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Guns Of August-Are They Upon Us?

it was exactly one hundred years ago today, that millions of soldiers from France, Germany, Austria-Hungary and England were heading toward borders in order to prevent THE ENEMY from invading their lands. It was a hundred years ago today, that the sound of war was growing louder and louder. Each nation was prepared to fight. Why? The prior month in the city of Sarajevo in the southern region of Austria Hungary, the son of the Emperor was shot by a man bent on seeking the rights of oppressed people. This set in motion a series of events that wound up causing the deaths of twenty million. At the beginning of this tragedy not a single European nation was seeking war, by the end of this tragedy, most were bent on war. Not a single European nation thought the assassination would result in anything other than a bit of anger. By the end of this sequence in which none wanted war most were ready for war.

World War I occurred at a moment in time when Europeans had enjoy one hundred years of virtual peace. Since 1815, there had only been two or three minor wars on the continent. Most leaders thought that peace could be maintained. But, in 1914, they all got trapped in a process in which a minor incident became increasingly a major event. There simply was no process to halt the march toward war. It just proceeded.

There is no question that President Vladimir Putin lacks a sense of stability. He rules over a Russia which lacks a legislature to reign him in or a media that could rip him to pieces. He has become accustomed to doing as he desires without any interference. A normal leader, after the shooting down of a civilian plane, would hesitate, not Putin. He simply does what he wishes to do. So, what can be done before the Guns of August again blast away?

1. There is need for an immediate meeting between Russia, Germany, France, England and the US. Leaders of these nations must meet together and discuss what happened in August, 1914. All must pledge the Guns of August must never fire again.

2. Leaders of Germany, France, England and the US must convey to Putin that even if he invaded Ukraine, they would not respond with military forces. However, they would immediately ban any financial transactions with Russia, ban Russian products from their lands as well as forbid the entry of any Russian. He would be allowed to seize Ukraine, but Russia would become an economically isolated nation.

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.

Is God He?

A German politician has created a furor by raising the question as to whether God has a gender designation. Family Minister Kristina Schroder wonders if God is really a He or whether she is a She or whether God lacks any gender and is simply God or It or something. Naturally, her comment aroused anger and confusion among a lot of folk who do not want their Christmas to become embroiled in a conflict as to whether God has a gender.

I assume the next argument is whether Santa Claus is a He or is she a She or do we have to ponder the gender of the reindeer. Frankly, I doubt that God will be visiting the USA this Christmas. Does He/She/It really want to be around nut cases from the NRA who want guns in the hands of everyone or does He/She/It wish to listen to the crazies of the Republican party who spend their lives in constant sorrow as to the plight of our wealthy folk who simply can not pay another 3% without having to sell their million dollar homes!

Perhaps, God is an IT. Perhaps, the rest of the universe does not have “he” or “she” designations? Perhaps, intelligent life forms never got around to sex gender stuff and simply just accept a life form as a life form??

Kick Or Pray

The 2014 World Cup has finally drawn to a conclusion which means that about one billion people can get back to the ordinary hum drum of daily life. Writing as an American who simply does not share the fervor that is so often demonstrated in nations that regard who wins the World Cup as among the most important issues in their lives. I appreciate the sport fanatic since I am one. Alas, not for soccer or World Cups, but for my beloved New York Giant football team or my long lasting love affair with the New York Yankees, and my tormented suffering with the New York Knick basketball team. So, I was intrigued by a study conducted in Saudi Arabia by Marian Dujain al-Kadi which reveals that 60% of Saudi females decide which team to root for in the World Cup based on the good or bad looks of players. Of course, in Muslim Saudi Arabia not only are women banned from driving a car, they don’t even have time in school for physical education. One is left wondering do Saudi women have extra energy and are dying to bang away at a football more than even banging away with a man?

The other aspect of the World Cup in Saudi Arabia that captures my attention is what happens if the game conflicts with prayer time. Sheik Mohamed al-Mahmoud insists that prayer takes precedence over the game. “When it is time for late evening and Ramadan-specific night prayers, one must go to the mosque and pray.” These are definitely not the words or advice of a sport fan. On Yom Kippur I would flee from the synagogue to find some friendly Christian family listening to the World Series. Since they recognized while I was not Jewish, I was a devout Yankee fan, they allowed me to listen.

I hate to inform the Sheik, but God is a fanatic sport fan. And, he is really upset that Saudi women cannot kick a ball!

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??

CATHOLIC CHURCH TORN IN CONFLICT!

I am able to confirm from very reliable sources the presence of a potential split within the Catholic Church over an important theological conflict between former Pope Benedict and current Pope Francis. No, it does not have anything to do with gay rights or abortion of female priests, it is a more pressing issue that threatens to divide Catholics throughout the world. I recognize differences between Catholics over church ceremonies, I recognize differences about how to handle allegations of clergy misconduct, but these topics are not of the gravity as the current impasse between the two Popes. It points out that once a former Pope was allowed to retire and live on while another man assumed the position of Pope, fears this might result in conflict are now confirmed.

