Lead us not into Temptation
The Lord’s Prayer
The Cat: Reality Sucks
Red Dwarf Back in the Red pt 3 1999
The Syrian Civil war is becoming very hard for me lately.
The very first instinct I had when the revolt began against Assad was: Good! The Syrian people like all others deserve representative government and not dictatorship, plus Assad is allied with Iran and a foe of Israel his departure is a good thing.
Syria being a Russian Client state the direct involvement of the US was not practical even if we were willing.
Then as time when on and things got interesting.
Al Qaeda and Islamist groups became involved in the fighting and instead of a civil war to free Syria from an oppressor it became a war to replace one murderous dictator whose primary ambition is his own power with a groups of people whose primary ambition is to spread Radical Islam.
To me this clinched the situation John McCain not withstanding we certainly didn’t want to get involved in aiding another group that might use our weapons against us or reward us the same way Libya did in Benghazi.
Then came Hezbollah’s involvement and I was torn. The fact Hezbollah was joining in meant they had to divert strength from Lebanon and also meant two of the more nasty Islamist groups were now fighting each other, but it also meant that there would not be a victor meaning the war would continue.
Then came this:
Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah has ordered Palestinian Islamist group Hamas out of Lebanon effective immediately, the Middle East Online news agency reported on Thursday.
The move, the report says, is due to Hamas support for the opposition forces fighting to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad. Both Hezbollah and Syria are allies of Iran, which provides the two with financial and military support.
This sets up the possibility that the greatest threats to Israel and the US will be clashing in Syria & Lebanon, in a long and bitter struggle and moreover as Iran doesn’t want to lose their clients and the Saudis and others want to bleed Iran this has the potential to become a mass killing ground for the most vile and despicable enemies the western world has faced.
And all of it happening without us, or Israel lifting a finger.
For a foe of radical Islam it’s practically a wet dream, we just have to sit back and let them slaughter each other and if one side starts to lose, we aid third parties to reenforce them enough to keep the fight going until the cream of the jihadist crop finds themselves, shot, gassed or blown up.
And at this point where you contemplate the solution to so many problems that pesky Christian belief comes in. The message that all men are children of God, that all lives are of value, that the suffering of the people who simply want to live their lives no matter who is in charge can’t be allowed to continue and that since none of these people are attacking you at this time the self-defense and just war argument don’t apply
That’s when you look at your glee at the death of your enemies and feel ashamed.
My human instinct, my gut instinct is to let these guys slaughter each other till there isn’t a single one left.
I’m no saint and I have plenty of personal sins that I need help (and your prayers) to overcome but the better angels of my nature, informed by Christian belief says we have to work diplomatically to achieve a cease-fire, to feed and shelter those who are being displaced and if we can’t get a cease-fire to put all possible pressure to deprive both sides of arms, weapons and supplies so the slaughter can cease.
I submit and suggest that anyone who claims the least bit of Christianity is ethnically compelled to support the same.
Whether we like it nor not.
Update: A lively debate in comments, among people that generally disagree with me. One might make the case that because we are at war with Al Qaeda & Islamists my argument fails per the just war theory. It’s a fair point to make and I certainly don’t hold it against anyone for thinking and expressing it, but I can’t subscribe to it in this case. Too many people who have nothing to do with our fight are paying the price combined with no direct danger to us in this war trumps this theologically to me.
Update 2: This doesn’t make it easier to avoid cheering the carnage
“They [rebels] are powerful not only because they apparently have very good training and very sophisticated weaponry,” Jawad said, citing the brutality of Chechen fighters among the ranks of the Nusra Front.
“Nusra is strong because [the fighters] are fearless. I can sense that from the way they launch raids against us,” Jawad continued. “It’s like they really don’t care if they die. They are ruthless and fearless.”
Both Jawad and Mahdi confirmed that many of their comrades were killed in ambushes that were strikingly similar to tactics Hezbollah originally devised when it fought the Israeli army in south Lebanon during the occupation and later on during the 2006 summer war.
“There’s a kind of irritating familiarity,” Jawad noted. “Hezbollah taught Hamas all those tactics to fight the Israelis. Hamas apparently decided to transfer their experience to takfiri groups.”
This demonstrates, according to Jawad, that Hezbollah did not have a sectarian agenda.
“We transferred our experience to a Sunni group – Hamas – and they used it train groups that are now fighting us,” he said.
When you live an hour from Boston the word “Chechen” kind of jumps out at you when describing Jihadists but that don’t cancel out these words
I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same?And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same?
Like I said Christianity is hard.
A dead islamofascist is just a podium to have a rally for islamofascism at the funeral. A convert to christianity, now that sends shivers down the radical imams spines. In practical terms, dead is not the best outcome.
and unnamed reader writes:
I think we’re supposed to pray for their conversion. Years ago, my publisher said the only answer to the war with Islam is to send them Christian missionaries. Only Christians are willing to be martyred and only the Christian religion can effectively neutralize Islam.
It will take a lot of martyrs at first, but if Christians could convert the Roman Empire, they can convert Islam, and it is only then that the war will stop.
I thought my publisher being facetious, but the more time goes on the more I agree.
It’s not entirely true that only Christians are willing to be martyred, the difference is they are willing to martyred themselves without taking people with them.
Today is the end of the month and tomorrow is the end of the week which means I have two different goals going on.
As always with the weeks paycheck not yet achieved I’m looking for that $300 a week to get by. As of this writing I’m $142 away meaning unless on big giver comes through I need a lucky seven readers who can spare $20 each to make my paycheck.
But today is also the end of the month and I’m short of my monthly goal by $69. So if I can get 4 of said people to give in or one person put in the full $69 (or actually $75 since the Mortgage bill has gone up 6 bucks as of this month) then the payment is covered.
As always it’s your call, if you’d like to advance conservative writing. Since every visitor doesn’t kick in a penny or two it’s falls upon the willing and the able to do so if they wish.
If you don’t I understand, and if you do it’s VERY appreciated.