James Foley beheading

I’ve started watching “Civilization,” a 1967 TV series which was a personal look at the history of western civilization by Kenneth Clark, who died in 1983. I remember watching it when it was originally shown. It’s good to see it again.

In the first episode, Lord Clark talked about how the barbarians destroyed Rome. They came in waves over the course of centuries. The last barbarian invasion was by Muslims in the seventh and eighth centuries.

Now, in 1967 Lord Clark could get away with describing the Muslims as barbarians. Today, he would be prosecuted for failing to be politically correct. He should rather have described the Muslims as people of an equally valid but different faith, or words to that effect.

But, if he were alive and able to watch the news today, I think he would still be tempted to use the word “barbarians.”

After the beheading of US journalist James Foley, what other term can be used?

In the western media, there is concern to arrest the man responsible, as if only one person would do such a thing. This was not an act of an individual; this is a movement, which is gaining ground. As a BBC reporter put it tonight: IS (Islamic State) is “the fastest growing terrorist entity of our time.” Their dream is to reestablish the Caliphate that ruled the Islamic world immediately after the death of Mohammed and continued until the fall of the Ottoman Empire 90 years ago. At its height the Caliphate ruled the Arab world, North Africa and the Balkans right up to the gates of Vienna.

Interviews on the streets of London show considerable support amongst British Muslims for the Caliphate. There is great disillusionment with the western way of life. Young UK jihadists operating in Syria and Iraq speak enthusiastically of beheading infidels while in the same conversation lamenting how much they miss certain British television programs and M&M’s!

It remains to be seen whether IS is fulfilling the prophecy of the first and second horsemen, depicted in Revelation 6. “ . . . I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer . . . Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword.” (verses 1 – 4)  Famine and pestilence follow.

When asked by His disciples what would be the sign of His coming, Jesus Christ warned first of false religion (Matt 24:5). IS certainly fits that description. Islam itself is a false religion, in spite of what multiculturalists have been saying for forty years. IS is the most extreme form of Islam, totally intolerant of other faiths.

The so-called Caliphate already controls a territory the size of Pennsylvania, surrounded by other Arab territories and Iran. The West will not continue to bomb them indefinitely, at which point they will expand and conquer a bigger area.

They know they cannot defeat the West without direct attacks upon western targets.   When the American and British jihadists return to their homelands, they will likely continue with suicide bombings and street beheadings (remember Lee Rigby), striking fear into westerners who have never seen anything like it.

The beheading yesterday of James Foley was the first direct blow against America.   Others will certainly follow.

This could turn out to be the greatest threat ever to the US, UK, and other western nations.


  1. Great write-up Mel. I always learn a lot when I read your articles. By the way, it is wonderful that you are feeling well enough to write your posts again. Keep up the good work.

  2. Sad but true. While such evil exists throughout the world, our liberal friends bury their heads in the sands of the Southwest and claim an open border would be a good think. Mean while a journalist dressed up as Usama Bin Laden strolled across the US/Mexico Border. What is to stop terrorist from doing the same and slowly begin entrenching themselves into our culture. I also see the churches and the people sitting in them stating what is in Isaiah 30:10, don’t tell us what is right, speak nice lies to us. A very soft message against sin and evil is coming out of American Churches today. The slow decline of America is evident.

  3. Thank you Mr. Rhodes for your perspective of what’s really happening in this world. Christ said”Heaven and earth will pass away but My words will not pass away.” That includes Psalm 83 where God even lists the names of some of the nations who are gunning for us ! It’s not like we have to GUESS who these people are .Their goal is to wipe Israel off the face of the earth that our name won’t even be remembered anymore. Heaven and earth has not yet passed away . Now that’s precise !

  4. It is so good to see you back. I really missed your Blog. I have been continuing to pray for your full recovery.

  5. There were at least 20 Jewish tribes in Arabia at the time of the Prophet Muhammed, these came to the area after the Romans expelled them in 70 AD. Three such Jewish tribes controlled Medina. Even Muhammed’s tribe was Jewish–the quraysh. British Israelism fails in its research into this. The influx of Jews in the area accounts for the Christian Jewish themes found in the Holy Quran. Most of Islam today is a revision which happened some 200 years after the death of the Prophet. It is this revision (much like Constantine Christianity), which is causing the trouble in the world through beheadings.

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