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Israel -Hamas Redeux

During the past few weeks a few million words have been written regarding the current crisis in the Middle East. There are times when words are a weapon of war, unfortunately at this moment, actual weapons of war are in action. The entire issue of conflict between Israel and Middle Eastern nation has been on the world’s agenda for over sixty years. Yes, there have been a few examples of peace such as the agreement between Egypt and Israel or the agreement between Israel and Jordan, but the winds of war continue to blow. There IS a Palestinian government led by President Mahmoud Abbas, and he DOES desire peace between Palestinians and Israel. If we take a step back from the current slaughter of people in Gaza and ask: how did this war get started,? we are left with a degree of uncertainty. Or, are we left with a sense that both Hamas and Israel literally needs a conflict?

Let me make clear there are no innocent parties in this conflict. Hamas leaders are besides themselves with joy as thousands of Gazans are wounded and hundreds are killed. The more innocent people die in Gaza, the more Hamas leaders can seek more money, more support, and more arms from outside groups. The leaders of Hamas are trapped in a vicious cycle of war and death. They lack any political plan for the future of Palestinians other than war and death. If war halted tomorrow in Gaza, what would Hamas leaders do? The answer is simple-build new tunnels!

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also lacks a plan for the future other than build new settlements in the West Bank. Reality check: What if the Palestinian Authority unilaterally disbanded and told Israel that it is now in charge of all Palestinians? That would result in an Israel in which at least 30% of the population was Muslim or Christian. Since these groups have a higher birth rate it means by 2050, Jews are the minority in Israel. This IS REALITY. So, what is the response of Netanyahu-invade, kill, destroy tunnels. One Israel bomb hit a family of 25, at least 18 children died.

Eventually, fighting will cease. Death will take a temporary holiday. Eventually, hundreds of children will die. But, Prime Minister Netanyahu continues to refuse accepting reality. The ONLY hope for a peaceful Israel is negotiating with President Abbas. Negotiating requires COMPROMISE. And, in Israel that means desires of the state of Israel take precedence over the desires of West Bank settlers.

What Can Be Done In Ukraine?

Rebel separatists in Ukraine just shot down two Ukrainian jet planes with their guided missiles. It is now quite clear these crazy people have not got the message of a cease fire. Silence reigns from Moscow at the news. This means President Putin has received the message of no more guided missiles but prefers to ignore it. So, what is left for the world?

1. Raising the level to new heights of sanctions against Russia.

2. The United States to announce it will supply oil to any European nation which agrees to support sanctions.

3. A ban on any person from the US or supporting European nations to visit Russia.

4. A ban on allowing exports from Russia to enter nations.

5. A ban on exports to Russia.

One is tempted to urge sending NATO planes into Ukraine to bomb missile sites, but that is too risky. However, in simple English, quarantine Russia. Putin must confront the fact he is NOT boss of the world.

My Spy Is Your Spy!

During the past five years this blog has offered defense to the Obama administration, given the virulent hatred emanating from members of the Republican party and media. Fox News has been on a campaign of hatred against any and all members of the Democratic party. BUT, President Obama must accept some responsibility for his incredible ability to create problems for no other reason than he regards himself as a defender of truth which requires violation of human rights–in the name of NATIONAL SECURITY. Hacking the phone of OUR ALLY GERMANY’S CHANCELLOR MERKEL makes NO sense other than if one allows our spy agencies to do anything without supervision, they will blunder along. The CIA station chief in Berlin has been ordered out of Germany. Every effort on the part of the German government to obtain a “no spy” agreement with the President has been ignored. Gee, Barack, you have gone from being an admired person in German to one who is detested for violating the rights of YOUR ALLY!

There simply is no explanation of this incredible stupidity. Why would any sane, intelligent leader, turn down a request from HIS ALLY for a ‘no spy’ agreement? After creating a crisis over nothing, the President is now willing to discuss this topic with German officials. I suspect the dying words of Barack Obama will be: “NATIONAL SECURITY, NATIONAL SECURITY.”

When will President Obama cease creating problems? All he does is provide ammunition for Fox News to blast him.

