Category Archives: Syria

Trials And Fears Of Recep Erdogan

About ten years ago, Recep Erdogan took over as Prime Minister of Turkey and initiated programs that led to a soaring national growth in productivity. He effectively ended the power of Turkey’s armed forces to intervene and end civilian government when displeased by some action of an elected government. There is no doubt that Erdogan made Turkey a nation that no longer faced the prospect of generals deciding how government would function. He also ended policies that curtailed the power of Muslim religious people, policies such as denying the right of females to wear a chador while in a college classroom. There is no doubt that his policies made Turkey a safer place. HOWEVER, along with these actions Erdogan revealed an ever increasing authoritarian attitude which resulted in the arrest of more journalists than has occurred in any nation in the world.

Erdogan is now President of Turkey and he continues to push his pro-Muslim ideas in a country in which secular Muslims are not interested in having their children deal with religion while in a public school. His latest idea is to push for teaching the Ottoman language! He has also become fearful of a Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen who lives in the United States charging this man with fomenting revolution in Turkey. Actually, his followers believe in honest government, an idea which is not in accord with the Erdogan style of governance. Dozens of police officers have been arrested for seeking to uncover corruption in the government, and you can guess who are the corrupt officials!

Let’s Fear Immigrants!

We in America regard immigrants as an important topic, and for millions these people from across the border in Mexico somehow pose a threat to the very existence of this nation. Ironically, similar feelings are sweeping Western Europe which battles the influx of refugees from places like Syria or Africa or any number of Middle Eastern Muslim nations. Right wing political parties are growing in power whether in France or Italy or Sweden or the United Kingdom. The cry is being sounded they are taking away your jobs driving buses or picking fruit. In Sweden, the Sweden Democratic Party is now capturing about 17% of the vote with a campaign promise that if granted power they will end the influx of “those people.” Naturally, the main characteristic of “those people” is they come from the Middle East and are of the Muslim religion.

Former Prime Minister Fredrick Reinfeld caused an uproar when he pointed out “we late 25 million people living in the Nordic region. There are endless fields and forests.” He noted that “space” was available for millions and there was no reason to panic. Sorry, “those people” will cause white skinned folk to panic because they do not want to have “them” in their pure white lands. If there is one thing uniting white people all over the world is a fear of “those people.”

Israel Joins The Crowded Skies

The government of Israel completed its bombing in Gaza which meant that Israel planes no longer were engaged in any conflict. However, when a nation has nothing else to do, there is always the war in Syria for an enterprising country seeking to enjoy the benefits of dropping bombs. Iranian planes are now over Iraq, and they drop bombs on the bad people known as ISIS because the bad people are Sunnis and we Shiites know the only recourse is to kill bad Sunnis. American planes are bombing in Syria, Saudi planes are bombing, British planes are bombing, Canadian planes are bombing, French planes are bombing so why not some Israel planes in action? The most important element in Syria is that it has provided all sorts of pilots to get some practice in bombing. Naturally, they only bomb the bad people. Collateral damage is not in their vocabulary.

Israel Intelligence Minister Yuval Stenitz insists the reason for bombing stems from his nation’s policy of not allowing bad people to get in possession of bad weapons of war. “We have a firm policy of preventing all possible transfers of sophisticated weapons to terrorist organizations.” Sounds logical. So, Israel planes bombed the airport in Damascus. The Syrian government wants the world to know that Israel attacked in order to “help terrorists in Syria.” I guess these days the bad guys can be good guys or the reverse. Depends on who is bombing and who is bombed.

Let’s Learn Ottoman Language!

There are times when Turkey’s President reminds me of the American Republican Party. Recep Erdogan inhabits the world of the past which he insists belongs in the present. Republicans want to return religion to schools in order to ensure that all American children understand the Earth is only 12,000 years old. And, all that talk about science is full of crap. Of course, I am not a scientist, but I feel confident in discussing science. President Recep Erdogan is determined to restore the Muslim religion to its dominant place in Turkish society even though about half the population is sort of secular in terms of their belief in religion. So, what is the first step to return Turkey to its heritage–Make Compulsory The Teaching Of The Ottoman Language In Schools! If only people could speak Ottoman, then any and all problems would disappear from his nation.

As far as Erdogan is concerned, “whether they want it or not, the Ottoman language will be learned and taught in this country. If we can do our best for religion, then sectarian conflict will end.” Spoken like a man who belongs to the Tea Party! So, if you are interested in doing business in Turkey, brush up on your Ottoman. How do we get this guy into America and have him run for President in 2016?

Jihad Makes Me Feel Strong!

