The Devil on Both Sides
Whether you consider the Devil to be a real thing, or merely a mental/cultural construct - consider the following;
The Devil is the ultimate fool. Anyone who follows him is destroyed. Nothing survives. Nothing is accomplished.
Seeking power that accomplishes nothing is not actually power. It is impotence.
It is the opposite of power. It is a cosmic tantrum. Full of sound and fury signifying nothing.
The devilish trap is well described:
Attacks by the Hamas militant group were likely a ploy to lure Israel into a costly ground invasion of Gaza, the former head of Britain's MI6 spy agency said.
Alex Younger, who served as the head of the UK's foreign intelligence service from 2014 to 2020, gave his comments in an interview on the BBC's "The Today Podcast."
💬 "I absolutely understand and endorse Israel's right to defend themselves in the circumstances, and indeed to restore the credibility of those defenses, so that that sense of psychological safety can be restored to the people.
But here's the thing, you shouldn't do what your enemy wants you to do,...
...And it's really obvious now that Hamas are essentially laying a trap for Israel, And [it] will be well pleased if Israel commits itself to an open-ended, full-scale ground invasion of Gaza because of the scale and intensity of conflict that that would entail, and the loss of innocent life that would inevitably follow and the radicalization that would engender, and the extent to which will put Israel's allies and partners in the region in an impossible position."
This morning I found this on a slip of paper in the straw of the doorway of my chicken house. How it got there is unclear as I didn't see it obviously there last night when I fed them and locked them up for the night - hmmmm.
It was so appropriate I had to share it with you. It is good advice in the current world:
"Go home to your friends and tell them what wonderful things the Lord has done for you and how merciful He has been, Mark 5:19"
The Devil as such is on both sides. The only way to win is to not play the game.
By the way: This may be why Russia didn't simply take Kiev at the start of the Ukraine operation. They play chess and they are mostly Christian. They probably recognized the trap and/or the devilish consequences.