* Editor's Commentaries - #28  "9/11" "What's It All About, Alfie?

What's the Question?  Stay 'tuned,' for the editor's answer.

. So what was and is "9/11" all about?  Oh, I know, the experts, and leaders, and commentators have repeatedly told us what it was and is all about, but what I mean is, WHAT WAS & IS 9/11 REALLY ABOUT?!

. You have likely heard Osama/Usama bin Laden quoted as declaring that the attack of September 11, 2001 was a glorious moment in what will be an ultimately victorious "Jihad"/"Holy War" against "the great Satan," the United States of America and the Jews.  Of course this boasting of monstrosities committed and saber-rattling threatening of monstrosities intended is always dismissed as the rant of a nut who is "perverting the true nature of Islam."  Ah yes, that vaunted "true nature of Islam," is invariably, disastrously, and inexcusably portrayed as being benevolent, and peace-seeking to the core.

. Was the concerted terrorist attack of September 11, 2001 monstrously evil; yes.  Was the concerted terrorist attack of September 11, 2001 predictable; yes.  Was the concerted terrorist attack of September 11, 2001 avoidable; yes.  Can the United States avoid future terrorist attacks, and will it?  Good questions.  But unmistakably, the United States can not prevent future terrorist attacks by engaging in the insane "real-politic" that it has been engaging in, in its response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11!

. Were those thousands of people who suffered and died, and suffered and survived the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 innocent victims; yes, sinful, imperfect people, but innocent victims.  Were the overwhelming majority of those murdered on September 11, 2001 civilians; yes.  What of the victims who were in the military?  There was no state of war between the United States and any other country (though this nation should have been engaged in "war" against the propagators of terrorism prior to 9/11, and was not), and thus the victims who were military personnel who were attacked and/or murdered were for all intents and purposes innocent victims the same as the civilians, who suffered the same evils. 

. Lest you misunderstand me, let me make this very explicit, and this is according to God's Word, the Holy Bible, not man's puffed up vain thoughts and imaginings.  Before God brings judgment upon a nation, He gives sufficient warning of pending judgment, so that the nation's people will turn/repent and be spared.  * When God brings judgment upon a nation, He does so by one or more of the following means: famine (& drought); noisome beasts; "the sword," military invasion by a pagan/heathen/infidel people; pestilence, plagues/diseases/infectious diseases; and there are other means at his disposal, e.g. "natural disasters"/"mother nature," fires, floods, blizzards, earthquakes, volcanoes, tornadoes, hurricanes, and tidal waves.  When God brings judgment upon a nation, He permits suffering and destruction to fall upon not only the wicked, but regrettably also many of the good.  And when God brings judgment upon a nation, the judgment continues until His purpose is accomplished.

The only one of these conditions which has not been fulfilled in the case of judgment upon the United States of America is the last, i.e. the judgment has not continued until the purpose has been accomplished, and no amount of Government expenditure and reorganization, dependence on technological superiority, build up of military strength and intelligence agencies, and expeditionary combat/war operations will forestall such accomplishment, nor will all of the hype, theatrics, hoopla, pomp, circumstance, and skillfully crafted "impassioned" oratory or bold bravado prevent such accomplishment.  That is the bad news, but you won't ever hear it on the nightly news, not ever!

* Jeremiah 15:1-3

Then said the Lord unto me, Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my mind could not be toward this people: cast them out of my sight, and let them go forth.  

And it shall come to pass, if they say unto thee, Whither shall we go forth? then thou shalt tell them, Thus saith the LORD; Such as are for death, to death; and such as are for the sword, to the sword; and such as are for the famine, to the famine; and such as are for the captivity, to the captivity.  And I will appoint over them four kinds, saith the LORD: the sword to slay, and the dogs to tear, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the earth, to devour and destroy.

Ezekiel 14:12-23

The word of the LORD came again to me, saying, Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it: Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord GOD.

If I cause noisome beasts to pass through the land, and they spoil it, so that it be desolate, that no man may pass through because of the beasts: Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters; they only shall be delivered, but the land shall be desolate.

Or if I bring a sword upon that land, and say, Sword, go through the land; so that I cut off man and beast from it: Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters, but they only shall be delivered themselves.

Or if I send a pestilence into that land, and pour out my fury upon it in blood, to cut off from it man and beast: Though Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver their own souls by their righteousness.

For thus saith the Lord GOD; How much more when I send my four sore judgments upon Jerusalem, the sword, and the famine, and the noisome beast, and the pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast?

Yet, behold, therein shall be left a remnant that shall be brought forth, both sons and daughters: behold, they shall come forth unto you, and ye shall see their way and their doings: and ye shall be comforted concerning the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, even concerning all that I have brought upon it.  And they shall comfort you, when ye see their ways and their doings: and ye shall know that I have not done without cause all that I have done in it, saith the Lord GOD.

. Why judgment on America, because America really was sacrificially founded to be a dedicated instrument of God, by which he might show forth His glory and truth to the rest of the lost world, and America has sinned, and sinned, and sinned and rebelled against God for so long continuance that it has succeeded in bringing unbearable reproach upon the God it was created to serve, and has instead served to cause the rest of the lost world to grow even more lost. 

. Would you care for a little scriptural support?  Your request is granted, but the majority of the scriptural support can be found on other CBM website chapters, e.g. Lord's Messenger, Son of Man, State of the Union, The Time At Hand, Thus Saith the Lord.

Ezekiel 6:1-14

And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy against them, And say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD; Thus saith the Lord GOD to the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys; Behold, I, even I, will bring a sword upon you, and I will destroy your high places.  And your altars shall be desolate, and your images shall be broken: and I will cast down your slain men before your idols.

