Monday, January 18, 2010

The warfare state corrupts our children and religion

Farewell, Western Civilization. We hardly knew ye. And those Muslims who think America is waging a religious war - a crusade - against the Muslim ummah? Fanatics. Not worthy of our attention at all, really.

U.S. Military Weapons Inscribed With Gospel Verses

    ABC News -

    Coded references to New Testament Bible passages about Jesus Christ are inscribed on high-powered rifle sights provided to the United States military by a Michigan company, an ABC News investigation has found.

    The sights are used by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and in the training of Iraqi and Afghan soldiers. The maker of the sights, Trijicon, has a $660 million multi-year contract to provide up to 800,000 sights to the Marine Corps, and additional contracts to provide sights to the U.S. Army.

    U.S. military rules specifically prohibit the proselytizing of any religion in Iraq or Afghanistan and were drawn up in order to prevent criticism that the U.S. was embarked on a religious "Crusade" in its war against al Qaeda and Iraqi insurgents.

    One of the citations on the gun sights, 2COR4:6, is an apparent reference to Second Corinthians 4:6 of the New Testament, which reads: "For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."

    Other references include citations from the books of Revelation, Matthew and John dealing with Jesus as "the light of the world." John 8:12, referred to on the gun sights as JN8:12, reads, "Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

Israeli children sign bombs destined for Lebanon

    Canadian Content -

    The saddest of all the images that have appeared on TV recently showing the horror of war were not the scenes of dead children, but the happy faces of the little Israeli children writing pleasant greetings and birthday wishes on big bombs meant for Lebanon and signing their names to them.

    All of Israel should be ashamed and alarmed at this. All Americans should be shocked and troubled in their hearts. All the peoples of the world should feel a sickness in the pit of their stomachs to see these images and realize what it says about the progress of the human race and where we’re heading.

    If we are engaged in a global war on terror, as America and her allies claim, it does not make logical or moral sense for us to wage this war through the use of terrorism.

    Regardless of how people and nations spin it, terrorism has no meaning if it doesn’t mean the killing of innocent people on purpose in large numbers.

    Calling it collateral damage is just a way of justifying it, but it is still killing the innocent in order to beat the enemy, anyway you slice it.

    Killing the innocent cannot be justified by claiming that it is the natural price that has to be paid when fighting an asymmetrical war where the enemy lives among the innocents and uses them as shields while they do their dirty work.

    The dirtiest work of all can never escape the rules of mathematics. The most bloodthirsty and dangerous terrorists are the ones that kill the greatest amount of innocents.

    It’s all in the body count, and there can be no excuses, whether it be called collateral damage or the natural price for an asymmetrical war, or by any other name. Killing the innocent is killing the innocent.

    Whichever side kills the greatest number of innocents is the greatest terrorist. Uniforms and regular armies as opposed to civilian clothes and guerilla tactics doesn’t change a thing.

    It’s all in the numbers. It’s in the arithmetic, the body count. The last count I heard regarding Israel’s latest invasion of Lebanon was about 1,000 Lebanese dead, mostly civilians, compared to less than 100 Israeli dead, mostly soldiers.

    The number of civilian deaths have been lopsided from the beginning when Israel attacked Lebanon on July 12, claiming that she was defending herself because Hezbollah had crossed her borders and kidnapped a couple of soldiers, killing a few others in the process.

    Israel attacked Palestine only a couple of weeks before, claiming the same thing, that she was defending herself because some militant members of Hamas had captured one of her soldiers.

    For the past month Israel has been raining death and destruction on two fronts, the democratic states of Palestine and Lebanon, racking up a lopsided body count of innocent civilians in both places.

    About one million Lebanese people have been displaced and the infrastructure of the country destroyed. Many more civilians are bound to die because of the hardships they will have to face because of the bombings.

    Israel’s attacks on Lebanon and Palestine, along with the disproportionate civilian deaths and destruction she has wrought go beyond the meaning of self-defense and can only be regarded as state terrorism.

    State terrorism, in the moral and logical sense, is far worse than plain old terrorism because it kills far more innocent civilians and causes far more infrastructural damage than plain terrorism ever could.

    State terrorism causes more hate and brings about much more suffering, both immediately and over the years. It should be clear, both logically and morally, that terrorism – whether under the cover of government policy or hatched up in a dark cell or cave in the mountains – only begets more hate, more dehumanizing of ones enemies and more terrorism.

    What else could have brought those smiles to the faces of the little Israeli children as they wrote their happy messages on the bombs and signed their names?

    They must have been under the belief that the bombs had nothing to do with the killing of children like themselves. They must have been under the belief that the bombs were just for killing people who were not really human, but terrorist rats that needed killing.

    Fighting terrorism with terrorism is a losing battle for all sides and can only lead eventually to the destruction of all life on earth.