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Abe F. March
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PostSubject: History and current events   History and current events EmptyThu Jan 04, 2018 4:28 am

History is the study of past events.  Does one’s age influence the investigation of historical facts/events?  This is a serious question.  I find myself checking past events as a means to evaluate the actions of current events.   Jumping to conclusions based on limited information is a common error.  Waiting for the facts to be revealed requires patience.  Does our impatience cause us to repeat errors with poor judgment? 
Reading about historical events is enlightening.  Example: We can ascertain why a war started and what could have been done to prevent it.  We have the opportunity to evaluate current political actions and predict the outcome based on past events of a similar nature yet some politicians show their ignorance by making uninformed statements ignoring history. 
I am of the opinion that more emphasis should be placed on teaching history in our schools without glossing over embarrassing facts.  Example:   Historical facts concerning the Native  Americans , their existence before the invasion by the Europeans and the genocide they perpetrated has been whitewashed in our history books.  Hiding the truth doesn’t change the facts.  


The Middle East as the new year begins:
It appears that not much has changed with regard to the dilemma between Israel and the Palestinians.  Have you ever wondered what the Middle East would be like if Israel did not exist?  Looking at history can help with some clarification on the issue.  We know that the creation of the State of Israel began with the theft of land to provide a place for European Jews following WWII.  The following website provides information in various categories for those interested in more learning more.  It is not the only reference and one should do their own search if they seek answers.
http://ifamericaknew.org/history/realstory.html
The problems surrounding the conduct of the State of Israel continues to affect nations around the world.  These problems will not be resolved without a neutral and honest peace broker.   The US has tried to play that role and progress was made during the Carter and Clinton administrations, however the agreements reached were not honored by Israel.  It even caused the death of Yitzhak Rabin, an Israeli politician, statesman and general. He was the fifth Prime Minister of Israel, serving two terms in office, 1974–77 and 1992 until his assassination in 1995.  Mr. Rabin, who rose to national prominence as commander of the victorious Israeli army in the 1967 Six-Day War, became the second Middle Eastern leader, after President Anwar el-Sadat of Egypt, to be killed by extremists from his own side for seeking an Arab-Israeli peace.
The extreme right in Israel does not want peace unless it is on their own terms being the conquest of Palestinian territory.  The establishment of settlements with the intent to annex the territories they occupy continues as the main roadblock.  Resistance to the occupation is normal and expected. 
Jerusalem has been a sticking point with regard to a final settlement.  Trump’s action to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital eliminated the US as an impartial peace broker.  This action has added fuel on an already smoldering fire. 
The amount of US aid to Israel is staggering.  Do your own search on the amount of US aid to Israel.  The threat to cut aid to Israel as a means for compliance to UN Resolutions is a weapon not used.  Why?  Is the Israeli lobby too strong?  Do they have too much control in our Government?
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PostSubject: Re: History and current events   History and current events EmptyThu Jan 04, 2018 7:24 am

How far back in history should we go, Abe? Jerusalem was a Jewish settlement, where Jews prayed in the temple built by King Solomon in the 10th Century BC. All that remains is the west wall of the temple. The Dome of the Rock is built next to the layers of fallen rubble from the destroyed temple. To say that land was stolen in 1948 is to deny history.

Although peace prevails in Northern Ireland, the divide between Catholics and Protestants is still in evidence. The Orange Order of Protestants in Northern Ireland takes its name from William of Orange, the Dutch monarch who defeated the Irish Catholics in the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. King Billy is still idolised by the NI Protestants to this day. People have very long memories.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/events/battle_of_the_boyne

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Abe F. March
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PostSubject: Re: History and current events   History and current events EmptyThu Jan 04, 2018 8:47 am

I am not talking about ancient history, but modern times. 

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PostSubject: Re: History and current events   History and current events EmptyWed Jan 30, 2019 1:32 am