There is a missing quality among those who term themselves believers in democracy, but the feeling of being ready to die for a cause is growing ever stronger among many young Muslims in Europe. For most Europeans the very idea of serving in the military is not an attractive idea. For most Americans, the concept of serving the nation is much less interesting that what is on my iPad. For those raised prior to the onset of material comforts, serving in the armed forces was part of being a member of society. The most amazing aspect of the growth of Jihadism among young Muslims is the desire among those raised in the modern technological world to risk life for a cause, a dream.

Ismail Cetinkaya told a German reporter that he was raised in Germany and for most of his early life behaved like a modern person seeking the good life. Then, he discovered the power of belief, only his new belief was in the Muslim religion. “Paradise lies at the feet of your mother God and the desire to put self to Jihad.” He went off to fight in Syria and discovered that his new felt love of the Muslim religion made the thought of dying a hope, rather than a fear. As he now tells fellow Muslims, “I call you to Jihad. This is where you will find freedom.” Being a jihadist enables this young man to challenge his weaknesses and discover that he has strength.

How many young Americans have this attitude. During World War II millions did!

Putin Offers Advice

There is one certainty in life, if one is seeking to read a stupid comment, just dial in to the Moscow Times for the latest statement about life from our Beloved Leader, Vladimir Putin. He so enjoys engaging in verbal judo, at which he considers himself to be a master. The Syrian Foreign Minister, Waid al-Moualem visited Moscow since there are few other capitals that would have a welcome mat for him. Naturally, he received hugs and kisses from Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and the Great Man himself. Putin wanted to make clear to all nations of the world, “we share the view that the main factor driving the situation in the Middle East is the terrorist threat. Russia will support Syria in countering this threat.” Let me get this clear:

1. The initial violence in Syria arose when people wanted human rights.

2. Good buddy Bashar decided the only human rights in Syria belonged to him.

3. Being a close ally of Putin meant that Assad acted like his mentor-kill anyone who dares opposing you!

Such began the madness in Syria, and such remains the madness in Russia for those seeking democratic rights.

Only Big Government Will Save Us From ISIS!

Once upon a time in the United States of America we confronted real dangers to our survival such as a civil war or World War II when we confronted the best army in the world in Germany as well as millions of Japanese soldiers and sailors. I simply do not recall the fear that now runs through this nation about ISIS, a band of soldiers numbering about 30,000 who lack artillery, tanks or planes. But, for some Americans ISIS is “the greatest threat in history.” There were times during the Vietnam war when some insisted that Viet Cong soldiers would get in wooden ships and sail across the Pacific Ocean and land in California in order to rape and pillage. Exactly how ISIS will destroy America is never explained. Yes, they could set off some bombs, yes, they might kill a few dozen people, but this organization lacks capability of doing real harm. The United States Senate failed by one vote to pass the USA Freedom Act which would prevent the National Security Agency from gathering bulk phone records and intruding into th e lives of American citizens.

All one has to do in order to give greater power to government over our private lives is to SHOUT: ISIS. Opponents claim we need to check on Americans in order to prevent terrorism in this nation.

1. Forget about Mexico, the border with Canada cannot be completely secured. A terrorist can easily slip across the border. Such is life. And, such is possible death for a few Americans.

2. A ship can enter our harbor with explosives and blow itself up. Such is life, such is death.

Reality: over a dozen years since 9/11 and no major terrorist act against Americans.

Turkey Lives In Isolation From Reality

The behavior of Turkey in the tragedy that is unfolding in the city of Kobani defies any rational explanation other than its leaders inhabit a world that has nothing to do with planet Earth. Turkish soldiers stand idle in their tanks as ISIS tanks and weapons blast away at Kurds in Kobani. The entire focus of Turkey is upon Kurds in their land who constitute at least 20% of the population. Only a mad man would anger a large segment of the population which already contains armed groups. President Erdogan insists the real enemy is NOT ISIS, but the Kurds in Kobani. He is infuriated that American planes dropped supplies to Kurds who are fighting ISIS. He charges President Obama is “arming terrorists.” In his view, there is nothing to fear from ISIS.

The Kurds, the Kurds are the enemy. It is this group which must be destroyed. Does this man realize that once ISIS conquers Syria, it will be sending Islamic terrorists into Turkey in order to create the basis for a war? Such an event would then result in Kurds rebelling and Turkey will become a mess. It is very simple for Erdogan:

1. Negotiate with Kurdish leaders for some form of autonomy in the nation that would satisfy Kurdish desires.

2. Destroy ISIS around Kobani and win the admiration of Turkish Kurds.

For God’s sake, do something to prevent a massacre in Kobani! That event will create a new civil war in Turkey!

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!