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« Reply #45 on: September 18, 2012, 11:04:28 PM »

The Chrisitans have two choices: fight, or become refugees. Since there's probably not much difference between the two, they have apparently chosen to shoot and get shot at. I don't see how anyone can tell them they shouldn't be doing that. I don't know what I'd do if I lived there. But it's really, really sickening that their fate has come down to this drastic situation.
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« Reply #46 on: September 19, 2012, 08:54:46 AM »

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« Reply #47 on: September 19, 2012, 04:28:33 PM »

And are not all human beings icons of Christ?

Would icons of Christ be shooting at me and my family?

Ok then, these are not icons of Christ but icons of another master.

Please show me anywhere in the gospels where Our Lord told us who we should kill and who we should forgive. I don't see any advocacy of violence in "Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, and turn the other cheek." But perhaps such words were some sort of parable that actually masked a violent revolutionary message that Our Lord really came to promote. But since the Church has not interpreted His message as one of violent revolution, then neither will I.

What did Jesus say to Peter after Peter drew a sword at Gethsemane?  Did He say "Peter, what the heck are you doing carrying a sword? And how is it that I happened not to notice that you had one?"

No, He said "Now is not the time." Because he could have summoned a legion of angels to stop the soldiers if He wanted.

Now when it comes to us, witnessing someone killing or raping our bothers and sisters, I'm thinking that is the time to use as much force as is necessary to stop it. No more than that, mind you, but certainly enough.
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« Reply #48 on: September 19, 2012, 04:36:36 PM »

Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

And are not all human beings icons of Christ?

Would icons of Christ be shooting at me and my family?

Ok then, these are not icons of Christ but icons of another master.

Please show me anywhere in the gospels where Our Lord told us who we should kill and who we should forgive. I don't see any advocacy of violence in "Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, and turn the other cheek." But perhaps such words were some sort of parable that actually masked a violent revolutionary message that Our Lord really came to promote. But since the Church has not interpreted His message as one of violent revolution, then neither will I.

What did Jesus say to Peter after Peter drew a sword at Gethsemane?  Did He say "Peter, what the heck are you doing carrying a sword? And how is it that I happened not to notice that you had one?"

No, He said "Now is not the time." Because he could have summoned a legion of angels to stop the soldiers if He wanted.

Now when it comes to us, witnessing someone killing or raping our bothers and sisters, I'm thinking that is the time to use as much force as is necessary to stop it. No more than that, mind you, but certainly enough.


Its not necessarily an issue of necessity rather one of efficacy.  I know the symbolic value of "going up against a tank with a shank for what you believe" but on the real, it becomes suicide, and as much as romance is nice, there is no dignity in any kind of death, noble and heroic or tragic and  painful.  I am not sure that if Syriac Christians begin taking up arms that this will solve our problems in the communities there, it may actually provoke further hostilities, antagonism, and violence.  I do not support, condone, or exonerate the raping, beating, or killing of ANY Syrians, be they Muslim, Christian, or otherwise, however, we have to be careful how much we get caught up and we have to very careful straddle the line between "self-defense" and "eye-for-an-eye" and in a warzone such shades of grey are hard to distinguish.  As Christians, we perhaps can find a more effective mechanism then simply joining up the fighting and choosing one side or another.  This why my lamentation is not that Syriac Christians are now arming themselves and forming community-oriented militias, rather, that is has gotten to be so drastically necessary in the first place.  That being said, if Christians are armed at this point, let us as their fellow Christian brethren not support an open-ended policy on this arming, rather, let us pray and works towards eventual conditions which support disarmament and peace.  We couldn't kill our way out of this one even if we wanted to, and I am reasonably sure that we don't Wink

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« Reply #49 on: September 19, 2012, 04:59:14 PM »

Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

And are not all human beings icons of Christ?

Would icons of Christ be shooting at me and my family?

Ok then, these are not icons of Christ but icons of another master.

Please show me anywhere in the gospels where Our Lord told us who we should kill and who we should forgive. I don't see any advocacy of violence in "Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, and turn the other cheek." But perhaps such words were some sort of parable that actually masked a violent revolutionary message that Our Lord really came to promote. But since the Church has not interpreted His message as one of violent revolution, then neither will I.

What did Jesus say to Peter after Peter drew a sword at Gethsemane?  Did He say "Peter, what the heck are you doing carrying a sword? And how is it that I happened not to notice that you had one?"

No, He said "Now is not the time." Because he could have summoned a legion of angels to stop the soldiers if He wanted.

Now when it comes to us, witnessing someone killing or raping our bothers and sisters, I'm thinking that is the time to use as much force as is necessary to stop it. No more than that, mind you, but certainly enough.


Its not necessarily an issue of necessity rather one of efficacy.  I know the symbolic value of "going up against a tank with a shank for what you believe" but on the real, it becomes suicide, and as much as romance is nice, there is no dignity in any kind of death, noble and heroic or tragic and  painful.  I am not sure that if Syriac Christians begin taking up arms that this will solve our problems in the communities there, it may actually provoke further hostilities, antagonism, and violence.  I do not support, condone, or exonerate the raping, beating, or killing of ANY Syrians, be they Muslim, Christian, or otherwise, however, we have to be careful how much we get caught up and we have to very careful straddle the line between "self-defense" and "eye-for-an-eye" and in a warzone such shades of grey are hard to distinguish.  As Christians, we perhaps can find a more effective mechanism then simply joining up the fighting and choosing one side or another.  This why my lamentation is not that Syriac Christians are now arming themselves and forming community-oriented militias, rather, that is has gotten to be so drastically necessary in the first place.  That being said, if Christians are armed at this point, let us as their fellow Christian brethren not support an open-ended policy on this arming, rather, let us pray and works towards eventual conditions which support disarmament and peace.  We couldn't kill our way out of this one even if we wanted to, and I am reasonably sure that we don't Wink

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habte selassie

Now we have some stuff we can work together on.  You say you don't want an "open ended policy on this arming".  I agree and I'll bet the Syrian army does as well.  We want there to be a definite end in this and that is victory for Assad and the Syrian army which is the only outcome that could possibly result in freedom and life for the Christians of Syria.

As for what we can do to come to this conclusion, I don't think we need to do anything.  If we are lucky the US will keep its nose out of Syria's business and the government will be able to prosecute this war to the fullest of its abilities.  The sooner this uprising is put down the sooner Christians, Armenians, and Alawites will be able to live in peace, free from fear.
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« Reply #50 on: September 19, 2012, 05:32:35 PM »

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As for what we can do to come to this conclusion, I don't think we need to do anything.  If we are lucky the US will keep its nose out of Syria's business and the government will be able to prosecute this war to the fullest of its abilities.  The sooner this uprising is put down the sooner Christians, Armenians, and Alawites will be able to live in peace, free from fear.

When the majority of the country have lost support in the credibility and authority of the Syrian government, unfortunately in this civil war the Assad regime will never be able to regain control.  They will step down as they should have a year or more ago.  Had the Assad regime stepped down BEFORE the violence had escalated, perhaps we could have brokered a mutual compromise where something similar to the vestiges of the Assad government could stay in place while giving out concessions towards more Islamic inclined factions.  Now, alas, all is lost, and folks are no longer fighting for anything more than the sake of fighting to vent their rage and disbelief in the system.  The Syrian government had its chance, hard power will not coerce folks into supporting them, rather, one way or another that regime will have to go.  The question is now, can we as a Christian minority negotiate the kinds of concessions we had gained from our decades in involvement with the incumbency?  Syria as a whole is not as bigoted as the extremist who have hijacked the narrative, and when the fighting diminishes more rational voices will regain dominance, and the status quo will hopefully work its way back into the mainstream.  In the mean time, we have to (a) focus on solidarity and community support while (b) trying our best not burn too many bridges with other members and groups in Syrian society.  When all the dust kicked up clears and settles, Syrians will have to rejoin each other as a community, even if just by sheer proximity to one another geographically speaking. We then as Christians need to be smarter about how we chose our alliances and network our relationships.  Perhaps this is a situation where having a seat at both bargaining tables may be the most beneficial for our needs.  Simply continuing to support the Assad regime at this point may become self-defeating and counter-productive to our long term goals. Instead, we should simply support OURSELVES, and not pretend that the Assad regime or any other group sincerely cares about our interests and security, and from this solidarity amongst ourselves we can play the field so to speak in our negotiating a better settlement in the future.  If we gamble solely on Assad, then we lose when he loses, if we invest in the entirety of Syria, then perhaps we have a bit more leeway to push our necessities into the dialogue.  I fear that Christians will increasingly become seen as the enemy if we keep siding with losing warlords and dictators our of temporary and convenient alliances.  If Assad really doesn't care for us, but is pandering and posturing for political gain and sympathy, then perhaps we should reevaluate our relationship with him and think, "Its been good in the past, but is it really worth it in the future to continue this support even to our detriment?"  In other words, we should become neutral, using our weapons and organizing strictly for self-defense, and not to go on the offense for the government or the revolution one way or the other  Undecided

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« Reply #51 on: September 19, 2012, 05:49:39 PM »

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Syria as a whole is not as bigoted as the extremist who have hijacked the narrative, and when the fighting diminishes more rational voices will regain dominance

Just like what happened in Iraq, right? Oh, wait...

