The scourge of abortion is bad enough, but I went onto Facebook a few minutes ago. All of a sudden, I saw a large and shallow wooden box with what appeared to be dolls. They were not dolls but real human children killed by Daesh in Syria. I still have the tears in my eyes as I write this and a feeling of anguish. After seeing the dead children in the box, we were shown a man, presumably a father of a family with a dead child and a living one with him. I just saw the images. I’m glad I didn’t turn on the sound.
I left the following comment:
I don’t know about the origin of this video, but it is so heart-rending and crucifying to watch. Out of respect for those children, the video is just too much, at least for me. It popped out of Facebook as I popped in for a look. It’s too hard. I hope and pray the last man of Deash gets taken out and shot, that we can be rid of this abscess of humanity. That video has torn me to the depths and I can do nothing about the situation in Syria. I think it is better not to show such videos. Just inform us that the rats are killing children and that the war against them has to be won. Pray for us all who grieve – the parents and families, and yet the rest of decent humanity.
Now we know what happens when people put explicit videos on Facebook. It is not a mere antidote to apathy and indifference, but an exploitation of human beings with an ounce of empathy.
Perhaps I will make a suggestion, since I am too old and not fit enough to join the Syrian Army. It is altogether possible to put up a site on the subject of children, persecution of Christians, the fact that the jihadists are as bad as the SS and the Gestapo who went into French villages, killing every last man, woman and child in the name of reprisals against Résistance activity. Links to videos, even gruesome ones, could be given but with appropriate warnings, so that we can be ready for them. Having such videos pop up on the Facebook main page is too hard, and may be counterproductive.
I’m not being dramatic, and I have seen my fair share of Rambo and James Bond films. My curiosity was drawn to what appeared to be a box of dolls. Why show a box of dolls? Then I found out why. I was completely unprepared!
Then what can we do? Fine, dispel ignorance and educate people about what is going on over there. The war isn’t yet won, because the head-choppers are heading towards Jordan and the Golan Heights. Let them take on Israel, which has a good army – and nukes! When we see too much of what we are not prepared for, then we react in a way that is historically dangerous – vote for extreme right-wing politics. Mainstream politics don’t convince me either, and just at this moment, I am ashamed to be English. We live in a world where politics are a heap of lies and deception. Perhaps the jackboot would be better than the Caliphate and endless terrorism, but better still would be the love of Christ.
My grief turns to anger, and then to understanding how different people think and react. Only Russia was prepared to help the legitimate government voted in by the Syrian people. Other “democratic” countries want to split Syria up into warring sects of fanatical Muslims – for oil, for petrodollars, for grimy money. Those involved in this filthy intrigue also deserve to be taken out and shot once their crimes against humanity are known to the world.
I am tempted to pray for the Parousia, for the end of the world. Perhaps we can wish for such if we are willing to be the first to die. No prepping, no “bug-out” bags, just the reality of what we seem to deserve. Is that really what we want? Do we want to see the deaths of more innocents, humans and animals and the beauty of nature? If we are here at all, is it not for a purpose, to put good in the place of evil.
The person who put up the video wrote a comment in response to mine. Wilberforce also used graphic methods in his combat against slavery. Is it acceptable to put up videos that will wrench our hearts out or make us harder and more indifferent and uncaring than ever? We are seeing more and more videos of young men having their heads cut off with a knife, stamped on, shot repeatedly with high-speed bullets. On Youtube, you can find films of real executions, and salve your conscience by saying that they are guilty men getting the recompense for their crimes. Before we know it, these images of real death will affect us no more than James Bond killing the Hitler-like monster about to destroy the world. We should be extremely reserved with this kind of thing.
Like the old cat o’ nine tails in the British Navy, this kind of treatment breaks a good man’s heart and makes a bad man even worse.
By all means, set up a site. Find out what is going on in countries like Syria and Irak. Write out a credible description of the war with Deash and the involvement of the western world. Give links to documents, photos and videos. Deal with the real problems and give us ideas of what we can do: add to the killing, look after the victims of war, raise money to help the Syrian nation rebuild itself and take back its exiled children. Then something positive might come out of it all.
We can at least pray for those people, still trapped in the hell-holes or in places like Turkey or the Greek Islands, or already discovering that there is no gold in El Dorado…