Category Archives: Syria

US –Get Ready To Bomb And Bomb

The ongoing mantra of Republican presidential candidates is lets have a  bombing party one day after the next.  Ted wants to carpet bomb the desert, and Donald has a Great Plan to bomb the hell out of ISIS who hide in cities. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter made clear that Drones are going to enter the campaign against ISIS so you Muslim bad people better learn to duck.  “We will begin by collapsing ISIS control over both cities(Raqqa and Mosul) and then engage in  elinimation operations.”

In other words, identify a city where ISIS is fighting, send in the planes, then send in the drones, and wipe out the bad people. Unfortunately, in the  end some boots on the ground will really have to do the work of wiping out ISIS. Now, exactly who are those boots on the ground? They certainly are not American boots!

Silence Of The Imams

The United States of America has played an important role in creating the mess which now dominates the Middle East. Syria is simply one example of misguided efforts by the Bush administration and Republicans seeking the presidency. However, the reality is that civil war rages in Syria and it is based upon conflict between Muslim groups. At points it is impossible to understand who is killing who in what constitutes the “nation” of Syria.

But, there is a strange silence about daily deaths in Syria. Finally, the Syrian government allowed trucks loaded with supplies to enter the besieged town of  Madaya. Reports indicate dozens have died of malnutrition and thousands are rapidly reaching that stage. But, the amazing aspect of this situation is the silence emanating from Muslim clerics. Where are the Martin Luther Kings marching to support Muslims dying? Where are demands from Muslim leaders for an end to murdering innocent Muslims? T

The silence falls on deaf ears!

Putin Makes A Point

During the administration of George H.W. Bush and George Bush the goal of US European foreign policy was to push NATO eastward to ensure that anti-Russian nations were on the  Russian border.  As Putin put it: “twenty-five years ago,the Berlin wall fell, but invisible walls moved to eastern Europe. NATO and the United States wanted to complete victory over the Soviet Union. This had led to mutual misunderstandings and assignments of guilt. We’e done everything wrong.

The key word is “we’ve’ which indicates that Putin is finally admitting a role in creating tensions in eastern Europe. At one of the Republican debates Carly Fiorina boasted that if she were president she would place missiles on the border of Russia. Other Republicans wanted to shoot down Russian planes in Syria. Russia had a point, threatening to destroy Russia carries consequences. And, Trump and the boys and girls are dangerous to the cause of peace in eastern Europe.
 

Death In Syria

I have met some wonderful people who adhere to the Muslim religion here in America. There is no question that at least 90% of the 1.8 billion people who are Muslim believe in peace and love for all people. But, there remains the question of how Muslims in Syria conduct themselves. The town of Madya has been besieged for over a year and food and other supplies barely allowed in for the inhabitants. Pictures depict half starved little children and people eating grass to survive, and when I say, “grass” I do not mean, drugs.

I have yet to come across any group of imams in Syria demanding an end to this brutality. I have not come across statements from Muslim clerics in Egypt or Saudi Arabia blasting this treatment of Muslims. Silence reigns while Muslims starve!

Oh Dem God Fearing Americans!

Latest news out of Oregon is that a bunch of strange looking dudes carrying weapons are wandering around  Haney County and threatening to overthrow the American government. The so called Militia Men are demanding that the American government turn over a few million acres of land to some guys or it will be lights out for the black dude in the White House. NO,NO, these are not them damn MUSLIMS, but real, genuine, red-blooded guys who claim  they simply want to do what our Founding Fathers did when they rebelled against the tyrannical English government.

David Ward, Sheriff of Haney County has sent his wife out of town after she was followed by these God loving man, and threatened and had the tires of her car slit. Ward says he receives death threats. Now, if those threats came from them MUSLIMS, he would not be afraid, but they are from God-fearing hate-loving lunatics who love the NRA more than they love the United States of America!

Mess In Syria

In the United States of America Republican candidates want to “carpet bomb” in Syria and support those rebels who want to overthrow President Assad. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to figure out who are the good and who are the bad guys in Syria. This is the reality:

1. Government forces of President Assad.

2. Iranian soldiers from the Revolutionary Guards.

3. The Free Syrian Army of moderates.

4. Al-Qaeda.

5. Hezbollah wich supports Assad.

6. Russian troops which support Assad.

7. Al Nusara which hates Assad.

8. ISIS which is against everyone but itself.

9 . Shiite Afghans from Hazra.

10. And US, French and assorted other air forces.

So, Who Is Fighting In Syria?

These days it takes a score card to figure out who or what is currently fighting in Syria. Let me list the roster of groups.

1. There is what is left of the Syrian army. Naturally, hundreds of thousands of young Syrian males have left the country for a European destination.

2. There is Hezbollah from Lebanon.

3. There are Iranians including a few generals to sort of supervise things.

4. There is al-Qaeda.

5. There is the Free Syrian Army.

6. There are Russian planes and soldiers.

7. There are God knows how many independent groups having  fun fighting someone about something.

8. There are American  planes.

9. There are planes from France, England and God knows who else.

So, Donald wants to bomb someone. Welcome to the party.

Turkey Has To Get Its Act Together

Turkey has an armed force which contains close to one million soldiers. They are trained, they are led by excellent officers and the problem of corruption is of scant concern. Turkey has the capability of wiping out ISIS in Syria with its armed forces. Of course, it can readily close the border between Turkey and Syria to prevent terrorists from walking into Syria and aiding ISIS.

Of course, this would require President Erdogan to  cease playing a poor imitation of the Strong Man of the Year and become a serious partner in the fight  to end ISIS as a key force for evil. Turkey can handle this entire operation by itself without ANY aid from outside forces.

Problem: Erdogan insists that President Assad depart, quickly. How  about a meeting between Obama, Putin and Erdogan which outlines a plan that allows Assad three more months of power and then he departs for Saudi Arabia?

Where Can Tourists Go?

Things are  not looking good for Russians seeking to find a nice quiet place for a vacation. Turkey is now off-limits, Egypt does not seem to be the best place to fly to or fly away from. The good old days of a few weeks in Syria would only result in a  beheading. So, where can work weary pleasure seeking Russians go these days?

1. Here in Chicago there is a beautiful lake, plenty of good restaurants and nice museums. Of course, a tourist might not respond to a cop and wind up dead.

2.  How about Baltimore, St. Louis and just about any city in the US? Just remember, when the cop says stand still, do not move a  muscle!

3. Of course, there is always Mexico, the land of sun and drugs. Oh, about those drug lords….

Keep Them In Your Land!

The solution to Syrian refugees has finally been solved. The European Union is offering Turkey about 3.5 billion dollars if it will build refugee camps for Syrians fleeing the horror of what remains of their homeland. As far as the EU is concerned, better they stay with YOU rather than come to US. All the Turks have to do is construct some shacks, give the semblance of schools and whatever can pass for medical care.

How about solving other migrant problems in the same manner:

The United States can offer Argentine $5 billion to allow Syrians to settle on deserted areas of the pampas.

There is plenty of space in the Amazon region and Brazil is hurting for money, so this would be the perfect solution to people who have no place to go.

Then again, the US could send eleven million illegal immigrants to Venezuela which is close to economic collapse. They speak Spanish, the people in Venezuela  speak Spanish, problem solved. Think about the good news, there no longer will be any need to build a Great Wall.

New Republican Slogan: “Better You Than US!