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Muath al-Kaseasbeh

Forever remember the name of Muath al-Kaseasbeh.

WARNING, EXTREMELY GRAPHIC VIDEO: ISIS burns hostage alive

In this video he is doused in some sort of accelerant and then burned alive in a metal cage. Should you watch it? That depends. Children should not watch it. Those who will be haunted by flesh melting off of a man being burned alive shouldn’t watch it. But perhaps the rest of us should as a testament to what this brave Jordanian pilot endured and the evils that these masked cowards are willing to inflict on others.

Frankly I think this film’s producers have watched a few too many Quentin Tarantino movies. In Hollywood, this is entertainment. For ISIS, this is some sort of battle cry to the world and military victory. In the real world, this is a man who gave his life, in the most agonizing way imaginable, to protect others.

Al-Kaseasbeh was a married first lieutenant in the Royal Jordanian Air Force whose F-16 went down in Syria in late December. The intelligence and ability required for this job speaks volumes about what caliber of man ISIS just executed. He was a brave, proud, educated man who, at just 26 years of age, left a legacy of service to others.

Prior to his death in this video, a bunch of tiny, unreadable Arabic writing interspersed with images of dead children and bombings flashes on the screen. It seems to be some sort of an attempt to show what horrible atrocities al-Kaseasbeh committed. Most Westerners won’t have a clue what’s being said or what the graphics are all about, so I’m not sure who the target audience was intended to be.

Were all the attempts at razzle dazzle supposed to be intimidating? Aside from the lieutenant’s poise, it played like a drunk Decepticon wrote it after a night binging on conspiracy theory movies from the 1990s. It was very busy and the graphics guy has some deep issues with American-made aircraft. For all I know he’s one of the Westerners who’s devoting his life to a demonic, self-indulgent movement intent on wiping anyone who doesn’t agree with them from the face of the earth.

Dramatic scenes of al-Kaseasbeh being led to his execution follow. He walks past a bunch of masked cowards further cloaked by their lookalike uniforms. While I will never be impressed by infidels who torture and murder those who fight for freedom, them trying to look tough by looking alike while looking upon a true hero made them even less impressive.

What First Lieutenant  al-Kaseasbeh endured is what more will endure if this global gang of thugs isn’t stopped. ISIS and their associates, known by many names, some of which claim to be moderate, are trying to take over the world. They are beheading, raping, torturing, crucifying, and otherwise violating and murdering their fellow human beings, including children.

I have always admired King Abdullah of Jordan and the continual risks he has taken on behalf of Muslims, Christians, and Jews alike. He and his family face grave personal danger for the stands they have taken over the years. Here in the United States, we need leadership that will support what countries like Jordan and Israel are doing to protect freedom and human rights.

Our current leadership won’t even call ISIS and their ilk by name or call them out for what they are. How, then, can the United States effectively stop atrocities like this? How can we stop Americans fighting for ISIS from coming back into this country and doing the same?

Please hold Anwar al-Tarawneh, the wife of Muath al-Kaseasbeh, up in prayer as she processes the horrible death of her husband. Sources says he was murdered a month ago even though the video was just released this week. That surely deepens the trauma. While I am skeptical of some of the videos terrorists produce, Jordan says this one is authentic and plans to execute some ISIS fighters post haste.

As Chesterton said, the true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him. That is what distinguishes us from them. We are motivated by life, liberty, truth, the pursuit of happiness, the preservation and advancement of human rights, and the desire to promote free and democratic societies. ISIS and their cousins are motivated by hate, by revenge, by malice, by intolerance, by all things black and blasphemous.

While I pray that even these terrorists find Jesus in their short time on earth, those that persist in this ideology must be eliminated to protect others. And what a sad state of affairs that is, because in all of eternity, they will never find a way out of that cage or that fire. If they choose an eternity apart from their Maker, what they have visited on others, like Lieutenant al-Kaseasbeh, will have no end.

