As with a number of online friends and readers not luxuriating offline, on holiday or with family say, our main online news focus the week before last was upon the forensic audits in a number of battleground states and Mike Lindell’s Cyber Symposium on last November’s electronically comprised election. For many, coronavirus, vaccines and masks were top of the agenda – and thank the Lord, prophecies were being received.
In that milieu my regular contributor Neil Mackereth hastened to finish what had been on his mind for a fortnight – The Trump Presidency: Parable, Allegory or Test of Faith.
Neil sent it to me on Saturday 14th August and closed with a poignantly pertinent and prophetical insight, which I underlined and now embolden the whole
‘I am convinced that something unprecedented is about to happen – This is a test of faith!’
Then the next Saturday, he submits :
THE STATUE OF LIBERTY IS CRYING
Repeating something I wrote a few weeks ago: Since WW2 we have seen a rapid decline in what Churchill called “Christian civilisation”. He was committed to defending our Bible-influenced democratic society and totally opposed to any sort of appeasement with the evil of Nazi-ism.
Appeasement is likely to involve compromising with tyrannical regimes: an acceptance that battling against them is either futile or too costly. It is seen, therefore, as both pragmatic and sensible to avoid confrontation when opposition appears too entrenched or too powerful. History has shown, however, that it is not safe to trust the liberal innocence of leaders who are blinkered by a belief in the nobility of human nature, the invincibility of logic and the conviction that others will act rationally. Appeasers leave themselves open to manipulation. At the national level, we have seen that aggressive militants are ready to take advantage, whenever and wherever there is a reluctance to confront the issues that undermine social cohesion.
I believe the same applies on the world stage The reality is that troops from USA and her allies (vast majority US), went into Afghanistan as a politically-led reaction to, and with the aim of stopping, terrorist attacks against the West, many of which were being mounted from that country.
It was not a humanitarian exercise aimed at liberating women and educating the people or introducing democracy; though those aspects might be considered worthy “fringe benefits”!
The message from Afghanistan which, of course, is seen and understood by other extremist regimes around the world, now appears to be that the West no longer has the inclination (or the wherewithal in terms of political will, financial and military resources and fighting capability) for such intervention. The perception that the US or the UK are reliable allies is clearly jeopardised.
The west just doesn’t understand the militant Islamist mindset. The expansionist Jihadists have been seeking domination of the world for centuries, and by any means possible. They take a very long view in their aim to rule the world. Time and again politicians want to believe the lies of terrorists, because to do otherwise means a commitment that they are unwilling to make – Afghanistan is the ultimate in frustration, from a military standpoint.
The government’s lack of commitment, lack of funding, lack of determination, lack of understanding, lack of confidence, lack of leadership, lack of long term strategic thinking: they all contribute to failure.
What a mess!
Neil Mackereth, 21st August 2021