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Wars without a Chance are as Fruitless as Romance without Finance

The US Spends the Money, but Loses the Wars

Iraq has shut out the US oil firms from bidding on concessions. For $trillion the US got nothing. How much in bribes to the Congress would dissuade them to get out of the war business?
The peace activists are missing a good strategy. They should stop advertising it is immoral to kill. Instead, they should emphasize the high cost of murder.

Nobody Can Give Liberty, Freedom and Independence

Somebody wrote "once they are empowered with self determination to gain liberty, freedom and independence."
As human beings, the Palestinians under the UN Charter automatically are empowered with self determination. They have the right to exist. If they choose liberty, freedom and independence as a way of life, they have a right to do so. No one has the right to deny them this choice.
Likewise, no one has the right to deny Israel her right to exist. On seven different occasions, a number of nations attacked Israel to deny her the right to exist. She repelled the invaders costing her defenders 26,000 lives.
Palestinians can blame other nations for their failures to secure liberty and freedom till the end of time. The fact remains. Nobody can become free by taking it away from somebody else.

Congress Runs the Good Cop Bad Cop Routine

Under Reagan and GHWB the GOP ran amok. So, we threw the rascals out. Bill Clinton brought his harem to the WH. The GOP returned to loot the country. Barack Obama is letting them do it.
Maybe I should have called it the bad cop bad cop routine.

10% Good and 10% Evil Fight to Control the Other 80%

If he intends to die of natural causes in America, the wise man must pick his spots. Both ends of the spectrum battle for his soul and neither of them is very kind to it. The pacifist of the 1930's could be branded a traitor in the 1940's. When the limousine liberal crossed the Hudson River, he was taking his life into his hands in Jersey. The year 1968 was the last in which it was fashionable to be black. Every life has its ebbs and flows. The trick is to avoid the undertow during the transition.
America has had four wretched decades in a row. Sometimes, I long for the day when Lyndon Johnson picked up his pooch by his ears.

Little Mary African Soldier 16

Mary, a 16-year-old demobilized child soldier forced to join an armed rebel group in central Africa, remembers:
"I feel so bad about the things that I did. It disturbs me so much that I inflicted death on other people. When I go home I must do some traditional rites because I have killed. I must perform these rites and cleanse myself. I still dream about the boy from my village that I killed. I see him in my dreams, and he is talking to me, saying I killed him for nothing, and I am crying." (Source: U.S. State Dept. TIP Report 2005)

All Human Rights for All Human Beings

I prefer the above UN slogan as it refers to the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Its 30 Articles define a moral code of conduct. A set of particulars, enforcement would make genocide impossible. Isn't genocide the major sin to be rejected? War, famine and disease kill people. Wall Street fraud and political corruption murder human beings.
Words such as enemy, good and perfect are meaningless in the definition of real policy.
Our little homeless shelter flies in the face of all of this. We oppose the murder of debilitated people in hospital. We resist the shooting and poisoning of defenseless animals in the streets. We stand for the sanctity of life.

Palestinian Protesters Might Consider an Action in Tehran

After the rigged election in Iran, 100's of thousands of citizens took to the streets for a voice in their affairs. As any normal people anywhere, they do not want to risk being invaded or nuked. The Iranian government responded with repression, torture and murder against unarmed citizens. The USA responded by escalating in Afghanistan not helping people in either country. Israel has the tough choice of hitting Iran alone or waiting until Iran smuggles nuclear weapons into Gaza. In any event, many people in the region will risk dying.
In the region the Americans have shown a remarkable indifference to local suffering willing to fight to the last drop of native blood. This continues in the "march" to break the blockade.
Egypt and Israel have been at peace for 30 years. Do the marchers intend to disturb that?

The Souk Can Teach Us Much

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Born a month before Pearl Harbor, I attended world events from an early age. My first words included Mussolini, Patton, Sahara and Patton. At age three I was a regular listener to Lowell Thomas. My mom was an industrial nurse a member of the (more...)
 

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I hope Mary's conscience isn't soothed by a "tradi... by Suzana Megles on Friday, Jan 1, 2010 at 9:02:27 AM
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