Sunday, 30 April 2017

Trump's Flounder

It is essential that the American public knows what is happening in the world because the decisions taken by the US President and Congress affects the whole world, so we in the middle -east wish that the American people not only hold their President accountable for domestic issues but for foreign issues too. Today there are several issues to talk about and in a sense, they are related, N. Korea, French elections, Yemen and South Lebanon, and although they are miles and miles apart but they are inter-related.

On Twitter, Trump warned: “North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A.”
But after a brief but bracing war scare, national security adviser H.R. McMaster and Defense Secretary James N. Mattis swooped into moderate the commander in chief. "It's time for us to undertake all actions we can, short of a military option, to try to resolve this peacefully,” McMaster, said on Sunday. “We are working together with our allies and partners and with the Chinese leadership to develop a range of options" In other words, the US wants the Chinese assistance in offering the N. Koreans a basket of solutions to disarm their nuclear arsenal. The Americans have reached the conclusion that since Obama's idea of "strategic patience" did not work and a conflict with N. Korea is costly keeping in mind how resilient they are, facing very tough sanctions unlike any other that occurred, that started in 2006, they also have built a very strong army and intelligence systems, all of these reasons combined makes the conflict with N. Korea remote, so the next step would be a treaty similar to that singed between Iran and the US.
Europe's political mood is certainly shifting to the right and the French first round elections singled out Marine Le Pen far right wing and Emmanuel Macron left wing, and although Le Pen is close to Trump's ideas yet she is supporting France withdrawal from the EU and is closer to Russia. Her statement of supporting Russia and Assad in fighting terrorism is clear, which makes it obvious that Macron is Washington's favorite. Yet once again Trump' tweeted following Friday's incident in Paris "Everyone is now saying how right I was with illegal immigration and the wall," although he did not name her yet his indication is supporting Le Pen's ideas, which should be in contradiction to the US and all of its allies' choice, and gives confused signals to the French voters.
Unlike the previously mentioned cases, Trump was very clear when he sent the Defense Secretary James Mattis to Saudi Arabia showing support to the Saudi's and the same time encouraging them to push for peace. Mattis dis-encouraged the Saudi's from attacking the Houthis strong hold at Al-Hodeida port because simply the Americans will find themselves obligated to support the Saudi troops which is something the Americans do not want to do and were clear about it.
Finally, in a very rare and almost for the first-time Hezbollah took a group of journalists to the Israeli border and even allowed them to interview some of the fighters in a show that they are still strong in South Lebanon and the Syrian war have not affected them, and added that they will punish Israel if it violates UN 1701 resolution which prohibits Israeli war planes from entering the Lebanese air space.
It seems that Trump's hands are full in the international arena, and he is not making easier on himself by tweeting contradicting massages and I do not blame him since he is new to all this and does not have past experience.
When we weave those events together the picture may be will look clearer. N. Korea is the main supplier of weapons and weapon technology to Iran and subsequently to Hezbollah and by coming to terms with N. Korea, the US can put their conditions on lifting the sanctions thus cutting the supply of arms to Iran and removing the threat to S. Korea and Japan the US allies in turn will considerably reduce the US military presence in the region. In the other hand the US does not want France a key player in the middle-east and Europe to shift towards Russia and change the French view towards the Syrian war if Le Pen wins the elections  but if not they will definitely support Macron whom already received the blessings of the Democrats when Obama called him.

It is a struggle to keep a balance away from the red lines of Yemen, Iraq where ISIS are collapsing and the Iraqis are not giving them a way out which will affect the balance in Syria which is the main focus.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

You,them and I

Sometimes when you take an unwise decision you regret it and then try to fix the problem, but the damage is done and some of them are only a superficial wound that can be mended , but others are deep and beyond any repair.
Sir Issac Newton's third law of motion states " that every action has an equal and opposite reaction" this is true for our decisions too, for every decision there are consequences pointing in the other direction.Nevertheless Newton insists that the action and reaction are equal, so when you say "i did not mean to do that" i believe you and i know you are saying the truth, but that does not reduce the amount of action you applied or the size of the wound you caused. So next time you want to say something or do something towards other people, weigh your action and check its direction , you notice i added direction because those actions are dynamic so they are vectors having magnitude and direction, in other words , what you can say to an X person, cannot be tolerated by the Y person, so you have to check the direction of your actions.
Once the damage is done it is very hard to reduce its effects unless you direct your action towards the positive direction,like an apology which would offset the original damage,But what causes us to take drastic decisions without calculating the consequences? ANGER,,is the most damaging cause to any decision we make because it does not only limit our wisdom but also controls our limbs instead of our brains, spiritually talking, so anger is a power to be recon with and have to learn more about it, and that is not easy at all unless you are prepared spiritually.
I have been very very busy teaching in an extra ordinary college of aviation which drains all my power, yet i find it an opportunity to communicate with the boys and try to deliver not only technical knowledge and regulations but the true meaning of ourselves, consider it as adventure digging deep into us find the defects and try to fix it.I tell the boys the most important thing in college is to be disciplined because as you are abiding by the rules and requirements on the outside of yourself, what you are really doing is teaching your inside to brake anger, laziness,weakness and all the negative emotions.  

