Yesterday afternoon we returned from a walk. The work week was over, the tasks needed done, and then I looked at the phone. A man who has name suppression was a person of concern for the NZ police terrorism squad. He went to a supermarket in Auckland.
Auckland is on level 4 lockdown, and the only places open are supermarkets, petrol stations, pharmacists, and Health care providers. The rest of New Zealand is on level 3 where more businesses are open but all goods must be delivered or provided without contact. Mosques and Churches are shut.
It was the one mundane location Aucklanders were allowed to venture to from their homes during a sunny lockdown afternoon, and it turned into a nightmare. Three people are now fighting for life in hospital after that supermarket run. The 32-year-old attacker is dead. For 60 horrific seconds, Countdown supermarket in New Lynn yesterday turned into the site of an Isis-inspired terrorist attack.
A man under 24-hour police surveillance entered the supermarket about 2.30pm and grabbed a knife from the shelves before running through the aisles, shouting. A local man witnessed the very first moments of the attack which left him shaken. “It literally happened in front of me. I was just buying stuff and walking toward the milk aisle, and then suddenly I heard a person shouting loudly ‘Allahu Akbar’ and just running,” the 34-year-old witness said.
“So there was this lady in front of me and he jumped on her so she fell, so that person [the attacker] also sort of lost his balance. He also fell. Then he got up. But I was behind so I couldn’t see his face but this person was wearing like a khaki jacket and he had a knife, a pretty big knife — like I would say the size of his arm. “It was very scary. It was like a mini sword, not like a full sword. It was like a sword, literally. She was lying on the floor. I have a feeling she may have got stabbed.”
He described the “slightly hefty” attacker as about 172cm tall. Another shopper, Amit Nand, told TV current affairs show The Project he confronted the terrorist in the supermarket after hearing screams. “I saw a lady laying on the floor there bleeding and she was like, ‘help, help’,” Nand said. “And I [thought] to myself ‘I’ve got to do something’, you know, and then I saw the guy with the knife.” “I had another guy come in front of me and he was a cop and was like, ‘I’m an undercover cop, step back step back, I’m going to shoot him’,” Nand said.
“I stepped a metre back and then all I heard was like five shots … and he was on the floor. Looking at him I knew he wanted to kill people.” By the end of the attacker’s knife rampage, six innocent shoppers had been stabbed.NZ Herald.
The spin started pretty darn quick. This is ISIS related, according to the authorities. The man’s name is suppressed for 24 hours, but this morning this has been reported.
Members of the police counter-terrorism group had been monitoring S since 2016 after he posted “staunchly anti-Western and violent” material on the internet, including explicit images of war violence and comments supporting an Islamic State attack in Brussels.
S was given a formal warning by police but continued posting violent material, including a comment saying: “One day I will go back to my country and I will find kiwi scums in my country … and I will show them … what will happen when you mess with S while I’m in their country. If you’re tough in your country … we are tougher in our country scums #payback”.
Because of the length of time S had already spent in custody, he was sentenced to supervision and released from prison.NewsTalk ZB
So we have a man in New Zealand who clearly hated Kiwis. Who hates Christ. Who wants an Islamic state everywhere. He is being disavowed by members of the Al Noor Mosque who suffered the last terror attack we had in 2019.
So, what can one say? What can I do? I turn to the word this morning — after sleeping on the issue, and Isaiah notes that recompense comes to those who do evil. But Salvation will come to those who seek God and leave the iron law of utu alone.
Utu destroys. It is love that heals.
33 Woe to you, destroyer,Isaiah 33:1-9
While you were not destroyed;
And he who is treacherous, while others did not deal treacherously with him.
As soon as you finish destroying, you will be destroyed;
As soon as you cease to deal treacherously, others will deal treacherously with you.
2 Lord, be gracious to us; we have waited for You.
Be their strength every morning,
Our salvation also in the time of distress.
3 At the sound of a roar, peoples flee;
At the lifting up of Yourself, nations disperse.
4 Your plunder is gathered as the caterpillar gathers;
Like an infestation of locusts, people storm it.
5 The Lord is exalted, for He dwells on high;
He has filled Zion with justice and righteousness.
6 And He will be the stability of your times,
A wealth of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge;
The fear of the Lord is his treasure.
7 Behold, their brave men cry out in the streets,
The ambassadors of peace weep bitterly.
8 The highways are desolate, the traveler has ceased,
He has broken the covenant, he has despised the cities,
He has no regard for mankind.
