BEIRUT — Turkish troops fired tear gas and water cannons Monday to disperse crowds near Suruc, Turkey, on the Syrian border, where Turkish and Syrian Kurds have been demonstrating against border closings and the Islamic State’s latest advances in Syria.At least 130,000 refugees have poured into Turkey in the past three days, fleeing the onslaught of the militants.The militants have taken more than 60 villages in recent days as they push toward the border town of Ayn al-Arab, or Kobane in Kurdish. Taking Kobane would give the militants control of a large stretch of the Syrian-Turkish frontier — and another potential route for Islamic State recruits to enter Syria.
“When we are children we seldom think of the future. This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can. The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind.”
― Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind
another words,don’t be in a hurry to grow up too fast.Enjoy your birthday!!
You’ll have plenty of time to drive a car,to meet someone special, to go out in the world and all of those other things that happen when you become an adult. It’s the present moment that counts…make it count!
ISIS put out on social media one of their warnings to the West recently. In all these warnings there is one consistent theme;they call the West-at this point the U.S. and England-the “crusader” countries. Here is where ISIS goes wrong. The Crusades were related to the Catholic Church.
It [the First Crusade]was launched on 27 November 1095 by Pope Urban II with the primary goal of responding to an appeal from Byzantine Emperor Alexios I Komnenos, who requested that western volunteers come to his aid and help to repel the invading Seljuq Turks from Anatolia. An additional goal soon became the principal objective—the Christian reconquest of the sacred city of Jerusalem and the Holy Land and the freeing of the Eastern Christians from Muslim rule.
The United States was not even a thought at this point.
England is associated with the Church of England as founded by King Henry the VII when he BROKE from the Catholic Church.
To call the United States and England “crusader” countries is totally inaccurate. In the present time you could hardly call either country a “crusader” country because,unfortunately,both of them have become extremely secularized.
The West has a problem. Who are the moderate Muslims they keep calling on? The Muslim countries have a problem because power depends on who is the biggest and baddest in the neighborhood. ISIS makes that claim now because they have been the most barbaric and savage to date. When you claim power by force then it becomes the battle between the most powerful. Or put another way you could say,”he who lives by the sword,dies by the sword.” It means forever looking over you shoulder.[Governance by force only works so long because it will depend on who is the most brutal and violent.Eventually someone comes along more brutal and violent.Self destructive ]
ISIS also warned in their latest video that they would destroy the U.S. economically. Sorry ISIS,but Obama beat you to the punch on that one.He hasn’t completely destroyed our economic system but he’s got another 2 yr to go and he can do plenty of damage by then.
Fortunately for the U.S. it’s people have always been resilient. In the pioneer days it was a life of struggle and hardship.
The American people lived through the Dust Bowl and Great Depression of the 1930’s. It’s not as if the American economy has never seen major disasters and her people have never suffered hardships. It’s always been the resiliency of the American people that has seen the country through some of the worst times-one more economic set back is not going to undo the country.We may even survive the Obama presidency.
I do understand why a young person would become disillusioned with the Western Culture,in particular the United States. We have become secularized,ungodly and lost many of the values that made us a great country in the first place. The young people are not being given a challenge to live up to an ideal. The bar has been set too low. When youth knows more about a ‘scandalized’ ( i use the term loosely here for a reason)celebrity than our history,current events and system of government we’re in trouble. When our youth are spoon fed the worst that a culture has to offer-i call it the swamp-we have a problem. Sorry,but liberalism has pulled the rug from under our feet.So you take an immigrant who has left the culture of his own country,cannot find a way to fit into a secularized culture that has such shallow values it’s no wonder they are swayed by a culture that seems to fill that void.If only we were the Godly conservative culture we used to be.
Another error ISIS makes in calling the U.S. a crusader country; the colonies were for the most part Protestant. Anti Catholicism was not unusual in the United States for years. Many years.To this day it’s the last (largely inacknowleged) bigotry.John F Kennedy was the ONLY US President to be Catholic and even then people questioned whether he ought be elected or not. Some of the lesser known founding fathers were Catholic.
ISIS lacks a historical knowledge of the United States;meaning some of the rhetoric in their ‘warnings’ doesn’t make sense to the average U.S. citizen.They also don’t understand that as much as we oppose our President when he’s wrong-when it comes to protecting the American people and doing what is right we will support him whether we voted for him or not. We have a lot of challenges facing our country.I’m hopeful the next President will have the courage to face them and not blame the previous administration. I’m hoping he/she is guided by moral values,not politics.
Our first President knew enough to be humble and where real strength comes from