I am not a big fan of little Bibi. I did not agree with much he said about Iran in his speech at the United Nations. And then, I watched a BBC program: The History of the Jews.
These folks have been treated badly throughout history, even when they tried to fit in. I often wondered why Jews don’t assimilate. They were never allowed, even when they tried. And, they rarely enjoyed help from others, even in their direst moments of need.
Israel is forced to be unreasonable, because Jews have always suffered and learned not expect assistance. If a nation, ie. Iran, threatens to annihilate Israel, then they take that threat seriously. History has taught the Jews that someone was always trying to annihilate them. After years of submission, they became tough and uncompromising. The rest of the world has no one to blame but themselves for Israeli intransigence.
The story of the Jews is a story of how bad humans can act towards fellow humans. Why? Because of something as stupid as religion. All the Jews have ever wanted is to be left alone to follow their own ways. They have never sought convert others, as Christians have constantly attempted, or called all others non-believers, as Muslims do. People should be allowed to believe whatever they want and no one should force those beliefs on anyone else. Period.
Sadly, that will never happen. So, Bibi must hang tough...
Watching RT (Russian Television), I noticed a map during a report about flooding in the eastern part of Russia. The map showed that flooding was devastating several states. I noticed that one state is named Jewish Autonomous Region. Who knew? I wonder how many Jewish people choose this garden spot over Israel...or staying put. And, I wonder how autonomous any part of Russia might be.
Observing British media reports on the Middle East is always entertaining. These folks tend to forget that most, if not all, problems affecting this regions were caused by past employees of the former British Empire.
Recent pronouncements by British politicians and bureaucrat show that IQ’s in London have not increased, whereas illusions have.
I’m sure that Israeli politicians are happy to listen to lectures from British politicians, having learned in school that this is the country that fought to prevent the creation of a Jewish state.
I mentioned watching a program on Custer’s Last Folly. Afterwards, I thought about how the US Government treated natives of the land settlers from Europe appropriated. Of course, money and greed drove acquisitions, as it always does. The story is much different than the one I learned in history classes during my formative years, thanks to being educated by the same government. Winners always write the history books.
I could not resist drawing parallels, for example, between the invasion of the Badlands of North Dakota to exploit gold discovery for white men and other US invasions. What was the true reason for invading Iraq...or Afghanistan? What was any foreign invader doing in Afghanistan, a land of isolated tribes who want to mind their own business and get on with their simple lives?
The Indian threat to the white man was only one of being in the way of something he wanted. Although those people had dwelled on the land since time immemorial, white settlers laid claim by right of might.
And, settlers were sent to the Black Hills to populate the region and establish a footprint...and a sense of ownership. How is this different from Israeli settlements on the West Bank? The strong will always take from the weak: that’s human nature. Sadly.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.