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Surprise Attack in England Kills 22

Tue, May 23, 2017   |   Author: Peter Vogel   |     

Our hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones in the attack in Manchester, England yesterday. May God comfort them in their grief.

Unfortunately, we have become used to hearing reports of “terror attacks” in countries like France and Great Britain. We hear of an attack, and we breath a sigh of relief if “only a few” people were killed.

This is a dismal situation not only because of the lives lost but also because this surprise attack did not really surprise us. We know it was not the first of its kind, and we don’t expect that it will be the last. That is an extremely sad statement.

In major wars past, there were surprise attacks but there were also identified armies with uniformed soldiers and defined battle lines. Since 9/11, democracies in the western world have been attacked numerous times by small groups or individuals without any identifying feature. Always a surprise and usually the perpetrators have killed themselves as part of the process—suicide attacks. Such was the case yesterday in Manchester.

The attacker was identified as Salman Abedi, a 22 year old who was born in Manchester, England.

The role of any government is to protect its citizens. This is difficult to do when the enemy is from within; those who are attacking are citizens, people who have been born in a country but who seek to destroy it.

The “Islamic State” (ISIS) has taken responsibility for this attack; they are proud of it. What are they proud of? “At least 12 children under the age of 16 were among the wounded hospitalized after the attack, according to the North West ambulance service, which serves the Manchester area.” Killing young people and children; defenceless concert-goers. That is what they are proud of. Sickening.

We are grieved! We are shocked. But, sadly, we are less and less surprised with each surprise attack.

We must know our enemies. They are willing to kill and to die for their cause: submission to Islam through violence.

We must also know ourselves. What do we want? Western democracies, countries like the United Kingdom and Canada, have to be sure of the answer to this question. A question that becomes less clear as our culture turns on itself, seeking to destroy the foundation that made us distinct, free and equal. The origin of our political system is Christianity, which served as a foundation for law, order, peace and culture. We must restore our heritage and renew our commitment to its protection.

CHP Canada serves as a beacon. We know what we stand for—and why. We affirm the value of human life as a gift from God. We also truly mourn when lives are cut short by evil attackers.

May the God of all comfort give comfort to the injured and bereaved.

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