By: Jerry S. Maneker

“For the day of the Lord is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall
return upon thine own head.  For as ye have drunk upon my holy mountain, so shall all the heathen drink continually,
yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been.”  (Obadiah v. 15-16)

Obadiah prophesied the destruction of Edom, as these descendants of Esau were wicked and plundered Jerusalem on
at least four occasions.  God is saying that these wicked people could have listened to Him and basked in His grace, yet
they chose to hurt others of God’s people and Edom would be utterly destroyed.  He says that these wicked people will
drink the last dregs of oblivion and, true to this prophesy, the Edomites were never heard of again after the destruction
of Jerusalem in 70 A.D

No country or its representatives, particularly if they “drink on God’s holy mountain,” proclaiming themselves to be
Godly, claiming to be Christians, and who savagely treat others, thereby thwarting God’s will for justice and peace, will
ultimately survive God’s punishment of utter destruction!  They will drink the last dregs of God’s potion and receive God’
s wrath, given the barbarity that they have visited upon others who are frequently more righteous and Godly than are

Is it a surprise that when we invade another country without provocation, having the temerity to call them the terrorists
when we are raining bombs on them, killing at least 100,000 innocent men, women, and children, that our victims will
fight back with any weapons that they have at their disposal?  Does any rational person think that the foreign policies of
this country aren’t breeding increasing numbers of terrorists?  Does any rational person think that when we proclaim
ourselves to be a “Christian” nation that those whom we oppress will come to hate Christianity and engage in a holy war
to defend their ways of life and their very existence as well?

Are we that stupid to think that this country’s contempt for the poor and marginalized; its warmongering against those
who pose no threat to us; our refusal to sign on to the Kyoto treaty that seeks to preserve the environment against
gigantic polluters such as us; our lack of support for the World Court; our blood lust favoring capital punishment; our
torture of prisoners with a callous, studied disregard for the Geneva Convention, is going to go unaddressed by those
whom we oppress, and go unaddressed by God Himself?  Have we no comprehension that the same mentality that
initiates and condones such corporate atrocities explicitly contradicts God’s will and represents the same fundamentalist
mentality at whose behest Jesus was crucified?

How can’t a professing Christian understand when God says concerning the oppressed, “Shall they not rise up suddenly
that shall bite thee, and awake that shall vex thee, and thou shalt be for booties unto them?  Because thou hast spoiled
many nations, all the remnant of the people shall spoil thee; because of men’s blood, and for the violence of the land, of
the city, and of all that dwell therein.” (Habakkuk 2:7-8)

In an Associated Press article entitled, “Iraqi Died While Hung From Wrists,” by Seth Hettena, the following is written: “An
Iraqi whose corpse was photographed with grinning U.S. soldiers at Abu Ghraib died under CIA interrogation while in a
position condemned by human rights groups as torture—suspended by his wrists, with his hands cuffed behind his back,
according to reports reviewed by The Associated Press…One Army guard, Sgt. Jeffery Frost, said the prisoner’s arms
were stretched behind him in a way he had never before seen.  Frost told investigators he was surprised al-Jamadi’s
arms ‘didn’t pop out of their sockets’, according to a summary of his interviews.  Frost and other guards had been
summoned to reposition al-Jamadi who an interrogator said was not cooperating.  As the guards released the shackles
and lowered al-Jamadi, blood gushed from his mouth ‘as if a faucet had been turned on’, according to the interview

How can we not see that this unknown man, al-Jamadi, suffered an agonizing death at our hands and in our name.  How
can we not see that he endured his own form of crucifixion where the weight of his body on his own particular cross,
along with the beatings he endured, ended his life and diminished ours.

I don’t know if al-Jamadi was guilty of anything or not.  I do know that the smiles of his torturers, and the smiles and
“thumbs up” demeanor of other American torturers, have become mirrors of our collective attitudes toward weak and
vulnerable people both there and at home; “the other,” “the stranger,” “the foreigner,” the politically created “enemy”
can be maimed, tortured, and killed with a feeling of impunity because our country, our President, defined the al-Jamadi’
s of this world as worthy of disdain.

Make no mistake, you and I are subscribing to these atrocities!  As long as we keep silent and either condone or
capitulate to the violation of human rights anywhere in the world or at home, the blood of our crucified victims is on our
collective hands.

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