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SRI LANKA AND OUR FUTURE

According to Wikipedia, Sri Lanka has a variety of religious beliefs, making it a truly multicultural experience.  It’s over 70% Buddhist, 12.6% Hindu, 9.7 % Muslim and 7.4% Christian.

For over thirty years, there was a civil war between the majority Buddhists and the minority Hindus.   The civil war ended ten years ago.   Bombings, frequent during the war, were a thing of the past.

Until Sunday. Easter Sunday, when 253 Christians were killed by nine Muslim suicide bombers.   The suicide bombers were all from wealthy backgrounds.

At first, the death toll was 359.   This is because of the way body parts were counted. Later, the death toll was revised downward.

Initially, speculation was rife that the attacks were revenge killings for the massacre of Muslims in New Zealand, but intelligence has determined that the attacks were planned three months ago, a long time before the New Zealand massacre.   Terrorists need no excuse when it comes to mass carnage.

The BBC’s Clyde Myrie, reporting from Sri Lanka, described ISIS as a “perversion of Islam.”  But is it?  How many more terror attacks have to take place before we face up to reality?   On January 18th the Wall Street Journal, on its opinion page, had a long list of Muslim terror attacks under the title:  “A Bloody month of jihad.”   In any given month, a number of terrorist attacks take place around the world, all a part of the global jihad against non-Muslims.   ISIS has claimed responsibility for the Sri Lankan attacks.

A Christian man who survived the bombing of St. Sebastian’s church in Sri Lanka had this to say:

  • “We are a peace-loving community in this small city, we had never hurt anyone, but we don’t know from where this amount of hate is coming.   This city has become a grave with blood and bodies lying around . . .   Since the past three years, we don’t know why, but we see an extremist’s mindset developing among the Muslims.   I know many good Muslims, but there are also a lot who hate us, and they have never been so before.   It is in these three years that we see a difference.”                    (Raymond Ibrahim, Gatestone, 4/25)

Also from Gatestone:

  • “In 2017, in Egypt, Islamic terrorists bombed two Coptic Christian churches during Palm Sunday mass, which inaugurates Easter week, murdering 50 people and wounding 120. On Easter Sunday 2016 in Pakistan, an Islamic suicide bomber detonated near the children’s rides of a public park where Christians were known to be congregated and celebrating; over 70 people — mostly women and children — were murdered and nearly 400 wounded.  On Easter Sunday 2012 in Nigeria, Islamic terrorists bombed a church, murdering at least 50 worshippers.” (4/25)

Christians are clearly being targeted by Muslims, yet few give attention to this in the West.   Gatestone is one of the few.

(The last time I quoted Gatestone, I saw a comment posted to my blog claiming it’s an extreme right-wing website which is often wrong.   Gatestone simply sees the threat posed by radical Islam to the western world.   It is warning the West.   It is no more wrong than mainstream media, which is failing in its responsibility to warn the West.   It is described as “extreme right wing” because it opposes globalization and multiculturalism.)

Former US President Barack Obama could not bring himself to talk about the attack on Christians, describing them as “Easter worshippers.”

Allison Pearson, in London’s Daily Telegraph, wrote:

“Compare and contrast the reaction of Hillary Clinton to the two tragedies.   On Sunday, she tweeted, “I’m praying for everyone affected by today’s horrific attacks on Easter worshippers and travelers in Sri Lanka.”  Easter worshippers?  That’s a clunking new euphemism for Christians.   When the mosques in Christchurch were targeted, did Clinton talk of Ramadan worshippers?   No, she wrote, “My heart breaks for New Zealand and the global Muslim community.”” (4/23)

Former Vice-President Joe Biden, announcing his candidacy for the presidency, in his promotional video lamented the incident in which one person died in Charlottesville, yet gave no mention of the terror attacks in Sri Lanka, which took the lives of at least four Americans.   The widening conflict with the Islamic world will require a president who can stand up to the terrorists, not somebody who avoids the issues.  Biden is too deeply rooted in the past and is not facing up to what’s happening in the present, let alone the future.

We’re afraid to face the fact that Christians everywhere are being persecuted.

The multicultural dream that the West has been pursuing, everywhere, is dead.   Sri Lanka shows this.   Other terrorist attacks have also shown it, but not on this scale.

At the same time, it seems to be open season on Christians.   For decades, they have been persecuted in the Middle East, with little concern expressed in the West, even in the Vatican.

In London, the Muslim Mayor of the city, sent extra police protection to mosques after the New Zealand massacre.  None were sent to Christian churches on Easter Sunday.   Christians are on their own.   They can never be described as victims (hence Mr. Obama’s use of the term “Easter worshippers”).   Only Muslims can be victims!

There are also reports that many Frenchmen do not believe Notre Dame was an accident.

Allison Pearson again:

“I’m afraid that politicians like Clinton and May are paralyzed by a terrible dilemma.  It’s too scary to admit that militant Islamists are at war with Christianity and Western civilization, that vandalism of churches is rife across Europe and that, according to the Pew Report, Christianity is the world’s most persecuted religion.”

Prince William, the future king of New Zealand, was asked to come and speak at the Christchurch mosque, to encourage the people at this very difficult time for them.   They were the victims of a white nationalist who protested the presence of Muslims in the country.

Attacks and counter attacks.  This has become almost a daily staple worldwide.     This “clash of civilizations”  between Islam and the West was predicted by Samuel Huntington 25 years ago;  it is also prophesied in Daniel 11:40-44.

Sadly, Sri Lanka is the future of us all!

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I am going overseas for three weeks and am unlikely to post while I’m away.  This is a fun trip.   Hopefully, no news will interrupt it!

