I am a history buff. World War Two history in particular. I have read books and studied, with great interest, most everything I could get my hands on about this war. I saw the black and white photos of the death camps. I would look at them in disbelief that human beings could perpetrate such atrocities. I wondered what it was like for those soldiers to walk into those camps…
“Get it all on record now – get the films – get the witnesses – because somewhere down the track of history some bastard will get up and say that this never happened.”
– General Dwight D. Eisenhower
Yesterday I think I experienced something akin to feelings those soldiers had when they walked into those camps. I watched the video of this guy being set on fire…made an example of in the most excruciating manner that those ISIS devils could conceive of.
A rage entered my heart…an honest to goodness rage. I had to stop for a minute. I had never felt such rage. I had to say a prayer right then and there and ask the God of this universe if this rage was righteous.
When we were going through Kuwait almost a quarter of a century ago, we left in our wake a not insignificant amount of death and destruction. I believe it was righteous warfare. We made war on them because they made war on people that couldn’t defend against it for the simple reason that they could and would gain economically by doing so. Saddam just failed to fully grasp that there is always a bigger dog out there somewhere.
We didn’t have a rage against the enemy combatants though. We dealt with enemy forces in the professional manner in which we were trained. The poor fellas that were in front of us didn’t want to be there any more than we did…maybe less. They were ill equipped even for their purpose of being a sort of speedbump to us. They surrendered as soon as they were given the opportunity most times.
We never felt a rage against them. Yesterday, seeing those people (for lack of better word…or word that I would use publicly) burn a man alive. People who wear masks while they do their evil. They do their evil and stay anonymous. They are cowards. Only cowardice can produce that kind of evil. The kind of cowards who will tie a kerosene soaked rag to a puppy’s tail and light it for entertainment.
I am convinced that these ISIS cowards should be put down in the same manner as you would a rabid dog. When you put a rabid dog down, you don’t get on all fours and fight him like a dog. He would tear you apart if you did that.
Neither do you torture and torment him. This would be just stooping to his level. It would legitimize his actions in his own mind if you were to conduct yourself like him.
No. What you do to a rabid dog is stand over him with a gun and put a bullet in his brain.
Scripture explains this…
Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him.
Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.
– Proverbs 26:4-5
There is no need to do anything but facilitate their meeting with God Almighty. He will pass judgment and their torment will be more than we could ever conceive of. Our judgment would be colored. His judgment however, will be perfect.
As for the Jordanian, I pray that the Lord has mercy on his soul. I think I saw him praying right before the fire. I would like to think the Lord Almighty heard that prayer. But I do recognize that his fate is in the hands of a perfect God.
Y’all stay safe and keep a round in the chamber…