Murders in Nairobi Must Strengthen Our Resolve Against Evil

The heinous events beginning over the weekend at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi bring great sadness to people of good will.  It must also bring a renewed determination to not become fearful.  The battle against Evil did not begin with the World Wars of the 20th century or with the greed accelerated by the Industrial Revolution or with Attila the Hun, etc.  It started with the serpent in the Garden of Eden.  The effects resulting from the fall from Paradise will be with us until the Second Coming of Christ.

Despite pre- and post-election claims by the Administration to the contrary, Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups are anything but conquered.  Events of the last few years and from all over the world should make this obvious.  That most of these terrorists believe their murderous actions belong to a fight-to-the-death worthy cause is just part of our post-Fall plight.

As St. Paul reminded (bishop) Timothy:

“In fact, all who want to live religiously in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
But wicked people and charlatans will go from bad to worse, deceivers and
deceived.  But you,  remain faithful to what you have learned and believed,
because you know from whom you learned it… I charge you in the
presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who judge the living and the dead,
and by His appearing and His kingly power:  proclaim the word; be
persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, reprimand,
encourage through all patience and teaching.  For the time will come when
people will not tolerate sound doctrine but, following their own desires and
insatiable curiosity,  will accumulate teachers and will stop listening to
the truth and will be diverted to myths.  But you, be self-possessed in all
circumstances; put up with hardship; perform the work of an evangelist;
fulfill your ministry.”  (2 Timothy 3: 12-14 and 4: 1-5)1

Evil is most effective in scaring those who believe that this earthly life is the only thing that matters.  We have been assured that Good will triumph over Evil once and for all.  We are not empowered to set the timetable, but to remain steadfast in our mission.

Let’s make sure we are not intimidated by Evil and that we continue to persevere.  Then, the day will come when we will be able to say, “I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4: 7)1

1 – from “The New Catholic Answer Bible,” Fireside Catholic Publishing, Wichita, KS, 2005

Chemical Warfare: Stop the Newcomer or the #1 Current Perpetrator?

Human combat has existed since pre-historic days.  The basic concept has remained the same, only the technology has become deadlier.

The 20th century saw a significant change in that some “ground rules” were established.  After World War I, countries agreed to ban a method of killing, chemical warfare.1

Although the ban has not been 100% effective, it was a step in the right direction.  Events in the Middle East have now engulfed us in the current debate:  should the U.S. or any other country send military strikes against Syria for using one of these banned substances?

The situation has been made more complicated since it appears that Al-Qaeda and other inhumane groups are now part of the Syrian government’s opposition.  A wimpy slap-on-the-wrist strike would only embolden Assad & Co.  (To add to the dilemma, it has become ”if” they are actually the perpetrators, because doubt has been cast on their guilt.3)  A more appropriately severe strike would be our favoring one barbaric group for another.  And, some of our ideological opponents would likely take issue with this and threaten retaliation possibly leading to the much-feared Final Conflagration.

President Obama has put himself in a no-win situation.

But a different win-win opportunity has been staring us in the face.  We can still thwart those who have been employing chemical warfare against the innocent for years.   All we have to do is take humane, constitutional and legal strikes against…  Planned Parenthood.

1 – “The world’s horror led the League of Nations in 1925 to draft the Geneva Protocol, banning chemical weapons in war and declaring that their use ‘has been justly condemned by the general opinion of the civilized world,’” from “A brief history of chemical warfare,” by Harold Maass, The Week, 9/7/2013

2 – “A top Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee on Sunday cautioned against arming Syrian rebels, saying ‘al Qaeda elements have a lot of control’ within the Middle Eastern nation’s opposition groups… It is in ‘everyone’s interest’ to see the current Syrian leadership leave power, but ‘by arming the rebels, we could be strengthening al Qaeda,’ Mr. King said on CNN,”  from “Rep. King Warns of ‘Al Qaeda Elements’ in Syrian Opposition,” by Ryan Tracy, www.blogs.wsj.com, 5/5/2013

3 – “According to an article published on Sunday in the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, a German spy ship intercepted repeated communications from forces loyal to Assad asking for permission to use chemical weapons; however, their requests were consistently denied,” article by David Stout entitled “Report Claims Syrian Troops Used Chemical Weapons Without Assad’s Approval,” www.world.time.com, 9/9/2013