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DALLAS AND TERRORISM

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The news at the weekend was dominated by events in Dallas, Texas, where five policemen were shot dead Thursday evening by a lone sniper, Micah Xavier Johnson, a 25-year-old war veteran.   There are disturbing similarities between this shooting and recent shootings by supporters of ISIS.   One commonality is the hatred of white people.

TV news programs were major contributors to the events of Thursday night.   The murders of the policemen were in response to the deaths of two African-American males in Minnesota and Louisiana. Before 24-hour television news channels, it’s doubtful that people in Dallas would have been aware of these deaths in other states.

It should also be pointed out that the deaths of young white males at the hands of the police are less likely to get national attention.  A 17-year-old unarmed white male in our county was shot dead by police a few months ago.   Throughout our neighborhood signs are up on front laws demanding answers over the death of Deven Guilford.   There have been no demonstrations or acts of violence committed following Deven’s death.

The similarity with mass killings by ISIS should be of particular concern, especially when we consider that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the United States.   It’s grown rapidly amongst African-Americans in US prisons since 9-11.   Note the following:

“In addition to immigration, the state, federal and local prisons of the United States may be a contributor to the growth of Islam in the United States.   J. Michael Waller claims that Muslim inmates comprise 17-20% of the prison population in New York, or roughly 350,000 inmates in 2003.   He also claims that 80% of the prisoners who “find faith” while in prison convert to Islam.  These converted inmates are mostly African American, with a small but growing Hispanic minority.    Waller also asserts that many converts are radicalized by outside Islamist groups linked to terrorism, but other experts suggest that when radicalization does occur it has little to no connection with these outside interests.”   (Wikipedia: “Conversion to Islam in US prisons”.)

I remember an African-American male on NPR saying that the appeal of Islam for him was that it’s a basically anti-white religion.

If the anger against whites, and particularly white police officers, continues to worsen, together with radical Islam, the United States could be headed for more than “a long, hot summer.”   There is no real comparison with the riots of fifty years ago, when only 10% of the country was non-white.  Thanks to unwise immigration policies, it’s now well over a third.   At every presidential election the percentage of white voters drops by 1%, giving the Democrats a built-in advantage.   It’s no coincidence that the late Senator Edward Kennedy was the primary driver of the 1965 Immigration Act.

Ironically, the white police were protecting African-American demonstrators, protesting against police brutality against their own community.   One black woman, who saved her son by throwing her body over his when shots were fired by the sniper, thanked the police afterwards for saving both her life and her son’s.

Everybody needs to realize that concerns about white police killing blacks does not mean that the police are not needed.   As my old English teacher taught us in High School, “the police are all that stand between us and anarchy!”

Individual policemen who have used extreme violence against African-Americans must be dealt with, but the overwhelming majority of policemen are doing a very difficult job protecting us all. We should be thankful for that.

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It’s not very often that I recommend a movie, but Diane and I did like “Eye in the sky,” which has just come out on DVD.   (Be warned – there is some bad language.)

The movie helps you understand why the West, as is, cannot win the war against radical Islam.

In the film, the British have the opportunity to kill a couple of terrorists putting on their suicide bomber vests, before they go out and kill dozens of people at a local mall.   The problem is that a young girl is just outside the walls of the home where the bombers are “dressing up.”   Can they go ahead and fire a missile with the high probability of “collateral damage,” especially when the victim is young and innocent?   On the other hand, if they don’t go ahead and dozens die, they would be held responsible.

I remember many years ago an interview with the head of Sri Lanka’s internal security.   He had helped crush a decades-long rebellion by some of the country’s Tamil minority.

He recounted an incident in which three terrorists were caught.   The police knew that they had planted a bomb at a bus station somewhere, but didn’t know where.  When they asked the men to tell them, they wouldn’t.   The anti-terror chief took out his gun and shot one in the head. One of the others then told him.

In the interview, he added:  “You won’t do that in the West.  That’s why you won’t win!”

(Diane and I are leaving shortly to visit family in England.   I will not be posting to my blog while I’m away, unless something really big happens. We will be back before the end of the month.)

COMMONWEALTH DIVISIONS ON EVE OF SRI LANKA MEETING

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It’s only a few days since Gambia announced it was leaving the Commonwealth; now the Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, has said he will not attend the bi-annual gathering of Commonwealth Heads of Government in Sri Lanka next month.  Canada is protesting Sri Lanka’s human rights record.

Perhaps of greater concern is that Canada will no longer help finance the organization.   As the 53-member club of former British colonies is largely financed by Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, this could be a major set-back.

The Commonwealth is a mini-United Nations.  Like the UN, it has always had its divisions.  Well, since World War, anyway.  Prior to 1939, the organization was made up of Britain and the “white dominions”, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Newfoundland and the self-governing colony of Southern Rhodesia.

These nations all shared the same values and shared a common allegiance to the Crown.  They often acted in unison in international conflicts, notably the two world wars.

After World War II, Britain started dismantling its empire.  In August 1947, India and Pakistan received independence, as “Dominions,” meaning they, too, owed allegiance to the Crown.  But, at a Commonwealth Prime Ministers’ conference in 1949, India announced its intention to sever the direct tie to the crown and become a republic.  The monarch was replaced as head of state by a figurehead president.

Later, African countries gained independence and opted for an executive president system.  Most of these countries became dictatorships.

With the dictatorship came abuses of human rights and suppression of press freedom, two basic Commonwealth values.

Division within the organization soon became the norm.

Although Queen Elizabeth remains Head of the Commonwealth, the organization is no longer united.  It is irrelevant as a military force.

It is merely a shadow of what it was in the first half of the twentieth century.