The Culture of Death
Vol: 30 Issue: 30 Tuesday, March 30, 2004
Much has been written regarding the true nature of Islam, especially since 9/11. Until the attacks, most Americans knew little or nothing about it and what they did know was probably incorrect.
One of the major failings of the Bush administration has been to minimize Islam’s role in the war against terror, repeating the mantra that “Islam is a religion of peace hijacked by a few murderers” instead of investigating its core teachings first.
Before a gathering of ambassadors in the East Room on the 1st anniversary of the Iraq War, Bush noted; “On a tape claiming responsibility for the atrocities in Madrid, a man is heard to say, ‘We choose death, while you choose life’.”
But not once in the speech did he mention the reason for the terror. The reason is Islam itself. It is Islam that requires all faithful Muslims to conquer the world for Islam, either by voluntary conversion or submission under the sword.
Islam is first of all at war with itself, and secondarily with the rest of the world.
Within Islam are two major sects, the Sunnis and the Shia. Sunnis claim Islam descended directly from Mohammed, while the Shia say the true succession of Islam came through Ali, married to the prophet’s daughter, Fatima.
The eight-year-war between Iran and Iraq during the 1980’s was essentially a war between Sunni Islam and the Shia Republic of Iran. When US forces got inside Iraq, they found hundreds of mass graves containing the bodies of tens of thousands of Shi’ite Iraqis murdered by Saddam’s Sunni-dominated military.
Judaism, and by extension, Christianity, claim their spiritual heritage is descended from Abraham, through the line of Isaac and Jacob.
Islam claims its heritage through Abraham’s elder son, Ishmael. Of Ishmael, Genesis 16:12 tells us, “And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”
Islam is a religion born out of blood and the sword, not peace. The secular Muslim scholar Ibn Warraq, author of ‘Why I Am Not a Muslim’ and ‘The Quest for the Historical Muhammed’, points out that, from the approved holy books on the life of Mohammed that the prophet and his band of followers participated in 80 political assassinations in their consolidation of power.
During the 8th century, Islam conquered a wide swath of territory from the Arabian Peninsula all the way to the Iberian Peninsula, which it called “Andalusia.” Today, it is called ‘Spain’.
To Muslims this entire area is called “Dar al Islam” which means, the Zone of Submission. It is a received doctrine of the Koran that no part of the Dar al-Islam ever can be ceded permanently to the infidel. The Moors were kicked out of the Andalusian caliphate in 1493 by the Spanish Reconquest. But Islam has a long memory.
On Oct. 7, 2001, the day the United States began bombing Afghanistan, bin Laden appeared in a videotape, stating, “Let the whole world know that we shall never accept that the tragedy of al-Andalus would be repeated.”
While areas conquered by Islam are known as Dar al Islam, areas unconquered by Islam also have an Islamic religious name; “Dar al-Harb” or, the Zone of War. Islam demands an armed struggle to bring the rest of the world under the Dar al Islam, offering conversion or the sword. That is a basic principle of the ‘religion of peace’.
We get our word ‘assassin’ from a twelve century Islamic forerunner of Osama bin-Laden named Hasan-i Sabbah. His terrorist group was called ‘the Ismalis’ and al-Qaeda’s secret society was modeled on i-Sabbah’s.
Called the “Old Man in the Mountain” he attracted hundreds of young men by offering training in religious doctrine, devotional discipline and terrorism. i-Sabba singled out for attack those rulers he judged to have been corrupted by power and luxury or who, in his view, were insufficiently dedicated to the principles of Islam.
His followers would steal into palaces in the dead of night and slit the throats of their victims, knowing they would be caught and killed. This disadvantage was offset by a carefully taught theological conviction that, when slain, they would be rewarded instantly with the joys of paradise. These terrorists were called assassins, the Hashishiyyin, because they used hashhish to bolster their courage.
According to accounts brought back by the Crusaders, the Old Man in the Mountain had such control over his followers that he would amuse and terrorize visitors to his castle by ordering a few of his young men to jump off a cliff to demonstrate that they would obey his slightest whim.
Islam is first and foremost, a culture of death. Attorney General John Ashcroft once famously observed that, “Islam is a religion in which God expects your son to die for him. Christianity is a religion in which God sent His Son to die for you.”
The efforts by the Bush administration to separate Islam from terrorism is understandable, given that there are 1.9 billion Muslims in the world and we don’t want to have to fight all of them at once. I don’t for one second believe that Bush believes Islam, at its core, is a religion of peace.
He has advisors, among whom is presumably John Ashcroft, who clearly DOES understand Islam’s true nature.
Disconnecting Islam from terrorism is deemed by the administration to be a political necessity, but it is wrongly being applied to a wartime scenario. The Clinton administration did exactly the same thing, appeasing Islam to the degree that it invaded Serbia in 1999 to install an Islamist government in Kosovo. It treated terrorism as a law enforcement problem, instead of a military one. It didn’t bring peace, either to America or to Kosovo.
It is unlikely that the current administration’s efforts to pretend Islam is a religion of peace hijacked by a few terrorists will bring peace, either. While Crusader America is absent from the prophetic record, the Bible mentions Islam for the first time all the way back in Genesis.
And Daniel says of the antichrist that, while he (the antichrist) personally has no regard for any god himself, “in his estate shall he honour the god of forces: and a god WHOM HIS FATHERS KNEW NOT shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.” (Daniel 11:38, emphasis mine)
In his efforts to settle the ongoing conflict between the Arabs and Jews over Israel, Daniel says the antichrist will ally himself with the forces of Islam;
“Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall DIVIDE THE LAND FOR GAIN.” (Daniel 11:39)
Europe is already attempting to insinuate itself into the Arab-Israeli ‘peace process’ and its anti-Israeli bias is the subject of endless secular commentaries and analyses. Islam has a role to play in the last days, as does Europe. America does not.
It is hard to view the whole picture without feeling a bit like a purveyor of gloom and doom. It looks like the writing may truly be on the wall for America sometime within the next few years, both from the predictions of the Holy Writ, and from the headlines of the daily news.
But it is NOT ‘gloom and doom’ — it is proof positive that what appears to be chaos and terror from the perspective of the world, is actually a Divine Plan that has been in motion since Abraham had two sons, Isaac and Jacob. The fact the Plan is coming to fruition in our day means that the Lord of Hosts remains firmly in control of human events. The Bible painstakingly records the details of our current geopolitical world for a purpose.
So that, when we see these things beginning to come to pass, we can have assurance that the same God Who promised chaos and judgment to the world promised He would return for His Church.
“For this we say unto you BY THE WORD OF THE LORD, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (1st Thessalonians 4:15-17)
What terrifies the world, is, for the Church, the Promise of the Blessed Hope.
“Wherefore, comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:18)