This article asks and analyzes oil and gas (re: economics) as being a major driver on this conflict. Is there any doubt? I would posit that this is a potential “hook in the jaw element” that we are looking at here that drives Russia’s increased activity in the region. I expect no reversals on that trend.
TURKEY IN BED WITH ISIS?
My money is on the Russians probably telling at least some truth here about this.
For “slander” that’s a pretty compelling and ever-growing body of evidence that they are mounting against Erdogan.
It’s think it’s doom on Erdogan from where I sit. Putin has made no bones since that plane was shot down that he views Turkey and Erdogan and his people specifically as “aiding and abetting terrorists” and now he’s proving it. What happens after that?
There is no way NATO is going to go to war and stand by Erdogan in light of a growing body of evidence like this. They would be fools to do so.
How does Turkey ultimately end up on the Ezekiel 38 coalition side vs being in NATO? I think we are close to finding out. For the last week we have seen stories about Russia mobiling military assets near the Syrian-Turkey border along with attacking ISIS and Turkey assets both in Syria.
Israel’s air superiority clouded by new Russian missiles in Syria
Putin’s deployment of advanced S-400 system impacts a mainstay of Israel’s defense strategy, though coordination with Moscow mitigates the threat
As I wrote my last blog this is too close for my comfort level and I hardly share the optimism expressed here to say the least.
Israel is nervous over Russia’s actions in the Golan.
Good. They should be.
“We didn’t go after oil wells, actually hitting oil wells that ISIS controls, because we didn’t want to do environmental damage, and we didn’t want to destroy that infrastructure.” – President Barack Obama
Fine. Why not take them over?
ONE WORLD RELIGION: LOOKS LIKE A LAMB BUT SOUNDS LIKE A DRAGON
I will keep my comments brief as interspersed through the quoted article.
By Francis X. Rocca
Updated Nov. 30, 2015 7:45 p.m. ET
BANGUI, Central African Republic— Pope Francis on Monday called for an end to religious violence in this African nation, capping his trip to the continent with a visit to a mosque that is a haven for Muslims fleeing violence by Christian militias.
It’s all equally bad but how about the Christian holocaust taking place with figures that blow this out of the water all over Africa in the Middle East? The numbers aren’t even close. Why isn’t the Pope spinning on his head over that?
“Those who claim to believe in God must also be men and women of peace,” he said. “Together, we must say no to hatred, to revenge and to violence, particularly that violence which is perpetrated in the name of a religion or of God himself.”
I’d be interested in matching the death toll over the course of history of Islam vs the RCC when it comes to martyring real Christians and other dissenters. Yes, let’s have that discussion right on through to Pope Pius, the Nazis, and the Holocaust. Yeah, I went there.
Later, while flying back to Rome, the pope said that there was no special link between Islam and violence.
Please consider a lobotomy if you believe this. C’mon Mr. Jesuit, please tell a lie with some sophistication? You can do better than this. TRY.
“You cannot reject a religion because there are some fundamentalist groups, or even many of them at a certain moment in history,” he said. “How many wars, and not only religious wars, have we Christians waged? It wasn’t Muslims who committed the sack of Rome.”
Yes, let’s ask the Waldenses, the Abligeneses, and the Anabaptists about that. Oh wait…
Under heavy security, the pope’s visit to the modest mosque in the capital’s Muslim quarter, known as PK5, was the culmination of a six-day trip that also included Kenya and Uganda.
While Pope Francis has been eager to visit this nation, one of the world’s poorest, concerns for his safety had thrown the final leg of his trip in doubt until the last minute.
Since 2012, this country has been locked in a bloody civil war that has increasingly taken on religious dimensions. Some have hoped that the visit of the pope, who called on Sunday for the militias to lay down their arms, could rekindle a peace process. Thousands of French forces and U.N. peacekeepers are deployed in the country in an attempt to control the violence.
According to Human Rights Watch, about 122,000 Muslims lived in Bangui before the start of the civil war. But attacks by Christian militias have driven hundreds of thousands of Muslims from the country or forced them to seek shelter in enclaves.
Again, this is no good no matter who is doing it and I’m not trying to minimize that at all but what about the numbers of Christians and other non-Muslims being slaughtered in that same area and all over Africa in the Middle East?
In the Central African Republic, about 15% of residents are Muslims, according to the CIA Factbook. Catholics make up about a third of the population, according to the Vatican.
