The actor who played Gimli, John Rhys-Davies, was scathing about the refusal of the Western powers to help Middle-East Christians.
As regular readers will know, one of our recurring concerns is the way Americans (and NATO partners to some extent) are doing nothing to help Middle-East Christians at a time of revolutionary persecution. See, for example, past posts by Bob Allen and Mark Horne.
It is refreshing to see a Hollywood actor known for his role in the Lord of the Rings movie franchise and the Indiana Jones movies (first and last) speak about this issue. According to the Hollywood Reporter,
“There is an extraordinary silence in the West,” said Rhys-Davies on Adam Carolla’s podcast posted Monday night. “Basically, Christianity in the Middle East and in Africa is being wiped out — I mean not just ideologically but physically, and people are being enslaved and killed because they are Christians. And your country and my country are doing nothing about it.”
Carolla elicited laughter from Rhys-Davies when he asked him when it became fashionable to refrain from judging outsiders.
“This notion that we’ve evolved into a species that’s incapable of judging other groups and what they are doing, especially when it is beheading people or setting people on fire or throwing acid in the face of schoolgirls — I like that kind of judging. It’s evolved!” said Carolla.
Carolla joked that if Bill Maher had a show during World War II, Americans would not have fought the Nazis because the comedian’s guests would have been “screaming” about tolerance.
“It’s an age where politicians don’t actually say what they believe,” said Rhys-Davies. “They are afraid of being judged as being partisan. Heaven forbid that we should criticize people who, after all, share a different value system. ‘But it’s all relevant. It’s all equally relative. We’re all the same. And God and the devil, they’re the same, aren’t they, really? Right and wrong? It’s really just two faces of the same coin,’ ” he said, mocking what he sees as politically correct doctrine.
“We have lost our moral compass completely, and, unless we find it, we’re going to lose our civilization. I think we’re going to lose Western European Christian civilization, anyway,” said Rhys-Davies.
I wish I could agree with Rhys-Davies that Western guilt is merely limited to their “silence.” But NATO and the US actively supported Jihadists in Libya—ultimately resulting in the notorious killings of four Americans, including our Ambassador, in Benghazi. The US has actively sent arms and support to back rebels in Syria, either directly or through allies like Saudi Arabia. That support ultimately led to the creation of ISIS and its horrific persecutions. In the meantime, our Administration appears to be actively mistreating Christian refugees.