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Can Meghan and Harry Truly Go Their Own Way?

One of the truths of life and love is that who one falls in love with is unpredictable.

When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry married in the spring of 2018, it seemed like a modern fairy tale. The marriage of a biracial, previously divorced American actress and a high ranking member of the British royal family was every storybook romance brought to real life.

Nearly two years later, Meghan and Harry’s decision to step down from their royal duties seems to have shaken the royal family to its core.

To be fair, Harry will never realistically be King. Which frees him and Meghan to create a life of their own choosing (well, as much as they can).

Some have pointed to the overt racism that Meghan received from the British tabloids and the lingering trauma of Princess Diana’s death that guided the couple to make their decision. If those are their reasons (in addition to giving their son as normal a childhood as possible), then I can respect that.

The reality is that they will be never be completely divorced from the British royal family. Harry is and always will be a member of the House of Windsor. I’m sure that this decision was not made out of spite, but because Harry and Meghan felt that it was right for them.

The other reality is that the lifestyle they are used to is not exactly poor. They will also need to hire security, but the question is, who will be funding their new life? I’m not a British or Canadian taxpayer, but given their soon to be new life, I would not be happy if my tax dollars were given to fund their lifestyle.

Only time will tell if Harry and Meghan will be able to go their own way. Whatever happens, I wish them well in their new life and for many years to come.

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Don't Blame the US for the Plane Crash in Iran

The conflict between the United States and Iran goes back decades.

The latest addition to this conflict is the plane crash that killed 176 people just minutes after the plane took off from the airport last Wednesday. After going back and forth, the Iranian government took responsibility for shooting down the plane, killing everyone aboard.

However, while accepting that his people were responsible for the crash and the unnecessary loss of life, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif  stated the following:

“Human error at time of crisis caused by US adventurism led to disaster,”

The loss of 176 people is heartbreaking. I can only imagine the grief that the loved ones of those who were on the plane are feeling.

The fact that Iran finally fessed up should not have taken as many days as it did. However, what bothers me more is that they are quick to blame the United States for the crash. Granted, the US Government has not always made the wisest decisions when dealing with Iran. However, in this case, the United States is blameless. The blood and loss of life is firmly on the hands of Iran.

May the memories of those on the plane be a blessing and a reminder of the cost of war.

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The Fires in Australia are a Warning

There are some who deny climate change. They say that it is a hoax. They say it is not as a bad as it is made up to be. They say the fires and the storms and the changing coastline are isolated incidents.

In light of the damage that the fires in Australia have caused, I would hope that those who deny climate change would see the error of their ways.

The fires in Australia are a warning. Climate change and global warming are real. It will take months, if not years for the region to recover. The loss of life, both human and animal is incalculable.

We have one Earth. Instead of nourishing, cherishing and respecting her, we have, used, abused and taken advantage of her. But Earth and Mother Nature have fought back.

The message is clear. We must do something now. Otherwise, I fear that humanity may not exist in the future as we know it to be today.

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Will the Killing of Qasem Soleimani Start World War III?

For some, an eye for an eye begets justice. For others, an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.

Last night, the news flashed around the world that Qasem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds military force was killed by a US airstrike in Baghdad.

I would love to shout and cheer that the big bad is dead. Our world can finally be at peace.

The truth is that I cannot. Though it is without a doubt that this man and the forces he led did some truly heinous acts, I fear that this assassination will start World War III.

Adding to the mess is our so-called President, who used the excuse of so-called “bone spurs” to get out of serving in Vietnam. He never served in the military (which is not entirely a bad thing). That being said, it would behoove him and us to listen to those who have served in the military. He is akin to a little boy playing with his plastic soldiers. The problem with that is that he is not playing with six-inch plastic toys, he is playing with people’s lives.

Only time will tell if World War III starts or this is just another scuffle. No matter the outcome, yesterday’s actions make me more than a little nervous.

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Does You Know Who Really Care About American Jews?

I think that it’s pretty fair to say that the subject of Israel and the Israeli/Palestinian conflict cannot be boiled down to a quick soundbite or a headline. There are deep nuances and shades of grey that go well beyond what the news media tells us.

This past weekend, you know who spoke at the Israeli-American Council’s annual conference in Florida. He touted his record as pro-Israel and pro-Jewish. He also said the following:

“We have to get the people of our country, of this country, to love Israel more, I have to tell you that. We have to do it. We have to get them to love Israel more. Because you have people that are Jewish people that are great people – they don’t love Israel enough,”

While I have to agree with him (as much as I hate that), I still feel like he is as disingenuous as he has always been. He can argue that he has a Jewish daughter, a Jewish son-in-law, Jewish grandchildren, Jewish friends, and colleagues, etc. But he is also known for speaking out of both sides of his mouth and sending out numerous antisemitic dog whistles.

He is a top-notch salesman. He knows what to say and whom to say it to so he can close the sale. In the world of real estate, one needs to be a top-notch salesperson to professionally survive.

