Category Archives: Europe

Tides Of Hate Sweep Over France

The people of France and the world have yet to recover from the horror of Islamic terrorists who murdered some cartoonists who committed the horrible crime of drawing the “wrong” pictures, but events in France now make clear that Muslims have the capacity to control the politics of Christians and Jews in France. Latest polls reveal that the right wing Marine Le Pen’s party has risen to the point where she now threatens to become the largest political force in France. Who is Miss Le Pen? Her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen years ago was a fanatical anti-Semite who denied there ever was a Holocaust, and blamed any and all problems in his nation on immigrant from North Africa. He was generally regarded as a nuisance extremist who obtained about 5% of the vote of those who hate. His daughter has revised the party and now agrees there was a Holocaust. She even has reached out to French Jews arguing that Muslims ARE the enemy of their nation.

Marine Le Pen’s rise in polls simply reflects the power of hate in the modern world. Her supporters would go by the name of Tea Party in America. They argue that getting rid of immigrants IS the problem of modern times. Of course, those immigrants are the ones who do the dirty jobs of society. Hopefully, her surge in votes is temporary and sanity will return to the French people. Then again, we Americans continue to be insane by voting for Tea Party haters.

Greeks Gamble On Standing Up To EU

The country of Greece is a living example of what would have occurred in the United States of America if either John McCain or Mitt Romney had become President of the United States of America. The European Union has approached the problem of a recession by insisting that its members cut and cut and cut government services and pay off debts immediately. Greece owes billions and has been forced to devote its economic efforts to austerity actions. The result is a sharp decline in the economy, millions of people without jobs and a lack of decent services to meet the needs of those without. German leader Angela Merkel has warned the people of Greece they must pay their debts and should not elect anyone as a prime minister who fails to understand the primary need in Greece is to cut, cut expenses. Well, the people of Greece have defied warnings and elected Alexis Tsipras as their prime minister.

Mr. Tsipras has one goal in mind: give Greece a break, allow it to restore government services and reduce its debt payments. He wants to expand government services, get people back to work and hold off on austere measures until there is money in the pockets of the people. In other words, he wants the opposite of what Republicans demand in America, reduce government expenses and just allow our beloved wealthy folk to prosper and eventually the money will trickle down to those on the bottom. It has NOT happened in Greece anymore than it has happened in the US.

Anyway, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has promised not to wear a tie until he gets a debt reduction deal with the European Union!

YES, Islamophobia DOES EXIST!

Turkish President Recep Erdogan made clear to those attending the Organization of Islamic Cooperation that Muslims DO confront a world in which being a member of the Muslim religion ensures that leaders of western nations will blame them for all problems in the world. “We want our friends in the West to see that Islamophobia has become a serious problem.” No honest person can disagree with this comment. People in the Christian West insist that Muslims are violent. This belief is from members of the Christian religion whose German people murdered over TWENTY FIVE MILLION PEOPLE DURING WORLD WAR II! And, Christians claim that Muslims are violent! Oh, I forgot that Muslims killed three thousand on 9/11. And, some Muslims have beheaded a dozen people. FACTS prove that Christians are the most violent people in the world. I can just hear someone arguing those Christians existed sixty years ago. Add up all those murdered by Muslims and they do not equal the 30,000 Americans killed by guns last year.

Erdogan went on to warn fellow Muslims they must rethink their behaviors. “When the Muslim world remains silent and every sect stands behind their own sympathizers, others are stepping in, terrorists and modern Lawrences.” He was referring to Lawrence of Arabia. I ordinarily blast the behavior of budding dictator, Recep Erdogan, but this is a refreshing honest comment on his part.

Enough with blaming ALL Muslims for the actions of SOME Muslims!

Why Islamophobia?

I am now 84 years old and during my existence on this planet have been compelled to endure fear of many forms of evil. As a child I had nightmares of Christian Nazis who would come to America and murder this little Jewish boy. Then came the Russian Communists who soon were followed by the North Korean and Chinese Communists. In all honesty, I never feared any Muslims, after all they had not murdered six million Jews as had European Nazis. So, today, I am told to fear Muslims since they are out to murder and kill. Actually, if one added up all the humans killed by Muslims since 2001 that total would be less than the number of people killed in one week by Russian or Chinese Communists.

So, why this wild fear of Muslims?

1. Muslim youth in Europe are trapped in poor paying jobs that offer no dream of a good life.

2. Too many Muslims are living in ghettoes where they live in slums and lack contact with non-Muslims.

3. Muslims wind up doing the dirty jobs of European societies.

4. Muslims are not attending integrated schools. Then again, European schools have done a terrible job of aiding Muslim students succeed.

5. Muslim imams have failed to teach the meaning of their religion. They have allowed imams of hate to take over the religious education of youth.

6. Throw in social media which makes hate easier to spread.

7. And, definitely add the name of George Bush, Don Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney to the list of those who help create terror groups. P

Put these factors together and one winds up with hate, violence and fear.

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.

Ukraine Just Wants Peace

In a recent interview with Der Spiegel, Arsenly Yatsenyuk, head of Ukraine discussed his nations conflict with Vladimir Putin. As he pointed out, “the European Union is always playing by the rules.(but) Putin plays with the rules.” Unfortunately, Ukraine is so close to Russia and so far from God or Western Europe. Make a long spit from Ukraine and you have hit the land of Russia. The Ukraine leader is a realist. “A military solution would not be the best solution to deter Russia from further aggression.” Ukraine’s reality is that Vladimir Putin has one thought in mind. “His survival depends on land grabs of foreign territories. He need new annexations.” For some reason, the people of Russia are anxious for more land grabs because it restores their pride in being a “great nation.”

