Category Archives: Syria

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!

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.