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Originally posted by pajoly
reply to post by stephinrazin
Pray for the soldiers of Bahrain. Forgive them in your heart.
This is one of those things modern Christians have way wrong. It is not your right or your place to forgive others for acts they do not do unto you, e.g. Bob can ONLY forgive someone who has wronged Bob. The rest is up to God, at least according to Christian doctrine. It is sort of a "how dare you" kind of thing and the ultimate in arrogance towards the victim, who is the sole human with the power to forgive his perpetrator. I remember this happening with the Columbine massacre, when the other kids had a big prayer service where they "forgave" the murderers. I thought then, who the hell are they to forgive those boys, the victims are dead and don't have the opportunity to forgive, thus is was doctrinarily only in God's hands. It only added insult to the families of the victims.edit on 19-2-2011 by pajoly because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by jam321
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D., Vt.), chairman of a Senate panel that oversees foreign aid, has asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to review whether units of the Bahrain's security forces used lethal force against civilians in violation of U.S. law, a finding that could prompt the U.S. to freeze assistance to those units. The law, known as the Leahy Amendment, requires the U.S. to cut off aid to foreign security forces that are found to have committed gross human rights violations, and could provide a point of leverage for the Obama administration.
The Government of Bahrain has a cooperative agreement with the United States Military and has provided the United States a base in Juffair since the early 1990s. This is the home of the headquarters for Commander, United States Naval Forces Central Command (COMUSNAVCENT) / United States Fifth Fleet (COMFIFTHFLT), and about 1500 United States and coalition military personnel.