Israel Is Going To Be Assisting And Helping Russia In Its War Against ISIS In Syria

By Theodore Shoebat

So how is this going to fair with the idea that Russia is “Magog’  and is to invade Israel (Ezekiel 38) when reality is that Israel is going to be assisting and helping Russia in its crushing of ISIS in Syria? What is coming out of Israel is  disproving all these hordes who think that Russia is using Syria as a pretext to eventually invade Israel. According to the Israeli media itself:

Israel will provide Russia with intelligence information about opposition sites in Syria to facilitate Moscow’s military operations, Channel 2TV has reported. The Israeli network said that a senior delegation of Russian army officials will arrive in Israel on Tuesday to coordinate the military cooperation.

The delegation will be led by First Deputy Chief of General Staff General Nikolai Bogdanovsky, who will meet his Israeli counterpart, Major-General Yair Golan as well as senior officials in Israeli military intelligence, the air force and the Mossad. Channel 2 noted that the visit follows the meeting between Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow three weeks ago.

According to the media report, Israel will submit more requests to the Russians in exchange for “attractive” offers to facilitate the Russian army’s military operations in Syria. It also revealed that Netanyahu and Putin have agreed on several issue in principle, including a Russian pledge to stop the flow of weapons from Syria to Hezbollah, as well as to allow the Israeli air force to carry out operations freely in Syria, even in areas where the Russian army is stationed on the Syrian coast.

Senior officers in the Russian and Israeli air forces will discuss the mechanisms for the coordination of Israeli overflights of Syrian airspace to avoid any conflict with Russian aircraft on operations against opposition groups. Israel is likely to request Russia to coordinate its moves in the Mediterranean in a manner that does not affect Israeli submarines gathering intelligence about Lebanon and Syria.

Another report by Israel Radio on Sunday claimed that Tel Aviv will provide vital intelligence to the Russians in a bid to reduce Iranian influence in Syria.

Is this whom they call Gog?


Also helping the fight against ISIS are not these anti-Russia crowd but the very Christian militants who are combating against the Islamic terrorists.

ISIS attacked the city of Hasakah but were suddenly driven back, by Assyrian Christian warriors who, with both faith and guns, fought them off. After about a week of fighting the Christians managed to compel ISIS to retreat, just as Christ compelled the devil to flee from Him. conducted an exclusive interview with Jeff Gardner, Director of Operations for Restore Nineveh Now , an organization supporting and helping the militia, to talk to us about the battle and also the deep Christian spirituality of these Christian warriors:

The name of the militia is called The Gozarto Protection Force (GPF). They have already lost a substantial amount of men while fighting ISIS, and we must help them and their families. Restore Nineveh Now assists and helps the wives and children of the warriors, and as Christians are obligated to “visit orphans and widows in their trouble” (James 1:27). Please visit their site and make a donation that will help these fighters and their families:


Look to these warriors of Syria, and how each of them is an image of Christ, by being imitators of Christ in His warfare against the devil. St. Ambrose wrote: “By the death of martyrs religion has been defended, faith increased, the Church strengthened” (ibid, 45), and surely is this most holy truth found in the zeal of these fighters. Sancharib Moshe, an Assyrian Christian fighter, was martyred when fighting these devils. He was killed by a hidden explosive set up by the successors of Cain, and his body was elevated to that of a saintly combatant.

Sancharib Moshe

Sancharib Moshe

Another martyr, Youiel Zaya, was killed from a wound he received while fighting the antichrist Muslims. He went to the hospital and there he bore his cross and ascended to the Crucified One.

Youiel Zaya

Youiel Zaya

George Marokel and Issa Garwrie both received the crown of glorious martyrdom while fighting in the battlefield against the Islamists.

