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Comment from Joan E.
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Thank you for sharing your political commentary. Your poem is certainly a tribute to Netanyahu. I admired your rhymed quatrains and look forward to hearing excerpts of his speech tomorrow. -Joan

 Comment Written 03-Mar-2015


reply by the author on 03-Mar-2015
    Thank you, Joan.
Comment from Domino 2
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This is difficult to comment on without inadvertently causing some offence, Marilyn.

I certainly disagree with Iran being allowed nuclear weapons in such a volatile area of the world, but that's easy for me to say, because the UK already has them, as does Israel and America.

I understand Israel feeling the need to stay strong in such an aggressive territory, but of course Israel has certainly not been squeaky clean in the Middle East troubles and conflicts with the Palestinians who understandably feel aggrieved by having their land taken away (though it seemed the only solution when Israel was understandably created), but now with the Jews settling in Palestine, it must surely only aggravate the situation.

Anyway, I'm no political expert, and I see wrongs on both sides.

As for some Congressmen boycotting the speech - I think that's pointless, as if any solution is to be found to the Middle East crisis, then all parties must listen and engage in negotiation.

Best wishes, Ray xx


 Comment Written 02-Mar-2015


reply by the author on 02-Mar-2015
    Hi Domino. Thank you for your review and comments on my poem. Believe me, I take no offense. You and I are in agreement that no statesman should be snubbed and that's the purpose of my poem.

    I think the problem of Iran going nuclear is another issue and is threefold--threat to Israel, harboring ISIS, and that unstable other middle eastern countries will also demand to go nuclear. I'm not worried about UK nuclear. America nuclear is not up-to-speed and rusting away. Israel simply won't allow Iran to go nuclear. Wouldn't it be nice IF--as they say--"why can't everybody just get along?"
reply by Domino 2 on 02-Mar-2015
    Thanks for your welcome and sensible reply, Marilyn. 'If'...Indeed!

    Ray xx
Comment from granny goes viral
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Now you have me in the cross hairs. I am torn. But you knew that, didn't you? Smarty pants. Ha ha. I don't know if I can fully agree with Bibi's stance, although, I certainly do not live in a place that is bombed more days then not. I do not live with the sure knowledge that the countries around me want to push me into the sea. Neither does President Obama.
I just don't know.

