Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Arab Mind by Ralphael Patai

I sent a copy of my latest book to Jennifer Schneider. She responded by telling me of a book her father had written entitled “The Arab Mind”. I immediately ordered a copy and just now after three weeks of tortuous reading I have finally finished reading. I say that, not to disparage her father but due to the overriding conclusion of how antiquated and stuck in time these people continue to be. This book was originally printed in 1973. This newest edition was updated in 1983. Mr. Patai was an accomplished author with over 30 books written. He lived in Palestine for 15 years as a youth before immigrating to America. He died in 1996. Chapters are devoted to every aspect of Arab life including music, arts, Arabic language and Bedouin values which were transformed by Islam. Conflict, it appears, is a necessary ingredient for Arabs, whether tribal, countries or religions. The formation of the State of Israel in 1948 has become the unifying goal of all to erase this stain on what they consider to be their holy ground. Whatever their shortcomings are, Israel is blamed. Only destruction of the Jewish people will free them and allow them to succeed. They do acknowledge that Israel has been the winner of the three wars with Arab nations because of their intellectual prowess in all things of a science nature. Wouldn’t you think they could be intelligent enough to understand and emulate their success themselves and thereby raise their standard of living comparable to Israel? Destroying Israel will only plunge the entire Middle East into a downward spiral even more than today (my comment). The ages old tradition of demeaning women is thoroughly documented from the practice of cutting them as young girls to decrease their pleasure of sex acts, to rejoicing over a male birth and irritation over a female, to the preferential rearing of males and ignoring the needs of girls, to deny women and girls the right to education, to forcing them to cover themselves with burkas, to keep them in the home unless accompanied by a male relative, to divorcing by just saying “I divorce you”. Until they finally realize what a precious source of wisdom and input women can make they will forever be a lost culture. It can’t be ignorance as the West has clearly shown how productive women can be. I don’t even accept that Islam is the cause. It is not religion; it is that the men are not willing to share their power equally, what a tragedy that today in the 21st Century barbaric behavior continues, and in effect making slaves of females. After the Yon Kipper war in 1973 the Arab world declared victory. They had been thoroughly beaten by Israel but would not admit it. The hostilities were ended by both sides accepting the United Nations edict. Israel gave back the Sinai and bits and pieces of the Golan Heights. The Arab victory came afterward with the oil embargo on Western nations and then the huge increase in the cost of OPEC oil. All of this caused havoc for the West. It took a long time to recover. In the decades to follow the tremendous influx of wealth changed the Arab world dramatically. In some countries great structures were built, health and education became free for the citizens. Others used their wealth to promote terrorist groups. (I particularly single out Saudi Arabia as the most dangerous). Our government continues to assert our friendship in spite of the fact that 16 of the 9/11 terrorists were Saudis. An interesting male Arab attribute is the aversion to getting their hands dirty. They have no problem with women working. With the new wealth they could hire all types of foreign men to operate their oil processes, build their skyscrapers and do all sort of menial work while they drink their coffee. Nothing in this book changed my negative thinking in regard to Arabs and Islam. They will continue their destructive ways until such time as they are confronted and re-educated. I will conclude this with the author’s final paragraph. “At the same time Arab nationalism became tainted by a strong anti-Western streak. While it had to be recognized that the West was the prime mover in bringing about the Arab awakening, in introducing sanitation, general education and other mass benefits into the Arab world, the West assumed for the Arab mind the character of a sinister jinni, a hateful enemy and a convenient whipping boy who could be blamed for all the problems that beset the Arabs. The encounter with the West produced a disturbing inferiority complex in the Arab mind which in itself made it more difficult to shake off the shackles of stagnation. The next challenge the Arab mind must meet is to cease measuring Arab achievements with Western yardsticks and to work for a regeneration of the Arab world by building on its own, by no means negligible, capabilities”. Jack B. Walters October 26, 2013

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Honor Flight Program

I have written to you before about the Honor Flight Program. I am writing this time asking for donations. I can do so as I have just mailed a check to the Southern Arizona Region for $1,000. I share this not to brag or bring attention to myself but to let you know how important I believe this program to be. During the government shutdown fiasco, the thing that disturbed me most was seeing these veterans blocked out of visiting the memorials they had been brought to see. Some members of Congress interceded at the WWII memorial but others were kept locked such as the Vietnam memorial. By the way this program now includes veterans from Korea and Vietnam. A few years ago I read that the WWII vets were dying at the rate of 1,500 per day. It is down now to 600/day. In just a few more years they will all be gone. They were and are still the greatest generation in our history. It would be inconceivable to imagine the patriotism they had repeated today. Can you envision storming beachheads and leaving thousands of your friends and comrades lying dead on the sand? It will never be repeated. Today we are happy to send "volunteers” to do our fighting while President Bush and now Obama tell us to go shopping. It makes me sick when I recall those statements. Our country is fading fast as the source of good in this world. Soon we will be left with nothing but a huge debt to pay. When that happens we will be irrelevant to all other nations. Sorry for the last paragraph but that is how I feel today. At any rate should you feel any loyalty or respect for these brave men and women I ask for your support? Any amount I am sure will be appreciated and put to good use. Just check the web. I am sure you will find a group of volunteers for your area. Jack Walters October 23, 2013

