Category Archives: Europe

Un-Silent Guns

The past week has definitely enabled Vladimir Putin to enjoy himself. Leaders of France and Germany came begging to him and imploring the man who once was a KGB agent. He so enjoys being in the limelight of power when those who regard themselves as leaders of great nations seek his approval. It is also wonderful that most Russians somehow believe this excuse for a human is a “great” leader of their nation. Yes, the world gets a path to his house and he has the power to allow them to enter or wait outside begging for alms from the man who controls guns and artillery and planes. In theory there is a ceasefire in Ukraine. In theory separatists and Ukrainians have laid down their arms. Of course, the great leader decides what constitutes “peace” and quiet. We can expect further “incidents,” we can expect further deaths of Ukrainian soldiers.

It is the winter of discontent for those in the West who have allowed themselves to be bullied by this person. Can anything be done?

1. Isolate Russia. No travel, no trade.

2. Send defensive weapons to Ukrainians.

3. Allow Ukraine to become a member of NATO.

4. Continue the sanctions.

Ukraine -Maybe Quiet?

I confess that my anger emerges when I read about the murder of thousands in Ukraine. I want the West to stand with Ukraine against the gangster Vladimir Putin. I want arms to be sent to Ukraine and confront the stooges of Vladimir who currently are killing the innocent in that nation. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Hollande decided on a different approach. They have been negotiating with Vladimir Putin to achieve a cease fire in Ukraine. They signed such an agreement. It is NOT a solution. It will not punish those who initiated this conflict. It will NOT stop Putin from constantly causing havoc in the world. But, it does:

1. End the possibility of an armed conflict with Russia.

2. At least for the moment, ends death in Ukraine.

3. It will not please Senator John McCain and those Republicans who want to get some fighting going on.

4. It seeks to avoid the Iraq syndrome of sending in the troops.

So, the world is not perfect. In the meantime, do the best one can.

Turkey Turns Away From Openess

Recep Erdogan is the president of Turkey after spending many years as its prime minister. He began his rise to power with the desire to transform his nation into a modern symbol of what a Muslim society could become in the Middle East. Initially, he worked with Israel and displayed sympathy and understanding of that nation. In fairness to Erdogan, the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went out of its way to antagonize Turkey and even murder some of its citizens who were on a ship heading for Gaza with humanitarian supplies. Gradually, Erdogan has gathered all power in the nation. He has crushed efforts by Turkish students who dare to demand rights to participate in a democratic society. At the same time, Erdogan seeks membership in the European Union. However, his policies of increasing Muslim domination of a society in which at least forty percent are secular Muslims or those of other religions has led him to impose laws that contradict European values.

The latest Erdogan push is to impose increasing Muslim education in public schools. One family in which dad is a Christian and his wife is a Muslim now confronts a problem. Christians and Jews are excused from compulsory religious education, but Turks carry identify cards. They left blank, “religion” on the ground their son should decide at age 18 what to fill in. Now, he must take compulsory Muslim education lectures. Such is the power of Recep Erdogan.

How To Make Money For Bullshit!

I do have a doctorate, and I did take a few psychology classes which apparently qualifies me for a few hundred thousand dollars from the Pentagon. Brenda Connoars is an analyst who works for the Naval War College and she apparently has taken some psychology courses. She was hired at a cost of hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to provide a psychological analysis of Vladimir Putin. She concluded the Russian leader suffers from Asperger Syndrome which is “an autistic disorder that affects of of his decisions. It impacts his ability to socially interact.” He was also the object of bullies as a child. I trust that clearly explains his behavior as a bully.

Each person had problems growing up. We all have stories of being bullied and being a social outcast. Vladimir Putin worked for the KGB which undoubtedly was a greater influence on who he became than being the object of a childhood bully. See, I explained him. Let me tell you where to send the money.

Greece Wants Dough From All

The government tot Greece is very upset at the German government. As you recall, during World War II, German troops occupied Greece and sort of wrecked things and killed people. According to newly elected PrimeM Minister Alexis Tsipras, Germany has a “moral responsibility to pay reparations to our people, to history,to all Europeans who fought and gave their blood against Nazis.” Fair enough:

1. The Greeks under Alexander the Great sort of killed a few people, burned a few towns and thus the people of Iran(formerly Persia) could use a few bucks in return.

2. As you recall, Alexander sort of went through Palestine and Egypt. As a Jew, I am owed a free vacation in Greece in return. Remember that moral obligation.

What ToDo In Ukraine?