 Comment Written 02-Mar-2015


reply by the author on 02-Mar-2015
    Thank you for your review. You are astute, Sheila. Bible tells the world--"better be nice to Israel--or else." The world is not being "nice" to Israel. They are in the big squeeze. Bibi is correct in his stance--Iran cannot be allowed to get nuclear power. He is a hero. We are stuck with a self-serving egotist who cares for no one but his own agenda. No--race has not one iota to do with it. This man is the worst thing that ever happened to America. He is a Trojan horse. Good people like yourself who want the idea of what he touts have been duped. What he says he wants and what he really wants are two different things. But--the buck stops with Bibi (for now and pray he gets re-elected for continuity and strength). Israel is the ONLY democracy in the middle east trying to hold the line all by itself. America under Obama is no friend of Israel. It's common knowledge Obama cannot stand Bibi. Probably because Bibi is 10 times the man Obama is. I'll shut up now. Marilyn
reply by granny goes viral on 02-Mar-2015
    Marilyn, while I do not agree with you on any level concerning your beliefs regarding President Obama's character, or intentions. Not one word you spoke. I also do not think both these men dislike each other personally. I don't think that is what goes on between world leaders (for the most part), maybe except for Putin, who is probably really abrasive (possibly has some kind of mental health issues), I do know that Israel exists in spite of all reasonable expectations and unbelievable actions to eradicate this small piece of land. Not to mention the population that founded it. Marilyn, I am a Jew, there is no way I could or would turn my back on the only place left in the world that might shelter me or mine. It is not even a question of Israel being the only democracy in the mid-east. There is so much more at play here. So much more.
reply by the author on 02-Mar-2015
    Interesting discussion! (I believe that Putin and Obama have more in common than anyone is willing to admit--both are megalomaniacs.) I think Bibi is a thorn in Obama's side and Obama is wishing he would go away--and he may go away if he doesn't win the upcoming election. I think Bibi will win re-election because Israelis know he is their best champion. We need a leader who loves America the way Bibi loves Israel. Not sure what your last sentence means--"There is so much more at play here." What exactly?
reply by granny goes viral on 02-Mar-2015
    Well, you know I do not agree with you regarding your view of President Obama.
    Marilyn, I really am not comfortable going into a long psychoanalysis of prejudice, the basis of anti-Semitism, the basis of anti anything, human nature, trauma induced DNA changes, how Israelis have responded to the Holocaust as compared to the rest of the world, how Russians have responded to their horrific history as well as what war does to a people. All I can offer is this: we, America, we are a rather young country. Babies as it were. We are also an experiment. Made up of multiple groups of people fleeing for their lives, or looking to better their lives. We are unique in current history. That we have a multitude of different people, religions, cultures living in one country, without any one trying to murder the other (well not overtly), is amazing. However, human instinct that seems to push us to "overpower" or win, some kind of unknown prize, seems to remain here. That we, young Americans as we are, should have the say over the rest of the world is stunning hubris, don't you think?
reply by the author on 02-Mar-2015
    I have a differing view, of course. Having traveled all over the world and seeing the immense poverty and class systems, we are the best of the best. There is no other country where the individual can write his/her own ticket, IF he/she works toward that goal. We shouldn't apologize for coming such a long way in such a short time in our history. That is a feather in our cap. I certainly don't want my president to give the impression he is ashamed to be an American. I think we are sophisticated enough to understand that all countries have value. And I don't think we are the ones exhibiting hubris--I would say that dubious honor lies with those massacring innocents. To stand by and do nothing is condoning it. Speaking of anti-Semitism (as you mention), that is exactly what the world did in WWII. Stood back and swept under the rug the horrors perpetrated on gypsies, gays, and Jews. I think the world is reaching critical mass and someone has to take a leadership role. The day Obama drew a red line for Syria and didn't honor it was a crucial misstep that has led to everything following now. Again, interesting discussion.
reply by granny goes viral on 02-Mar-2015
    Yes, great discussion. Admittedly, I am not a world traveler, however my children are, should I give the commercial now...lol...please buy their books, available on Amazon, Eve Brown-Waite, Joshua Samuel Brown, anyway, I have learned a great deal from them. Yes, we are a great country, which does not discount our history. Which is dismal and yet uplifting. As in all things I think.

    I tend to look at all things from a rather psychological view and historic glasses. I think we have reached a "critical mass" before, however the world as it were at those times was much smaller and segregated by distance. We have seemed to have lessened these through inventions and such. We are facing now, I believe, what has never been faced before. I honestly believe this is not, and will not be solved by one person, no matter how well meaning, intelligent, smart, whatever. Maybe it is insoluble. Maybe we have come to the end of out times as we know it. Sounds terrible, doesn't it? Very hard to keep up hope without hiding my head in the sand. And I don't. I am also aware that my professional life gives me a rather dim view of people's ability to change "en mass", let alone singularly. Yes, it does happen, but not that often. Subsequently, I really can not lay blame on any one person, or group. We seem to be "reaping" the poison we have sown.
    Sounds sad I know. I do not see a "right way", maybe I am blinded by tears.
reply by the author on 02-Mar-2015
    Hi Sheila, it goes back to my original e-mail that leaders must get together and form a coalition against evil. Usually U.S. is the leader. I don't think we will see that with Obama. Believe me I'm fair minded and if ever he does anything to win my applause, I will let you know immediately. (Sometimes I think the only way earthlings will coalesce is if we are challenged from extraterrestrials.) You and I are old ladies, but I fear for my/our kids and grandkids. I know your children are quite something as you gave info on them before and I looked them up. You must be very proud. Marilyn
reply by granny goes viral on 02-Mar-2015
    Yes, I fear as well. My grandson was just accepted with scholorships to all the universities he applied to. Every one. Obviously he spells better than grandma.
    I fear for them, yes I do.
reply by granny goes viral on 02-Mar-2015
    Extraterrestrials. Ha. Maybe you are right.
reply by the author on 02-Mar-2015
    Congratulations. Does he have a profession targeted???
Comment from emrpoems
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Good use of abab rhymes
Good use o enjambment
Those who know the Bible will know that America should be careful about how they treat with Israel for their destruction will be sure if they do otherwwise

