My interpretation is that Hamas just cannot be reasoned with, and must be destroyed. Israel wants peace, they just want the rockets to stop.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Yahoo! News reported The Iranian president said the fighting [in Gaza] showed Israel's continued existence in the region is "not feasible."
Posted by Don Singleton at 4:29 PM
Los Angeles Times reported Human rights advocates are urging the incoming Obama administration to allow some detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to resettle as U.S. residents as part of any plan to close the controversial facility.
And what do we do when they then attack America, but this time as a U.S. Resident?Taking such a step would go beyond plans outlined so far to close the prison and transfer detainees to other countries or to military prisons on the U.S. mainland. But allowing a small number -- perhaps only two or three -- to live freely in the U.S.
What indication do we have that they want to live freely here, rather than just killing as many as they can?could help persuade other countries to accept some of them as well.
No one wants them. At least some of them have said they want us to kill them, so that they can die a martyr. Why not accomodate them and let Allah sort it out."If we want European and other countries to feel comfortable taking at least some of the prisoners off American hands, the U.S. will have to show it is OK by taking some itself," said Tom Malinowski, the Washington advocacy director of Human Rights Watch.
Or maybe we should consider what it is about these people that no one wants them, even their home country.
Posted by Don Singleton at 4:23 PM
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
International Herald Tribune reported If the acid attacks against Shamsia and 14 other students and teachers, which carried the tell-tale marks of the Taliban, were meant to terrorize the girls into staying home, they appear to have failed completely. Today, nearly all of the wounded girls are back at the Mirwais School for Girls, including Shamsia, whose face was so badly burnt that she had to be sent abroad for treatment. Perhaps even more remarkable, nearly every other female student in this deeply conservative community has returned as well - about 1,300 in all.
I wish them well."My parents told me to keep coming to school even if I am killed," Shamsia, 17, said in a moment after class.
Compare this, where parents love their children so much that they want them to get an education, even if it means risking their lives, to the parents in Gaza, who send their children to a school where they are taught at a very young age to be willing to become suicide bombers in order to kill Jews.Shamsia's mother, like nearly all of the adult women in the area, is unable to read or write. "The people who did this to me don't want women to be educated. They want us to be stupid things."
That is precisely what they want. They consider girls the property of their father, before they are married, and property of their husband, once they are married, in an arranged marriage when they are very young.In the five years since the Mirwais School for Girls was built here by the Japanese government, it appears to have sparked something of a social revolution. Even as the Taliban tighten their noose around Kandahar, the girls flock to the school each morning. Many of them walk more than three kilometers, or two miles, from their mud-brick houses up in the hills.
How many kids in the US walk 2 miles to school. And they don't have to worry about people spraying acid in the faces of the girls.The girls burst through the school's walled compound, many of them flinging off head-to-toe garments, bounding, cheering and laughing in ways that are inconceivable outside - for females of any age. In Mirwais's muddy byways, there is no regular electricity, no running water, no paved streets. Women are rarely seen, and only then while clad in burqas that make their bodies shapeless and their faces invisible.
Posted by Don Singleton at 1:30 PM
Mail Online reported Saudi Arabia's most senior cleric has told followers it is permissible for ten-year-old girls to marry and anyone who think they are too young are doing the youngsters 'an injustice'.
Since the father is going to make the decision who to marry his daughter off to I can see why he might think it was an injustice to the father, but why to the child?Abdul-Azeez ibn Abdullaah Aal ash-Shaikh, the country's grand mufti, said: 'It is wrong to say it's not permitted to marry off girls who are 15 and younger.
After all, Prophet Muhammad married Aisha (Aysha) when she was six, and took her to bed when she was nine'A female who is ten or 12 is marriageable and those who think she's too young are wrong and are being unfair to her,' he said during a Monday lecture.
Does this apply to wife 1, 2, 3, and 4?Al Sheikh's comments come at a time when Saudi human rights groups have been pushing the government to put an end to marriages involving the very young and to define a minimum age for marriage.
Posted by Don Singleton at 1:13 PM
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Lebanese girl wants to direct movies, or commit mass murder. It does not matter which. Los Angeles Times reported Hiba Qassir dreams of making movies. She's ambitious and precocious enough. At 18, she's taught herself how to edit video and sound on a computer, and has her sights set on directing gripping social and psychological dramas.
