Category Archives: France

Paris Is Burning

The terrorist attacks in Paris represent a new approach to the use of violence in human history. We are now living in an era in which social media is the tool of violence. These attacks could not have occurred without the ability of people who obtained the idea to kill and murder on social media. They, most probably, did not receive any specific orders on how to carry out the violence, heck, just wander around social media and one gets a graduate education in the use of violence. They communicated with one another via social media, they developed their plans to murder via social media, and after their deaths there are hundreds of other terrorists ready to continue their work.

Even as I write, men and women are communicating via social media on how they can become the next glorious group of heroes who murder the innocent in the name of God or whoever. We are in a new era in which those seeking to die for some cause will continue and continue this approach to life –and death. Last night it was Paris, tomorrow it might be London or Moscow or New York. Frankly, no one does not understand how to end the use by terrorists of social media. Perhaps, there is some technological genius who can figure out a way to halt the use of social media for violence.

Paris is Burning and there is no end in sight unless we simply destroyed the monster we created in social media.

Is It Legal To Hate?

The people of France endured the horrors of World War II first hand since they were under Nazi occupation for nearly four years. Like many European nations they witnessed the Holocaust first hand since thousands of French Jews died in death camps. France today, has several laws which touch on the topic of hate speech. It is a crime to engage in the “incitement to discrimination.” At this point, the law mainly focuses upon hatred toward Muslim citizens. Marinne Le Pen, daughter of a man who was noted for hate speech against Jews, now heads the National Front whose main enemy are Muslims residing in France.

She is now being charged with hate speech. She was angry because Muslims, who lack sufficient mosques, sometimes pray in public. According to Ms. Le Pen,”this is an occupation of territory.” I always thought if one really believed in God one could pray to him anywhere and at any time. I do not think the Big Guy up in the sky worries if you pray to Him it must be inside a building.

Putin DID Make An Offer

There is no question that Vladimir Putin is a bully, a tyrant, a man who hates those daring to question his authority about anything. But,every once and a while the Russian Donald Trump does make some sense. Finnish leader Martin Ahisaan told reporters that in 2012 while working with a team of diplomats seeking to resolve the Syrian problem he was approached by Russian diplomat Vitaly Churkin with the following proposal from the Russian government:

1. The West should not give arms to opponents of the Assad government.

2. We should organize a dialogue among all opponents of the Assad government.

3. We should find an elegant way for Assad to step aside.

There was no response from either the US,France or England.

And, thus a chance for peace was not pursued.

The Immigration Issue

Unfortunately, in the real world we can not return to decisions made, and alter what has happened in history. We are stuck with the reality of the past as it impinges on the present. There is no doubt other policies could have been followed when the madness of the Syrian conflict initially began. The decision to invade Iraq initiated a vast gathering together of Muslim fanatics, but that was then, and today is now. It is now estimated that Germany, alone, will witness the arrival of about 800,000 immigrants this year. The seas around Europe now hold the bodies of thousands of men, women, and children, the unlucky ones who never got across the sea. So, what now?

1. Just about every European nation is witnessing the graying of their nation.

2. Just about every European nation needs young workers.

3. Immigrants are NOT a burden, they represent an opportunity for Europe to revitalize itself with youthful workers

4. Europe must initiate a vast worker training program and integrate these young people within their societies.

5. By the way, from 1880-1924, the United States absorbed 20,000,000 immigrants and thus grew wealthier.

Greece Needs A Shot Of Help

it is quite clear that Germany and other European Union nations want to give it to Greece in the ass. Yes, Greek governments for years have allowed corruption, have allowed those with wealth to avoid taxes and avoid their responsibilities as citizens and gotten away with murder. There is no doubt that Greece has made incredible incorrect economic decisions. But, at this moment it is not those who made the mistakes who will suffer, heck, they can get their money out of the country and live peacefully ever after. Reality is that ordinary citizens, the elderly and youth who lack hope for jobs are the ones who will suffer.

1. No Greek government can cut government services, pay of debts, and then watch the economy rise.

2. After World War II, Germany was forgiven her debts–including billions to Greece–and the result was economic revival.

3. There is need for: reducing the size of the debt.

4. There is need for aiding a Greek economic revival.

A nation that is economically prosperous is able to pay off debts. That is reality!

It’s All Greek To Me!

Like millions of others I have been following the Greek crisis with interest. Let me get this straight:

1. The Greeks owe a heck of a lot of money.

2. I believe that most EU nations owe money, heck, we American are in hock to about $18 Trillion.

So,the EU solution is to reduce salaries, reduce money in circulation and,voila,Greece gets back to normal.

There are a few states here in America like Kansas which cut and cut expenditures and there was no,voila!

Greece needs government sponsored work to ensure that all are working.

Greece needs funds to stimulate new enterprises. This requires more money.

The more people working,the more money in circulation,the more goods that can be purchased. Basic Economics I.

Behead Your Drinking Buddy?

Every so often behavior by those seeking to behead infidels sort of gets confusing. Yasmin Salhi, a Muslim Frenchman decided to have a few drinks with his boss and then as sort of a dessert to chop off his head. He drove a truck,he hung around with some guys and came across as just another working stiff seeking to make a living. He was born in France, educated in France, but at this point in time decided that driving a truck loaded with explosives into chemical warehouse would really make his day a notable one.

The only sign of change in his life is the appearance of a beard. But, heck, walk along any street in America and there are bearded men. So,wha led to the change? Frankly, I do not have a clue. Is there something in the water in France that sets off ordinary people and transforms them into beheaders?

Spies For Peace?

There are moments when one wonders exactly what President Obama even knows about the spies he employs. There is one truth in all discussions concerning how and why the National Security Agency spies on Americans, on Russians, on Chinese, on ISIS, and, heck, even on our allies in Europe. One is left wondering if our President knows about this spying, and, if he does not, why the heck does he not know! French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are sort of peeved that their friend, their ally, their dinner companion, allows the NSA to spy on leaders in Europe.

OH well, President Obama will issue the “apology,” and ensure one and all that no harm was intended. After all, the NSA runs the show in Washington D.C. It decides who is “the enemy,” and whose mail should be checked. My only question is–“does the NSA also check the mail of Barack Obama?”

Nukes For Europe?

Many still alive in America spent a good part of our lives experiencing the Cold War when no one knew if when or where someone would send an atomic bomb to initiate the end of civilization. Today,Vladimir Putin so enjoys pretending he can use atomic bombs in order to compel the world to,not only listen to his words,but to obey his demands for respect. Frankly,no one knows if this man is crazy enough to actually employ nuclear weapons as part of his diplomatic efforts.

The US is now talking about sending nuclear weapons back to Europe as part of some “show of force.” America and the European Union made a mistake in moving quickly into eastern Europe and talking about placing weapons on the border of Russia. It is time to move back, quiet down the rhetoric, and make certain no one is showing off any nuclear weapons.

Putin Talks Of Peace

OK, the time has come to accept that Vladimir Putin has but one goal in mind-peace and prosperity for the people of Ukraine. Once again, in talks with French President Hollande and German Chancellor Merkel, the GREAt LEADER of the Russian people wanted all to understand that he has but one goal for Ukraine and that is peace and prosperity for all. So, what does Putin desire?

1. Ukraine government should lay down its arms to prove they want peace.

2. Ukraine government should give money to those living in eastern Ukraine.

3. Ukraine government should give political power to those living in eastern Ukraine.

Now, these are simply a demonstration the government of Ukraine really wants peace.

Sounds fair to me.