When Israel clamored to the prophet Samuel to appoint a king over them God told him to do as they wished but to also “solemnly warn them of the procedure of the king…he will take your sons and place them in his chariots…to make his weapons of war and equipment of his chariots,” 1Samuel 8:11-12.
Every form of government whether in this case a monarchial one or a democratic republic like we have today owes one fundamental thing to its subjects or citizens, protection. It is the primary purpose of a government. This is why God told Israel having a king would require their sons to be conscripted in his army.
Today we protect our citizens from enemies within through a criminal justice system and enemies from without with our military. The president serving as our commander-in-chief has the primary responsibility to protect us.
Aware of Qassem Soleimani’s past actions of terrorism and current plot to commit more atrocities President Trump did what the last two commanders-in-chief failed to do; he stopped Soleimani from committing any more acts of terrorism on the American people. Trump protected us. It is what he is supposed to do.
Retired Army General David Petraeus who also is a former head of the CIA when interviewed by Margaret Brennan of CBS News said, “This is bigger than Bin Laden, it’s bigger than Baghdadi.” Two more enemies we eliminated. Obama ha Bin Laden taken out, but that was alright because he was a Democratic President.
But Trump’s political opponents and their cheerleaders, the news media, would have us believe he acted rashly and without the necessary intelligence unnecessarily risking a war with Iran. But the voices of retaliation in Iran have been mollified possibly by the thought they could be next.
No one with any common sense, which sadly is not that common anymore, wants a war. But peace should not be purchased with the lives of our fellow citizens. We are advised in the Scriptures, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men,” Romans 12:18.
Peace is always the desired condition of every relationship if possible, but in this case peace depended on Soleimani and he was unwilling to live peaceably with the citizens of the United States.
Some in Congress have whined that they were not previously informed but that has led to military missions being compromised in the past by politicians leaking the substance of briefings to the press. Why is beyond me but such actions are treasonous to me.
Whatever the case may be this not the time for petty political infighting, it is a time for Americans to stand united behind our fellow citizens who were killed simply because they were Americans.
Paul Brown says
I have been reading your posts for several years. I have been very impressed with how your views on highly controversial issues have been very measured.
You may have more information on this one than I have seen or heard, so I will give you the benefit of the doubt. However, I think that you are a little off on this one. Of course, this is my opinion.
Gary B. King says