In today’s world, there are many evil things. Some evils are primarily damaging to those who practice them: gambling, fornication, homosexuality, and similar vices. We can and must leave those alone and let them do their own thing. Some are damaging to some around them: adultery, spousal and child abuse, theft, even sometimes murder. Those are things that must be dealt with, but by the people around them: family and community (including church). But some evil is practiced in a way which is a massive threat to hundreds of thousands, millions, or even billions of people around the world. National Socialism (in its many forms) was such an evil. Communism was (and is) such an evil. Islam, the subject of this commentary on two recent news items, is such an evil. Even when isolated and contained, these evils are such horrors, such threats, that at a minimum people have a strong reason to band together to defend against them, to contain them, and … often, to seek to negate and even destroy them.
Islamic wars – South Asian front
Pakistan: Female suicide bombers killed December 18, 2013
(Zee News [India]) “Alert security guards at an imambargah [in Karachi] on Tuesday foiled an attempt by two burqa-clad woman suicide bombers by killing one and injuring another. One of the women was shot dead whereas the other was critically injured as the guards at the imambargah or Shia prayer hall, opened fire on them. Security and rescue teams reached the site of incident and cordoned off the area as a probe into the incident went underway. Police officials later confirmed that both the women were equipped with explosives, media reports said.” (12/18/13)
Mama’s Note: This sort of thing is so completely incomprehensible. The more I see of it, the closer I get to considering the “lake of glass” idea. If the non crazies could be warned to move out of the area first…
Nathan: Incomprehensible to those of us who cannot understand the depth of evil that can exist, and the way in which people can be indoctrinated to accept that evil as normal and necessary. Islam’s roots are deep into that vast sea of sewage that rejects the Creator for the lusts and evils of the flesh and the greed for power and control. In the ancient Middle East were the worshipers of Moloch and similar evil false gods, whose priests demanded (and received) the sacrifice of human children in the fires of worship, and of adults in battle and on the sands of the arenas. There were also those of Hatti (part of modern Anatolia) and elsewhere, who “honored” the death of their “god-kings” by burying the dead elite together with slain servants and soldiers to serve the elite in the afterlife. In the depths of Northern Europe, we had druids and similar “faiths” who would also offer sacrifice to the soil, the forests, and their pantheon of gods by choosing men and women of high birth (or “promoted” to such) to garrote and bury in the fens and bogs. In the Pacific, we had those who chose by lot whose bodies would be used to literally grease the skids to launch great war-canoes. In Meso-America, we had the captives and docile underclasses of the Azteca and other empires who submitted in long lines to walking to the tops of pyramids where squads of blood-clothed priests cut out their living hearts and raised them to the glory of the sun and serpent gods. In Southeast Asia, there were the fanatics and college professors who drove people out into the jungles to die and be killed for the glory of the proletariat, repeating the fate of Ukranian and Byelorussian kulaks starved to death in the midst of some of the most productive farmland on the planet. Centuries before, and centuries before that, we had Hun and Mongol conquerors who stacked the chopped-off heads of the population of entire cities to mark their conquests, while half the globe to the south, we had fanatics who punished insufficient zeal for the cause by pouring gasoline into a tire, placing the tire around the neck or head of the victim, and lighting it on fire, only decades after an entire “civilized” nation went mad and processed millions of their own countrymen and neighboring countries through delousing chambers (which did, apparently, also kill the lice and bedbugs) before mining their bodies and converting them to human leather and more. All in the name of some bogus deity, some warped philosophy, or just plain greed for power and wealth. Once shut off from the light, evil thrives in darkness and grows into nightmarish consequences. Notice, these women were NOT trying to kill “infidels” or “colonialists” or “occupiers” or the like: they were trying to kill their own kind. AND themselves. At least one of them partially succeeded.
Islamic wars – West African front
Nigeria: “More than 1,200 killed” December 17, 2013
(BBC News [UK state media]) “The UN says more than 1,200 people have been killed in Islamist-related violence in northeast Nigeria since a state of emergency was declared in May. The UN said the figure related to killings of civilians and the military by the Islamist group Boko Haram in the states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe. It also includes insurgents killed by security forces repelling attacks. This is the first time independent casualty figures have been issued since emergency rule was declared.” (12/17/13)
Mama’s Note: Perhaps the world could stand two glass lakes…
Nathan: According to friends (preachers) in Nigeria, this is a vast under-reporting – possibly one-tenth of who has actually been killed, just as far as civilians go. There are DAILY multiple killings, and Sundays are especially bad, since people are gathering for worship, and concentrated while the Muslims of course have already met on Friday. The media harps far more on the people who claim to be “christian” and do revenge attacks against Muslims. Unlike the Pakistani women, the killers in this case are MOSTLY killing infidels, even though they have the same nationality and skin color and heritage as the ones doing the killing. But evil is evil, and this evil stems from the same source as the evil in Pakistan.
As for glass lakes, it seems to me that the logical targets are Mecca and Medina: because these are the sources of this infection called Islam. Certainly there will be innocents (children, many women raised as (in essence if not legally) slaves, and of course slaves. (Yes, Saudi Arabia still has actual slaves, no matter what they call them. Many are black, some are East Asian, and some are Euro-American.) Horrible as it is to contemplate, is it worse than centuries more of this evil religion? Islam is so much a geographically-based religion that destruction of these two sacred cities might cause a collapse of it overall, in part because they could not imagine that Allah would allow it. It may be necessary to sanitize other places: Cairo and Tehran and Kabul and Islamabad all come to mind. As Abraham tried to do, regarding two other sources of unspeakable evil, Sodom and Gomorrah, we need to get the “non-crazies” out first, if we can. But as awful and terrible as making a decision to spare the world such hideous evil, versus saving innocents who are being abused and corrupted in the “name of Allah,” is a decision I am grateful to God I do not have to make.
Mama’s Note: Amen to that last. The only consolation is that great evil has historically been its own destruction, eventually. The toll of human suffering is, however, very hard to accept.