• AN APPEAL TO HEAVEN

    June 10, 2024
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    Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. This much we pledge--and more. 

        President John F. Kennedy, First Inaugural address, 1961

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    Wow! That came out of left field! Yeah, it really did when President Barack Obama, whose passion was to get us out of war in Iraq and Afghanistan and to downgrade the US military to a token force, reared up and dispatched the US Navy to shell Damascus. Anti-war pacifists who had raged against the wars in Vietnam and Iraq, and who had become uncomfortable about the war in Afghanistan that they originally supported, suddenly demanded that Bashar Assad of Syria be smacked down with all the armed might of the United States. Why? Because of reports on TV of poison gas attacks by the Syrian government on its own civilians.

    The Progressive Left, the leitmotif of which is “Social Justice,” periodically reveals itself to be astonishingly bloodthirsty in its zeal to impose its ideal of how the world should be. As in, We had to destroy the village to save it.  The Chicago Tribune reported on May 4, 1993 that “Federal officials, including Atty. Gen. Janet Reno, cited reports of child abuse as justification for the raid” that destroyed the Branch Davidian compound and burned to death 76 people, 26 of them children.  

    How Liberals decide over which atrocity to get exercised is a puzzlement. What is the trigger that stampedes them to action, any action, action without thinking through the long-term consequences so long as it satisfies a primeval bloodlust to punish somebody, anybody? 

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    Why did the gassing of more than 5,000 Kurdish men, women and children by Saddam Hussein not raise demands to punish him for this heinous crime against humanity? We saw pictures of the bodies of the victims lying where they fell, some hugging their pets, lying in their own body fluids, their faces and flesh clearly indicating the means of their deaths. Why didn't the photo of a dead Kurdish mother clutching her dead infant elicit cries of outrage from a shocked world? Why did photos of white bundles described as “gassed children” raise howls for Bashar Assad's head from American Liberals? 

    "One death is a tragedy; a million is a statistic," Joseph Stalin said. Is that why the brutal slaughter of more than half a million Tutsis in Rwanda was answered only by clucks from the American Left? Saudi Arabia beheads women accused of adultery, Iran buries them alive up to their necks and then stones them to death—and American Liberals shrug and demand that taxpayers pay for their birth control. American Progressives are too busy huffing and puffing over a cross on a military memorial to concern themselves with jihadists burning alive or blowing up Christians, Jews and Muslims at worship. Islamists in London and Paris butcher Christians and Jews in the streets, and the American Left yawns and demands that American soldiers stop saying “with the help of God” in their oaths. Muslim girls are subjected to barbaric clitorectomies and “honor killings” while the humanitarian American Liberal looks aside and demands the outlawing of cat declawing, dog ear-cropping and Jewish circumcision. Homosexuals are thrown off roofs, hanged, stoned or beheaded in the Islamic world while our Liberals turn their backs and clamor for celebration of sexual deviance.

    During a 22 July 1981 hearing of the House of Representatives Committee On Foreign Affairs Subcommittee On Human Rights And International Organizations, Congressman Don Ritter asked, 

    ...why have so many of the academic, political, and religious organizations, so vocal during the Vietnam war, been so silent on genocide in Afghanistan? Why have some of the key individual voices heard during that same Vietnam conflict around the world been so silent? Where are the demonstrations outside Soviet Embassies? Where are the daily denunciations in the media? Where are the war crimes trials indicting Soviet leaders while this corporal and migratory genocide proceeds apace?

    Why did Barack Obama decide that Hosni Mubarak, Muammar Qaddafi and Bashar Assad—autocrats, perhaps brutal dictators, but nonetheless leaders of sovereign nations who presented no present danger to the United States--had to be overthrown, but say it was not his business to interfere in the sovereign affairs of Iran when that regime was gunning down protesters in the streets...and then demand that Israel stop building housing for its citizens in its capital and withdraw to its undefendable 1948 boundaries?  

