Matthew 5 ~ Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. 10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Put up your sword again into its place: for all those who take the sword will come to death by the sword. Matt 26:52.
Whoever hates his brother is a murderer: and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. John 3:15
If anyone says, I love God, but hates the brothers or sisters, he is a liar…Whoever loves God must also love the brothers and sisters. John 3:20, 21
Muslims and Christians share the same beliefs so why are we waring against them? Why are we killing people who have the same religious beliefs as our own? Why are we not demanding an end to the US wars? Why are we not calling for peace?
The Muslim’s Qur’an tells us a lot of wonderful things about Jesus. As a result, believers in the Qur’an love Jesus, honour him, and believe in him. In fact, no Muslim can be a Muslim unless he or she believes in Jesus, on whom be peace.
The Qur’an tells us that Jesus came to teach the same basic message which was taught by previous prophets from God—that we must shun every false god and worship only the one true God. Jesus taught that he is the servant and messenger of that one true God.
The Qur’an teachings can be compared with the Christian Bible ( Mark 10:18; Matthew 26:39; John 14:28, 17:3, and 20:17) where Jesus teaches that the one he worshiped is the only true God. See also Matthew 12:18; Acts 3:13, and 4:27 where we find that his disciples knew Jesus as a Servant of God.
The Qur’an tells us that some of the Israelites rejected Jesus, and conspired to kill him, but Allah (Allah is the standard Arabic word for God. It is used by Arabic-speakers of all Abrahamic faiths, including Christians and Jews, in reference to “God”) rescued Jesus and raised him to Himself. God will cause Jesus to descend again, at which time Jesus will confirm his true teachings and everyone will believe in him as he is and as the Qur’an teaches about him.
Jesus is the Messiah. He is a word from God (Allah), and a spirit from Him. He is honored in this world and in the hereafter, and he is one of those brought nearest to God.
Jesus was a man who spoke the truth which he heard from God. This can be compared with the Gospel According to John where Jesus says to the Israelites: “You are determined to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God” (John 8:40).
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!‘” (Luke 2:13, 14).
By definition, we who call ourselves “Christians” should be followers of Jesus. Our Lord is known as the Prince of Peace. We are commanded to “Love one another” and to be known for our love. Jesus pronounced a blessing to those who would be peace makers saying, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”
Military men are just dumb stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy. ~ Henry Kissinger
Canadians are proud of our peacekeeping history. In a World full of war, peacekeeping conveys an image of Canada using its military in ways other than fighting. It is an image that many Canadians cling to and even cherish. Canadians do not like the idea of our military killing people in wars. We do like the idea of Canada keeping the peace. Unfortunately, the allure of non-violent peacekeeping that is embedded in the collective Canadian consciousness is an illusion in the 21st century.
Our rich history in peacekeeping – a concept invented in the 1950s by Canadian diplomat Lester B. Pearson – should be the cornerstone of Canada’s foreign policy today. A peacekeeping force was initially suggested as a concept by Canadian diplomat and future Canadian Prime Minister Lester Pearson as a means of resolving conflicts between states. He suggested deploying unarmed or lightly armed military personnel from a number of countries to areas where warring parties were in need of a neutral party to observe the peace process. Pearson was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1957 for his work in establishing UN peacekeeping operations. UNEF was the first official armed peacekeeping operation modeled on Pearson’s ideas. Sadly with our participation in the war of aggression against Afghanistan our peacekeeping days are lost.
