Monday, December 23, 2013

The Myopia of Christian Conservatives

On his Facebook page today, Dr. Albert Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, posted this comment regarding the surge in violence against Christians in the Middle East: “Britain's Labour Party to take up issue of persecuted Christians. Will Republicans & Democrats in the US do the same?  Dr. Mohler also addressed the issue of Christian persecution in his December 18th version of “The Briefing”. 

Mohler’s analysis followed on the heels of a spate of news reports indicating that Christian communities have been all but destroyed in the region.  Once nearly one-fifth of Middle Easterners were Christian.  Today, that number is less than 5%.  In Iraq, a once thriving Christian community that numbered over one million during Saddam Hussein’s regime has shrunk to less than 200,000. 

The statistics in Syria are likewise sobering.  In the midst of raging civil war various factions of the American-backed “Free Syrian Army”, receiving vast amounts of Western aid under the guise of supporting supposed “moderates,” have been implicated in attacks on Christians.  Last week in the town of Sadad, 1,500 families were used as human shields by rebel forces.  It is estimated that 500,000 Christians have been forced to flee their homes in Syria.

The chaos enveloping the Middle East was entirely predictable.  I was writing about it back in 2004.  The authoritarian regimes of the old era—Hussein, Asaad, Mubarak, etc.—while not governed by men of great charm did protect Christian populations in their respective nations.  The health of the state was necessary because Christians never organized themselves along tribal lines in these regions.  As a result, they forfeited the protection that comes with such a structure and became dependent on a functioning and healthy state.  (That was, of course, a mistake, but that’s another conversation. )

The problem is that American foreign policy since the early Bush administration has been centered around the propagation of democratism—the ideological imposition of “democracy” at the point of a bayonet.  As such, it was designed to destabilize the states of the region and replace the existing regimes with "democrats", as though Massachusetts town meetings would germinate and sprout along the Tigris.  The crazed ideological zealotry of the Neo-Conservatives was best stated by George W. "Robespierre" Bush himself:
“I believe democracy can take hold in parts of the world that have been condemned to tyranny. And I believe when democracies take hold, it leads to peace. That's been the proven example around the world. Democracies equal peace.”

"It is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world."

"With the power and resources given to us, the United States seeks to bring peace where there is conflict, hope where there is suffering, and liberty where there is tyranny."

Ultimately the "Arab Spring" merely accomplished the destabilizing of existing regime, either producing civil war or more clearly defined Islamic states.  The protection of Christian minorities was an afterthought as the globalists in the Imperial City gladly offered up human sacrifices on the altar of democratism.

But my primary concern here is the fact that it was conservative Christians who provided the popular political anchor for the Bush (and now Obama) policy.  This includes Christian leaders such as, you guessed it, Albert Mohler.  In his commentary on the Iraqi election in 2005, Dr. Mohler assured readers that “freedom” was on the march. Mohler wrote that, “while the pessimists in Western nations may be embarrassed by their empty predictions of a failed election, the response in other Arab capitals should be far more dramatic. The autocratic despots of the Arab world must surely see this election as a sign that time is running out. Once freedom is set loose in the Middle East, it will not stop at the borders of Iraq. It will eventually make its way across the Middle East, the gulf states, and North Africa.” Mohler goes on to say, “Iraq did feel the force of freedom on Sunday--and that force was felt not only by freedom's friends, but its enemies as well. That noise you hear is the sound of autocrats shuddering.”

Actually, that sound in the distance was not the shuddering of autocrats nor the faint cry of freedom, democracy, and constitutionalism slouching forth to be birthed in Baghdad. On the contrary, it was  screeching and sputtering nonsense emanating not merely from American pulpits but practically every orifice of the American body politic. The elite media were virtually unanimous in their full-throated acclaim for that episode in civilization building along the Mesopotamia. Such myopia was not merely an affliction of the Christian political community but also the political left.

As Dr. Mohler predicted, the revolution unleashed in Iraq has indeed made "its way across the Middle East, the gulf states, and North Africa" with the result being dead and displaced Christians.  We are reaping the the whirlwind of a war predicated upon a deception--that Saddam Hussein possessed chemical weapons.  It lacked a clear mandate from the Congress.  It created chaos in Iraq that led to hundreds of thousands of unnecessary deaths.  That chaos ultimately has spread throughout the region and continues to imperil our brethren.  Who is to blame?  The GOP, George W. Bush, and conservative Christians. 

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