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As Far as the East is From the West

April 6, 2007

We’ve all read about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s condemnation of the Brits, and western culture in general, for allowing a female soldier to be deployed to the Persian Gulf. He apparently questions our “family values”. Ahmadinejad criticized Britain for deploying Leading Seaman Faye Turney, one of the 15 detainees, in the Gulf, pointing out that she is a woman with a child. “How can you justify seeing a mother away from her home, her children? Why don’t they respect family values in the West?” he asked of the British government.

When kindergartners are proudly interviewed on television reciting martyrdom poems to celebrate their mother’s demise as a suicide bomber, and boasting how many Jews were killed by their mother, I believe his culture has lost any authority to comment on the family values of other societies. Somehow, in the fight against the West it is apparently okay to send mothers permanently away from their children.

While this video deals with Palestinian children rather than Iranians, it does give some insight into the radical nature of the culture war and religious war being waged in the world. I do not assume that every Muslim, Middle Easterner, or Persian thinks what is shown in the video is good. In fact, I have had the privilege of being friends with a Persian that would never support this. Still, the radicalism is real and violent and we must be vigilant in our attempts to understand what is happening, defend ourselves, and give the hope of Christ.


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