Finally a virtue is nothing but an equilibrium point, for example bravery is a virtue, yet if you go left a bit then it becomes cowardliness or go right and becomes recklessness so being in the middle you  are safe,and this holds true for all.To discover ones self makes him realize where exactly he stands. It is a struggle with ones self, make sure you come out victorious.   

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

GAY MARRIAGE RIDICULES THE REPUBLIC's SPIRIT

This is a very sensitive issue to most Americans because it has to do with the constitution and the states laws  and since i am not one i can discuss it without any pressure, . The subject of gays and gays marriage is a wide subject and a controversial one unlike other because it has to do with religion similar to what happened to Mrs Kim Davis, she broke the US law no doubt but she preferred that to breaking GOD's law, so are the laws contradicting? To discuss this matter rationally we have to look at the US history regarding this issue, the basis that built the foundation of USA and the religions view to the subject.
Let us look at the history's timeline first:

1962 Illinois became the first state to decriminalize homosexual acts between consenting adults in private,
 1973 when the The American Psychiatric Association removes homosexuality from its official list of mental disorders
1977 Activists in Miami, Florida pass a civil rights ordinance making sexual orientation discrimination illegal in Dade County. Save Our Children, a campaign by a Christian fundamentalist group and headed by singer Anita Bryant, is launched in response to the ordinance. In the largest special election of any in Dade County history, 70% vote to overturn the ordinance. It is a crushing defeat for gay activists.
1982 Wisconsin becomes the first state to outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation
1993 The “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy is instituted for the U.S. military, permitting gays to serve in the military but banning homosexual activity. President Clinton's original intention to revoke the prohibition against gays in the military was met with stiff opposition; this compromise, which has led to the discharge of thousands of men and women in the armed forces, was the result.
2000 Vermont becomes the first state in the country to legally recognize civil unions between gay or lesbian couples. The law states that these “couples would be entitled to the same benefits, privileges, and responsibilities as spouses.” It stops short of referring to same-sex unions as marriage, which the state defines as heterosexual
2004 On May 17, same-sex marriages become legal in Massachusetts

The history timeline tells us that is took over 40 years from first decriminalizing gays until it became legal for same-sex marriage, which clearly shows the reluctance of the American people to legalize it, and it took all these years of campaigning and media support to reach this level from being criminalized and needed psychiatric help.

The question remains,gay marriage is lawful but is it built on the basis of the founding fathers of the USA?why did the politicians moved away from the indispensable supports of George Washington which are religion and morality?what did the people whom wrote the constitution think of virtues?

GEORGE WASHINGTON said in his farewell address in 1796:
" Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them."

SAMUEL ADAMS said:
“He therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man…. The sum of all is, if we would most truly enjoy this gift of Heaven, let us become a virtuous people.”

JOHN ADAMS said:
We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . ….Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” 

These are the people that really put the foundation of the USA and established it as a country, having known the spirit that led the Republic into being , let us see what the religion says:

The Bible consistently tells us that homosexual activity is a sin (Genesis 19:1-13; Leviticus 18:22;20:13; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9). Romans 1:26-27 teaches specifically that homosexuality is a result of denying and disobeying God. When people continue in sin and unbelief, God “gives them over” to even more wicked and depraved sin in order to show them the futility and hopelessness of life apart from God. 1 Corinthians 6:9 proclaims that homosexual “offenders” will not inherit the kingdom of God.

God does not create a person with homosexual desires. The Bible tells us that people become homosexuals because of sin (Romans 1:24-27) and ultimately because of their own choice. A person may be born with a greater susceptibility to homosexuality, just as some people are born with a tendency to violence and other sins. That does not excuse the person’s choosing to sin by giving in to sinful desires. If a person is born with a greater susceptibility to anger/rage, does that make it right for him to give into those desires? Of course not! The same is true with homosexuality.

