Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Tuesday, August 14, 2001
Ireland, where Im spending the next two weeks, peace, which seemed so tantalizingly close is now suspended for at least six weeks while the parties continue to negotiate. Sinn Fein, the political wing of the IRA says it has agreed to put its terrorist weapons "beyond use" but wont say when and the side loyal to Great Britain is doesnt trust them.
The Middle East is a bigger mess than ever. The mostly secular West
doesnt understand so-called suicide bombers. They arent committing
suicide. They believe it is the will of Allah to kill Jews. They believe such acts immediately transport them to heaven if they are killed. Theyre trained to believe that and to act in such a manner. The West thinks its about Israel giving the Palestinians what they want and then theyll make peace. They will not, because its against Allahs will.
All of this is foretold in Scripture. There will be wars and rumors of wars until Christs return. We should not be surprised. It is good for people to attempt to lessen conflict, but they will not succeed in their attempts to make lasting peace because of the sinful heart of man.