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May 16, 2009
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Some Additional Serious Questions For Americans, Who Is The Real Terrorist?, The Evil Fruit Of American Intervention, Turning A Blind Eye, America's "Justified Wars", Terrorism Abroad And At Home, I Follow The Biblical Doctrine Of Peace, If People Live By The Sword They Will Also Die By The Sword, Violent Evildoers Versus Peacemakers, America Sits A Proud Queen, Will America Reap What She Has Sown?, God Will Rebuke The Violent Nations, Beating Swords Into Plowshares, We Are All Known By Our Fruits, Closing Remarks, Suggested Reading
Continuing our discussion from part one, while you ponder my last question, allow me to present you with a few more for your personal consideration:
1. Since 9/11, approximately how many people the world over have died, been maimed, or harmed in some serious way as a result of bona fide terrorist attacks? By this, I'm referring to such acts as suicide bombers who blow up market places, buses, cars, train stations, churches, police boxes, mosques, etc. Do you know? Do you even care to find out?
2. During this same period of time -- that is, since 9/11 -- how many people the world over have died, been maimed, or harmed in some serious way, as a result of America's foreign military aggression?
3. How many people the world over have suffered in some way, as a result of America's aggressive economic policies?
4. Please name even one country, other than the USA, which has killed over a million people in another country -- the estimate for Iraq alone according to some online sources -- through war, since 9/11. Does one even exist?
When you have discovered the answers to all of the previous questions, perhaps you will be able to tell me who is really the world's largest terrorist. Is it possible that it is the very country which supposedly promotes peace, freedom and democracy the world over? I find it quite strange that while the United States government has repeatedly used these buzz words to inspire Americans to support its war efforts over the years, as I mentioned in part one, once it has invaded and ravaged a nation, it leaves it with anything but peace, freedom and democracy. Rather, it leaves it with a broken government, a broken military, a broken economy, a broken infrastructure, and a broken and oft times divided people.
My friends, this is the truth of the matter which you can easily confirm for yourselves. This is in fact the evil fruit which results from American foreign intervention. To my knowledge, not one true democracy has ever risen from the ashes of American military intervention. Certainly not in Iraq or Libya, or anywhere else.
I have no doubt that if we were to tally the total number of unnecessary deaths which have resulted from America's wars over the past sixty+ years, and then compare that figure with the actual number of deaths which have resulted from actual terrorist attacks, the difference would be so shocking, that it would numb us into absolute silence. And please note that I have not even mentioned the death tolls from the bombing of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki towards the end of World War II.
There's no doubt in my mind that modern-day acts of terrorism by religious or political extremists are indeed a terrible, destructive thing; and such cowardly, vile acts should indeed be strongly condemned by everyone. However, when so-called "civilized" nations, such as the USA, do the same thing on a large scale, and refer to it as a "justified war", why is it that so many people blindly go along with it, without giving it any further thought? It seems that they just want to get back to their sitcoms and not be bothered with it. If this is your attitude, please remember that giving your consent makes you complicit in the crime.
Regardless of whether we're talking about military terrorism, economic terrorism, or some other form of terrorism, the end result is still the same, except it's even more catastrophic and long-lasting. In other words, hundreds of thousands of people can be slaughtered, maimed, lose family members, lose their homes, lose their livelihood, suffer from disease and starvation, etc.; yet certain people seem to think that this is okay, because what America does is after all "justified war".
Not only does the American government practice large-scale terrorism abroad, but as we saw clearly with the George W. Bush administration, it terrorizes its very own people by constantly filling them with fear and paranoia, so that they will patriotically lend their support to their government's outrageous and unjustified wars. And, as we saw with the war in Iraq, if someone even dares to not go along with the US government's war agenda, then he or she is automatically branded as being unpatriotic. To this day I can't believe that Bush tried to pull that ridiculous stunt.
As I briefly mentioned earlier, in my personal life, I have for many years lived by Jesus' doctrine of peace. I don't go out of my way looking for trouble of any kind with anyone. I strive to avoid conflict. As a result, while I have had some problems in my life, just like everyone else in this world, they have been kept to a minimum. As many of you will know, Jesus taught us "Blessed are the peacemakers", and "Blessed are the meek". Likewise, the Apostle Paul instructed us to live in peace with all men as much as possible, as we see by the following set of verses:
"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth."
Matthew 5:5, KJV
"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9, KJV
"If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men."
Romans 12:18, KJV
"Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:"
Hebrews 12:14, KJV
At the same time, as I explain in some of my other political articles, Jesus also taught us that if we choose to live a life of violence, then we may very well die a violent death ourselves. His Kingdom -- and thus our Kingdom -- is not of this present world. Therefore, as Bible-believing Christians, we are admonished to not engage in the violent wars of this world. Consider the following two verses:
"Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword."
Matthew 26:52, KJV
"Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence."
John 18:36, KJV
This contrast between the violent evildoers of this present world and the Lord's peacemakers can be summed up in the following verses which are found in the Book of Psalms:
"Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be. But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace."
Psalms 37:8-11, KJV
For many decades now, the American government has fought its bloody wars on foreign soil, and taken the lives of a lot of people in the process. But the Bible also teaches us that we reap what we sow. American citizens have lived in peace and safety at home for many years. But if the government of the United States continues its trend of waging war in foreign lands, how long will it be before God finally allows war to come to the American homeland? The world will only take so much abuse from America. She may now think herself to be the queen of the world, just like Babylon the Great in the Book of Revelation. But as with Babylon the Great, who the Bible tells us is destroyed by the Beast and the Ten Horns, it is not too farfetched to consider that one of these days, Miss America may very well reap what she has sown. Then what? And who will be to blame, if not America herself?
In conclusion, in the words of the Old Testament Prophets Isaiah and Micah, it is way past time for America, and the rest of the world, to beat their swords into plowshares and to forsake their violent, evil ways, because their time may be running out. As the Prophets wrote:
"And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more."
Isaiah 2:4, KJV
"And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more."
Micah 4:3, KJV
So, are you a blessed peacemaker who strives to avoid war and all manner of conflict as much as possible? Or are you just another violent warmonger who thinks that might is right, and that you can get what you want by bullying your way in? Are you a member of a terrorist nation? As Jesus also plainly taught us in the Gospel of Matthew:
"Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."
Matthew 7:20, KJV
In other words, you don't need to tell me what you believe. I will tell you exactly what you believe by what I see you do. With these sobering thoughts, I will bring this article to a close. I trust that it has been instructive, and a blessing in your life. If you have enjoyed reading it, please consider sharing its URL with your online friends. Also, if you have an account with Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or with any other social network, I would likewise appreciate if you would consider taking the time to click on the corresponding links which are found on this page. Thank you so much, and may God bless you abundantly!
For additional information, you may want to refer to the list of reading resources below which were also mentioned in this article, or which contain topics that are related to this article, and which are likewise located on the Bill's Bible Basics web server.
Battle of Gog and Magog and War in Yugoslavia!
Capture of Saddam Hussein and the New Babylon
God of Peace, God of War
Killing and the Phinehas Priesthood
Killing, Murder and Military Duty
Obama, McCain and the Bush Legacy
Psalm 83 War False Doctrine Exposed!
Robot Wars, Skynet, the Beast and the False Prophet
Saddam Hussein's Execution and the Euro Dollar War
Slobodan Milosevic: A United Nations Experiment?
Star Wars: The Real Battle Wages On!
The Jerusalem Question: Middle East Peace, or War?
What About the Poor?