    Why did President Bill Clinton decline to take action to stop the Rwandan genocide, but feel it necessary to intervene in Haiti and in the historical snake pit of the Balkans? Even the ancient Romans warned against messing with the Balkans. There were no threats to American national security from that quarter. So why intervene? Ah. Reports of “ethnic cleansing.” (Not to mention his “Monica” problem.)

    “Ethnic cleansing” A subcategory and precursor of genocide, ethnic cleansing is geographic—the eradication by the killing or driving out of a certain class of people from a certain geographic area, such as the Kulaks in Ukraine. Genocide is the extermination of any class, such as Jewry, anywhere and everywhere. 

    Israel is accused of ethnic cleansing Arabs from its little fragment of land on our globe. No. They are eradicating a terrorist organization, Hamas, that preys on other Arabs almost as much as it does on Jews.  Hamas and its assault sheep in America and Europe seek not just the ethnic cleansing of all Jews “from the river to the sea,” but the completion of Hitler’s genocidal Final Solution. Said sheep, known as “useful idiots” to the Marxists fanning the flames, often have no idea what river and what sea on behalf of which they are shutting down campuses, highways and bridges. They certainly don’t know what that objective means for seven million Jewish men, women and children in Israel...or...maybe these Neo-Hitler Jungend do know.

    Meanwhile, back at the rest of the world:

    Millions of Muslim Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims are persecuted and enslaved in China on the way to cleansing the country of ethnic minorities. Regarding these victims of the Peoples Republic, Human Rights Watch found “The specific crimes against humanity...include...disappearance; torture; murder...inhumane acts intentionally causing great suffering or serious injury to mental or physical health, notably forced labor and sexual violence…” The Council on Foreign Relations reports that “The Chinese government has imprisoned more than one million people since 2017 and subjected those not detained to intense surveillance, religious restrictions, forced labor, and forced sterilizations...The United States determined that China’s actions constitute genocide, while a UN report said they could amount to crimes against humanity.”

    How about Chinese-occupied Tibet? “...[T]he Communist Chinese government has perpetrated genocide against the Buddhist people of Tibet...” according to the organization World Without Genocide. The US State Department reports that China’s “... significant human rights issues” in Tibet “included...unlawful or arbitrary killings...disappearances; torture and cases of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment or punishment by the government…” The International Commission of Jurists charges China with “...genocide against the Buddhist people of Tibet...the use of forced labor resulting in the deaths of thousands of Tibetans; forced sterilization of women; widespread famine...systematic religious persecution and forced indoctrination into Communist ideology; large-scale bombing...imprisonment, deportation, torture, and murder of thousands of people…”

    The government of Myanmar, the country once known as Burma, is liquidating the Muslim Rohingya, the Christian Karen peoples, and Buddhists. Forbes.com reported last summer that the Myanmar military “targeted the Rohingya with extrajudicial executions or other killings, including by random shooting; enforced disappearance and arbitrary detention; rape, including gang rape, and other forms of sexual violence; physical assault including beatings; torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; looting and occupation of property; destruction of property; and ethnic and religious discrimination and persecution…” Clerics of all three faiths “were killed by gunshots, massacres, indiscriminate heavy artillery shells, airstrikes or died under torture...This comes years after the [government] specifically targeted the Rohingya for annihilation.”  The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights reports that “Almost one million Rohingya live in camps in Bangladesh after fleeing the Myanmar military’s ethnic cleansing campaign, crimes against humanity, and acts of genocide that started in August 2017.”The government of Myanmar is an equal opportunity exterminator. 

    Tens of thousands of enslaved Congolese children and adults are digging and dying in Chinese-owned cobalt mines. The European Parliament‘s “Child slave labour in Congo” report documents that “Children as young as four are being forced to slave for 12 hours a day in Congo horror mines, extracting cobalt for the manufacture of mobile phones...and are constantly threatened with violence...” The US Department of Labor reports “...the worst forms of child labor...the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo supplied weapons and munitions to non-state armed groups known for recruiting children. Children in the...Congo are also subjected to other...of the worst forms of child labor, including in the forced mining of gold, tin...tantalum...and tungsten...and are used in armed conflict...”

