News sources are beginning to uncover the facts; that this protest was planned in advance to occur on the anniversary of September 11th, a date that is celebrated among radical Islamists.
Then hours later, in Libya, America was attacked, and Americans murdered, by enemies that hate everything we stand for. While, the attacks did not happen here in the homeland, they nevertheless happened on what was supposed to be safe and protected ground. Diplomatic delegations, such as the one in Libya led by slain Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, are guests of the host country and are supposed to receive special protection from that country's security forces. We are supposed to believe that the attack on his safe house and the deaths of four American diplomats was the result of a protest that got out of hand, rather than a complex, coordinated terror attack. Whether or not this proves to be true over the coming days, it is hard to believe that this tragedy is solely the result of some third-rate Youtube video that offended the religious sensibilities of faithful Muslims.
For the time being, this is exactly the approach that the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is taking. This is the statement they released: "We strongly condemn the deadly attack on the US Embassy in Benghazi, Libya and the tragic loss of lives. We urge restraint as people peacefully protest and express anger." In other words, we are sorry people died, but it was simply the result of our justifiable anger. They are calling for further protests on Friday. Then, to add further insult to this heinous tragedy, the Deputy Interior Minister of Libya, in his official statement, appeared to be blaming the American consulate for not taking necessary security measures!
statement released by our embassy in Cairo, Egypt.
Whether they released this statement with or without the approval of the White House, this is what leads to my exasperation and anger. Where is the outrage from our Commander in Chief? When do we defend the interests of the United States and stop trying to be a champion of global conciliation? Stop apologizing! Until we acknowledge that we are hated and are targets of radical fundamentalists --- and until we start STANDING UP for who we are and the freedom we represent, and quit ignoring that our appeasement is viewed as weakness --- until then, these attacks will increase in number and ferocity. The fact that we continue to give millions of dollars in foreign aid to Libya (and $1.5 billion to Egypt!) adds to my exasperation.
But I think it is the treatment of the leader of our strategic ally in the Middle East, Benjamin Netanyahu, that is the most vexing and frustrating. Can we be any more disrespectful? Iran is continuing with its deadly threats, and everyone knows the Middle East is a powder keg, with no one in the region on the side of Israel. Netanyahu asks for a meeting with his most powerful ally in the world, and he is refused! What message does that send to Israel's enemies? It's not hard to see that opponents of freedom would declare open season on Israel. The United States, Israel's strongest and historical ally refuses to support her. That would seem to give Iran the green light to proceed with their nuclear weapons development, wouldn't it? And it is irrefutable that we are viewed as weak and spineless in the Arab world.
I cannot finish this post without pointing out what seems to me to be the fast approaching fulfillment of Ezekiel 38 and 39. All the players are being put into motion to come against Israel. Iran, Egypt, Libya, Turkey; they all would like to see Israel's sovereignty eliminated. The remaining player, Russia, is behind the scenes, manipulating the others and playing both ends against the middle. We may not see their influence until the flashpoint.
Finally, I want to point you to my post of July 5th. Titled America and Israel: Destinies Intertwined, I pointed out the historical natural and political disasters that occurred whenever America took a stand against Israel's national interests. Within 48-72 hours of these instances, our nation suffered consequences. Could it have happened again? Could the attacks on the embassies in Egypt and Libya be the result of turning our back on Israel?
I know that many will ridicule this opinion, but none can deny the facts. We insulted Israel and appear to be denying her our support. Hours later, our embassies are attacked and Americans are dead. This is all coming together according to Biblical prophecy. While tremendously disturbing, I know that my God is in control, and that gives me hope. These things must happen. I pray for endurance, courage and increased faith. I invite you to do the same.
Matthew 24:12-13 "Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. "