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! :)

Monday, April 02, 2007

More thoughts on the hostage crisis

First, we all need to be praying for the hostages held by Iran. It’s hard to imagine what they are going through. Of course they're all smiles (sort of) on the video tape. Coercion will do that. The accounts of the Brits held in 2004 bears out that their conditions are probably not great. So pray for them, their families, and our allies the British.

Second, this shows why a strong United States and a strong Great Britain are crucial for peace and prosperity in this world. The rest of Europe will do virtually nothing. I hope that the British will not become more like the continentals in that respect. I am proud when I see Soldiers from the UK around here in Iraq, and it's a reminder of the special relationship our countries share. We Americans ought to act as though these British hostages are Americans. We should have the same level of outrage as when the Iranians seized our embassy workers back when Carter was President. Again I'm curious to hear from people back home: how much is the media covering this? Is it a big issue?

Finally, I want to point you to another blog, whose British author commented on my post from yesterday. His blog has some interesting stuff on it. We Americans ought to be more aware of what’s going on around the world, especially with our closest ally. Check out his blog at:


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Chris:

You are absolutely correct regarding the special relationship between the United States and Great Britain. The eloquence and commitment demonstrated by Tony Blair at the risk of political disaster is the type of courage previously exhibited by Churchill during World War II.

Tony Blair understands the threat that radical Islam poses for the West. For the most part, the EU has ignored the threat of fundamentalist radical Islam. There is a real possibility that Europe would become a Islamic continent within the next 100 years.

While most Muslims are law-abiding people, a small minority is creating a state of instability throughout the Islamic and now the Western world. Unfortunately, the press and to a great extent the administration have not conveyed this message effectively to the American people. People forget the intensity of the hatred that Islamic fundamentalists have for the US. Personally, I think a lot of this hatred comes from the fact that the Islamic world, with the exception of the oil-rich emirate's,has not been successful in creating a dynamic free enterprise system. This coupled with the lack of democratic institutions creates a sense of hopelessness which caters to the Islamic fundamentalists.

Iran certainly senses this lack of commitment by the Western nations and is not about to turn back from an aggressive confrontational foreign policy. Perhaps they hearken back to the days of Darius and Xerxes. At any rate, they are a rogue nation in an area of the world that seeths with animosities.

I also have an article in the Minneapolis paper that I would like to send you regarding Religion in the Workplace. Since there is no way to attach it to this blog commentary, I will try to e-mail it to you separately.

Your recommendation to view Elliot Joseph's blog site was interesting. Based on his personal statement of philosophy, he appears to be my type of libertarian. It's refreshing that people still think in a logical and thoughtful fashion.

Take care,

Love, Dad

4:35 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

The media reported that the Iranians were planning to try them. This is the latest from Yahoo! News.

5:14 AM  
Blogger Larry said...


7:40 AM  
Blogger Larry said...

How many remember the Iranian hostages in the late 70's. I do. I was a kid, but I remember.
I also remember that the day Reagan was inaugurated, the hostages were released. Coincidence? No. Reagan would have blown the crap out of Iran if they did not comply and Iran knew it. We were still powerful back then and the world knew it. Now we are Politically correct, and the nut jobs view it as weakness.

What do you think we should do? Stop rattling party lines and agendas, and start rattling sabres. If that does not work, do what needs to be done, and N Korea is the next stop. The dictators set on being a nuclear power may need a reminder of what being a nuclear power means. Being responsible and a peaceful nation, set on establishing democracy, not holding nations hostage and trying for world domination.


7:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must take exception to one of your comments regarding the hostage crisis of the late 1970's, Chris.

There was no real outrage on the part of the US populace. We were complacent. After all--it was over there. It was a small number. Sure, it made the news ever night (in fact that is when NightLine was born) but there was no real outrage.

Our citizenry doesn't apparently understand that an embassy is sovereign soil. What that means in layman terms: It's is legally part of the US no different than downtown Indianapolis. Would there have been outrage if the Iranians had invaded Indianopolis? You bet!

But that same outrage didn't exist when the embassy was invaded/captured/misappropriated (you chose whatever term makes you most comfortable) and as a result, it lasted for a year.

Can you imagine a group of Iranians holding hostages in the Sears Tower for a year and the US bascically doing nothing to resolve the situation?

In my opinion, this was a foreshadowing of the political correctness phase we were entering. If pointed on a graph, Reagan would be an outlying, almost insignificant point, on the line containing points labeled Lyndon Johnson, Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton and possibly (probably?) even both Georges.

Our government needs the type of leadership that has the attitude of the Marine Corps--kill them all and let God sort them out. Well, almost! We need to be a little tougher and we need to stop worrying about getting re-elected. We need a statesman (defined as someone who does what is good for the country even if it does himself political harm) and we need him quick.

We also need the resolve of the USA citizenry that we aren't going to take any crap, and that we are going to kick the crap out of anyone who gives us crap. Not a school-yard bully, but more a viper. You mess with us and you might as well kiss it all good-bye.

And we need to launch a pre-emptive strike with the first missle hitting the media!


3:27 PM  
Anonymous Bill said...

These comments are disgusting. Are these people commenting, are they Christian?

"Kill them all and let god sort them out?"

"Rattle sabres?"

Come on, people. This is ridiculous. And may I remind you that the reason the Iranian government is currently in power is because of the mistakes of the United States in the 1950's. We overthrew their democratically-elected leader, Mohammed Mossadegh, and installed the Shah, who systematically killed thousands of people throughout Iran. Kermit Roosevelt, Teddy's grandson, was sent over there with a team of OSS/CIA agents to put an end to their "democratic" efforts to run their own oil systems. But no, we would have nothing of that! Friendly dictators for all, screams the past.

6:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill, and PAGGS....

Lets not read to much into the verbage used, the Marine Corps thing the PAGGS used is a figure of speach it does not reflect whether one is Christian or not, and any Christian can get angry with the system!! Bill, we all understand that we can blame, history for this mess, we can blame history for all the messes. The Pacific War, who knew they did not know the time zones that the United States used.....? The problem is Political period nothing more.... Like PAGGS said we need someone that has no regards to their political history, what one pary thinks of them and what the other party thinks of them... We do not need someone who goes flying off the handle bomb bomb bomb, we need someone who not let this country be pushed around, then we need our lawmakers to explain to their constentuints that this is the correct thing to do.. I want our country to be safe, safe for all people, if we do not finish what we were forced to start then we send the message (come kill my people, my boarders are open for you to take as many lives as you wish, we will come and run you down, then we will turn and go back home for you to rebuild stronger with more backing and money, money from people here in yor own back yard mind you so that you can do it again and again.) That is the proposal now, and that is unexceptable. Regardless of any help from other countries, we need to finish this, go in and get those Brits, it is our duty.. So far the polotician that I hear with this type of stance is Duncan Hunter... then again they all will say what you want to hear and then, you know then they go sour. At this point I have to give it all to God.......

10:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an interesting blog. I am totally amazed with the comments printed within this blog. Amazed with how people thnk. These comments should really increase readership once word gets out. Who needs the media.

11:30 PM  

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