The sickest principle: There are no innocents.

ISIS attacks in London: followers exhorted by ISIS leaders to kill more “crusader civilians” during Ramadan.  From The Mirror (London) “The video urged them to target ‘infidels’ in Europe during the 30-day fasting period, which is observed by Muslims to celebrate Muhammad receiving the Qu’ran. Addressed to militants and ‘believers’ who are unable to reach the caliphate, it read in English: ‘Muslim brothers in Europe who can’t reach the Islamic State lands, attack them in their homes, their markets, their roads and their forums’.” I am well aware that this call for annihilation of their “enemies” results in more “moderate” Muslim deaths than deaths of followers of other religions.

ISIS and similar militants justify their acts with the excuse that they are striking back at infidels who kill Muslims in their lands. So, if they stand by their principles “KILL THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE KILLING US” and “THERE ARE NO INNOCENTS IN TOTAL WAR”, what should be the outcome for them of their targeting and killing Jews and Christians EVERYWHERE, right now, not just hundreds of years ago? Applying their principles, shouldn’t Jews and Christians proactively target and kill Muslims, especially because far more innocent Jews and Christians have been killed by Muslims than the other way around? NO, THAT IS NOT OUR PRINCIPLE. JESUS LAID IT DOWN AT HIS OWN DEATH, “FATHER FORGIVE THEM FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO.”

I must admit that I struggle mightily to apply Jesus Christ’s true principles in both my thought life and my daily existence. The human or “flesh” portion wants to strike back. If there are 3 categories of human beings–the sheep (the majority, who go about their lives in unspectacular fashion), the wolves (who prey upon the sheep) and the sheepdogs (who have the same kind of teeth as the wolves, but are born to protect the sheep), I am most certainly among the sheepdogs, and it is in this capacity that I thirst to defend and avenge my Christian and Jewish brothers and sisters.

But ultimately I answer to a higher power and a more powerful principle, that power being Jesus Christ and the principle being forgive others because I have been forgiven. However, I still admire and am thankful for the sheepdogs to whom God has given the duty, privilege and ability to protect the flock: the U.S. military, especially special operations for physical protection, and godly pastors and teachers for spiritual protection. 

Author: iamcurmudgeon

When I began this blog, I was a 70 year old man, with a young mind and a body trying to recover from a stroke, and my purpose for this whole blog thing is to provoke thinking, to ridicule reflex reaction, and provide a legacy to my children.

3 thoughts on “The sickest principle: There are no innocents.”

  1. Yes, it is a struggle to act like Jesus and to think like Jesus. It took a year of praying for me to forgive what happened to the World Trade Center. But by God’s grace, I finally felt forgiveness. It is hard to love terrorists. But I guess if we look on them as deceived by Satan and probably lost forever, we can feel pity for them instead of hate. We live in such a sad world, but then it is not our true home.


  2. Belle: I just checked comments today (I don’t get notified) and saw yours. I will reply tomorrow, since it is difficult for me to type one handed (I had total shoulder replacement surgery last monday and am in a sling)


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