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Category: America

Barack Obama and Golden Temple

Barack Obama is due to visit India and visit to Golden Temple proved a problem because of the headgear he was required to wear. Wearing a headscarf is asking for trouble as 18% of Americans think he is a Muslim and his wearing headscarf would have been seen by many as proof of his being a Muslim, an unacceptable risk. Baseball is not acceptable to temple authorities.

Some Americans are hostile to Barack Obama. They find fault with him for various reasons. Some blamed him for not showing emotion during BP oil well crisis. People who want emotion should see movies with emotion. Barack Obama cancelled his visits to Australia, Indonesia and some other countries to handle the crisis. When Pakistan had flood crisis Asif Ali Zardari went ahead with visits to UK and France.

Some question Barack Obama’s citizenship even though Barack Obama’s citizenship has been proved. Though such people are not large in numbers their mischief making potential is great. American economy has not improved to a satisfactory level and with about 10% unemployment Barack Obama’s popularity is low in USA.

After 9/11 many Americans mistook Sikhs for Muslims and some Sikhs were attacked. Osama Bin Laden and men close to him wore turbans and had long beard. Sikh men wear turbans and keep beard. Most Americans could not differentiate between Sikhs and Muslims. For them Sikh and Shaikh are one and the same. The photograph of Barack Obama at Golden Temple with Sikhs would have been interpreted by his opponents as Barack Obama at Golden Mosque with cousins of Osama Bin Laden.

California bishops and death penalty

California bishops are opposed to death penalty. They think life imprisonment without parole is an alternative to death penalty. They are wrong.

California bishops should look at Mexico and how things have gone wrong after Mexico stopped death penalty. Murders have shot up. Lives of ordinary people are not safe. Even lives of priests are not safe.

Christianity is not against death penalty. St. Thomas Aquinas justified death penalty. Jesus Christ was in favour of death penalty when he said if anyone causes little ones to sin a millstone shall be hung around his neck and he should be thrown into the sea. For a long time the church has put heretics to death.

What happens if a murderer escapes from prison and commits more murders?

It is better for California bishops to concentrate on the faithful instead of getting into matters of crime and punishment. More so the bishops should see that cases of child abuse do not happen and if anyone is found guilty he is not spared. The victims should not be bound by secrecy.

Death penalty has deterrent effect though those who oppose death penalty do not agree to that and come up with false statistics.

California bishops should also try for gun control in USA and repeal of the amendment that allows Americans to bear arms. That amendment may have been necessary in 1789 when USA did not have a strong army to defend itself but it is not necessary in 2010 when USA is a superpower. Vested interests like National Rifle Association oppose the repeal of amendment or gun control. If there is gun control the number of murders will come down drastically in USA. There are many shops on USA-Mexico borders that sell various weapons. California bishops will save many lives of innocent people if they try for gun control repeal of second amendment.

Wildfires destroy large parts of California every year. California bishops can have prayer services to deliver California from wildfires.

Marriage law in Nevada is a joke. One can get married one moment and next moment ask for divorce. California bishops can do something so that marriage in Nevada is taken seriously.

Iran and USA

Iran has its nuclear programme. USA says Iran is developing nuclear weapons and there are American, EU and UN sanctions against Iran.

USA’s stand that Iran has violated NPT shows its duplicity. USA, UK, Norway and France helped Israel become a nuclear power by breaking NPT. USA supplied nuclear fuel to Israel to make nuclear bombs. Israel has more than nuclear bombs.

Israel is capable of defending itself against Iran. It can bomb Iran’s nuclear reactors. If Iran attacks Israel it can counterattack and obliterate Iran. American intervention is not required.

American military industry holds sway whether the president is Republican or Democratic. They want to sell their weapons of mass destruction so that their business may prosper. For them the mass destruction that takes place is collateral damage. USA is in war with five countries. For the American merchants of death that is not enough.

Hillary Clinton called on Iranians to depose Ahmedinejad when he is in USA for UN session saying Iranian election in 2009 was rigged. She should have made such a call to Americans when Al Gore was deprived of presidency in 2000.

Iran was an excuse for deploying missiles in Poland and Czech Republic. Russia protested as it felt it was the target of missiles.

China has concluded a nuclear treaty with Pakistan. If USA gets aggressive Iran may enter into a treaty with China and USA will not be able to do much.

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