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Suffer The Civilians

A hundred years ago today, thousands of German troops crossed the border of Belgium on their way towards Paris. Thus, began World War I, an experience in death that would take the lives of over twenty million people, including a few million civilians. It is not surprising that during the first month of war, hundreds of Belgium civilians were murdered by German troops because they resisted, rather than accepted the dictates of their invaders. Oh, these killings were carried out by Christian men, not Muslim militants. German artillery blasted away at cities, destroying churches and homes. Ironically, this was the first twentieth century murder of civilians. There were shouts of horror from neutral America, but the Germans argued, speed of their armed forces was necessary in order to quickly end the war. All military forces employ some form of excuse if they are set on murder of the innocent. In all honesty, throughout human history, civilians have been murdered. But, between 1815 ti 1914, Europe basically enjoyed a hundred years of peace without a major war, and without civilians dying.

Fast forward to 2014. Another Israel bomb exploded in a UN schools. ONLY ten civilians died. OH, a few dozen were wounded. But, we are living in the twenty first century, a time when we humans have advanced from the days of Hun warriors sweeping across the plains of Europe murdering all in their way. WE are modern humans. We do not send hordes of horsemen to murder, we remain far from the source of death and simply send in the missiles of destruction. Isn’t is wonderful that we no longer are barbarians??

Hundred Years Ago Guns Of August Sounded

A hundred years ago at this very moment, German troops were entering the neutral nation of Belgium as part of the famous Schliffen Plan which called for Germany to make quick fast invasion of France, compel the French to surrender, and then turn German troops eastward to confront and defeat the Russian army. The Plan was clear. Quick marches, sudden attacks, the enemy defeated, and then peace reigns in Europe. Between 1815 to 1914 there had only been three minor wars in Europe, so for someone who was a hundred years old, this person had never witnessed a major war, and was completely unfamiliar with the idea that innocent civilians would be forced to die because men were fighting a war. As German, French, Russian and English soldiers got on trains headed for combat, crowds cheered. There were wild celebrations for the announcement of war. The vast majority of those cheering were convinced the “war” would soon conclude, their soldiers would return home with victory, and then the pre-war wold would return to normal. Such were the dreams, such were the fantasies of those seeking war. Most probably, civilians in any war expect victory–for their side. The assumption is always, “we are on the right side. Since we are on God’s side, victory must ensue.” The “enemy” is some vague creature lacking in the peaceful attitudes of those going to war. After all, if our soldiers attack an enemy, it is only because the enemy initially fired and caused this conflict.

Every nation going to war assumes they are on the “right side.” It is rare for a nation to consider–what comes after victory? Or, what happens if we lose the war? Those concepts are not in the minds of soldiers or leaders seeking to defeat the enemy. Of course, the Guns of August never ceased firing for four long years of death and destruction. Then, came silence. Then came “peace.” Of course, twenty one years later came another World War. It would be interesting getting into the mind of Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu, what now after the tunnels of death are destroyed?

We Can Go It Alone!!

Once again, Vladimir Putin is showing the world that he is not a dude who will bend to the reality of our world. He inhabits his own world. In Mother Russia, HE is the decider. Oh, there is a legislature, there are some judges, but Vladimir Putin is THE DECIDER. It is rather difficult after years of doing whatever he desires, ordering people around, and enjoying Absolute control of all means of communication for this man to accept the reality there are other forces in this world which also can impact Mother Russia. In face of new European and American sanctions, THE MAN insists that no one can tell him what to do. His response to sanctions is issuing a warning that Russia does not need any outside relations and can go it alone within its own economy. Of course, as of this moment in time, few Americans or Europeans purchase any Russian technology. When was the last time anyone purchased a Russian made phone or TV or cell phone? At least 90% of Russia’s defense industry depends upon Western technology in order to do anything. Naturally, the toadies who inhabit Russia’s parliament are 1000% behind the Boss. MP Alexei Pushko warned America: “Obama will go down in history… as the US President who started a new Cold War.”

The coming months will not be easy. Reality is that Putin does not face any pressure from anyone within Russia to alter his way of handling foreign affairs. Heck, he does what he desires within Russia which means life today in that land is not that far different from the good old days of Communism when expressing a view point could land one in prison or a gulag out in Siberia. In one sense, time has stood still in Russia. Its people are closer to the Communist era when issues of freedom are confronted. No one knows what The Boss will do. That, is also Reality!

