“It is up to us in our time to choose, and choose wisely, between the hard but necessary task of preserving peace and freedom, and the temptation to ignore our duty and blindly hope for the best while the enemies of freedom grow stronger day by day.”
– President Ronald Reagan
The images of hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya is a mass Muslim migration mess. Millions fleeing for their lives is a heartbreaking sight. German Foreign Minister Walter Steinmeier said, “This is the biggest challenge for the European Union in its history.” As the trickle has become a torrent, it is important to ask “Why did this happen?” and “Who is responsible?”
Here’s the deal: desperate people are trying to escape persecution and tyranny. Radical Islamists/ISIS want to purge the area of Christ followers and dissidents. Syrian President Bashar Assad wantonly kills or imprisons opponents, using chemical weapons on innocent men, women and children. As Jewish refugees fled Nazi Germany in the late 1930s, fearful families and individuals are trying to get out of their war-torn homelands while they still have a chance.
In Syria, four million have fled amidst civil war. Two million of these are Christians, leaving only 400,000 in the land where the apostle Paul was converted at Damascus and believers were first called Christians at Antioch.
In Iraq, the genocide is a brutal purging of Christians and government opponents. People in their religious communities are fleeing from barbaric, Islamic terrorists.
On Sunday night, 60 Minutes highlighted the persecution of Christians in Iraq. The investigation revealed ancient, sacred manuscripts from the first century have been destroyed along with historic church buildings and irreplaceable relics.
The report was chilling. “125,000 Christians have been forced from their homes in a year.” The Christian religion, which has been present here since the first century, is being “wiped out.” For the first time in almost 2000 years, “there are no Christians left in Mosul.” “As Nazis marked Jewish homes, ISIS marks the homes of Christians: Convert, pay an extortion tax or be executed.” A courageous bishop said, “They want to wipe out the Christians!”
This refugee crisis is primarily due to radical Islam causing communities to be torn apart. When young daughters are raped, men and boys are barbarically executed, and clerics abducted, what would you do?
Donald Trump, bluntly labels current politicians, including the President as “stupid” and “incompetent.” The more closely we examine his foreign-policy, including the “Iran Nuclear Deal,” is he accurate?
Examining this refugee catastrophe, I’m persuaded that President Obama’s stubbornness, cowardice, and inaction are central to this humanitarian crisis. This is not merely a misguided political blunder but an unconscionable crime versus humanity.
Neville Chamberlain Revisited?
When Hitler came to power, he set his sights on a portion of land. Britain’s Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, met with Hitler to discuss the issue. The Fuhrer promised that he would make no further territorial demands if he was appeased. Chamberlain caved.
Chamberlain returned to Great Britain declaring, “Peace in our time!” “Hitler promised no more territorial demands in Europe.” Chamberlain was naïve. Hitler got what he wanted. A year later, Germany invaded Poland and World War II began, resulting in over sixty million deaths. Reckless decisions have consequences.
The parallels with Obama’s recent “Deal” with Iran are chilling. Why is he ignoring the lessons of history? Hitler’s deceit bought him more time to arm until he was ready for war. Iran’s leaders, committed to the destruction of Israel and America, the “Great Satan,” are mocking us derisively. It’s called appeasement and an apocalyptic future is inevitable.
The same feckless approach is what our President has followed with Syria, Iraq and Libya, resulting in the current refugee surge.
- President Assad of Syria is a maniacal dictator and demonized butcher of his own people. Nearly half the nearly 400,000 who fled to Europe this year are Syrian. His regime’s tactics force any opponents to flee or die.
The international community of nations has long condemned chemical weapons. In 2012, President Obama communicated (usage of chemical weapons) is “a red line for us and that there would be enormous consequences if we start seeing movement on the chemical weapons front…”
When Assad was caught using chemical weapons to kill 1400 innocent civilians, our President did nothing except sheepishly backtrack on his warning. His Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta, stated that Obama damaged United States’ credibility by drawing a red line against Syria’s use of chemical weapons and then failed to back it up with military force when Syria crossed the line. He said it was a mistake when Obama failed to enforce the warning with no action. He eviscerated the President publicly, “I think the credibility of the United States is on the line. It was important for us to stand by our word and go in and do what a commander-in-chief should do.” It’s called appeasement and as Syria hemorrhages with millions who feel betrayed and abandoned by America, blame falls at our President’s feet.
- Iraq is a similar indictment on President Obama’s “leadership”. He refused to heed the counsel of all the military brass to leave a transitional force in Iraq to assist in training their forces and ensure security. Remember his boast, “We’re leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq”? Tragically his disengagement policy led to this refugee catastrophe and tens of thousands of needless deaths. The 60 Minutes report featured a Christian leader tearfully saying, “The United States walked away and now ISIS is a cancer that has come to kill and destroy. It’s a cleansing of Christianity!” It also is appeasement.
- Libya is another example. In 20111 after the dictator Gaddafi was killed, Obama heralded “a new democratic Libya.” Again, prematurely removing our forces opened the door for jihadists, chaos resulted with tens of thousands fleeing for their lives. When he subsequently pulled all troops out of Iraq (the firewall providing protection from Iran), ISIS moved in. Respected leaders label this, “Obama’s biggest foreign policy mistake.”
- Egypt is still another indictment on our inexperienced President. Remember Obama hailing the “Arab Spring” uprising and expressing support for Mohammed Morsi of the radical Muslim Brotherhood, an organization committed to the destruction of Israel?
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