Again IT’S TIME TO LOOK INWARD:
If you recall, if you’ve been with this blog awhile, I stated 10 months ago that the revolts in Tunisia, Egypt, and later Libya, would result in nothing more than another bunch of radical Sharia law states which will end up hating America, and that we were wasting money trying to buy friends in those countries. The following article shows much of what has resulted from those revolts. Following this article is my Jan. 29th “It’s Time To Look Inward.” Was I psychic? No, merely somewhat of a historian, and if you don’t study history, which, obviously hasn’t been done by our administration, our congress, nor our State Department, then you’re bound to continue making the same mistakes over and over.
From the Jewish World Review:
The forgotten Christians of the East
By Caroline B. Glick
It is unclear what either Western governments or Western churches think they are achieving by turning a blind eye to the persecution of Christians in the Muslim world
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | On Sunday night, Egyptian Copts staged what was supposed to be a peaceful vigil at Egypt’s state television headquarters in Cairo. The 1,000 Christians represented the ancient Christian community of some 8 million whose presence in Egypt predates the establishment of Islam by several centuries. They gathered in Cairo to protest the recent burning of two churches by Islamic mobs and the rapid escalation of state-supported violent attacks on Christians by Muslim groups since the overthrow of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak in February.
According to Coptic sources, the protesters Sunday night were beset by Islamic attackers who were rapidly backed up by military forces. Between 19 and 40 Copts were killed by soldiers and Muslim attackers. They were run over by military vehicles, beaten, shot and dragged through the streets of Cairo.
State television Sunday night reported only that three soldiers had been killed. According to al-Ahram Online, the military attacked the studios of al-Hurra television on Sunday night to block its broadcast of information on the military assault on the Copts.
Apparently the attempt to control information about what happened worked. Monday’s news reports about the violence gave little indication of the identity of the dead or wounded. They certainly left untold the story of what actually happened in Cairo on Sunday night.
In a not unrelated event, Lebanon’s Maronite Catholic Patriarch Bechara Rai caused a storm two weeks ago. During an official visit to Paris, Rai warned French President Nicolas Sarkozy that the fall of the Assad regime in Syria could be a disaster for Christians in Syria and throughout the region. Today the Western-backed Syrian opposition is dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood. Rai cautioned that the overthrow of President Bashar Assad could lead to civil war and the establishment of an Islamic regime.
In Iraq, the Iranian and Syrian-sponsored insurgency that followed the US-led overthrow of Saddam Hussein’s Baathist regime in 2003 fomented a bloody jihad against Iraq’s Christian population. This month marks the anniversary of last year’s massacre of 58 Christian worshippers in a Catholic church in Baghdad. A decade ago there were 800,000 Christians in Iraq. Today there are 150,000.
Under the Shah of Iran, Iran’s Christians were more or less free to practice their religion.
Today, they are subject to the whims of Islamic overlords who know no law other than Islamic supremacism.
Take the plight of Yousef Nadarkhani, an evangelical Protestant preacher who was arrested two years ago, tried and sentenced to death for apostasy and refusal to disavow his Christian faith. There is no law against apostasy in Iran, but no matter. Ayatollah Khomeini opposed apostasy. And so does Islamic law.
Once Nadarkhani’s story was publicized in the West the Iranians changed their course.
Now they have reportedly abandoned the apostasy charge and are sentencing Nadarkhani to death for rape. The fact that he was never charged or convicted of rape is neither here nor there.
Palestinian Christians have similarly suffered under their popularly elected governments.
When the Palestinian Authority was established in 1994, Christians made up 80 percent of Bethlehem’s population. Today they comprise less than 20% of the population.
Since Hamas “liberated” Gaza in 2007, the area’s ancient Christian minority has been under constant attack. With only 3,000 members, Gaza’s Christian community has seen its churches, convents, book stores and libraries burned by Hamas members and their allies. Its members have been killed and assaulted. While Hamas has pledged to protect the Christians of Gaza, no one has been arrested for anti-Christian violence.
