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And We Wanted them to Take Charge of Iraq?

December 23, 2004

Normally I do not comment on heavily politicized topics, mainly because I have more important things to do than listen and respond to the spin doctors of the world and what they want us to believe. But my heart goes out to my fellow believers in Darfur, Sudan who are being largely ignored as thousands of them are being slaughtered.

The U.S. is stretched to the limit in having to deal with Afghanistan and Iraq with limited support from other countries. So we do not respond militarily to this latest attempt of the Arab world to wipe out an entire people group.

The United Nations cannot be counted on to help. Look at this quote from BBC News about Sec. General Annan’s opinions of the situation:

Mr Annan said the African Union has not been able to deploy as many peacekeeping forces in Darfur as hoped, and they needed desperate help.

The force currently stands at less than a quarter of the projected number of 4,000 troops.

The UN Security Council has imposed an arms embargo against non-government groups and individuals including the pro-government Janjaweed militia.

It has also threatened oil sanctions unless the violence ends.

The African Union has sent 1,000 troops to quell a massacre including 400,000 armed militia. That is exactly 1,000 more than the U.N. has sent. The U.N. has also passed two resolutions calling for sanctions in the last six months. They have not actually done anything else. Now, they want to send in food to feed the starving people. This is the same Kofi Annan who let his son give billions of food relief dollars to Saddam Hussein instead of to the people of Iraq.

Some have written me and asked why I am belligerent on my point that the Arab world is bent on violence. Of course, not all Arabs are that way. That would be ludicrous. But many of the leaders are. Just look at this article from the World Tribune which quotes the new leader of the Palestinian Authority Farouk Khadoummi as saying:

Fatah chief Farouk Khaddoumi said the Palestinian strategy toward Israel was two-fold. In the first stage, he said, the Palestinians would accept a Palestinian state alongside Israel. In the second stage, the Palestinians would seek to eliminate the Jewish state.

In November, Khaddoumi replaced the late Yasser Arafat as leader of Fatah, Middle East Newsline reported.

“At this stage there will be two states,” Khaddoumi told Iran’s Al Aram television. “Many years from now, there will be only one.”

Khaddoumi, who regards himself as Palestinian foreign minister, said he was confident that Israel would be eliminated. He said he always opposed Israel’s existence and cited the Arab numerical superiority over the Jewish state.

“[There are] 300 million Arabs, while Israel has only the sea behind it,” Khaddoumi said.

Khaddoumi said his platform was endorsed by the PLO in 1974. He said the strategy called for a phased plan that would establish authority over any territory obtained from Israel, concluding with an Arab war to destroy the Jewish state



Pray for the peace of Darfur and, apparently, for Jerusalem.

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2 comments

  1. My heart breaks for this region that is so largely ignored by resolutions (ad infinitum), indifference, and inaction. Your initial comments remind me of a story Jack Hayford told about a time he delivered a sermon he gave against the horror of abortion and afterwards he was chastised by some people because he took a political stance from the pulpit (let me add here that I know our pastors do not address political issues because of potential fallout, though sometimes that is called for and we must always be wise and sensitive about such issues). But I know that most pastors side-step political issues because of the nausea of the circus, but some “political” issues, though they have a political element, are spiritual at there heart. So if pastors want to ignore these types of issues then they do so at their own peril. Who should be the most winsome critics in these types of issues but Christians; and those who should be most in touch with the world and the culture but the pastors. Who really cares about another sermon on prayer, or choose your own pet topic, when brothers and sisters in Christ are being raped, killed, humiliated, and torchured daily? Both issues have their time and place, but when was the last time a pastor spent time on a series about cultural and world issues from a Christian worldview. If the person who wrote this blog is criticized because of the comments about Kofi Annan then he will be accused of being partisan or being insensitive to other people’s feelings and political position. But if any person in authority, like Mr. Annan, abuses that privilege then he or she should be taken to task for it. We as Christians have become so afraid to take a stand on issues that bear on politics that we have ultimately withdrawn from public discourse or we capitulate without a fight and adopt a secular worldview all the while remaining “Christian”. This of course is followed by the whining that we live in a “post-Christian” world-is it any wonder. I encourage more responsible, Spirit-filled, godly men and woman to speak up in the face of such ungodliness and sin. Let us see if God would honor that. I wonder if God cares about these regions or these ideas. Yes, do pray for these areas.


  2. I also agree with your comment. Christians should make comments that come from their viewpoint as believers, and not as a voting bloc (ie. as a Christian POV). The greatest thing about being redeemed is that our minds see things differently than others. Vive la difference. On another note, Kofi Annan has proved to be the most cynical of all political UN leaders in that he mouths platitudes and his actions show he cares little for the culture he came from or its people.



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