“If we decide we’re tired, they’ll be back,” Crocker said. “We’ve killed all the slow and stupid ones. But that means that the ones that are left are totally dedicated. We think we’ve won a campaign before our adversaries have even started to fight. They have patience, and they know that we are short on that.”
If Shea really supports the troops, then why does he fail to address Iran’s role in providing 1) funds, training and weapons for anti-American insurgents in Afghanistan and Iraq 2) a base for al-Qaeda’s financial and logistical operations and 3) asylum for Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda’s second in command and some of Osama bin Laden’s family?
For that matter, why did Shea link to this drivel Feb. 23? The link concerns a story from Associated Press about the USS Abraham Lincoln navigating the Strait of Hormuz in the midst of Iranian naval and air surveillance:
“And Iran ‘has threatened’ to close the Strait of Hormuz in retaliation for sanctions, embargoes and other acts of war? Iran thinks it has the right to defend itself? Is the world going totally nuts?” (emphases in original)
“My own suspicion is that Obama may sucker the End to Evil crowd on their own bloodlust and figure out a way to launch a war against Iran just before the election, solidifying the war-propagandized American people around himself and beating the Hawks at their own game….”
As Shea continued, he mentioned nothing about sailors being away from their families, suffering from severe stress or even being manipulated by their own government
Naturally, Shea’s concern about “pounding the drums for war with Iran” allows him to ignore that Iran has been the real warmonger for nearly 35 years.
Since the 1979 revolution, Iran’s leaders have plunged their country into a state of undeclared war against the United States and Israel. Chants of “Death to America!” and “Death to Israel!” have been staples of the theocrats and their cadres.
Governments do not engage in such rhetoric without purpose.
For nearly 10 years, Cato the Elder ended all his speeches in the Roman Senate by demanding that Carthage be destroyed. In 146 B.C. — three years after Cato’s death — Rome obliterated Carthage to end the Third Punic War.
In the late 19th Century, German intellectuals proclaimed Jews to be the parasites of European culture. Fifty years later, the Nazis intensified the rhetoric to the point of equating Jews to rats running through a gutter into a sewer in a propaganda film.
The rest is history.
None of Shea’s defenses answer the question in the first paragraph. The following series of contrasts, however, does.
On March 19, Muhammad Merah, a French terrorist trained by al-Qaeda, murdered a rabbi and three children at a Jewish school in Toulouse before police killed him. Before his rampage, Merah tried to train local boys for jihad..
On March 22, Shea posted under the title, “Saying Things I Regret in the Morning”:
“So yesterday, I put up a post about the Muslim butcher of children in Toulouse and called him a person we can do without. My apologies. I have taken down that post and regret it. Whatever that sentiment is, it is not Christian. Jesus died for that man as well as for everybody else. My attitude was not rooted in the mercy of God or the love of Christ but in human contempt and vengefulness….May God grant this man mercy in Christ (and me too).”
Nowhere did Shea ask God to grant mercy to the victims. Nor did Shea ask God to grant mercy to Bales or his victims.
Moreover, it is inconceivable for somebody who commits murder and dies without repenting to receive posthumous forgiveness from a God who decreed (according to the Ten Commandments) that murder is forbidden.
Besides, calling a murderer of children “a person we can do without” is rather tame for someone who claimed that most Republican presidential candidates “aspire to be war criminals,” described one as a member of “Murderers for Jesus” and declared “as a general rule, evangelical Christians love war above all.”
Nowhere has Shea apologized for such bombast.
The warped moral universe where Shea resides bears no resemblance to basic ethics or common sense, let alone to any form of Christianity.
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