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Bad News For Fox News!

There is gloom in Fox News at recent events in Syria where ISIS has been fighting in the streets of Kobani. Fox News commentators, particularly the cute, pert, blond haired ones whose knowledge of the world is confined to what they read on notes handed to them. In fairness to these TV women they CAN read what is given them to read. For weeks, Sean and Bill and the others have been in a state of joy over advances by ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Thousands of words have been told the American people about another “Obama failure.” After all, he is the reason there is terrorism in the Middle East. If only he had followed the dictates of former President George Bush who had defeated terrorism with his famous “surge” there would not be a single terrorist left in the entire region. So, what is the bad news?

Turkey has changed its policy and will now allow Kurds in peshmerga units to cross their territory and go to the aid of Kurds who are defending the city of Kobani. This is a dramatic shift for the Erdogan government which, up to this point, wanted ISIS to destroy Kurds who they regard as their enemy. The Turks finally realized that ISIS on its border was a greater threat than Kurds on its border. Another factor in Kobani has been air strikes by US and Coalition planes which have captured ISIS forces in open ground. Air lifts of weapons to Kurds in the city has helped turn the course of battle. A Kurdish soldier named, Ameen, commented: “the game has changed now. After the Americans provided us with weapons, we changed from being on the defense to attacking ISIS. I believe the next few days will bring us a victory.”

Could someone explain to me how Fox News can report a victory for Obama actions? Damn it, nothing ever goes right in this world!

Collateral Damage In Iraq

Since day one of the great invasion of Iraq that was initiated by the dynamic trio of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld, the collateral damage of this conflict has simply been ignored by the American government and media. For example, how many Americans know that in March, 2003 there were nearly a million Christians in Iraq who traced their ancestry back nearly 2000 years? How many Americans know these were descendants of early Christians who followed the word of Jesus Christ? Today, thanks to the Born Again Christian, George Bush, only about 400,00 of these CHRISTIANS still remain in Iraq. George and the boys created a Muslim fanatic government which did not intend to grant Christians any favors. Of course, the Kurds in northern Iraq said “goodbye” to Iraq and went their merry way of independence. In fairness to George, he is not responsible for the flight of 150,000 Jews who left Iraq by the 1970s.

Let me explain something to the Dynamic Trio–Christians were a second class minority within Muslim societies. They lacked power and existed due to sufferance of Muslim rulers. Saddam Hussein granted them equality in order to have a group that was disliked by Muslim clerics. In other words, “my friend is the enemy of my enemy.” By the way, Georgie boy, as you chop wood and go to church on Sunday in Texas, just remember, YOU are the one responsible for the flight of Iraq Christians from their homeland.

Today, yet another example of Collateral Damage. There is a minority Muslim group called the Yazidi. They are deemed heretics by Muslim clerics. They have been around for several hundred years. However, since growth of ISIS, the latest form of fanatical Muslims, the Yazidi have fled their towns. Over 100,000 are now in Kurdistan. About 40,000 are trapped on Mount Sinjar. As one refugee noted: “we are being told to convert or to lose our heads. There is no one coming to help.”

How about contacting George Bush? At least he could provide wood for your fires!

Just A Matter Of Time

At this moment that I write there are about 200,000,000 people on this planet who reside in a country that was not their native land. In other words, there are hundreds of millions who fall into the category of being An IMMIGRANT. My parents fled eastern Europe after the end of World War I seeking a place of safety and refuge from war or poverty as well as the vicious anti-Semitism that prevailed in their native lands. As I write, there are at least two million people whose native land is in Syria, but have fled because of war or religious hatred or not particularly enjoying life in Assad Syria. The majority who have fled are Muslims, but there begins the problem–which type of Muslim? Shiite or Sunni or whoever? The overwhelming majority are now in a Muslim nation. Alas, that is where the problem begins. Muslim nations in the Middle East never cease complaining about the evils of Israel, but when it comes to welcoming their fellow Muslims, the end result is anger, discrimination and refusal to offer assistance. No Middle Eastern nation has allowed refugees from Israel-Palestine– to become citizens. So, why should Turks behave any different?

