anonymous said:

What are your opinions on what is happening in Syria and Iraq right now?

There is a lot happening in Syria and Iraq currently, but I’m going to assume you mean the crisis with the Islamic extremist insurgent group, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (known as ISIS).

What’s Happening
Most of the current conflict can be traced back to the Iraq War, al-Qaeda’s rise there, and the recent Syrian civil war that provided ISIS a base of operations. There is conflict between Iraqi Sunni’s and Iraqi Shia’s over political power. Ultimately, this is a war between Sunni’s and Shia’s. There is a lot of history behind that if you simply research it. Both sides feel wronged and want justice for their cause; ISIS is sustained by this in their efforts toward their ultimate goal, which is to establish a Sunni Islamic state in Iraq and fail the government; they want a caliphate. They currently have taken over and hold a large area of Iraq and Syria (about the size of Belgium). Their territorial gains in Iraq began in June, when they took over Mosul.

What most Americans have paid attention to is the violent murders and executions of children, Christians, and innocent civilians by ISIS. This includes the executions of two American journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

Iraqi minority groups are the ones who have suffered greatly at the hands of ISIS. “On August 6, ISIS took Qaraqosh, Iraq’s largest Christian town. The town of 50,000 has had limited access to food, power, and water since, and some Christians have been given the “choice” to convert to Islam or be killed.” (Source). An ethno-religious minority, the Yazidis, were also captured and driven out of Sinjar (200,000 resident) by ISIS on August 3. They were being massacred as well for their faith, and now are trapped on a mountain without food or water. And 66,000 Syrian Kurds are pouring into Turkey as refugees.

There are a lot more aspects, events (etc) that are a part of this conflict, obviously. But the basic facts are there for those who haven’t been following what’s been happening, that’s the briefest overview I can give.

My Perspective
My heart breaks for all those affected by this conflict and those who have been killed. It’s heartbreaking. Especially the children who have been murdered… it’s wrong, it’s sick, it’s evil.

This conflict is not Islam, the ISIS, Iraq, or any other name, group, country, or face you could put on it. What’s truly happening is a spiritual war.

"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." (Ephesians 6:12).
 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” (2 Corinthians 10:3-4).

The enemy will work in any way he can to kill, steal, and destroy; it’s what he does (John 10:10). But he is a defeated enemy. 1 John 3:8 literally says that “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work." He did! Jesus Christ has already conquered sin and death: "And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross." (Colossians 2:15) And then, Ephesians 1:20-22 says that when God raised Jesus from the dead, He "seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet.” 

This is the reality for us a believers. “He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:13-14).

We should be praying earnestly.

  • We should be praying for those who do not know Jesus Christ, including ISIS fighters. Jesus died for all sinnners. There is nothing too hard for Him; pray for salvation in Syria and Iraq. Pray that their eyes would be opened (John 3:19, 2 Corinthians 4:4, Acts 26:18). Jesus taught, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44).
  • Pray for Christian believers that are being persecuted, for their protection, comfort, strengthening, and for the blood of those martyred to cry out. VOM is a great resource to look to as you pray for our brothers and sisters around the world who are persecuted for their faith in Jesus.
  • Pray for all the people being affected by the conflict, those who are grieving the deaths.
  • Pray for peace.
  • Pray for justice.
  • Pray for the minorities that have suffered, pray for their relief, pray for the Yazidis and for the Syrian Kurds who have taken refuge in Turkey that they receive the aid they need.
  • Pray for those (political, foreign, military) who may have involvement in the crisis would have wisdom in what action needs to be taken.

Any if there is any way, get involved with helping practically. It’s our responsibility to do something and not sit back and simply let it emotionally upset us. Many of us, the only thing we can do is pray. Don’t underestimate the power of prayer. He hears our prayers and He will answer.

God is both merciful and just (Psalms 9:7-8, Psalms 146:7-9, Romans 12:19). We don’t need to fear ISIS or anything else happening; we need to put our hope in God and look to Him, and intercede on the behalf of those who are being affected by it. Stand in faith. Continue to exalt God over the circumstances.

My opinion doesn’t matter; the Word of God does. So that is what I look to in this, stand on, and believe. I know in the end, Jesus Christ reigns. He is the head over every authority and power, He is Lord and King, and He is greater than all this.

