Category Archives: International

What Are We Thinking?

WHERE DOES THE DIVINE FIT IN?

When laws, customs, or religion says men are allowed to degrade or harm women, while women must hide themselves as if they’re a shameful creature, then every justification someone uses to defend their beliefs doesn’t come from lofty principles of any supreme intelligence or creator. Those customs are created and enforced by men who are so insecure in their masculinity, they find it necessary to oppress women.

circus_strong_manLet me say it in another way. Lets assume you intermingle on a regular basis with men and women. Notice the big, strong men who are emotionally mature, don’t act act out aggressively or are confrontational. They don’t need to be, they have nothing to prove.

Not so, with many smaller or immature men. Those are the emotionally insecure who demand control and use fear as part of their authority.

There are people who find it necessary to prove they are the pack alpha. They group together and prey upon those they can control. Of course they identify with group think ideology and they want authority over the group. If you’re a man or woman and agree with this, then your mind has become captured and controlled through regimentation and repetition.

male_vs_female_cartoonIt’s tragically pathetic to insist genitalia defines superiority of one human over another. Furthermore, neither man or woman could continue without the creation and incubation of all human life inside a woman. Why then, would this creative, life supporting female be subservient to the male of the species? Only a heretic religious concept would choose to incorporate this thinking into their organization.

The individuals who believe in such fallacy are the universal pariah of any community. There’s no truthfulness in a philosophy, religion or text which seeks to justify this behavior, using word perversion to claim divine authority.

If that’s the kind of leadership a group has, using threats of harm, isolation, family disconnection, against any that try to be independent thinkers, or seek to do good outside of this group, then it’s not of God or Allah, its origins are of man, not the divine.

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Are We Doing More Harm Than Good?

I’m a Marine Corps veteran who enlisted during the Vietnam war. As such, I believe I’ve earned the right to make a few observations about our use of the military throughout the world.

I think an overall concern for the welfare and freedom of humanity is a good cause. I’m just not sure that using our military as goodwill ambassadors for freedom and democracy is all that effective. Any military must first be an effective fighting force, but it’s use should be limited to preserving the nation and it’s people. The first loyalty of any person is to serve and protect their family, then their community, and finally their nation. Going beyond that requires more than just your independent will and might.

If for example, another country invaded the US and said, we’re going to install a new government, bomb your cities, kill off anyone that dares lift a hand against us, the average American would think that’s intolerable and would fight against this foreign intervention. Yet for some reason, we’ve been doing this for decades and believe the world is a better place because of this action.

I’m not the first or last to criticize our leadership when they make these type of decisions. I certainly consider myself pro-America, and pro-military. My honorable discharge from the Marines should exemplify that, but I think we do the nation a disservice when we become puppets to a country which leads with its big stick.

I think our influence would go a lot further if we backed away from a strategy of military aggression. Let’s resort to using the military to be able to defend the homeland, not go off and kill other people in a preemptive cause, thinking it’s OK if we kill you, because you might do us harm later.

That’s like sending police into a neighborhood, breaking down doors, arresting all males between 14 to 45 because they might commit a crime.

Then we wonder, why do they hate us and want to commit acts of terrorism?

We just aren’t being honest with ourselves. We must realize we’re fueling and fanning the flames of our own destruction. I’m not creating apologies for terrorists, but there’s two sides to every story. I don’t think we’re doing a good job of examining the other side.

This year, let’s remind ourselves of how our country was established and guided by inspired wisdom. George Washington first explained that our nation should steer clear of foreign entanglements. His words were made even more clear by Thomas Jefferson when he said, “Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations-entangling alliances with none.

What’s it Going to Take?

I wanted to post this before President Obama gives his speech this evening. I don’t want my remarks to appear as a reaction to what he might say. If they coincide or contradict, either way, that’s fine.

So the big question or as they say, the 800 lb. gorilla in the room, what’s it going to take to defeat ISIL, or world terrorism?

I’m going to be bold and answer that question. Not because I’m a genius, have all the answers or think I know better. I’m going to use history of conflict as the source which answers the question, no matter who or what the conflict is about.

First, I know we’re not going to eliminate this or a greater level of international terrorism, until we commit 100%, and even then it’s going to be extremely difficult. When you face an enemy who’s committed to your destruction to the point of self-destruction, you have no choice but either to comply with their wish, or you obligate yourself in a cause equally as committed to their destruction.

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You can dance around this answer as much as you want, make excuses for why they act the way they do, or suggest we need to “understand what motivates them.” Some take that a step further and say we need to be kinder and gentler, to provide them with the infrastructure that more developed parts of the world possess. To those that believe that, I can’t probably persuade, because they don’t want to recognize things as they are, rather as they want it to be. You see, ISIL or for that matter al-Qaeda, have the financial resources to create a better world. One with running water, electricity on demand, roads, schools, etc.

Osama bin Laden was wealthy and knew what it was like prior to hanging with his boys in caves. Many of the leaders from ISIL were educated in Europe but chose this life. Why? Somewhere within their miserable self came the idea to bring together the world into the fold of Islam.  Not the moderate, go to work, go to prayers, serve each other, rather the, let’s take over and control the world for Islam. Let’s promote the religion in ways practiced hundreds of years ago, because they view the evils of this world have been brought forth by western Judaeo-Christian thinking. The infidels must go and they believe they’re the ones charged with the responsibility to make this happen.

Wait a minute you say, I’m an atheist, or a moderate Christian, Jew or Muslim. That doesn’t matter to them, as a matter of fact, they consider those people to be the problem that must be eliminated. You don’t defeat an ideology as committed with these ideas with moderation or no ideology. To put it as plainly as I can, any group which thinks itself as superior to the point where others must either conform or be destroyed, is a group to be feared. Their mission is plain, you will either convert, pay your tribute and conform, or you must die. That’s the problem and the type of people we really are up against. Once you recognize the problem, then you can do something about it.

from the Marine Corps art collection

So maybe you’ve come to that realization, but still don’t know what to do. That’s when you see how history has repeated. This conflict we’ve just seen starting, could last 100 or more years. None of us want to see that but if your commitment isn’t to the level of your enemy or your resources insufficient, the fight continues until one or both settle. As I pointed out, they’re not going to settle. As a matter of fact, any agreement would be broken as soon as they felt they had the resources to renew the fight.

The recent killings in San Bernardino are merely a prelude to larger  events, better planned, as well as the seemingly regular crazies who kill randomly. For some, these events won’t seem linked in any way or that if we disarm ourselves, these types of difficult to rationalize attacks will diminish. Nothing could be further from the truth. The absolutely committed urban terrorist will find new ways with support from other resources to create havoc. The only way this will stop, is to round up those who might initiate these kinds of attacks. They could’ve been born here, or immigrated a decade or more. They might come across the border, but they will be nourished by those from the middle-east. That’s the source and the sponsor of these problems, and they must be eliminated, or they will continue to gain ground.

I’m reasonably sure the President will make a speech to reassure us that we will be safe, protected, and they’re working with other nations to stop international terrorism. He might even go further and say, that he wants to initiate new laws which will restrict firearms, or improve background checks. That’s his job, to placate and comfort us with words both spoken and on paper. Unfortunately, words and laws don’t control behavior, nor will they stop the killing. I can safely predict that at some point, we will see an event in the U.S. every bit as catastrophic as 9/11.

None of this will stop unless and until we become as committed to end it as these people are in their goals.picture from ISIS video showing the execution of James Foley