Habte, I'm sorry my friend, but the course of the "Arab Spring" in all the Muslim-majority countries so far has shown that what you have written here is really not realistic. I have Tunisian friends who are as pragmatic, peaceful, and friendly as they come (or else they wouldn't be my friends, I'm sure), but they tell me that now, they can't imagine going back. Ever. I've heard the same thing from Iraqi friends of mine (both Christian and non). With all the blood shed taking over these places, the Islamists will not give up their new powers for anything, and certainly not in negotiations with Christians and other minorities who they naturally think they are beneath them. But don't take my word or my friends' words for it. Listen to what the Salafi sheikhs themselves have to say about it instead. That is what the Christians are fighting against, because that is what they have to look forward to when Asaad falls. It's not pretty.
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« Reply #52 on: September 19, 2012, 05:54:52 PM »

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Syria as a whole is not as bigoted as the extremist who have hijacked the narrative, and when the fighting diminishes more rational voices will regain dominance

Just like what happened in Iraq, right? Oh, wait...

Habte, I'm sorry my friend, but the course of the "Arab Spring" in all the Muslim-majority countries so far has shown that what you have written here is really not realistic. I have Tunisian friends who are as pragmatic, peaceful, and friendly as they come (or else they wouldn't be my friends, I'm sure), but they tell me that now, they can't imagine going back. Ever. I've heard the same thing from Iraqi friends of mine (both Christian and non). With all the blood shed taking over these places, the Islamists will not give up their new powers for anything, and certainly not in negotiations with Christians and other minorities who they naturally think they are beneath them. But don't take my word or my friends' words for it. Listen to what the Salafi sheikhs themselves have to say about it instead. That is what the Christians are fighting against, because that is what they have to look forward to when Asaad falls. It's not pretty.

How much as brute force and military action quelled the violence in Iraq exactly? If anything, I fear you've only proven my point all the more about relying upon authoritarian Caudillos for our security. Security by force is only temporary, and what is worse, it only further provokes antagonism rather then stopping it. Did Saddam Hussein really benefit Iraqi Catholics by divide-and-conquer pinning the against other sectarian groups in Iraqi society? No, rather he made the arbitrary distinctions evolve into concrete divisions in civil society. As we've seen from this Arab Spring, folks have been waiting for decades to vent their frustrations with the authoritarian regimes that have controlled their countries.  While it is ugly, we have to understand that we have to explore new models and strategies for success, the policies of the past several years clearly didn't work, otherwise we wouldn't be having an extended Arab Spring in the first place.  All these uprisings and violence is a symbol of the collective discontent which has finally boiled over, and much like boiling water, trying to condense it by force will only increase the pressure, not decrease it Sad

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« Reply #53 on: September 19, 2012, 05:59:24 PM »

What guarantee/expectation is there for a political system that will allow Christians freedom to be? What should Christians be willing and ready to hand over in a "bargain" to attain this freedom?  Should Christians be sacrificing anything in such political bargains?

This verse came to mind as I contemplated the situation of Christians throughout the Middle East.  It is insanely improper for me as a slothful middle-class American to suggest anyone embrace suffering.  But I thought I'd post the verse to feed the discussion anyway.

1 Peter 4:12-19

12 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. 14 If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.[a] On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters. 16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.

17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 Now

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19 Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.
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« Reply #54 on: September 19, 2012, 06:24:37 PM »

How much as brute force and military action quelled the violence in Iraq exactly?


I think you're reading something into my post that isn't actually there. I'm not advocating brute force, I'm saying that the Christians seem to have decided, knowing the forces that are against them, that they must fight to stay in Syria, rather than join the already considerable diaspora of Syrian Christians. I don't think that is something I can judge, but I think that given the reality on the ground as it is, it is naive to say that cooler heads will prevail. They didn't prevail in Iraq, they didn't prevail in Egypt, etc. Anywhere where the Islamists move in, they generally do not prevail. May God make Syria the exception, through the prayers of the saints and the martyrs.
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« Reply #55 on: September 19, 2012, 06:32:18 PM »

Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

And are not all human beings icons of Christ?

Would icons of Christ be shooting at me and my family?

Ok then, these are not icons of Christ but icons of another master.

Please show me anywhere in the gospels where Our Lord told us who we should kill and who we should forgive. I don't see any advocacy of violence in "Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, and turn the other cheek." But perhaps such words were some sort of parable that actually masked a violent revolutionary message that Our Lord really came to promote. But since the Church has not interpreted His message as one of violent revolution, then neither will I.

What did Jesus say to Peter after Peter drew a sword at Gethsemane?  Did He say "Peter, what the heck are you doing carrying a sword? And how is it that I happened not to notice that you had one?"

No, He said "Now is not the time." Because he could have summoned a legion of angels to stop the soldiers if He wanted.

Now when it comes to us, witnessing someone killing or raping our bothers and sisters, I'm thinking that is the time to use as much force as is necessary to stop it. No more than that, mind you, but certainly enough.


Its not necessarily an issue of necessity rather one of efficacy.  I know the symbolic value of "going up against a tank with a shank for what you believe" but on the real, it becomes suicide, and as much as romance is nice, there is no dignity in any kind of death, noble and heroic or tragic and  painful.  I am not sure that if Syriac Christians begin taking up arms that this will solve our problems in the communities there, it may actually provoke further hostilities, antagonism, and violence.  I do not support, condone, or exonerate the raping, beating, or killing of ANY Syrians, be they Muslim, Christian, or otherwise, however, we have to be careful how much we get caught up and we have to very careful straddle the line between "self-defense" and "eye-for-an-eye" and in a warzone such shades of grey are hard to distinguish.  As Christians, we perhaps can find a more effective mechanism then simply joining up the fighting and choosing one side or another.  This why my lamentation is not that Syriac Christians are now arming themselves and forming community-oriented militias, rather, that is has gotten to be so drastically necessary in the first place.  That being said, if Christians are armed at this point, let us as their fellow Christian brethren not support an open-ended policy on this arming, rather, let us pray and works towards eventual conditions which support disarmament and peace.  We couldn't kill our way out of this one even if we wanted to, and I am reasonably sure that we don't Wink

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They have a choice.  They can die fighting or they can just die.
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« Reply #56 on: September 19, 2012, 07:17:53 PM »

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They have a choice.  They can die fighting or they can just die.

That is simply not true, but thanks for the entirely fear based analysis  Embarrassed

How much as brute force and military action quelled the violence in Iraq exactly?


I think you're reading something into my post that isn't actually there. I'm not advocating brute force, I'm saying that the Christians seem to have decided, knowing the forces that are against them, that they must fight to stay in Syria, rather than join the already considerable diaspora of Syrian Christians. I don't think that is something I can judge, but I think that given the reality on the ground as it is, it is naive to say that cooler heads will prevail. They didn't prevail in Iraq, they didn't prevail in Egypt, etc. Anywhere where the Islamists move in, they generally do not prevail. May God make Syria the exception, through the prayers of the saints and the martyrs.