Modern Impression of Ancient Babylonian Seal

The seal used to make this modern impression on clay comes from the Kassite period in Babylonia, during which many major works of literature and scholarship in Akkadian were canonised. Written in Akkadian cuneiform, the inscription records a prayer to the goddess Ninsun and names the owner of the seal as “Uballissu, son of Warad-Ea, treasurer, servant of Kurigalzu,” which probably refers to the Kassite king Kurigalzu II (r. 1332-1308 BC). On the right side of the impression is a vertical row of insects. (Source)

Kassite, c. 1330-1310 BC.

British Museum

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Brutality begets brutality. whats going on in that region in the world? it seems like perpetual war for perpetual peace. It seems like theres always some reason for us to have a war…

America trained them, and armed them, and created the conditions under which they (the terrorists) are flourishing.

If you can’t distinguish between people arrested for alleged support of Islamic State and innocent Australian Muslims going about their business, then you need to do your homework.

Over 1/4 of the people in the world are Muslims. The majority of Muslims live in Indonesia (our nearest neighbours), not the Middle East - and have nothing to do with IS.

Those supporting Islamic state are a tiny fraction of this number and mostly concentrated in the Middle East. Of Australian citizens suspected of supporting IS, the federal government themselves report that security agencies are watching 60-100 people out of Australia’s 23 million people (over half a million of which are Muslim).

If you have paid any attention to the experts discussing the topic: Islamic State want you to launch reactionary attacks against innocent Muslims and make enemies of them. You feed terror with senseless attacks against Muslims. You make them feel like they need to find some support so that people won’t abuse, threaten and commit acts of vandalism toward them. You make them feel like their fellow citizens do not have their backs, you make people feel foreign and unwanted in their own homes. This is how the radicalization process begins.

I want to see arrests and charges for anybody who commits these acts, threatens or harasses people or vandalizes their cars. I want to see these hate crimes seriously pursued and prosecuted as such by the police.

Take home message: Islamic State is a tiny group of self-identified Muslim people who are as far removed from mainstream Islam as the Westboro Baptist Church are from mainstream Christianity. If you go out and commit crimes against Australian Muslims to ‘retaliate’, you are as stupid as somebody attacking random Christians indiscriminately because of abortion clinic bombers or the Westboro baptist church.

Remember, approximately .012% (according to Tony Abbott himself!) of Australian Muslims are currently suspected (not 100% known, not charged and convicted) to be linked to IS terror abroad. Attacking Australian Muslims over the awful things Islamic State carry out just makes you fucking stupid and a danger to civil society.

This will be my first, and last post about Islamic State, as I believe they are given far too much publicity and that this is exactly why their media tactics work.

Still, please don’t get scared into stupidity and find yourself becoming the monster.

A New York-based photographer has put faces to the Iraqi detainees tortured by the US military in Abu Ghraib prison, helping to restore their dignity after humiliation and brutal mistreatment.

America’s nearly decade-long war that followed the 2003 invasion of Iraq scarred the psyche of millions of people.

It was not just about living in constant fear of bombardment or suicide bombings in the volatile times that followed the overthrow of the Iraqi regime. For scores of people, being in the wrong place at the wrong time was cause for being picked up by the US military and brutally tortured and humiliated in secret prisons, before eventual release without charge.

Among the most shocking and disturbing human rights violations orchestrated by the US military was the well-documented torture in Abu Ghraib prison. Images released from the Iraq-based jail in 2004 shocked the world, showing American soldiers holding prisoners on a leash, forcing them to stand in painful poses, and humiliating them.

Now Chris Bartlett, a documentary human rights portraitist, is using photographs to humanize the previously faceless and nameless Iraqi detainees.

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Such a pleasure having the chance to experience peace in different ways with amazing people ..Peace carnival is a way to tell people every year on the 21st of september that Iraq loves peace and Iraqis want peace ..and we’ll do our best to prove it & to live with peace ..Many many different things for a great cause ,to help all the people that are out of their houses ..Today Baghdad City of Peace Carnival has raised 6million IQD to help emigrants ..So So proud !! and good job guys ..very happy to share some pictures from today/yesterday’s event :) smile

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