There Will Never Be Peace Without Christ and His Church |
Politics will not bring it about, Ideologies will not effect a truce, Force will only inflame the situation. The Only Solution to a Lasting Peace in the Middle East is Conversion of both Muslim and Jew to True Catholicism. It's as simple as that!
"As I noted earlier, lost in all of this violence and mayhem and intrigue, however, is one simple fact: almost all of the key players in the Israeli-Palestinian dispute are captive to the Devil by means of Original Sin. While there are some Palestinian Christians involved in the Palestine Authority, most of the Palestinian leadership is composed of Mohammedans, people who believe in a false god and who believe in the use of force to spread themselves across the face of the earth. And the descendants of the people from whom our Lord Himself took His Sacred Humanity, rejecting as a matter of routine course our Lord's Sacred Divinity, are to this day in a state of Original Sin. Souls in a state of Original Sin do not see the world clearly. Their intellects are darkened and their wills are weakened."
"In those days, Peter opening his mouth, said, 'Ye men of Israel, and ye that fear God, hear. The God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers hath glorified His Son Jesus, Whom you indeed delivered up and denied before the face of Pilate, when he judged He should be released. But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you. But the Author of life you killed, Whom God hath raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses. And now, brethren, I know that you did it through ignorance, as did also your rulers. But those things which God before had showed by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ should suffer, He hath so fulfilled. Repent therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out'" (Acts 3: 13-15, 17-19).
Saint Peter spoke the truth in the first Papal urbi et orbi address on Pentecost Sunday. Over 3,000 men were converted after he proclaimed the truth Who is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ a short time after the descent of the Holy Ghost in tongues of flame upon the Apostles and our dear Mother Mary in the same Upper Room in Jerusalem where our Lord had instituted the priesthood and the Eucharist at the Last Supper. Saint Peter did not mince words. Filled with the Holy Ghost and the charism of infallibility, he understood that there is only one path to peace in individual souls and among men in the world: conversion to belief in the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity made Man as He has revealed Himself through His true Church, brought to birth in that Upper Room in Jerusalem on Pentecost Sunday. Saint Peter did not engage in syncretism or religious indifferentism. No, he was faithful to what his Master had commissioned him to do before He ascended to the Father's right hand in glory just ten days earlier. Saint Peter knew that men had to have the Gospel of Jesus Christ preached to them in order to see the world clearly through the eyes of Faith and then to cooperate with the graces made available to them through the Sacraments in order to live out their Faith in every aspect of their lives.
As I have noted on several other occasions in the last few years, there is no other path to peace in the Middle East than the conversion of Jews and Mohammedans to Catholicism. It is that simple. People whose souls are captive to the Devil by means of Original Sin are prone to respond to acts of injustice in a spirit of revenge and hatred, eschewing the example of the God-Man on the wood of the Holy Cross to forgive one's persecutors. Mercy is a foreign concept to people whose souls have not been introduced to the very inner life of the Blessed Trinity by means of sanctifying grace in the baptismal font. Thus, those who are unbaptized come to view their enemies with hatred and hostility, seeking always to hatch some plot of violence-based revenge to redress all grievances, whether real or imagined.
United States Secretary of State Colin Powell is not going to bring peace to the Middle East. American emissary Anthony Zinni is not going to bring peace to the Middle East. Peace in the Middle East is not going to be realized as Mohammedans take refuge inside of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and as Israeli soldiers fire rounds of ammunition into that holy shrine. Peace is not going to be realized as the Israeli's occupy the West Bank once again by force or as Mohammedans blow themselves and others up in suicide attacks waged upon both military and civilian targets in Israel.
The peace of Christ does not consist in earthbound, naturalistic efforts to broker a secular concept of peace nor in continued violence designed to wipe out one's enemies from the face of the earth.