JUST AS the Jews of the Islamic world were forcibly removed from their ancient communities by the Arab rulers with the establishment of Israel in 1948, so Christians have been persecuted and driven out of their homes. Populist Islamic and Arab regimes have used Islamic religious supremacism and Arab racial chauvinism against Christians as rallying cries to their subjects. These calls have in turn led to the decimation of the Christian populations of the Arab and Islamic world.
For instance, at the time of Lebanese independence from France in 1946 the majority of Lebanese were Christians. Today less than 30% of Lebanese are Christians. [Editor’s note: This is the history Lebanese-born Brigitte Gabriel knows from personal experience.] In Turkey, the Christian population has dwindled from 2 million at the end of World War I to less than 100,000 today. In Syria, at the time of independence Christians made up nearly half of the population. Today 4% of Syrians are Christian. In Jordan half a century ago 18% of the population was Christian. Today 2% of Jordanians are Christian.
Christians are prohibited from practicing Christianity in Saudi Arabia. In Pakistan, the Christian population is being systematically destroyed by regime-supported Islamic groups. Church burnings, forced conversions, rape, murder, kidnap and legal persecution of Pakistani Christians has become a daily occurrence.
Sadly for the Christians of the Islamic world, their cause is not being championed either by Western governments or by Western Christians. Rather than condition French support for the Syrian opposition on its leaders’ commitment to religious freedom for all in a post-Assad Syria, the French Foreign Ministry reacted with anger to Rai’s warning of what is liable to befall Syria’s Christians in the event President Bashar Assad and his regime are overthrown. The Foreign Ministry published a statement claiming it was “surprised and disappointed,” by Rai’s statement.
The Obama administration was even less sympathetic. Rai is now travelling through the US and Latin America on a three week visit to Maronite communities. The existence of these communities is a direct result of Arab and Islamic persecution of Lebanese Maronite Christians.
Rai’s visit to the US was supposed to begin with a visit to Washington and meetings with senior administration officials including President Barack Obama. Yet, following his statement in Paris, the administration cancelled all of its scheduled meetings with him. That is, rather than consider the dangers that Rai warned about and use US influence to increase the power of Christians and Kurds and other minorities in any post- Assad Syrian government, the Obama administration decided to blackball Rai for pointing out the dangers.
Aside from Evangelical Protestants, most Western churches are similarly uninterested in defending the rights of their co-religionists in the Islamic world. Most mainline Protestant churches, from the Anglican Church and its US and international branches to the Methodists, Baptists, Mennonite and other churches have organized no sustained efforts to protect or defend the rights of Christians in the Muslim world.
Instead, over the past decade these churches and their related international bodies have made repeated efforts to attack the only country in the Middle East in which the Christian population has increased in the past 60 years – Israel.
As for the Vatican, in the five years since Pope Benedict XVI laid down the gauntlet at his speech in Regensburg and challenged the Muslim world to act with reason and tolerance it its dealing with other religions, the Vatican has abandoned this principled stand. A true discourse of equals has been replaced by supplication to Islam in the name of ecumenical understanding. Last year Benedict hosted a Synod on Christians in the Middle East that made no mention of the persecution of Christians by Islamic and populist forces and regimes. Instead, Israel was singled out for criticism.
The Vatican’s outreach has extended to Iran where it sent a representative to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s faux counter terror conference. As Giulio Meotti wrote this week in Ynet, whereas all the EU ambassadors walked out of Ahmadinejad’s Holocaust denying speech at the UN’s second Durban conference in Geneva in 2009, the Vatican’s ambassador remained in his seat. The Vatican has embraced leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe and the Middle East.
It is unclear what either Western governments or Western churches think they are achieving by turning a blind eye to the persecution and decimation of Christian communities in the Muslim world. As Sunday’s events in Egypt and other daily anti-Christian attacks by Muslims against Christians throughout the region show, their behavior is not appeasing anyone. What is clear enough is that they shall reap what they sow.
