President Bush’s theory was that if we made the Middle East safe for democracy, Arabs would get a taste of iphones and unmarried sex and the other glories of Western Civilization and would no longer be attracted to guys who fly airplanes into skyscrapers.
The idea had the merit of being idealistic and invoking America’s better angels. In response to the tragedy of September 11th, we were going to export freedom; help oppressed people in the Middle East exercise their inalienable rights with which they were endowed by their Creator.
Unfortunately the idea ran aground on the usual reef that ideas inspired by Christian charity often do in the political realm. Government and diplomacy have the task of restraining evil, not creating utopia or anything approaching it. The Church preaches grace to evil men, but it does so knowing that crucifixion will follow. Jesus’ kingdom is not of this world.
But the U.S. government is of this world. If it wants to protect the innocent and provide safety for its citizens, it has to have clear eyes. It has to understand that sometimes an evil, secularist tyrant does a better job of keeping order and restraining murder of the weak than a popular government that reflects the will of the majority.
Exporting democracy, as President Bush wanted to do, really isn’t consistent with the genius of the American revolution. It has more in common with the fanaticism of the French and Russian revolutions and the bleary-eyed idealism of Woodrow Wilson, who dragged us into a war we didn’t need to be in in the name of democracy. And the foolish idealism that brought us into that conflict ultimately was responsible for the truly monstrous evil that was able to assume control of a shattered and humiliated Germany in the 1930’s.
When Barack Obama ran for president the first time, I was under the impression that he wanted to put an end to the naïve idealism that led us into two wars in the Middle East, which were not perceived as wars of liberation but instead crusades and attempts at colonization. But now Obama seems to be not backing away from Bush’s vision, but instead advancing it, just as he has furthered the Bush policy of spying on American citizens.
He’s been inching toward intervention in Syria for months, and now has decided to put his weight behind toppling al-Assad.
Of course, Assad is a bad guy, just like Saddam was. But when Saddam was in power, a large Christian minority could live in Iraq without their blood being spattered on the walls of their churches by suicide bombers on a near daily basis. At this point nearly all the Christians in Iraq, who have lived there for approaching 2000 years, have fled.
The same thing, of course, has been happening in Syria. Two orthodox bishops were kidnapped in the past few months. The story below of a Syrian Christian being fed to dogs was published in December. Just as in Egypt, al-Qaeda-esque jihadis have quickly taken over the rebellion which we were told would lead to something like western democracy.
Now we’re sending them guns. When they don’t want us there, we’re imperialists. That’s why the soldier was hacked to pieces with meat cleavers in London. When they can’t win without us, we’re heartless and have no concern for human rights. Even after the decision was made to send weapons to the rebels I read headlines saying the rebels complain that it isn’t enough–we need to send them missiles, apparently. Maybe nerve gas?
And the US government assures us that it can make sure that none of the weapons I paid forget into the hands of the same slavering would-be martyrs who killed thousands in New York and got us involved in these wars in the first place. None of the weapons I paid for will get into the hands of the “freedom fighters” who feed Syrian Christians to the dogs.
Sure, Uncle Sam. I’m sure you’ll be able to do that. You couldn’t stop the Boston bombing, even with advance notice about the perpetrators, because you were trying to convince us (and yourself?) that the real terrorist threat was from the Tea Party types and Focus on the Family. Because Uncle Sam doesn’t know what every drooling idiot in America can tell you (unless they went to college). If there’s a terror attack, a Muslim probably did it.
Now you put guns in their hands so that they can slaughter Christians in Syria and force them out of the country in the name of making the Middle East safe for democracy.
Syria rebels ‘beheaded a Christian and fed him to the dogs’ as fears grow over Islamist atrocities
By Nick Fagge
PUBLISHED: 19:41 EST, 30 December 2012 | UPDATED: 04:50 EST, 31 December 2012
Syrian rebels beheaded a Christian man and fed his body to dogs, according to a nun who says the West is ignoring atrocities committed by Islamic extremists.
The nun said taxi driver Andrei Arbashe, 38, was kidnapped after his brother was heard complaining that fighters against the ruling regime behaved like bandits.
She said his headless corpse was found by the side of the road, surrounded by hungry dogs. He had recently married and was soon to be a father.