Pro Deo Et Patria- An Army Chaplain

I am a chaplain in the US Army, serving in Iraq. I'm keeping a blog to share my thoughts and experiences while deployed. They are my thoughts and they don't necessarily reflect the opinions of the US Army! :)

Thursday, April 05, 2007

British Hostages Freed

It's good to hear that the hostages are being freed.

A couple points on that:

1) It shows that the weakness being showed by the US and UK, and especially by the European Union, is paying dividends for rogue regimes. By weakness I'm not talking about nuking Iran or anything like that; I'm speaking of unified political and diplomatic resolve.

2) Thank God theyre being released. That's the bottom line.

Also, on a different note: There were some comments on my last few posts which got a little heated. Folks, make sure that when you post, you think about what to post as a Christian. I struggle with this, as do many people. It's part of the sin nature to say the wrong thing at times.

Just remember, there are people all over the world reading this blog (my counter tracks the countries from which the blog is read). Not everyone is a Christian, and not everyone is favorably disposed toward the US.

Anyway, I'm just glad the Brits were released. It's hard to understand the motives of Iran sometimes, and sitting in Baghdad 70 miles from Iran, it would be nice to know that there was a stable, rational regime over there.... but sadly that is not the case.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

great reminder for all internet comments, it's to easy to hit return before we have reread and thought about it!

9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Chris:

Your thoughts are right on regarding the lack of unity in the Western world. We are confronting a radical ideology that views the Western world as its implacable enemy and will do everything to see to its destruction. It reminds me to some extent of the laxity of the European states prior to September 1939. Only Churchill could see the coming storm and had the foresight to see the subsequent Cold War evolving.

Iran is testing the resolve of the West with all of their actions. The trip of Nancy Pelosi and her staff is perhaps the best example of sending the wrong message to the wrong people. Not only did she misconvey the Israeli position, but she's undermining the responsibility of the president for foreign-policy. Our Congress under the leadership of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are attempting to assume responsibility that constitutionally belongs to the president and the State Department.

I believe that Tony Blair acted with dignity and resolve and his comment on the return of the hostages was tempered by the death of four British soldiers in Basra where the Iranians are active in undermining the regime.

Love , Dad

3:37 AM  
Anonymous Bill said...

I hope you don't mind me leaving another comment. I found your blog and find it interesting.

As per the subject of Nancy Pelosi's trip to Damascus, I think it is important to remember that she is not the only Congressional representative over there right now.

Two weeks ago, several Republican Congressmen went to Damascus and met with President Assad. This trip was coordinated with the State Department and was given the "green light" by the White House. Also, Republican Congressman Darrell Issa is in Damascus right now meeting with President Assad. Here were his comments on the trip:

Issa, R-Vista, said President Bush had failed to promote the dialogue that is necessary to resolve disagreements between the United States and Syria.

"That's an important message to realize: We have tensions, but we have two functioning embassies," Issa told reporters after separate meetings with Assad and Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem.

You can read the whole story here: Republicans Visit Syria as well as Pelosi

I think it's important to realize that diplomacy is going to play a role in the near future of the Middle East. It is necessary for us to talk to these people. If we continue to promote conflict, this will inflame the situation.

I have a question as well as per the comment above. Your commenter noted that the Iranians are interested in undermining the regime in Basra. Why are they interested in doing that? The southern part of Iraq, as well as the National Government, are run by Shia factions. Iran's government is Shia. I'm not quite understanding how they would conflict with one another.

4:16 AM  
Anonymous Tracy said...

"He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification." Romans 4:25

Happy Easter!

4:27 AM  

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