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[COMMENT: Brennan has it only partly right. The contestants are Islam and Judeo-Christianity. Western Civ. is Judeo-Christian Civ. Islam is no match for a healthy Christianity. God will raise up His Church, already on the way.
George Bush is oblivious. He is at best a very immature and poorly educated Christian, and does not understand the spiritual warfare all about us. But he is on his way out (via the charade of swapping parties in power -- which we call an election). Ignore both Dems and Repubs. Two sides of the same socialist, globalist coin. Get yourself educated on the Biblical understanding of civil government.
Christians will again turn the world upside down. When we get obedient and spiritually healthy --- when we recover our intellectual, moral, and spiritual integrity.
You Christians, out there... Are you up to it? E. Fox]
Philip V. Brennan
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
There was a mid-17th century nonsensical ditty, "The World Turned Upside Down," that some believe was played by the British as they marched out to surrender at Yorktown while the victorious Americans played Yankee Doodle.
Whether it really happened matters only to finicky historians, but if it didn't, it should have; for the British, who in effect had just lost their most important colonies, the world really had turned upside down.
From that moment on, nothing would ever be the same. Although some fighting continued sporadically, a spark of liberty had been ignited in America that would not be extinguished, and the old world order had begun to pass away.
We ought to be hearing it now. The world has not only turned upside down, it's in flames. And like that day in 1781, nothing will ever be the same. Only this time it's not only a single nation that has seen its world upended, it's the entire world wrong side up.
The process of upending began a long time ago, we just failed to recognize it. And in failing to recognize it, we gave it impetus. It really began in the 8th century; but from a modern perspective, it began in the mid-1990s when a deranged Islamacist jihadist, Osama bin Laden, in the name of his revolutionary movement, al-Qaida, declared war on the United States.
Bin Laden launched a series of terrorist attacks against the United States, starting with a failed attempt to target U.S. troops in Yemen in 1992, followed by the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, the 1993 killing of U.S. soldiers in Somalia, the 1996 truck bombing of the Khobar Towers Marine barracks in Saudi Arabia, the 1998 bombing of U.S. embassies in East Africa, the failed plot in 1999 to bomb millennium celebrations in Seattle, the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen and finally, the 9/11 horror in /2001.
These were all acts of war.
A world war had begun, and most of the world failed to recognize it. To this day, we refuse to accept the fact that a war far wider than the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Israeli/Palestinian war is under way. There are only two protagonists in this war - the West and Islamic fundamentalism, but only the Islamists recognize that fact.
In a recent column, Pat Buchanan recalled the late Hilaire Belloc foreseeing the outbreak of the war in 1938. Said the acclaimed British author. "It has always seemed to me ... probable that there would be a resurrection of Islam and that our sons or our grandsons would see the renewal of that tremendous struggle between the Christian culture and what has been for more than a thousand years its greatest opponent."
In the Quran, Islam (it means "submission") demands that the entire world must submit to Sharia law. which governs both the public and private lives of all Muslims and those under their domination. It is the ultimate aim of al-Qaida – the goal of the worldwide jihad and a goal the imperiled West refuses to admit exists as we go about muttering the shibboleth that Islam is a "peaceful religion."
One reason for the West's failure to understand the true nature of Islamic fundamentalism is the decadent West's inability to understand the nature of absolute, do-or-die commitment to a cause, any cause. In the Western mind, martyrdom is an outmoded concept – no cause is worth dying for. The materialist West serves its only deity: the self and its creature comforts.
In the eyes of Islam's adherents the decadent Western immersion in secularist materialism is to them both an abomination and an opportunity, a weakness that can be exploited. This Western weakness blinds us to the real threat – a faith whose adherents are convinced of the rightness of their cause and who are willing to die to bring about its triumph. It is a classic case of belief against non-belief. They believe in something worth dying for; we believe nothing is worth dying for. And, as it has been said, "you can't beat something with nothing." Abortion "rights" may be a dandy political issue, but nobody is willing to die to protect a woman's right to butcher the baby in her womb.
