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September 23, 2012

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Film provides spark for violent actions

The president is faced with a dynamic situation that has expressed itself in the Middle East this past week. This reaction that we see is the result of increasing food costs in states that have growing populations. This film that inflamed the Muslims acted like a match in a gas tank. Skillful propaganda agents of  al-Qaida whipped up mobs who then attacked American diplomatic properties.

It is the expressed desire of President Obama to reduce the American military presence in the Middle East. He has ended our military role in Iraq, and seeks  to withdraw from Afghanistan in the near future. The military presence in the oil-producing states like Saudi Arabia is downplayed at present. It is hoped by  President Obama that the oil needs of other nations such as China, Japan, Indian, South Korea and the European Union will hinder the spread of unrest in the region.

The dynamic nature of chaos then self-organization is at work here. The war against al-Qaida and terrorism is changing into a war between haves and have-nots. This fear on the part of advisers to President Obama has led to an ambiguous policy that defies public expression and confusion as to its purpose.

A sudden shift in policy by President Obama could lead to widespread instability in the Middle East. If President Obama shifts policy from recognition of  Muslim economic goals to containment of Muslim aspirations, the world could divide into into economic camps. This could lead states as we know them into  self-destruction. Then the idea of private enemies to be preferred to public enemies destroys itself. In this situation, signals are more important than noise.

Ken Kumler, Logansport

Moral foundation should be restored

America’s moral foundation is being shaken! Liberal politicians are spitting in the face of God and biblical moral values by redefining marriage to include  homosexual couples. The traditional family is the bedrock of any society.

By writing laws that embrace, legitimize and encourage the deviant lifestyle of homosexual marriage, our government is destroying the moral foundation of our  country. God’s people are not helpless to solve this problem. Every Christian should refuse to cast a vote for any political candidate who supports gay  marriage. Christian people must stop compromising their biblical Judeo-Christian values at the voting booth by casting their vote for politicians who  unashamedly endorse gay marriage.

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