Understanding the Tensions

Majority Kurdish provinces in Turkey
Majority Kurdish provinces in Turkey

Turkey sits between Europe and the Middle East. About three percent of it on the western side of the narrow passage through the Bosporus, the Sea of Marmara, and the Dardanelles is in Europe, and the rest, situated on the Anatolian Peninsula, is the western most extension of Asia. It is 99.8 percent Muslim. Aside from the United States, Turkey is the most populous nation in the NATO alliance with 82 million people. It has a free market economy, which is the 13th largest in the world. With 355,000 active military and 170,000 ready reserves, it has the largest armed forces in NATO except for the U.S. The Turkish Army has 2,500 tanks and over 9,000 other armored fighting vehicles.

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“And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.” - Matthew 14:14

Dr. Anne Livingston, Missionary to Haiti since 1987.
Dr. Anne Livingston, Missionary to Haiti since 1987.

No—this wonderful story isn’t about me.  I’d like to tell you, in her own words, about a friend that I met several years ago at the business in which I work part time (writing for The Times Examiner seems to be my “full time” job).  We had another mutual friend who would tell me about the “adventures” of a missionary/doctor friend of hers, and eventually I got a chance to meet this unique lady, a physician/surgeon/missionary to Haiti whose name is Dr. Anne Livingston, during her occasional visits back to Greenville. 

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Sharp Drop in Christian Faith

Political Implications

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St. Peter's Parrish Church near Talleysville, Virginia. Completed 1703. National Historic Register

A Pew Research Report released on October 17 found that the number of American adults who describe themselves as Christians has declined from 77 percent to 65 percent in a single decade. This research used surveys of 12,000 to 25,000 telephone respondents over more than a decade. In all, the Pew Research Report covered 88 surveys and nearly 169,000 American interviews.

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Sattue of Annie Moore and her two brothers, (Cobh, Irland) by Irish scuptress, JeAnne Rynhart.
Sattue of Annie Moore and her two brothers, (Cobh, Irland) by Irish scuptress, JeAnne Rynhart.

One of the most divisive issues facing Americans today is the issue of immigration into the U.S. – most especially the truly troubling ILLEGAL variety of immigration!  For decades, and probably much longer, we have been faced with the specter of hordes of “undocumented” invaders crossing over our borders, or overstaying their visas, for sundry purposes --  ostensibly to seek a better life for themselves and their children and become “WELFARE LEECHES” but, in some cases, to infiltrate their poisonous hatred of our relatively free American culture into our body politic, as they seek to extend  their insane and Satanically-induced Islamic beliefs and violence from their own despotic countries into ours.

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Some time back, I came across the 7 Mountain idea, a.k.a. the 7 Mountain Theology, which posits that there are seven “mountains” of societal influence: Religion, Family, Education, Government, Media, Arts & Entertainment, and Business. Some would hold that “religion” is the one that contains God and so, therefore, it should dominate over the others. (We see how well that has worked out every time it’s been tried.) But the bottom line is that all seven (except Family), in their institutional formats, are the creations of men, and that – to the extent that reality and truth exists in each one – God is in them ALL.

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You may think you’re pretty smart,

That you alone are in command.

You may feel within your heart

That no one can against you stand.

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USAF A-26K attack-bomber, circa 1966
USAF A-26K attack-bomber, circa 1966

Fire in the Night Sky

Late in evening of February 22, 1967,  at the Royal Thai/U.S. Air Commando air base  at Nakhon Phanom (NKP), Thailand, fire trucks, ambulances, and other emergency, service, and Air Police vehicles rolled into place on the taxiways of the 6,000-foot pierced steel planking runway. One of the 606th Air Commando squadron’s A-26 attack-bombers returning from a combat mission on the border of Laos and North Vietnam had been badly damaged in a ferocious gun battle with North Vietnamese anti-aircraft guns. With their landing gear unusable, one of their two engines shut down, a fuel leak, and one of its main landing gear tires burning, their choices were grim.

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