Tuesday, February 17, 2015

"Never Again" Transformed Into "Over And Over Again."

Difference between Nazis and ISIS? The Nazis tried to hide their atrocities...David Burge Tweet

  • After the Holocaust, the world's intention was to unite behind the simple two-word phrase: "Never Again." In 1948, the UN held a convention on the prevention of the crime of genocide. And while Western societies upheld the tenets of the convention, mass killings and genocide continued to take place throughout other parts the globe. Unfortunately, in a number of those cases, many nations stood by and did nothing to prevent the mass killing of innocents. During the post WWII period, we've witnessed genocide in Uganda, Rwanda, Cambodia, the Balkans, Darfur, Yemen and Syria just to name a few.
  • And today we're watching as genocide continues to be committed by the likes of ISIS, al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and their affiliates. This week's slaughter of almost two dozen Egyptian Christians by ISIS is just the most recent example.
  • Yet, immediately after the murder of those Christians by ISIS, our government refused to identify the victims as Christians in their own statement regarding the murders. Instead the victims were identified as "citizens." It's disturbing enough that the Obama administration and the State Department have downplayed the role of Islamist as the main source of this on-going genocide but to refuse to identify the victims as Christians is distressing and sinfully inadequate. Canada's PM David Cameron had no hesitancy in defining the crime for what it was when he stated, "I'm appalled by the murder of Christians in Libya, a simply barbaric and inhumane act..." Pope Francis followed with his own statement: "They were killed simply for the fact that they were Christians." It should be frightening to every American that not only does our government refuse to identify the enemy, it also refuses to identify the victims.
  • Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of NY, warned us today that the actions and attacks by these barbaric lunatics "threaten civilization itself." And he's absolutely correct. And if our own government must come to the understanding that choosing appeasement over courage will only continue to embolden our enemies. There is no middle ground in this fight. The goal must be to win---no matter what it takes and no matter what the cost. If fighting this evil is not worth the sacrifice, then, my friends, nothing is.
  • With this upcoming Lenten season, Cardinal Dolan offers this observation: "This massacre leaves us not only with ashes on our foreheads, but with tears in our eyes, a lump in our throat, and a burning in our heart." 
  • The good Cardinal might not approve of my language, but it's also time to hunt---hunt down the savages and kill every single one of them.
Postscript: Since this was posted, Christian genocide continues.