Middle East Desk
By this point in your life you have been exposed to the horror of World war 2 and the Holocaust……if not…..where the Hell have you been?
Every time Israel goes into action against the Palestinians we are reminded over and over about the horrors that the Jews were exposed to during the Holocaust…all the death and misery. And because of the horrors they endured you would expect them to have No toleration for any such actions what so ever…….but you would be WRONG! Not mistaken but flat out WRONG!
One of the Israeli intellectuals of the founding generation, Yeshayahu Leibowitz feared that a Jewish state would become no better than the oppressors that he and so many others fled from in the days of WW2….he stated………”it would invert the whole history of the Jewish people, turning them into the spitting image of the oppressors whose terrorism from which we fled.”
He also noted that the …..”the entire energies of the Jewish state, instead of looking after the needs of its citizens, would be directing at enforcing “a strange system of political domination”……he was more prophetic than he has been given credit.
Israelis were the victims in the days of WW2….they were imprisoned, lands confiscated, harassed and put to death…….where is that any different than the circumstances with the Palestinians? They were victims and for that they were basically given a country….the world trying to soothe its guilt….and in doing so have turned the victim into the oppressors they fled from in the past.
The world continues to close its eyes to the horrendous effects that Israeli policy is having on Palestinians….all because the world still feels the guilt of World War 2…..until they break that feeling this sort of murderous outreaches will continue.
The victim will continue to be the oppressor……and the Palestinians must wait for the world to rid itself of a guilty past.
First of all I want to say that I do not normally write on religious subjects because….well it is my choice…..but I have seen much on the web about the silliness of people dying and becoming martyrs.
The idea of martyrdom has become more closely scrutinized since Islamic extremism has been in the news…..the whole idea that someone in service to God that dies is immediately martyred and goes to Heaven or in Islam’s case Paradise.
I have heard many them call the idea ridiculous and in NO way a duty of the devout. With that I agree. A deity that requires me to die to show I am devout is NO deity that I want anything to do with in any way.
With that said….martyrs or the making of martyrs is not an Islamic idea solely…..Christians had their fringe that thought the only way to know Jesus was to be killed so that they could join him in Heaven…..
Ever hear of the Circumcellions?
- The Circumcellions were a heretical splinter group of early Christianity circa the fourth century.
- They were known for loving them some martyrdom and would go to great lengths to bring about their own deaths.
- Circumcellions would carry sticks and blunt clubs to attack unwary people in order to entice said people to kill them.
………real Circumcellions were reduced to jumping out at random travelers on the road, shouting “Praise the Lord!” and swinging large clubs called “Israels.” The aim was to provoke retaliation. With a li’l bit of luck, the traveller would overcome his bemusement and fight back, hopefully kill the circumcellion attacker, making them, you guessed it, a Martyr. If the attackee was a magistrate, so much the better. When this source of martyrdom was cut off, circumcellions were driven to acts of mass suicide. Crowds flung themselves off cliffs, or into the River Chotts. The really radical ones burned themselves alive.
So you see the whole idea of martyring oneself in the name of God is not an exclusive Islamic thing………..like I said….if I must die to prove my loyalty to a deity then it might want to move past me….I prefer to let my actions determine my status. A true God does not demand the death to prove the devout….that is my opinion and I will stick with it.
Today is a day of infamy…..one country totally devastated another and the Nuclear Age had begun.
On this day at 0815 hrs a bomb named Little Man was drooped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima the resulting explosion killed thousands and the survivors would suffer from radiation sickness and death…..the bomb in effect ended world War 2.
Now there has been an argument going on since the day the bomb was dropped as to whether it was necessary because, some say, Japan was already defeated.
Thanx to the bomb the world would enter into a new age and a new war, the Cold War.
Please take a moment today and remember those civilians that were evaporated in the name of war…..and pray that humanity is NEVER that irresponsible or cruel ever again.
Today is the centennial of the start of World War One….I will be posting on the subject all day in remembrance of the stupidity of war and its outcome….. I do hope my readers appreciate the day and will take a little time to remember those that fought and died in the Great War……and maybe think about the deception and lies that made modern day Middle East…..those lies have help create the situations that we face today…..
How the Ottoman delusions of 1914 shaped the modern Middle East | The National.
Hundred years ago today the Great War, World War 1, began……most of us like visual aids as opposed to reading the history…..so I include this piece that explains the War quite accurately……easier than reading…..and think about it….what did we learn from the first “modern” war? Easy answer….NOT A GODDAMN THING!
40 maps that explain World War I | vox.com.
