Friday, November 7, 2014
Most readers are likely aware that the past decade or two have seen the worst persecution of Christians we have seen in a century or so. However, while due to proximity and other reasons Christians tend to bear the brunt of muslim depredations, muslims are equal opportunity persecutors. I have mentioned on this blog that I used to belong to a defense analysis group online that included a broad cross-section of military/diplomatic/economic professionals deep in “the business” (the defense biz), as well as some exceedingly well informed outsiders. And then I just kind of hung along. Anyway, one of the professionals that belonged to our group (which included high ranking staff and flag officers (including a former First Sea Lord of the Royal Navy), senior defense analysts at the premier consultancy firms, people with many years experience developing and applying military hardware, etc) was an active duty major general in the Royal Thai Army. There was no one quite like Suphi. She had fought the Vietnamese at Mon Mok Moon (an attempted invasion of Thailand by Vietnam crushed by the Royal Thai Army and almost unknown in the West), conducted counter-insurgency against the Vietnamese and Chinese backed communist insurgency in Thailand (she had a special method of “interrogating” communist cadres, she would take them up in her personal helicopter and throw them out), and, around 2003, started informing us of the growing muslim insurgency, backed by Malaysia, against the southern Thai provinces.
This activity soon got so intense she would drop off the site for extended periods. Then she ultimately relayed that because of the coups that began in Thailand in 2006 and the role the Army (or she?) played in those coups, she could no longer participate at all. That’s about the time I finally dropped off, as well.
But prior to doing so Suphi had described for the benefit of others how Thailand defeated the communist insurgency of the 70s and 80s. They did this not by bombing their own country to smithereens, as we did to our ally South Vietnam, nor by flooding the countryside with hundreds of thousands of troops and thereby totally disrupting rural life so essential to the stability of any country. No, they did it by giving some basic training to villagers, winning them over to the country’s/government’s side decisively, arming them, and leaving a radio to call for help to stop large groups of insurgents the villagers could not handle. This method was exceedingly successful, and after 20 years of patient effort the communist insurgency – conducted mostly by Chinese and Vietnamese outsiders – was crushed.
She said similar steps were being taken to fight the muslim insurgents in the South, but that the left wing government that occasionally came to power constantly opposed this. The most recent coup in Thailand unseated a certain destructive political movement again, and I must admit I smiled when I read this:
Thailand has a separatist problem. A Muslim separatist problem, to be more specific, in three southern provinces. As straitstimes.com reports, “Violence in Thailand’s Muslim-majority south has left thousands dead – the majority civilians – since 2004 across the southernmost provinces of Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala, which were annexed more than a century ago by Thailand. In response to a recent slew of shootings and bomb attacks on civilian “soft” targets, Thailand has vowed to protect locals while it seeks a firm date for a fresh round of peace talks with the publicity-shy but ruthless rebels.” But the strategy they’ve chosen is an unusual one for a government that took power in a military coup . . .[Suphi described how these terrorists work. First of all, almost all of them are high as a kite on speedballs when they do their attacks. She described hitting one with 7 rounds from her .45 Smith and Wesson Desert Eagle and still not taking a doped up terrorist down. He was eventually cut down by a Ma Deuce. Secondly, they have sanctuaries in Malaysia and the Malaysians do absolutely nothing to stop them, and probably help the insurgents quite a bit, least of all by letting armaments get to them.]So to uphold the new prime minister’s promise to bring both sides to the negotiating table, he’s trying to create a balance of power. To do that…Some 2,700 Heckler & Koch HK33 assault rifles have been distributed over the past two months to volunteers in the region, according to a spokesman for the Internal Operations Security Command (ISOC). [Yeah, well, these people cannot be negotiated with. They aren't interested in "dialogue."]Yes, an authoritarian government is putting thousands of rifles in the hands of volunteers who have come under attack, part of an insurgency that has killed more than 6000 people in the last decade. As one internal security official put it,“They need weapons for self-defence… they can’t fight with just wooden sticks,” ISOC spokesman Colonel Banphot Phunphien told AFP.All of which has caused pearls to be clutched and hands to be wrung among Thailand’s peace activist community, who have apparently learned to appropriate talking points from America’s disarmament community. As bbc.com relates,Guns have been distributed to Muslim and Buddhist villagers before this, but some fell into the hands of the insurgents themselves or resulted in incidents where volunteers opened fire on unarmed civilians. [Sure, and guns were stolen from villagers during the communist insurgency, but the vast majority weren't, and the forming of armed groups of loyal Thai citizens played a decisive role in blocking the previous insurgency]Right(s) groups have condemned the distribution of guns saying it would only increase violence in the region. [And the government removed from office by the military - possibly at the behest of the Thai king - had made this policy so inconsistent as to be ineffective. Perhaps it will be more so now.]
