If you’ve read more than three things I’ve written, you’ve probably noticed that I’m frequently delighted by words. Periodically something in the Bible, or a book, or that someone said, will really grab my attention and captivate my thoughts and emotions. Such was the case today when I read a quote from Shimon Peres. Peres is Israel’s former prime minister and current president. A couple of years ago someone had asked Shimon Peres what he thought of America’s ongoing conflict in Iraq and here was his response:
“First I must put something in context,” he began. “America is unique in the history of the world. In the history of the world, whenever there has been war, the nation that is victorious has taken land from the nation that has been defeated – land has always been the basis of wealth on our planet. Only one nation in history, and this during the last century, was willing to lay down hundreds of thousands of lives and take no land in its victory – no land from Germany, no land from Japan. America. America is unique in the history of the world for its willingness to sacrifice so many of its precious sons and daughters for liberty, not solely for itself but also for its friends.”
I adore this statement because I actually believe in what President Obama has referred to as “American exceptionalism” (only in his references, this is not seen as something good). Of course I don’t think that America is the only nation with anything good to offer, but I do believe in the historic American fundamental principles of economic and political freedom. I grow weary of the attitude I keep hearing that America is just one nation among many. I am saddened by the fact that not too long ago our own commander in chief president Obama went on what has since been referred to as “Obama’s American Apology Tour”. I’ve been disappointed in recent years to see us not honor our commitment to our allies, and watch as our own president has been praised by the likes of such as Hugo Chavez and Mummar Quaddafi.
Am I alone in these thoughts?
Mark 8:34–38: You Can’t Buy a Soul Out of Hell
4 hours ago