Canada isn’t in Afghanistan wearing the blue beret or helmet - the internationally recognized peacemaker symbols. They aren’t driving around in white jeeps or white painted light armored vehicles. They aren’t protecting the Afghan civilians from armed attacks. They aren’t doing anything to bring about peace. Canadian soldiers are not in Afghanistan as a neutral party observing a peace process. Canadian soldiers are there at the request of the United States. Canadians were asked by the United States government to support an armed attack against the foreign sovereign state of Afghanistan. Canada wasn’t asked to participate in a peacekeeping mission, Canadian soldiers were asked to attack and kill any and all who opposed the illegal invasion and occupation of Afghanistan by the United States. The people of Afghanistan have done nothing wrong. They have not attacked us, the US or any other country. The Afghan people did not ask us to attack them. They did not ask us to destroy their towns and villages and kill their people. They did not ask us to torture them or to hand them over to the United States to be tortured by them. We are no longer peacemakers, we are war mongers, torturers, murderers, rapists, kidnappers and destroyers. None of this is to say that Canada should rule out contributions to UN peacekeeping missions. But we should do so with our eyes wide open.
91 Afghan civilians killed in a 6-hour air and ground assault by U.S and Afghan commando forces in Azizabad
The following is a list of 91 civilians killed (61 children, 15 women, 15 men) by U.S. forces in an armed assault against civilians on August 21-22, 2008. Would you call this peacekeeping? Would you be proud to serve if the public knew about these civilian killings, killings that occur on a daily bases in Afghanistan?
|Victims' names||Father's name||Age||Sex|
|Abdul Raza||Lal Muhammad Khan||45||Male|
|Noor Muhammad||Dost Muhammad||82||Male|
|Muhammad Ali||Mir Afghan||90||Male|
|Muhammad Khan||Muhammad Ali||50||Male|
|Muhammad Lal||Muhammad Ali||40||Male|
|Bahawal Haq||Abdul Karim||60||Male|
|Abdul Aleem||Muhammad Khan||18||Male|
|Wife of Raza||Muhammad Ali||30||Female|
|Wife of Taimur Shah||Baab-ul-uddin||32||Female|
|Wife of Tahir||Mullah Ghani||31||Female|
|Wife of Borjan||-||73||Female|
|Bari Gul||Noor Muhammad||22||Female|
|Wife of Saedo Khan||-||27||Female|
|Wife of Saat||Musa Khan||25||Female|
|Mother of Muhammad Amin||Abdullah||60||Female|
|Wife of Baab-ul-uddin||-||50||Female|
|Seya Mo||Reza Khan||14||Female|
|Aman||Taimur Shah||8 mos||Male|
|Jan Sher||Shah Alam||16||Male|
|Nabi Jan||Noor Muhammad||10||Male|
|Taza Gul||Noor Muhammad||3||Male|
|Maida Gul||Noor Muhammad||2||Female|
|Zia Gul||Noor Muhammad||1||Female|
|Saeed Bibi||Bari Gul||6 mos||Female|
|Sher Ahmad||Bari Gul||3||Male|
|Bibi Gul||Muhammad Alam||4||Female|
|Son of||Abdul Rashid||10||Male|
|Son of||Abdul Rashid||3||Male|
|Son of||Abdul Rashid||8||Male|
|Daughter of||Abdul Rashid||12||Female|
|Daughter of||Abdul Rashid||5||Female|
|Daughter of||Saedo Khan||9||Female|
|Son of||Saedo Khan||4||Male|
|Daughter of||Saedo Khan||7||Female|
|Ghani Jan||Abdul Hakeem||7||Male|
|Shafi||Abdul Hakeem||4 mos||Male|
|Akhtar Muhammad||Muhammad Lal||6||Male|
|Khudai Rahim||Muhammad Lal||3||Male|
|Qamar Gul||Muhammad Lal||10||Female|
|Zuhra Gul||Muhammad Lal||5||Female|
|6 yr old girl who died later||n.a.||6||Female|
“Actually, it’s a lot of fun to fight. You know, it’s a hell of a hoot. . . . It’s fun to shoot some people. I’ll be right upfront with you. I like brawling. You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn’t wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain’t got no manhood left anyway. So it’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them.” ~ 2005 public speech in San Diego by Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis. General Mattis is President Obama’s choice to command American forces across the strategic crescent from Egypt through Pakistan, and from Central Asia past the Persian Gulf. Mattis was picked to replace Gen. David Petraeus, who is now in Afghanistan as the U.S. and NATO’s top military officer there.