It appears silent on this forum.  I haven’t received recent notifications about comments.  Is the forum dying or has personal problems interfered?
There is much attention given on FB to political views along with conditions affecting our environment and problems in the international arena.  Trump continues to blunder with his tweets. He fails to understand the difference between Climate and Weather.  Brexit is still in the news causing havoc within the British Parliament.  The stumbling block appears to be over Ireland where the Irish want open borders between the North and South rather than a border.  Attempts to Re-negotiate the Brexit deal has given the PM some breathing room, however the EU has publicly stated that re-negotiation is not possible.  The end result will be interesting to observe.  The US is considering intervention in Venezuela. While claiming not to be the world’s policeman, interference in other countries tell a different story.  While Trump claims to have defeated ISIS, his own intelligence agency disagrees.  Shutdown of the government over a border wall has affected thousands of workers.  Security is touted as the issue, however experts on security disagree. The technology available can provide the security needed rather than a “vanity” wall.  People are already announcing their candidacy for the next election that will be a hard-fought battle with issues such as healthcare, minimum wage, taxes on the wealthy as well as the environment will take center stage.  The US debt is increasing.  Experts blame the reduction of tax on the wealthy as a primary reason.  The government wants to reduce the deficit by taking away the security umbrella of the lower class.  It will not end well.  People with nothing to lose may decide to fight back and it could become violent.
Many who sit on the sidelines feel powerless.  The only sane weapon available to us is our voice and our vote.  Even our vote is in jeopardy.   Manipulation of votes by electronic means as well as hurdles placed to restrict voting is a concern.  In addition, it has been announced that the Russians are already devising plans to interfere with our elections – again. 
Religion will again play a role.   I’m currently reading a book with the title: “Fantasyland- How America went Haywire.  A 500-year history.”  The author is Kurt Andersen and the book is on the New York Times Bestseller List.  Another comment on the book cover is: “The indispensable book for understanding America in the age of Trump.”
My views are influenced by books I read and with current events in the news.  I believe that forming opinions are based on our input.  Sharing these views is simply a method to inform and to stimulate critical thinking.  There are times, I must admit, when I can identify with the cliché “Ignorance is Bliss”, however in the Age of Information, we cannot excuse ignorance.
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PostSubject: Re: History and current events   History and current events EmptyWed Jan 30, 2019 7:10 am

Re: the wall.
Illegal migrants pose a problem across the Mexican border, but drug trafficking appears to be the main problem. In the UK, drugs are readily available and pushers as young as thirteen are involved in the criminal activity.You mentioned Brexit and UK borders. Currently, a million cigarettes per day are smuggled into Wales alone, and smugglers are abusing the soft Ireland border checks to get people into  the UK. Tightening the UK's borders after Brexit might be a great asset to customs officers.

Re: Brexit negotiations.
The EU has been in control of the negotiations since day one, and still is. Parliament has rejected the Withdrawal Agreement and unless the EU is prepared to make changes, the UK will leave on the 29th March without a deal.

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PostSubject: Re: History and current events   History and current events EmptyWed Jan 30, 2019 10:07 pm

Shelagh, I was delighted to get your feedback from my post.  Just knowing that it was read is rewarding.  I expected some reaction from you when I mentioned Brexit.   The following website from the BBC gives a good explanation: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-32810887
Naturally, the point of view of people living in the UK are seldom noted unless some reporter asks for opinions.  Foreign newspapers and TV broadcasts can paint a different picture.  My opinion is just an opinion based on what I read and hear.  As for the US proposed wall, drug trafficking will not be prevented since most drugs enter from regular ports, i.e., airports and ships that a wall cannot stop.  Security on the border has been enhanced electronically.  In my view, a better way to stop drug trafficking is to decriminalize it.  Although some States are allowing the use and growing of Cannabis, it should be a national decree.   The use of a natural substance has benefits.  There are always those who will use it to obtain a “high”, however they can get the same or similar highs from prescription drugs with harmful side-effects.  It should be noted that Guns have killed more people in the US than drug-related deaths.  It has been reported that no one has died from using Cannabis.   
An analogy could be made with children and their lust for candy. Instead of restricting the amount they eat, give them all they want until they are tired of it.  Too much sugar is harmful.  It is human nature to want what is prohibited, whether it is moral or immoral.  Try telling an American that they must give up their guns.  Claiming that they need them for security is as dumb as a building a wall.  What I find amusing is that the Evangelicals who claim their faith in God don’t rely on him for protection.  At the same time “In God we Trust” is printed on US currency.  One could define this as “In money (or guns) we Trust.” Actions reveal who or what a person is.  Unfair or unreasonable laws are ignored.  People tend to do what they feel is right for themselves.  The battle between the “haves” and the “have-nots” continue and it is a political issue.
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PostSubject: Re: History and current events   History and current events EmptyThu Jan 31, 2019 10:59 am

Sugar in the modern diet is the main cause for the upsurge in diabetes. Ten billion pounds per annum, a tenth of the NHS budget, are spent on treating diabetes. Cigarettes are heavily taxed to compensate for the medical costs of lung related diseases. Cannabis is twenty-five times more carcinogenic than cigarettes. Legalising drugs would create another burden on the NHS. People are not sensible. Young people consider old age to be a distant prospect and don't anticipate the illneesses they may suffer from eventually.

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PostSubject: Re: History and current events   History and current events EmptyThu Jan 31, 2019 12:06 pm

“Young people consider old age to be a distant prospect and don't anticipate the illneesses they may suffer from eventually.”
 
True.  How does one deal with the mentality of the young?  We know that they will experiment and do things that are forbidden whether the taboos come from their parents or from the authorities.  Some reverse psychology may be needed.  “Go ahead and do it.  Here are the consequences you can expect.  So long as you are willing to accept the responsibility for your actions, the choice is yours.”
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