The brute force I was referring to was not necessarily the newly armed Christian militias, but rather the policies of Christians be it in Syria, Egypt, or Iraq to in the past rely upon the brute force and violence of Caudillo strong men like Mubarek, Hussein, and Assad to assure security.  As I have said, all the eruptions of violence have demonstrated effectively that this strategy did not stop violence, it was only temporarily preventing it until it could boil over so hotly beyond containment through force.  Christians have a choice to make in the future, to fall back on the strategies we've been depending on for the past 30 odd years of relying upon authoritarian governments to use military force to protect our interests as a community (which have seemingly only served in the long run to actually further alienate us from the local and regional community and appear as in cahoots with dictatorships) or to try for a new strategy which relies less on force and more on community outreach and negotiating.  After all, the day to day relations between Christians and Muslims in Syria was not maintained solely by a police-state, but social concessions on the street-level between citizens and neighbors.  Muslims, even if begrudgingly, accepted us as neighbors, which is demonstrated by the acts of solidarity between Muslim and Christians which we have seen in Egypt.  Most Muslims are not inherently in favor of violence against Christians, but if we support folks who are inherently violent against political dissent, then we only stir up further provocations and hostilities down the road.  I do not pretend to have the current solution in hand, instead I am merely trying to reiterate the obvious, that the violence we've seen in the past 10 years against Christians in the Middle East reflects the absolute failures of our previous and current strategies, and so we very obviously need to try something new in a different direction  Undecided

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They have a choice.  They can die fighting or they can just die.

That is simply not true, but thanks for the entirely fear based analysis  Embarrassed
  
It certainly is true, unless you take into account they may fight and win, but I don't think that is where you were headed.  Are you ignoring they have already been killed while NOT fighting back?  Thanks for the entirely naive based analysis.
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« Reply #58 on: September 19, 2012, 09:49:40 PM »

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It certainly is true, unless you take into account they may fight and win, but I don't think that is where you were headed.  Are you ignoring they have already been killed while NOT fighting back?  Thanks for the entirely naive based analysis.

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No, I just understand the logistics that if you are severely outnumbered and outgunned perhaps getting into shoot outs is not the most efficacious situation Sad

If we arm ourselves to defend ourselves that is one thing, if we start fighting in the forward operational sense, that would be suicide, and would risk even MORE Christian lives then it could ever possibly save. I am not being facetious or casual here, rather life and death serious. As I've express on the gun threads here, people who carry weapons make me very nervous because often they are not as concerned with the after effects on those people who are not armed.

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Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!



It certainly is true, unless you take into account they may fight and win, but I don't think that is where you were headed.  Are you ignoring they have already been killed while NOT fighting back?  Thanks for the entirely naive based analysis.

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No, I just understand the logistics that if you are severely outnumbered and outgunned perhaps getting into shoot outs is not the most efficacious situation Sad

If we arm ourselves to defend ourselves that is one thing, if we start fighting in the forward operational sense, that would be suicide, and would risk even MORE Christian lives then it could ever possibly save. I am not being facetious or casual here, rather life and death serious. As I've express on the gun threads here, people who carry weapons make me very nervous because often they are not as concerned with the after effects on those people who are not armed.

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It sounds as if you do not understand survival.  Most people in the world aren't wired to roll over and let someone kill them.  Because a few are doesn't make the rest of them wrong.  God has used his people to fight a number of times.  Who is to say this isn't one of those times?  There is a such thing as a last resort.
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« Reply #60 on: September 20, 2012, 07:36:51 AM »

 Christians have a choice to make in the future, to fall back on the strategies we've been depending on for the pastyea 30 odd years rs of relying upon authoritarian governments to use military force to protect our interests as a community (which have seemingly only served in the long run to actually further alienate us from the local and regional community and appear as in cahoots with dictatorships) or to try for a new strategy which relies less on force and more on community outreach and negotiating

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30 years? They have had little choice but to try to survive for over 1300 years under varying poltical systems within a culture of an implicitly hostile religion (fortunately most everyday people never lived up to its ultimate conclusions).
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It certainly is true, unless you take into account they may fight and win, but I don't think that is where you were headed.  Are you ignoring they have already been killed while NOT fighting back?  Thanks for the entirely naive based analysis.

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Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace
Luke 14:31-31

No, I just understand the logistics that if you are severely outnumbered and outgunned perhaps getting into shoot outs is not the most efficacious situation Sad

If we arm ourselves to defend ourselves that is one thing, if we start fighting in the forward operational sense, that would be suicide, and would risk even MORE Christian lives then it could ever possibly save. I am not being facetious or casual here, rather life and death serious. As I've express on the gun threads here, people who carry weapons make me very nervous because often they are not as concerned with the after effects on those people who are not armed.

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It sounds as if you do not understand survival.  Most people in the world aren't wired to roll over and let someone kill them.  Because a few are doesn't make the rest of them wrong.  God has used his people to fight a number of times.  Who is to say this isn't one of those times?  There is a such thing as a last resort.

Isn't it wonderful that so many Christians have not fallen prey to the naivete of Our Lord, Who rolled over and let His enemies kill Him.


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« Reply #62 on: September 20, 2012, 07:48:19 AM »

Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

And are not all human beings icons of Christ?

Would icons of Christ be shooting at me and my family?

Ok then, these are not icons of Christ but icons of another master.

Please show me anywhere in the gospels where Our Lord told us who we should kill and who we should forgive. I don't see any advocacy of violence in "Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, and turn the other cheek." But perhaps such words were some sort of parable that actually masked a violent revolutionary message that Our Lord really came to promote. But since the Church has not interpreted His message as one of violent revolution, then neither will I.

What did Jesus say to Peter after Peter drew a sword at Gethsemane?  Did He say "Peter, what the heck are you doing carrying a sword? And how is it that I happened not to notice that you had one?"

No, He said "Now is not the time." Because he could have summoned a legion of angels to stop the soldiers if He wanted.

Now when it comes to us, witnessing someone killing or raping our bothers and sisters, I'm thinking that is the time to use as much force as is necessary to stop it. No more than that, mind you, but certainly enough.


Its not necessarily an issue of necessity rather one of efficacy.  I know the symbolic value of "going up against a tank with a shank for what you believe" but on the real, it becomes suicide, and as much as romance is nice, there is no dignity in any kind of death, noble and heroic or tragic and  painful.  I am not sure that if Syriac Christians begin taking up arms that this will solve our problems in the communities there, it may actually provoke further hostilities, antagonism, and violence.  I do not support, condone, or exonerate the raping, beating, or killing of ANY Syrians, be they Muslim, Christian, or otherwise, however, we have to be careful how much we get caught up and we have to very careful straddle the line between "self-defense" and "eye-for-an-eye" and in a warzone such shades of grey are hard to distinguish.  As Christians, we perhaps can find a more effective mechanism then simply joining up the fighting and choosing one side or another.  This why my lamentation is not that Syriac Christians are now arming themselves and forming community-oriented militias, rather, that is has gotten to be so drastically necessary in the first place.  That being said, if Christians are armed at this point, let us as their fellow Christian brethren not support an open-ended policy on this arming, rather, let us pray and works towards eventual conditions which support disarmament and peace.  We couldn't kill our way out of this one even if we wanted to, and I am reasonably sure that we don't Wink

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They have a choice.  They can die fighting or they can just die.

St. Moses the Ethiopian faced the same choice. He chose not to kill. And in choosing not to kill, he actually saved his soul. I choose to follow his example, and more importantly, the example of Our Lord.

"Lord have mercy."


Selam
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« Reply #63 on: September 20, 2012, 07:49:22 AM »

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Syria as a whole is not as bigoted as the extremist who have hijacked the narrative, and when the fighting diminishes more rational voices will regain dominance

Just like what happened in Iraq, right? Oh, wait...

Habte, I'm sorry my friend, but the course of the "Arab Spring" in all the Muslim-majority countries so far has shown that what you have written here is really not realistic. I have Tunisian friends who are as pragmatic, peaceful, and friendly as they come (or else they wouldn't be my friends, I'm sure), but they tell me that now, they can't imagine going back. Ever. I've heard the same thing from Iraqi friends of mine (both Christian and non). With all the blood shed taking over these places, the Islamists will not give up their new powers for anything, and certainly not in negotiations with Christians and other minorities who they naturally think they are beneath them. But don't take my word or my friends' words for it. Listen to what the Salafi sheikhs themselves have to say about it instead. That is what the Christians are fighting against, because that is what they have to look forward to when Asaad falls. It's not pretty.