    In Sudan’s Darfur Region, Human Rights Watch documents a “rampage of killings, looting, torture, rape” by Islamic militias. ‘The Guardian' reported that witnesses saw “children, still alive, being ‘piled up and shot”’ The United Nations confirms a “humanitarian calamity and a catastrophic human rights crisis” in the region. 

    Thousands of Nigerian children have been kidnapped by Islamist terrorists. When 276 Christian schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram, American celebrities led by Michelle Obama, to their credit, did rise up in indignation—they held up 8X10 sheets of paper saying “Bring Back Our Girls!,” and felt virtuous. The killing and kidnapping of Nigerian Christians by Islamists continues unabated.

    Once again the Armenian people face genocide in their ancient homeland. Three days before the October 2023 Palestinian Arab attack on Israel, the Council on Foreign Relations reported that “The ethnic Armenian population of the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave in Azerbaijan, a largely Christian community in a predominantly Muslim nation, is experiencing ethnic cleansing at warp speed. Over the last week, almost all of the estimated 120,000 ethnic Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh have fled west to Armenia. This exodus follows clashes with the Azerbaijan army that have reportedly killed upwards of four hundred people…”

    In a briefing before the UN Security Council in August 2023, the Regional Center for Human Rights “reported that Russian Federation agents have taken at least 19,546 children to that country from Ukraine since 18 February 2022.  Among other violations, Russian Federation citizenship is imposed on them, and they are forbidden to speak and learn the Ukrainian language or preserve their Ukrainian identity…”  The Chief Executive Officer of Save Ukraine reported to the Council that “when the Russian Federation began ‘its war of genocide against our country’ in 2014, more than 1 million Ukrainian children ended up on the occupied territories of Crimea and Donbas and were further deported to Moscow.  Stolen and turned into weapons, thousands of them now fight against their motherland.”   

    The UN Secretary General charges that thousands of children, some as young as six years old, have been “recruited” as child soldiers. His 2021 “Children and armed conflict” report documented that “In 2020... The United Nations verified 26,425 grave violations...affected 19,379 children... namely the recruitment and use of children, the killing and maiming of children, rape and other forms of sexual violence against children, attacks on schools, hospitals and protected persons in...schools and/or hospitals, and the abduction of children...The highest numbers of grave violations were verified in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, the Syrian Arab Republic and Yemen. Verified cases of abduction and sexual violence against children increased alarmingly by 90 and 70 per cent, respectively. Abduction is often combined with the recruitment and use of children and sexual violence….”  

    UNICEF reports that  “Thousands of children are recruited and used in armed conflicts across the world. Between 2005 and 2022, more than 105,000 children were verified as recruited and used by parties to conflict, although the actual number of cases is believed to be much higher...children experience unconscionable forms of violence...required to participate in harrowing training or initiation ceremonies, to undergo hazardous labour or to engage in combat – with great risk of death, chronic injury and disability. They may also witness, suffer or be forced to take part in torture and killings. Girls, especially, can be subjected to gender-based violence.” 

    Why aren’t there hordes of protesters against these horrific crimes against humanity in the streets? Where are the UN resolutions condemning these monsters, and the ICC warrants for the arrest of their leaders as war criminals? Why aren’t there international sanctions against them and their facilitators? Why aren’t China and Iran under crippling sanctions for sponsoring worldwide terror? 

    Why is only Israel, a geographical splinter with a population of only seven million Jews out of billions of Arabs, Chinese, Indians, etc. on the planet, always forced to defend its people from destruction, always singled out as the sole target of international outrage, accusation, sanction? Why does the UN issue more resolutions condemning Israel than all other countries combined?

