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  • ivanildotrindade 8:19 pm on February 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: egypt, Fidel Castro, Homs, , Ron Paul, , syria is our problem, , why we should care about syria   

    Why the U.S. Should Intervene in Syria 

    Forgive me, representative Ron Paul, but I beg to differ. In an interview with CNN’s John King, the honorable Mr. Paul said the situation in Syria is “none of our business.” Now, in all fairness to Mr. Paul, his larger point is that the U.S. should not “automatically” get involved when there is a conflict overseas. It would have to be in America’s interest. No one would disagree with that. But this raises the question, “When is it in America’s interest to intervene in a conflict?” Apparently, for Mr. Paul, only on a rare occasion. It costs money, he says. It causes deaths, he predicts. There are too many worse conflicts around the world, etc., etc.

    I beg to differ. Money should not be an obstacle when so many innocent lives are being slaughtered by a ruthless dictator.  As far as deaths, almost 8,000 people have already died and just today Syrian vowed to cleanse the “rebel-held” parts of the city of Homs. Should we just sit idly by and watch the fuzzy videos on T.V. showing us the horrors that are happening in Syria now.

    Now, some people point to Egypt and say that there is a chance that a dictator was replaced by a group of radical Islamicists who will create even more hardships to people living in that country. I say it is too early to tell. Unfortunately, foreign diplomacy has boosted ruthless dictators for years. Shouldn’t we at least give the people a chance?

    So I think we should try to intervene in Syria because 1) Unless we do something, innocent people, including little children, will continue to die mercilessly; 2) The U. S. should never concede one inch of its historic stance against injustice around the world; 3) It might be the only way to leverage influence in the future because sooner or later the voices from the streets will be heard and dictators will be gone. We gotta be able to demonstrate that we are on the side of the people and not on the side of ruthless dictators; 4) This country has been blessed with more than abundant resources and we use a fair share of non-renewable resources available in the world. We have an obligation to be responsible but to share generously.

    And we must pray that this horrible man might simply go away. No, this is not a Pat Robertson like statement — “Let’s kill Fidel Castro.” That was stupid to say. But maybe we can make life for him so bad that he wished he were dead!

    Ivanildo C. Trindade

     

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  • ivanildotrindade 12:52 am on October 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , coptic christians, egypt   

    “Coptic” is not the name of an alloy 

    On July 30th of this year, as I watched the events unfold in Egypt, I tweeted the following: “christians and other minorities, brace yourselves, time to collect the bill in egypt and the payment might be in blood.” This was in reference to an article I had read about how radical Islamists were beginning to show the true face of the so-called “Egyptian revolution.”

    Now I am not a prophet, I even work for a non-profit :), but today, as I read the news, I was made aware of the brutal accuracy of that two-month old statement. The 10% Coptic Christian minority is under renewed attacks in Egypt. They are being physically harassed and killed by mobs (and now by the police) and it seems that the “revolutionary” government of Egypt is not doing much to protect them. If you don’t believe this, take a look at the following story by the Telegraph.

    In this most recent clash, according to a today’s LA Times, 3 policemen and 19 protesters were killed. The people protesting are Coptic Christians, unhappy with the recent burning of a church building that was recent renovated. The potential for more conflicts is there as elections near in this “new” Egypt, but the question remains: will this new government fail where Mubarak, with all his flaws, succeeded?

    In other words, in spite of the tyrannical nature of Mubarak’s regime, he was by and large successful at curbing the excesses of radical Islamic groups. Now I will grant you, his methods were not exactly commendable, but some are beginning to ask if that is not what it takes to combat the kind of lunacy masquerading as religion that you see with some factions of Islam. Could it be that this new government will not do much because it houses the forces that are behind the opposition to the very presence of Christians in Egypt?

    As Jesus said a long time ago, “A house divided against itself cannot survive.” This may explain the attitude of the new government toward the minority Christian population.

    I will not be silent about this and I hope you won’t be either. If you are, don’t come crying when it is you, and not some Coptic person living far away that they are coming after. And I would speak for any other minority religions that are under attack by governments around the world, such as the Sufi Muslims in Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia, the Falun gong in China, etc.

    Finally, I am absolutely surprised that the Christians in Egypt are actually taking the initiative to protest. For too many years they were forced to be silent. So to the extent that this may already be the result of some changes in the new government, I would certainly say this is a positive, though dangerous step for the children. May God protect them as they move forward with the task of letting the world know of their plight.

    Ivanildo C. Trindade

     
    • Rob Miller 8:35 am on October 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I liked your non-prophet joke!

      • ivanildotrindade 11:05 am on October 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        i heard that one a long time ago, so can’t claim ownership, but i love puns so i remember the good ones…

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