And I will lay the dead carcases of the children of Israel before their idols; and I will scatter your bones round about your altars.  In all your dwellingplaces the cities shall be laid waste, and the high places shall be desolate; that your altars may be laid waste and made desolate, and your idols may be broken and cease, and your images may be cut down, and your works may be abolished.  And the slain shall fall in the midst of you, and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

Yet will I leave a remnant, that ye may have some that shall escape the sword among the nations, when ye shall be scattered through the countries.  And they that escape of you shall remember me among the nations whither they shall be carried captives, because I am broken wi th their whorish heart, which hath departed from me, and with their eyes, which go a whoring after their idols: and they shall lothe themselves for the evils which they have committed in all their abominations.

And they shall know that I AM The LORD, and that I have not said in vain that I would do this evil unto them.

Thus saith the Lord GOD; Smite with thine hand, and stamp with thy foot, and say, Alas for all the evil abominations of the house of Israel! for they shall fall by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence.  He that is far off shall die of the pestilence; and he that is near shall fall by the sword; and he that remaineth and is besieged shall die by the famine: thus will I accomplish my fury upon them.

Then shall ye know that I am the LORD, when their slain men shall be among their idols round about their altars, upon every high hill, in all the tops of the mountains, and under every green tree, and under every thick oak, the place where they did offer sweet savour to all their idols.  So will I stretch out my hand upon them, and make the land desolate, yea, more desolate than the wilderness toward Diblath, in all their habitations: and they shall know that I am the LORD.

Ezekiel 7:1-27

Moreover the Word of The LORD came unto me, saying, Also, thou Son of Man, thus saith the LORD GOD unto the land of Israel; An end, the end is come upon the four corners of the land.

Now is the end come upon thee, and I will send mine anger upon thee, and will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense upon thee all thine abominations.

And Mine Eye shall not spare thee, neither will I have pity: but I will recompense thy ways upon thee, and thine abominations shall be in the midst of thee: and ye shall know that I AM The LORD.

Thus saith The LORD GOD; An evil, an only evil, behold, is come.  An end is come, the end is come: it watcheth for thee; behold, it is come.

The morning is come unto thee, O thou that dwellest in the land: the time is come, the day of trouble is near, and not the sounding again of the mountains.  Now will I shortly pour out My Fury upon thee, and accomplish mine anger upon thee: and I will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense thee for all thine abominations.

And mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: I will recompense thee according to thy ways and thine abominations that are in the midst of thee; and ye shall know that I am the LORD that smiteth.  Behold the day, behold, it is come: the morning is gone forth; the rod hath blossomed, pride hath budded.

Violence is risen up into a rod of wickedness: none of them shall remain, nor of their multitude, nor of any of theirs: neither shall there be wailing for them.

The time is come, the day draweth near: let not the buyer rejoice, nor the seller mourn: for wrath is upon all the multitude thereof.  For the seller shall not return to that which is sold, although they were yet alive: for the vision is touching the whole multitude thereof, which shall not return; neither shall any strengthen himself in the iniquity of his life.

They have blown the trumpet, even to make all ready; but none goeth to the battle: for my wrath is upon all the multitude thereof.  The sword is without, and the pestilence and the famine within: he that is in the field shall die with the sword; and he that is in the city, famine and pestilence shall devour him.

But they that escape of them shall escape, and shall be on the mountains like doves of the valleys, all of them mourning, every one for his iniquity.  All hands shall be feeble, and all knees shall be weak as water.  They shall also gird themselves with sackcloth, and horror shall cover them; and shame shall be upon all faces, and baldness upon all their heads.  They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity.

As for the beauty of his ornament, he set it in majesty: but they made the images of their abominations and of their detestable things therein: therefore have I set it far from them.  And I will give it into the hands of the strangers for a prey, and to the wicked of the earth for a spoil; and they shall pollute it.  My face will I turn also from them, and they shall pollute my secret place: for the robbers shall enter into it, and defile it.

Make a chain: for the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence.  Wherefore I will bring the worst of the heathen, and they shall possess their houses: I will also make the pomp of the strong to cease; and their holy places shall be defiled.  Destruction cometh; and they shall seek peace, and there shall be none.

Mischief shall come upon mischief, and rumour shall be upon rumour; then shall they seek a vision of the prophet; but the law shall perish from the priest, and counsel from the ancients.  The king shall mourn, and the prince shall be clothed with desolation, and the hands of the people of the land shall be troubled: I will do unto them after their way, and according to their deserts will I judge them; and they shall know that I am the LORD.



. The insane "real-politic" response previously mentioned, refers to the following:

Occasionally I think while standing up, walking, or even chewing gum, though I can't say I necessarily do my best thinking while exerting myself in these ways - Editor/Ed.

Boys are so silly, I prefer to do my deep thinking, reflection, ruminating, and meditation, while I am reclining at length in the tub, preferably with several servants to attend to my every whim and need.  [One must be careful to only think in moderation while soaking, though, lest one should turn into a prune!]  Umm, I wonder if those silly hunky stone-age boys are thinking about me?  If they think they can use me like I'm some worthless disposable thing, they've got another thing coming! 

{No, bathing beauty.  If I had a lady like you to think about (but a little less "hard-bodied"), I wouldn't manage to think of anything else.  It is true, God does work in mysterious ways.}

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Al's secret to his superior thinking - sitting down.

 Ah yes, now I see the resemblance between Albert Einstein and CBM's Editor, they are both hard-bodied hunks (almost as if chiseled out of stone) and undeniably dreamers.



what's a hunk, am i a hunk too?  boy, i think that lady has the right idea, a relaxing soak in the tub home (toc)

ok you little feller, but while you are splashing around, pretend you are winston churchill, and not a seal.

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