Archive for March 2nd, 2011

Not So Fast There, Goldstein . . .

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Lenny Bruce described it as “a party that got out of hand” – but whatever it was, few doubt there was a crucifixion of a man named Jesus about 2000 years ago.  Christians believe Jesus was the Son of God as well as the Messiah. You can read all about it in a book called the Bible – available in bookstores everywhere and in most hotel rooms.

Jesus was Jewish and so were the people who killed him.  (Jesus’ original name was Christberg before he shortened it).  Many Christians believe the persecution of Jews for thousands of years was the result of Jews killing Jesus and Anti-Semitism was justified.  Adolph Hitler – perhaps not the best example of a Christian – even used this idea as one of the reasons for the Holocaust.

Now none of my Jewish friends ever seemed to feel too bad about all this but maybe they were just awash with guilt and never brought it up.

Anyway, Jews no longer have to feel guilty. In his new book “Jesus of Nazareth – Part II”, Pope Benedict proclaimed the Jewish people ‘not guilty’ of his death.  He contends Christ was killed by a few no-goodniks who did not represent the entire Jewish race throughout history.

Catholics believe every word the Pope utters – but there are many Christian faiths like Baptists and Methodists which don’t believe he’s “Christ on Earth”.  In fact,  many don’t believe in this whole Pope thing at all and think he himself has some ‘splaining to do.

So now Catholics believe Jews are innocent but the others? Not so much.

I Hear the US War Drums Beating

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Weeks before the United States began the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the public relations arm of the Defense Department began to give reasons the US was considering taking military action against Suddam Hussein.  By the time the action was launched, most of the American public supported it.

And now, while delivering humanitarian aid and rescuing our people, the United  States “has not ruled out” a military action against Libya’s Muammar al-Gaddafi.  The news reports have called him “crazy”, “delusional”, “suicidal”, and responsible for the bombing of Flight 103 in Lockerbie, Scotland over 20 years ago.

Are US military actions against Libya justified?  NO – and please don’t fall for this again.  Remember,

1. We’ve known al-Gaddafi has been looney for over a quarter of a century.  What’s new?

2. We knew in 1988 he may have been responsible for the terrorist bombing – probably in retaliation for US military actions against him.

3. He’s already killed tens of thousands of his own people and we remained silent.

4. The Libyan people must decide their own fate – war or not.

Why start threatening Libya now?  Oil – pure and simple.

Even if we could afford another military action – WHICH WE CANNOT – do you really think war is justified so we can keep our tanks filled at a reasonable price?

And why are the other world super powers like China and Russia remaining quiet during all of this turmoil?  Because they know the US will probably use more of its precious resources (again!) to wage another unwinnable war and make ourselves even weaker.