Ukraine is going to build a 1,243 mile wall on the border of Russia. Sorry, this is not a good idea. The solution lies with being firm, developing the economy of his nation, getting people back to work. Those regions which of his land which so love Mother Russia will sing a new tune if people in Ukraine are living in a modern economy. “The European Union remains our dream.” So, work for that dream and don’t waste money on walls.

Some Germans Fear Those Muslims!

As I recall from my childhood, during the 1930s a prevalent fear within Germany was about all those Jews and people from eastern Europe who represented an illness that threatened the health of people in Western Europe, particularly those in Germany. Poor Adolf had to spend his waking hours figuring out ways to prevent the “vermin” and decadent hordes seeking to enter Germany get a foothold. At least today, most Germans are not worried about them Jews or east Europeans. Today, thank God, they have a new fear of having the blood of Germans be polluted by filth. People from Africa and the Middle East are seeking to escape from war and poverty and are willing to do the dirt jobs in Western Europe.

Felix Menzel, age 29, is really worried, not only for his fellow Germans, but for all of Europe. “I see a serious threat coming our way from outside Europe. I feel especially pessimistic about the overpopulation of Africa and Asia. And, I believe that what is unfolding in Iraq and Syria at the moment is a clear harbinger of the first global civil war.” Poor Felix is worried about “Europe’ weakening soul.” I do feel for Felix. Then again, if these vermin don’t come to Germany, who picks up the trash and works their butts off in dirty filthy jobs? Hey, Felix, why not get a job hauling trash and in that way prevent one of these dirty people from working in your beautiful nation?

No News In Israel

If there is one certainty in the year, 2015, it is that Israel leaders and Palestinian leaders will not be meeting in order to finally resolve issues pertaining to the creation of a lasting peace in this region of the Middle East. The enduring word that depicts this conflict is: FRUSTRATION. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu intends to approach the upcoming election in Israel as the Macho Man who does not budge an inch in defending the rights of Israeli settlers to take over land they believe was given to them by GOD. Now, how can one argue against the old man up in the sky? He definitely told the people of the old book, they could take any and all land they desired. Of course, it is clear that God has no interest in the people of Palestine.

President Abbas who heads the Palestine Authority is also -FRUSTRATED. So, he has decided to go to the International Criminal Court seeking their power to protect the rights of Palestinians. Naturally, any sane person knows such action is a vivid example of—TERRORISM! Imagine, going to a court of law and having it decide-whether or not Israel can take over land that belongs to the people of Palestine. What next, a discussion in the United Nations? These are direct examples of TERRORISM! God bless Bibi Netanyahu for refusing to allow TERRORISTS to impose their will upon the Middle East.

Happy New Year For Vladimir??

It was fourteen years ago on New Years eve, 1999, that President Boris Yeltsin of Russia turned over power to a former KGB agent named, Vladimir Putin. Little did he know that his protege had big ideas about what should occur in Russia. Boris still lived in the shadow of Communist Soviet Union and hoped that both Gorbachev and he represented a new spirit for the Russian people that would lead the nation into an era of cooperation with the European Union and the United States. They felt it was time to end the Cold War and initiate an era of Warm feelings and cooperation with the world. Putin arrived, and so did a group of oligarchs who plundered Russia of its riches on the road to wealth and power. Putin worked with these men including many who were his cronies from the old days of the secret police. Since then, a portion of the population has enjoyed the good life, but only a portion, the majority of people have more access to wealth, but each year they fall further and further into poverty and despair.

Gleb Pavlovsky, a political commentator in Russia raises several issues confronting the nation. “The question is not whether Putin stays on, but whether the horse survives. he has no plan.”He promised to protect freedoms of speech, conscience, the media and property. In those early days he assured the people of Russia they would enjoy the “fundamental rights of a civilized society.” Unfortunately, they now enjoy the rights of a totalitarian society. What next for Mother Russia?

Young Americans Not “In” History

I am the child of immigrants who made the long voyage from eastern Europe and arrived in the promised land of America. In 1914, ONE OUT OF FOUR AMERICANS WAS AN IMMIGRANT! To be an immigrant of the child of one makes the individual conscious of what is America and the importance of learning about the history of this nation. Actually, I wound up writing a history of the United States of America. I have taught about one thousand teachers who became Social Studies educators. I am most amazed these days how those under the age of 35 lack a sense of the history of this country. They lack a desire to be “in” the history of this land and stand apart lacking a sense of how one is connected to the past. Those who are immigrants, yes, the “illegals,” are much more conscious as to why one desires to live in America and how becoming a citizen is a wondrous event. To be “in” history is to possess an emotional attachment to the promised land of America.

I am NOT referring to learning facts and figures about the past. To be “in” history is to gain an awareness of how the values and ideas of this nation, with all its tragic faults such as slavery and murder of Indians, require a commitment that each and every person in this land enjoy its prosperity. To be “in” history is to be conscious of one’s responsibility to fellow Americans. In other words, to be the exact opposite of ideas spouted by Republicans who believe the story of America is that of those with wealth. The story of America is how individuals worked with their hands and hearts to create a society in which those lacking wealth could work their way up the ladder of prosperity.

As an American my responsibility is to all other Americans. We are brothers and sisters, we are not enemies. And, I classify as “American” all those who reside within its borders, regardless of whether a citizen or not.