Friday, May 19, 2006

The New Nazis?

Do these guys remind you of anyone? Iran’s parliament has reportedly passed a law requiring Jews, Christians and other religious minorities to wear color-coded badges to identify them as non-Muslims.

"This is reminiscent of the Holocaust," said Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles. Iran is moving closer and closer to the ideology of the Nazis."

"The world should not ignore this," said Rabbi Hier. "The world ignored Hitler for many years. He was dismissed as a demagogue. They said he'd never come to power."

"And we were all wrong."

The new law was drafted two years ago, but lingered in the Iranian parliament until recently when it was revived at the urging of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

This guy is a dangerous meglomaniac and must be dealt with. Have we not learned the lessons of history? Must we allow things to escalate to the point of no return?

Nukes or No Nukes......he needs to be dealt with. I'm not suggesting war, but a much smaller response to take out the specific threat, namely Ahmadinejad. Preferably by the Iranians themselves, with a little help from the CIA if necessary.

The sooner this could happen, the better.


Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Vacation in Iraq?

Vacation in Iraq? Noooooooooo..........I'm not insane. Well, at least not quite yet. Alicia Colon's article today in the New York Sun pointed out some rather surprising statistics about just how dangerous Iraq really is.

She reported that Rep. Steve King, a Republican of Iowa, on C-span last week rattled off some startling figures that demonstrate how off-base journalists are when it comes to reporting on the war in Iraq. According to Mr. King, the violent death rate in Iraq is 25.71 per 100,000. That may sound high, but not when you compare it to places like Colombia (61.7), South Africa (49.6), Jamaica (32.4), and Venezuela (31.6).

How about the violent death rates in American cities? New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina was 53.1. FBI statistics for 2004-05 have Washington at 45.9, Baltimore at 37.7, and Atlanta at 34.9.

I wonder if the media in this country reported the violent deaths in our major American cities the way they do the deaths in Iraq, if our Congressmen and Senators would be forced to convene the House and the Senate at a secured location?

Will I be vacationing in Iraq this summer? I doubt it, but based on the information above, I don't think I'll be visiting our nation's capital either.