I’m not saying this is the only way to defeat an insurgency, but it’s a proven and effective way. The British won the insurgency against them in Malaya during the 50s by police tactics which included arming loyal citizens.
Thailand is one of the least Christian countries in the world. It was never successfully penetrated by missionaries of any stripe. The vast majority of the populace is semi-Buddhist but mostly addicted to pleasure. Thais are a happy people, a business-like people, and an incredibly well-mannered people, but they are not religious. It will be interesting to see how they stand up to this insurgency, even more fanatical than the communist one.
Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- Pakistani police say they have arrested up to 40 people in connection with the killing of a Christian couple in Punjab province who were beaten, then pushed into a burning kiln after being accused of desecrating the Quran.
Local police officials said a mob from neighboring villages formed Tuesday after a local mullah declared the couple were guilty of blasphemy.
The mob allegedly marched to the couple's home, broke down their door, dragged them outside, beat them and threw them into the brick kiln where they both worked.
The attack happened in the town of Kot Radha Kishan, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) southwest of Lahore, the capital of Punjab. Police officials identified the woman as Shyman Bibi Urf Shamar, and her husband as Sajjad Nasir Zurjah Nazir Nasir.
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), which dispatched a team to the scene, said in a statement that the couple had three young children -- two sons and a daughter, and indicated the slain woman was pregnant.
HRCP is shocked and saddened beyond words by the callous murder of the couple and their unborn child.
Human Rights Commission of Pakistan
Human Rights Commission of Pakistan
"HRCP is shocked and saddened beyond words by the callous murder of the couple and their unborn child," the group said.
According to the statement, the HRCP team "did not come across any evidence of desecration of the Holy Quran."
Desecration of the Quran is punishable by death or life imprisonment under Pakistan's anti-blasphemy law.
Human rights groups have long urged the country to repeal the law, arguing that it has led to discrimination, persecution and murder.
It is often used to settle personal vendettas, rights groups say, and people accused of the committing the crime are frequently targeted by mob violence.
That, according to the HRCP, appeared to be the situation in Kot Radha Kishan, and that the incident stemmed with a dispute over money the kiln's owners said the couple owed them.
An accusation that the couple had desecrated the Quran "was spread to nearby villages and announcements [were] made through mosque loudspeakers," the HRCP said.
The mob that went to the kiln was estimated at around 500 people, the rights group said, citing local police.
The HRCP said its team learned that four policemen went to the kiln to demand that the couple be handed over for protection from the mob, but that the owners "instructed their employees not to hand the couple over and the policemen were also beaten up."
The kiln's owners were among those arrested, the rights group said, quoting police.
No one from the SSPX to defend John Vennari and Louie Verrechio??!!
John and Louie have the same position as Bishop Marcello Semeraro of Albano and Bishop Sarlinga of the Argentinian diocese, on UR 3 being a known exceptionj to the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus, Ad Gentes 7, the Nicene Creed and Tradition in general.
Both groups could exchange greeting cards next month.
Both groups could exchange greeting cards next month.
Louie and John have not mentioned Ad Gentes 7 which says all need faith and baptism for salvation. AG 7 is traditional and in agreemen with Tradiion on salvation.
Also how can UR 3 be an exception to Tradition and in particular the dogma on salvation ? Do we know any one in 2014 saved in imperfect communion with the Church(UR 3)?
They both are assuming that someone saved outside the visible limits of the Church are known and visible to us.
The fault is with the reader of the Council and not with the text of the Council.
The ambiguity and heresy comes from using an irrational premise in the interpretation of Vatican Council II.
if they both did not infer that those saved in imperfect communion with the church are visible UR 3 would not be non Traditional.