Not Much Good News: A Year’s Review of 2013 Month by Month, Part 2

posted by Dr. Jael Ever @ 17:35 PM
January 6, 2014

syriarotate    The last half of 2013, should have left no doubt in human consciousness that present generations indeed live in the last days.  The world seems to be coming apart at the seams. Violence accelerates in most corners of the globe. Governments exert more control on populations. And only artificial peace brings fleeting relief.

Last June, Edward Snowden exposed, through The Guardian newspapers, the National Security Agency’s apparent world-wide spying operations through computer and telephone networks.  The upheaval of his revelations continue to dominated world news, whether in Europe, Latin America or the United States.

The next month, the world watched in shock as the newly-elected President of Egypt, Mohammed Morsi, resigned after continuous street demonstrations by the vast majority of the nation’s population. On July 4th, Egypt’s military squashed Morsi’s presidency.  Overt reasons included Morsi, a Moslem Brotherhood member, persistently pushing Sharia law.  However, although newly elected leaders as well as the Egyptian military, do everything possible to restore complete order, the Brotherhood continues to rain havoc on Egypt.

To make sure that the world’s eyes remained on the Middle East, not only Egypt but Syria came to the forefront. In a Civil War raging since Spring, 2011, in August, enemies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accused him of using chemical warfare.  infoplease.com presented photos of “victims foaming at the mouth and twitching” to validate the estimated 1,429 killed with lethal gases.
U.N. and U.S. workers now try to defuse the gases under ocean waters.

Mass violence came to the U.S. in September when a gunman, Aaron Alexis, 34, who had previously begged attention for severe mental disturbances, entered the Washington D.C. Navy Yard, right near the U.S. Capitol, and DC+Navy+yard+shooting+NBCkilled 12 people.  Despite his and other warnings about allowing the mentally ill to acquire fire arms, laws have still not been passed against it in most states and on federal levels.

In October a divided Congress allowed the U.S. government to shut down from the 1st to the 16th, throwing many workers into financial chaos, destroying the life’s work of many scientists who depended upon government storage areas, and presenting images of callous indifference and incompetence before the world.

November brought more shame to circles of the U.S. government when the extent of corruption within the Federal Bureau of Investigation was evidenced during the trial of notorious gangster Whitey Bulger.  Aware of his murderous record, the Agency used him as a major informant. Moving beyond its shores, the U.S. tested China’s new air defense zone over islands in the East China Seas.

Finally, the nation ended the year with another school shooting on December 13th.  An angry 18-year old Karl Halverson Pierson entered Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado, fully loaded with guns and automatic rifles prepared to kill a teacher, and instead shot, eventually killing, another student Claire Davis.

How many other reminders do American officials need to take charge of violence in this nation.  Or do some of them want it to become another Egypt or Syria.  Only powerful prayers from earnest Christians can withstand such evil planning.  As Christian adult fiction books illustrate such prayer mows down mountains of enemy resistance: “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers (Acts 2: 42).”

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