fellow tweeters. He now has around the scorn of thousands of Indonesians who regard his social media comments as rather hypocritical, particularly those that refer to women. Felix tweeted to his tweeters, “these days Muslim women false selfies without shame. There are usually nine frames in one photo with faces and poses that are just– where is the purity of women?”

So, let me get this straight. Here is a MAN who tweets, who sends photos of God knows what, but is concerned that women do exactly what he does. At least they are not tweeting photos of bodies without heads or men and women preparing for death. Indonesian youth are deluging the cleric with their own satirical comments. Good luck.

I Do Understand Murder

There is one certainty in the human experience- today, somewhere and some place in the world someone was killed by someone else on the ground they were not part of the right religion. Those who live in Western nations are the descendants of people who waged religious wars for over two hundred years and in the twentieth century witnessed the murder of six million people who were Jews. Oh, they were murdered by people who regarded themselves as Christians. Oh, the Pope never took any action against such murders. No Catholic who murdered was ever thrown out of the Catholic Church. So, who can be surprised that today it is the turn of Muslims to murder those whose religion does not fit into their religion?

In a town in the south of Pakistan, some men were gathered in a mosque when bombs exploded. Their crime was to be Shia Muslims rather than to be Sunni Muslims. At least forty are dead and dozens are wounded. This is simply another story in the madness that is religion. I assume if there is a God up there, HE has left for another planet.

Kim Jong Un To Visit Russia

If your name is Vladimir Putin these are lonely days of sorrow. No visitors from the West, no one paying any attention to your words of wisdom. Sorry, that is not exactly accurate, if you reside in the modern Soviet Union, oops, sorry again. I meant in the land of Russia the words of wisdom flow from the lips of your great leader just about 24 hours a day. But, for some reason, this man of brilliance and ability is not recognized for his mental prowess else where in the world. OOPs, again. It now appears that the great and wise leader from North Korea, one Kim Jong-un will shortly be heading to Moscow in order to visit his budding friendship with his new buddy. We can expect the following to occur during the visit:

1. Kim Jong-un will be depicted shooting basketballs in order to prove that he is a great athlete.

2. This will necessitate Vladimir Putin to wrestle a bear or at least a monkey.

3. The two men will greet marching soldiers.

4. The two men will sign some document which promises dire things to occur to those in the United States of America.

5. They will eat a heck of a lot of food and drink until they are drunk. After all, they already are drunk with power.

In the end they will announce their friendship. I wonder if Kim Jong-un will get to observe his buddy’s men in Ukraine shooting innocent people?

Obama Now Takes On India!

There definitely is a new kid in town who is ready to take on the world in order to demonstrate that no one can frighten him into silence. President Barack Obama was in India wrapping up some trade agreements when he decided to inform the people of that nation it was time for them to end their war on women. “We know from experience that nations are more successful when their woman are successful.”He mad the point that nations “can’t simply ignore the talents of half of their people.” He also threw in some words about the all too often harassment of women on the streets of India where it is very difficult to convictf rapists. The President insisted that women “should be able to go about the day -to walk the streets or ride the bus, and be treated with dignity.’

For this to occur the police and courts of India have to decide that a rapist belongs in prison, not on the street or riding a bus where they can touch, kidnap and abuse women. The ball is in the court of the government of India.

We Americans have becomes so accustomed to the fear spread by Fox News or Republican leaders about how Barack Obama has failed to halt the spread of Muslim terrorists that we simply forget how safe life is in the good old USA. The people of the Philippines have been living with the reality of Muslim terrorists for over three decades. They thought the problem was solved last year when leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front(MILF) agreed to lay down the arms of 11,000 soldiers in return for extensive local autonomy in the southern area of that country. Sorry Fox News, groups like the MILF actually murder and kill citizens of their nation. However, the the Philippines had failed to kill a top ruthless terrorist named, Zulkifi Abdhir who remained at large planning further bombing attacks. He was responsible years ago for the bombing in Bali that cost the lives of 202 people.

Commandos thought they had trapped this thug while pursuing a group of his followers. For some reason the Commandos ran out of bullets and now thirty are dead. Such is life and death when a nation confronts real terror attacks, not the false ones that are claimed by Fox News. We do not know if Abdhir is dead or wounded, but we do know that 30 commandos are dead.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer samples of headlines from the world press along with our comments.

France, Connexion: “New Donation Problem”

The 1% can only donate one percent of their wealth.

China, China Daily: “Arrest Man For Selling Unclean Pork”

You can’t blame this one on the Jews.

Turkey, Hurriyet: “Agatha Christie In Istanbul”

She was there but she didn’t commit the crime!

Sweden, Local: “Children’s Genital Story Goes Viral”

I will just piss on this story.

Japan, Japan Times: “Creatures From The Unknown”

A great description of the new American Congress.

Karl Marx Was Right!

The demise of the Soviet Union led most people to conclude the ideas of Karl Marx were wrong for the world. A brutal dictatorship which murdered millions of innocent people and stifled any ability of people to inhabit a world of ideas resulted in few accepting the precepts of Karl Marx. First of all, Marx never urged establishment of a leadership that killed members of the working class nor did he urge gulags and death camps for poor people. The society created by Joseph Stalin was NEVER the dream of Karl Marx. Unfortunately, the ideas of Marx were never followed by those who claimed to be his intellectual children. Let’s examine the record of what Karl Marx actually DID say:

1. He forecast that wealthy capitalists would dominate the economic life of society. FACT: The latest count is that 1% of the wealthiest humans have more wealth than the other 99%.

2. He predicted the gradual economic decline of the middle class. This is exactly what is happening in capitalist societies whether they be the United States of America or Greece.

3. He predicted that workers would feel alienated from their daily work. They would cease having pride in what they do. Just ask those working in fast food places or those in a part time job.

4. He predicted that religion would be an opiate that blinds people from reality. Check your daily newspaper or web site for confirmation of what he said.

5. He predicted that wealthy people would control government. Anyone who disagrees?

Karl Marx urged a society in which there was distribution of wealth based upon the principle of “from each according to his ability.” Sounds good to me!

Fights I Would Love To Observe

The other day while having a cup of coffee my mind wandered into fantasy and I pondered fights that I would love to witness.

1. Sarah Palin vis Vladimir Putin in a wrestling match.

2. John Boehner vs Mitch McConnell is a fight over which one can utter the most platitudes.

3. Ted Cruz vs Rush Limbaugh in a contest as to who can shit the most.

4. Marco Rubio vs any Castro brother in speeches as to who best loves Cuba.

5. Fox News commentators vs a machine that contains factual information.

6. Pope Francis vs a right wing Cardinal in a praying duel as to who best represents what God desires.

7. Harvad law student Barack Obama vs an old fashioned political boss debating how to reach the average American.

8. ISIS vs al-Qaeda in a shooting match for who is the best terrorist.