As I noted last year, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is fascistic pig who hates Arabs. He hates them. He is a man who has much blood on his hands. He masterminded the Israeli invasion of southern Lebanon in 1982, which virtually subjected a once proud nation to the status of a partitioned state, part of which was occupied by Israel, part of which was controlled effectively by the late dictator of Syria, President Haffez el-Assad. (Lebanon had been ravaged by a civil war between Mohammedans and Christians which began in 1975, thereby giving Syria a foothold in that once proud country.) Sharon masterminded that invasion of Lebanon which occurred at a time when the world's attention was focused on the Falkland Islands War as the British were making their finally putsch to recapture those islands the Argentines in June of that year. Sharon was the military commander who supervised the merciless shelling of Beirut during the summer of 1982, the most intense aspects of which destroyed large sections of the city once known as the Paris of the Mideast. Sharon believed that the relentless bombing would result in the death of the Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Yasser Arafat, and thus put an end to the "Palestinian Problem," an eery echo of what a mustachioed fellow in Germany believed concerning the Jews themselves. Sharon still believes that Arafat is the source of Israel's problems. In truth, Arafat has been created as a result of Israel's continued injustices and acts of aggression against Palestinians.
Sharon toured the concentration camps which held displaced Palestinians in southern Lebanon that summer of 1982 with a degree of fierce arrogance. He came very close to saying that the Palestinians imprisoned in those refugee camps were something approaching sub-humans, unworthy of anything other than the barest sustenance to maintain their lives. Sharon has thus long been the very embodiment of Israeli contempt for the dignity of the very people whose homes and property were taken forcibly by the Zionists after World War II. Indeed, Sharon is simply the product of the ancient Jewish belief that Jews have a Biblical right to the territory which once constituted the ancient kingdoms of Israel and Judah prior to the Babylonian Captivity. Those who eventually settled in Palestine following the dispersal of the Jews by the Romans in 70 A.D. were believed to be squatters, even though homes and property had been in the possession of generations of Arab families from that time through the end of the Ottoman Empire and through the period of British control of the region. Many of those whose property was confiscated in 1948 and thereafter were forced to live in squalid conditions in refugee camps, breeding anger in the hearts of men and women who saw the irony in how the victims of the Nazi racialist ideology had themselves used racialist theories to subject other human beings to the level of virtual slaves. Believe it or not, some of those Palestinians whose property was taken in 1948 still live in those "refugee" camps.
The wretched treatment of the Palestinians by the Zionists in the past fifty-four years helped to produce various organizations dedicated to the used of armed force to seek justice for those victimized by Israeli racialism and imperialism. As most of these organizations are organized and directed by infidels (Mohammedans), there has been no compunction about the deliberate targeting of innocent Israelis, especially women and children, for injury or death in terrorist attacks. Most of the leaders of the various Palestinian organizations (who have long been at war with each other; intramural warfare among Arabs has been a longstanding characteristic of life in the Middle East) viewed Jews with the same sort of contempt with which the Jews viewed them. Thus, no Israeli national was considered to be "innocent" and therefore immune from all manner of attacks (car bombings, shooting sprees, assassinations).
The cycle of violence and acts of retribution has waxed and waned over the years. The hostilities between Egypt and Israel more or less ceased as a result of the Camp David accords brokered by former President Jimmy Carter in September of 1978 and March of 1979. The more intractable Palestinian problem, however, has proved more difficult to resolve, especially since the future of the city of Jerusalem is at the epicenter of the dispute between the Israelis and the Palestinians. There have been more White House sponsored "deals" and "agreements" in the past eight years alone than one can count. Each deal has been incomplete, subject to further negotiations and clarifications, which wind up causing more problems than they resolve (which, to be honest, is typical of even a simple transaction at a market anywhere in the Mideast, whether in an Arab country or in Jerusalem). The succession of Israeli governments in recent years has only added to the uncertain nature of negotiations between the Palestine Authority and Israel. President George W. Bush has learned nothing from the past, believing that "diplomacy" will solve a problem that has its roots in a rejection of the One who was Crucified and rose from the dead in Jerusalem in 33. A.D.