There are over a million Syrians in Turkey whose government has responded to the crisis with care and concern. But, to the average citizen, an immigrant is “not one of us.” Over a thousand people in the province of Kaharmanmares rioted against local Syrian refugees and chanted words of hate and violence. I live in America, the land which is 100% made up of immigrants. Which nation of the world surpasses us in expressions of hate toward immigrants? Turkish demonstrators said immigrants were –criminals– words that flow from Tea Party followers. To be an immigrant is not to be a person who will get a welcome wagon greeting.

Welcome To The Bush Caliphate!

I understand that George Bush is chopping wood in the state of Texas, but does he realize the dream of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld has finally been achieved? Yes, Saddam Hussein is dead, yes, the brutal dictator no longer rules Iraq, but, no, the triumph is not the end of a dictatorship, but the creation of a new Muslim caliphate. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! Bush and the dynamic duo of Cheney and Rumsfeld DID alter the face of the Middle East. Yes, they did end leadership of bad guys in the region. If ISIS was honest, it would hail the work of the Bush crowd and make them heroes in the history of Islam, these three men did more to ensure the triumph of the Caliphate than any Muslim insurgent. So, give them their place in history. Welcome to the new Bush Caliphate that has been declared by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria!!

According to its new ruler, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, “this is not the first border we will break, we will break other borders….There is no army in the world that can withstand the soldiers of Islam.” He promises to end Jewish control in Israel and send Jews fleeing. He also made clear to al-Qaeda their days are over. From now on, young Islamic terrorists no longer will take orders from the old men who run al-Qaeda. It is time for youth to be served. Today, the Middle East, tomorrow Europe, and the day after, Asia. His men are on the march and nothing can defeat these warriors of God. Oh, he wants to thank America for its gift of weapons and trucks they captured.

So George, chop away. You are now the hero of Middle East warriors, your dream has been fulfilled!!

A Foreign Policy For Syria!

WOW! Someone in the Obama administration has come up with a startling new idea–how about actually having a sensible foreign policy toward the situation in Syria. When the civil war initially broke out in Syria, most of its leaders were moderates seeking to establish a democratic society in that land. The ever cautious, confused and bewildered President Obama feared that aiding these rebels was the first step in sending thousands of American troops into Syria. Sorry, there is a big difference between aiding moderate rebel forces and sending in US troops. Believe it or not, aiding moderate rebels AVOIDS sending in American forces. So, while radical insurgents in Syria were given the enormous amounts of weapons by radical extremist supporters, the moderates slowly and gradually lost their power to control events. The end result was emergence of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria(ISIS) which currently is sweeping through Iraq.

After dawdling and doing nothing for years, the Obama administration has finally come up with this startling new concept-furnishing military support for moderates in Syria! We fear this will be too little and it will come too late to alter events in Iraq. Sorry, this is simply another example of inept leadership by the man who never talks with Americans. Barack Obama gets an “A” grade for leaving Iraq, but his policies in Afghanistan and Syria win the “F” grade!

Boom Boom Go Syrian Rebels

In case anyone forgot there still is a war going on in Syria. However, in all honesty, this observer admits to having lost control over any understanding as to who is fighting and why they are fighting. Some Islamic rebels who belong to the Islamic Front decided to dig a tunnel under the Carlton Hotel in Aleppo. The hotel is now, or should I say, once was, a military headquarters. Insurgents dug and dug and finally were under the hotel. They planted explosives, linked them to detonators outside the tunnel, and then there was a huge explosion and there went the Carlton Hotel in a cloud of smoke. We do know that over a hundred bad guys who are part of the Syrian army no longer are members of the Syrian army because they now reside up in the sky with, or without, the virgins to care for them.

The Islamic Front includes some who once were in the Free Syrian Army as well as Islamic forces that hate al-Qaeda and then there are other factions whose names I no longer know or frankly, care to know. I dislike President Assad as do most normal people. But, as to who or what comprises those oppose to the mass murderer, I am lost. I wonder if there is anyone in Syria who has kept track as to who are the good or the bad guys? If so, please let me know.