How much as brute force and military action quelled the violence in Iraq exactly? If anything, I fear you've only proven my point all the more about relying upon authoritarian Caudillos for our security. Security by force is only temporary, and what is worse, it only further provokes antagonism rather then stopping it. Did Saddam Hussein really benefit Iraqi Catholics by divide-and-conquer pinning the against other sectarian groups in Iraqi society? No, rather he made the arbitrary distinctions evolve into concrete divisions in civil society. As we've seen from this Arab Spring, folks have been waiting for decades to vent their frustrations with the authoritarian regimes that have controlled their countries.  While it is ugly, we have to understand that we have to explore new models and strategies for success, the policies of the past several years clearly didn't work, otherwise we wouldn't be having an extended Arab Spring in the first place.  All these uprisings and violence is a symbol of the collective discontent which has finally boiled over, and much like boiling water, trying to condense it by force will only increase the pressure, not decrease it Sad

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Saddam and his fellow strong men across the region were hardly stupid men. They fully understood the tribal nature underlying the cultures and history of their 'nations' - mostly paper creations made by the west following Versailles and the end of the first war- and they exploited that history, with all of the blood feuds and jealousies inherent therein, in order to maintain power. Now that being said, one could argue that a century's worth of western miscalculation about the nature of those societies, the ability of 'democracy' as we understand it in the Greaco-Roman-Anglo context and capitalism to quickly transform those societies resulted in the stagnation in the development of a more modern sense of 'civitas' in the post world war two era. (Just to poke those of you who would think that this is unique to the mideast, I remind you of the false nations drawn onto the map of Europe following Versailles as well - one imploded with deadly consequences (Yugoslavia) while another (Czechoslovkia) failed as a state as well being at the vortex of the second world war and finally peacefully dissolving upon the lessening of the hand of political occupation by the Soviets.)

I think that the idealistic neo-Wilsonians who were the backbone of the so-called neo-conservatives could not get past the belief as first articulated in the west by Wilson that the grafting of our values onto that part of the world , coupled with selective military interventions, would somehow transform it more quickly and with less pain and suffering than the west itself endured as it transformed itself from a feudal, tribal set of competing cultures through the industrial revolution into our modern world. Frankly, if oil hadn't been so essential to the 20th century, I wonder if the west would have cared at all about Islam and that region.

Anyway, as the Bible tells us there is a time for war and a time for peace, and in the end it is the peacemakers who are blessed. Let us pray for all of the innocents caught in the maelstrom.
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Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!



It certainly is true, unless you take into account they may fight and win, but I don't think that is where you were headed.  Are you ignoring they have already been killed while NOT fighting back?  Thanks for the entirely naive based analysis.

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Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace
Luke 14:31-31

No, I just understand the logistics that if you are severely outnumbered and outgunned perhaps getting into shoot outs is not the most efficacious situation Sad

If we arm ourselves to defend ourselves that is one thing, if we start fighting in the forward operational sense, that would be suicide, and would risk even MORE Christian lives then it could ever possibly save. I am not being facetious or casual here, rather life and death serious. As I've express on the gun threads here, people who carry weapons make me very nervous because often they are not as concerned with the after effects on those people who are not armed.

stay blessed,
habte selassie
It sounds as if you do not understand survival.  Most people in the world aren't wired to roll over and let someone kill them.  Because a few are doesn't make the rest of them wrong.  God has used his people to fight a number of times.  Who is to say this isn't one of those times?  There is a such thing as a last resort.

Isn't it wonderful that so many Christians have not fallen prey to the naivete of Our Lord, Who rolled over and let His enemies kill Him.


Selam
Which was the entire purpose of His being here.  Different situation entirely. 
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Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

And are not all human beings icons of Christ?

Would icons of Christ be shooting at me and my family?

Ok then, these are not icons of Christ but icons of another master.

Please show me anywhere in the gospels where Our Lord told us who we should kill and who we should forgive. I don't see any advocacy of violence in "Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, and turn the other cheek." But perhaps such words were some sort of parable that actually masked a violent revolutionary message that Our Lord really came to promote. But since the Church has not interpreted His message as one of violent revolution, then neither will I.

What did Jesus say to Peter after Peter drew a sword at Gethsemane?  Did He say "Peter, what the heck are you doing carrying a sword? And how is it that I happened not to notice that you had one?"

No, He said "Now is not the time." Because he could have summoned a legion of angels to stop the soldiers if He wanted.

Now when it comes to us, witnessing someone killing or raping our bothers and sisters, I'm thinking that is the time to use as much force as is necessary to stop it. No more than that, mind you, but certainly enough.


Its not necessarily an issue of necessity rather one of efficacy.  I know the symbolic value of "going up against a tank with a shank for what you believe" but on the real, it becomes suicide, and as much as romance is nice, there is no dignity in any kind of death, noble and heroic or tragic and  painful.  I am not sure that if Syriac Christians begin taking up arms that this will solve our problems in the communities there, it may actually provoke further hostilities, antagonism, and violence.  I do not support, condone, or exonerate the raping, beating, or killing of ANY Syrians, be they Muslim, Christian, or otherwise, however, we have to be careful how much we get caught up and we have to very careful straddle the line between "self-defense" and "eye-for-an-eye" and in a warzone such shades of grey are hard to distinguish.  As Christians, we perhaps can find a more effective mechanism then simply joining up the fighting and choosing one side or another.  This why my lamentation is not that Syriac Christians are now arming themselves and forming community-oriented militias, rather, that is has gotten to be so drastically necessary in the first place.  That being said, if Christians are armed at this point, let us as their fellow Christian brethren not support an open-ended policy on this arming, rather, let us pray and works towards eventual conditions which support disarmament and peace.  We couldn't kill our way out of this one even if we wanted to, and I am reasonably sure that we don't Wink

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They have a choice.  They can die fighting or they can just die.

St. Moses the Ethiopian faced the same choice. He chose not to kill. And in choosing not to kill, he actually saved his soul. I choose to follow his example, and more importantly, the example of Our Lord.

"Lord have mercy."


Selam

And that is ok.  I respect that choice completely.  Let's also respect the choice others have made to defend their families.
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St. Moses the Ethiopian faced the same choice. He chose not to kill. And in choosing not to kill, he actually saved his soul. I choose to follow his example, and more importantly, the example of Our Lord.

"Lord have mercy."


Selam

I too heard his story also and also agree
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...we have to be careful how much we get caught up and we have to very careful straddle the line between "self-defense" and "eye-for-an-eye" and in a warzone such shades of grey are hard to distinguish.

When you engage a target that is attempting to kill or rape another person, if you stop shooting when the stop their attack, that's self defense. If you keep shooting, that's "eye for an eye."

BTW, if they point their weapon at you, they have not stopped their attack.
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« Reply #68 on: September 20, 2012, 12:05:41 PM »

Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!



It certainly is true, unless you take into account they may fight and win, but I don't think that is where you were headed.  Are you ignoring they have already been killed while NOT fighting back?  Thanks for the entirely naive based analysis.

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Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace
Luke 14:31-31

No, I just understand the logistics that if you are severely outnumbered and outgunned perhaps getting into shoot outs is not the most efficacious situation Sad

If we arm ourselves to defend ourselves that is one thing, if we start fighting in the forward operational sense, that would be suicide, and would risk even MORE Christian lives then it could ever possibly save. I am not being facetious or casual here, rather life and death serious. As I've express on the gun threads here, people who carry weapons make me very nervous because often they are not as concerned with the after effects on those people who are not armed.

stay blessed,
habte selassie
It sounds as if you do not understand survival.  Most people in the world aren't wired to roll over and let someone kill them.  Because a few are doesn't make the rest of them wrong.  God has used his people to fight a number of times.  Who is to say this isn't one of those times?  There is a such thing as a last resort.

Isn't it wonderful that so many Christians have not fallen prey to the naivete of Our Lord, Who rolled over and let His enemies kill Him.


Selam

Is this attitude typical of non-Chalcedonians?
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There really is no use trying to convince people, and in the end, it doesn't matter.  The people who must actually do the fighting and accept the consequences - they have already made their decision.  They that fight for their people, I ask that God be with them and keep them safe.  Those that are not Christian but all the same defend God's people, may He show his benevolence on them as well.

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this discussion has nothing to do with that...
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« Reply #71 on: September 20, 2012, 01:03:56 PM »

Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

And are not all human beings icons of Christ?

Would icons of Christ be shooting at me and my family?

Ok then, these are not icons of Christ but icons of another master.

Please show me anywhere in the gospels where Our Lord told us who we should kill and who we should forgive. I don't see any advocacy of violence in "Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, and turn the other cheek." But perhaps such words were some sort of parable that actually masked a violent revolutionary message that Our Lord really came to promote. But since the Church has not interpreted His message as one of violent revolution, then neither will I.