Shlemon George Marokel (pictured left) and Issa Garwrieh (pictured right)

Shlemon George Marokel (pictured left) and Issa Garwrieh (pictured right)

Look to the hands of Christ! Gaze at the wounds from the nails that so inflicted Him, and you will see the wounds of the battle hardened warrior. Look to the imitators of Christ, and you will see martyrs; look to the imitators of Christ, and you will see warriors, you will see soldiers. Look to the warrior who carries his cross, and you will see Christ. This is Syria, the land where the fame of Christ went throughout; it is the land where Christ healed those which were possessed with devils (Matthew 5:24), and it is now here where the successors of Christ drive out the advancers of the diabolical.

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That Cross that pierces the ground and conquers the earth; that leads us to the glory and majesty of the Holy Spirit; that ascends us to the Father; that brings us to the Center of Humanity and of the Cosmos, that is, Jesus Christ. These are the warriors of Syria, who by faith receive the afflictions of Christ; by faith vanquish the invaders; by faith conquer the sword with sacrificial love; by faith receive martyrdom and exhibit the light of heavenly wisdom, the essence and ultimate meaning of which, is sacrifice. Without sacrifice, there is no love; without suffering, there is no true longing for the One Who suffered for us; without bitterness, there is no sweetness; without death, there is no life, for true life can never be experienced until we have first died to our fears, our passions, our desires, our selves. St. Maximus the Confessor wrote, “it is only when we have been taught by suffering that we who love non-being can regain the capacity to love what is.” (Ambiguum 7, iv)

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St. Cyril of Jerusalem tells us that from the sign of the Cross the devils “flee away trembling’’; for it is the Cross that does not not help us escape pain, but transcends the fear of pain, and makes the bitter waters of anguish sweet like nectar. When the water was bitter for Israel, God showed Moses a tree, they pushed the tree into the water, and the waters were made sweet. (Exodus 15:25) So then, the Sacred Wood upon which Christ — Who is Very God and the whole of Humanity — was crucified, shows humanity that with it bitterness of agony becomes sweet. Gregory of Nyssa, commentating on this story of Moses, wrote that through the wood of the Cross, “the virtuous life, being sweetened by the hope of things to come, becomes sweeter and more pleasant than all the sweetness that tickles the senses with pleasure.” (Gregory of Nyssa, Life of Moses, 2.132)

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The life of the saint is bittersweet, with him crying out with David, “He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me.” (Psalm 55:18) There is a battle, but in the end there is peace through Jesus Christ, for from the Crucified Warrior is victory established and true life overflows from the sweet rivers of the Crucifixion’s transcendence. “Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9)

Thus, these warriors of Syria, who compel the devils to flee — as Christ liberated those in Syria possessed by the demons and drove the devil out of the desert — drive the acolytes of the demons out, and bring peace to the land, and for this can they be called sons of God. “These are the men by whose toils and perils,” wrote Augustine on the Christian warrior, “with the help of God’s protection and support, an invincible force is subjugated, peace is won for the state as well as for the provinces, restored to order.” (Letter 228)

In the Christian Faith, when one strives to have union with Christ, there is not only a connection made between the Divine and the person’s soul, but with the person’s body as well. The body is mystically absorbed into a participation of the Good, and thus it is used to partake in God, that is, to partake in love and be utilized for an instrument of God’s justice. In the words of St. Gregory of Maximus,

The soul becomes godlike through divinization [theosis], and because God cares for what is lower, that is the body, and has given the command to love one’s neighbor, the soul prudently makes use of the body. By practicing the virtues the body gains familiarity with God and becomes a fellow servant with the soul. (St. Maximus, On the Cosmic Mystery of Christ, Ambiguum 7,iii, 1088B)

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A priest encourages the warriors

A priest encourages the warriors

These saints in Syria, how they surpass the lax and corrupt passions of man, when they leap above the walls of death and defy fear, conquering trepidation and mocking the intimidation of the enemy, they make the sign of the Cross — the sign of death — upon themselves, and enter life. For the purest life is one of selflessness. “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10) True life is seeing the world without fear, without taking thought for the morrow (Matthew 6:34); to have life is to have awareness of God, to see the world through the eyes of Love, for “There is no fear in love” (1 John 4:18).

