Category Archives: Germany

Germany Forgets Again

The entire world is being impacted by the collapse of the Greek economy. There is no doubt that Greece has run up enormous debts due to one government after another which simply refused to tax the wealthy and offered very good pensions to its citizens. Despite demand by the European Union to get serious and tax those with wealth, Greek governments insist they want to be bailed out. In fairness to the people of Greece, once upon a time, they were generous to Germany.

Chancellor Angela Merkel has every right to demand action by Greece. But reality is that over 30% of Greeks lack a job and pensions are declining. After World War II, Germany was in an economic mess. It had committed, not merely atrocities against people, but it had wrecked the economy of nations such as Greece. In order to assist German recovery, Greece was among several nations that cancelled German debts! It was the ability of Germany to restructure its debt that enabled Germany to become a great economic power.

Seems to me that Germany does have a right to demand Greek action to make the wealthy pay up, but it certainly means that Germany should provide Greece what Greece provided it.

On Debts And Greece

I have reached the point where any story discussing the plight of Greece just does not register with me. I wonder:

1. How does one collect on a nation that will not pay its debts?

2. Should we send in the Mafia to collect the debts?

3. If the EU takes over Greece,can they sell the Parthenon?

4. OK, Greece is dead broke, so how does someone or some nation that is dead broke pay up?

Solution:

Have Greece become the 51st state and Greeks can handle picking apples and being nannies.

Ted Cruz will like them because they are not from Mexico.

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.

So, Who Do We Spy On Today?

As I recall, about six years ago the candidate for the Democratic Party seeking to be elected president repeatedly promised that he would create a new environment in Washington D.C. that he termed to be transparency. I assume that he meant it was time to end nonsense surveillance and allow Americans a taste of freedom to speak with one another. Alas, that was then, and now is now. Along the way, our beloved National Security Agency spied on our allies in Germany, in Brazil, in France and just about every place else. The German national security agency is known as the BND. Let me explain what happened:

The NSA was spying on German sources.

The BND was working with the NSA and unknown to them while they cooperated with the NSA, the NSA was spying on them.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, our key ally did not know the NSA was spying on her.

The BND did not know the NSA who they were aiding were also spying on their Chancellor.

Oh, the USA and Germany in 2002 signed an agreement about not spying on one another.

Such is the “transparency” that President Obama carried out.

And, this man taught Constitutional law!!

National Front Glory Days Are Over

The National Front is a political party that was formed in France over sixty years ago by a man named, Jean Marie Le Pen. His initial goal in life was to prove there was no Holocaust and the entire episode was created by Jews in order to get money from Christians by making them feel guilty over the alleged killing of Jews. His explanation as to what happened to the six million Jews who no longer were around ranged from they were in South America or had gone to New York or were now living peacefully in Israel. He insisted the right course for French people during WW II was to have been an ally of Nazi Germany and fought to defeat the Soviet Union. The years passed and Mr. Le Pen grew older and older. However, he had a daughter named, Marine who decided to take over the party, end the nonsense about denying the Holocaust and transform the National Front into the leading opponent of Muslims who lived in France. Heck, she even got some French Jews to join this party of hate.

Unfortunately for Marine, dad could not keep his big mouth shut and once again began to argue that supporting Adolf Hitler was the right idea. Marine has now thrown dad out of the National Front and he is going to organize another party and seeks any and all Nazis still alive to join his fight against communism.

I wonder if anyone has informed Mr. Le Pen there is no longer a Soviet Union?

Mystery Of Death

The ultimate mystery of life is death. We know that the end of our journey in life must always conclude in the end of life. I, like millions, can not shake loose of the story about how Andreas Lubitz ended his journey along with the journeys of dozens of others when he shut the door of his cockpit to the Captain and quietly and silently headed the plane downwards to a murderous conclusion. We are now discovering that this man had emotional problems, and hid them from his superiors. He never revealed anything about who he was, he hid from others feelings of depression and illness, and simply went about his business of death. We now know that a doctor informed him that he was “unfit to work.”

I confess that this story haunts me. The death of 150 people without any warning, the end of life for little children is simply among the most horrible tales ever told. German authorities will be making some changes in the manner of who flies a plane. From now on there will always be two pilots together. OK, a little more money will be spent. At age 84 I am never surprised on how we humans can kill. It would be so wonderful if we could focus on life and cherish each moment of avoiding Death!

The Sorrow Of Death

I confess to being emotionally overwhelmed by the recent tragic death of 150 people when their plane went down on its flight from Spain. We inhabit a world in which hate flourishes and results in the death of the innocent. A group of people boarded a plane in Spain that included children on their way home from studying. They were innocent, but unfortunately they inhabit a world in which a single mentally ill person can murder a few hundred people. New evidence indicates that one of the pilots just broke up with his girl friend and that he had serious mental issues. In the modern world when one is mentally ill, then one has the power to murder dozens of people. Frankly there is no way to avoid such calamities. We benefit from modernity and we suffer from modernity.

There are no words to express our sorrow. There are no words to explain this murder of the innocent. All we can do is chalk it up to modernity and what we humans have created in the name of ‘progress.” The only certain thing is that within a few years there will be another such incident. Just remember, there are people on social media who thrive on becoming important.

In Defense Of Muslims

There is one issue that conservatives and liberals agree upon and that is the assumption there is something inherently wrong about the Muslim religion. Liberals like Bill Maher or conservatives like Bill O’Reilly insist that fundamental to the Muslim religion is a belief in violence and death. I assume this view also agrees such attitudes are not part of the Christian or Jewish religions. At some point in any discussion about the Middle East an American expert on religions will inform people that only the Muslim religion leads to violence. Let us examine the record.

This is how religions in the 20th century behaved:

1. Muslims did participate in the murder of about one million Armenians in Turkey.

2. Catholic Fascist Italy murdered a few hundred thousand people in Ethiopia.

3. Catholics in Spain murdered over million fellow Catholics.

4. Christian Nazi Germany murdered ove twenty million human beings. Adolf Hitler was born a Catholic, lived as a Catholic and died as one.

5. Fascist Italy during World War I murdered at least a million people.

6. Christians in Rwanda in Africa murdered about 800,000 people.

7. Buddhists in Japan murdered at least five million people. Oh, suicide bombers killed about ten thousand Americans.

8. Oh, there were no Muslims in Cambodia when one million people were murdered.

9. Oh, in Christian Soviet Union the government murdered over ten million people.

10. Then again non-Muslim Mao tse-tung murdered over ten million.

The evidence is overwhelming, the Muslim religion can not match Christians when it comes to violence and death!