What did Jesus say to Peter after Peter drew a sword at Gethsemane?  Did He say "Peter, what the heck are you doing carrying a sword? And how is it that I happened not to notice that you had one?"

No, He said "Now is not the time." Because he could have summoned a legion of angels to stop the soldiers if He wanted.

Now when it comes to us, witnessing someone killing or raping our bothers and sisters, I'm thinking that is the time to use as much force as is necessary to stop it. No more than that, mind you, but certainly enough.


Its not necessarily an issue of necessity rather one of efficacy.  I know the symbolic value of "going up against a tank with a shank for what you believe" but on the real, it becomes suicide, and as much as romance is nice, there is no dignity in any kind of death, noble and heroic or tragic and  painful.  I am not sure that if Syriac Christians begin taking up arms that this will solve our problems in the communities there, it may actually provoke further hostilities, antagonism, and violence.  I do not support, condone, or exonerate the raping, beating, or killing of ANY Syrians, be they Muslim, Christian, or otherwise, however, we have to be careful how much we get caught up and we have to very careful straddle the line between "self-defense" and "eye-for-an-eye" and in a warzone such shades of grey are hard to distinguish.  As Christians, we perhaps can find a more effective mechanism then simply joining up the fighting and choosing one side or another.  This why my lamentation is not that Syriac Christians are now arming themselves and forming community-oriented militias, rather, that is has gotten to be so drastically necessary in the first place.  That being said, if Christians are armed at this point, let us as their fellow Christian brethren not support an open-ended policy on this arming, rather, let us pray and works towards eventual conditions which support disarmament and peace.  We couldn't kill our way out of this one even if we wanted to, and I am reasonably sure that we don't Wink

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They have a choice.  They can die fighting or they can just die.

St. Moses the Ethiopian faced the same choice. He chose not to kill. And in choosing not to kill, he actually saved his soul. I choose to follow his example, and more importantly, the example of Our Lord.

"Lord have mercy."


Selam

Yes & St. Constantine was responsible for the killing of hundreds, if not thousands.  So...
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but as the war moved into the city and spread across its suburbs they have begun to accept weapons from the Syrian army and joined forces with Armenian groups to repel opposition guerrillas.

“Everybody is fighting everybody,” said George, an Armenian Christian from the city.

But Christian militia fighters told the Daily Telegraph it was they who had first attacked the FSA there.
“The FSA were hiding in Farhat Square in Jdeideh. The Church committees stormed in and cleansed the area. Then the Syrian army joined us. They claimed the victory on State television,” said George,

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See, this is hardly "self-defense" and we shouldn't be condoning Christians getting involved in civil war in the forward operation sense.  By taking weapons from the government they've chosen sides, and this is dangerous.  By taking government weapons our people or no longer civilians, they are open combatants and in a war zone that makes them fair game to be targeted Sad  THIS IS PRECISELY WHAT IS DANGEROUS ABOUT ARMING OURSELVES, WE MAKE OURSELVES TARGETS.  If folks were arming themselves to protect themselves that would be one thing, but for folks to form government armed and sanctioned militias to go out and fight? Lord have His mercy, how can we support that?


Saddam and his fellow strong men across the region were hardly stupid men. They fully understood the tribal nature underlying the cultures and history of their 'nations' - mostly paper creations made by the west following Versailles and the end of the first war- and they exploited that history, with all of the blood feuds and jealousies inherent therein, in order to maintain power. Now that being said, one could argue that a century's worth of western miscalculation about the nature of those societies, the ability of 'democracy' as we understand it in the Greaco-Roman-Anglo context and capitalism to quickly transform those societies resulted in the stagnation in the development of a more modern sense of 'civitas' in the post world war two era. (Just to poke those of you who would think that this is unique to the mideast, I remind you of the false nations drawn onto the map of Europe following Versailles as well - one imploded with deadly consequences (Yugoslavia) while another (Czechoslovkia) failed as a state as well being at the vortex of the second world war and finally peacefully dissolving upon the lessening of the hand of political occupation by the Soviets.)

I think that the idealistic neo-Wilsonians who were the backbone of the so-called neo-conservatives could not get past the belief as first articulated in the west by Wilson that the grafting of our values onto that part of the world , coupled with selective military interventions, would somehow transform it more quickly and with less pain and suffering than the west itself endured as it transformed itself from a feudal, tribal set of competing cultures through the industrial revolution into our modern world. Frankly, if oil hadn't been so essential to the 20th century, I wonder if the west would have cared at all about Islam and that region.

Anyway, as the Bible tells us there is a time for war and a time for peace, and in the end it is the peacemakers who are blessed. Let us pray for all of the innocents caught in the maelstrom.


I'm not promoting a George Bush II style Democratization in the Arab world. I study Africa, and her history is parallel with Arab and Middle Eastern countries whose maps were arbitrarily  drawn by Europeans.  Further, I understand that "democracy" in the Western sense is incompatible with the cultures and climates and attitudes of such regions.  Lord have His Mercy, I'm not quite sure its been working out too well in Europe or America either Wink  However, my criticism is the sheer use of pure and lethal force to quell civil unrest and societal variation.  There are more culturally relevant mechanisms of negotiating, community development, and inclusion which can be implemented rather then simply crushing your opponents.  Saddam was not stupid, but he did make many criminal and genocidal evil mistakes, and he is dead and his country is in shambles because of it.  Iraq survived the Iran war, and yet didn't survive its own civil war in the 2000s.  Saddam had held to many pieces of the country together by force, in reality Haile Selassie's Ethiopia was very similar by the 1970s.  However force was no HIM sole objective, as it was with other caudillos we find in the Arab world today. These folks are not just working within a cultural system of war-lords which they inherited, they are playing the game cruelly at that.  We rightfully say you reap what you sow, and if you try to crush your own nation, even if divided they will temporarily unite to crush you.  We as Christians need to then be even smarter about the long arc push and pull factors going on.  We can't side with the strong man with sincere loyalty.  For example, here in Syria we sided with them for years, and it worked out, fine and well, but NOW the situation has changed and we can see that it won't work.  In Egypt it is the same.  No one is saying they like the Brotherhood, but lets not kid ourselves, we didn't really like Saddam or Mubarek or Al-Assad either.  We always knew they were crooks and war-criminals, we just looked the other way for our own security.  These folks no longer provide our security, its time to reevaluate our strategy. This is no philosophical or political matter, this is a pragmatic reality, at this very moment people's live are on the line Sad

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Is this attitude typical of non-Chalcedonians?

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this discussion has nothing to do with that...

I know it's a little off-topic. It's just that I've noticed Gebre and Habte have similar pacifistic or semi-pacifistic attitudes, and I can see how such might develop, given the non-Chalcedonian Church's history, and also how it makes perfect sense that EOs (Byzantines) might not have that attitude. So I wondered if such an attitude is widespread among OOs. That's all.
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« Reply #74 on: September 20, 2012, 03:25:39 PM »

Is this attitude typical of non-Chalcedonians?

 Huh
this discussion has nothing to do with that...

I know it's a little off-topic. It's just that I've noticed Gebre and Habte have similar pacifistic or semi-pacifistic attitudes, and I can see how such might develop, given the non-Chalcedonian Church's history, and also how it makes perfect sense that EOs (Byzantines) might not have that attitude. So I wondered if such an attitude is widespread among OOs. That's all.

Ever read anything Hiwot's written on the subject?  FWIW, I tend to take her views on the subject much more seriously.

I would also be interested to hear Ergib's.  It would be useful information for a theory of mine.
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Is this attitude typical of non-Chalcedonians?

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this discussion has nothing to do with that...

I know it's a little off-topic. It's just that I've noticed Gebre and Habte have similar pacifistic or semi-pacifistic attitudes, and I can see how such might develop, given the non-Chalcedonian Church's history, and also how it makes perfect sense that EOs (Byzantines) might not have that attitude. So I wondered if such an attitude is widespread among OOs. That's all.

I'm OO and I am not entirely in agreement with Habte or Gebre on this (certain aspects, sure, but I would not describe myself as a pacifist). I think you'll find a wide variety of opinions on these matters, just as you would among the EO.
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« Reply #76 on: September 21, 2012, 01:26:42 AM »

Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

And are not all human beings icons of Christ?

Would icons of Christ be shooting at me and my family?

Ok then, these are not icons of Christ but icons of another master.

