Member Rara Avis
Deep in the heart
LR - To my knowledge, and according to a history professor with whom I am acquainted, no lives were lost during the Boston Tea Party. It was an act of civil disobedience and, from the British point of view, vandalism and theft.
With regard to Marion, et al, they conducted no acts of terrorism. They killed no innocent bystanders, women or children. The British believed there was only one way to wage land warfare and they were unble to deal with guerilla tactics. They were used to uniformed men standing in lines 50 meters apart and shooting at each other until one army retreated. There is a difference in creating terror in the hearts of your foe and committing a terrorist act that kills the innocent. I should think a learned man such as yourself would readily see the difference.
OK, I named only American military leaders. I admit I am predisposed to favoring the American foundation and, in turn, American icons and/or heroes. However, I will mention DeGaulle, Montgomery, Rommel, etc. as honorable military leaders.
I would be remiss if I failed to mention Sam Houston as an honorable military leader since I do, in fact, reside in Texas which, last time I checked, is still a proud member of the USA. Shux, we even had a battleship named after our state.
I believe I can comprehend most anything you write. I KNOW I believe everything God has to say and I KNOW the Bible is His Word. I fail to see how the Bible makes your "argument" obvious (and I agree, you DO tend to argue as opposed to debate).
With regard to WWJD, if you are a Christian, as I am, you would know. You would also know what His Father would do. As any father who discovered that his children did wrong ... He would, and will, punish them. Just what the instrument of that punishment will be has yet to be seen. Just maybe it will be the armed might of the USA. Or, it could be.... even the "imperialistic" Isrealis. Or, Great Brittain. Or ... Golly, I guess we will see when it happens.
As for defending my beliefs, I thank you. I believe this has brought us, citizens of the USA, closer together. We may not agree on what course of action should be taken, but we do agree that the perpetrators and leaders who planned, financed, and carried out this cowardly act should be found and punished.
Brad - I believe the Bible gives us rules by which to live. It also teaches us that we, children of God, will be punished if we do wrong. And, yes, whoever makes the decision(s) will, I pray, seek and receive the guidance of God.
I believe that this heinous act has brought all of America together ... the liberals, conservatives, all ethnicities, all religions, all Americans with a common goal. When Japan's military leaders reflected immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor they said that they had awakened a sleeping giant and they did, indeed, pay the price. Now those who were part of all terrorist acts, worldwide, will have to pay the price.
Unabashedly I say, God bless America and God bless all here at Passions.