Earning the Nobel Peace Prize

 Part 3 of 5
Change Washington’s useless Mideast policies
President Obama would deserve the Nobel Peace Prize if he made a serious effort to help bring peace to the Middle East. He could begin by changing U.S. policies that uselessly embitter people and offer zero benefit to the United States.

In my grandparents’ time, people throughout the Arab and Muslim world looked to America as a beacon of light and hope: the great antithesis of the European empire builders. That attitude changed only when it became clear, after the destruction of Palestine in 1948, that America’s values are one thing and its policies quite another.

All Obama has to do is bring America’s policies in the greater Middle East into alignment with our values.

In Pakistan, he should end the catastrophic population displacements and immense human degradation and suffering that are a direct result of these policies, which are not President George W. Bush’s but his own.

In Afghanistan, he should end the war now — beginning with the absurd missile attacks and air raids that have killed hundreds of innocent men, women and children since he came to office — and contribute as much to help rebuild the country as he had been planning to spend on expanding the carnage.

And in Palestine and Israel — the source of much of the region’s unrest — he should end the shell game of trying to split a tiny piece of land into ethnic islands and instead bring about the creation of a single democratic and secular state for both Palestinians and Israelis that treats all of its citizens equally: the greatest of all American values.



I’m sure that most of you have watched episodes of the TV show ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’.  The episode I’m referring to is the one where Frank is repairing Ray and Debra’s stairs and he falls through.  Well, yesterday my little dog Bonnie was napping on the back of the couch, which is in front of a huge picture window… It’s her TV.   My neighbor walks by with his Jack Russell terrier.  His dogs walks right to the window and Bonnie spots him.  She begins barking her head off and racing back and forth across the top of the couch.  I stand up and as I start walking over to her, Bingo!  She disappears between the couch and the window!  My neighbor and I are both howling with laughter when somehow Bonnie manages to climb her way back up the back of the couch, still barking.  I went outside and my neighbor and I are both laughing with tears rolling our cheeks.  All I saw was Bonnie disappear while he got the better view.  He said the look on her face was priceless!  By the way, Bonnie is just fine but she hasn’t been on the couch since.  And yes, I’m easily entertained.

Hope you’re having a terrific hump day!!

Kenny Chesney today – Great song and video!!

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5 Responses to Earning the Nobel Peace Prize

  1. Jean says:

    Simple amusements for simple minds, eh??LOL I probably would have howled, too.. Hey, I didn’t say I wasn’t a simple mind, too!LOL It’s going to take a lot for Obama to deserve that prize.. all it did was denigrate the value of a Nobel prize, in my opinion..hugs,Jean

  2. john says:

    eaisly entertained….that you are…dog disappearing off sofa……priceless…for all other world problems there is American Express.

  3. maillady says:

    I picture Bonnie’s face about the same as Wile E. Coyote’s when he falls off the cliff! Too funny! I also think that Obama did nothing to deserve that Nobel Peace Prize. They only cheapened its value in my eyes.

  4. Sue says:

    Sorry I didn’t comment yesterday, but I was running around like a chicken with its head cut off that morning, trying to get Max ready for school. I read your blog then, but didn’t have time to comment. So, I’m here to comment now. I would love to see Obama change the status in the East, but so far I don’t see it happening. Perhaps time will change that—I hope so. Wish you could have seen Bonnie’s face too at that blunder! Animals are more fun to watch than TV!

  5. Stephanie says:

    (Looks to see if Bonnie is watching) You’re a bad, bad, Dad! (When she’s not watching I’ll laugh) LMAO Too funny! It reminds me of the cartoon where the dog barks and bounces up and down as it does so. She barked, bounced her way right off! The girls are gonna love this! BIG HUGS, Steph

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