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Terrorism in the United States is Not New
Terror - Islam
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
J.L. Robb

''People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.'' (Luke 21:26  NIV)

Terrorism is not new and has been practiced for thousands of years throughout the world.

In 2009 British archaeologist Simon James, a researcher at the University of Leicester, claimed that chemical weapons were used in 256 AD after finding twenty Roman soldiers’ bodies beneath an ancient Roman fortress.  According to James, the soldiers did not die from wounds of war but from the use of poison gas.

James researched the records from early excavations at the ancient Roman city of Dura-Europos, the remains of which are located in modern-day Syria.  A Persian (modern Iran) army destroyed Dura-Europos, deported the captives to Persia and then abandoned the city.

In the final siege by the Persians, the city boundaries were breached by digging under the walls.  The breach was discovered by the Romans, and a counter-defense was mounted.  However the Persians prepared “a nasty surprise" for the Romans.  They added burning sulfur crystals and bitumen to a brazier oven and pumped the poisonous fumes into the Roman tunnels.  According to James, once the screaming from the Roman soldiers stopped, the fire was doused.  The Persians then stacked the corpses in a wall, a warning, and then set the city on fire.

In 189 AD, the Romans set siege to the Greek city of Ambracia.  The Greek defenders built a flame-thrower that spouted burning chicken feathers.  In a later incident at Themiscrya, with a touch of biological warfare, the tunneling Romans were met with thousands of swarming bees and charging wild beasts.

The Romans often poisoned the wells of the cities they attacked.  The historian Plutarch reported that in 80 BC, Roman general Sertorius’ soldiers built mounds of gypsum powder near hiding places of rebellious Spaniards.  When strong winds from the north blew the gypsum irritant into the hiding places, the Spaniards were driven from their caves.

There was no Geneva Convention in those days, but cultures did draw the line on certain aspects of war.  In the 5th century BC, the Hindu armies forbade the use poison-tipped arrows.  The Roman historian Florus denounced poisoning an enemy's water supply, saying the act "violated the laws of heaven and the practice of our forefathers".

Biological-chemical terrorism was more rampant than many knew until archeological digs in the 19th century.

Los Angeles Times Bombing Rubble: WikipediaOn October 1, 1910, a bombing at the Los Angeles Times killed 21 people and injured an additional 100.  A member of the International Association of Bridge and Structural Iron Workers Union conducted the terrorist attack.

According to one source, “On September 16, 1920, a buggy loaded with 100 pounds of dynamite and 500 pounds of cast- iron slugs exploded across the street from the J.P. Morgan bank headquarters in downtown Manhattan, New York. The explosion blew out windows for blocks around, killed 30 immediately, injured hundreds of others and completely destroyed the interior of the Morgan building. Those responsible were never found.”

On July 4, 1940, a bomb left at the British Pavillion at the 1939 New York World's Fair killed two policemen.

On January 24, 1975, a bomb in a New York City tavern killed four and injured more than 50 people. The Puerto Rican nationalist group (FALN) claimed responsibility, and police tied 13 other bombings to the group.

On June 1, 2009 in Little Rock, Arkansas, a Muslim convert from Memphis, Tennessee was charged with shooting two soldiers outside a military recruiting center, killing one.  In a letter to the judge hearing his case, Muhammed asked to change his plea from not guilty to guilty, claiming ties to al-Qaeda and called the shooting a jihadi attack "to fight those who wage war on Islam and Muslims."

On May 1, 2010, again in New York City, a car bomb was discovered in Times Square after smoke was seen coming from the vehicle.  Faisal Shahzad pled guilty to placing the bomb.

On January 17, 2011 in Spokane, Washington, a pipe bomb was discovered along the route of the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial march.  The bomb was designed to spray marchers with shrapnel and to cause multiple casualties.

On September 11, 2012, the Benghazi, Libya attacked the American Consulate, killing the U.S. Ambassador and three other U.S. citizens. T hough the attack was well coordinated and the U.S. Ambassador had warned of the danger, our “security” service was jobbed out to Islamists.  We are still waiting on the truth about this attack.

This week, April 15, 2013, the Boston Marathon was the target of numerous bombs, of which two were successful, hidden in basic pressure cookers.  Three people were killed, including an eight year old boy who ran out to greet his father at the finish line.  The young boy’s sister and mother lost legs in the cowardly attack.

Two thousand years ago, Jesus gave us a warning about this future we are now experiencing.  Had the Jewish people accepted Jesus as the Messiah, the warning probably wouldn’t be a part of biblical history.

"Do not think that I have come to send peace on earth. I did not come to send peace, but a sword. I am sent to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law"    Matthew 10:34-35  NIV

Well, we got a “sword” alright, and it just keeps on keeping on.

Have you noticed that in the United States, every time a terrible disaster happens, terrorist or natural, we do the “woe is me” thing and then pass new laws that are completely contrary to God’s Law?

Do we learn from history?  Uhhhh, no!  We don’t.

If we did, we would take note of what happened to the great empires of Greece and Rome just prior to their fall.  Their world became a world of decadence, kind of like the West is now.  Get a helmet, because it’s only going to get worse.  Then it will get better.  That is what I’m looking forward to.

Maranatha. 

About J.L. Robb

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