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[COMMENT: Islam is decadent. Spiritually, morally, culturally, politically --- by just about any measurement you can make. It is incompetent as a civilization, as an industrial power, as a political power. But its enemy, secular Western civilization, has no will to live. Islam is a anti-civilization of death, and those supporting it are willing to either kill or die to achieve their goal, which is total subjugation of the world. Yet it wants to claim as its own every advancement of civilization since the beginning of time. Like homosexuality, and every other totalitarian mindset, it rewrites history for its own purposes.
Islam, like homosexuality, is not a religion of righteousness, it is a religion of "feel-good". It spins off an image of God which is controlling, tyrannical, and unreasoning. The "feeling good" aspect comes out in its version of heaven, 72 virgins for the men, and I know not what for the women. Heaven for the men is access to all the sexual pleasure and promiscuity they were denied on earth.
It is a religion and culture in which any behavior, no matter how criminal, is OK if it helps achieve their goal. And they are perfectly willing to attribute these behaviors to God in order to justify their own behavior. That is blasphemy, and they should be told so -- in very graceful, and very clear, terms.
But the West is not up to it any more. We have lost the backbone, drive, intelligence, and grace which -- under the law and grace of God -- brought us into being.
The "moderate" Muslims must stop being moderate about the truth and about righteousness if they are to be believed, and they must make war on the radicals, exposing them, turning them in -- if the rest of the world is to believe them. They would find enormous support from just about every direction. If they do not do that, we should not believe them. No matter how "sincere" they are, if they are not willing to lay down their lives for the truth and to defeat the terrorists, the terrorists will, sooner rather than later, cow them and use them for their own ends.
There is one and only one salvation for the West, a deep return to our Biblical foundations. Otherwise we die. We must rebuild our intellectual, moral, and spiritual credibility -- by learning how to be honest participants in the public arena -- from which we have been run with our tails between our legs.
Muslims are not afraid of death because they (the men) are promised, they believe, a sexual Never-Never-Land, where they never have to grow up, the very sexual promiscuity which they are forbidden here on earth. This is the delusion of a severely repressed bunch of men, who have no capacity to control their sexual appetites except under the harsh thumb of their superiors. I have no idea what the women think they will get out of it, even in heaven.
Mature Christians are also not afraid of death. They have already died in Christ, risen with Him, and ascended in heart and mind to the throne of the Father. Christians have become invulnerable to death ("O death, where is thy sting...?").
Real Christians are willing to die as well as the Muslims, but Christians die to set you free, Muslims to control you. Christians die for righteous and loving relationships (two Great Commandments), Muslims die to be able (at last) to satisfy their lusts.
Just as with the homosexual battle, the battle between Christianity and Islam is very winnable. But Christians had better learn how to die well rather than continue corrupting their faith with the consumer enjoy-yourself mentality being programmed into us by our government schools, by advertising, and often enough by clergy.
But there is no force on earth which can stand against a
healthy, mature Christian civilization. If we could find one, maybe even
build one again. If we in the West will not, God will find those who will. Like
the Chinese Christians. 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,To which I'll add, "if losers won, and winners lost."
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.
(Crusaders' motto: "We must move with the times.")
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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