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Modern religious wars
Some picture of the crusader war
Religious wars are scary
Welcome to our article (85) Modern religious wars
Dear readers, I have made this observation, today the world seems to go crazy again, some people behave as if we live in the Middle Ages. So, (even I) I am writing articles that may not belong to this site, you see, I am going out of my way, and instead of writing about God and religions as usual, in this mostly religious site, I am writing this article about these modern wars in the Middle East; anyhow, I hope you can see, that I am writing this article, because what is happening involve religions, as well as other things that these people that wage war want.
Yes, it is always the same, when people want something, or they are not happy, about what they are entitled to in the current system they rebel, in extreme cases they make war. Whether they are doing it for the right reason it would be hard to say, because there are always two sides to consider, so, it all depends from the point of view of the side you are on. But one thing is for sure, whatever happens, there will always be a losing side and they will not be happy about it, things become even worse, when these wars involves religions, so, let us look briefly what could happen, and what has happened in the past, like the crusaders, just to mention something similar.
Here under is a quote when it started; we could say it lasted for about two hundred years and achieved nothing at all, or not much, but there were many deaths on both sides.
(The Crusades were military campaigns sanctioned by the Latin Roman Catholic Church during the High Middle Ages and Late Middle Ages. In 1095 Pope Urban II proclaimed the First Crusade with the stated goal of restoring Christian access to holy places in and near Jerusalem.)
So, we could say that, whenever there are wars, or any other violent acts that involves religions, the outcome is not that good, a lot of people are going to die for no fault of their own, because they become involved just because they belong to a religious group. History is full of many happenings, just to mention a few that brought many deaths and sorrow to the people of this world, so, they are historically important, we could mention, the Martyrs in the Roman times, the Crusaders, and the Inquisition, they all had something to do with religions, and today when we look at these events, we think that they were barbaric and carried out for the wrong reasons. So, when religion is involved in wars and other violent act, it is very scary and very complex, to understand what is going on, because people become confused. Anyhow, now let us see what is happening these days in the Middle East.
The American aircraft
The Iraq religious wars
Let us look at the Iraqi case, we need to say, that all the wars are bad for any society and should be avoided whenever possible, but when wars involve also religions, they usually become the worst wars of them all, and so, may God of the universe, if a god exist, show mercy to all humanity, and in its own strange ways put an end to these religious wars?
We who believe in God and religious beliefs need to pray God earnestly, in the hope that God would help to put an end to these wars.
Yes, you heard it right today there are still wars in the world that involve religious beliefs, some of these wars are very cruel, and some of them threaten genocide to those people that don’t belong to their own religions.
This could not and should not be accepted, from the world religious communities and other people as well, so, everybody should make an effort and react in some ways, in the hope that our collective effort, would save those people that are in danger of losing everything including their lives.
So, apart praying God and wishing that these war’s end, what else could the rest of the world do to minimise the loss of life one may ask?
As we were saying, today the world faces many problems that are hard to solve, some are more urgent than the others, but the greatest problem is the loss of life of innocent people; so, the entire world should come together and help those people in need, especially when they are in danger of their lives, I hope you see what I mean. Now, let us see if the world does anything.
Well done America! This is how the western world likes to see you; we all like to see you as the defender of the weak, and you did just that!
Because, today finally a voice has been heard, that will take the part and help those that are weak; the mighty America has spoken and will come to defend those religious minorities in danger, so, there is some hope for those that are oppressed, and in danger of their lives. Here I would have liked to say my own views about America, but I am going to come back to that later on, because we need to say first what the American president had to say, therefore here-under is how the internet news reported president Obama and I quote:
(Mr Obama rose to political prominence opposing the Iraq war and took the presidency vowing to end it. He also resisted intervening militarily as the Syrian conflict spun out of control, and into the hands of Islamist militants.
The difference now, he suggested, was a looming “genocide” as members of the Kurdish Yazidi religious minority fled to Mount Sinjar amid threats from Islamic State militants to exterminate them.
The president said:
“They’re without food, they’re without water,” he said. “People are starving and children are dying of thirst. These innocent families are faced with a horrible choice: descend the mountain and be slaughtered, or stay and slowly die of thirst and hunger ...
“When we have the unique capabilities to help avert a massacre, then I believe the United States of America cannot turn a blind eye.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/us-begins-air-strikes-in-iraq-after-obama-authorised-military-intervention-20140808-1022z2.html#ixzz39rfq3ulI
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President Obama explained many other things as well, including the urgent reasons for doing what he wants the American military to do, we will say more here-under. Anyhow the American president is not alone and many other government leaders have expressed their concerns as well.
Of all these leaders, perhaps the most worried would be Pope Francis, because he is one that is most concerned, as there are Christian religions also involved, and of course he is the pope, so, he has immense respect for all humanity and for loss of life, including those people that belong to other religions altogether. This link here-under will take you to see a few things about Iraq that are happening today, the date is in August 2014, just to keep track of this happening.
