Archive for the ‘MIDDLE EAST’ Category

EAT SHOE, BUSH, 12-17-08

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Under the circumstances, the guy was a surprisingly good shot.

From what I read, shoes are commonly applied to things hated in Middle Eastern countries.

Had he been closer Bush would have been toast!

Bush was very quick as well, with his dodge, a response undoubtedly developed during his years in politics.

A little advise to Bush and the rest of his ilk:
It’s almost over.   Then you may retire to the klavern of your choice and the anonymity you deserve.
Look at Cheney.  He has long known the folly of public appearances!   Not a peep for months.
Follow his example.

Hopefully, we won’t have to hear from any of you again until your trials.

BTW.   What ever caused you to make a public appearance in Iraq?  Exactly what did you expect from those people?
Do you believe they appreciate our presence in Iraq?
Do you suppose they approve of the 6M – 8M of their people refugeed and the 1M or so killed.
Do you think they like their resources ripped off and their government destabilized?
Are they pleased with the destruction of their infrastructure and the humiliation of their people?
Of course the shoe-guy was beaten by the police, but the internet describes him as a hero among his people.
Do you suppose you are a hero among your people?

The Greenbacker

TERRORISM, 8-15-08

Friday, August 15th, 2008

Confronting terrorism by increasing the  military presence in Afghanistan is one way of dealing with the problem

Others might be:
Support a rational solution to Israeli/Palestinian conflict that is amicable to all
Assume a neutral position with regard to Israel/ Palestine as over 70% of American people desire.
Support talks with  democratically elected Hamas and denounce AIPAC for it’s Zionist policies
Recognize the nuclear threat Israel poses to its Arab neighbors
Cease armed threats against Iran for it’s presumed nuclear policies
Limit our military presence in the Middle East
Re-institute and support the NPT for all nations , including our own.
Add others of yr own.

The Greenbacker


Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

Georgia on My Mind

If I count right, the armada totals more than 30 US warships w/ their carrier wings,  and several strike groups from the British and French navies.

Bear in mind the article a few days ago that details a similar massive armada being assembled in the Black Sea by Russian forces dealing w/ Georgia.

So WE have a massive buildup heading toward the Straits of Hormuz  focusing on a major global oil source (Iran).
And THEY have a massive naval armada heading toward a major global oil supply line near the Caspian Sea.
Lots of nukes available to all parties and twitchy fingers abound…..
Does this strike fear into yr heart?

If not, you’re not reading.  Recall:  When Chernobyl blew up, the radioactive cloud passed directly over the PNW.  That’s us!  Note: Chernobyl (in the Ukraine) is just north of Georgia , which is just north of Iran.

Buy a lead jockstrap.  Get a car that runs on junk mail (there’s lots of that) and buy oil futures.

The Greenbacker


Monday, July 28th, 2008

I Googled ‘Palestine’

and came up with  a short history for the area called Palestine over the
last 3000 years or so, along with the following comment:

“Though the Biblical tradition holds that the Israelites
arrived in Canaan from Egypt,
archaeology provides strong evidence that they emerged from among the
local population existent there at the time; these events are generally
dated to between the 13th and 12th centuries BCE.”

It seems, according to archeologists if not biblical scholars, that during the ‘Biblical period’ from 1200~300 BC  the Jewish religion developed  from among  populations of local tribes in the

For the last 200 years of that period the Persians controlled the
area – 500~300 BC.

The Greeks took over in 333 BC and the Romans from them in ~60 BC.
Romans and post-Roman Byzantine rule existed until ~640 AD.

Ottoman Turks took over until 1917 when the British and French took over and divided up the
area along with the rest of the middle east following WWI.

All the while, Jews lived in Palestine among other local tribes.

My question is, does the fact that Jews existed among the other tribes in
this area for  the past 3000 years give them the right to claim the area solely
as their own over the claims of the other occupants of the area, all of whom
have lived there continuously.

Whether  you believe the findings of archaeologists or biblical
scholars, many  nations have controlled Palestine over the past 3000
years.   Actual Jewish control of the area existed for a relatively
short period.

To me this gives  Israelis  a right (as much as anyone) to live
‘among’  but not ‘instead of’  local populations of local citizens.

For more than 50 years, the world has been held hostage by the
inability of those involved to administer Palestine in a manner fair to

Such fair administration would do much to diffuse tensions in the
middle east, without which more blood will flow.

Walls and checkpoints haven’t worked.  Bombings and terrorism don’t
work.   Recognition of rights of one sect over those of another in the
absence of fairness has never worked and has resulted in bloodshed and
ethnic cleansing.

U.S. support of Israel over the Palestinians has served to deepen the
schism between the two states and other Arab factions in the Middle East
and has lessened the chance for reasonable accord.

Polls show over 70% of American voters prefer the U.S. not
intervene in Arab/Israeli issues.

It’s time to put away ‘force of arms’ as the method to finally settle
disputes, and bring all cards to the table to develop a policy that
rational parties can accept as fair.   To me, this is a single state
solution but whatever works for the people involved.

The Greenbacker