At a time of prolonged bad news – the indisposition of Diane Abbott for example – it is cheering to have a refreshing report from Iran.
This week there occurred an agreeable carnage in the form of successful suicide-bombings of the Iranian parliament and the tomb of Ayatollah Khomenei. Saudi proxy forces (Islamic State) attacked Iranian heartlands (the Republican Guard) and killed more than a few.
This is only the most recent episode in a much longer conflict. And it’s really comforting to know that Muslim barbarians wage war not only upon Jewish and Christian infidels, but upon their own co-religionists.
For Iran versus Saudi Arabia, read Shia versus Sunni. These two sects of the same barbarism have been at each other’s throats for 1400 years.
With luck – or, as I would put it, by the grace of God – these two forms of all that is despicable might soon come to destroy one another.
Here is a brief theological analysis of the situation: we are not to think that the war between good and evil is between God and his angels and Satan with his equally disciplined army of devils. For, while the angel band is united, the demons are all at odds with one another.
As Milton said: “Pandemonium and confusion worse confounded.”
As Our Lord put it, very nicely if I might say so, “A kingdom divided against itself cannot stand.”
Roll on, I say. Roll on