To have life is to be an imitation of Christ, in Whom is no fear, no dread, no thought for the morrow, only love, and in love lies perfect strength and selfless courage. This is why the Cross is the center image of the Christian Faith, for in it, Heaven and Earth come together, humanity becomes one with God, and all passions are surpassed to the original state of man, in which the mind is in perpetual contemplation in God, and the intellect and the heart work in harmony with the Spirit, and peace conquers the chaotic ways of capricious mankind.

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St. Ambrose wrote:

By the death of One the world was redeemed. For Christ, had He willed, need not have died, but He neither thought that death should be shunned as though there were any cowardice in it, nor could He have saved us better than by dying. And so His death is the life of all. (On the Belief in the Resurrection, 46)

These men, their bodies are not theirs, but Christ’s, being moved by the hand of God and defending that which is right and virtuous. Each fighter is a temple of God, and as Christ whipped out the harlots who were corrupting His Father’s House, these emulators of Christ protect the temples of God that are being persecuted by the children of the devil. “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

These men glorify God in their bodies, by offering up their bodies for the cause of righteousness, peace and justice, and they glorify Him in spirit, but immersing themselves in love, for “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” (John 15:13)

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Assyrian warrior protects the Church, as Christ protected the Temple

Assyrian warrior protects the Church, as Christ protected the Temple

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This is the divine love; this the greatest love, this is the transcendent image of God manifesting itself in the mystical union between the selfless fighter and his King Christ. For in the imitation of Christ, there is sacrifice, a participation in the Good, a partaking in the nature of the Holy One — there is the presence of God. These Assyrian fighters, they drink the Chalice and take of the Lord’s Table when they participate in the Eucharist.

In this divine meal do they witness the sacrifice of Christ before their eyes, “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.” (1 Corinthians 11:26) They see the Lord’s death in the Eucharist, they see the fullness of life, for when one sees the Eucharist, one sees Love, and consumes Love. There are two photos of the militants both participating and protecting an Easter Mass:

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They protect the Sacred Meal, and participate in the Lord’s Supper; in this do they emulate Christ. For in their participation, they live as Christ lived, being in the Last Supper and crucifying themselves with Christ in the war against evil. In protecting, they are as Christ Who defends His Church through His people. Christ commanded St. Peter, strengthen your brethren. (Luke 22:32) And so Christ strengthens His Church through His warriors.

And in seeing love they emulate love; in participating in the Eucrarist they partake in the Last Supper, and entering the battlefield they walk the path of dolor — the Via Dolorosa —; His crown becomes their crown; His wounds become their wounds; His stripes become their stripes; His spilt blood becomes their spilt blood; His life becomes their lives, His death becomes their deaths, His Resurrection their salvation. In the fullest of love the light of Heaven beams through the crimson stained martyrs and they are brought up to the third heaven, being made one with He Who first loved us. (1 John 4:19)

In the Little Flowers of St. Francis it speaks of a monk named Bernard who “by the keenness of his mind, soared up to the light of divine wisdom” (1.1), and surely have these Assyrian troops reached this wisdom. “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil;” (Proverbs 8:13) and the fear of God “is wisdom, and to depart from evil is understanding.” (Job 28:28) To hate evil, then, is wisdom. And do these men not hate evil when they pick up their guns and fight the bringers of evil? Have they not reached that heavenly wisdom that conveys to the heart the glory of sacrifice?

Hashabah and his brethren, seventeen hundred strong, were “men of valour” “in all the business of the Lord, and in the service of the king.” (1 Chronicles 26:30) They were priestly warriors; Jehoiada, the leader of the Aaronites, and with him three thousand seven hundred, (1 Chronicles 12:27) were also priestly warriors, men who dedicated themselves to the monastic life — like John the Baptist, Elijah and the warrior monks of the Crusades — and these also ascended to the heavenly wisdom, hating evil and putting their lives to the risk of death to conquer and destroy it. These Assyrian fighters are no different. They go to the priests and partake in the Lord’s Body, and emulating the Body of Christ, they die unto themselves and fight, even to the death, for peace.


