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Monday, February 19, 2018

Lenten Fast & Abstinence

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In Nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.

In our Gospel reading for the First Sunday of Lent it says that Our Lord and God Jesus Christ fasted forty days and forty nights, after which He was hungry.  It is traditionally understood that by being in the desert Jesus was without food or drink for forty days.  The Latin term for 'fast’ is jejunium which denotes an intestine which is always empty.  The Latin term associated with ‘Lent’ is quadragesima which refers to the ‘forty’ days.

Back in May of 2017, The Remnant Underground asked the question: If Syrian President Assad is 'gassing his own people', why do the two million Christians in Syria support him?

Seems as though the media, and certain military bosses, have, since then, had to backpedal on that. According to an AP story:

Secretary of Defense James Mattis: the U.S. has “no evidence” that the Syrian government used the banned nerve agent Sarin against its own people. This assertion flies in the face of the White House (NSC) Memorandum which was rapidly produced and declassified to justify an American Tomahawk missile strike against the Shayrat airbase in Syria.…There were casualties from organophosphate poisoning in both cases; that much is certain. But America has accused Assad of direct responsibility for Sarin attacks and even blamed Russia for culpability in the Khan Sheikhoun tragedy. Now its own military boss has said on the record that we have no evidence to support this conclusion. In so doing, Mattis tacitly impugned the interventionists who were responsible for pushing the “Assad is guilty” narrative twice without sufficient supporting evidence, at least in the eyes of the Pentagon. READ THE FULL REPORT HERE

REMNANT COMMENT: It would seem that, in the case of the U.S. missile strikes against the Shayrat airbase in Syria, the still-new Trump Administration acted under the advice of neocon war hawks, but has perhaps since wisened up. At least let’s hope. The Syrian crisis has been put on the backburner for now, and one can only hope that the American people will remember this the next time that scary little story for children is trotted out---"he gassed his own people". Yeah, right!  

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