President Obama has apparently decided to fight a “dumb war” after all, by sending warplanes into Iraq after relentlessly demonizing President Bush for doing exactly the same thing.
He has authorized humanitarian and military action in Iraq in his determination to protect the Yazidis, whose religion features an archangel who defied God following the creation of Adam and thereby became worthy of their reverence. That being, of course, is Satan. In a rare point of theological accord, both Muslims and Christians agree that the archangel revered by the Yazidis is in fact the Prince of Darkness.
The Arabic name the Yazidis have given to him transliterates into English as “Melek Taus,” which means “Peacock Angel.” The other name of Melek Taus, Shaytan, is the same name the Qur’an uses for Satan.
This reminds us of the Scriptures’ description of Lucifer, who is described as the “Day Star, (the) son of Dawn” (Isaiah 14:12) and in Ezekiel 28 as “the signet of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty…till unrighteousness was found in you (vv. 12, 15).” The New Testament describes him this way, “Satan (who) disguises himself as an angel of light” (2 Cor. 11:14), eager to deceive the gullible into believing that he is good rather than evil. The Yazidis have fallen for his lies.