Please show me anywhere in the gospels where Our Lord told us who we should kill and who we should forgive. I don't see any advocacy of violence in "Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, and turn the other cheek." But perhaps such words were some sort of parable that actually masked a violent revolutionary message that Our Lord really came to promote. But since the Church has not interpreted His message as one of violent revolution, then neither will I.

What did Jesus say to Peter after Peter drew a sword at Gethsemane?  Did He say "Peter, what the heck are you doing carrying a sword? And how is it that I happened not to notice that you had one?"

No, He said "Now is not the time." Because he could have summoned a legion of angels to stop the soldiers if He wanted.

Now when it comes to us, witnessing someone killing or raping our bothers and sisters, I'm thinking that is the time to use as much force as is necessary to stop it. No more than that, mind you, but certainly enough.


Its not necessarily an issue of necessity rather one of efficacy.  I know the symbolic value of "going up against a tank with a shank for what you believe" but on the real, it becomes suicide, and as much as romance is nice, there is no dignity in any kind of death, noble and heroic or tragic and  painful.  I am not sure that if Syriac Christians begin taking up arms that this will solve our problems in the communities there, it may actually provoke further hostilities, antagonism, and violence.  I do not support, condone, or exonerate the raping, beating, or killing of ANY Syrians, be they Muslim, Christian, or otherwise, however, we have to be careful how much we get caught up and we have to very careful straddle the line between "self-defense" and "eye-for-an-eye" and in a warzone such shades of grey are hard to distinguish.  As Christians, we perhaps can find a more effective mechanism then simply joining up the fighting and choosing one side or another.  This why my lamentation is not that Syriac Christians are now arming themselves and forming community-oriented militias, rather, that is has gotten to be so drastically necessary in the first place.  That being said, if Christians are armed at this point, let us as their fellow Christian brethren not support an open-ended policy on this arming, rather, let us pray and works towards eventual conditions which support disarmament and peace.  We couldn't kill our way out of this one even if we wanted to, and I am reasonably sure that we don't Wink

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They have a choice.  They can die fighting or they can just die.

St. Moses the Ethiopian faced the same choice. He chose not to kill. And in choosing not to kill, he actually saved his soul. I choose to follow his example, and more importantly, the example of Our Lord.

"Lord have mercy."


Selam

Yes & St. Constantine was responsible for the killing of hundreds, if not thousands.  So...

St. Constantine is unquestionably a more controversial figure - even amongst Orthodox Christians - than Our Lord or than St. Moses the Ethiopian. I continue to argue that where there is ambiguity, err on the side of Life. For examplem is the embryo a person? I think so. But many think not. I say err on the side of Life. But if you think killing is the more Christian way, then I doubt if anything I can say will convince you otherwise.


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« Reply #77 on: September 21, 2012, 02:11:50 AM »

Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

And are not all human beings icons of Christ?

Would icons of Christ be shooting at me and my family?

Ok then, these are not icons of Christ but icons of another master.

Please show me anywhere in the gospels where Our Lord told us who we should kill and who we should forgive. I don't see any advocacy of violence in "Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, and turn the other cheek." But perhaps such words were some sort of parable that actually masked a violent revolutionary message that Our Lord really came to promote. But since the Church has not interpreted His message as one of violent revolution, then neither will I.

What did Jesus say to Peter after Peter drew a sword at Gethsemane?  Did He say "Peter, what the heck are you doing carrying a sword? And how is it that I happened not to notice that you had one?"

No, He said "Now is not the time." Because he could have summoned a legion of angels to stop the soldiers if He wanted.

Now when it comes to us, witnessing someone killing or raping our bothers and sisters, I'm thinking that is the time to use as much force as is necessary to stop it. No more than that, mind you, but certainly enough.


Its not necessarily an issue of necessity rather one of efficacy.  I know the symbolic value of "going up against a tank with a shank for what you believe" but on the real, it becomes suicide, and as much as romance is nice, there is no dignity in any kind of death, noble and heroic or tragic and  painful.  I am not sure that if Syriac Christians begin taking up arms that this will solve our problems in the communities there, it may actually provoke further hostilities, antagonism, and violence.  I do not support, condone, or exonerate the raping, beating, or killing of ANY Syrians, be they Muslim, Christian, or otherwise, however, we have to be careful how much we get caught up and we have to very careful straddle the line between "self-defense" and "eye-for-an-eye" and in a warzone such shades of grey are hard to distinguish.  As Christians, we perhaps can find a more effective mechanism then simply joining up the fighting and choosing one side or another.  This why my lamentation is not that Syriac Christians are now arming themselves and forming community-oriented militias, rather, that is has gotten to be so drastically necessary in the first place.  That being said, if Christians are armed at this point, let us as their fellow Christian brethren not support an open-ended policy on this arming, rather, let us pray and works towards eventual conditions which support disarmament and peace.  We couldn't kill our way out of this one even if we wanted to, and I am reasonably sure that we don't Wink

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They have a choice.  They can die fighting or they can just die.

St. Moses the Ethiopian faced the same choice. He chose not to kill. And in choosing not to kill, he actually saved his soul. I choose to follow his example, and more importantly, the example of Our Lord.

"Lord have mercy."


Selam

Yes & St. Constantine was responsible for the killing of hundreds, if not thousands.  So...

St. Constantine is unquestionably a more controversial figure - even amongst Orthodox Christians - than Our Lord or than St. Moses the Ethiopian. I continue to argue that where there is ambiguity, err on the side of Life. For examplem is the embryo a person? I think so. But many think not. I say err on the side of Life. But if you think killing is the more Christian way, then I doubt if anything I can say will convince you otherwise.


Selam

How about when there is certainly a death coming, and you can choose whether your enemies or you and your wives and your children will die? Can you turn not just your own cheek, but theirs as well?
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« Reply #79 on: September 21, 2012, 03:56:26 AM »

Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

And are not all human beings icons of Christ?

Would icons of Christ be shooting at me and my family?

Ok then, these are not icons of Christ but icons of another master.

Please show me anywhere in the gospels where Our Lord told us who we should kill and who we should forgive. I don't see any advocacy of violence in "Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, and turn the other cheek." But perhaps such words were some sort of parable that actually masked a violent revolutionary message that Our Lord really came to promote. But since the Church has not interpreted His message as one of violent revolution, then neither will I.

What did Jesus say to Peter after Peter drew a sword at Gethsemane?  Did He say "Peter, what the heck are you doing carrying a sword? And how is it that I happened not to notice that you had one?"

No, He said "Now is not the time." Because he could have summoned a legion of angels to stop the soldiers if He wanted.

Now when it comes to us, witnessing someone killing or raping our bothers and sisters, I'm thinking that is the time to use as much force as is necessary to stop it. No more than that, mind you, but certainly enough.


Its not necessarily an issue of necessity rather one of efficacy.  I know the symbolic value of "going up against a tank with a shank for what you believe" but on the real, it becomes suicide, and as much as romance is nice, there is no dignity in any kind of death, noble and heroic or tragic and  painful.  I am not sure that if Syriac Christians begin taking up arms that this will solve our problems in the communities there, it may actually provoke further hostilities, antagonism, and violence.  I do not support, condone, or exonerate the raping, beating, or killing of ANY Syrians, be they Muslim, Christian, or otherwise, however, we have to be careful how much we get caught up and we have to very careful straddle the line between "self-defense" and "eye-for-an-eye" and in a warzone such shades of grey are hard to distinguish.  As Christians, we perhaps can find a more effective mechanism then simply joining up the fighting and choosing one side or another.  This why my lamentation is not that Syriac Christians are now arming themselves and forming community-oriented militias, rather, that is has gotten to be so drastically necessary in the first place.  That being said, if Christians are armed at this point, let us as their fellow Christian brethren not support an open-ended policy on this arming, rather, let us pray and works towards eventual conditions which support disarmament and peace.  We couldn't kill our way out of this one even if we wanted to, and I am reasonably sure that we don't Wink

stay blessed,
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They have a choice.  They can die fighting or they can just die.

St. Moses the Ethiopian faced the same choice. He chose not to kill. And in choosing not to kill, he actually saved his soul. I choose to follow his example, and more importantly, the example of Our Lord.

"Lord have mercy."


Selam

Yes & St. Constantine was responsible for the killing of hundreds, if not thousands.  So...

