During this past week, we were called upon to remain in prayer, and to think deeply about our place on this old planet. Of course, we are directed to do this at all times, throughout our lives, but being Holy Week, our minds and hearts are even more strongly led to serve as His witnesses to everyone around us.
When Syria killed many of its own people, especially innocent children, the United States of America took action. Chemical weapons were visited upon the most vulnerable of victims in the country.
We, in turn, sent airstrikes against the Syrian military base, Shayrat, that was the source of these nerve-killing agents.
Fifty-nine Tomahawk missiles were launched and met their goal.
Our intentions to combat this atrocity were not nebulous, or without direction. President Trump authorized and initiated strikes against those Syrians who, in very plain terms, deserved to have their behinds painfully kicked, if not annihilated.
So many "hemophiliac" liberals and half-wits, such as Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and Sen. Rand Paul, said they wanted to be "consulted" before any moves were made in this situation, and I would imagine, allowed to throw their less-than-two-cents'-worth into the ring. In truth, however, they only planned to drag their feet as usual.
While they fiddle, "red lines" are crossed, and the world burns.
The president instead, stood up and did what he was elected to do - defend the Constitution of our country, protect our interests, and fight for our people, and any souls who are being grossly mistreated. I'm sure much has changed since I plowed through government and civics classes at dear old Evans High School, but we were taught that handling foreign affairs was definitely the business of our leader.
Ret. Army Gen. Jack Keane, has said that "[the president] fundamentally changed the narrative," and "has come through pressure on a new administration well."
Does everybody outside (or inside our borders) love what he did? No, but when did we start worrying what our enemies think of us when we follow our collective conscience?
Not Russia, not Iran, and certainly not Syria, or that slimy toad Bashar Assad, apparently one of Vladimir Putin's puppets, ever dreamed that they couldn't quite literally get away with murder, or that anyone would take any kind of exception to their monstrosities.
Syria's powers-that-be said the attacks on their revolutionaries were against terrorist organizations. Ironically, less than 10 percent of any attacks made by Syria or its allies have been directed toward ISIS.
The overwhelming majority of resistance has been against those individuals opposing Assad and his oppressive government. Syria is encouraging rebels and refugees to "clear out," so that areas beyond government control can be "depopulated."
And I may be wrong, but I just don't think a 4-year-old writhing in agony was ever interested in causing mayhem in the first place.
It also amazed me that such crazies as Assad and his cronies were "incensed" by our country's actions. As Ambassador Nikki Haley, very expertly and efficiently stated, Russia was either horribly duplicitous or ridiculously incompetent, to allow or sanction Syria's devilish deeds. She subsequently declared that "we are not going to allow them to cover for [such a] regime anymore."
In addition, she also said that although we did not enjoy taking decisive measures, we'd do it again if necessary. Nobody wants any kind of war or conflict, but, as Thomas Paine purported when we were trying to extricate ourselves from King George's grip, do we just let the criminals reign? (I paraphrase, of course.)
I'm reminded of a schoolyard bully who raises Cain when somebody has had all he's going to take and responds righteously.
What's that old saying - If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen?
Maybe Russia needs to tend to its own tea kettle for a while.
By the same token, I'm more than slightly concerned about that nut running North Korea, Kim Jong-un.
This horrendous individual is a spoiled brat, bent on having his way, even if it brings down everything around him.
Easter has arrived again, and hopefully with it, a renewed determination on the part of Christians everywhere to stand for what is good, hate what is evil, and follow His will continuously.
According to my father, and history, they often said in WWII, especially after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, "praise the Lord, and pass the ammunition."
Mindy Jeffers is a retired English teacher and a longtime resident of Columbia County. You may e-mail any comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.