Hamastan

Hamastan - freely and duly elected!

The situation in Gaza is bad. That is not exactly a new development, but things are much worse than they have been and much worse than they should be.

Democratic elections do not always work. Hamas swept the Palestinian elections last year. The US pushed for those elections, and then were surprised when Hamas was swept into power; radical terrorists ruling a 140 sq. mile strip of land  stuffed with 1.4 million Palestinians. (Think about those numbers for a second: 140 square miles – 1.4 million people.)  Condi’s comment at the time was “Nobody saw it coming.” I bet Abbas did. Israel too.

Speaking of Abbas, is there a difference between a moderate terrorist and an extremist terrorist? I only ask because Mahmoud Abbas is not one of the good guys.  Yasir Arafat’s successor is better dressed and more educated, yet his group Fatah funds the al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade, a terror outfit that has spilled as much blood as Hamas. Fatah are not religious fanatics such as Hamas, but they are still terrorists. Abbas doctoral thesis was that the Holocaust was a myth. His 1982 doctoral dissertation was The Secret Connection between the Nazis and the Leaders of the Zionist Movement.

I’m not sure what was worse, however; the elections which transfered power from Fatah to Hamas, or Israel pulling out of Gaza. You might recall that President Bush  sent Condi to pressure Ariel Sharon to pull out of Gaza and in 2005 the Israeli Defense Force left. Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opposed the plan, and at the time he was roundly criticized. He looks a little smarter than his opponents today.

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About Travis

Christ follower. Husband of one woman. Father of three young men. Former 11B. Blessed to pastor the Bible Baptist Church of Mount Vernon, KY.
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5 Responses to Hamastan

  1. Philip says:

    Democratic elections only work when the people involved subscribe to a basic standard of morality. If 95% of a population believes killing Jews and Christians is permissible, we should not be surprised when those people vote for terrorist leadership. Israel should assume control of all Palestinian areas and integrate, deport or imprison all whom they find. Only then will there be peace.

  2. J.D. says:

    Travis, as a minister do you think this plays a significant role in biblical prophesy?

  3. Travis says:

    No special significance, J.D. You see, the significance of Christ’s return is not related to times and seasons, but that is where must people have their attention focused. It is much more important to have a Biblical theology rather than an accurate chronology, and don’t let someone tell you that they are one in the same! Paul affirms that the real issue is not in knowing the dates but in staying alert – 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11. To know when the Day of the Lord will come would foster spiritual indifference if it were still a long way off, or panic if it were around the corner. We are not to be setting dates, watching the clock, or seeking sings; instead, we are to live and to labor in constant anticipation of our Lord’s return.

  4. J.D. says:

    Thanks for the answer.

  5. J.D. says:

    Checked out I Thess. today and read what you were talking about. DO you have all this scrupture memorized or do you have to double-check to make sure you are right? I’ve always been amazed by preachers who can quote scripture that you can tell is not on their outline.

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