Not being American, I don't much get American politics but sometimes I do wonder how America got to be so great when so many of its leaders don't have the manners or good sense - especially in this advanced technological world - to behave like the statesmen that their positions would seem to require them to be.
|R.P. BenDedek in Shanghai c. 2012|
I was looking through the most recent newsletter from 'The Clariion Project' when I saw a headline that read: "McCain Lashes Out at Persecuted Syrian Christians." In the process of reading that I was taken to the original source of the article from which I will now provide some excerpts:
Hell-bent on arming opposition forces in Syria--despite strong evidence that they're run by Islamic terrorists--John McCain displayed behavior unbecoming of a United States Senator during a recent meeting with Syrian Christian leaders touring Capitol Hill.
The delegation of Syrian clergy came to Washington to raise awareness ....They say the media and human rights groups in the west have been largely silent on the ordeal of the Christians in Syria.
A number of churches have been destroyed or burned, children were killed .. others have been abducted by Islamic fighters..Eleven nuns have also been abducted ..two bishops are still missing after getting kidnapped during a humanitarian mission.
But Senator McCain... stormed out of a closed-door meeting with the Syrian clergy officials... the reunion also included senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Graham is a Republican and the rest are Democrats.
McCain marched into the committee room yelling, ... and quickly stormed out. "He was incredibly rude," .. "because he didn't think the Syrian church leaders should even be allowed in the room."
The outburst was so embarrassing that Senator Graham, also an advocate of U.S. military intervention in Syria, apologized for McCain's disturbing outburst. "Graham actually apologized to the group for McCain's behavior," ... "It was truly unbelievable." (GOP Senator Apologizes for McCain Tantrum at Syrian Christian Leader Meeting)
Returning to the original article written By Ryan Mauro February 9, 2104, I read some real gems in relation to McCain himself. That article reports reports:
McCain thanked the Brotherhood for supposedly helping to get the Americans freed.
"We are encouraged by the constructive role played over the past week by the Muslim Brotherhood and its political party, the Freedom and Justice Party. Their statement of February 20 was important in helping to resolve the recent crisis," he said.
Only one problem: The Brotherhood endorsed the Americans' prosecution and forcefully stated that McCain had misinterpreted their position.
McCain stood against cutting aid to Egypt after the Brotherhood solidified its grip on the country by winning the presidency. He stood against the Egyptian military when it overthrew the Brotherhood at the request of the Egyptian people. He then called on President Obama to sever some aid to Egypt in retaliation, and he later did. Once the Egyptian government cracked down on the Brotherhood, McCain and Graham called for the release of imprisoned Brotherhood leaders.
The new Egyptian government and its secular supporters (the very Egyptians we should be embracing) were vocally outraged at McCain. A senior Egyptian government official said McCain was "irresponsible," though an alternative translation of the Arabic could be "moronic."
Em? Statesmen? - Moronic? - Moronic? - Statesmen?
Ahh! "Moronic Statesmen!"
The Hidden Agenda: Israel, Palestine and Egypt. by R.P. BenDedek February 7, 2014
It seems that Israel has conspired to keep the truth from us. Watch the video and see how Israel treats Muslims, Druze and Arabs of all persuasions. But what is Egypt today? First and foremost it is an Islamic Country, one that has been struggling to catch up with Western economic success. But it is not exactly a success story
Only the Arab Christians Understand Middle East Truth By R.P. BenDedek Jan 11, 2014
Often completely unaddressed in the West is the fact that Christians are the largest persecuted minority in the world," states Open Doors USA President and CEO Dr. David Curry. Only in one place in the entire Middle East do the Christian Arabs get freedom of religion as well as equality...we see young Christian Arab citizens, wanting to join in alliance with the Jewish State. They already know that no one will be waiting for them out there, in the cold Christian winter.
U.N. stands for 'L-i-e-s' not United Nations by R.P. BenDedek December 28, 2013
"Anyone with a little intellect knew that the appointment was a farce but farce is standard fare for the U.N." In United Nations Rising Hypocrisy I wrote: "It seems rather strange that the United Nations staff fear for their lives, when in Palestine at least, the United Nations (and the rest of the world so it seems), thinks that all the problems, violence and poverty in Palestine are caused solely by Israel, and that Palestinian 'soldiers' are brave freedom fighters." In 2005 whilst studying in Wuhan City China, I was talking with a group of Muslims from Middle Eastern countries and I asked them what would happen if Israel agreed to all the demands placed on it. They burst out laughing and said: 'There would be no Israel!'
R.P.BenDedek (pseudonym) is the Author of 'The King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran' (www.kingscalendar.com ), and is a guest columnist and stand-in Editor at Magic City Morning Star News. He is also the Editor of the 'Writers Journal' at Kingscalendar.com. An Australian, he has been teaching Conversational English in China since 2003.
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"The King's Calendar" is a chronological study of the historical books of the Bible (Kings and Chronicles), Josephus, Seder Olam Rabbah, and the (Essene) Damascus Document of The Dead Sea Scrolls