As I write this, the American Friends Service Committee, Mennonite Central Committee, World Council of Churches, Quaker United Nations Office and Religions for Peace are set to host an “international dialogue” on the topic “Has Not One God Created Us? The Significance of Religious Contributions to Peace” at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan. Their Very Special Guest? Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you, Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Is this for REAL?
Sadly, yes. A bunch of well-meaning fellow-travelers (to bring back a moldy oldie term from the Cold War), have decided that they can Solve The World’s Problems if only they just have a Really Earnest Dialog with a guy who has claimed in recent days that America’s day as a world power is coming to a close, and that Israel should be wiped off the map. Um…yeah…that’s what this situation needs – a bunch of well-meaning pacifists (ooh, those wacky Quakers…what a bunch of kidders!) in a room with a guy who’s bloody well the face of Islamic terror. Let’s not forget, President Tom was one of those fun-loving “students” who overran the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, way back in the bad old Carter years (a.k.a.: the “Era of Malaise”), and took 52 Americans hostage. For 444 days. Yeah. THAT President Tom.
Seems like a winning plan, eh? (Just TALK to the guy…he seems like a reasonable man…if only we can tell him that we’re all in this together, he’ll stop trying to make nukes, live and let Israel live, and we’ll see Peace In Our Time.*) It’s amazing, but these guys really beleive they can make a difference.
I, too, am a Christian. I go to church (almost) every Sunday. I do a lot of volunteer work for my church. I believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. However, I’ve seen how God deals with worldly things, and I can’t recall too many times when God softened the heart of some tinpot despot, and brought him around to a 180° change of heart. Far more often, the Bible is full of stories where God took a metaphorical 2 x 4 and did some serious smiting. In fact, I would go so far as to say that God is the Undisputed Universe-Class Champ at that smiting stuff. Having been hit upside the head with Jehovah’s version of a Louisville Slugger (don’t ask), I can tell you that God does not shilly-shally when it comes to that smiting stuff. Now I can’t even pretend to know God’s will, but if past events are any indicator of future performance, I would suggest to ol’ President Tom that he not make a lot of long-range plans.
In thinking about it, I feel sorry for these poor, misguided people that somehow think that if they’re just nice to Iran, we’ll all get along. It doesn’t work that way. It would be nice if it did, but then again, if wishes were horses, we’d all win the Kentucky Derby. Until Judgement Day, there will always be bad people, just as there will always be good people. Trying to somehow deny the existence of evil will just get you killed. So to all those Quakers, Mennonites, and the other mugwumps in the War on Terror, I know you mean well, but seriously, guys…you’re NOT helping. Just sit back and watch, because when God gets ready to smite, it’s the best show in town.