St. Constantine is unquestionably a more controversial figure - even amongst Orthodox Christians - than Our Lord or than St. Moses the Ethiopian. I continue to argue that where there is ambiguity, err on the side of Life. For examplem is the embryo a person? I think so. But many think not. I say err on the side of Life. But if you think killing is the more Christian way, then I doubt if anything I can say will convince you otherwise.


Selam

How about when there is certainly a death coming, and you can choose whether your enemies or you and your wives and your children will die? Can you turn not just your own cheek, but theirs as well?

I have repeatedly explained that pacifism is not passive-ism. Of course we should intervene and confront evil, but we should do so with the weapons of the Spirit rather than the weapons of the flesh. And if you accuse pacifists of allowing the innocent to be slaughtered, then you condemn Christ Himself. Certainly Our Lord knew that many of His disciples would be brutally tortured and killed, and certainly He had the power to stop it. But in laying down His own life, He saved the world. So, it's a matter of perspective. Did Christ allow the innocent to be killed, or did Christ save the entire world? Do we analyze situations from a temporal perspective, and thus kill in order to preserve our own lives or the lives of others? Or do we analyze situations from an eternal perspective, and then fight nonviolently with the realization that even if we are killed we will gain eternal life through our martyrdom?


Selam
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Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

And are not all human beings icons of Christ?

Would icons of Christ be shooting at me and my family?

Ok then, these are not icons of Christ but icons of another master.

Please show me anywhere in the gospels where Our Lord told us who we should kill and who we should forgive. I don't see any advocacy of violence in "Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, and turn the other cheek." But perhaps such words were some sort of parable that actually masked a violent revolutionary message that Our Lord really came to promote. But since the Church has not interpreted His message as one of violent revolution, then neither will I.

What did Jesus say to Peter after Peter drew a sword at Gethsemane?  Did He say "Peter, what the heck are you doing carrying a sword? And how is it that I happened not to notice that you had one?"

No, He said "Now is not the time." Because he could have summoned a legion of angels to stop the soldiers if He wanted.

Now when it comes to us, witnessing someone killing or raping our bothers and sisters, I'm thinking that is the time to use as much force as is necessary to stop it. No more than that, mind you, but certainly enough.


Its not necessarily an issue of necessity rather one of efficacy.  I know the symbolic value of "going up against a tank with a shank for what you believe" but on the real, it becomes suicide, and as much as romance is nice, there is no dignity in any kind of death, noble and heroic or tragic and  painful.  I am not sure that if Syriac Christians begin taking up arms that this will solve our problems in the communities there, it may actually provoke further hostilities, antagonism, and violence.  I do not support, condone, or exonerate the raping, beating, or killing of ANY Syrians, be they Muslim, Christian, or otherwise, however, we have to be careful how much we get caught up and we have to very careful straddle the line between "self-defense" and "eye-for-an-eye" and in a warzone such shades of grey are hard to distinguish.  As Christians, we perhaps can find a more effective mechanism then simply joining up the fighting and choosing one side or another.  This why my lamentation is not that Syriac Christians are now arming themselves and forming community-oriented militias, rather, that is has gotten to be so drastically necessary in the first place.  That being said, if Christians are armed at this point, let us as their fellow Christian brethren not support an open-ended policy on this arming, rather, let us pray and works towards eventual conditions which support disarmament and peace.  We couldn't kill our way out of this one even if we wanted to, and I am reasonably sure that we don't Wink

stay blessed,
habte selassie
They have a choice.  They can die fighting or they can just die.

St. Moses the Ethiopian faced the same choice. He chose not to kill. And in choosing not to kill, he actually saved his soul. I choose to follow his example, and more importantly, the example of Our Lord.

"Lord have mercy."


Selam

Yes & St. Constantine was responsible for the killing of hundreds, if not thousands.  So...

St. Constantine is unquestionably a more controversial figure - even amongst Orthodox Christians - than Our Lord or than St. Moses the Ethiopian. I continue to argue that where there is ambiguity, err on the side of Life. For examplem is the embryo a person? I think so. But many think not. I say err on the side of Life. But if you think killing is the more Christian way, then I doubt if anything I can say will convince you otherwise.


Selam

How about when there is certainly a death coming, and you can choose whether your enemies or you and your wives and your children will die? Can you turn not just your own cheek, but theirs as well?

I have repeatedly explained that pacifism is not passive-ism. Of course we should intervene and confront evil, but we should do so with the weapons of the Spirit rather than the weapons of the flesh. And if you accuse pacifists of allowing the innocent to be slaughtered, then you condemn Christ Himself. Certainly Our Lord knew that many of His disciples would be brutally tortured and killed, and certainly He had the power to stop it. But in laying down His own life, He saved the world. So, it's a matter of perspective. Did Christ allow the innocent to be killed, or did Christ save the entire world? Do we analyze situations from a temporal perspective, and thus kill in order to preserve our own lives or the lives of others? Or do we analyze situations from an eternal perspective, and then fight nonviolently with the realization that even if we are killed we will gain eternal life through our martyrdom?


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That's cool, so long as I can feed the poor with food of the spirit as well.  Next time a beggar comes up to me I shall tell him 'Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled!'  I'll keep my money for myself.

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« Reply #81 on: September 21, 2012, 03:58:15 PM »

Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

And are not all human beings icons of Christ?

Would icons of Christ be shooting at me and my family?

Ok then, these are not icons of Christ but icons of another master.

Please show me anywhere in the gospels where Our Lord told us who we should kill and who we should forgive. I don't see any advocacy of violence in "Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, and turn the other cheek." But perhaps such words were some sort of parable that actually masked a violent revolutionary message that Our Lord really came to promote. But since the Church has not interpreted His message as one of violent revolution, then neither will I.

What did Jesus say to Peter after Peter drew a sword at Gethsemane?  Did He say "Peter, what the heck are you doing carrying a sword? And how is it that I happened not to notice that you had one?"

No, He said "Now is not the time." Because he could have summoned a legion of angels to stop the soldiers if He wanted.

Now when it comes to us, witnessing someone killing or raping our bothers and sisters, I'm thinking that is the time to use as much force as is necessary to stop it. No more than that, mind you, but certainly enough.


Its not necessarily an issue of necessity rather one of efficacy.  I know the symbolic value of "going up against a tank with a shank for what you believe" but on the real, it becomes suicide, and as much as romance is nice, there is no dignity in any kind of death, noble and heroic or tragic and  painful.  I am not sure that if Syriac Christians begin taking up arms that this will solve our problems in the communities there, it may actually provoke further hostilities, antagonism, and violence.  I do not support, condone, or exonerate the raping, beating, or killing of ANY Syrians, be they Muslim, Christian, or otherwise, however, we have to be careful how much we get caught up and we have to very careful straddle the line between "self-defense" and "eye-for-an-eye" and in a warzone such shades of grey are hard to distinguish.  As Christians, we perhaps can find a more effective mechanism then simply joining up the fighting and choosing one side or another.  This why my lamentation is not that Syriac Christians are now arming themselves and forming community-oriented militias, rather, that is has gotten to be so drastically necessary in the first place.  That being said, if Christians are armed at this point, let us as their fellow Christian brethren not support an open-ended policy on this arming, rather, let us pray and works towards eventual conditions which support disarmament and peace.  We couldn't kill our way out of this one even if we wanted to, and I am reasonably sure that we don't Wink

stay blessed,
habte selassie
They have a choice.  They can die fighting or they can just die.

St. Moses the Ethiopian faced the same choice. He chose not to kill. And in choosing not to kill, he actually saved his soul. I choose to follow his example, and more importantly, the example of Our Lord.

"Lord have mercy."


Selam

Yes & St. Constantine was responsible for the killing of hundreds, if not thousands.  So...

St. Constantine is unquestionably a more controversial figure - even amongst Orthodox Christians - than Our Lord or than St. Moses the Ethiopian. I continue to argue that where there is ambiguity, err on the side of Life. For examplem is the embryo a person? I think so. But many think not. I say err on the side of Life. But if you think killing is the more Christian way, then I doubt if anything I can say will convince you otherwise.


Selam

Absolutely!  But we have to be holistic in our thinking, not protestant & only think about the things that agree with us & our POV.  For example, the issue you brought up has a very healthy Orthodox response, that happens to be this sunday on the church calendar:  the Conception of St. John the Baptist.  We celebrate life from the POINT OF CONCEPTION, both for Christ (Annunciation), and the Virgin Mary, and St. John.  That's looking at the issue holistically. 