If George Washington would come back to speak to the politicians i think he would say SHAME ON YOU .., and Mrs Davis will not face contradicting laws

i thank google that helped me in finding all the sources


  

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

MY VISIT TO IRAN

Probably by just mentioning the name Iran your thoughts will immediately goes to the nuclear deal and the revolution and other recent events, and that is wrong because this country is 2500 years old from the first Persian civilization led by Cyrus the great. My first visit to Iran was a few years back in January and i had no idea what to face there, so i landed in the Capital Tehran and it was snowing like hell which reminded of my beloved city in the USA Boston where i studied. For a man coming from the desert the weather cannot be better so much different, went to the hotel which was very nice,
Tehran is a typical middle eastern city with huge buildings and crowded, and you do not want to drive there , my goodness what a mess i mean a red traffic light does not mean anything for a few drivers. their food is what you have to try especially if you like kebab, they have tens of different kebabs may favorite was kebab sultani which was great and they are experts with yogurt drink they add mint to it slightly sour but if cold it is fantastic.this is the image.



I noticed that they have a good industry almost all of their electrical appliances like fridges, tv's is made in Iran including computers, also clothing's, cars and other things, my only problem was the language i do not speak Persian and few speaks English there although Tehran is much better than the rest of the country.

 My next stop was Qum i had no problem there at all almost everybody speaks Arabic over there, they must have over a million Iraqis there whom were deported at the Saddam Hussein era. their market is magic i mean the carpets bazaar, you have to see it to believe it, the designs , the colors the beauty is eye boggling, made from wool or silk the ones made of silk you hang on the wall and if you look at it from different angles it gives you different colors, you have the feeling you want to buy the whole market.





Also in Qum is the shrine of MASOUMA the sister of the 8th Imam of the Shiites , the architecture is old and beautiful and lots of gold in the building structure it is just majestic.This is the image



The next stop was Mashhad an hour flight from Tehran, now this is a city you should visit,it is the dream of millions because it has the shrine of the 8th Imam and the old market is just wonderful. this city is equipped nicely for tourists with hotels , restaurants and a big shopping places. i always prefer the old market which also have carpets and saffron because saffron comes from the Khorasen region which Mashhad is one of the cities, and that saffron is the best in the world by the way. what really encourages the tourists is that the prices are very reasonable especially if we know the Tooman or Riyal the Iranian currency is cheap if compared with the US dollar.

Finally you have to visit the shrine of Imam Mousa Bin Jafar it is magnificent and cannot be described by words, gold all over the place and glass designs from the inside, i have traveled a lot but i have never seen anything like it, and this is its image

  

Friday, 29 May 2015

A POEM BY A LEGEND



ANTARH IBN SHADAD IS AN ARABIC LEGEND WHOM LIVED IN THE ARABIC PENINSULA BORN 525 AD AND DIED 628 AD. ONE OF THE MIGHTIEST HEROES AND POETS, HIS FATHER WAS THE A TRIBE LEADER FROM BANI ABBS AND HIS MOTHER WAS AN ETHIOPIAN SLAVE, HE WAS MADLY IN LOVE WITH HIS COUSIN ABBLAH WHOM HE WROTE SO MANY POEMS ABOUT, HE BECAME FREE AFTER SAVING HIS TRIBE FROM ANOTHER THAT TRIED TO OCCUPY THEIR LAND, HE FINALLY MARRIED HER AFTER A LONG HARDSHIPS TO PERSUADE HER FATHER, HE DIED FIGHTING FOR HIS TRIBE. HIS POEMS WHERE HUNG ON THE KABBAH AND WRITTEN IN GOLD WATER AS THE ARABS DID FOR THE GREAT POETS. THIS IS ONE OF HIS SHORT POEMS ' OH DOVE YOU INFLAMED MY SORROW', HE WROTE THIS POEMS AFTER HIS LOVE LEFT WITH HER FAMILY, SO HE SAT UNDER A TREE AND HEARD THIS DOVE SINGING.

OH DOVE YOU INFLAMED MY SORROW, AND FILLED ME WITH PAIN

IF YOU ARE WEEPING FOR YOUR LOVE THAT LEFT, THEN WE CRY FOR THE SAME CAUSE

INCREASE YOUR WAILING AND MAKE ME HAPPY WITH SADNESS UNTIL YOU SEE WONDERS OUT FLOWING FROM MY EYES

STOP AND SEE WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME,DO NOT BE HASTY BUT BE CAREFUL FROM MY FLAMING BERTH

(1)NOW FLY OVER THE LAND OF HIJAZ . MAY BE YOU WILL SEE A CARAVAN NEAR ALIJ OR BEFORE NOAMAN.

