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Letters to the Editor

Blind support

November 1, 2011

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To the editor:

Amy Zook is absolutely right to remind Christians that Christ liberates humanity from evil, which “separates us from God.” She did not say, however, that this same action is designed to liberate us from the evil that alienates human beings from each other. This includes political and social evils.

I’ll illustrate my point by reference to a gigantic American political wrong that is pervasive, bipartisan, entrenched, fanatical — and evil — both because of what it does to it victims and because of the hatred it generates against America all over the world.

I refer here to our blind, stupid support of the nation of Israel, which annually consumes billions of our tax dollars to persecute more than 4 million Palestinians, every single one of whom bears the image of God and who include Arab Christians.

Christianity historically teaches that Christ speaks for God because he is, in fact, God and that he speaks for humanity because he is, in fact, redeemed humanity, freed from its slavery to evil. As such, he freely binds himself to any word or deed of truth, religious or secular, that promotes or stands against anything that threatens the life of humanity.

America and Israel today threaten the life of Palestinian humanity. This is particularly true of fundamentalist and evangelical American Christians who are too blind or too cowardly to condemn what we have done to the Palestinians. If that condemnation is not a judgment of God, there is no such thing.

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jaywalker 2 years, 5 months ago

"I refer here to our blind, stupid support of the nation of Israel, which annually consumes billions of our tax dollars to persecute more than 4 million Palestinians,"

The support is not blind, nor is it stupid. And it's tasteless hyperbole to suggest that we give aid to Israel just so they can persecute Palestinians. This is a country that's been under attack since the very day it was born, and would almost certainly cease to exist if we don't have their backs. The walls wouldn't need to be up if human bombs weren't blowing up pizza shops. I wish the two could live peacefully, but one side has too many of their number who apparently won't allow that to happen. Israel definitely deserves their portion of the blame in this perpetual humanitarian tragedy, but then you have to ask yourself how you'd be responding after 60 years of perpetual hostility and terrorism on your doorstep.

"every single one of whom bears the image of God and who include Arab Christians."

Does the inclusion of Arab Christians make your case more righteous for some reason?

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its_just_math 2 years, 5 months ago

Seems to me someone who has consistently claimed to be transfixed by the "unknowable" has been doing alot of heavy trolling lately.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 5 months ago

This thread had the potential for somebody to go full shoemaker, looks like we're being let down again.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 5 months ago

Can't you just picture David having to pause to wipe the spittle off his monitor as he typed this LTE?

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Agnostick 2 years, 5 months ago

Being critical of Israel does not make someone an anti-Semite... any more than supporting modern Germany would make them a Nazi.

And I'll accept the Godwin for my own truism.

Agnostick agnostick@excite.com

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jhawkinsf 2 years, 5 months ago

LO makes the point that it's none of our business and that we should stay our of it. Perhaps. But what happens when all heck breaks out in the region. Because we've spent so much time minding our own business, we have no influence in the region. A nuclear power like Libya, Iran or Iraq (remember, having no influence in that region has caused these countries to develop their own nuclear weapons to counter what they see as regional threats) were to attack another nuclear power like Israel, we'll just sit on the sidelines and wait for the fallout to reach us. Meanwhile the world's flow of oil is disrupted sending the planet into a steep depression causing millions of deaths in Africa due to starvation. We'll mind our own business while nuclear powers India and Pakistan duke it out, causing tens of millions of deaths and a world depression that will make the Great Depression seem like the good old days. We can mind our own business and let the whole world settle centuries of old scores all the while watching the world's population reduced from today's 7 billion to a couple of hundred million, while we sit on our hands and watch. What does that say about us? Meanwhile, we muddle our way through the Middle East in very much the same way we muddle through the rest of the world. We try to make the best decisions even when we know our choices are either bad or very bad. We take two steps forward, then two back. With the benefit of hindsight, we see that some of our decisions didn't work out well, while others worked out in ways we clearly didn't anticipate. But the only think worse than continually making mistakes in that region, and others, is to do nothing. That would be a prescription for disaster.

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citizen1 2 years, 5 months ago

The writer needs a refresher in history before writes this type of thoughtless comment.

There has been thoughtless hate & wars between nations & peoples since the beginning of recorded history. There has never been a nation, existing today or in the past, that wasn't created by taking the land in one method or another. In this case the history is strong.

The problem with the Palestinian nation & other middle eastern states is they have failed to modernize by developing their own economies.

When one is poor it is always easy to claim a common enemy/oppressor. You need look no further than here at home.

