Category Archives: Syria

Starvation Rules In Syria

The one certainty in Syria is that tomorrow will bring more deaths to the innocent. Diplomats will argue in the Security Council, experts will debate this or that idea and while talk fills the air so do the bombs of death and slaughter. Anyone with any knowledge of the destruction in Syria is quite aware that people simply do not have much food, let alone medical assitance or even a place in which to be buried. The people of Syria are on the brink of hunger and death unless some means can be identified to feed the hungry. At each moment children are being shot, gassed to death or simply collapsing from hunger. We can debate which side is right, we can argue about whether or not gas was used to kill, but we do know that hunger is killing people.

It is strange how the world debates the process of death-gas or guns? OK, we know that innocent people will die. OK, we know that people need food. The immediate issue is feeding people. After that is handled, we can engage in debates about the guilt or non guilt of participants

Syrian Stalemate??

The bombs continue to fall in Syria. Soldiers continue to blast away at one another. As I write, hundreds of men, women and children are head for Jordan or Lebanon or anywhere that is safe from death and destruction. The government of President Bashar al-Assad controls certain areas of the country while various opposition groups control other sectors. Even as opponents fight the government they are fighting among themselves for control of this city or that city. Qadri Jamil, deputy prime minister of the Assad government raised the issue as to whether the situation has raised a stalemat conflict in which neither side can defeat the other. Yes, this is horrible. Assad will continue to rule-at least over a portion of the county. Reality–it has become a zero balance of forces. The economy has collapsed, over 100,000 are dead and at least two million are refugees, either in Syria or elsewhere.

The sad conclusion is that once a conflict has reached the stalemate stage it is time to call a cease fire. Perhaps, next step is to acknowledge that certain sectors are controlled by a group. Halt the fighting, and end the murder of people. This is not a neat solution, but it will end death and destruction–for a moment.

I’m The Real Russian!!

Senator John McCain is one tough dude. He survived torture as a prisoner in Vietnam during that war, and he even survived running for president along with the Alaska idiot, Sarah Palin. OK, so he still thinks Sarah was worthy to become president of the United States, that simply proves John is not a man of all seasons. But, right now he is darn angry at that Vladimir Putin who had the audacity to claim that we Americans are not the most exceptional folk on this planet. He wrote an opinion peace in Pravda which points out that he is more pro-Russian than the president of Russia. He argued that Putin “rules by using those weaknesses, by corruption, repression and violence. He rules for himself, not you.”

His theme for the people of Russia is that “Russians deserve better than Putin.” He blasted the new laws which criminalize the act of speaking in defense of gay rights. He blasted the imprisonment of a punk rock band whose members wound up in jail for their songs. He blasted Putin for siding with a murderer in Syria who kills his own people. He pointed out to the people of Russia that Putin had made their nation a friend of tyrants.

Well spoken John. Now, how about a piece dealing with members of the Republican party who seek to deny food to the hungry and health care to those without?

Fox News Allows Tyrants To Talk!!

Fox News conducts a non-stop program of denouncing “liberals” for giving aid and comfort of the voices of Muslim radicalism. If any “liberal” dares to suggest one must examine ideas of Muslim terrorist it is a certainty the cute blonds who pose for news commentators on Fox News will denounce this effort to actually listen to opposing viewpoints. So, who appeard on Fox News? The one and only leading tyrant in the world-President Bashar al-Assad! Fox News offered this bloody two bit murderer an opportunity to spout his views on why he is the voice of reason and why he is the one fighting for peace and happiness in Syria. Bashar boasted that he wanted to hand over chemical weapons that he really does not have, but if the UN or the USA wants these things that he does not posses, then as a man of peace, please take them off his hands!

One does get confused by Fox News which seeks to end the rule of Mr. Assad. FLASH! Fox News will interview Herr Adolf Hitler in order to learn about his program to providing free food and shelter to people of the Jewish faith. Once again, Fox News offers the truth.

Jaw Jaw Rather Than War War?

American Secretary of State John Kerry is working with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on some sort of plan to prevent the dogs of war from getting unleashed to wander the skies of Syria with their growls of anger. President Assad mumbles threats, President Obama softly whispers that he wants to end the reign of bad people. Kerry believes he has an agreement which would result in Syrian chemical weapons being turned over to the United Nations. For the moment, and only the moment, this possibility appears to have become the solution of the moment for peace. Of course, this “peace” is not really peace. Men are shooting at one another, cities are being blasted to pieces, children are dying, millions are fleeing Syria headed anywhere they can discover a place of refuge, and the American government can boast it will not become involved in bombings. There is NO peace in Syria, there will not be a peace, and only violence is the order of the day.

