A man to be admired

Muhammad Ali:

I watched a TV program today celebrating the 70th birthday of “The Greatest of all time”. It was a very well deserved tribute to a man of countless convictions.

It has been said that Muhammad Ali was the greatest fighter of all time. This statement precipitated a computer generated fight between Rocky “The Bronx Bomber” Marciano and Muhammad “The Greatest” Ali. By all accounts and depending on whom you talked to Marciano won the fight. If it were a live fight it would have been a hell of a scrap.

Ali with his ever present whit said after reviewing the fight “This computer must have been made in Alabama”.

His sense of humor, his love for mankind and mostly his love for children of all races propelled Ali into one of the most respected and recognized men on this planet.

Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. was born on January 17, 1942. In 1964 Cassius joined the Nation of Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali. It is my belief that he was coaxed/pressured by the powers to be in the Muslim community at that time. After all it would be a feather in the cap of the Nation of Islam to have such a well know figure as a member of their organization.

In 1967 as the Vietnam War raged on, Ali refused to join the military and subsequently had his boxing heavyweight championship taken away.

At that time I could not make up my mind if Ali was really that much ahead of his time with his beliefs or if his refusal to sign on the dotted line was anti-American.

I had served my four years plus in the Marine Corps and in my eyes he was a traitor. As it turned out; there were a great many people who protested the war; I would say 85% were cowards and draft dodgers and the other 15% may have been smarter than everyone else.

The Vietnam War as a political war that was fought by the politicians instead of the Generals. As I see it now, we didn’t belong in Vietnam as we don’t belong in the Middle East.

The point of this blog is; according to his statement at the time, the reason Muhammad Ali refused to join the military was because of the Muslim anti-war beliefs and their disdain for the taking of other people’s lives.

Here is a quote from “The 30 facts about Muslims:

Terrorism, unjustified violence and the killing of innocent people are absolutely forbidden in Islam. Islam is a way of life that is meant to bring peace to a society, whether its people are Muslim or not. The extreme actions of those who claim to be Muslim may be, among other things, a result of their ignorance or uncontrolled anger. Tyrant rulers and those who commit acts of terrorism in the name of Islam are simply not following Islam.

Where are they today? If the militant extremists Muslims of this world could revert back to the Korans’  original teachings and countries didn’t invade other countries for no good reason, this world would be a much better and safer place to live in.

You don’t have to like me and I don’t have to like you; the only thing that is necessary for world peace is “Respect”‘. This is something that the champ taught everyone he came into contact with regardless of what color their skin was.

Happy 70th Birthday to Muhammad Ali.

The rest of the world should use the examples he lives by and we could still make this a better place for future generations. As we sit now; it does not look good.

It is too bad that there are not more people with The Champs beliefs; we need role models like him.

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COMMON-SENSE is the name of the game Addressing topics other bloggers shy away from. All posts are original. Objective: impartial commentary on news stories, current events, nationally and internationally news told as they should be; SHOOTING STRAIGHT FROM THE HIP AND TELLING IT LIKE IT IS. No topics are off limits. No party affiliations, no favorites, just a patriotic American trying to make a difference. God Bless America and Semper Fi!
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2 Responses to A man to be admired

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