IT’S TIME TO LOOK INWARD
From the January 29th posting of From The Pea Patch
For decades America has been trying to buy love, friendship, loyalty. There’s a reality of the human experience, and that’s the fact you can’t buy love, friendship, loyalty. Trying to do so is to defy common sense, and historical reality. It’s living in la la land.
We send a billion dollars to Haiti, and nine hundred eighty million of it ends up in the Swiss bank accounts of the government officials entrusted with dispersing it to a people in need…and that’s been the pattern of our world give-aways since the end of WWII. America, making millionaires and billionaires out of despots. And sadly, too many times, the United Nations has been the bus hauling the money away to the dirty hands of despots, usually the cohorts of U.N. officials.
When are we going to learn? The prosperity of the United States in the same post WWII period allowed us to let our visceral liberals shame us into excesses and reckless giving. Guilt driven by our own success, by our own predominance in the world. We foisted our well gotten, hard earned, gains upon those who enjoy ill gotten ones, upon evil doers, criminals, and thieves. Yes, there are starving children in Ethiopia and over half or more of the rest of the world, and yes, after we invest billions in those countries there are still starving children, and the only thing that really changes is the bank balance of those in power. And I’m not saying don’t give, to give is Christian: I’m saying don’t give money. Give only directly to those in need, and give goods and services that pass from the hand of the giver to the needy. A water well drilled in a village cannot be shipped to a Swiss account.
The era of prosperity in the United States is ending, threatened by the same visceral, bleeding heart, hypocrisy of liberals in this country. The concept of “give-away other peoples money” runs rampant through the sad thinking of liberals. The concept of entitlement when there is no actual “entitlement,” only want and greed. When did the concept “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” become “give unto others until you’re broke and can no longer take care of yourself?” The belief that government will take care of all is a sickness, and it’s over, fini, finished. And if not, it soon will be for lack of supply. And if it’s not, we are. At least our prosperous lifestyle will end, and maybe our very existence. The folly of waiting until the national debt surpasses the gross national product in order to declare us an economic failure is just that, folly. We are broke. In the eyes of any budgeting housewife, we’re broke. We don’t have to have a degree in economics from Harvard to understand the fact that we are broke. As the debt clock (http://www.usdebtclock.org/) reports as I write this, each and every “taxpayer” in the United States owes over $127,000.00 as his/her share of the national debt. Each man, woman, and child owes over $47,000. Can you please pay yours now? Most can’t. Most aren’t worth that. And even if many are able, they won’t soon be as inevitable inflation eats away at savings and retirement. And as debt grows with interest and ability to pay diminishes as the mere sustenance cost for the debtor goes up with inflation and rising costs.
We’re engaging in the ultimate folly of printing phony money, backed by only the good faith and credit of the country, in order to keep our economy afloat. And the economists and rulers of the other nations of the world don’t have to be Harvard grads to understand the folly of that recourse. And they’ve lost faith, and will soon not extend credit. Money, not worth the paper and ink used to manufacture it. Particularly after the liberal politicians in this country, under the guise of being progressive, have ruined all belief in the good faith and credit of the country by buying votes with home loans for everyone and anyone who wanted four bedrooms and two and a half baths, rather than to everyone or anyone who could afford same. That folly (or purposeful deception by our politicians) collapsed our economy, and cost us those foreign friends who were truly friends and certainly those whose friendship we’d only been buying over the last few decades.
Now comes a reckoning. The Muslim world is awash with revolt, and sadly, it’s not a movement toward democracy. It’s a movement to throw out the “friends” we’ve been buying for decades. It’s amusing, but not surprising, that oil producing countries attract the wealth of the United States, billions flow to them every year, and they continue to express their hatred for us. And it’s the same with dope producing countries, like Afghanistan. Would it be a fair question to ask why we support a country whose primary export is opium? Why do we support a country whose president has a brother who’s known to be the biggest dope dealer in the region? Now those friends, even if purchased, will be replaced with Iman’s who preach our destruction.