And their screams will never stop.

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From  Iran’s Weapons Shipment Safely in Israel’s Hands.

From the IDF Blog

From the IDF blog

Thanks to Joel Rosenberg’s blog for spotting this Israeli Defenses Forces graphic first.

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Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo, the director of Barnabas Aid, has written a fantastic, easy to read article entitled Making Sense of the Tumultuous Events in the Middle East.

While the American media loves to talk about the Middle East and offer opinions about events there, it rarely takes the time to explain the nuts and bolts of related conflicts. If you want to understand the basics of what is happening, this is a great start.

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(wildninja) Whether or not you agree with Joel Rosenberg’s politics or religion, the man is a wealth of information on the Middle East. His books like The Twelfth Imam and Damascus Countdown are bestsellers for good reason.

While some have compared his insight to Nostradamus because details in books he wrote just a few years ago are playing out in real life right now, I don’t see it that way. The Manufacturer’s Handbook (aka the Bible) tells us what’s going to happen and Rosenberg is adept at weaving the Scriptures into his stories like the Left Behind series did.

I’m largely with Rosenberg on this one. I am, frankly, horrified to see OUR tax dollars being sent to the Middle East and used to support organizations that would rip our hearts out with their teeth if they had the chance. While I could see the value in coordinated airstrikes in Syria IF– and I want to emphasize if– chemical weapons were actually used, I oppose sending in ground troops and getting involved further.

If America takes out the Assad regime, then we’re just enabling some other twisted, evil, Jew-hating, American-hating, bigoted group come to power. Is that really what American blood should be spilled for? How does that protects America’s interests? How does that promote human rights or freedom?

I never thought I’d see the day when we had a president willing to put our soldiers and our resources to work helping people who stand for just about everything we Americans stand against. I’ve expected that from others in time like the UN, but not from our own leadership.

Syria is not a partisan issue and it’s not an issue where atheists should be taking one side and Lutherans take another. The issue is whether America should be used to support regimes that bring genocide, rape, torture, destruction, intolerance, and all the dangers we’ve fought AGAINST in past wars.

While I am extremely concerned about the people of Syria, especially what’s being done to their Christians, I’m distancing myself from Obama’s plans. I’ll even take it a step further than Rosenberg and say that I strongly question his motives. Also– we’re supposed to trust the administration that still won’t come clean about Benghazi?!

This point of view says Syria will be an excuse to get us into World War III. While that might sound kooky to the average American, realistically, wars are always about money to a large degree and there are powerful people who can benefit from the American military being dragged into this conflict.

The author, who I was unfamiliar with before I read this, expresses concern over possible Obama ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Evidently the MB gets to attend meetings at the White House and Obamas’ own half-brother is alleged to be a bigwig in the organization.

Yes, I have some interesting relatives too, and that doesn’t make me guilty by association. But the more I read, the more I think to myself, “God, please let all Americans, regardless of our differences, unite as a country and not allow ourselves to be used as pawns in this deadly international chess game.”

We haven’t spent 237 years building this nation with our own blood, sweat, and tears to– especially at a time when many of us are struggling financially– let our tax dollars become a casual allowance awarded to genocidal extremists.

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If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there would be a shortage of sand. -Milton Friedman

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(Washington, D.C.) — UPDATED: Last night, Lynn and our sons celebrated Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. We ate apples dipped in honey. We watched a YouTube video of someone in Israel blowing the shofar. And we prayed.

As we did, I found myself wondering, What kind of year is ahead for Israel? For the people of Syria? For the people of Iran and Egypt and Lebanon and Jordan and all those in the Middle East? There is so much pain and uncertainty in the epicenter right now. More than 110,000 people have been killed in Syria during their civil war, some, reportedly, because of chemical weapons. More than two million Syrians have fled their country as refugees from the violence. An estimated five million Syrians have been “internally displaced” — they have fled away from their towns and villages to be safe from the violence, but they haven’t fled outside the borders…

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