  • OrthodoxKGC2015

    Some people’s heads will likely explode from seeing some report like this sinking their pet eschatological speculations.

    • Delta Rain

      They’ll mend,,, I hope?

      • OrthodoxKGC2015

        I hope for all, even if my own self be lost in return, I do not rejoice in anyone’s darkness.

    • We’re already seeing it. Disgusting. What’s even more galling is to see so-called Conservative talk-show hosts peddling the lie about moderate Free Syrian Army Forces being attacked by Russia. They say that Russia’s street-cleaning of Saudi Arabia and Turkey will clear the way for Iran to have a clear shot against Israel. This is what we’re facing, folks.

      • Delta Rain

        Yeah, I heard that too.. More fear mongering to distract…

        • The sad thing is that I’m hearing this from people I genuinely enjoy hearing, like Mark Levin, who can’t seem to shake the Cold War dross off of himself.

          • 1Bobby8

            They’re stuck in the 1980’s fighting the Cold War under Reagan.

          • This, combined with the creepy televangelist contingent pushing for their warped eschatology, will spell disaster for the US if people don’t wake up here.

          • 1Bobby8

            They’re sitting back waiting to get “raptured.”

          • Kamau41

            Great point Bobby.

          • Kamau41

            Very true Rudy. We have to be more careful and discerning than ever of who we listen to.

          • 1Bobby8

            I think it was Ernest Hemingway who said “The truth has a certain ring to it.” And I hear the ring of truth right here on this website.

          • Kamau41

            Same hear. I hear it loud and clear on this amazing forum too.

          • Shannon Courtney

            and Michael Savage now turns me off… he is similar in this regard. I called his show to confront him about his disdain for the RCC- and defended my answer- but then he hung up on me and I am sure made a horrible remark about me like he does… he twists his shows to his advantage just like the media even though he is Jewish and anti-media. In his words ” Go Figure!”

          • Grandmere

            I no longer listen to any of them on radio or television. Only tv station I watch is EWTN.

          • Shannon Courtney

            Like Ghost Buster’s goo- I’m pulling away more and more as even the so called conservatives are erroneous and ignorant. Without God- man’s vision is myopic.

          • This Could Kick-Start WW3.!v

          • No. This is still cold-war tripe which has no clue as to how Russians think. Our CIA are run by idiots who never bother to study their adversaries, to live among them, to know how and why they are motivated (or not) to make the political moves they do. It’s far worse with the State Department, who are more interested in forcing Orthodox countries to accept gay parades and transvestites than they are in developing strategic alliances.

            If I were the next president, the first act would be to purge the SD and CIA, look for the best in the residue, and make sure each agent is not only fluent in each and every language of the area they will cover, but to know, to the most minute detail, everything about the culture they will be working in.

          • Trevor

            That’s why I am cautiously hopeful Trump wins the presidency because he seem to have a far better grasp on what’s going on in the world.

          • We have to be cautious of everyone, but with Trump, he knows how to make money, build, and do so on a budget. We have absolutely none of this in Washington right now. I stand with you on this, definitely, Trevor.

      • OrthodoxKGC2015

        It is truly appalling and disgusting and so terribly sad, that I even wonder if Sunni Islamic monies from the Oil Sheiks hasn’t tainted their testimony. Think about it; when it comes to sin and errors, it’s usually the money, follow the money…

        • So very true…

          • OrthodoxKGC2015

            I think eventually it will start to come out. Money can get people thinking strangely, holding to opinions they know in their hearts that are false, if their livelihoods depend on them maintaining those falsehoods.

      • mspip

        many of the talk show hosts are liars. sad to say.

        • It’s true. We are witnessing so many of them (Hugh Hewitt, Michael Medved, et al.) go down in flames.

          • mspip

            never saw medved or hewitt. if they are lying good riddance. we get enough of that on evening news etc.

    • 1Bobby8

      So much for Hal Lindsey and the rest of the phony’s.

      • Grandmere

        I have heard that Jack Van Impe is coming around. Hope so. I saw a couple of videos of Walid co-hosting his program.