 Comment Written 02-Mar-2015


reply by the author on 02-Mar-2015
    Hi emrpoems. Thank you for your fine review and comments. I agree with your statement. But for even those who may not know of the biblical warnings to be gentle with Israel should know that common decency and good manners demand not to snub any head of state. Marilyn
reply by emrpoems on 02-Mar-2015
    I agree
Comment from Jannypan (Jan)
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I believe it is shameful that POTUS is boycotting the speech. To me that is like junior high squabbles. I heard he was doing this b/c the proper channels were not followed to give the speech. Sad to say, but the US does not have any friends.

Your poem is very good. It has a strong message. I see nothing to change. Your poem says it all.

Good job and thanks for sharing.

 Comment Written 02-Mar-2015


reply by the author on 02-Mar-2015
    Thank you, jannypan. Your review and supportive comments are particularly rewarding. It puzzles me that some people can be so out of touch with what's happening to America. Marilyn/BeasPeas
Comment from rod007
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A great poem with good rhyming. I don't follow American politics so I don't know much about this bibi, but he must be a great man as you obviously have a great deal of praise for him. Well done, Marilyn.

 Comment Written 02-Mar-2015


reply by the author on 02-Mar-2015
    Hi Rod. Thank you for your review and rating. Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu is the Prime Minister of Israel. He is here in the U.S. to make a speech to Congress to try to keep Iran from getting nuclear power and thus escalate the threat of the rest of the middle east going nuclear. Obama can't stand Netanyahu (common knowledge) and is boycotting his speech as well as Congress democrats. No head of state should be treated so shabbily and Obama is showing very bad judgment and manners. Marilyn
Comment from alf collier
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My Gosh, Marilyn. You have such a strong voice when you tackle a subject. This was fantastic! No holds barred and saying like it is. Loved it, alf

 Comment Written 02-Mar-2015


reply by the author on 02-Mar-2015
    Hi alf. Thank you for your supportive review and rating, alf. These things gall the heck out of me. No head of state should be snubbed. Egocentric politicking has to go. These people would like to forget they are our servants, not the other way around. Marilyn
Comment from Dawny53
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Good for you.. I know I shouldn't get into my political beliefs, but what the heck.. I'm a republican.. I'm so ready for change, and scared with the way things are going.. I'm glad you posted this, and I'm also glad I stopped to read!

 Comment Written 02-Mar-2015


reply by the author on 02-Mar-2015
    Thank you, Dawny, for your supportive review and rating. These things gall the heck out of me. No head of state should be snubbed. Egocentric politicking has to go. These people would like to forget they are our servants, not the other way around. Marilyn
Comment from Jennpenn
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I'm of the opinion that it is not wise to snub anyone who reaches out a hand to us, be that Israeli, Arab, European, African...well, you see what I mean. We must try to WORK TOGETHER to solve problems. That is one thing I fear our country is forgetting how to do.

 Comment Written 02-Mar-2015


reply by the author on 02-Mar-2015
    Thank you, Jennpenn, for your review. I agree with your comment.
Comment from patcelaw
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Marilyn so very well said, Why this administration is snubbing Bibi is because they are secretly against Israel. The nation the is against Israel God will not bless. Patricia.

 Comment Written 01-Mar-2015


reply by the author on 02-Mar-2015
    Hi Patricia. Thank you for your review and comment. I agree with you and I think that no head of state should be snubbed. Marilyn