"To everything there is a season," wrote the author of Ecclesiastes, reminding us that there is "a time for every purpose under heaven," including war. From beginning to end, the Bible remains constant; the God of Love is equally the God of Justice. Were he not, he would have never broken his own heart to make ours whole by sending Jesus into the world to do for us what we could not do for ourselves.
We prefer peace but sometimes we have no choice but to respond aggressively. Let me recap: As I write, Fox News reports a top Iraqi diplomat claims ISIS is harvesting organs and burning those victims alive to fund their operations. Add to that, Muslim jihadists beheaded 21 Coptic Christians last weekend, caged and burned a Jordanian pilot, threw homosexuals off buildings in Iraq, kidnapped and slaughtered thousands in Nigeria… I could go on….and on.
In light of all that, it's pretty clear that it is time for us to do a little more than turn the other cheek, a command Jesus gave to individuals, not nations. Turn evil on its cheek is more like it. Not community organize to combat poverty, as President Obama so suggested in his February 17, 2014 LA Times Op-Ed. more >>
Author and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson has declared that in a war against the Islamic State, the United States Armed Forces shouldn't have any "rules" holding them back from defeating the terrorist organization.
In an interview with Fox News' Bill Hemmer Monday morning, Carson explained that when fighting ISIS, Western rules of engagement could get in the way of victory.
A ceasefire between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian rebels is reportedly falling apart in the eastern town of Debaltseve, where government forces have been forced to flee and abandon the rail hub. Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on rebels to allow the Ukrainian troops to leave, for which he said the only choice is to surrender.
"The actions by the Russia-backed separatists in Debaltseve are a clear violation of the ceasefire," said European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.
"The EU stands ready to take appropriate action in case the fighting and other negative developments in violation of the Minsk agreements continue." more >>
Jihadists from terror group ISIS have reportedly burned to death 45 people in the western Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi, though local police forces have been unable to identify yet who the victims are.
Police chief Col. Qasim al-Obeidi said that he believes some of the victims are members of Iraqi security forces who could have been captured when ISIS took a large part of al-Baghdadi last week, BBC News reported on Tuesday.
Obeidi asked the Iraqi government and the international community for help, noting that a compound that houses the families of security personnel and local officials is under attack. more >>
In the newest edition of its apocalyptic English-language propaganda magazine, the Islamic State terrorist organization refutes the long-standing mantra that Islam is a "religion of peace" and insists that Islam is a "religion of the sword."
Countering the popular opinion that Islam calls for peace among Muslims and non-Muslims alike, an article in the seventh edition of Dabiq magazine states that Allah calls for Islam to be a religion of violence and any Muslim who believes otherwise holds a heretic view.
"There is a slogan repeated continuously by apologetic 'du'at' [callers for Islam] when flirting with the West and that is their statement: 'Islam is the religion of peace,' and they mean pacifism by the word peace," reads the ISIS article, which was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute. more >>
The government of Egypt has warned ISIS that it will not allow the terror group to "cut off the heads of our children" in response to the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has called on the Union Nations to authorize a resolution to allow military aid for Libya in the battle against ISIS.
"We will not allow them to cut off the heads of our children," Sisi declared in a radio speech, according to BBC News.
Libya is caught in widespread turmoil with rival militant groups battling for control, while the internationally recognized government has been forced to abandon the capital of Tripoli and move to Tobruk. more >>