What Can Be Done In Ukraine?

Rebel separatists in Ukraine just shot down two Ukrainian jet planes with their guided missiles. It is now quite clear these crazy people have not got the message of a cease fire. Silence reigns from Moscow at the news. This means President Putin has received the message of no more guided missiles but prefers to ignore it. So, what is left for the world?

1. Raising the level to new heights of sanctions against Russia.

2. The United States to announce it will supply oil to any European nation which agrees to support sanctions.

3. A ban on any person from the US or supporting European nations to visit Russia.

4. A ban on allowing exports from Russia to enter nations.

5. A ban on exports to Russia.

One is tempted to urge sending NATO planes into Ukraine to bomb missile sites, but that is too risky. However, in simple English, quarantine Russia. Putin must confront the fact he is NOT boss of the world.

Women Move Bishop In Chess Game Of Religion

I have often wondered how the history of this world would have progressed if a group of women were the ones who wrote a Bible that explained the origin of we humans? Alas, men wrote the Bible, and men decided how God thought. Of course, it was their assumption that God was a man, and there was some divine reason why a group of men wound up writing a Bible. The Church of England for the past twenty five years has been confronting pressures to allow women in the Church to possess equal powers to those enjoyed by men. Yesterday, the Church of England national assembly that is known as the General Synod voted on a motion regarding the status of women. The vote was 351 in favor of allowing women to become a Bishop with only 72 against the motion. Thus, the necessary two-thirds vote changed church regulations. Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby welcomed the vote, although he acknowledged that all were not happy at the outcome. “As delighted as I am by the outcome, I am also mindful of those within the church for whom the result will be difficult and a cause for concern.”

Frankly, I have never figured out why this issue causes division. I assume if one is a member of the clergy getting people INTO the church is the issue, not keeping them outside. Does anyone really believe the Big Guy up in the sky gives a damn if He is speaking to a man or a woman??

Strangers In Their Own Land

As I recall, a long, long time ago, thousands of people from European nations such as Spain or Portugal or England decided to depart from Europe and head west toward some new lands. Of course, several thousand years before their arrival, a few thousand folks from Asia decided to head east and cross over into the new world that is now known as the Western Hemisphere. As I recall, there were no border patrols to halt them, to question their financial ability to reside in this hemisphere, and certainly no shouting and screaming Indians protesting the arrival of these strangers in THEIR LAND! Thousands of children and their families are fleeing from the horror that is Central America in which gangs of creatures beat, rape and kill for the joy of beating, raping and killing. Children are trapped in a horror that usually is presented in fictional movies. Their reality is not even being able to attend school without the fear of death of brutalization. So, they head north, hoping by some miracle they can be allowed to reside in some location that provides a modicum of peace and security, and, hopefully, work.

These are the people who pick our peaches, work in our meat plants, build our roads, pick up the garbage of our lives as well as caring for the children in our lives needed home care. These are simply decent hard working people who only desire to work, to work with their hands, to build, to construct,and to feel meaning as individuals. All they want is a chance. Protesters in south Texas are blocking highways because the Border Patrol is sending most of these people to facilities in San Diego. There is only ONE family detention center in this county! So, shout insults, demand your right to hate. Just check the 2nd Amendment, it says I can shoot anyone who I regards as a threat to my life.

Instead of blocking roads, how about offering your services as peach pickers?

New Terrorist Source–Germany!!

There is often a moment in time, when one grasps the madness of human life in all its confusing and contradictory patterns. Such is now with discovery by the German government that the ÇIA recruited an employee who worked in the German secret intelligence agency, BND. Stop for a moment and ask self: why is the United States of America using valuable resources to spy on our allies in the fight against terrorism? Why are American spies tapping phone calls of German Chancellor Angela Merkel who is our ALLY? Perhaps, I am dense, but would it not make more sense to tap phone calls of terrorists? In other words, American “Intelligence” devotes countless hours and millions of dollars spying on people who work with us to capture terrorists? Once again, another Obama example of incompetence. Several months ago, the German government learned of US spy efforts directed at Angela Merkel, and demanded an end. As of this moment in time, believe it or not, President Obama insists that he can NOT guarantee a cease fire in the war against our ally, GERMANY! Oh I forgot, NATIONAL SECURITY is the issue. In every case, NATIONAL SECURITY is the issue. Barack Obama is obsessed with NATIONAL SECURITY.

