When Good is Evil and Evil Good

When Good is Evil and Evil Good
Vol: 18 Issue: 28 Friday, March 28, 2003

Iraqi officials accused the coalition forces of violating the rules of war by deliberately targeting civilians after a missile slammed into a market place and killed 15 civilians. Altogether, the Iraqis say that coalition forces are responsible for more than 4000 civilian casualties including more than 350 civilian deaths.

The United States says the missile was not fired by the coalition. The military tracks each missile it fires, including doing bomb damage assessment on every strike. The US said it had no assets in that area at that time, and said the weapon was most likely an Iraqi missile.

There is no way to verify or disprove these numbers, but the accuracy of the coalition weaponry can be tracked, and so far, there are reports of only three precision weapons going off course out of more than 5000. That is a 99.9% accuracy rate for the weapons, which logically means one of two things.

Either the coalition IS targeting civilians, or the regime of Saddam Hussein is lying.

The evidence tends to overwhelmingly favor the coalition. A week into the war, Baghdad’s civilian infrastructure remains untouched. The streetlights remain on, the water continues to run, the predicted humanitarian disasters exist only in places where Iraqi troops created them.

Logic would dictate that since only one side can be telling the truth, and given Iraq’s conduct of the war so far, that the most believable accounts would be coming from Centcom.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, President Bush and others have accused the Iraqis of essentially ripping up the Geneva Conventions on the Articles of War.

Among the violations so far include Iraq’s placing military weaponry near civilians, using civilians as human shields, disguising soldiers as civilians, feigning surrender and of violating the rules of prisoner of war status by televising American and British prisoners and casualties and killing prisoners.

Established in 1949 after World War II, the Geneva Conventions contain four primary governing laws. One protects wounded and sick soldiers, the second deals with shipwrecked sailors (not particularly relevant in this war), the third addresses how to handle prisoners of war and the fourth deals with protecting civilians in times of conflict.

Additional protocols established in 1977 go into greater detail to protect civilians from being exploited for military purposes.

The protocols ban the use of people as so-called human shields and disguising soldiers as civilians in wartime. They also forbid “the feigning of an intent to negotiate under a flag of truce or of a surrender.”

The Iraqis are using women and children as human shields behind which they engage coalition forces while wearing civilian clothes. One US Marine wounded in combat near Nasareih said that in four days of combat, he had not yet seen an Iraqi fighting in uniform.

Many Iraqi prisoners are taken wearing civilian clothes over their uniforms. Many of the coalition’s casualties so far came as a consequence of Iraqi forces surrendering, then opening fire on them when they dropped their guard to receive their surrender.

Marines in the field say they’ve seen children as young as seven carrying AK47’s ‘marching’ in the front ranks of Iraqi units.

In Basrah, Iraqi troops have rounded up women and children to hold hostage in order to ensure their fathers will fight for the regime. If they are captured or if they surrender, these fathers are told their families will be slaughtered. These fathers have no reason to doubt that the threats will be carried out.

Assessment:

While all this is going on in Iraq, about 190 anti-war protesters were arrested Thursday after they blocked traffic on Fifth Avenue — part of a daylong series of demonstrations throughout the city.

The anti-warriors staged a ‘die-in’ painting themselves red to represent all the Iraqi civilians allegedly killed by the coalition. While they continue to protest the war on ‘humanitarian’ grounds, the Iraqi forces themselves continue to kill off Iraqi civilians with abandon while coalition efforts to avoid civilian casualties put allied forces at increased risk.

Something like a collective madness has overcome a significant part of the global population. How could anyone in their right mind argue in favor of Saddam Hussein’s regime, especially on moral or legal grounds?

The ‘moral’ case against the coalition goes something like this. If the coalition had not begun its war against the Iraqi regime, then Iraqi troops wouldn’t be putting civilians in harm’s way. If we weren’t there, Saddam wouldn’t be firing missiles at its own civilians.

If there were no war, Saddam wouldn’t have cut off food and water to Basrah, creating a humanitarian catastrophe in Iraq’s second-largest city. If there weren’t coalition troops on the ground, then Iraqi troops wouldn’t be forced to pretend to be civilians or pretend to surrender in order to ambush American and British forces.

On the other hand, if the anti-warriors had their way, then Iraq would remain an international outlaw suffering under UN sanctions that have been so far been responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children from malnutrition and disease.

Remember that the anti-warriors claim to oppose the war on ‘humanitarian’ grounds.

To accept that argument requires rewriting reality to make Saddam Hussein the victim of an expansionist American regime led by the despotic George W. Bush.

As transparent as this argument is, to most of the Arab world and a significant portion of Europe and Russia, that is precisely the situation as they see it.

The Bible paints a portrait of the world in the last days — a world in which evil is good, and good is evil — a world in which men will shake their fists at God and worship the antichrist.

The Apostle Paul describes it as ‘perilous times’.

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2 Timothy 3:1-4)

The kind of upside-down moral code that can protest the removal of Saddam Hussein on humanitarian grounds.

I often get email from people asking me if I REALLY think these are the last days, and if so, how close are we to The End?

I wish I could say, but unfortunately, I have only one Source of information the subject, and the Bible says that no man can know the day or the hour.

But my information Source isn’t completely silent on the question.

How close are we? According to Jesus, “when these things BEGIN to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:28)

Lately, I’ve been looking up so often my neck hurts.

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About Pete Garcia

Christian, father, husband, veteran, pilot, and sinner saved by grace. I am a firm believer in, and follower of Jesus Christ. I am Pre-Trib, Dispensational, and Non-Denominational (but I lean Southern Baptist).

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