Category Archives: Germany

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!

Nazis Still An Issue In Greece

World War II ended over seventy years ago, but to the people of Greece the legacy of that nightmare continue to linger in their minds. Greece is a nation that is in serious economic trouble and has been forced to obey the dictates of the European Union as to how money should be spent and how taxes should be imposed upon the population. Greeks are now bringing up memories of World War II when their nation was occupied by German troops and its population had to fork over millions of dollars to their enemies. Greek banks during the war were compelled to give the German government millions in “loans” that obviously were never meant to be repaid. Today, a different German government is imposing demands for money from Greece and again insisting it has the right to decide how money is spent in Greece.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is now posing some interesting questions. How about Germany repaying his nation for the loans they gave back in the 1940s? Does the current Federal Republic of Germany have to assume responsibility for what the Nazi Germany of Adolf Hitler did seventy years ago? Or, should the world forget that a Nazi government robbed people of their money. Do modern Germans owe those who were robbed by a different German government? Or, should we simply forget and forgive?

Its Terrorism, Not Islam

The Republican party has discovered a new issue that is becoming the most important way to fight terrorists. President Obama made a speech in which he urged that when confronting the issue of terrorism, we should make a distinction between a terrorist and the religion of that person. “We must never accept the premise put forward because it is a lie, not should we grant terrorists the religious legitimacy they seek. They are not religious leaders, they are terrorists. We are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who pervert religion.” Naturally, these words upset the folks at Fox News and members of the Republican party who are convinced that each and every Muslim is a friend of terrorists.

If one’s religion is to be cited when terrorists go into action, then:

1. How about citing the CHRISTIAN GERMAN NAZIS?

2. How about citing the CHRISTIAN FASCIST ITALIANS?

3. How aout citing the CATHOLIC SPANISH INQUISITION?

Wither Mother Russia?

Vladimir Putin has signed what passes for a cease fire agreement in Ukraine, and in theory there is peace in that beleaguered land. But what about the future of Mother Russia?

1. Despite the so-called wealth of Russia under leadership of President Putin no focus has been upon creating a modern post industrial economy.

2. The entire economy focuses upon one thing-OIL.

3. If the price of oil continues to drop so does the Russian economy.

4. There is no economic plan to develop jobs in industries that produce products that can be sold on the world market.

5. Unemployment is certain to rise in an oil dependent economy.

5. Russia does lead the world in one area–it is among the most corrupt governments. This does not encourage business leaders to invest in a nation in which one must pay bribes to do business.

6. Hovering in the background are the thousands of Muslim Russians who are fighting in ISIS or in Syria. What happens when they return to dear Mother Russia?

Vladimir Putin may one day get his war!

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.

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.