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Ever since 1945, the political effect of a country’s possession of nuclear weapons has been to force its potential adversaries to exercise caution and to freeze the existing frontiers. There is no reason to think that Iran would be an exception to the rule.
So all the twaddle preached by political prophets on the Left and talk-show hosts on the "right" is irrelevant. Keep your nose clean, do your duty, and let the rulers go about their business, even if they do it badly and tyrannically. It is not up to a single Christian or a Church or even all Christendom to root out evil from this world
In July, Graham told a cheering conference of Christians United for Israel: "If nothing changes in Iran, come September, October, I will present a resolution that will authorize the use of military force to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear bomb."
The ability of the Israeli prime minister to identify his understanding of Israel’s interests with those of the United States is not as great as before, which is good news for both Israel and America.
Harold Wilson was right: A week is a long time in politics. The one just behind us—the longest of Barack Obama’s presidency thus far—has provided a mix of drama, bravado, mendacity and stupidity unseen since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.
There is a case to be made against the death penalty, but it is rooted in non-Christian and anti-Christian theories of the human person. There is no Christian and, in particular, no Catholic argument to be made except by a round-robins-barn tortured exegesis of passages ripped out of context.
The American people do not want war on Syria, and such a war makes no sense. Who is trying to stampede Congress into war on Syria, and then on Iran—and why? Therein lies the real question.
Even before the recent victory of rightwing Catholic Tony Abbott's Liberal-National coalition in Australia, the previous Labor government was instituting measures to stem the flow of mass immigration. Outgoing leftist PM Kevin Rudd said of the new measures:
"Asylum seekers who come here by boat without a visa will never be settled in Australia."
This uncharacteristically tough stance on illegal immigration, adopted in response to his party's sinking in the polls, was too much for the leftist leaders of Australia's Jewish establishment, a major source of power behind Rudd's Labor party.
"I cannot stomach voting for a government that treats other human beings in this way. A line has been crossed. Rudd’s policy, like that of [Tony] Abbott’s, is brutal. It relies on abusing the human rights of one group of refugees to deter another group." wailed Josh Bornstein, a prominent Jewish attorney and major Labor supporter.
"I am deeply distressed and disturbed by the current hard-line policies of both major parties. The true measure of the moral level of society is how it treats its most vulnerable people." screeched leftwing author Arnold Zable.
"Down this path lie vulnerable refugees fleeing persecution and, while deserving of our empathy, they are instead left degraded and dehumanized. As a person of Jewish faith, I have long understood what racism does to people." sobbed Mark Leibler, the chairman of Australia's pro-Israel lobbying group "Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council".
But what about Israel's hardline policies on illegal immigrants, most of them from sub-Saharan Africa? The Netanyahu government, on whose behalf Leibler's outfit so vociferously lobbies, banned remittances, sealed Israel's border with Egypt, and started deporting the troublesome migrants.
Why aren't the same Jewish leftists who wring their hands and go into hysterics about the policies of gentile leaders are either silent about or openly sympathetic to Bibi's policies? Why can Israel adopt admirably strict measures against mass immigration, but predominantly gentile western societies have to swing open their doors and allow their nations to be flooded by Third World invaders?
All of these shabby liberals also made a point of bringing up ancestors who were either victims of the Nazis or fled war-torn Europe during the Holocaust, to justify their destructive call for open borders. They refuse to realize that the destruction of western societies for which they clamor will result in a bloody destruction of Jewish life in the West.
The Australian Jewish establishment was the one that crossed a line and did so a long time ago. Bornstein, Zable, Leibler, and their leftist ilk should be treated for what they are: a bunch of contemptible traitors who seek the destruction of the very same country that gave their ancestors safe haven.
From 1920 to 1936, Syria's Alawites enjoyed their own separate autonomous state in French-ruled Syria. First, it was known explicitly as the Alawite State and from 1930 to 1936, as Latakia Governorate. In response to pressure from the Sunni majority, France dissolved the Alawites' state and forcibly incorporated it into the Sunni-dominated areas.
Needless to say, the Alawites (as well as the Christians and Druze) were appalled by France's surrender to the Muslims and pleaded with the mandate authorities to protect them. In an eerie echo of today's situation in Syria, 450,000 Alawites, Druze, and Christians signed a letter to the French authorities, part of which stated:
"The 'Alawis believe that they are humans, not beasts ready for slaughter. No power in the world can force them to accept the yoke of their traditional and hereditary enemies to be slaves forever...."
Israel's liberal Haaretz newspaper recently quoted part of another letter, sent by Alawite leaders to French Prime Minister Leon Blum in 1936. The French surrender to Arab Muslim demands was influenced by the bloody uprising of Muslims in British-ruled Palestine, led by the future ally of Hitler Haj Amin Al-Husseini. The Alawites alluded to the bloody revolt in their plea to the Jewish Blum:
“The condition of the Jews in Palestine is the strongest and most explicit evidence of the militancy of the Islamic issue vis-à-vis those who do not belong to Islam. These good Jews contributed to the Arabs with civilization and peace, scattered gold, and established prosperity in Palestine without harming anyone or taking anything by force, yet the Muslims declare holy war against them and never hesitated in slaughtering their women and children, despite the presence of England in Palestine and France in Syria.”
“Therefore we ask you to consider the dreadful and terrible fate that awaits the Alawites if they are forced to be annexed to Syria, when it will be free from the oversight of the Mandate, and it will be in their power to implement the laws that stem from its religion.”
One of the six signatories of that letter was Sulayman Assad, the father of Hafez and the grandfather of Bashar.
Of course, the Alawites' desperate pleas fell on deaf years. And from then on, their leaders realized that they can no longer rely on the West, but have to use their tight-knit community's influence and wealth to seize power in Syria, which finally came about in the 1960s. The unflinchingly brutal response of the Alawite-dominated regime to the violent Sunni Hama uprising in 1982 stems from the Alawites' understanding that they could never expect any quarter from their "traditional and hereditary enemies".
How ironic that France, by preparing to attack Syria on behalf of the Islamist rebels is repeating exactly the same betrayal of the Alawites - the most pro-French group in the Middle East, except the Maronites- as in the 1930s.
Everyone I know is asking me why we are going to bomb Syria. There is a rarely a simple answer to such questions, but if we look closely at the would-be bombers--the leaders of Turkey and France for example, perhaps we can gain some insight. The latest coalition of the willing might be more accurately described as the conspiracy to kill Christians.