View of the Week: On a Challenging World over the past few days....

Madeline Albright, the former US Secretary State, noted how our World is right now:  A Mess.    The so-called thugs of the Islamic State have taken over Iraq's Biggest Christian City, are within striking distance of Erbil and already have enough forces inside Baghdad to really fight for Iraq.    Saddam former Vice President's admonition that they will "liberate" Baghdad is not to be taken lightly.   What is tragic is how in the name of Faith, they are undertaking acts that are contrary to a sense of humanity.

As I write this, the latest Gaza ceasefire is only in name only.   The Palestinian Delegation has threatened to leave Cairo unless the Israeli Delegation returns to Cairo.    Israel has refused to continue to negotiate unless the rockets stop.   i24News from Israel is reporting that the Israeli Prime Minister is under pressure from the so-called right-wing in his coailition to basically finish the job--crush Hamas or take over Gaza yet again.    What they don't realize is the day after as more thuggish fools are waiting in the wings.    It is interesting, though, that the Israeli Foreign Ministry has come up with an idea for an International Monitoring Force for Gaza and Tzipi Livni has also been pitching a peace plan to the Israeli Prime Minister.     It will go on for a while as the Israeli Prime Minister just said that "Hamas won't wear us down"  .     The right wing's pronouncement was noted in this Real News Report clip: 

Deputy Speaker of Israeli Knesset Calls for Expulsion and Jewish Reoccupation of Gaza
Max Blumenthal tells Paul Jay that Moshe Feiglin's program is part of a growing incitement to genocide against Palestinians
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As Hamas and Israel are at each other's throat,  if only all remembered this admonition:

Will this truth be embraced?  That's the ultimate challenge--As reports of a new truce have just emerged out of the Middle East.   

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