Look, our enemy is taking advantage of our disunity and inability to sustain our leaders. The church represents a pattern that we should apply to government and home. When the Quorem of the 12 and the 1st Pres decide an issue they hotly debate it before hand. Sometimes members are assigned to research and argue each side. Then the president makes the decision and everyone falls into line.
The decision to go into Irag has been made (inspired or not). We have the responsibility to sustain our president and the US military. They are doing the job they were trained to do. We shouldn’t feel bad that they are doing it, we should be grateful. The US military is never going to leave Irag. The miliatry is still in Korea, Japan, Germany, Italy, and Bosnia. We have been in Iraq since GW1, we are going to continue to be Iraq for a long time. Please stop steadying the Ark.
We do not live in a democracy. We live in a Representative Democracy. Pure Democracy is tyranny by the majority. We elected our leaders, we must support them once the decision is made. The debate about going into Iraq is over. Now is the time good citizens can discuss ideas on how to progress from here. If you have any great ideas please share them. There is not such thing as constuctive criticism; “critics are not builders.” We need ideas, not monday morning quarterbacking.
Obviously Kerry wouldnt have made a good commander-and-chief after his speech about “get an education or join the military”. That showed his true colors. He can’t blame alcohol either.
Remember the lesson of Acts 23:
“And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to bsmite him on the mouth. Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou awhited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law? And they that stood by said, Revilest thou God’s high priest? Then said Paul, I awist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people.”
It is ironic that while we are fighting religious extremism overseas we face political extremism here at home. The Right NeoCons and the Left secular progressives are a threat. I consider Bush very moderate conservative but I don’t deny that there are Neocons in the administration that have a lot of influence.
God permits tyrannt over countries like Iraq, IRan, and North Korea because of the wickedness of his people. Like the Lamanites they are permitted to exist to stir us up unto rememberance of him until we repent. We in the US and Europe need to repent of our immorality. Most all of our social ills in our country stem from extra-marital sex, drugs, and alcohol and materialism. THis is exactly what makes good people in countries like Iraq, Iran and North Korea mistrust us and gives power to their dictators. We will not solve these problems until we repent as a nation. George Bush isn’t the problem. We are the problem.
We should not see any conflict as a good guys vs bad guys thing (it takes 2 to tango). Each side may have something right that they are fighting for (or how could they get people to fight) and each side are partially in the wrong. Maybe one side is more wrong than the other. And sometimes war is justified. But that justification does not negate the consequences. We reap what we sow and in a perfect society there wouldnt be any war. I think it would do us good to look at how our actions contibute to the conflict instead at pointing fingers.
Both Iran, Palenstinians have elected anti-US governments. One must ask why? As far as North Korea is concerned, Kim Jong Il will be held accountable for sure. However, the North Korean people are reaping the consequences of our conflict with the Soviet Union after WW2. Because of the failings of the West, this created mistrust of the Russian people towards Western economy and they then could be fooled into accepting communism.
Support for this concept I obtained from the book “Biohazard.” Ken Ableck blindly set up a massive bioweapons program in the Soviet Union (weaponized anthrax, wheat rust, rice blast, tuleremia, small pox, etc, etc.). It wasn’t until he learned that Nixon stopped our bioweapons program in the US that he felt guilty for the first time and defected to the US. Unfortunately Russian biochemists have since taken their technology to Iraq, Iran, North Korea, North Africa, and Cuba (Raul Castro is in charge). Who needs nuclear weapons when a few liters of this stuff could kill more people.
If we don’t apply true gospel principles to politics and other issues we blog about. Then why have LDS blogs at all. We are no different from everyone else out there.