St. Constantine was glorified because he repented.  Other saints were glorified b/c they were martyred.  Others because they were confessors, others because they were righteous.  Shows that grace & holiness can be found in any walk of life, including that of a killer.  Doesn't mean that's the prefered way to do things, it just means that our Orthodox ethos has to be holistic & take into account the entire faith.  not just the parts we agree with. 
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I have repeatedly explained that pacifism is not passive-ism. Of course we should intervene and confront evil, but we should do so with the weapons of the Spirit rather than the weapons of the flesh. And if you accuse pacifists of allowing the innocent to be slaughtered, then you condemn Christ Himself. Certainly Our Lord knew that many of His disciples would be brutally tortured and killed, and certainly He had the power to stop it. But in laying down His own life, He saved the world. So, it's a matter of perspective. Did Christ allow the innocent to be killed, or did Christ save the entire world? Do we analyze situations from a temporal perspective, and thus kill in order to preserve our own lives or the lives of others? Or do we analyze situations from an eternal perspective, and then fight nonviolently with the realization that even if we are killed we will gain eternal life through our martyrdom?


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Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!



I have repeatedly explained that pacifism is not passive-ism. Of course we should intervene and confront evil, but we should do so with the weapons of the Spirit rather than the weapons of the flesh. And if you accuse pacifists of allowing the innocent to be slaughtered, then you condemn Christ Himself. Certainly Our Lord knew that many of His disciples would be brutally tortured and killed, and certainly He had the power to stop it. But in laying down His own life, He saved the world. So, it's a matter of perspective. Did Christ allow the innocent to be killed, or did Christ save the entire world? Do we analyze situations from a temporal perspective, and thus kill in order to preserve our own lives or the lives of others? Or do we analyze situations from an eternal perspective, and then fight nonviolently with the realization that even if we are killed we will gain eternal life through our martyrdom?


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It's an easy thing to say when you are not going to suffer the consequences of this choice.  When you both have suffered what many Christians in the Middle East have then I will take you seriously.  All I know is that I never want to see anything happen to my close friends and family that has happened to these people.  You can mock me for bravado if you want (just be prepared to accept my countercharge of cowardice) but I love those close to me and I would rather die a dozen deaths than see anything happen to them (or better yet, a dozen demoniacs die!)  I'm sure there are many Syrians that feel the same way, I only wish that God had granted them the blessing of safety that He has me.  Since He chose not to, I will never judge them for the decisions they have made.  Lord have mercy on them.
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« Reply #84 on: September 21, 2012, 05:04:21 PM »

Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!



It's an easy thing to say when you are not going to suffer the consequences of this choice.  When you both have suffered what many Christians in the Middle East have then I will take you seriously.  All I know is that I never want to see anything happen to my close friends and family that has happened to these people.  You can mock me for bravado if you want (just be prepared to accept my countercharge of cowardice) but I love those close to me and I would rather die a dozen deaths than see anything happen to them (or better yet, a dozen demoniacs die!)  I'm sure there are many Syrians that feel the same way, I only wish that God had granted them the blessing of safety that He has me.  Since He chose not to, I will never judge them for the decisions they have made.  Lord have mercy on them.

Its easy for you assume that folks like myself have never faced life and death situations, that folks like myself have never had to worry about the safety of their friends and family from the dangers of violence.  However, in this instance, you'd be wrong.  When you have buried your relatives and friends to gun violence, when folks that attend Church with you still have bullets in their bodies from violence, perhaps YOU may understand why folks like GMK and myself are so reluctant to support violence.  That being said, it is PRECISELY from my own direct and personal experience with gun violence in my life that I found my relationship with God, which is what brought me to Orthodox Church, which is what made me come to realize that prayer beads are more powerful that weapons, and while it is not a black-white issue, we have to at least believe in our ideals to our last breath, so that if we do succumb to having to defend ourselves with violence, it is truly a matter of last resort and penultimate regret Sad

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I'm Ok with people who can't fight back, I've fought for then before.  Just don't get in my way and slow me down during my counter charge and don't talk bad about me when I save your life. I don't ask for thanks, but a little gratitude is always nice.
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« Reply #86 on: September 21, 2012, 08:54:08 PM »

Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

I'm Ok with people who can't fight back, I've fought for then before.  Just don't get in my way and slow me down during my counter charge and don't talk bad about me when I save your life. I don't ask for thanks, but a little gratitude is always nice.

..and if because of you somebody close to us gets hurt or killed should I also be so grateful?

Lord have His mercy!

If Syrian Christians want to militarily support their government than they should join the military, not form street guerrilla militias that are glorified street gangs and run around conducting dangerous forward military operations (that is hardly self-defense is it?) while putting the entire community at risk.  Call me old fashioned, but even in civil war I'd prefer to let the professionals do all the fighting Sad


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Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

I'm Ok with people who can't fight back, I've fought for then before.  Just don't get in my way and slow me down during my counter charge and don't talk bad about me when I save your life. I don't ask for thanks, but a little gratitude is always nice.

..and if because of you somebody close to us gets hurt or killed should I also be so grateful?

Lord have His mercy!

If Syrian Christians want to militarily support their government than they should join the military, not form street guerrilla militias that are glorified street gangs and run around conducting dangerous forward military operations (that is hardly self-defense is it?) while putting the entire community at risk.  Call me old fashioned, but even in civil war I'd prefer to let the professionals do all the fighting Sad


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habte selassie

Like I said, just stay out of the way. 

Cause and effect is something I strongly recommend you look into.  It's not effect and cause.
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« Reply #88 on: September 22, 2012, 02:21:23 AM »

Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

I'm Ok with people who can't fight back, I've fought for then before.  Just don't get in my way and slow me down during my counter charge and don't talk bad about me when I save your life. I don't ask for thanks, but a little gratitude is always nice.

..and if because of you somebody close to us gets hurt or killed should I also be so grateful?

Lord have His mercy!

If Syrian Christians want to militarily support their government than they should join the military, not form street guerrilla militias that are glorified street gangs and run around conducting dangerous forward military operations (that is hardly self-defense is it?) while putting the entire community at risk.  Call me old fashioned, but even in civil war I'd prefer to let the professionals do all the fighting Sad


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I forgot to mention I wouldn't call you old fashioned.  For centuries, common folk fought alongside their respective military or even against It.  That would be old fashioned.  And why wouldn't they?  The community is already at risk.  Think about the phrase "civil war" and tell me which part does NOT refer to professionals.  The civil part, so in a sense, it's not just professional soldiers fighting. 
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« Reply #89 on: September 22, 2012, 10:05:59 AM »

Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

I'm Ok with people who can't fight back, I've fought for then before.  Just don't get in my way and slow me down during my counter charge and don't talk bad about me when I save your life. I don't ask for thanks, but a little gratitude is always nice.

..and if because of you somebody close to us gets hurt or killed should I also be so grateful?

Lord have His mercy!

If Syrian Christians want to militarily support their government than they should join the military, not form street guerrilla militias that are glorified street gangs and run around conducting dangerous forward military operations (that is hardly self-defense is it?) while putting the entire community at risk.  Call me old fashioned, but even in civil war I'd prefer to let the professionals do all the fighting Sad


stay blessed,
habte selassie
I forgot to mention I wouldn't call you old fashioned.  For centuries, common folk fought alongside their respective military or even against It.  That would be old fashioned.  And why wouldn't they?  The community is already at risk.  Think about the phrase "civil war" and tell me which part does NOT refer to professionals.  The civil part, so in a sense, it's not just professional soldiers fighting. 

For centuries common folk fought alongside their nation's armies, and really, if you think about it all a conscript is is a commoner called a professional and given the weapons thereof.  So you are right, not old fashioned.

If you read anything about the future of modern warfare, 4th Generation Warfare, so will notice the efficiency of insurgencies.  I can think of very few professional armies run by the nation-state which have been successful against insurgencies in the long run.  War is changing and until a new technology revolutionizes warfare again the globalized 'tribal' militia is adapting the fastest to the changes.

So if someone isn't old fashioned or forward thinking there is another word for this.  Wrong.

Habte, I encourage you to read as much William Lind and John Robb as possible.  I challenge you to drop the ideology and look at this logically.  I think you will see that the Syrian Christians are doing the only prudent thing.  (Oh, and the best defense is a strong offense.  This is especially true in 4th Generation Warfare.  This is called 'getting within someone's OODA loop.  You will learn about this if not in Lind than certainly in Robb.)
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