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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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(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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11/11/13: Check out this weekend’s posts on the Veterans Day Parade in Auburn, Washington and the traveling Vietnam Wall memorial there. What an amazing tribute to our veterans!

2013 Auburn Veterans Day Parade

Vietnam Veterans Traveling Wall

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2014 Auburn Veterans Day Parade

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