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[COMMENT: The spiritual war in which we are engaged is apparent, not only from the horrendous and cowardly immorality of the Muslim fighters, but from the incredible bias of the news in the West. Why do I say they are cowardly? Because they will not risk defeat in an open, honest contest of ideas. That is the real battle before us. The military battle is only to secure the public arena so that that honest contest can take place. We call it academic freedom, honest pluralism (not the fraud perpetrated upon us today). It was the purpose for writing our Constitution. But the Muslim militants will not agree to any intellectual contest they cannot win beforehand. They will not admit to any possibility that they could be wrong, and do not want to find out if they are.
In the West, the news outlets are owned by a very small group of enormously rich folks who intend to grab the levers of control of world government and who hate any sign of Biblical religion, probably as badly as do the Muslims, but they are smarter about how to do us in. My suspicion is that the globalists are manipulating the Muslims to be the canon fodder for their project. Creating one more crisis and then (hopefully) managing both sides to control the outcome. Good Hegelian tactics.
Those behind all this, the new Tower of Global Babel Builders, see the Biblical worldview as their prime enemy -- because we do not fit into their intellectually, morally, and spiritually dead-on-arrival notion of relative truth and pseudo-pluralism. Jesus (or Yahweh for the Jews) is Lord of all things created, meaning all things. Christians are oblivious, and most Jews as well, to the globalist scheme. But the stakes are becoming more and more clear.
The biggest problem is that Judeo-Christians have published no clear strategy for taking the world for God. The Christian community stands today silent and helpless before the onslaught of neo-paganism. Christians have been pushed back into their church walls, and the Jews who are not behind the globalist nonsense are like the Christians, effectively neutralized into religious boxes. The only place Christians are winning is where they are persecuted. Christians in the West are living on the spiritual capital accumulated by past generations. But that capital is quickly being used up and systematically destroyed. It is not being replaced.
When Christians and Jews in the West begin to appreciate out loud their own Biblical worldview, things will change, and, I think, not before. They will then see the issues as they are, they will then begin to "interpret the signs of the times", and begin to go on the offensive.
Pray -- and work -- for the day to come quickly. E. Fox]
Jonathan Kay, National Post
Published: Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Late on Saturday night, an Israeli commando unit landed by helicopter on a
beach near the Lebanese city of Tyre. None of the soldiers wore military
markings. All had grown beards, so observers would think they were just
another group of Hezbollah jihadis.
After landing, the soldiers made their way to a building that housed a
three-man Hezbollah rocket-launcher crew. From intelligence reports, the
commandos knew the trio was holed up in a second-floor apartment.
The Israeli commander was the first through the door, and promptly took a
bullet through a lung. The Israelis fired back. When the smoke cleared, all
three Hezbollah members were dead. The Israeli commander was still
breathing -- but only barely. Another commando was also seriously wounded.
As the commandos left -- their two wounded on stretchers -- they were
attacked by Hezbollah gunmen spilling out of nearby buildings. Israeli
helicopter gunships hovering nearby laid down a covering fire, allowing the
commandos to retreat to their original landing area. After a military doctor
performed emergency surgery that saved the commander's life, the whole team
flew back to Israel.
These mission details sound like something out of a Hollywood film. But the
truly amazing part of it is that the mission happened at all. Instead of
risking the lives of its most elite soldiers, Israel easily could have
dropped a bomb on the building and taken out their targets while they slept.
Why didn't Israel do just that? Because as well as serving as a barracks for
Hezbollah, the building also contained civilians. And Israel didn't want to
spill their blood. Hezbollah may wage war while hiding behind women's skirts
and baby rattles. But Israel stubbornly adheres to a more humane creed.
This is not a new policy that Israel adopted in response to the July 30 Qana
bombing. Israeli soldiers employed the same humane methods in one of the
first major engagements of this war.
On June 26, Israeli infantrymen assaulted the outskirts of Bint Jbail, a
major Hezbollah hub near the border. Israel could have flattened the town
easily prior to its soldiers' advance -- it lies well within range of its
army's artillery, not to mention the Israeli air force. But according to a
high-ranking Israeli officer, the carpet-bombing option was ruled out
because several hundred Bint Jbail civilian residents had ignored Israel's
warning to flee. As in Tyre, Hezbollah was using them as human shields.
The result? Battalion 51 of Israel's Golani Brigade was ambushed by dozens
of Hezbollah gunmen wielding anti-tank missiles. In the hellish close combat
that followed, eight Israeli soldiers died. Like the 23 Israeli soldiers who
lost their lives in the warrens of the Jenin refugee camp in 2002, the men
of Battalion 51 died so that Arab civilians could live. Not one of Israel's
enemies would have taken the same risks under similar circumstances.
Nor is Israel simply following the letter of international law. A Hezbollah
rocket crew can kills dozens, or even hundreds, of Israelis with a single
volley. Demolishing that apartment building in Tyre arguably would have been
a proportionate, and entirely legal, Israeli response to the threat posed by
Moreover, Israel had warned the residents of Tyre to evacuate many times.
Most of those who remain in the city are Hezbollah supporters. Last week,
Haidar Fayadh, a Tyre cafe owner, told The New York Times: "Everyone has a
weapon in his house. There are doctors, teachers and farmers. Hezbollah is
people. People are Hezbollah." Luckily for Fayadh, Israel doesn't take him
at his word, or he'd be dead and all of Tyre would be a smoking ruin.
By this point in the war, some readers will have heard enough about media
bias. Still, I can't help but marvel at the other-worldly impression people
are getting. The Israeli air force has flown 9,000 sorties during this war.
The handful of tragic instances in which Israel has mistakenly attacked
civilian targets are treated as war crimes. Meanwhile, Hezbollah has
launched more than 2,000 missiles at Israel, every one of them deliberately
targeting Israeli civilians. (The group's Syrian-made 302mm rockets are
packed with tens of thousands of ball-bearings, the objective being to
disfigure those who aren't killed.) But the only time this is reported is
when the rockets actually hit someone -- in which case the fact is cited not
as an indictment of Hezbollah's barbarism, but as testament to its strength
and the purported futility of Israeli strategy.
This appalling double-standard goes beyond media bias. It reflects a deeper
sense that pervades our entire society. After watching Arab terrorists kill
innocent Jews for two generations, we have become inured to their methods.
It is simply taken for granted that anti-Israel "resistance" movements will
sink to the lowest possible level as soon as the shooting starts. Killing
civilians. Hiding rocket launchers in homes. Shooting from mosques. All of
this is unsurprising -- expected even -- so none of it makes the news. Let
Israel mistakenly kill civilians while fighting back, on the other hand,
and it's time to stop the presses.
It's unclear which side will be seen as the victor in the current war. But
even before the shooting began, Arab militants could claim a perverse sort
of triumph: liberation from the humane standards the world normally applies
to the armies that fight wars. It is a triumph that Israel, and all
civilized nations, can be proud of having forsaken.
© National Post 2006
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