The Mafia, ISIL, and Sherlock Holmes…

It has been hard to post here lately.  Life happens.  I found a couple of interesting articles over the past few weeks of interest.

First,

Gangs of New York: Sicilian mafia offers Big Apple protection from ‘psychopathic’ ISIS

In this article, Giovanni Gambino talks about the benefits of mafia protection from terrorist.  It is a fast read.  Take a moment and check it out.

Second,

Journalist who returned from Islamic State HQ tells RT how jihadists can be defeated

As I read through the article I kept waiting for the coveted information that the title promised.  It doesn’t come until the last two paragraphs and the reason is that the rest of the article builds the case for why these points will work:

To create real problems for ISIS, the West should do several things: stop the delivery of weapons, ammunition and money from the Gulf monarchies and close the Turkish border used to transit new fighters to ISIS, Todenhofer said, recalling how easy it was to cross the Syrian-Turkish border.

The third important thing is promoting reconciliation between Shia and Sunnis in Iraq, Syria and Turkey, because ISIS finds support among those dissatisfied with the governments and existing state of things.

It sounds simple enough but will it work?  I don’t know.  That is for our world leaders to decide.  Personally, I think America’s elite want to go to war with Russia and possibly get to finally use their nuclear arsenal in some manner that they justify with the American public.  Time will tell.

And lastly, frightening insight from one of the Sherlock Holmes stories that made me feel sickened at the reality of the fictional quotBook Illustration Depicting Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in a Train Cabine:

‘It is my belief, Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside.’

-a quote from Sherlock Holmes

I have blogged about similar thinking before, but it is worth remembering that the world is full of horrible and scary people who do despicable things to other human beings and animals.  We are shielded from this in the U.S.A. with our First World Problems like choosing the right size television for our living room, picking the decorum for our multiple bathrooms, whether to install a tankless water heater or go with the traditional setup, or which car to purchase that will make us feel good about ourselves and meet our needs at the same time.  There are a lot of people around us who are being abused, struggling financially, hurting physically from disease or illness, mentally unstable, etc…  With Christmas right around the corner, hopefully we can all open our eyes and ears to those in need, and then extend a helping hand to make the world a better place.  I don’t have the answers for how to do this or what it looks like for you.  Just be willing to step in and lend a hand when you see that others can’t.

Keith

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