    Why are the Palestinian Arabs the precious, protected darlings of the International Left, and other “victim” classes ignored?  The Rohingya and Uyghurs are Muslim, so it’s not religion. The Congolese and Sudanese are people of color, so it’s not race. The Kurds and Ukrainians have been historically persecuted, so it’s not nationality.

    Answer: Jews. Jews should be victims, not victors, and that makes bleeding heart liberals uncomfortable and outrages bloodthirsty bigots.

    All those other hapless victims of ghastly crimes in the Congo, in the Sudan, in Nigeria, Tibet, China, Ukraine, Burma, et al? Mere statistics, if thought of at all. Sucks to be you. Can’t blame the Jews, can we? 

    At dawn on October 7, 2023, on the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah, thousands of Hamas terrorists and Gazan civilians attacked Israel. They slaughtered, burned, raped, and tortured their way through villages and kibbutzim, killing 1200 Israeli men, women and children. They kidnapped more than 240, some of them as young as nine months old. They butchered hundreds of young people at a music festival celebrating peace. Thousands of Israelis were wounded. The atrocities were unspeakable. Thousands of missiles continue to rain down on Israeli cities, sending whole populations into bomb shelters.. Hundreds of thousands of Israeli civilians are displaced from their homes.

    And yet...and yet...the world’s propaganda machine was locked and loaded, ready to blame Israel as the sun rose that bloody morning. While they were still counting the dead in Israel, a well-organized, well-trained, well-funded combat support force went into action on the streets and campuses of America to paint Hamas and the population of Gaza as the victims of Israeli oppression. Operational toolkits were in the hands of local Marxists and anarchists acting as precinct captains. Armies of trained protesters mobilized across the US, battle orders were issued. Flyers and posters were ready.  Keffiyehs, professionally printed signs and banners were distributed, tents set up, sound systems and portajohns deployed. 

    Hours after the Gaza attack on Israel began, the Party for Socialism and Liberation of Western North Carolina called for a rally in Asheville, NC the next day. “We demand FREE PALESTINE, cut all US aid for the apartheid regime, and free all Palestinian political prisoners!” The Marxist party, which claims 7,000 members in North Carolina, shrieked “Israel is currently carrying out a massacre of historic proportions against Gaza and all throughout Palestine, slaughtering hundreds. The unrelenting oppression, murder, torture and occupation carried out by the Israeli apartheid regime has precipitated a counter-offensive by Palestinian resistance forces.” Their call to arms was ready to air when Hamas smashed through the border fence into southern Israel.

    World bodies immediately demanded that Israel cease and desist from destroying Hamas, and President Biden demanded that the Israelis give aid and comfort to the Gazans. This is insane. Israel’s enemy—our enemy--deliberately targets civilians, children in particular, and celebrants at religious events, and mourners at funerals, shoppers in markets. Israel’s enemy—our enemy—hides behind their women and children, uses them as human shields and their schools and hospitals as weapons depots and emplacements. But Biden demands that Israel absorb hundreds of Iranian missiles and call it a win because they survived the attack! 

    Why? The inescapable conclusion is that...they’re Jews. It’s been like that for more than 3,000 years. Twelve hundred years before the Common Era, a Pharaoh named Merneptah bragged in stone that “Israel is laid waste; his seed is no more.” Iran’s proxies are just the latest to try, and, shamefully, they’ve got a lot of cheerleaders and enablers here.

    Eighty years ago on D-Day, President Franklin D. Roosevelt called on the nation to join him in prayer to Almighty God for our troops fighting “to set free a suffering humanity,” to “let justice arise, and tolerance and good will among all Thy people.” It was a simple, humble appeal to heaven for freedom from tyranny and hatred. 

    May Almighty God give victory to Israel now as He did in the times of Moses, Joshua, Deborah, David, and in 1948, 1956, 1967, and 1973, and may everlasting peace and security at last come to that nation.  And may the world hear the cry of suffering humanity everywhere and give safety and justice to those crushed by tyranny. Amen.

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