The West's belief in nothingness has little appeal to the idealist in all of us; we can't recruit crusaders for our cause because we have no cause but ourselves and our material well-being, scarcely a rallying cry to those seeking something higher than themselves and a self-centered lifestyle. If the Devil wears Prado, so now do we all. It's the vestment of the times.
Contrast that with Islam, which offers a greater goal than self-aggrandizement. It offers something to which one can be totally committed. It demands total commitment in return for a reason to live and a reason to die. And it is sweeping across the world like a raging wildfire, gathering up millions of recruits in all the four corners of the globe.
Writes Pat Buchanan: " Islamists are taking over in Somalia. They are in power in Sudan. The Muslim Brotherhood won 60 percent of the races it contested in Egypt. Hezbollah swept the board in southern Lebanon. Hamas seized power from Fatah on the West Bank and Gaza. The Shia parties who hearken to Ayatollah Sistani brushed aside our favorites, Chalabi and Iyad Allawi, in the Iraqi elections. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is the most admired Iranian leader since Khomeini. In Afghanistan, the Taliban is staging a comeback."
He could have added that Islam is becoming the dominant religion in all of Africa. According to islamawareness.net, in Algeria 32 million Muslims constitute 99 percent of the population. Zaire has 15 million Muslims (25 percent of the population); Egypt, 71 million (94 percent of the population); Liberia, .07 million (20 percent of the population); Mali, 10.5 million (90 percent of the population); Morocco, 1.5 million (99 percent of the population); Niger, 10 million (85 percent of the population); Nigeria, 67 million (50 percent of the population); Rwanda, 1.28 million (16 percent of the population); Senegal, 10.4 million (94 percent of the population); Somalia, 9 million (99 percent of the population); Sudan, 26.6 million (70 percent of the population); South Africa, 1 million (2.5 percent of the population); and Sudan, 26.6 million (70 percent of the population).
It is the fastest-growing religion in the world.
Pat Buchanan explains: "The idea for which our many of our adversaries fight is a compelling one. They believe there is but one God, Allah, that Muhammad is his prophet, that Islam, or submission to the Quran, is the only path to paradise and that a Godly society should be governed according to the Sharia, the law of Islam. Having tried other ways and failed, they are coming home to Islam. This has all happened in the last year. And where are we winning?"
"What idea do we have to offer?" Pat asks. "Americans believe that freedom comports with human dignity, that only a democratic and free-market system can ensure the good life for all, as it has done in the West and is doing in Asia."
To a mind seeking goals higher than the alleged good life, that barely suffices.
Adds Pat: "What America needs to understand is something unusual for us: From Morocco to Pakistan, we are no longer seen by the majority as the good guys," and he asks, "If Islamic rule is an idea taking hold among the Islamic masses, how does even the best army on earth stop it? Do we not need a new policy?"
A conflict that began in the 8th century and has flared up from time to time over the centuries has been re-ignited, and the enemy is out in full force all over a world turned upside down.
If you listen carefully, you might even hear the lyrics, penned in 1647:
If buttercups buzz'd after the bee,
If boats were on land, churches on sea,
If ponies rode men and if grass ate the cows,
And cats should be chased into holes by the mouse,
If the mamas sold their babies
To the gypsies for half a crown;
If summer were spring and the other way round,
Then all the world would be upside down.
To which I'll add, "if losers won, and winners lost."
(Crusaders' motto: "We must move with the times.")
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Phil Brennan is a veteran journalist who writes for NewsMax.com. He is editor & publisher of Wednesday on the Web (http://www.pvbr.com) and was Washington columnist for National Review magazine in the 1960s. He also served as a staff aide for the House Republican Policy Committee and helped handle the Washington public relations operation for the Alaska Statehood Committee which won statehood for Alaska. He is also a trustee of the Lincoln Heritage Institute and a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers.
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