The German government is furious at US spy efforts in Germany. White House spokesperson, John Earnest, insists “we are trying to work with the Germans to resolve this situation appropriately.” He insists the American government can not interfere with “a pending German law enforcement investigation.” But, the US CREATED THE INVESTIGATION!! How about:

1. America forming a task force with BND to cooperatively work together?

2. How about making clear that ALL tapping ends of German officials. If Americans believe there are spies in Germany, simply inform, BND sources.

There is NATIONAL SECURITY and there is not National Security. When will Barack Obama conduct himself as a President who works with Allies, and does NOT spy on Allies!!!

Give Money, Get Right To Name Professor!

Once upon a time in England, they had great universities which prided themselves as being bastions of support for the principle of academic freedom. But, we live in modern times when universities so enjoy spending lots of money. Visit any university in America and notice how classroom space has become office space. In these offices dwell men and women who have absolutely nothing to do with academic research or scholarship. They devote their time to raising money. After all, the primary goal of a modern university is NOT the pursuit of truth, it is pursuit of the dollar bill. Any wonder why tuition rises and rises? How else to pay the army of office workers who soon will outnumber the size of student bodies!

Cambridge University, a bastion of academic freedom, recently accepted a grant of money–$6.6 million from a Chinese Foundation. The Chong Hua Foundation is run by a woman whose father once was prime minster of China. In accepting the money, Cambridge University will allow the foundation to name the professor who works with that money. Huh? Since when do foundations appoint professors? I am willing to accept bets that this is one professor who never will make critical remarks about China!

Never Forget D-Day

The speeches have been made. The dignitaries have gotten their pictures taken as though any of them had anything to do with the June 6, 1944 landings in Normandy. Hand over heart in remembrance is now compulsory for anyone who wants to pose as a “leader.” Unfortunately, not a single one of world “leaders” who was in Normandy a few days ago has the intelligence, the mental toughness, and the desire to work with other nations to ensure peace in the world. June 6, 1944 was a different time, a different place, and it certainly had different leaders. Imagine the United States of America, the Soviet Union, England, and French exiles working together for a common purpose–the end of tyranny in the world? Heck, President Obama can’t even gain cooperation of Republicans in Congress whose only dream is more money for the wealthy. In 1944, the top tax rate was 90%! And, thousands of wealthy businessmen came to Washington to work as “Dollar a Year” men whose love of nation far surpassed their love of money.

Sorry, Congressman Boehner, but the 90% WWII tax rate never got below 70% until the 1980s and WE HAD PROSPERITY! Believe it or not, but the wealthy paid and paid, but the jobs kept on getting created. D-Day was another time and place when we were ALL AMERICANS. Just remember, those who fought received the G.I.Bill of Rights which guaranteed free education plus money to live on. And, PROSPERITY grew!

D-Day Anniversary-America Once Great

It is the 70th anniversary of the day when British, Canadian, French, American troops landed on the beaches of France as part of the plan by which the Soviet Union and its allies would end the regime of Adolf Hitler. In the morning as dawn broke, German soldiers awoke to see 5,000 ships staring at them while cannons boomed and troops headed for the beaches of Normandy. It was an Allied effort, actually Americans constituted only 45% of those who landed. The British and Americans devised an incredibly complex plan which worked out, and within a day 150,000 men were on the beaches fighting for their lives. About 20,000 American and British paratroopers landed behind the lines and engaged German troops. So, what was unique about this day?

1. American leaders actually had a war plan that worked.
2. American leaders actually worked in a cooperative manner with allies.
3. The plan required pin point military decisions that actually worked.
4. American troops knew why there were landing on a distant beach, and who was the enemy.
5. There was close cooperation between the air force and ground troops.
6. The entire American nation was behind the effort.
7. Believe it or not but the top tax rate was 90% on the wealthy.
8. Wealthy people were willing to give their riches for the country’s need.
9. Believe it or not but high tax rates only led to more job creation.
10. We all were proud to be Americans.

That was then, today is now.