Watch out Jerusalem

Here comes the king of the north – Russia – with his valued southern ally just as predicted. I am not looking fur any credit for tagging the Saudi-Russian handshake in Buenos Aires as an omen of the truth famine, but it reveals the absence of American vision and backbone, and the irrelevance of America’s most treasured friend on the global scene.
The difference between the great and wannabe will appear in the interactions of European and Russian heads with the oligarchs and monarchs.
The sparks will fly over human rights and international law and America has no flint.
Jerusalem is never again going to be a toy for bigoted Jew or Gentile, and most assuredly not for the global oppressors of the poor and freedom-loving people.

God’s holiness on display when Israel attacked
You will come up against my people Israel, like a cloud covering the land. In the latter days I will bring you against my land, that the nations may know me, when through you, O Gog, I vindicate my holiness before their eyes. Ezekiel 38:16

MILITARY INTRIGUE
Therefore, son of man, prophesy, and say to Gog, Thus says the Lord God: On that day when my people Israel are dwelling securely, will you not know it? You will come from your place OUT OF THE UTTERMOST PARTS OF THE NORTH, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great host, a mighty army. Ezekiel 38:14-15

Three Chilling Words

Human. Right. Abuse.
Governments everywhere are expected to be possessed of three characteristics. Humanity. Righteousness. Accountability.
The three are being tested by religious fervour masked as patriotic nationalism.

Canada’s new power

I have never apologized for saying the right thing, and I do not expect the Government of Canada to apologize for having a society where people exercise the right to assemble, express their views, and protest. Canadians do not apologize for wanting the human family to embrace the sanctity of human speech. Some one had to say it.
The Canadian government is doing battle with the Saudi government over Canada’s defence of people whose right to personal expression is depressed. The tempest in the desert centres on the kingdom’s attempt to slow the transition from cruel nepo-despotism to accountable governance for all citizens.

Silence is not appropriate

I cannot imagine anyone not oriented in the Arab world or towards Islam not cheering as women were given the right to drive. A simple thing like personal equality is only news where the notion is taboo. I am certain that the need to speak out against any authority is something the House of Saud recognizes. That need to speak out can be threatened using military equipment bought from the Canadian government, so we have a vital motivation to be heard on this issue.

Saudi Demands

Asking the head of a functioning democracy to apologize for stating the obvious is at least brash and distracting. There is little room here for whataboutism. Human dignity is at risk everywhere and the tardiness of some states is a fitting subject for public discussion. If not brash and distracting the Saudi demand signals the prospect of a nationalism that evokes the manifesto of violent actors and a deadly alliance between unlikely business partners.

When we talk about human our minds go to humane characteristics and ultimately humane treatment of one another.

When we talk about right our minds go to God who made all creatures with the authority to think, act, and reflect.

When we talk about accountability our minds go to all of us who need to explain what we have done when asked.

No one should lose their liberty because they stand up for humane treatment of all humans. No one should lose their life because they spoke words with which we disagree. No one should lose their ability to defend themselves when they ask governments to be accountable to the people.

Pardon us all, we cannot apologize

for saying,

“let’s get our Human Rights record right”.

Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen… John 3:11a