Bombs falling in Gaza…..shells falling in Ukraine……
Today is 28 July 2014……..100 years ago today the world stood still and it would NEVER be the same again…..today was the start of the Great War or as it is called these days World War 1……..
The year is 1914….it is a warm day in Sarajevo in Serbia…..the Arch Duke Ferdinand of the Austria-Hungarian Empire, is on a state visit and a group of “anarchists” shoot and kill the Duke….it is June 28, 1914…….
Lots of whys and whats and whens….lots of backs and forths……and on July 28, 1914 one month after the assassination of the Archduke, Austria-Hungarian Empire declares war on Serbia….and with that declaration a whole series of events and alliances began forming ……
- August 1 – Germany declares war on Russia.
- August 3 – Germany declares war on France.
- August 4 – The United Kingdom declares war on Germany, after Germany invades Belgium
- August 6 – Austria-Hungary declares war on Russia and Serbia declares war on Germany.
- August 26 – The Battle of Tannenberg begins.
In less than a month just about every “kingdom” on the European continent had chose a side and the blood letting began……the only “power” that stayed out of the fray was the US…..but that was short lived for in 1917 the US declares war on Germany…..and off we go to fight in a war to end all wars (at least that is what most thought….silly of them)…..and in 5 years of war there were in the neighborhood of 39,000,000 casualties, that is KIA, WIA and MIA……
New technology was introduced to the battlefield during this war….chemical weapons, tanks, a flame thrower, machine guns…..all in all a proving ground for wars to come…..and we have certainly learned our lessons well…….
Mercifully the Great War ended officially on June 28, 1919 with the Treaty of Versailles…….and there was a call of “never again”…..which lasted about 20 years before the world started lining up again and once that started it was only a matter of time……and a little over 20 years we were at it again…….another waste of human life.
Take a little time out of your busy schedule and think about the men who went to war 100 years ago today….and pray that we are never that stupid again! But sadly….we were!
It is Sunday my last day of mental clarity…..my regular readers know that I am a history buff…..especially when it is history on or about the Middle East…..I have always been interested in the army sent into the desert by a persian king to put down a revolt and the army was lost…..some say a massive sandstorm swallowed them….but people have looked for remains of this army since around 600BCE…..and some say they found the object of their search…..
An expert on Egyptian history thinks he’s figured out what happened to an army of 50,000 men that seemingly vanished in the Egyptian desert around 524 BC, reports Nature World News. Legend has it that the “lost army of Cambyses” got swallowed up in a sandstorm, an account passed on by none other than Greek historian Herodotus. But if so, then why hasn’t any trace of the men turned up despite scores of archaeological expeditions? Because there was no sandstorm, says professor Olaf Kaper at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Instead, he argues via a university news release, the soldiers suffered a far more conventional fate: They got whupped by a rebel army.
“Since the 19th century, people have been looking for this army: amateurs, as well as professional archaeologists,” says Kaper. “Some expect to find somewhere under the ground an entire army, fully equipped.” By his account, Persian King Cambyses sent the troops into the desert toward a place called the Dachla Oasis to put down a revolt, but a rebel leader named Petubastis III ambushed and defeated them, then named himself pharaoh. Two years later, Persian King Darius I put an end to the revolt and, according to Kaper’s theory, practiced some spin control. He made up the story about the sandstorm because he figured it would be better for people to think that natural elements, not a military foes, were responsible. Kaper says he pieced all this together based on inscriptions of ancient temple blocks unearthed in the Dachla Oasis, reports Sci-News. He was to present his theory at an international conference, and there’s no word yet whether other Egyptologists are on board
If true then a mystery of the ages has been solved…….any thoughts from the peanut gallery?
It is no secret that I am a history buff……since it is the start of my weekend I think I will dedicate it to historical stuff…….when I was traveling I got to go to the ruins in Pompeii…..a very interesting tour by the way……I especially was fascinated by the erotic graffiti that was found in the ruins…..I have also seen what some call the Porno Scroll, a piece of Egyptian papyrus with some explicit drawings……I bring all this up because of a report I read last week……..
Think phallic graffiti art exclusively belongs to the baseless present? Think again. An archaeologist has uncovered what the Guardian touts as the earliest erotic graffiti on the planet, found in Greece—and predating, in one case, even Athens’ Acropolis. Since 2011, Dr. Andreas Vlachopoulos has been directing fieldwork on the Aegean island of Astypalaia, and the professor may have given the students working with him a little more insight than he’d at first intended when he happened upon extremely explicit erotica chiseled into the limestone rocks that line the cape. In one instance, dating back to 5th century BC, two gigantic penises are etched next to the name Dion; in another, dating to 6th century BC, one man boasted: “Nikasitimos was here mounting Timiona.”