Pope Benedict will be supporting the German soccer team while Pope Francis will support his native Argentine team as they fight for the championship of the World Cup. The major theological issue is: how does God handle a prayer for victory from a Pope in Argentine while he receives a prayer for victory from a Pope in Germany? If God can solve this one, rest assured we humans can resolve any and all theological disputes!!

Germany Disgusted With US

As I recall, many Americans were so delighted at the election of Barack Obama in 2008 since we believed once he became president many nations of the world who disliked George Bush policies would be more likely to respect the United States of America. At that point, even our closest allies in Europe were disgusted by the foreign policy of George Bush. So, along came Barack Obama, and five years later just about every European nation has lost respect for the United States and its insane spying policies. Every poll in Germany, which used to be our closest ally, reveals complete distrust for America. Revelations that US spy agencies hired Germans working in the German intelligent agency to spy for the US! Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has always prided herself on care and concern for her American ally, is now totally disgusted with the US. She told a German newscaster of her doubts that America either understands how its actions are infuriating Europeans or whether it has the slightest desire to make changes in European spy policies.

“I think it’s not that easy to convince Americans to completely change the way their intelligence works… It is not about how angry I was. For me, it is a sign that we have fundamental different concepts at the work of intelligence agencies.” I assume German Intelligence focuses on terrorist groups in the world, American Intelligence focuses on anyone and everyone on the assumption by the law of probability casting the wide net means you, at least, might catch a tiny fish.

New Terrorist Source–Germany!!

There is often a moment in time, when one grasps the madness of human life in all its confusing and contradictory patterns. Such is now with discovery by the German government that the ÇIA recruited an employee who worked in the German secret intelligence agency, BND. Stop for a moment and ask self: why is the United States of America using valuable resources to spy on our allies in the fight against terrorism? Why are American spies tapping phone calls of German Chancellor Angela Merkel who is our ALLY? Perhaps, I am dense, but would it not make more sense to tap phone calls of terrorists? In other words, American “Intelligence” devotes countless hours and millions of dollars spying on people who work with us to capture terrorists? Once again, another Obama example of incompetence. Several months ago, the German government learned of US spy efforts directed at Angela Merkel, and demanded an end. As of this moment in time, believe it or not, President Obama insists that he can NOT guarantee a cease fire in the war against our ally, GERMANY! Oh I forgot, NATIONAL SECURITY is the issue. In every case, NATIONAL SECURITY is the issue. Barack Obama is obsessed with NATIONAL SECURITY.

The German government is furious at US spy efforts in Germany. White House spokesperson, John Earnest, insists “we are trying to work with the Germans to resolve this situation appropriately.” He insists the American government can not interfere with “a pending German law enforcement investigation.” But, the US CREATED THE INVESTIGATION!! How about:

1. America forming a task force with BND to cooperatively work together?

2. How about making clear that ALL tapping ends of German officials. If Americans believe there are spies in Germany, simply inform, BND sources.

There is NATIONAL SECURITY and there is not National Security. When will Barack Obama conduct himself as a President who works with Allies, and does NOT spy on Allies!!!

Oh Dem Spies!

The government of Germany is rather upset since they just discovered that an employee of their secret intelligence agency is, in reality, a spy for the government of one of their “enemies.” Naturally, the “enemy” is none other than the good old USA. In fairness, to President Obama, spying has become to America what hot dogs are to America. It is one of our national past times, and we can not enjoy a 4th of July picnic without the dessert of a good spy story. Now, you might ask, “why is the United States spying on one of its ALLIES?” Fair enough question. We spy because we have spies, and our government does not wish to increase the number of unemployed people in our society, so we spy. After all, if you hire spies, at least let them do their job of spying. German Prime Minister Angela Merkel is getting tired of her ALLY spying on,not only her phone calls, but what transpires in her government. Her spokesman made it clear: “we don’t take the matter of spying for foreign intelligence lightly.”

I am certain President Obama has an explanation. We have to spy because their are bad people out there who seek to do us harm. So, what better way to damage these bad people but to spy on the good people who are our ally. Let us examine the 20th and 21st centuries when it comes to our spy agencies:

Death of Soviet leader, Joseph Stalin in 1953 and subsequent events. Our spy agencies were completely wrong in what would happen.
Vietnam war. Our spy agencies did not have a clue about who were the Vietcong.
Sputnik, Russian space program, our spy agencies did not predict this event.
Collapse of the Soviet Union, our spy agencies were completely wrong.
Osama bin Laden, our spy agencies were completely wrong.
9/11 our spy agencies did not have a clue even though there were dozens of clues out there.
Arab Spring, our spy agencies did not predict this event.

So, who else but the clowns in our spy agencies would be wasting money and personnel spying on OUR ALLIES!!
Syrian war, our spy agencies were completely wrong.