In the world of politics, one also needs a touch of the salesperson to professionally survive. However, when one lives in a Democracy and a politician sells the voters a false bill of goods in order to get elected, the voters have every right to kick that person to the curb.

It would be nice if I had a crystal ball to predict the outcome of the Presidential election and the impeachment trial. But I don’t. I can only hope that common sense, decency, and mutual respect will take us back to where were before the chaos started.

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Whose Bright Idea Was it to Sell Auschwitz Christmas Ornaments on Amazon?

Amazon, whether we like it or not, is a retail behemoth that is on track to take over the world.

Over the weekend, Amazon removed Christmas ornaments and bottle openers with images of Auschwitz from their website.

Whose bright idea was this to create and sell? More importantly, where was Amazon in reviewing the products? The company claims to have standards, but the standards seem important only after all of the negative publicity. Not before, when they could have at least given the products a once over before allowing the seller onto their site.

I don’t know what is scarier, that the products exist or that Amazon allowed them on their website in the first place? The Holocaust is not just any historical event and Auschwitz is not just any place. A little respect, especially given the historical circumstances, goes a long way.

This time of year is about family and tradition. It is not about who can buy the most presents or decorate their house so it can be seen from space. As I see it, these products and Amazon’s inability to stop them from being sold in the first place is a symbol of the wrong reasons to celebrate the holiday season.

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The Flooding in Venice is a Warning

We all know that climate change is real.The evidence of the man-made destruction of our planet is all too real.

In Venice, the catastrophic and historic flooding is a warning.

Venice, like many major cities around the world, is based on or near water. As nourishing and important as water is, it can also be destructive.

Those who deny or minimize the effects of climate change cannot ignore what the people of Venice are going through. Granted, Venice does flood regularly because of it’s topography. However, if this can happen in Venice, where else can it happen?

We must address the underlying issues of climate change now. If we don’t, I fear that we will all be living in a version of Venice.

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Bernie Sanders Lost My Vote

With the 2020 Presidential Election a little more than a year away, the time is coming in which voters must choose which Democratic candidate will go against you know who.

Though I like a number of the candidates, I have yet to choose just one to push as the Democratic nominee. But there is one nominee who has forever lost my vote: Bernie Sanders.

To be honest, something about Senator Sanders (D-Vermont) never quite clicked with me politically. I appreciate his ideas, but they have always been a little out there, at least from my perspective.

But his decision to hire Amer Zahr, a staunch advocate of the BDS movement has turned me off from voting for Senator Sanders altogether. The fact that Senator Sanders, who is Jewish, would bring on a surrogate who actively campaigns for the destruction of Israel is repugnant.

The problem is the mixed message that Senator Sanders sends out with this decision. He has spoken in the past of being Jewish and yet, he hires someone who advocates for the destruction of the Jewish homeland and Jewish lives.

If Senator Sanders wants to win the nomination and possibly the Presidency, recognizing the importance of Israel and her American supporters is tantamount. Especially given that most Jewish voters are Democrats.

As much as I would love a Jewish President of the United States, I doubt that Senator Sanders will be that President.

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Who Needs Friends Like the Kurds, Who Needs Enemies Like You Know Who?

Outside of family, friends are the most important people in our lives.

On the world stage, friends come in handy, especially when fighting an enemy whose sole aim is one’s destruction.

In Syria, the Kurds have been America’s ally in the war against ISIS. A politician who is well versed in this relationship and respects it would not abandon the Syrian Kurdish community to the mercy (or lack thereof) of Turkey. But you know who has decided that in his infinite wisdom, that we don’t need their support.

This community didn’t have to help us. But they did and this is how we thank them? My concern is that if we let you know who continue on this path, America will be isolated from the rest of the world. Our only friends will be countries who leadership has a questionable friendship with the United States.

In justifying his decision, he claimed that the decision was made because of the Kurds were not part of the Allies and did not participate in the Invasion of Normandy. That is the most ridiculous, nonsensical reason that I have ever heard from this man. Any voter with an ounce of sense would see this man as completely unfit for office and make dam sure that he is a one term President.

But there are fools in this country who continue to support him and will vote for him next fall. G-d help us all if he wins a second term, for we will need all of the help that we can get.

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Demi Lovato Should Not Apologize About Visiting Israel

Travel happens for many reasons. For business, for pleasure, to visit loved ones, etc.

Recently, music star Demi Lovato visited Israel. Since returning home, she was forced to apologize for her trip.

There should be no need to apologize for her trip. For whatever reasons she had, she chose to spend her free time in Israel.

The sad and disgusting irony of this unnecessary apology is that if she had chosen to visit any other country, it wouldn’t have even made the news. But because she chose to visit Israel, it becomes a big deal.

Israel is a beautiful country with warm people, delicious food and the opportunity to walk through history while living in the present. I apologize to Ms. Lovato that she was forced to apologize and I suggest that if you have the chance to visit Israel, you take it. It may be the vacation of vacations.

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