Having said that most religious leaders are concerned, and we are concerned as well, let us say a prayer to God, if you like, in the hope that God would hear our prayers and help us find a way to end these conflicts. Here under are more links to follow this tragic story that is happening today, as we speak.
- Iraq crisis: Britain, France join aid operations for besieged Iraqis
- Iraq crisis: Australia offers to help US provide humanitarian aid, Prime Minister Tony Abbott says
- US aircraft strike Islamic State positions in Iraq
- Obama authorises US airstrikes against IS militants
- Kurdish sect members stranded after deadly IS onslaught
- Yazidis maintain faith despite centuries of persecution
- Islamic State fighters take control of Iraq's biggest dam
- Australians wanted over Islamic State severed heads photos
Mount Sinjar Iraq, where the refugees are now.
Some photos of the Iraq wars
About the mighty America
Now if you don’t mind, I would like to say something, about how I and also some other people see this world situation. As we have said, we like very much that America help those that need help, and provide humanitarian aid.
Now to say a bit more about this delicate situation and the war in Iraq, we need to look at history and what has happened previously, in America and in these parts of the Middle East; here we are going to start talking about the terrorist act of September 11-2001. We believe that act has really started all the bad things that have happened in the world lately, you see, if the terrorist act would have not happened, then the Iraqi wars would not have happened, at least this is how most of us see the whole situation.
The Iraqi people and Al-Qaeda might not agree with us, because they see everything in a different way, but this is how most of the western world sees it, and this is how the situation is today. We could blame each other, but the truth is that both sides have made mistakes, so, we need to see how we could prevent this happening again.
So, here I would like to say my own views, and what could be the best way out of this situation; America and any other nation that can afford to help those in need should help, and let the other side swear revenge, if they want, because there is nothing to revenge about, if one just helps those people that are in need. I hope you see what I mean. Here we would like to suggest that the world helps the people in need, then moves away from the religious issues that are causing it, because no one can change people beliefs easily, only time and the coming generation can do that.
I am talking about religions, because in my articles I talk about religions, so, that is one of the reasons why I am writing this article here. Now we will have a look at another war that is going on as we speak; the war between Israel and Amass, the Gaza Strip war.
Israel Gaza strip wars
The way I see this, it is that Israel is always in war with the surrounding countries, this wars could also be called religious wars, so, we need also to see what is happening here, as these wars have really gone on and off for thousands of years. For those that don’t know the history of the Jews and Israel, I suggest to read the Bible, this one could say that is the continuation of the Promised Land wars, accept that is a modern war.
The modern wars started in 1948, as we can see from this article of the –BBC News, and I quote and also paste a link to it here-under;
Establishment of Israel
The State of Israel, the first Jewish state for nearly 2,000 years, was proclaimed at 1600 on 14 May 1948 in Tel Aviv. The declaration came into effect the following day as the last British troops withdrew. Palestinians remember 15 May as "al-Nakba", or the Catastrophe.
Anyhow we will try to follow what is happening in this never ending war that also includes religions. One might argue that this is not a true religious war, because it is two races of people fighting each other, but one has to bear in mind that it is religions that divides these people. On one side there are the Jews with their Judaism, that use the Jews Bible or Torah, it seems to be the old Bible that a certain point stops, and then adds a few things of their own long before the Christian Era; then on the other side there are the Islamic religions, with their religious book the Koran, these two religions are not flexible and don’t allow any changes; therefore there is no much hope that they could be together one day. So they fight each other on and off, and this link here under shows you what is happening in August 2014; you can check it out by clicking on it.
Gaza truce collapses, fighting erupts, Israel orders ...
This is all for the time being about this war, because as we have said these wars will never be ending completely.
Pope Francis is very busy these days; he has visited a few countries in Asia, he has said a few things in the hope that common sense prevails, above all he sees that every man is worth saving, because they are God’s children, therefore, he is trying to help those that really need help, so, this pope that in the beginning seemed a bit strange, because he was not like the other popes, I personally believe that with the help of God, he is doing his job very well, some people might say that he is mixing too much in politics, but if you want to be heard you have to say something. Here under is a link about his latest activities;
Here one needs to point out, that the pope should try above all to help his own Roman Catholic followers, today some of these Catholic in Iraq are being driven out by the ISIS, so, the pope urges the world to do something to stop these aggressive people, what else can he do, we all should pray God to help him and the people in need.
And we should also pray God to give Pope Francis strength; because as I was writing this issue, on the news I heard this tragedy, here is a short quote of how the press reported the tragic event;
(Part of the human condition is experiencing profound tragedy and anguish. It’s inevitable. And yet at the same time it’s also impossible to understand how Pope Francis must be feeling today after learning that three of his relatives (two of whom were just babies) died in a traffic accident in his home country of Argentina. The Associated Press reports ;)
We should feel sorry about this tragic event, I suggest that we say a prayer to God for the pope and his dead relatives, may them repose in peace.
I think that I have said enough in this article, say a prayer for our pope. See you soon, in our article, God is crying.
May God guide and bless us all?
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