30 Jul 2018

Living in Unreality

I live near Branson, Missouri, where the tourist boat capsized last week. I’ve heard the most bizarre responses to the question of “why God would allow this.” Most of the weirdest responses have come from Christians, who tend to distort God’s character. This in turn leaves skeptics and other non-believers more confused as they try and sort out such a ghastly event. Some have even blamed God for the loss of life in the tourist town.

A recent response from the Muslim mayor of London reminded me of this a few days later. The group Israel Advocacy posted this on Facebook:

“The Mayor of London claims it is a safe place.

“The glib response would be, ‘Just like Islam is the religion of peace.’

“The more thorough response is that politicians and media, leaders and the entire Left have stolen any narrative which speaks to facts and have replaced truth with bastardized definitions and lies which must be accepted or consequences, social, financial, and to personal safety, are promised.”

This last paragraph is one of the most lucid, discerning things I’ve read in some time. It is saying that political correctness forces us to live in unreality, an alternate universe. In this place, immediate danger is redefined as something good. This is the core—biblically speaking, I think—of how evil operates.

Good is evil, and evil is good.

Israel is dealing with a demonic presence in Gaza. Weaponized balloons and kites are sent over to damage crops and, Hamas hopes, kill Jews. Israel’s restraint is predictable, given their desire to maintain at least a semblance of normal relations with the international community. I think they should eliminate every last member of Hamas, but it’s easy for me to sit in safe America and “second-guess” Netanyahu and his cabinet and advisors.

However, the larger question remains: how do we get people to accept reality, that Islam itself is the problem? Radical Islam is not the primary problem, in the sense that it is the religion itself that is wholly evil and operates as a philosophy of conquest and domination and cruelty. Until more people accept this reality, our world will continue to live in unreality.

In a sane world, Israel would send the IDF in to eliminate the terrorism on its southern border, and the international community would applaud Israel for its sanity and commitment to its citizens’ safety.

But in the real world we live in, that is considered brutal and unacceptable. In other words, the victim is now the villain.

I’m sure many of you readers deal with this on a smaller scale. Someone in your life—probably a family member or even friend—is a master manipulator and will eventually seek to harm you, for whatever reason. They will do something hurtful, but if you respond at all, they will cleverly paint themselves as the victim.

This is what the leadership of Islam does today. Thousands of people the world over have been murdered by Islam in the last 40 years, but Islam is the victim.

Useful idiots in the West contribute to this problem; Islam will use any advantage to advance its cause, which is world domination. Remember when ABC’s Peter Jennings held a town hall meeting about Islam just days after 9/11? He whitewashed it by bringing in imams who lied to the viewing audience.

London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan is one of the master manipulators. He practices taqiyya, the art of lying to achieve your goals in Islam. Yasser Arafat made it an art form.

I am confident Israel will deal with the problem effectively, eventually. And I understand I think their strategy. These attacks are not considered to be large-scale enough to warrant a full-scale invasion of the Gaza Strip.

But the rest of us (at least Israel is acutely aware of the core of the conflict) seem to be in a fog. The mayor of London says London is safe, but he knows it is not. Further, he knows why it is not safe.

The same thing is going on here in this country. We are told this and that by the media and political leaders. But remember, Barack Obama and Anderson Cooper and the like do not live like you live. They are not physically vulnerable to terrorism, so they don’t care about you. They lie to you.

My message is, prepare physically and spiritually. Be aware of the threat. Live in reality.

When it comes to your doorstep, you’ll be glad you did not take Sadiq Khan’s word for it.

Jim1fletcher@yahoo.com

23 Jul 2018

The Arson Balloons

The demented nature of chunks of Palestinian society is hard to grasp.

For months now, Gazans have been sending flaming kites and balloons over the border fence and into Israeli fields and residential areas.

This morning one landed in an Israeli preschool.

Already, the Hamas project has destroyed thousands of acres of Israeli crops. And get this: Israel sends produce into poverty-wracked Gaza!

It’s really all quite unbelievable. Even though it’s real.

According to a report from The Times of Israel:

“The sources said that the Hamas leadership had decided to take action against the flaming kites ‘to prevent dragging Gaza into a war.’ They also said multiple parties, including Egypt, had told Hamas that the kites must be stopped ‘to prevent giving Israel an excuse to launch a major military offensive.’

“Over the past couple of years, Hamas leaders have said that they do not want a war with Israel, but also declared that their group’s military wing is prepared to fight.

“Late Saturday night, a fragile ceasefire between Israel and armed factions in Gaza went into effect, following one of the most severe exchanges of fire between the two sides since the 2014 war.

“The sources also said that the kites ‘could entirely stop next week.’”

This is all outrageous. Hamas is dictating this situation? They launch these deadly weapons, and now are allowed to “stand down”?

The Israeli strategy should be the total defeat of Hamas. Period. The West won World War 2 by demanding “unconditional surrender.” It was perhaps the West’s last great moment, and give Roosevelt and Churchill credit for understanding the Germans and the Japanese (in particular) would not stop unless they were utterly defeated.

That worked.

Netanyahu has a complex job, to say the least. A combat veteran himself, he also has to juggle political rules. Those rules are generally slanted against the Jewish state. The international community’s immoral stance regarding Israel will be a stain on human history, and will be judged by the Lord, but until then, we have to watch this ridiculous drama play out.

Notice the current Israeli response:

“Between Tuesday and Sunday, no fuel will enter Gaza through the Kerem Shalom crossing, but the entry of food and medicine approved by Israel will continue, Liberman’s office said. Additionally, Gaza fishermen will only be allowed to venture three kilometers (1.8 miles) into the Mediterranean Sea, down from the current six kilometers (3.7 miles), the defense minister’s office added.”

This is ridiculous. Hamas must be destroyed. After that, can the Palestinian society in Gaza be rehabilitated? After years of Arafat and Hamas propaganda, are those people sane?

Israel should send nothing into Gaza except the army.

History is full of examples of enemies who lingered. Remember when the Israelites did not finish the job with the Canaanites? Their enemies continued to nip at their heels until the day came when they were stronger than the Jews.

Today is no different. Whether it’s flaming kites, or Molotov cocktails or bus bombs…Israel should have only one strategy:

Unconditional surrender.

Jim1fletcher@yahoo.com