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seriouscat 2 years, 5 months ago

"Israel to shift tax burden to the rich and corporations"

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/israel-and-palestine/111031/israel-occupy-wall-street-tax-corporations-rich

On Saturday, Israeli drones bombed a group preparing to fire Grad missiles into Israel, killing five members of the Islamic Jihad, which responded with a shower of some 20 missiles, during the next 48 hours, over Israeli population centers.

The social justice demonstration in the main city of Israel’s South, Be’er Sheva, was cancelled as a result of the unrest and only 20,000 people participated in the main rally in Tel Aviv.

The mere mention of “only” 20,000 protesters shows how far Israel’s political arena has shifted in the two months since half a million people took to the streets around the country, in what was the largest demonstration in the nation’s history.

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Paul R Getto 2 years, 5 months ago

Liberty_One (anonymous) says… "The problem is when you pick sides you gain new enemies. We don't need to be involved in this one way or the other. It's none of our business."

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Getaroom 2 years, 5 months ago

And the beat goes on... it's_just_math has it all figured out again, but what's new. His solution and answer to everything with which he takes issue is: blame it on the "liberals" or "the left". When in fact, it is the narrow minded thinking that is at issue.
The weapons were already in hand during the initial takeover of Palestine by Jewish immigrants during the formation of The State of Israel. It is because those weapons were already made available that they were able to do what they did. And all this because of yet another scripture, guided by the hand of GOD, that said it was their land - the land of the chosen ones. Obviously with GOD on their side and the ultimate landowner they were emboldened to overpower the inhabitants of those lands, drive them from their homes of hundreds of years and either kill or enslave them in concentration camps to starve to death. Sound familiar to anyone? Did "Leftist Liberals" do that? Did Liberals keep pushing deeper into their lands, even today? Every day someone who calls themselves Christian, Muslim, etc. commits crimes against humanity in the name of a GOD backed up by a scripture considered HOLY and all of those writings rest above any mere human to be judged as truth or not. What now? It seems people with opinions like: its_just_ math have it all figured out - blame the "Lefty" "liberals". Must be an unusually frustrating world for people like "... math", the view lacks any middle point since everything is seen as black and white. The biggest problem rests with the observers and not with that which is being observed. Does its_just_math have a calculator with a column for, Intolerance? Hypocrisy? Greed? Maybe a mirror is a better tool for that.

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cato_the_elder 2 years, 5 months ago

Israel is a sovereign state and a member of the United Nations. The primary reason that the "Palestinian problem" can't be solved is that too many Palestinians will not agree to recognize Israel's right to exist and are committed to its complete destruction as a nation. For decades now, whenever Israel makes concessions those concessions are thrown back in its face.

The United States of America has a strong Judeo-Christian heritage, and should continue to support Israel's right to exist in the face of those who refuse to recognize that right and seek its destruction.

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Liberty_One 2 years, 5 months ago

The problem is when you pick sides you gain new enemies. We don't need to be involved in this one way or the other. It's none of our business. And let's not forget the original reason the US helped Israel--to have a strategic ally in the Middle-East to counter the Soviets. That reason was bad enough to start with and now it no longer exists.

Even if we had the ability to pick the "right" side in this issue, our continued intervention will only exacerbate the problem as it already has. Alliance with no one, trade with everyone--that is the path to peace and prosperity for the US.

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Abdu Omar 2 years, 5 months ago

What Arms? The Palestinians have rocks to throw. Is that any deterrent against nuclear possibilities owned by the Israelis?

Being against Israel is not anti-semitic as they claim. It is anti-Israel. The disgust for what Israel has done to the Palestinians is not an attack on Jews or Judaism. It is an attack on the actions of the Israelis against their neighbors. There are many Jews in America and abroad that are against the actions of Israel against the Palestinians. Are they, too, anti-semitic?

This tactic of crying anti-semitism goes way too far. No one is against Jews, not even Arabs. They are against the policies of a tyrannical state that denies Arab Christians and Muslims the rights that should be given to every human being. Even if you are anit-semitic, so what? You have a right to your own opinion. And Semites include Arabs too.

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BornAgainAmerican 2 years, 5 months ago

I can't remember where I heard this, but someone once said if the Arabs lay down their arms, there iwll be peace. If Israel lays down their arms, there will be no Israel. No truer words...

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Mike Gerhardt 2 years, 5 months ago

What I am gleaming from this letter is that the writer is an anti-semite.

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