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Darfur update: CSM. And Ralph Peters slams the world for weeping over Darfur, and doing nothing. A quote:
Darfur deserves more than self-satisfied words. As does Iraq. And Afghanistan. And Zimbabwe. And Burma/Myanmar, Cuba, Iran, North Korea and so many other "sovereign states."
But if we're ever going to stop the killing, we first have to stop the lying. Especially the lie we tell ourselves about the universal desire for peace: Try telling that one to the Janjaweed militaman raping your wife, burning your house, taking your children into slavery - and cutting your throat.
Meanwhile, the Sudanese government laughs at all of us. Khartoum is so confident that the world doesn't give a damn about black Africans that it's recently moved to destabilize neighboring Chad.
The hypocrisy of the intelligentsia, here and in Europe, stinks to the throne of God. No campus seminar ever provoked a cease-fire, and no demonstration ever halted a massacre. Those who are unwilling to fight injustice will ultimately face injustice and a fight.
Fortunately, Coughlin’s testosterone-filled text promotes Christ’s masculine qualities, presenting them in a way that gives a feel for what must disturb Green Anglican Marxists: a kind of taking off of the eco-socialist rainbow robes we’ve tried to dress Jesus up in for decades.
The most publicized lie, of course, is that Jesus was a non-judgmental prophet, a contradiction in terms, but a seductive myth nonetheless. Coughlin agrees. “As Mark Twain mused, Jesus said to pray for your enemies; he never said you couldn’t have any.”