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Poisonous Gas

April 12, 2018

Over the years this blog has gone through various changes.  In the beginning, I posted 4-5 times a week with articles about many different things.  Then for quite a while, my posts have primarily been sermon outlines that I wanted to share.

Today, I want to return to my roots, at least for today and write about a current topic.

Someone has used poisonous gas in Syria in a rebel held area.  The popular assumption is that President Assad is responsible.

My question is: “Why would he do that?”  The civil war has been going on for years and it appears that the Syrian army, with the support of Russia is making significant headway.  Now that ISIS is no longer controlling much territory in Syria, America is considering withdrawal.  Things were looking good for Assad.  Certainly, he would know that the use of chemical weapons would cause a backlash that would  ignite renewed opposition.  So again; “Why would he do that?”

On the other hand, the rebels are a combination of different groups.  They are aware that things are not going their way.  Perhaps someone opposed to the government has decided that desperate times call for desperate measures.  Chemical weapons could have been obtained at some time during the long civil war.  It is possible that someone may believe that using chemicals against their own people may be justified for their version of the greater good.  They also would be aware that a chemical attack, blamed on Syria, would likely bring retribution and perhaps a renewed opposition to Assad.

So is President Assad guilty or is he being framed?

What does he stand to gain?

What would his opponents stand to gain?

I hope that our government investigates carefully before reacting to this terrible atrocity.  Certainly, if Assad is guilty there should be consequences.  However, if this is an attempt of someone in the opposition to provoke America to respond, then that response should be something very different.

I would encourage my readers who are people of faith to pray for our leaders, that the truth will be known and that they will make the right decision.

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Come Be With Us

September 1, 2011

When I was in the Marine Corps, going through training to be a tank crewman,  at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, we had one weekend of liberty.  I remember that I went off by myself and got a hotel room.  I did a lot of thinking, a lot of praying, and a lot of listening to music on my Sony Walkman.  I also wrote a song that, strangely enough was accompanied with bongos.  I am a drummer and percussionist.  The only instrument that I had brought with me was a set of bongos.  Anyway, the song came into my mind the other day while I was out for a run and I thought that I would share the words.  You will have to use your own imagination, for the sound of the tune, rhythm and accompaniment.   It has occasionally be done in church, so some of you have heard it.

 

Holy Spirit come be with us

come and fill our hearts today.

Holy Spirit come be with us                                    ( chorus)

come and fill our lives we pray.

 

Oh Lord God above

you are the one who gives us love.

For you loved us so much

that you gave your only son,                                (verse one)

to die for us on Calvary

and wash our sins away.

Oh Lord God above

come and fill us with your love.

 

chorus

 

Oh Lord God above

you are the one who gives us joy,

and we know that we need you                             (verse two)

we need the strength that your joy brings

to face our world today

we need the strength that your joy brings.

 

chorus

 

Oh Lord God above,

in a world of trouble and pain

you give to us a peace,                                          (verse three)

a peace not of this world,

Oh Lord God above

come and fill us with your peace

 

chorus

 

Oh Lord God above

come and fill us with your love.

Oh Lord God above                                     (bridge)

come and fill us with your joy.

Oh Lord God above

come and fill us with your peace.

 

chorus

 

I remember singing this song in my hotel room and having a sense of the presence of God.  It was meaningful to me at the time, and so I thought I would share it with you today.

Libyan No-Fly Zone

March 22, 2011

The United Nations has decided to impose a no-fly zone in Libya.  American forces have launched attacks in Libya, destroying much of the ability of Libya to control the skies of their own country.  The reason given is to protect civilian life.

Libya was in the process of quashing an armed rebellion.  This was not simply massive, peaceful protests such as has occurred  throughout the Arab world, it was an armed rebellion with the rebels taking control of significant portions of the country.

So, in effect, we are supporting a rebellion.

I appreciate that we are there at the direction of the United Nations, with broad support from Arab countries.

That does not make it right.

Libya should have been left alone.  Our involvement is costly and unnecessary.  I do not believe that it was a good use of our resources.

Thank You, Veterans

November 11, 2010

Today is Veterans Day.  I would like to thank each person who has served in the military, in all of its branches, over the years.  Our country would not be what it is today without the willing sacrifice of the many who have served.  That service comes at varying prices.  Not all have had to endure combat, but all have given years of their life, in service to our country.  For those who have endured the horrors of war, it is a very difficult scar to heal in their lives.  Even for those who have never seen combat, their lives are forever changed by their time in service.

They all deserve our thanks, our prayers, and our support.