Kill In Civilized Manner

A shell, that is right, A shell from Ukrainian artillery fell upon the sacred land of Russia. THE shell resulted in the death of A WOMAN. Ordinarily, in the current manner of killing in this wonderful Earth, the death of A person results in the same amount of interest as would being told Republicans in Congress refused to pass a law that raised minimum wages. So, what is news? Anyway, the shell came from Ukraine, and the Ukrainians are not well liked by Russians who interpret any and all signs of seeking to be an independent nation a threat to the national security of Russia. There is talk in Russia of sending in the Army, but President Putin understands that step would result in sanctions to his fellow oligarchs. So, how to handle this situation? Dimitry Bushmin is Deputy Chair of the Russian Federation so it is incumbent upon him to identify a solution to this problem. Voila, he came up with an idea! “The only way to solve this problem is to fight as civilized countries do–the U.S. or the E.U. We have to use precision guided weapons so we could destroy those who launched the shell.”

We have now reached the stage of human development in which killing people is based on “civilized” or “non-civilized” approaches. I suspect Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu regards the Gaza bombing as an example of being “civilized.” For those who die, the last thing on their minds is whether it was the result of a “civilized” shell. Murder is murder.

Words Of Wisdom From The Chairman Of Truth

During the past decade of his life, President Vladimir Putin has not been contradicted by anyone, even when he was prime minister and his stooge, Medevedev was standing in for him as the president. He has known only flunkies who rush to nod their heads in agreement or laugh at his humor attempts or simply lick his boots when he points to them. Thus, the tradgedy of the Malaysian plane ic creating new problems for the Russian leader. Frankly, his flunkies made a blunder by shooting down a civilian plane carrying 298 people headed fro Malaysia. There simply is no way the chairman can brush off this tragedy by blaming “THE WEST” or the east or any nation in the world. This was a 100% Russian made blunder. So, the man who never apologizes, the man who always blames someone for his mistakes, is now compelled to hesitate, to seek compromise, and to avoid bluster and threats.

Puitin informed the world “we must do everything possible to provide seurity for the internationl experts on teh site of the tragedy. In the meantime, nobody should and has no right to use tthis tragedy to achieve their ‘narrowly selfish’ political goals.” I wonder if that applies to what US Secretary of State John Kerry was describing, ‘drunken separatist soldiers unceremoniously piloing bodies into trucks, removing both the bodies, as well as evidendce from the site.”

I have a hunch, the Chairman of Truth is ready to blast some sense into the separatist Ukrainians who made the Boss come across as incompetent.

It’s You, Not Us!

I was recently asked by the Republican National Committee to inform the American people as to the real story about Ukraine. Frankly, it is difficult to imagine that the Obama administration could conduct any aspect of foreign policy with a degree of intelligence. So, examine the situation in the Ukraine which currently is in chaos due to Barack Obama’s mishandling of policy. If you desire confirmation of this statement, please listen to what was told the world by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. He pointed out that Russia wanted to avoid any problems in Ukraine, but Barack Obama prevented peace in the region. According to this objective man, “our American colleagues still prefer to push the Ukraine leadership towards confrontational policies.” If not for American actions to stir up war, there would be peace and harmony between Russia, Ukraine and the European Union.

Once again, we have proof from a neutral nation that Barack Obama just fouls up over and over again. Russia has nothing to do with so-called separatists leaders in eastern Ukraine. I wish the Republican party would make clear in Congress that it is not the fault of Russia for the crisis. Once again, it is Obama, Obama, Hillary Clinton and Benghazi which has caused this conflict. At some future moment I will reveal the Benghazi connection to the Ukraine. Just take my word!

I await a Fox News commentator revealing that Hillary Clinton ordered Ukrainian separatists to blast the plane. Somehow, in some way, as far as Fox News is concerned, events in the Ukraine are simply another Benghazi!

Earth On Hot Streak

There are hot streaks in sport when a player just can’t fail to hit a home run or a team cannot lose a game. There are hot streaks in gambling when one simply continues hitting sevens with dice, roll after roll. There are hot streaks in life when a guy just continues meeting gorgeous gals who desire his body. There are hot streaks in politics when the economy booms, not thanks to you or peace reigns in the world, no thanks to you, and there are hot streaks in poker when I just can’t cease being dealt a royal flush. But, there are also hot streaks in this planet we call, Earth. New figures reveal that Mother Earth had a temperature average of 61.2 F, which means we wonderful Earthians have established a new high for hot temperature. This figure is 1.2 F over the 20th cemtury average!

