Columnist/commentator Pat Buchanan has yet another solid column, this linked through WorldNetDaily, titled "Where are the Christians?" His question is asked because, save for Pope Benedict XVI, no other Christian denominations have condemned Israel's attacks on Lebanon, which have killed many innocent civilians.
Writes Buchanan: (W)hat Israel is doing is imposing deliberate suffering on civilians, collective punishment on innocent people, to force them to do something they are powerless to do: disarm the gunmen among them. Such a policy violates international law and comports neither with our values nor our interests. It is un-American and un-Christian.
But where are the Christians? Why is Pope Benedict virtually alone among Christian leaders to have spoken out against what is being done to Lebanese Christians and Muslims?
When al-Qaida captured two U.S. soldiers and barbarically butchered them, the U.S. Army did not smash power plants across the Sunni Triangle. Why then is Bush not only silent but openly supportive when Israelis do this?
I'm familiar enough with Protestant denominations of Christianity and I can tell you that many are seeing what is going on in the Middle East right now as part of an End Times prophecy, which will lead to "Armageddon." I'm afraid many are not going to speak out because they believe this is what is supposed to happen. It's sad. Too many Christians have supported the illegal war in Iraq and BushCo has pandered to the Christian right and played on their fears.