President Barack Obama has come away from the precipice of war due to the help of President Bashar al-Assad. How ironic that Obama was rescued by the men who created this modern terror. Republicans claim this possible war is the result of Obama’s foreign policy failures. In reality, war in the Middle East stems from actions of President George Bush and his merry band of incompetents led by Rumsfeld/Cheney.

Say, what about that place called–AFGHANISTAN?

Surprise News-Chemical Warfare In Syria!

The president of the United States revealed the shocking news of evidence the government of Syria actually used chemical weapons against its own people. Wow! I was completely ovcerwhelmed by this news, is it really true that President Assad employed chemical weapons against the people of Syria? I thought chemical weapons was the work of the Israeli Mossad whose goal was to smear the wonderful peaceful government of Syria with the brand of terrorism. A United Nations report claimed there was “no doubt” such weapons of war were being used by the Syrian army! The report cited specific areas in Syria where signs were discovered of the use of chemicals. It concluded, “this is a war crime.”

OK, we are now all clear on this point. Or, should I say some nations are clear on this point. President Vladimir Putin is not clear since, in his humble opinion,chemical weapons have been used by the terrorist opposition to his buddy, Assad. Vladimir wants to point out to one and all the US used chemical weapons during the Vietnam war so this clears Bashar al-Assad of war crimes. If one can do it, so can all!!

Iran, Iran, Let’s Talk

Hassan Rouhani has now been president of Iran for three months. He wished the people of Israel a happy new year, he made clear his desire to talk with someone about ending the conflict with Europe, with the United Nations and with the United States of America. Finally, the President of the United States exchanged letters with the President of Iran and there are no reports of the sky falling in. Naturally, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is upset because the US fired off a letter rather than firing off missiles. President Rouhani is the best opportunity for the world to engage in discussions rather than engage in conflict. There is no certainty that issues pertaining to development of nuclear energy in Iran can be halted. How about?

1. Acknowledging that Iran has the right to develop peaceful nuclear energy.

2. Requiring all nations in the Middle East, including Israel, to open their facilities to UN inspection of nuclear weapons.

3. Agree to reduce some sanctions on Iran as a good will gesture.

Baby steps can lead to giant ones.

No War Blow To War

There are unconfirmed reports from the Syrian battle front that news of a possible Russian-American deal to end use of chemical weapons in Syria has struck a solid blow against rebel forces engaged in fighting against the Syrian government. General Salim believes news about ending fighting has dealt the cause of ending the rule of President Assad a death blow. After all, if there is no war,then gaining access to thousands of weapons and obtaining the necessary goods for killing will result in fewer battles, fewer weapons destroyed and fewer contracts to engage in war. Yes, General Salim, if the war ended tomorrow, then thousands of nice young men would lack anything to do in evenings. Imagine being forced to spend the day in the company of some woman! Whatever happened to those days and nights fighting, burning own buildings and cavorting in the day with gorgeous gals and shooting down bad people.

It is dangerous to the health and life of a normal male who is denied the right to shoot people down. A man gains his sexual drive by driving down bad people. If there was no one to kill, how does a healthy male spend his days??

Peace In Our Time??

One might argue there has not been a single moment in the evolution of the human race in which peace reigned on this planet. I was raised in the 1930s, witnessed World War II and the death of over sixty million people, served during the Korean War, endured the horror of Vietnman, and then lived on to witness the emergence of death and destruction in the Middle East. There has been a war in Syria for the past two years in which Syrians focus on murdering other Syrians. Frankly, it becomes unclear which people are the bad or the good guys. President Obama decided to become angry and threatened to do something about joining in the war, but most Americans are very tired of death and destruction so they told him to hold off. Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Lakhdar Brahimi from the Arab League.

I assume they will meet, discuss how to prevent further chemical attacks. President Assad will issue some statement in which he promises to end use of chemical weapons, but slips in some comments that America must promise not to hurt him or apologize for saying nasty things about him. President Obama is “deeply committed to a negotiated solution with respect to Syria.” That is good news. Of course, now the fun begins determining what will be the negotiated agreement. The only certainty is that no one will be certain if the agreement is really going to wind up being an agreement.

Oh, during this process thousands will die. We are simply humans acting very human.

Exceptional Russian President

It is Friday, so Vladimir Putin has something exceptional to say about Russia or people he does not like or nations which lack the leadership possessed by the people of Russia. His current moment of anger is focused on American society. “It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional.” Vladimir is a modest man. “There are big countries, and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy.” So, where do these Americans have the right to claim their society is the best? Got me.

As any objective individual knows, Vladimir Putin is the most exceptional leader in the world. Yes, all people are equal but he does make an exception for those of the gay and lesbian way of life. They do have a right to be treated in exceptional ways because they are exceptional and lack the right to be treated as an ordinary person.

HOpefully, one day the American people will be able to match the record for democracy currently held by those residing in Putin Land.