        • mspip

          saw him briefly on tv this morning. he looks like a very sick man.

          • It’s just age in Van Impe’s case. Even when he was saying his weird anti-Russian diatribes, I had a soft spot for the man.

          • mspip

            could be age, don’t often watch him and rexella. first time i had seen him in a while.

      • OrthodoxKGC2015

        Indeed. They have took considerable more than Iscariot’s thirty pieces of silver though, and he will stand perhaps to mock them when the time comes. I pray for them to be delivered from dazzling and destroying heresy.

  • Maximos the Confessor and St Ambrose of Milan. Where else in the blogosphere will you read of such men outside of theologically focused websites? Nice.

  • Grandmere

    See this thrilling story of bravery by Americans in the formation of the Israeli air force. God is truly with Israel.

    • AnthonyM

      Great, thanks for posting!

  • Jeff Benton

    Article is in….

    • 1Bobby8

      Can’t wait to read it Jeff.

      • Jeff Benton

        Julie did a fine Job on this one…

        • Julie LaBrecque

          You are too kind.

      • Jeff Benton

        Yeah LOL,
        Sorry I haven’t written one, we just started all this right before I began working on growing a bit, so I am taking a break from writing and a lot of internet commenting…
        But the folks who are writing are doing a great job… A whole lot better than I would do thats for sure heh heh…
        OK Im out of here for a day or 3 again… see ya later…

        • 1Bobby8

          God bless you Jeff

    • Kamau41

      Awesome. Thanks for the update Jeff.

  • Marcos Filipe Guerra

    This will blow the mind of anti russian prophecy buffs. How can it be?

  • CadaveraVeroInnumero

    I give a damn for them. I don’t give a damn about anything else, regarding all this.

    Send me a patch. Send me a flag.

    Cadavera Vero Innumero
    (The Bodies of the Dead are Innumerable – Without Number)

  • Indian Christian Crusader

    True masterpiece statement by Theodore:,————> “That Cross that pierces the ground and conquers the earth; that leads us
    to the glory and majesty of the Holy Spirit; that ascends us to the
    Father; that brings us to the Center of Humanity and of the Cosmos, that
    is, Jesus Christ. These are the warriors of Syria, who by faith receive
    the afflictions of Christ; by faith vanquish the invaders; by faith
    conquer the sword with sacrificial love; by faith receive martyrdom and
    exhibit the light of heavenly wisdom, the essence and ultimate meaning
    of which, is sacrifice. Without sacrifice, there is no love; without
    suffering, there is no true longing for the One Who suffered for us;
    without bitterness, there is no sweetness; without death, there is no
    life, for true life can never be experienced until we have first died to
    our fears, our passions, our desires, our selves.”

    LOOK AT THE DEPTH OF THE WRITING, AS IF GOD HIMSELF USED THEODORE’S HAND TO WRITE THIS PARAGRAPH. I fell off my chair. Just astounding way of putting things. Are the spiritually dead Pulpit pastors reading this ? Hello???

    • Both God and the Church Fathers have given Ted powerful nourishment.

  • jim gazay

    Indeed… Indeed… Very good article Ted!

  • OrthodoxKGC2015

    I guess you are one of the low-information people out there who thinks Orthodox Christians are the same as the Infallibilists of the Roman Church. I and we are not. Educate yourself before you slander somebody unjustly.

    • Grandmere

      Whoosh goes the might sword of truth.

      • OrthodoxKGC2015

        Oh Grandmere, I am truly a sinner deep into intellectual pride and debauched lifestyle, numbered with the Goats, but I cannot but help to try to defend my Savior Who is so merciful to me in my sloth and heedlessness.

        God Bless,


  • mspip

    stick around a while. you will learn a lot.

  • I happen to like Persians very much. I live, currently, near Tehran-geles. The food is good, the women are beautiful, and they are proud of their culture, even though a lot of them are beginning to act like Kardashians. Otherwise, a noble people, and more so in Tehran.

    • Grandmere

      They have some very cool proverbs too.