As you recall it was just over a decade ago when the American government led by the dynamic trio of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld decided that our very survival as a country was threatened by the presence of
Weapons of Mass Destruction and the only road to peace was the road to war. This nation is now confronted by another possible war, and it has nothing to do with Muslims, and everything to do with terrorists. However, these terrorists are Christians, and they do sort of possess weapons of mass destruction. Separatists in Ukraine are moving into new areas, and behaving as an arm of Russian foreign policy. Senator John McCain and many members of Congress urge President Obama to send in weapons and get this war escalated. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is urging caution and now allowing the conflict to escalate. Most probably, President Obama is sort of confused about what to do.

Whether we like it or not, Soviet (oops, I mean, Russian) leader, Vladimir Putin wants a war. He has no idea how his Ukraine adventure could escalate into a war that might threaten peace in the world. Sorry, Ukraine might have to lose some land. However, the long term prospect is that Putin cannot continue allowing sanctions to be imposed without damaging the lives of Russians. Caution is the best policy. It might not get approval from Fox News, but such is life-and peace!

Send In The Guns And…

There is not a doubt in the world that Senator John McCain loves the USA, the American armed forces, and the right to bear arms not only in America but just about every other place in the world. He wants Congress to pass legislation that sends weapons of destruction to the forces of Ukraine. Yes, the government of Ukraine is under attack by Russia through its proxy “separatists” in Ukraine. Yes, Putin is just dying to show Europe it can not insult the man who is all powerful in Russia. Ukraine needs assistance, but it must be provided with care. Yes, Ukraine must be protected. But, the road to war has problems since Putin needs war in order to convince the people of Russia they are under attack and must allow him to save the nation.

1. Step one is to increase in severity economic sanctions against Russia.

2. There must be an embargo against any trade or economic interactions with Russia.

3. Ban travel to Russia.

Make the Russian economy suffer even more. In the meantime provide just enough weapons for Ukraine to defend itself. Avoid any all out war, too dangerous in the age of atomic weapons.

They ARE Listening To You!

We inhabit a world in which the average person devotes his or her time during the day using a piece of technology in order to communicate with another person. The average person in America or England can not even eat a bite of food without grasping technology in hand and talking with someone else. On the other hand, governments now make certain that when you speak, they must know to whom you communicate and what is said during the conversation. The Investigating Powers Tribunal in London, is now charged with sharing data about what people in England say with US agencies. The English government is now charged with making certain that any and all conversations are known, not only to powers in the English government, but to those in the USA.

It is charged that the English government “contravened privacy and free speech provisions in the European Convention on Human Rights.” It acted illegally by sharing with the US government data and conversations in England. There is hope these charges will be presented to the European Court of Human Rights. Gee whiz, wouldn’t it be great if we Americans had a Court that dealt with our Rights. Oh, we do have the Supreme Court, but a majority on that body owe allegiance to the wealthy of America!

Defend Ukraine

The issue of sending defensive weapons to Ukrainian forces now confronting well armed “separatists” as well as the so called, “Russian volunteers” has confronted the Obama administration with its current great challenge. Here are the arguments for and against:

AGAINST

1. If the US or NATO supplies weapons to Ukrainian forces, it will compel President Putin to dramatically increase the number of “volunteers” in Ukraine.

2. It raises the possibility of an armed clash between forces of the West with those of Russia.

3. It opens the door to the possibility of a nuclear encounter.

4. It provides Putin with an opportunity to depict himself as defending Russia against threatening enemies.

5. It might lead to destabilizing western Europe.

FOR

1. We would only be sending defensive weapons.

2. If Ukraine does not receive weapons it could be destroyed by Russian soldiers and the separatists.

3. This defeat would frighten most countries in eastern Europe.

4. If not now confronting Putin, then when?

Wrong Train, Wrong Party

The nation of Germany has never mentally recovered from the horror of Nazism. At least the vast majority of Germans can not forget that their nation murdered over thirty million people during World War II. Of those, the Holocaust consumed the lives of six million Jews. So, who is around today in modern Germany? The German National Democratic Party (NDP) has discovered a replacement for Jews-Muslims. Its leaders spout the same words of hate, violence and anger, but instead of their object being Jews, it is the presence of Muslims in their midst. A group of NDP members boarded a train in Germany on their way to a rally in southwest Germany only to discover they were on a train going in the opposite direction. There must be something symbolic in this fiasco–heading in the wrong direction. The mayor of Freidburg which was their destination simply commented: “We don’t feel their absence here.”

Yes, there are some Muslims in Germany seeking death and destruction. Yes, there are some Christians in Germany seeking death and destruction. At least the Muslim population does the dirty work of this society, but on the other hand, the NDP does the dirty comments of society.