9 The land mourns and wastes away,
Lebanon is shamed and withers;
Sharon is like a desert plain,
And Bashan and Carmel lose their foliage.
21 Jesus went away from there, and withdrew into the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And a Canaanite woman from that region came out and began to cry out, saying, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely demon-possessed.” 23 But He did not answer her with even a word. And His disciples came up and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us!” 24 But He answered and said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25 But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” 26 Yet He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” 27 And she said, “Yes, Lord; but please help, for even the dogs feed on the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” 28 Then Jesus said to her, “O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed at once.
29 Departing from there, Jesus went along the Sea of Galilee, and after going up on the mountain, He was sitting there. 30 And large crowds came to Him bringing with them those who were limping, had impaired limbs, were blind, or were unable to speak, and many others, and they laid them down at His feet; and He healed them. 31 So the crowd was astonished as they saw those who were unable to speak talking, those with impaired limbs restored, those who were limping walking around, and those who were blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.Matthew 15:21-31
Christ was sent to one nation: Israel. He was not sent to the imperial capital, but to the people of promise that were mistrusted and despised by the Romans, with good reason. Before Rome had won the Punic wars, there was the enmity between the philistines (probably from the same ethnicity) and the Israelites.
But Christ healed the woman’s child because of her faith. In every nation there are those who Christ will call and heal. In times of crisis we can forget this. But there is always hope. After a time of travail will come healing, as we return to sanity. And Christ, as the Russians have.
I have often wondered what my Russian friends must have felt, watching the Soviet Union disintegrate in 1991 – I am old enough, and they are old enough, to remember what that was like. To those of us raised in a Western tradition, that was a triumphant moment, a wonderful victory over the greatest source of true evil that the world had ever known.
But to the Russians, who had to endure a decade of grinding poverty, misery, hyperinflation, and privation, the new “freedom” was often worse than the old dictatorship.
Worse by far, for them, was the loss of national pride and the utter humiliation that they felt in seeing the empire that they had built with the blood of their fathers and grandfathers, falling apart so quickly and comprehensively. It was a colossal hammerblow to their national psyche, and you can see the effects of that blow upon the Russians even today.
They recovered, as they always do. Russians are tough, strong, stoic, capable people. But they have never forgotten that gut feeling of horror and humiliation from those times. And both they and their leaders have sworn not to repeat the mistakes that brought them low.
Would that the Western powers had done the same and learned from the great mistakes of the Soviets.
Instead, the Western world absorbed the worst elements of toxic, Satanic Marxism, and allowed their agents of chaos to emigrate into their own countries. Their mental disease has taken very firm root. It does not take much more than a single generation for bad ideas to proliferate and infect a land, and that is exactly what we are seeing now – thirty years after the Fall of the Soviet Empire, the absolute worst and stupidest of their ideas now hold permanent sway in the minds and methods of the rulers of the Western Empire.
The utter humiliation that the United States and its allies has suffered over the past few weeks is a clear symptom that the mental disease of cultural Marxism has metastasised throughout the body politic. That body is beyond saving. And it WILL die. What you see right now in the USA is nothing more than the barely-living near-corpse of a once-great nation that became an empire, and is now dying from the disease of imperialism.
This has always happened throughout history. Empires kill nations – they have to, in order to exist in the first place.
The overriding lessons of history are twofold: that nothing lasts forever, and that every past mistake will be repeated endlessly because humanity appears to be too stupid to do otherwise.
It is precisely because nothing lasts forever, that we can be sure that better days lie ahead, though. We are going to go through a hell of a lot of pain before we get to that point, but that is the unfortunate and necessary price to be paid for the foolish things that we have done to ourselves over the past 30 years.
We will live to see the fall of two empires in our lifetimes – the Soviet Empire in 1991, and probably the American Empire before 2031. (I’m betting on 2025 or so, myself, but I’d be very happy to be proven wrong.) And we will probably live to see the days of the glory of our nations renewed.DIdact’s Reach.
There will be considerable political blowback from yesterday. The full details are still hidden, and will be revealed. But the end of the globalist project is coming. It is failing.
What we need to do is walk towards God, and let him deal with our rulers in his time. This will cause us to walk away from all things aligned with the this failing time and those who have nailed their flag to the mast of globalism.
But this will require that we do two things.
- Turn to Christ, and preach a saving faith. Again, look at Russia, where Putin is publicly a faithful son of the Orthodox Church.
- Reform our laws, so we do not make these mistakes again.
I have little hope for our rulers here. I have great hope, instead, in Christ.