  • Grandmere

    Come on Bill. That comment is like throwing rocks off an interstate bridge.

  • Grandmere

    Keep you eye on Turkey. Jesus said that Pergamus is the seat of Satan.

  • The way you present evidence one might think that zepoli is the false prophet and the antichrist.

  • Welcome here, Clemson. This is because most eschotologists are woefully ignorant in history, lie blatantly about the role of the true Apostolic churches, and don’t corroborate with actual history. Stick around here. You’re going to learn much.

  • John, Turkey and Iran are not allies, but counterweights. Iran had been punched around badly by the Ottoman Empire, and militarily, Turkey is still the hegemon I the area.

  • He has also been supportive of the Shoebat family in the past.

  • Trevor

    Gog is a person. Magog is a location.

  • Amen, John. We are about to see things unfold quickly. As for Turkey, one has to be mindful of how much the map has changed. Walid and Ted have covered that a lot, and a lot of us happen to be Eastern Orthodox, and know quite a bit, sometimes from personal experience, how maps can change in an instant.

  • Shannon Courtney

    blah blah blah- My Pope! Ha! There are fallible men everywhere including the Pope. But as it is with the office of the Presidency, I respect the office- not necessarily who holds that office.
    We all have a rights to opinions. Don’t we? I happen to believe he is myopic and a cynical old man. Where does that leave his soul?

  • Shannon Courtney

    It’s likely not all that govern or follow the RCC agree. Many other entities do too. I am sure there are many others within the governing body that don’t too. Liberals and conservatives have populated all churches down through history.

  • In order to formulate your question, you first have to show where did they renounce violence?

    Fact is they didn’t. King Abghar converted to Christianity way before Constantine and he fought as a Christian.

    Secondly, your question is like asking “why did the Assyrian Christians in Iraq renounce violence” when in fact they are fighting ISIS.

    The first Christians had no chance fighting an empire (the Romans) until Constantine converted.

  • You look up Abgar on Wikipedia while you live in Los Angeles and not by the Khabur river in Iraq where Christians carry arms to defend their women, children and homes. First take your family there and then preach your bullshit and when ISIS comes to rape your wife and daughter in front of your eyes, write me here on the comment section and lecture me on your crap as to why fighting is bad. Okay?

    Once you accomplish all this and if you’r still alive, then switch the subject to Constantine and I will show you how full of crap you really are.

  • “Your reply made clear that you were hoping I would not respond and that you would rather I not engage you. Far be it from me to attempt to stay where my peace has clearly been rejected.”

    NONSENSE. You assume. Actually I am glad you responded.

    “Show us the words of Christ in the Gospels telling you to take men’s lives even in self-defense or in defense of the fleshly lives of your family members.”

    You see this above? This is the premise of heretics. Heretics always say “show me the words of Christ in the Gospels”.

    It is the oldest faulty statement. Why did you not ask “Show us the word of God”?

    Didn’t Jesus author Genesis? The prophets? The books?

    Did He not appear to Joshua at the Battle of Jericho to encourage him?

    Joshua 5:13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? 14. And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the Lord am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant? 15. And the captain of the Lord’s host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; And Joshua did so.

    Joshua “fell on his face” and “worshipped”. This was Christ and He had a sword.

    Now you will resort of doing the art of abrogation by swiftly showing a few misinterpreted verses that this is obsolete.

    Go ahead. Throw your twisted interpretations.

    After you do so, answer my question: you are living in Chabour and ISIS came for your wife and daughter. Will you collect the men and fight, or will you watch them get raped?

    Keep in mind, you must: “lay down one’s life for his friends.” (John 15:13)

    This is that mountain upon which Christendom is built; this is the spirit of Christianity.

    So tell us, how can one lay their life for their friends?

    A) Suicide
    B) Only as an exchange hostage. To beg ISIS rape you instead of your wife and daughter
    C) All commit suicide
    D) You are an idiot and you don’t deserve your wife, daughter and even your head

    You keep evading. Remember, you are the pacifist Christian.

    So what is it Mr. Pacifist? No answer, no dialogue.