“We know that in ancient Greece sexual desire between men was not a taboo,” Vlachopoulos tells the Guardian. “But this graffiti … is not just among the earliest ever discovered. By using the verb in the past continuous [tense], it clearly says that these two men were making love over a long period of time, emphasizing the sexual act in a way that is highly unusual in erotic artwork.” One theory is that soldiers were once stationed at this outpost overlooking the bay; other carvings include that of ships, daggers, and wave-symbolizing spirals. Either way Astypalaia, best known for what Archaeology International called “the largest ancient children’s cemetery in the world,” with at least 2,700 infant burials identified in one place, can now add ancient porn among its claims to fame. (Meanwhile, in Italy, art restorers have been accused of scrubbing away the erotic…)
Our ancestors were NO different from us…….they enjoyed the same things we enjoy…….anybody got an opinion they would like to share?
I know my interests are usually in the Middle East……but I monitor all international situations and post on issues that I see could be a major incident in the making………and I found a good one that leaves many questions unanswered…….
I have out of school for too many years but I do not know how much of WW2 they actually teach these days…..before the start of WW2 Japan was moving militarily into China mainly for the natural resources that the island nation did not have…then once they had built up their stocks they expanded into more of China, then into SE Asia and the Dutch East Indies….their empire expanded and it became a major military power during WW2.
Then the US nuked them into submission and we took over the island…..we gave them a constitution and we limited their military….kinda like like the allies did to Germany at the end of WW1….but now there seems to be an attitude that Japan has had enough Western interference…….in a piece written by Jason Ditz……….
Reflecting the long-time ambition of the Abe Government, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has announced a “reinterpretation” that effectively spells the end to nearly 70 years of constitutional ban on overseas warfare.
Abe has been outspoken in his desire to turn the Japanese Self-Defense Forces into a proper military, and has cited the “threat” of China in his new policy, while arguing the military buildup would mean the nation is paradoxically “less likely” to go to war.
Yet it seems centered on sending Japanese troops into overseas operations coordinated with the US and other allies, and to more aggressively join “peacekeeping” operations under the UN.
From the start of the Meiji Restoration, Japan’s military buildups have com primarily at the behest of overseas allies hoping to using them as a proxy. The nation fought only a brief war with China over Japan prior to the Anglo-Japanese Alliance, and in fairly short order Japan was fighting British rival Russia in a major war. By World War 1, Japan was sieging German possessions in China at Britain’s behest, before graduating to an aggressive military empire in the wake of that war.
After the massive destruction of World War 2 left much of Japan in ruins, the US sought to prevent them from rebuilding their military. The pacifist constitution served Japan quite well, as not only has the nation not gotten sucked into a single war since, but became a global economic powerhouse with the savings from ending their runaway military spending.
Though the US was the one that pushed the clause on Japan, for years the US has been fighting to get Japan to ditch the concept, and join as a “full partner” in America’s overseas adventures.
While in part this would return Japan to the status of military proxy for a larger power, as it was during the Anglo-Japanese era, America’s status as a massive exporter of military equipment is likely also part of the equation, as President Obama’s determination to increase exports abroad has had US diplomats urging re-militarization the world over.
Is Japan planning to do what Germany did in the 1930’s……..rearm and looking for a fight?
Might be a good idea to keep an eye on Japan….there is more going on there than meets the eye of the media……..
I apologize f or today I will be pressing several articles bout the history and the causes of the situation in Iraq…..I regret that I have no original insights for today….I am deep in research and need a day to compile so of the info I have gleamed…..please read and i do hope that it extends your knowledge of the situation…….
Today I will give my readers a little history lesson…..there is a gap in Americans knowledge of what is happening and has happened in the Middle East….if you want to understand what is going on in Iraq then a refresher course would be advised……..
I know….what a bummer having to learn something this early in the week…….try it you may like it.
Present day Middle East is an arbitrarily drawn borders by Anglo at the end of WW1……the Allies cut up the old Ottoman Empire……only concerns were colonization and economic….there was NO consideration of old animosities or loyalties…..Because of this randomness the Middle East is dying as we know it today……..
I wrote about this situation earlier….in case my reader would like to check out what I wrote……..http://lobotero.com/2014/04/14/are-we-still-paying-for-sykes-picot/
Now others are seeing what I saw……..
The Western-Imposed Partition of the Middle East Is Dead | Common Dreams.