Thats what we will get to.

Saturday, December 31, 2005

Another Merry Christmas

in Indonesian some 2000 people have been killed (including three Christian teenage girls who were beheaded for not wearing veils) in Muslim violence.

Why may I ask, since Indonesia is a recipiant of US aid, US tourist money and more doesn't the Church try to boycott Indonesia? They have all kinds of meetings about how horrible life is in Israel, who is just trying to defend itself and yet from Christians nothing is ever heard about this atrocity.

Read it for yourself. Its crazy. I wonder if this suicide bombing would be 'understandable' to the Christian left.

PALU, Indonesia (Reuters) - A bomb packed with nails exploded in a crowded Christian market selling pork ahead of New Year celebrations in eastern Indonesia on Saturday, killing at least seven people and wounding 53, police said.


The early morning blast in Palu, capital of volatile Central Sulawesi province, came after warnings of militant violence during the Christmas and New Year season in Indonesia. But it appeared to be linked to regional tensions, not international Islamic militancy.

Indonesia is predominantly Muslim but its east has large pockets of Christians, to whom pork is not forbidden.

Bystanders carried bleeding shoppers from the makeshift market to a road, putting them in passing cars to be taken to hospital. One man screamed as he held up his bloodied arms.

"Suddenly there was a flash of light and a really loud bang. We were all thrown to the ground," one wounded pork seller told El Shinta radio from his hospital bed.

"I saw many buyers who had lost their legs. We just tried to save ourselves by fleeing the market."

"It was a homemade bomb. It was full of nails," said police spokesman Major-General Paulus Purwoko in Jakarta.

Central Sulawesi police said seven of the 60 people reported injured had died, and that security was being tightened, especially in places of worship.

The official Antara news agency said another bomb had been found and defused near the market in Palu, 1,650 km (1,030 miles) northeast of Jakarta.

"This was done by outside perpetrators to create an unstable situation in Palu," Rusdi Masura, mayor of South Palu regency, told Metro television.


Intercommunal violence has killed thousands since the downfall of longtime autocrat Suharto in 1998.

Fighting between Muslims and Christians in central Sulawesi from 1998-2001 killed 2,000 people, mainly around the Muslim town of Poso. Since then, violence has been sporadic.

Last October three teenage Christian girls were beheaded near Poso. Bomb attacks last May in the Christian town of Tentena killed 22 people.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Happy Chanuka to all?

I have seen alot of bloggers say how the checkpoints in Israel are such a waste of time and so terrible.
What could have happened today if this person had been able to get where he planned to go? What would have happened in a mall busy with shoppers for Chanuka and full of teenagers?

This suicide bomber was there to go after families. Is this peace? Is this co existance? What do people expect the Israils to do just allow bombers into the country so that the Christian Left can be happy?

By NASSER ISHTAYEH, Associated Press Writer
1 hour, 1 minute ago

TULKAREM, West Bank - A Palestinian suicide bomber trying to enter Israel blew himself up Thursday at a military checkpoint set up to foil attackers, killing an Israeli soldier and two other Palestinians.


The army said it set up the checkpoint in the West Bank shortly after receiving warnings that a suicide bomber was headed toward Israel. The bomber was traveling in a taxi that stopped at the roadblock for a security check.

Three occupants got out, including a man wearing a large overcoat. When soldiers ordered him to remove the coat, he detonated a concealed explosives belt, the army said.

The suicide bombing took place just south of the Palestinian town of Tulkarem, about two miles inside the West Bank.

The army said the bomber, an accomplice and the taxi driver were killed. One Israeli officer died and three soldiers were wounded, one seriously, the army added. Seven Palestinians were wounded, Palestinian medical officials said.

The bombing came hours after Israeli warplanes and artillery pounded the northern Gaza Strip, beginning an aggressive new campaign to stop Palestinian rocket fire. The army has threatened to shoot anyone who approaches the border.

Meanwhile, Palestinian officials imposed a series of roadblocks in southern Gaza as they searched for a British aid worker and her parents kidnapped a day earlier by Palestinian gunmen.

The Arabic satellite station Al-Arabiya reported that Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the suicide attack. The claim could not immediately be confirmed.

The army imposed closures on the West Bank towns of Tulkarem and Qalqiliya.

Israel's deputy defense minister, Zeev Boim, said Thursday's attack was carried out by Islamic Jihad operatives in the northern West Bank, with direct support from the group's leadership in Syria.

