Politicians, religious leaders and citizens of the free world cannot seem to comprehend the Islamic savagery witnessed on a daily basis around the globe. They cannot grasp how dangerous the situation truly is nor agree on what must be done to stop the hate.
Christians, and Jews, tend to believe that all cultures have exactly the same goals (peace, prosperity, freedom) and exactly the same values (sanctity of life, honesty, human rights). And although all of these goals and values are undoubtedly part of every human culture, not all cultures value them to the same degree that we do in the Christian world.
Daily we read about Christians being driven from their homes, from their churches and even from the country of their birth. We watch, in disbelief, horrible atrocities being committed against Christians. Christian children being sold into slavery, churches burned to the ground, and even Christian’s crucified.
Our prayers seem to go unanswered for our Christian brothers and sisters. So what can we do to stop this hate filled madness?
President George W. Bush, after his visit to ground zero in New York, on September 16, 2001 at a rose garden press conference said:
[W]e need to be alert to the fact that these evil-doers still exist. We haven’t seen this kind of barbarism in a long period of time. No one could have conceivably imagined suicide bombers burrowing into our society and then emerging all in the same day to fly their aircraft – fly U.S. aircraft into buildings full of innocent people – and show no remorse. This is a new kind of — a new kind of evil. And we understand. And the American people are beginning to understand. This crusade, this war on terrorism is going to take a while. And the American people must be patient. I’m going to be patient. [Emphasis added]
What President Bush did not understand was the ideology behind the attack on 9/11. You see the United States is not fighting terrorism, terrorism is a military tactic.
Great nations do not make war against a military tactic they make war against any ideology that is incompatible and a clear and present danger to the nation and its values. The ideology behind the tactic is the target and must be fought using all means available. America has only been successful in war when it has identified the true enemy.
President Bush was widely criticized for using the word “crusade.” But was he right in using it? History tells us so.
Is it time for a crusade against those using terrorism against the innocent? Is it time for a renewed Christian Fitnah? Is it time for Pope Francis to declare a 21st Century crusade against all those who wish to destroy the church? How will the slaughter be stopped if not by fitnah? Will 2015 see Christians resist persecution or capitulate to slavery?
Quran versus 2: 191-193 reads:
And kill them wherever you overtake them and expel them from wherever they have expelled you, and fitnah is worse than killing. And do not fight them at al-Masjid al- Haram until they fight you there. But if they fight you, then kill them. Such is the recompense of the disbelievers.
And if they cease, then indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.
Fight them until there is no [more] fitnah and [until] worship is [acknowledged to be] for Allah . But if they cease, then there is to be no aggression except against the oppressors.
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