Friday, July 10, 2015
In a recent article for the Orlando Sentinel, journalist David Whitley cautioned his readers against the current furor of sterilizing our culture of anything offensive (funny this doesn't apply things offensive to Christians, Conservatives, Libertarians, Patriots, the Military, or reasonable people in general). He makes a legitimate case that about anything and anyone can and will be seen as offensive by someone. After all, many of the Founding Fathers owned slaves, JFK, MLK were adulterers (as is Bill Clinton), Ulysses S. Grant owned slaves and later oversaw the extermination of countless Native Americans, G.W. Bush and B.H. Obama did drugs (and yes, they both inhaled), Babe Ruth was a philanderer, and Ronald Reagan was an actor. Even Abe Lincoln, Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela had serious issues.
My point is this: Nobody is perfect. No one is blameless, thus everyone is a target. That includes you and me.
In the midst of this self-righteous ruckus, as activists oppose a failed rebellion that ended 150 years ago (we could go for days on the what and why of this) and a decry a vile institution that was also stamped out before their great grandparents were born, none of them can be bothered to take up a cause that can actually do some good.
1. ignore the slavery still going on many parts of the world today even though its fruits often turn up in our closets and on our dinner plates, calling it the price of doing business.
2. trade with counties like China who continue to commit unspeakable atrocities against citizens deemed 'undesirables' and enemies of the state while leaving unwanted baby girls to die because of a strict one-child policy, calling it diplomacy.
3. negotiate timetables which enable the terrorist state of Iran to build its own nuclear weapons, calling it peacekeeping.
4. refuse to recognize the threat of radical Islam and turn a blind eye to the genocide of Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere, calling it freedom of religion.
5. cheer the murder of millions of unborn children in their mothers' wombs every year, calling it freedom of choice.
6. encourage the flood of violent criminals pouring across our southern border, calling it diversity.
I could go on.
Nobody is stopping to consider how future generations will judge our own. I wonder if this age will be judged as harshly over our tolerance of abortion as the last is over its tolerance of slavery…Maybe worse. At least a slave was considered three fifths of a person. We won't even grant that partial status to our own children.
Instead, we, as a culture, attack those who cannot harm us and eviscerate those who dare disagree with us.
I find it ironic that the people who are so adamant to remove the Confederate flag because of the evil of slavery are the same ones trying to force the rest of use to bow in forced submission to the rainbow flag.
If this offends you, I an truly sorry....No. That's not true. I actually couldn't care less.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Friday, September 12, 2014
Yesterday, on the thirteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, I found myself once again reflecting upon that day and the differences in the world before and after.
(Dr. Bill Warner has a presentation which shows how ISIS fits perfectly into Islamic philosophy and are no different than the prophet himself. See it here.)
Friday, September 5, 2014
Thursday, August 29, 2013
In the meanwhile, President Obama has already told PBS Newshour, "We have concluded that the Syrian government in fact carried these out."
How can anybody 'conclude' anything before the investigation is complete? And if he can, why even conduct it? If what the President says is correct, the entire investigation is unnecessary. It reminds me an old cowboy movies where the posse catches a guy and tell him, "We're gonna give ya a fair trial and then we're gonna hang ya."
But what if there is evidence that it was the rebels conducted the attack? Some say here is.
How do we know who is responsible? Why should we act without even consulting our own congress? What about the inevitable collateral damage that will kill even more innocent Syrians? And above all, why are we in such a dang hurry? And why is Russia Today the only news outlet (besides Fox News) asking these questions?
The whole thing just doesn't smell right.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
1. Are we sure there was a chemical attack? Sure, we’ve seen footage of victims on TV, but has there been any evidence presented to confirm a chemical attack? If so, what was chemical was it? Was it a persistent agent or one that disperses rapidly? We should know that by now, especially before going forward with military plans. And if those plans are carried out and we put boots on the ground, we MUST know what these weapons are because our troops will be prime targets for them.
2. Are we sure Assad did it? If the chemical attack really did happen, who conducted it? Which side would benefit most from images of dead children spread around the world in viral videos? Again, we better be sure who is responsible before we are tricked into a conflict that could pull in Russia, China, Iran, and who knows who else.
3. What are our objectives? If we can prove definitively that there was a chemical attack and that Assad is responsible, what do we do? What do we hope to accomplish? Yes, what happened in Syria is terrible, but what about the civil war that has raged in Darfur for ten years? Current estimates put the death toll at 300,000.
Are we moved to action by murder using mustard gas, but not machetes? The administration has stated that Syrian regime change is not the goal of any military strikes. They just want to punish Assad. Really? Is that why we’ve been supplying weapons, food, medical supplies, and money to the rebels for months?
4. Who are the good guys? There are none. This is Egypt and Libya all over again. Yes, the dictators in those countries sucked, but at they were better than the Muslim Brotherhood, which is a big player in the Syrian resistance. How many times does it take to learn our lesson? Assad is a thug, but at least he keeps to himself.
5. What about Russia, China, Iran, etc.? This is the most troubling part of the debate. It also seems to be the part least addressed by our government. What are the consequences of drawing these countries in to the conflict? Everyone has drawn lines in the sand. No one wants to look weak. It isn’t difficult to imagine this situation snowballing as the assignation of Archduke Ferdinand did in 1914.
6. Where have all the doves gone? Where are all the politicians who advocated caution and restraint when George Bush was making his case for attacking Iraq? Two of the most vocal at that time, John Kerry and Joe Biden, are now cheering the loudest for action. Their rhetoric is akin to shouting, “Attack! Attack! Attack!” Why was it bad to strike then, but good now? After all, Saddam Hussein killed THOUSANDS of people in multiple chemical attacks. Could it be that this is a convenient distraction from the recent scandals? Is this a chance to reclaim some ‘street cred’ for the administration? I hope not, but it sure does look that way.
7. What are our national interests? How does this situation threaten our security, sovereignty, or economy? This is the most important question because it illustrates the only instances that military force is justified. In other words, the only occasion in which killing others and putting our own sons and daughters in harms way is acceptable is when it is done in self defense. Is this self defense? It's a question few are asking. As I stated above, the world is a dangerous place with lots of evil people. Always has been. Always will be. We can't change that. We don't run the world. We shouldn't try to either.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Here is the NBC report:
I wrote a detailed blog post about the situation last September outlining the powder keg of simmering hatreds and political conflicts just waiting to explode.
Much like the Balkans after the exit of the Soviet Union, Iraq is set to become a nexus of brutality and genocide. But the danger doesn't stop there.
The ethnic/religious nature of this war which pits Arab against Kurd and Sunni against Shia will almost certainly pull neighboring countries Iran and Syria into the fray. This conflict could potentially spread to Jordan, Turkey, and even Saudi Arabia. If it does, I can't begin to guess how high gas prices will jump...and it will happen very quickly, just as it has every other time the region becomes more unstable than usual. One can only imagine what effect this would have on fragile Western economies.