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This is one of those weirdly interesting YouTube videos made by some enterprising soul who strapped a GoPro onto his head and walked sedately around an area of interest, filming the passing scene. In this case, the passing scene is Gaza City on a bright “bluebird” day. We see the buildings, the sidewalks, the traffic, […]
Hey, members of the “Squad,” Tlaib, Omar, AOC, Pressley! Hey, so-called civilized countries, United Nations, elite universities, and all depraved, Hamas-supporting deniers of Israel’s right to exist. I have a message for you, straight from the heart of “Palestine”:
Your cause is “sick” and comes “from the pit of hell.”
In the light of recent events, I have been poking around trying to gain a broader insight into ideas that may shape the Gazans’ worldview. I ran across the concept of Dar al-harb. I expect that the Richochet community would have some experience and insight on the topic. I would appreciate your thoughts and reflections. […]
We are at war. Some will hear those words as some kind of nationalistic jingoism where a group lusts for domination. Others will hear that phrase and immediately head out to the gun range. Still more will conjure a “culture war” with an us-against-them mentality.
What I mean when I say, “we are at war” is what the apostle Paul meant in 2 Corinthians 10, “Our weapons of warfare destroy arguments, taking every thought captive to Christ.” Our enemies are not first political or national, our enemies first and foremost are the principalities and powers.
Hebraic-Christian believers have known our principal adversary since Eden, whom Revelation 12 calls “the old serpent.” St. Cyril of Jerusalem, one of the early Church fathers, said it this way, “The Dragon is by the side of the road, watching those who pass. Beware lest he devour you. We go to the Father of Souls, but it is necessary to pass by the dragon.”
I attended a ceremony today to honor our neighborhood’s Vietnam Veterans at our war memorial. It began with the singing of our National Anthem. The speaker then described his incredulous experience and how he was drafted. He had just graduated high school and was a brand new immigrant here in the United States! He said he didn’t think as an immigrant that he could be drafted, but he was. He was very young and ill-prepared for life, let alone war, and it seemed surreal until his low number meant he was being called up, and it became a reality.
The next thing he knew, he was heading to Vietnam. He looked around and remembered thinking how many would make it back. Six of his team were killed upon arrival. He didn’t know anything about war, or chemical weapons and was scared to death. However, he was one of the lucky ones who made it through and came home. He said they were told at the end of the war on the flight home that the president said they were all being treated to a free steak dinner. Not one soldier took the offer.
Seeing a mass of armed, uniformed men called into a movement by a single, laconic demand, one inevitably began to grow curious about the individuals that made it up. The outstanding property you discover, is the readiness with which he can change personalities. For example, follow a couple of soldiers off duty down the street, any street in Germany. You admire their bronzed, smiling faces and the way they walk loosely and gracefully as athletes. They’re completely human beings.
This is the story of an American student, working his way overseas in 1936 to visit Europe. The cheapest country for his cash is Germany, which just unveiled an interesting new government. Our student is curious and proceeds with the backing of a journalistic education and support of teachers and friends.
The excerpt is from The Last Train From Berlin by Howard K. Smith, copyright 1942. Let’s continue from the same book.
As the the nation pauses for Memorial Day, Jim and Greg also take time to honor the brave Americans who gave their lives for this nation and their families who have sacrificed so much. They also take some time to give you the background on how this podcast began and how each of them became conservatives
We were told that Trump was Putin’s stooge. That his election was the result of “Russian Collusion.” Never mind the sanctions or lack of evidence, Trump was Putin’s preferred president, right?
Well, according to former national security official Fiona Hill, Putin waited until Trump left office before invading Ukraine. Hill, who previously testified against Trump in his impeachment hearing, said of Putin:
“No war is over until the enemy says it’s over. We may think it over, we may declare it over, but in fact, the enemy gets a vote.” – James Mattis
We are seeing an application of this in real-time as the war in Ukraine unwinds. Certainly, Russia has learned the enemy gets a vote. Their three-day war has turned into a month-long quagmire (literally in the north, with its Rasputitsa “mud season”). Now the Russians are declaring victory in Ukraine, claiming their goal was to liberate the Donbas and that has been achieved. Of course, the enemy, Ukraine, gets a vote. They have begun limited counteroffensives, and Russia may not find it easy to end the war by declaration as Russia hopes.
In case your blood pressure just took a leap, I’m not saying that we should be standing alongside Ukrainians fighting against the Russians. I don’t think anyone in their right mind thinks that’s a good idea. But as I watch their war unfold and analyze what is happening, more and more their war is beginning to sound more and more like the “war” we are experiencing in our own country. If you get past the cultural and structural differences comparing the relationship of Ukraine and Russia, and our own Communists who are finally admitting who they are, with patriots who love this country and its founders, the similarities are eerie.
The United States has been fighting a civil war, but we’ve only recognized that truth in recent years. The seeds for war were being planted by the political Left at all levels of our country right under our noses: government, education, and the corporate world. But we either ignored the signs or didn’t bother to notice them. Worse, we may have seen them, but in our own arrogance, we assumed those doing the work of the Left were nutcases and were no threat to the country.
We made the same assumption about Russia and Ukraine. We chose to ignore Putin’s actions and words, believing Putin was just reminiscing, and assumed that Ukraine’s difficulties were not our difficulties.
Back in the summer, I had a patient come into our Urgent Care who made a special impression on me. We provide care for the Maersk container ships that come to Wilmington. The patient was a young woman of 19 or 20 named Iryna. From that and her last name, I was pretty sure she was Ukrainian. I went in and introduced myself and started speaking to her in my somewhat halting Ukrainian. She was so relieved to have a physician she could understand. She told me she had a sore throat that had been treated several times with antibiotics by the ship’s medical staff without success. On exam, it looked a little raw, and we checked her for strep and mononucleosis. Both were negative. I suggested one more course of antibiotics, and some prednisone this time. If not relieved I suggested she see an ENT physician.
It became plain to me that she was very hesitant to get back on the boat, which was about to head out for Bremen, Germany, and the crossing was going to take several weeks. I asked her if she wanted off the boat. We can do that, by stating the patients are not fit to sail, and can specify they need to be flown home. I was loath to do that because I knew the container lines hated that, and it could very well cost her the job. A very good paying job for a young Ukrainian woman. She persisted and I gave in.
The world is once again, profoundly different than just a week ago as Russian forces moved into Ukraine. Pictures of war in Europe on this scale, not seen since WWII, fill every news outlet. It feels like the beginning of something that cannot be stopped. It even looks and sounds like an old movie from […]
Started early this morning. From Die Welt: 08:50 Uhr – Casualities in engagements in East Ukraine In continuing heavy engagements in the East Ukraine, several people have been killed. On the side of the Ukrainian Army, at least 2 soldiers have been killed and another 18 in part severely injured, according to Ukrainian Army sources on […]