Wow! If we Earthians can continue on this hot streak, who knows, maybe we can reach a point at which it is the end of all hot streaks? Perhaps, we can get so hot on our hot streak that folks on Venus might wish to hop over to our nice hot planet for a break from those Venusian hot winters? Perhaps, it is time to establish a World Cup for hot streaks? The nation that raises temperatures the highest is awarded with a huge cup filled with the hottest water known to humans?

Guns Of War In East May Boom Louder

There is something ironic that in July, 2014, an incident in eastern Europe has raised prospects of possible war since we are now recalling the summer of 1914 when a minor incident involving the death of an Austrian prince eventually unleashed a war that no one wanted, let alone thought that would occur. The Guns of August, 1914 became reality when foreign ministers of nations did not sit down and discuss peace, but allowed emotions to burst forth with the result that twenty million people died. There is no need for any conflict in Ukraine, it is simply a matter of creating a government which allows for decentralization of power to regions while maintaining major power in the central government. This would satisfy both so called, “separatists” and most Ukrainians. Someone fired a shell into Russia from the Ukraine and the result was death of ONE person! Sound familiar? Death of ONE person results in death of millions! Naturally, the Russian government blames the government of Ukraine for the shell although it is just as likely it was fired by separatists seeking to get Russia involved in the conflict!

The Russian government informed the government of Ukraine “the incident is evidence of a very dangerous escalation of tension in the Russian-UKrainian border and it could have irreversible consequences.” Just remember, these were the same words from the government of Austria-Hungary that resulted in World War I. There are never irreversible consequences–unless someone wants to begin a conflict!

Wither Germany??

I confess. There are times when one is completely shocked by the inept manner in which President Obama conducts foreign policy. How could any intelligent president of the United States of America wind up making our loyal friend and ally, Germany, into an enemy? Well, Barack pulled it off. Chancellor Angela Merkel is now furious. On her recent trip to Washington, the German leader proposed a “no spy arrangement” between the US and Germany in which neither would spy on the other. President Obama REFUSED TO ACCEPT THIS PROPOSAL! Huh? Instead, American spy agencies hired Germans working in German intelligence to spy for them. Just think of it, America was finally learning what its ally, Germany was thinking! There are reports that Merkel is reconsidering her nation’s foreign policy and might reach out to Russia! President Obama simply does not grasp that by embarrassing an ally, one makes it difficult for a German leader to remain popular with the people of Germany. Thomas Oppermann, head of the SPD which is a coalition member of the current government is shocked.

“If it is confirmed that spying activities against the BND(German Intelligence Agency) took place…it will be an unprecedented assault on the parliament and our democratic institutions.” Barack, everyones does not share your madness about National Security, particularly when you spy on your friends. Frankly, this entire episode makes NO sense! How did America reach the point where its friends no longer trust our nation??

Just A Matter Of Time

At this moment that I write there are about 200,000,000 people on this planet who reside in a country that was not their native land. In other words, there are hundreds of millions who fall into the category of being An IMMIGRANT. My parents fled eastern Europe after the end of World War I seeking a place of safety and refuge from war or poverty as well as the vicious anti-Semitism that prevailed in their native lands. As I write, there are at least two million people whose native land is in Syria, but have fled because of war or religious hatred or not particularly enjoying life in Assad Syria. The majority who have fled are Muslims, but there begins the problem–which type of Muslim? Shiite or Sunni or whoever? The overwhelming majority are now in a Muslim nation. Alas, that is where the problem begins. Muslim nations in the Middle East never cease complaining about the evils of Israel, but when it comes to welcoming their fellow Muslims, the end result is anger, discrimination and refusal to offer assistance. No Middle Eastern nation has allowed refugees from Israel-Palestine– to become citizens. So, why should Turks behave any different?

There are over a million Syrians in Turkey whose government has responded to the crisis with care and concern. But, to the average citizen, an immigrant is “not one of us.” Over a thousand people in the province of Kaharmanmares rioted against local Syrian refugees and chanted words of hate and violence. I live in America, the land which is 100% made up of immigrants. Which nation of the world surpasses us in expressions of hate toward immigrants? Turkish demonstrators said immigrants were –criminals– words that flow from Tea Party followers. To be an immigrant is not to be a person who will get a welcome wagon greeting.