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This Strange Savage World
Terror - Islam
Friday, October 17, 2014
Alf Cengia

I vividly recall the euphoria back in 1990 when the Berlin Wall was formally toppled. At the time a few of us were discussing it between bites of roasted lamb and sips of red wine at a local Greek restaurant. All was well with the world from our perspective.

Hal Lindsey came briefly to mind. He'd talked about all sorts of pending disasters involving the Soviet Union, Iran, Islam and Israel. It looked as if he was woefully wrong. I couldn't imagine things changing for the worse any time soon. And neither could any of my companions. The world had changed for the better.

But it didn't last.

Russian hegemony eventually made a comeback. Islamist terrorism went to new levels with an unprecedented attack on American soil. Middle East regimes were toppled by more radical elements in a hopeful Arab Spring turned nightmare.

We thought we had the Soviets and AIDS problems under control and now we have Putin, ISIS and Ebola (to name a few). We thought we'd reached an age of emancipation, yet we don't have a clue.

Twenty four years later, I find myself in a strange world where a U.S. Junior Senator has been idolized as a Messiah and given a Nobel Peace Prize...for doing nothing; and without anyone really knowing anything about him.

American schools are now eschewing all references to Christianity, yet inviting Islamic studies into their classrooms. It's no longer just okay to be tolerant to gay marriage; one must fully embrace it. Under the direction of its lesbian mayor, one American city now wants to vet church sermons on homosexuality.

This same America has targeted religious conservatives through the I.R.S. and then enacted an elaborate cover up. It failed to protect its Embassy resulting in the deaths of four of U.S. citizens and covered that up as well. All this achieved under the nose of a complicit media.

Neither is it allowed to draw the obvious connections between terrorism and Islam.

We've all seen liberal Ben Affleck's zealous reaction in the face of a surprising challenge by fellow liberals Bill Maher and Sam Harris. In response to statistical data on Islam cited by Maher, an indignant Affleck shrilly exclaimed (Link contains offensive language):

“Hold on – are you the person who officially understands the codified doctrine of Islam? It’s gross and racist. It’s like saying, ‘Oh, you shifty Jew!’ Your argument is, ‘You know, black people, they shoot each other.’”

Affleck didn't get it and neither did those who passionately rushed out to defend him. One responder invoked Reza Aslan as a model of a popular moderate Muslim.

Robert Spencer (as others have) has exposed him to be a superficially moderate Muslim. Aslan doesn't openly condone groups such as ISIS, but he refuses to condemn Osama bin Laden's interpretation of the Qur'an. A close scrutiny of Aslan's examples of other moderate Muslims exposes them to be sympathetic to HAMAS and other terrorist organizations.

In 1990 I couldn't have foreseen how the strange desire to defend Islam seems to be irreversibly programmed into some brains. People are loath to acknowledge that the root cause of the savage terrorism enacted by ISIS is found in a literal understanding of the Qur'an and the life of Muhammad.

At the same time I'd never envisioned the insane need to demonize Israel and those who support it. HAMAS' charter is to destroy Israel, has been firing rockets into it and uses innocent citizens as shields against it, yet Israel is still not allowed to defend itself.

One must never support Israel despite biblical precedence for doing so. Stephen Sizer, at the forefront of anti-Israel and anti-Zionist propaganda, recently told Iranian Press T.V. that Christian Zionism is:

"...very apocalyptic, very fundamentalist in a military sense...very little different to ISIS or al-Qaeda in terms of what it's prepared to support...."

The Iranian regime hardly needs motivation from Sizer's inflammatory remarks, or his participation in its conferences. But aside from misrepresenting Christian Zionism to a media which supports an Iranian regime hostile to Israel, America and Christians; one wonders what wild justifications run through Sizer's head to compare Christian Zionists to ISIS and al-Qaeda.

Are we speaking of the same blood-lusting ISIS which takes pleasure in beheading infidels and soft Muslims and then proudly displays these heads for the world to see? Is this the same organization which does so to deliberately strike fear in the hearts of their enemies, and to attract equally blood-thirsty recruits?

"The more fierce they [ISIS] are, the more successful they become because it strikes fear among not only the region, but the world.” ~ Shaul Gabbay, University of Denver

Note that ISIS is a game changer which comes on the heels of a fragmented Middle East and the unwillingness by the West to personally engage it. It cannot be easily eradicated by bombing because it is baseless and its fallen fighters are replenished from all over the world.

Is this another Vietnam-like situation? Will the world require a permanent base in Iraq to fix the problem?

Who knows!

But I do know that I'm now living in an age where up is down and down is up. This is a strange world where savagery is justified and Christians are marginalized. This is nothing like we'd anticipated back in 1990. And I can see it getting far worse.

The question is - what will it be like in another ten years if things continue in the same direction?

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God... 2Ti 3:1-4

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