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Sunday, September 05, 2004

Telegraph | News | Cleric supports targeting children: "Omar Bakri Mohammed, the spiritual leader of the extremist sect al-Muhajiroun, said that holding women and children hostage would be a reasonable course of action for a Muslim who has suffered under British rule."
Will this make the urbane, effete segment of British society begin to take terrorism seriously, and support Tony Blair and those who are trying to do something about it beside pontificate pious platitudes?

Who are those Muslims who suffered under "British rule"? Britain has left them to their own devices for more than fifty years. Are these old, doddering relics who marched with Lawrence of Arabia? Are these old fellows who cannot get over the folly of backing Hitler in WW II. Was that the fault of the Brits? The present sufferings of Muslims are at the hands of the fools they choose to follow. They allow themselves to be led by the nose by their hatred of Israel and their envy of the West. When false religion and hatred get together, they form a mixture of spiritual dynamite that destroys everything in sight.

A people who would hate enough to rear their children to hate and murder and kill cannot be expected to value the children of others.

How long will the West cower before guilt-manipulators who use real or imagined evils of the past to justify present evils? Just as American justice is dealing with those who abused prisoners in Iraq, so British justice dealt with known injustices in the colonial system. Colonialism of the British variety was much milder and tolerable than most of the colonialism in history, including the Muslim variety that subjected, often with unspeakable cruelty, those lands that once were Christian strongholds, and would do so today if they possessed the arms and skill to do so.

Britain but wanted to spread the culture and civilization of England to people in bondage to idiots like Mr. Mohammed. And, oh yes. The Brits wanted to make a pound or two doing it, and what's wrong with that? If you can combine doing good and making money, that's a win, win situation. It's better than doing evil and making money [Yassir Arafat, Jesse Jackson, Oil for Food program; French and German interests who propped up Saddam and carried his water for oil money, and all the paid liars on American major TV news], and it sure beats doing evil and not making money [suicide bombers now that Saddam's payments to their families is gone]. It even beats doing good for the hope of eternal life, for that is phariseeism and hypocrisy, for eternal life does not come by doing good--it is the gift of God by faith. It is no bargain to be good for nothing--gaining neither money nor eternal life!

I do not suppose that Mr. Heinz made all that ketchup because of love for God; nor do I suppose Mrs. Heinz Kerry is spending it for such love. I don't begrudge a man for making a buck by making a great ketchup, or a great car, or a great peanut butter. Nor do I begrudge his widow from spending it.

But where do the politics of envy and revenge end? Modern liberals are actuated by hatred of George Bush and a desire to revenge their loss [yes, they really lost under every counting scheme] in Forida, aided and abetted by spoil-sport Al Gore. Will they some day justify killing babies because of their hatred and thirst for revenge? What happens if Bush whips them again; will they engage in civil war against those they hate so terribly. Will they kill the children of their enemies if they feel that all other recourses are closed to them? When men begin to justify revenge and hatred, the bottomless pit looms before us.

Liberals are willing to support accusations that Bush manipulated the attacks on the Trade Center to gain an opportunity to take our liberties away, that he is worse than Hitler, and is so bloodthirsty and greedy that he was willing to do anything to let Dick Cheney get his hands on Iraq's oil. That should justify attacks by Iraqis on American schools, don't you think?

It is dangerous to trust anything to those who are conceited enough to think they know the motives of anyone's heart, which God has reserved for Himself. [1Ki 8:39 "Then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou, even thou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of men;)"], but foul deeds come from foul hearts.

The only thing better than doing good for profit is doing good for the love of God and the kingdom of God, but there is not many of those chaps around. The political realists will settle for good done with a profit motive, and let the Lord sort it out. The wise ruler will devise ways to reward those who do good [that leaves out false prophets like Mr. Mohammed above], and punish those who do evil [including Mr. Mohammed above].

See 1 Peter 2:13, 14 "Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well." For the other side of the coin see Jeremiah 23:14: "I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah." [Boy, was Jeremiah anti-gay! That ought to warrant hot revenge on Christians and Jews!]

Love covers all things, but hatred stirs up strife [Pr 10:12 Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.]
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