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Letter to the editor

The Star Glorifies Law Breakers These criminals are rewarded for breaking laws by providing them with front page headlines with pictures and commentary. These people have graduated from providing drinking water to creating havoc by deliberately planning and orchestrating acts to prevent law enforcement from carrying out their responsibilities. You are not alone, the TV networks and talk radio also consider these acts worthy of providing free publicity. They surrounded local law enforcement and Border Patrol agents as they were apprehending obviously illegal immigrants and then three days later chained themselves to buses transporting illegals to the Court House. What you are doing is encouraging them. You do so as you have shown over the years that you support citizenship for those who are here illegally The right thing to do is deny recognition similar to the agreement decades ago about not identifying streakers at football games. Without coverage they might also lose interest. Jack B. Walters October 13, 2013

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Letter to the editor

Government out of control I can hold back no longer. All members of the House voted to pay the 800,000 “non-essential” employees their full salary after they return from their “vacation”. The Senate will agree and Obama will sign. It will be business as usual with all in government taken care of. They care not about the rest of us, just plain citizens. Veterans visiting Washington on Honor Flights are denied the full benefit of their three day visit. Some are veterans from the Vietnam War, were they allowed to visit their memorial? Lincoln is covered up so he can’t be seen even from the street. I blame Obama for this insult and I also accuse him of penalizing the people of Arizona by closing the Grand Canyon to an estimated 18,000 daily visitors. He has great hatred for us all since we will not accede to his demands. Jack B. Walters October 6, 2013

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

American Betrayal by Diana West

The Secret assault on our Nation’s Character I recently purchased this book from Amazon. I had heard about it and since I have written several articles on what I assumed would be the same subject I wanted to check it out to see if my concerns were addressed. As I started reading the first chapter my pen was busy page after page underlining statements concerning our current elected leader’s inability to accept the curse of Islam as it spreads its poison everywhere. Then she changes course and for the next ten chapters she recounts problems beginning in the years after WWI, concentrating most of her bile on the Roosevelt Administration and in particular Harry Hopkins, Roosevelt’s most trusted advisor. She does her best to paint Hopkins as a communist doing all he can to aid Russia not for the obvious need to keep Russia in the war against Germany until our forces could be built up in sufficient quantity to make an impact on the war against Hitler but rather as supporting communism itself. I will not attempt to refute her admonition that communist sympathizers were imbedded in all areas of our government and they had an impact on the conduct of the war effort. She does elaborate on the attempts by a number of people to expose the threat to no avail. I lived through the war years and have read many books about it in my lifetime as well as watching documentaries, etc. She does correctly point out that FDR was convinced of his ability to charm Stalin and get him to mellow. In this he was completely wrong. By ignoring Stalin’s history of killing over 20 million of his own people, he through the mistakes made during the conferences created the ability of Stalin to subvert the freedom of all people behind the iron curtain for over 50 years. This was totally wrong. Neither Truman nor any other President until Reagan did anything of substance to free these nations. Finally Reagan referred to the USSR as the “Evil Empire”. Many world leaders and the press were shocked. She is convinced the Second Front in attacking France was wrong and that we could have ended the war sooner by massively pushing our way up the length of Italy. She is wrong. The mountainous terrain kept us from using our armor effectively. Not only that but we needed a huge base to assemble our forces. England was that base. N. Africa, Sicily or Italy could not have provided that need. In her final chapter she returns to exposing Islam as the threat of today. She says ‘Islam is the Communism of today. But, because of our failure to come clean with Communism, we are unable to deal with it, trapped as we are in the old Communist habit of deceit and double-speak that used to haunt the countries in the East and that now haunts all of us”. In this I am totally in agreement. My condemnation is not only President Obama but also 90% of Republicans in leadership positions. Not one presidential candidate spoke to the issue. I cannot give this book high marks as I found it depressing to read her disparage General Marshall, Eisenhower and others, men who were of sterling character in my opinion. I was alive during the war, she wasn’t. Jack B. Walters October 1, 2013