AFGHANISTAN - Animals Put Ahead of People

Arno Froese

In the final days of the West’s 20-year war in Afghanistan, a small controversy erupted after it turned out that some Western charities had been involved in supporting animals in Afghanistan.

Surveys show that in some Western countries animals are considered equal to, or even more important than, people.

Reports indicated that in at least one case, a charter flight was cleared to bring out dogs and cats.

That Western countries have different priorities than the countries they may be invading, bombing or fighting in is not a surprise.

Germany shipped out 22,000 liters of beer from Afghanistan. Once again, critics might say the beer doesn’t displace people. But beer does displace priceless heirlooms of Afghan families who might prefer that they can bring out some items for their families, rather than the easily replaceable German beer.

There are other questions about what it means for a country to go into another country with its military, fight there for 20 years, hire local staff and then evacuate animals and beer and other things, but leave behind locals who trusted and relied on the foreigners.

It’s not even clear if the Afghan refugees are being treated as well as the dogs and the cats. That raises questions about whether Western countries should be invading places such as Afghanistan, giving false hopes and then putting a few animals in the hold of an airplane and flying back home., 31 August 2021

Arno's Commentary

This one-sided war did not generate peace, did not generate democracy, but utterly failed in the face of the Taliban freedom fighters. Again, they chased out the occupiers as they did before: the Russians, the British, and others. 

Now, the issue seems to be the saving of animals. Unfortunately, there is some truth to the statement: “…in some Western countries animals are considered equal to, or even more important than, people.” This tendency is developing within the end-time scenario. In 2005, statistics for the UK show that expenditure for animals was around $4,024 per household, which rose to $10,893 in 2020. Expenditure for pets in the US was listed as $45.5 billion in 2010. In 2018, it jumped to $90.5 billion.

“But they are family.” Are they really? The answer is no; they are animals, distinctly different from human beings. After God created the beasts of the earth, it says: “God saw that it was good” (Genesis 1:25b). Then in Genesis 2:7, we read: “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” The breath of life is the spirit of God, which is not given to animals, but to human beings created in the image of God.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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