It seems as if our ancestors did nothing right.
The latest example is the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima seventy years ago August 6th.
70,000 people were killed instantly while another 70, 000 died of severe burns within weeks.
The BBC World Service (radio) led with a longer than usual report from Hiroshima. One of their veteran correspondents concluded his report by asking when the United States is going to apologize for what it did seven decades ago.
Particularly disturbing was that a group of university students from Princeton were in Hiroshima for the commemorations yesterday. Those that were interviewed all thought the US should apologize. One even went so far as to say that the US, as the world’s leader, should set everybody an example by dismantling its nuclear weapons, then the others would follow! Fortunately, he is too young to run for president!
If you had any doubts, it’s clear what young people are being taught in schools – the slant is always anti-American. The US is always to blame. Well, not just the US – we will come to that later.
For the record, the dropping of the bombs (a second one was dropped on Nagasaki three days later) ended World War II in the Pacific. Before the atomic bombs there was no hint that the Japanese would surrender. The US would have lost a further 100,000 men, an estimate of how many would die fighting their way to Japan through the jungles of the Philippines and other islands. In addition, thousands of sailors would have died. The USS Indianapolis was sunk just a few days before Hiroshima, with the loss of almost a thousand men.
A second benefit of the bomb is that, seventy years later, no country has used an atomic or nuclear device since. What happened in Japan seventy years ago has made world leaders hesitate before starting something that would lead to massive retaliation on them.
This is likely to change as Mideast nations, starting with Iran, get the bomb. India and Pakistan could also use theirs against each other.
Which brings us to the other nation everybody likes to bash, including Generation Y.
At the time the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, the British were still ruling India, which included Pakistan and Bangladesh. After two centuries, they were about to withdraw from the sub-continent. Now, there are increasing calls for reparations. The Oxford Union (Oxford is one of Britain’s two most famous universities) debated the issue last month and voted in favor of reparations. The Indian prime minister has added his own view, demanding the British pay up.
What is interesting here is that the leaders of India’s independence movement did not call for financial reparations – and they were in a much better position to know if reparations were called for.
But they were also aware that the British were responsible for laying a solid foundation throughout India – including one of the best railway systems in the world, a solid infrastructure, parliamentary government, the rule of law, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, the English language, which India’s first prime minister described as “India’s window to the world” and a first-class military, which had served the British Empire well. In addition, the British kept the peace on the North-West Frontier, where the Taliban, al-Qaeda and, now, ISIS, are active.
Those early leaders were content to build on these strengths. They did not demand reparations, though they did ask for aid. That aid is still coming from Britain and other western nations, even though India itself is quite wealthy.
The current Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, should be thankful for British rule. Without it, India’s democratic system would not exist and he would not be in power!
India has the potential to become the greatest economic power in the world. The country is only diminished by calls for reparations, as if they can’t take care of themselves. To use an analogy, all of Britain’s offspring have been independent adults for fifty plus years – isn’t it a little embarrassing to go back home and ask for money?
Talking of the sub-continent, a fourth blogger has been murdered in Bangladesh for his comments on Islam. The religion of peace clearly is not big enough to handle criticism!
Little attention has been given to President Obama’s decision to alter the Oath of Allegiance, taking into account Islamic beliefs.
According to the Middle East Forum: “On July 21, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced some “modifications” to the Oath of Allegiance that immigrants must take before becoming naturalized. The original oath required incoming citizens to declare that they will “bear arms on behalf of the United States” and “perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States” when required by the law. Now the USCIS says that “a candidate [to U.S. citizenship] may be eligible to exclude these two clauses based on religious training and belief or a conscientious objection.”
Why is this “necessary”?
Because, although Islam allows Muslims to fight for a non-Muslim country, it does not allow believers to fight other believers. In other words, American Muslims are not going to be helping in the fight against radical Islamic extremism. In effect, they will be helping the other side!
What does it say about us when more attention is given to the hunting death of a lion in Zimbabwe than to the selling of baby body parts in restaurants?
Richard Weikart’s “From Darwin to Hitler”, shows the progression from the Theory of Evolution down to all the sins that plague the western world today. Abortion, the murder of innocent children unable to defend themselves, is a sin before God. We can dress it up as “a woman’s right to choose”, or a “female health issue”, but murder is murder and should be called such.
The prophet Isaiah put it well when he said that “The whole head is sick, And the whole heart faints. 6 From the sole of the foot even to the head, There is no soundness in it” (Isa 1:5b-6a).
We can’t think straight any more.
If King David were alive today, he would no doubt be languishing in a prison somewhere for killing lions in his earlier role as a shepherd! (I Samuel 17:34-36).
From now on, I shall refer to him as ‘David, the lion killer.” It’s just another way of showing how ridiculous political correctness is.
On a more uplifting note, Diane and I spent last weekend with old (and I mean old) friends from Bricket Wood, the English campus of Ambassador College, that closed down in 1974.
Apart from a few spouses, everybody present attended BW in the early seventies.
Although we are all now in different churches or no church at all, it did not detract one bit from the spirit of unity, friendliness and love that we all felt.
All people who profess to follow Jesus Christ should remember what He said was the identifying sign of real Christians: “By this shall all men know you are my disciples, that you love one another.” (John 13:35)
We hope to do this again sometime! (No pressure, Tricia!)