In case you haven’t noticed, there’s an election going on – in Canada!
Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper called the election a couple of weeks ago, allowing 78 days of campaigning before the general election. Many Canadians are not happy about the grueling eleven weeks of electioneering. Normally, an election is held 35 days after being called. They should try living in America – here, 78 days would seem merciful!
As with all elections, there are many issues to be discussed. But one is national security and here the three main parties are very different. Canada has already been attacked by al-Qaeda operatives and those inspired by ISIS – there was a threat to behead Mr. Harper himself, then last year an attack on parliament in Ottawa. A Canadian soldier at the War Memorial in Ottawa was killed. A few days earlier, two members of the Canadian Armed Forces were deliberately hit by a vehicle in Quebec, causing the death of one.
So, it’s not unsurprising that Mr. Harper takes national security seriously. Even without these incidents, he might have done anyway, as he had already boosted the armed forces and committed Canada to further involvement in the wars on terror.
Sadly, the other two party leaders are clueless on this issue.
Tarek Fatah of the Middle East Forum wrote an article in the Toronto Sun August 11th, titled “Why Canada’s Left has lost my vote.” Accompanying the article was a photo of New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair. His socialist party is now the main opposition party to the currently ruling Conservative party. Mr. Mulcair believes that the war against ISIS “is not our fight.”
“This political cowardice within the Left, camouflaged in a burka of anti-war rhetoric, is visible right here in Canada. Both New Democratic Party (NDP) Leader Thomas Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau have demonstrated the symptoms of appeasement,” writes Mr. Fatah, who is a Muslim.
In a televised debate, Mr. Mulcair also remarked that: “(W)e know that a lot of the horrors that we are seeing are the direct result of the last misguided war (U.S invasion of Iraq).”
Fatah adds: “Mr. Mulcair thinks it is America’s fault that ISIS beheads fellow Muslims, pushes homosexuals off roofs and enslaves women.”
In rejecting the idea that everything going on is America’s fault, Mr. Fatah’s most telling comment is follows: “Nonsense, jihadis have been doing this since the dawn of Islam.”
The Liberals, in recent decades the dominant party in Canada, are also clearly out of touch with contemporary reality. “As for that other man seeking to replace Stephen Harper, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s positions on Canada’s and the West’s national security reflect his fear of offending Islamofascists.
“When CBC’s Terry Milewski asked Trudeau, “If you don’t want to bomb a group as ghastly as ISIS, when would you ever support real military action?” Trudeau’s response was shocking. “That’s a nonsensical question,” he retorted.”
It seems that only Mr. Harper lives in the real world.
However, this does not mean his party will win the election. The electorate throughout the western world is just as clueless as most Canadians. It seems unlikely to change.
In the neighboring land of never-ending elections, the term “War on Women” is not being applied to ISIS, but rather to the Republicans, whose leading candidate Donald Trump has made some very unwise and tactless comments on the female sex. Conservative columnist Cal Thomas had this to say in today’s Lansing State Journal:
“The real war on women is an economy that has left a record 93 million people out of the labor force; 56 million of these non-workers are women, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“The war on women is also about the 56 million aborted babies who will never have a chance at life thanks to the lies Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers tell women about their babies.”
The war on women continues to be vigorously pursued by ISIS. Rape has become a recruiting tool. It’s not surprising that ISIS keeps growing.
Meanwhile, from the UK comes the following report, sent to me by one of my brothers:
“Religious sectarianism is on the rise in Britain’s Muslim community and threatens to spill over into violent crime and terrorism, leading clerics warned yesterday. An investigation by The Times has found a sharp but largely hidden rise in sectarian tensions between the minority Shia community and the dominant Sunni groups, driven by the long, bitter war in Syria. Ill-feeling is being stoked by vitriolic preachers on both sides of the divide — including some who lecture at British universities — and incidents such as assaults, attacks on buildings and intimidation online. Sayed Ammar Nakshwani, one of the world’s leading Shia clerics, revealed that he recently left Britain for the United States after enduring years of intimidation from hardline Sunnis who allegedly threatened his life, followed his parents and vandalised his car.”
USA Today disclosed yesterday that there are 12,800 transgendered people serving in the US military. Their treatment costs $5.6 million a year. The number really surprised me.
This is clearly the age of sexual confusion, most probably the result of the breakdown of the family.
It brings to mind the last words in the Old Testament:
“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet
Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
6 And he will turn
The hearts of the fathers to the children,
And the hearts of the children to their fathers,
Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.” (Malachi 4:5-6)
A father’s role is so important in the raising of children. Yet so many are not involved in the lives of their boys and girls.
I would like to think that we are close to the return of Jesus Christ. Certainly, world conditions, particularly in the Middle East, indicate this is the case. However, I do not believe these two verses have been fulfilled yet – and that must come first.
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