Thursday, November 19, 2015

Can Islam be Reformed ?

The following article appeared in Commentary Magazine in 2013. It is highly informative and  thoughtful piece. It is well worth your time.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Clarifying the Syrian Problem

A highly restricted briefing document on Syria....

President Assad ( who is bad ) is a nasty guy who got so nasty his people
rebelled and the Rebels ( who are good ) started winning ( Hurrah!).

But then some of the rebels turned a bit nasty and are now called Islamic
State ( who are definitely bad!) and some continued to support democracy (
who are still good.)

So the Americans ( who are good ) started bombing Islamic State ( who are
bad ) and giving arms to the Syrian Rebels ( who are good ) so they could
fight Assad ( who is still bad ) which was good.

By the way, there is a breakaway state in the north run by the Kurds who
want to fight IS ( which is a good thing ) but the Turkish authorities think
they are bad, so we have to say they are bad whilst secretly thinking
they're good and giving them guns to fight IS (which is good) but that is
another matter.

Getting back to Syria.

So President Putin ( who is bad, cos he invaded Crimea and the Ukraine and
killed lots of folks including that nice Russian man in London with polonium
poisoned sushi ) has decided to back Assad ( who is still bad ) by attacking
IS (who are also bad ) which is sort of a good thing?

But Putin ( still bad ) thinks the Syrian Rebels (who are good ) are also
bad, and so he bombs them too, much to the annoyance of the Americans (who
are good) who are busy backing and arming the rebels (who are also good).

Now Iran ( who used to be bad, but now they have agreed not to build any
nuclear weapons and bomb Israel are now good ) are going to provide ground
troops to support Assad ( still bad ) as are the Russians ( bad ) who now
have ground troops and aircraft in Syria.

So a Coalition of Assad (still bad ) Putin (extra bad ) and the Iranians
(good, but in a bad sort of way ) are going to attack IS (who are bad )
which is a good thing, but also the Syrian Rebels (who are good) which is

Now the British (obviously good, except that nice Mr Corbyn in the corduroy
jacket, who is probably bad) and the Americans (also good) cannot attack
Assad (still bad) for fear of upsetting Putin (bad) and Iran (good /bad) and now
they have to accept that Assad might not be that bad after all
compared to IS (who are super bad).

So Assad (bad) is now probably good, being better than IS (but let's face
it, drinking your own wee is better than IS so no real choice there) and
since Putin and Iran are also fighting IS that may now make them Good.
America (still good) will find it hard to arm a group of rebels being
attacked by the Russians for fear of upsetting Mr Putin (now good) and
that nice mad Ayatollah in Iran (also good) and so they may be forced to
say that the Rebels are now Bad, or at the very least abandon them to their
fate. This will lead most of them to flee to Turkey and on to Europe or join
IS (still the only constantly bad group).

To Sunni Muslims, an attack by Shia Muslims (Assad and Iran) backed by
Russians will be seen as something of a Holy War, and the ranks of IS will
now be seen by the Sunnis as the only Jihadis fighting in the Holy War and
hence many Muslims will now see IS as Good (Doh!)

Sunni Muslims will also see the lack of action by Britain and America in
support of their Sunni rebel brothers as something of a betrayal (mmm.might
have a point.) and hence we will be seen as Bad.

So now we have America (now bad) and Britain (also bad) providing
limited support to Sunni Rebels ( bad ) many of whom are looking to IS
(good / bad) for support against Assad (now good) who, along with Iran
(also good) and Putin (also, now, unbelievably, good )are attempting to
retake the country Assad used to run before all this started?

I hope that clears all this up for you.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Ben Carson Tells the Truth!

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In a clear reference to the Bible, Abraham Lincoln once said "a house divided against itself cannot stand." It was true then and it is true now.

Ignoring this wisdom, many in the media and the political class work to divide us -- and it's tearing us apart.

If you're pro-life, you're waging a "war on women." If you're for traditional marriage, you're a homophobe. If you emphasize work over welfare, you don't care about the poor.

Throughout my career as a pediatric brain surgeon, I did over 15,000 operations. I led large teams of smart people to solve complex problems and there were always disagreements.

But we were unified in our purpose -- to save and enhance the life of our patient. It was never about settling scores, pointing fingers, or assigning blame.

If I have the honor of leading our nation, I'll bring this same approach to the Oval Office. Will you join me by making a secure donation to my campaign now?

A new series of polls shows me leading in the crucial early-voting state of Iowa, and I've now jumped to first place nationally as well. We've accepted over 800,000 grassroots donations and are building a formidable infrastructure in every single state and territory. We are in this to win.

Many of our problems are not Democratic or Republican problems. Whether it's our crippling debt, the threat of Islamic jihadists or our need to compete with China and India on the world stage, we are all in this together. We are not each other's enemies.

President Obama promised to unite us but instead he practiced the politics of division. Sadly, Hillary Clinton would be no different.

It's time to turn the page, and I ask you to join me by making a donation today.

During my medical career, I would often tell God -- you be the neurosurgeon and I'll be your hands. Every child brought to me was blessed with unlimited potential, but it was my job to help ensure that he or she would have the opportunity to fulfill it.

In many ways, I still see that as my job today -- to help save our nation for our children and grandchildren. But more than just a team of doctors, it will require a citizen movement of over 300 million Americans. I intend to lead that movement, and I hope you will join me today.

Thank you, and God Bless America.


Ben Carson

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Carly for President

CARLY for America

Friend –

After last night's Presidential Primary debate at the Reagan Library, I think we can all agree – Carly Fiorina is not just another face in the crowd.
Not just another face in the crowd

Carly Fiorina has been underestimated all of her life, from the time she worked as a secretary at a nine-person real estate firm to serving as the CEO for the largest technology firm in the world. And, last night was no exception.

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"Carly Fiorina commanded the stage all night, on every question. She is pure dynamite." – Monica Crowley

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