A reasonable choice.But if the movie business doesn't work out, that's OK. She has other dreams: perhaps to become a cop or a pilot.
Those are OK too.Or maybe a suicide bomber.
Not a very bright choice."Martyrdom is the shortest way to heaven,
Or at least what Satan thinks is heaven, although we call it Hell.and the history of martyrdom is not like any history,"
No it ends in pieces going everywhere.Hiba says. "It made victory. We wouldn't have achieved victory without these martyrdoms."
You think you have achieved victory? Try living in peace with your neighbors, and helping each other, rather than trying to kill each other.
Posted by Don Singleton at 2:11 PM
GNYTimes.com reported President-elect Barack Obama has asked V. Gene Robinson, the openly gay Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire, to deliver the invocation at an inaugural event on Sunday on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.... Bishop Robinson said he had been reading inaugural prayers through history and was “horrified” at how “specifically and aggressively Christian they were.” “I am very clear,” he said, “that this will not be a Christian prayer,
Because your lifestyle is not really consistent with the Bible.and I won’t be quoting Scripture or anything like that.
Or if he does quote scripture, ye will probably avoid Leviticus 18:22 and Leviticus 20:13The texts that I hold as sacred are not sacred texts for all Americans, and I want all people to feel that this is their prayer.” Bishop Robinson said he might address the prayer to “the God of our many understandings,”
Does the Episcopal Church pray to “the God of our many understandings”?language that he said he learned from the 12-step program he attended for his alcohol addiction.
Posted by Don Singleton at 1:59 PM
WSJ.com reported If we seriously want to avoid another generation of war in Gaza, we must have the courage to tell the Gazans that they will have to start looking after their children themselves, without UNRWA's help.
I agree with that completely. And if they want some country to support them, let it be a Muslim country.This would force Palestinians to focus on building an economy instead of freeing them up to wage war. Of course, every baby lured into the world by our money up to now would still have our assistance.
Babies are not lured into the world by our money. The Muslim countries have such a high birth rate because women have no rights, they are the property of their husbands, and he wants many children to use as suicide bombers or to arm and send to kill Jews and other infidels.If we make this urgently needed reform, then by at least 2025 many boys in Gaza -- like in Algeria -- would enter puberty as only sons. They would be able to look forward to a more secure future in a less violent society.
Boy are you confused.If the West prefers calm around Gaza even before 2025, it may consider offering immigration to those young Palestinians only born because of the West's well-meant but cruelly misguided aid.
That would be foolish. The west already has enough of them. Let them go to one of the many Islamic countries where they can live in the culture they are used to.In the decades to come, North America and Europe will have to take in tens of millions of immigrants anyway to slow the aging of their populations.
Just encourage more children to be born from people already used to a western culture, than importing children from another culture who will just want to change your culture to what they are familiar with.If, say, 200,000 of them are taken from the 360,000 boys coming of age in Gaza in the next 15 years, that would be a negligible move for the big democracies but a quantum leap for peace in the Near East.
And a quantum leap toward the Islamization of Europe.Many of Gaza's young -- like in much of the Muslim world -- dream of leaving anyway. Who would not want to get out of that strip of land but the international NGOs and social workers whose careers depend on perpetuating Gaza's misery?
Posted by Don Singleton at 12:40 PM
Sunday, January 11, 2009
AFP reported US President-elect Barack Obama said Sunday he was not ruling out possible prosecution for abuses committed under the George Bush administration, saying no one "is above the law".
Before he leaves office Bush should grant pardons just in case."We're still evaluating how we're going to approach the whole issue of interrogations, detentions, and so forth," Obama said in an interview aired Sunday on ABC's This Week program when asked about alleged abuses under Bush.
And if you cut back on them, to appease the rabid left, and an attack much worse than 9/11 happens, do you really want it on your record that you prosecuted the previous administration for doing what you did not, keep the country safe.... But Obama, who takes office on January 20, added that he wanted his administration to focus on tackling problems moving forward, rather than reviewing policies under his predecessor.
The Bush administration issued executive orders blocking access to the previous administrations records, to protect Clinton. Now the Dems want to prosecute Bush. When Obama is run out of town on a rail for allowing an attack much greater than 9/11, does he want to be prosecuted for it?"My instinct is for us to focus on how do we make sure that moving forward we are doing the right thing," he said.
Posted by Don Singleton at 2:28 PM