Because of the recent World Tower Tragedy, many law-breakers would take this opportunity to harrass innocent people, especially those weak and defenceless.
Moreover, people from the Secret Alliance would agitate people to draw the line along ethnic, or religeous, ... line, thus causing wars between one group of people against another.
You shall not oppress a stranger; you know the heart of a stranger, for you (refers to the Israelites) were strangers in the land of Egypt. [Ex. 23:9]
The stranger who sojourns with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself. [Lev. 19:34]
There shall be one law for the native and for the stranger who sojourns among you. [Ex. 12:49]
You shall not follow a multitude to do evil; nor shall you bear witness in a suit, turning aside after a multitude, so as to pervert justice; nor shall you be partial to a poor man in his suit. [Ex. 23:2-3]
In a society, I think most are law-abiding citizens. Only a few would despise the Law.
But a gang of law-breakers can easily de-rail law and order in a city, if their initial killings, no matter under what guise these killings are carried out, are not stopped RESOLUTELY AND EARLY, then many many innocent lives will be lost and families destroyed.
In former Yogoslavakia, the Moslems and Christians lived harmoniously together. But a group of people, claimed to be Serbia Christians, started killing some Moslems, and the Yogoslavakia government did not stop these murders, and the situation evolved into the breaking up of a country, with tremendous loss of lives and suffering to the people.
The same is true in Lebanon many many years ago. The police would not arrest law-breakers if they were on their side, but arrest law-breakers of the opposite side. Because of this, no one respected the law, and law and order could not be maintained, and years of civil-war followed.
Also in recent Indonesia, a few law-breakers could initiated tremendous difficulties and suffering to all citizens ....
I hope the Police of a country, or those who are civil-minded, (in fact, all citizens should have a sense of social responsibility towards the place they live in) should remember firmly LORD's teaching :
and arrest the law breakers promptly and resolutely, irrespective of their race, religion, or whether they are friends/relatives, or under what pretext they do that criminal act.
One last thing I would point out : the Christians are here mostly because of the preaching of Paul, and the Moslems are here because of the preaching of Peter, James, ... (the other 11 disciples of Jesus.)
Wu Siu Yan,
22nd September, 2001