We Don't Need Another War - And Response (4)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Re:  Corker, Alexander, Blunt: Attacks Against Christians In Egypt Warrant A Clear U.S. Response

This has got to be the worst excuse to start a war in the Middle East since the Great Crusades. We should take action against Egypt because the government is persecuting Christians?  

Mr. Corker, we don't need another war.

Harry Presley 

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Try as I might, Mr. Presley, I see absolutely no indication from the letter prepared by Senators Corker, Alexander, and Blunt that the U.S. is asking for or preparing for war with Egypt based upon the persecution of Christians there.   

Instead, I see a request for State Department intervention, which is the agency responsible for responding through U.S. diplomatic channels and that promotes the removal of U.S. financial support for that country to force changes.  It is also the agency that coordinates U.N. sanctions against Egypt and other countries practicing such persecutions. 

The fact is that Christian men, women, and children are being tortured and murdered around the globe in large numbers--and it's accelerating, even in areas where people have peacefully coexisted. It's past time that these atrocities are given front page exposure in the US and among international leaders. 

Linda Walker 

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I had a nice, long, thought-out response ready to send in, then I read  Linda Walker's response. Right on, Linda.  Very, very well said.

Jim Dothard 

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I had a nice, long, thought-out response ready to send in, myself. Then I read Linda's letter and realized this is the same GOP that got us into a war with Iraq, supposedly over "removing a horrible dictator," but in reality a misguided attempt after 9-11 to just go out and kick somebody's tail.  Didn't matter who it was and all the better it was a dictator sitting on a ton of oil.  

Amazingly, we weren't greeted as liberators and it took a lot longer than a few months and the mission never was "accomplished" until President Obama took care of Osama bin Laden in May of 2011. This Bush fiasco also resulted in over 4,000 needless U.S. military deaths and a liability to our economy that will take countless more years to recover from. 

 After thinking about all of that, I decided this probably wasn't a teachable moment. 

Herb Montgomery
Chattanooga 

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1982 Massacre at Sabra and Shatila Palestinian Refugee Camp 

It's a major human and religious flaw that people sometimes commit horrific, inhumane and even evil and demonic acts in the name of, pretense of and under the cover of religion. If only they'd first take the time to search their soul, their conscious, their moral compass. If they truly believed in a loving God, and realized in their quest they are actually being guided and controlled by greedy individuals who have only their own best interest in mind.  

The term "terrorists" is just a name. It has no power. And the term is being worn by many sides. Even under the heading of "Christian" and more often than not, horrible acts are being committed by proxy at the bequest greedy old men who dream up wars for the young to die in.  

In or around 1982 it is said between 762 to 3,500 Palestinian and Lebanese civilian men, women and children were slaughtered by a Christian militia group at a refugee camp named Sabra and Shatila.  

The Rwandan genocide also has ties to the Christian Bible, taken straight from the story of Saul in Samuel I and Samuel II. Where it's said God told Saul to enter a village and kill everyone. To spare no one. Not men, women, children, babies, oxen and other livestock. God was only mad at Saul because he failed to strictly carry out the orders. You see, Saul spared the king and kept all the tastier meats for himself. That's not the makings of a "loving, compassionate and generous" God.  

So before anyone goes about pointing fingers about my religion is better than yours. or, your religion is an evil religion, maybe everyone should strip naked and walk up to a full sized mirror and take time to closely look at their own reflection. 

Religion, even the word "god" are just words. Neither has the power to do good, bad or evil. It's what man has taken and done that will determine and define both. Neither religion or belief in a deity can make us a better person or give us integrity. We either already have those qualities or we don't. Both can only enhance what's already there. Good, bad, indifferent and, yes, even evil. 

Integrity, having a soul, a moral compass, compassion require that if all laws were abolished, if it suddenly was revealed there's nothing but we humans on this planet, and no higher source were watching, we'd all still behave and respect one another's right to exist, regardless. Unfortunately, humans just haven't arrived at that plateau of consciousness. Regardless of which side you're cheering for or condemning. 

Who started what, when, where and how, are all irrelevant. The deciding factor will be the ones to step up, speak, and tell the truth. 

Brenda Manghane-Washington


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