HAVING A CRYING LADY WITH TEARS OF LONGING FOR FAR AWAY HOME AND NEIGHBORS

I BEG YOU OH DOVE , IF YOU SEE THEM OBITUARY ME

AND TELL THEM THAT I HAVE LEFT HIM FALLEN , HIS TEARS HAVE FINISHED AND HE IS CRYING BLOOD NOW.

(1) HIJAZ IS THE OLD NAME OF SAUDI ARABIA NOW
ALIJ IS A PLACE NORTH OF THE PENINSULA
NOAMAN IS PLACE SOUTH WEST OF THE PENINSULA


  

Friday, 8 May 2015

THE HISTORY OF ARAB- AMERICAN RELATIONS

I gathered information from Arabic and American sources to summarize this important history, you can always refer to prof, Thomas A. Byson west Georgia college, whom wrote a  book entitled          " United States, Middle East diplomatic relations 1784-1978."

After the American independence in 1776, the young republic found itself having two major  difficulties, first was international recognition because of the British pressure world wide, and second the sea trade routs were dominated by the Europeans. It all started to look better in 1777 only one year after independence, when Sultan Mohammad bin Abdullah the third, Sultan of Morocco recognized the United States and was the first in the world to do so. In 1778 Morocco and the United States had signed the friendship treaty which was the first to be signed by the United States (still valid to date).
George Washington wrote a letter to the Sultan thanking him( called him emperor instead of sultan) and telling him that he is an ally for the years to come, and the Sultan replied to him with 2 Arabic horses as a gift handed to the American chancellor in Tangiers Mr James Laibe.

In 1784 the congress appointed Benjamin Franklin , Thomas Jefferson and John Adams as a special committee to establish commercial relations with the North African Emirates ( Algeria,Tunisia and Tripoli). Things did not go well as with Morocco ,( it was then when Thomas Jefferson thought of building the U.S navy to secure the trade routes to North Africa) but they finally succeeded  to make relations with Algeria in 1795. Tunisia 1797 and Tripoli 1806, in fact the United States declared the first war against Tripoli in 1801.
The fifth Arabic country the Americans signed a treaty of friendship and commerce was the Sultanate of Oman in 1833 and the Sultan Sayed bin Saeed sent the first ambassador to the United States in April 1840 on board the sail ship Sultana and the ambassador name was Ahmed bin Noaman, whom was the first ever Arabic ambassador in the United States.

This is a brief history of the ups and downs in the relations between the two nations,history that might not be known by a lot of people, but our friendship goes more back in time than any other nation in the history of the United States of America.   

Monday, 27 April 2015

Memories from visiting Saddam's Iraq part 4

As we were standing in front of the museum hesitating to enter, i heard somebody calling my name, hey Nael is that you my friend, i had a stare at him then realized it is Thaer my friend from school years back whose father was working in Kuwait for a few years before they went back home to Iraq. He changed a bit he looks darker and aged twice the years since i last saw him. Come walk with me he said holding a plastic bag in his hands,OK i said what is this bag for? well i want to buy some tomato he said i laughed i thought the place you are buying from should give you one!! suddenly we stopped and a long queue was ahead of us, this will take some time he said, i was astonished you are queuing for tomato i said, he just nodded , Iraq the land of Mesopotamia, the fertile crescent, my goodness Thaer your soil is black exploding with fertility i said with surprise, he replied well my mum wants to make a salad and my other brothers went queuing for cucumbers and lettuce, well i wish you luck shall we meet tonight i said? yes he replied there is a good restaurant called restaurant the restaurant it is famous, OK i said but what a strange name , and left him amazed and as we were walking near the place selling tomato i noticed a university degree hanging on the outside of the shop, a Bachelor of science, so i was reading it and the tomato sales person said angrily yes it is mine and i am not the only one, so i kept walking thinking what a waste.

  
So at night we all dressed up and went out the hotel and as soon as i lifted my arm calling a taxi , the same car stopped again with this guy smiling hello friends it looks like we bump into each other more often, , i just raised my arm i was not calling a taxi i said angrily and walked away, he drove his car right beside us and still smiling nobody except me will pick you up he said,so come on, so we had no choice.
So we met in that restaurant and the first thing my friend told us do not talk to the waiter otherwise you have to pay in dollars, OK i said ,now tell me why are you darker,did you go to the beach or something, he laughed and said no, i just participated in the popular labor  project, it is for all students to help in building new cities, oh so you made some money i said, what money he replied it is participation,so you could have said no i asked , he laughed again and said then they will not give me the end of year certificate. i turned to my cousin who's look was full of disgust , did you hear that? my cousin replied with a low tone ' i want to go home '