SAVE THE CHILDREN

I have devoted a good part of my life to the study of the Holocaust and was among those who founded the St. Louis Holocaust Center in an effort to provide remembrance, but also education, so that such horror would never again occur in the world. Alas, this effort at remembrance is no longer viable in the modern world. One can not employ expressions such as “holocaust” or “genocide” since these words more aptly fit what occurred in the Nazi era of hate and violence. Frankly, I am a loss of words in discussing what has happened in the nation of Syria during the past three years of horror. Children having legs amputated because hospitals lack proper equipment to save them or babies in incubators dying when the power goes off or a wounded person knocked out since there is no anesthesia. Just think, in the 21st century we are unable to vaccinate children!

An organization, Save the Children seeks to prevent more Syrian children from dying. In the city of Aleppo which has more people than Paris only 36 doctors remain to serve the population of 2.3 million. Half the doctors in Syria have fled for their lives.

My question: Where are religious leaders in the Middle East and what are they doing to save lives of Muslim children?? Obviously,the answer is silence. We wonder at the silence of the 1940s as we live in the silence of the early years of the 21st century.

A Mother’s Anguish In Syria

The civil war has been going on for years and for years thousands of people have been killed, latest figures estimate it has now risen over 120,000 dead people. Death has become a statistic–”today three people were shot to death” and our minds read the figures, shrug our shoulders and pass on to the next story about Dennis Rodman’s behavior in North Korea. We have become numb to death, our ears no longer hear sounds of torture and our eyes see but do not see. Negotiations are currently taking place in Geneva between the Assad government and opposition leaders. Fatima Khan, mother of a doctor who was murdered in a Syrian prison, pushed her way through a crowd and shouted at Assad aide, Buthaina Shaaban that her doctor son was murdered and she wanted his body. She asked a guard about the woman and was told, “the mother of the doctor.” She then sharply said, “let’s get away from here.”

When confronted by ONE person, those who murder become frightened. They can handle a thousand, but a single crying grieving mother is not the person they want to see or hear. Who is this woman: “I’m representing half a million mothers.”

No Home For Syrians Except Homs

Eventually in every civil conflict there arrives a moment in which both sides make perfectly clear that this fight has no end unless one side just admits it can no longer continue in the parade of death. The city of Homs is surrounded by troops of the Syrian army who are pursuing a war tactic that entails surrounding a town, preventing food or water to enter, and compel its inhabitants to surrender to leave the nation. The United Nations brokered an agreement with the Syrian government which would allow food to enter Homs and prevent mass starvation. Syrian officials now say they will permit women and children to leave which is simply proof that President Bashar al-Assad is a man of peace and love for all–at least, all those who regard him as a man of peace and love. In other words, women and children can depart, and men remain who can be starved into surrendering their weapons.

As this is taking place in Syria, back in Geneva, Switzerland, representatives of the government are meeting with representatives of those fighting the government. There is absolutely NO evidence that either side will budge one inch. I assume at these meetings there is plenty of food and water for both sides in the conflict. I wonder if they could spare some of this largesse for those who are left largely alone to starve to death!

Step Down Or Step Up?

Among the ongoing myths of the Republican party is that President Obama is not behaving in the same manner as prior presidents who stood tall for America and refused to back down in the face of tyranny. The assumption is that if a president goes to war, they are standing “tall for democracy.” Secretary of State John Kerry made clear to the Davos World Economic Forum that his role is to further the goal of democracy without employing force. He is upset at claims “that somehow America is disengaging from the world, the myth that America is pulling back or giving up or standing down.” Those assumptions are based on a theory the only was to stand up is to employ military force. Kerry noted that to many,the absence of military forces means the US is “somehow absent from the arena.”

Let’s look at the record:

1. The attack on South Korea was met with troops, not only from America, but from dozens of nations of the world. The independence of South Korea was preserved.

2. We all know how use of the military failed in Vietnam at a cost of over 50,000 American lives.

3. The Gulf War was fought, not only by American soldiers, but those from over twenty nations. It concluded successfully.

4. We all know what happened and continues to happen in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Use of military force in Syria would only lead to another civil war and emergence of more and more Muslim terrorists.