Sharon's visit to a mosque in 2000, when he was Israel's Foreign Minister, precipitated a new round of violence between Palestinians and the Israelis. He knew he would provoke such violence, thus undermining the efforts of the man he wound up defeating for the Prime Ministership, Ehud Barak, to enjoy public support while engaging in negotiations with President Arafat. Sharon's provocative act was designed to do to his own government what some Palestinians have been attempting to do with Arafat himself by provoking the Israeli military to overreact to stone throwing incidents. Sharon has long been as much a provocateur as have been those Palestinians who believe that Arafat is going "soft" in his old age.
As I noted earlier, lost in all of this violence and mayhem and intrigue, however, is one simple fact: almost all of the key players in the Israeli-Palestinian dispute are captive to the Devil by means of Original Sin. While there are some Palestinian Christians involved in the Palestine Authority, most of the Palestinian leadership is composed of Mohammedans, people who believe in a false god and who believe in the use of force to spread themselves across the face of the earth. And the descendants of the people from whom our Lord Himself took His Sacred Humanity, rejecting as a matter of routine course our Lord's Sacred Divinity, are to this day in a state of Original Sin. Souls in a state of Original Sin do not see the world clearly. Their intellects are darkened and their wills are weakened. They are more inclined to deny the plain truth and to act in accord to the dictates of passion (rather than reason) than those who are attempting, however feebly, to cooperate with sanctifying and actual graces following Baptism. Thus, souls captive to the Devil by means of Original Sin are more inclined to anger, violence and revenge than those who understand their identity as redeemed creatures by virtue of our Lord's redemptive act on the wood of the Holy Cross. They are thus prone to be merciless and vengeful rather than merciful and forgiving.
Our Lord did nothing by accident. He chose to born of the stock of Abraham. He chose to be born in a particular region of the world. He prophesied that His rejection by the Chosen People (although certainly motivated in large measure by our own sins) would result in the destruction of Jerusalem, symbolic of the destruction disorder that people introduce into their own lives when they persist in a rejection of His Sacred Divinity and the truths He has deposited in Holy Mother Church. And He said quite pointedly that He had come into the world not to give peace as the world defines it (as the absence of conflict). He came into the world to make it possible for individual souls to be a peace with the Triune God by virtue of being in states of sanctifying grace, which enlightens the intellect to see reality clearly through the lens of Truth Incarnate and strengthens the will to choose wisely in accord with Love Incarnate. Peace in the world (whether among individuals in families or among groups competing for territorial supremacy) is the product of souls which are at peace with the Blessed Trinity. Authentic peace in the world, therefore, is simply not possible when people are held captive to the Devil by means of Original Sin and/or when they are in states of unrepentant mortal sin. Even some of the pagans of antiquity, such as Plato, understood that there was a direct connection between order in the soul and order in society. Disciples of our Blessed Lord understand that there is a very direct connection between grace in the soul and the ability to view all one's fellow human beings who bear within their immortal souls the Divine impress.
As I noted in a piece in Christ or Chaos two years ago, there is no other path to peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians absent their conversion to the Catholic Faith. Our Lord commissioned the Apostles to make disciples of all men in the whole world, starting in Jerusalem. It is the will of the Divine Redeemer that the region in which He lived and died and resurrected and ascended to the Father's right hand in glory come to recognize Him as the only One Who can lead people to true happiness here as a preparation for eternal joy in the Heavenly Jerusalem which has no end. He wants all people on the face of this earth to be fed by His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in the Eucharist. He wants all people to have their mortal sins committed after baptism forgiven in the hospital of Divine Mercy which is the confessional. He wants all people to submit themselves in humility and in docility to the teaching authority of His true Church, headed visibly on earth by the Successor of Saint Peter, the Vicar of Christ, the Bishop of Rome. He wants all people to honor His Most Blessed Mother, whose Immaculate Heart has been entrusted with the cause of true world peace. The answer to the problems in the Middle East is spiritual, not political. For just as the Jews of old considered the Messiah in political and territorial terms, so do both the Jews and Arabs today look to politics and land as the means to resolve their disputes.
Thomas A. Droleskey, Ph.D.
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May 7, 2002
volume 13, no. 87
CHRIST or chaos