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On the Euphrates in 1915: #2

August 31st, 2014 No comments

I recently across a copy of The Christian Herald from December 1, 1915 and the lead article by John Maynard Owen Williams is on a recent trip he took to Syria and Iraq. The images are from a century ago and I attach a few excerpts from the article. For the first part, click here.

to be continued

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Comment on Pro-Israel Attacker puts British MP George Galloway in Hospital by Desertmer

August 31st, 2014 No comments

Good man is George…

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Comment on Israelis Alarmed as al-Qaeda Captures Golan, UN Peacekeepers by spyguy

August 31st, 2014 No comments

UN peacekeepers can not be effective because they have light weapons and very restrictive rules of engagement. UN peacekeepers are only effective when the two sides they are keeping apart are willing to respect the UN.

Notice how the UN was unable to protect Gazans because Israel has no respect for the UN (or any other humans for that matter).

Bibi knows the UN can’t protect Israel from ISIS and the situation on the Golan is definitely worrying.

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Comment on Israelis Alarmed as al-Qaeda Captures Golan, UN Peacekeepers by JTMcPhee

August 30th, 2014 No comments

Never use those nuclear weapons, that is. They’ve shown no restraint in the use of most everything else in the weapons locker…

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Comment on Should Americans be allowed to Serve in Foreign Armies? by Susan Sunflower

August 30th, 2014 No comments

I think it needs to be tolerated — except in the case of a declaration of war — because it constitutes, to some degree Freedom of Speech … as also probably most charitable donations.
There have been terrible selective prosecutions of muslims (remember the waterproof socks) for things that probably could easily have been ignored — in cases where the argument seemed to be that they really really wanted to “get some guy they couldn’t make a case on” or to “send a message” — both egregious and great fodder for the cultivation of “Home Grown terrorist” everyone has been expecting to show up any minute now for years — and oddly the Tsarenevs really didn’t fit the BOLO, imho.

We have a lot of immigrant who came here as refugees from countries ruled by tyrannical regimes and I think it’s a terrible burden on immigrant communities to have to publicly align themselves with (often changing) state department policies — when in fact, they may see hope for their future in conflicts where we are supporting the status quo — At very least, if we are going to actually prosecute people for “aiding the enemy” to those enemies need to be formally declared … the term is again being used casually and the list has grown so long and the varied statuses so great, I fear Americans and resident aliens may soon find their freedom to travel either restricted or “at your peril” — our freedoms are supposed to be inalienable, not situational. The discipline of needing congressional declaration might slow down some of our adventurism or favors to friends.

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Comment on Israelis Alarmed as al-Qaeda Captures Golan, UN Peacekeepers by Mark Koroi

August 30th, 2014 No comments

There are voices within the secular elements of the Syrian rebel movement who believe that potential Israeli intervention against the Baathists would be a positive thing.

The Islamic Front brigades had been formed after having broken away from the Free Syrian Army over the FSA’s allegiance to the Syrian National Coalition and have, further, eschewed ties to Western interests. It has been fighting ISIS and has received a large share of its funding from Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf states.

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Comment on Israelis Alarmed as al-Qaeda Captures Golan, UN Peacekeepers by Jack bender

August 30th, 2014 No comments

What can one do when the Islamic sects go to tearing themselves apart, is there any past history of such madness?…as for Israel …they can handle any spillage ..actually this infighting between Israel’s enemy’s is to israels advantage

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Comment on Mitch McConnell caught Promising Billionaires he’ll Enrich them at our Expense by Curt Kastens

August 30th, 2014 No comments

I wonder how much students in Europe nied to pay for university tuition each yeer.

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Comment on US Public Worried about ISIL, Putin– But Climate Change is Real Challenge by Curt Kastens

August 30th, 2014 No comments

That seems to be a really perceptive comment.

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Comment on Ukraine: What is the word for What is Happening There? by Richard Steven Hack

August 30th, 2014 No comments

Drivel. While Russia is undoubtedly supporting the Ukraine militia under the table, so is the US and NATO supporting the Ukraine military under the table.

So what? The bottom line is the US overthrew a democratically elected (if corrupt) government and replaced it with a bunch of neo-Nazis with the intent of putting NATO military bases on Russia’s borders.

Putin has been EXTREMELY FORBEARING by not immediately invading Ukraine and stomping the neo-Nazis flat. Supporting the pro-Russian rebels is the least he could do and he’s done it in the least encroaching manner possible. He has no interest in “invading” or “annexing” a failed state like the Ukraine unless that’s the only way to keep NATO out.

It’s Obama, irritated that Putin out-maneuvered him last year on Syria, the neocons in the State Department, and the poodles in the EU who are responsible for this mess. Not Putin. And not Russia.

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