"Their efforts to put suicide bombers in the center of Israel are always ongoing," he told Israel Radio, praising the army for foiling what could have been a far worse attack if the attackers had reached an Israeli city.

David Baker, an official in Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's office, noted the attacker aimed to strike inside Israel during the Hanukkah holiday — a time when many families are outside because of school vacation.

Islamic Jihad has carried out a series of suicide attacks since Israel and the Palestinians declared a cease-fire last February. It also has been responsible for most of the rocket fire out of Gaza aimed at southern Israeli towns, which has continued despite Israel's withdrawal from Gaza in September.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Ummm Is this Christianity?

I have been talking to some interesting folks over on a progressive theology blog.

The blog author like the 'church' he belongs to claims to be against violence yet acts as a mouthpiece for Hamas and Hezbollah.

Isn't it weird to anyone but me that someone who claims to be Christian supports groups that call for genocide? Isn't killing people supposed to be against Christianity?

A quote from a link on this guys blog in which Hamas suicide bombers are called 'freedom fighters': And I quote!

When my friends and I approached the checkpoint, we were split into men and women. I was the only man in our group so I had to enter the line for men who fit the age profile for Palestinian freedom fighters. I asked if I could enter the line for women and older men, since I was carrying an American passport.

I mean is it any wonder Jewish people are paranoid of Christians these days???

Here is the link, from the Palestine summer blog this guy did if you can stomach it read on:

Another nice quote from our Christian friends:

They have taken many traditional Christmas Carols and re-arranged them, so
that these well-known songs can become the vehicle for widespread awareness about the unfolding genocide, ethnic cleansing and dispossession of the Palestinian people by the Zionist entity - and also to impart some understanding of the legitimate right of all Palestinians to resist.

This is from the blog of a theology student no less.
You can't make this stuff up.

Now for anyone not familiar with Hamas and Hezbollah or with the fanatics in Iran, the "Zionist entity' in question is Israel.
How can such terrible bigotry go unquestioned in the Christian world? Why doesn't anyone speak out about this stuff?

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Finding Lourdes

For anyone who doesn't know, Lourdes is a famous place in France where people go to be healed, a place where many people believe one can find miracles.

One part of my work, that I find is very common is that people bring in some consultants and expect you to just wave your magic want, sprinkle fairy dust and 'fix' this long list of problems no one on the inside has been able to figure out. Of course all of this must occur in three days. Or less.


One thing I sometimes say in a joking way is that 'This isn't Lourdes sorry, I can't do miracles but thanks for your optimism...' and explain to them the reality as I see it anyhow.

My business partner, a brilliant woman of many talents, said that line in a seminar we were giving for on Strategic Planning for a large government agency. Turns out the real problem was that everyone there in charge really really hated each other....and I mean hate.

When someone in the room asked her about fixing that, she replyed of course that it would take a miracle to solve such a problem as 30 adults who couldn't get along well enough to make their agency function, and pointed out in jest that 'it wasn't Lourdes".

People laughed, we moved on.

One evaluation we got, and they were mostly glowing, was very troubled that she had joked about a sacred place like Lourdes. She felt religion was being mocked. My partner and I tried to brush it off, but all the way home in the car something troubled me about that. Life being what it is, so long as the client was happy, and the evalutions ran at 4.8 out of 5, I got into our next project and just tried to put it out of my mind. I reminded myself never to say that to a client again. Things being the way that they are, I never tell my partner what to say or not say, but in my mind, if someone was offended, I take that seriously.

Then, out of the blue I ran into a woman I know thru my youngest daughter. Her little girl had been in second grade with mine last year. Her husband had been sick and a number of times I had watched Anna so she could visit him at the hospital. I wasn't sure what he had exactly but I assumed he was going to recover, I mean the guy was in his 30's seemed fine before and was at a good hospital right?

Wrong. He died the woman said just the mounth before. It was a terrible moment. I just hugged her and of course offered to help her with Anna if she needed it.

She told me she had just come back from someplace far away with her children and she was feeling better and would be ok.

You won't believe where she went.

To Lourdes.

She wanted to ask God to help her recover from her beloved husbands death. I was stunned.

I think one can never underestimate the power of Belief. Whether you call it faith, or simply the 'Placebo Effect' when people *believe* something is going to happen, its more likely to occur.

Amita, Anna's mothers face looked sad and resigned at the same time. She told me again, she would be fine. And I believe her.