I’m not sure how much I trust either of these sources.
The PK5 enclave in Bangui is the last remaining Muslim community in the city, with 15,000 people. Since late September, at least 100 people have died there, according to Human Rights Watch, many of them civilians. Hundreds of homes have been destroyed, and the wooden skeletons of empty stalls are all that remain of the city’s once-bustling market.
Pope Francis’ determination to visit PK5 reflected his frequent calls for interreligious dialogue. The pope traveled to the mosque in his open popemobile, greeting crowds waiting for him along the side of the road.
Blue-helmeted U.N. peacekeepers lined the main road and blocked access from the dusty, red-clay side streets. Some were posted in trucks and armored vehicles with guns mounted on the top. Armed soldiers were also perched in the mosque’s three minarets.
At the mosque, the pope was greeted by the head imam as well as Bangui’s Catholic archbishop. About 250 men sat cross-legged on threadbare rugs, listening to the pope say that the religiously motivated violence in the country “disfigures the face of God.”
“Christians and Muslims are brothers and sisters,” said the 78-year-old pope, who appeared tired at times during the morning’s events. “Those who claim to believe in God must also be men and women of peace.”
This is high blasphemy right here. Sheer heresy of the highest order from the supposed vicar of Christ. This has been beaten to death by light years outside of this blog and I will leave it to people to do their own research. This oft repeated lie doesn’t have any legs to stand on when we compare Jehovah and his characteristics vs Allah in the Koran and plenty of Christians and Muslims alike know that to be true.
The Argentine pope has been bold in denouncing violence against Christians around the world while supporting interfaith dialogue, saying he would even be willing to speak with Islamic State fighters in the name of peace.
Try it. Face to face.
As archbishop of Buenos Aires and as pontiff, Pope Francis has enjoyed close relations with Muslim leaders.
He sure has. He’s all warm, fuzzy, and cozy with just about all of them. Hmmm…
At the mosque on Monday, he bowed his head during the recitation of a Muslim prayer and then asked the imam to take him to the mosque’s mihrab, the prayer niche in a mosque that indicates the direction of Mecca. The pair stood silently together for a moment.
Please show me support for this anywhere in the Scriptures.
After the ceremony, the pope visited with people living in dirty tents in the courtyard of the mosque, including mixed Muslim-Christian families, who have taken refuge there. Pope Francis also asked to make an impromptu visit to a public school across from the mosque, housed in a building with a corrugated metal roof. Teenage boys wearing T-shirts with the pope’s likeness stood outside.
It isn’t just the American Protestants that are in to marketing, cult of personality, and salesmanship.
Some at the mosque meeting were cautious about whether the pope’s visit could help encourage elections that could bring reconciliation. Elections had been scheduled for October but were postponed because of the fighting.
“We hope the visit will help us to proceed with elections,” said Finance Minister Abdalla Kadre’ Assane. “But the pope is not enough.”
The last elected head of state, President François Bozize, was overthrown by Muslim forces in 2013. A transitional council chose Catherine Samba-Panza as interim president last year to oversee a return to democracy.
Following the visit, the pope celebrated Mass at a sports complex in the city’s center. While the stadium holds 30,000 people, it wasn’t filled to capacity, since organizers had limited the number of tickets distributed through the country’s local parishes.
The pope said that “in these times of conflict, hate and war,” it is easy “to be led into selfishness, distrust, violence, destructiveness, vengeance, indifference to and exploitation of those who are most vulnerable.”
It takes courage to “forgive those who have wronged us,” he said during his homily.
Following the Mass, the pope boarded his flight back to Rome.
The pope was asked then if the Catholic Church should change its teaching against condom use to improve prevention of HIV/AIDS, which remains a scourge in Africa.
He didn’t respond directly but called the question “small” and “casuistic,” and said debate over the morality of condom use should wait until after the resolution of “tragic, man-made illnesses” such as malnutrition, environmental problems and arms dealing.
A Jesuit accusing anyone of casuitry (look it up) is always worth a chuckle.
There is an amazing relativism being expressed here to say the least and I will simply let you all digest this any way you want because I could get into trouble if I cut loose on all of this.
This is a sneak preview of Revelation 13 as far as I’m concerned.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:
LA Marzulli’s blog entry today is a can’t miss. Co-signed!