Posts Tagged ‘Middle East’

‘Misbehavior before the enemy’

The president applauds the latest United Nations sanctions against Iran, saying they are the “toughest sanctions ever faced by the Iranian government.” Did he not hear Ahmadinejad describe them as “a used handkerchief that should be thrown in the waste bin?” Did he not hear him call the sanctions “pesky flies?” Is the president the only person in the world who actually believes the UN sanctions are of value?

Does he understand he is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces and this duty is his primary constitutional responsibility? Does he understand that while he cowers before Iran, Americans die at the hands of Iranian-backed terrorists? Does he understand that his responsibility as commander-in-chief supersedes his world stage political posturing?

“Humans are more important than hardware”

On Christmas day, a Nigerian man boarded Northwest Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit with a bomb he planned to detonate over the United States, his success prevented more by luck than skill.

The President responded saying there were “human and system failures” and the United States will do “whatever it takes” to defeat the terrorists, a few days ago adding that we need more body scanners in airports.

Could the President be focusing on the wrong solution to the right problem?  Is he correct assuming we need more scanners, more technology and more congressional appropriations?  We react to each new threat with purchases of ever-more expensive technology, determined if we spend enough money and buy enough equipment we can find anything. 

Can one person make a difference?

A nation with over 300 million citizens, over 10 million illegal aliens, 1 President, 100 United States Senators, and 435 United States Representatives. Can one person make a difference? No. Not anymore. That time has long since past.

But, what if? What if one person could not look the other way? What if one person saw a duty and cared enough to speak up? What if one person dared to try? What if one person said, “I will get involved?”

Israel or Palestine?

President Harry Truman said, “No two historians ever agree on what happened, and the damn thing is they both think they’re telling the truth.”

Imagine tracing your ancestry back thousands of years to the land they were driven from, the land you are now asking to have returned to you.  Imagine living on the land your ancestors walked 3000 years ago.  Imagine digging in the soil and finding primitive pottery from generations past.  Imagine. 

Don’t these people deserve that land, regardless of who has inhabited it since they left and regardless of who inhabits it now?  Don’t they have a right to their original homeland?  Don’t they have a right to their own state, their own nation?   

The war we don’t celebrate

Shouldn’t we celebrate the anniversary of a war?  Don’t the lost lives deserve recognition?  Most wars do deserve celebration; but not all wars.  Wars that never seem to end, that have ongoing deaths, are difficult to celebrate.  Wars like those in many third world countries seem endless; seem to be a way of life, continuing for decades.  How do you celebrate that type of war?  The Palestinians and Israelis have been at war so long the violence is a daily routine. 

Allow our military to fight the terrorists

Albert Einstein said, “I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”  He believed World War III would be nuclear annihilation returning us to the Stone Age.  Is he correct? Will there even be a World War III?  If there is a World War III, what type of conflict will it be?  By the way, what is a world war?  Merriam-Webster defines it as, “a war engaged in by all or most of the principal nations of the world”.  Is World War III on the horizon?  Could the instability of the Middle East be the fuse to ignite it?