It seems to me that our whole basket of foreign policy has been a folly, is a folly, and will continue to be a folly unless we begin to employ common sense and accept the human experience: you can’t buy love. You can buy a screwing, but you can’t buy love, and we’ve bought plenty of the former.
I shudder with the death of every American boy or girl who dies in undeclared wars, from Korea to the present. I mourn the death and maiming of every young American boy and girl who fights in a country that would turn on us in a proverbial heartbeat should there monetary interests lie elsewhere. It’s time we turned inward. We need our gallant young men and women here, to rebuild this junk heap that’s the result of the great give-away. Drive on any California interstate highway and you’ll know what I mean about a junk heap. Our interstates have more holes than even the heads of those who plan our foreign policy.
It’s time we pulled out of not only those countries where we fight, but pulled our money out of every country that’s not a democracy, and even then money sent abroad should only be in the form of actual credit worthy loans and/or investment. And if loans are not repaid or investments nationalized or stolen, then no more. NO MORE.
Where the hell are these countries going to sell their oil, their dope, and in fact, their cotton, if not to the largest consuming country in the world? WISE UP AMERICA. Do you think we’ll not get oil or dope if we pull out…they still want our dollars, no matter how much they’ve depreciated, and will so for a long while.
It’s time we turned inward. It’s time we took care of or own economy, it’s time we allowed self-reliance to have the opportunity to rise to the top of the American experience as was so prevalent after WWII, and replaced the hand out with a hand up. It’s time we stopped trying to buy love. There’s a word for that and America has been the JOHN of the world, the customer of international nation prostitutes. And brother, we didn’t get the kiss to go along with the screwing.
And this doesn’t mean transfer the “buy your friends” concept to merely “buy the votes” of the American people with the money we don’t send overseas. Part of the “turn inward” approach is to pay off the national debt and regain the respect of the rest of the world…not that respect of those outside our borders is truly important. Self-respect, along with self-reliance, is what’s truly important. Self-respect and self-reliance, and military power, will again gain the respect of the rest of the world, if a grudging respect as it’s always been. It’s time we went back to setting the example, and being the world’s whipping boy. Young men and women rebuilding the infrastructure of the U.S. is what we need, the re-invention of the WPA would be a good start. Pay young Americans who are now being paid to risk their lives, to rebuild the country. It’s the same dollars, only put to a far greater purpose.
Egypt, Yemen, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, and other Muslim countries around the world are rising up against despots whom we’ve supported for decades, and nd it’s my belief these revolts will not result in democracies, but rather in Muslim Sharia Law governments who will be dead set to destroy the United States and all Christianity, as they have Christians in their own countries. That’s the result of attempts to buy friendship. It’s estimated there are only 17 million of hundreds of millions of Christians left in Muslim countries, the rest killed our driven out.
STOP giving money to any country outside our borders. PERIOD. Credit worthy loans and investments only.
It’s time to turn inward. My wife and I, in a small way, support charities such as Doctors Without Borders, the Heifer Project, and others who don’t give money, but rather goods and services, and then only where truly needed. And the goods they give go directly to the people, without being processed (read stolen) by corrupt governments and their despot rulers. When you buy a gift heifer, a hive of bees, a goat, a pig, or yes, even a camel, or other opportunity building critter from the Heifer Project you know it, and training, are going directly to a family who will put it to work to better their lot, not merely eat it or sell it Don’t give a man a fish, teach him to fish.
We’re at a turning point in this country, in this world, and it’s time for human experience, for common sense, to rule our actions.
It’s time to use common sense to get this country back to where it belongs, to where our parents and grandparents fought long and hard to bring it. It’s time to turn inward, and to heal ourselves before we continue to try to be all things to all people the world over.
While there’s still time, and I pray there is.