Sunday, November 1st, was the first anniversary of Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis pledging allegiance to ISIS leader Al-Baghdadi, thereby becoming the Sinai chapter of ISIS.
They are now claiming that, to celebrate their allegiance and commitment to the terror state, they brought down the Russian flight that crashed Sunday in the Egyptian desert, killing everyone on board. They have not given any proof that they did this – they say they will do so when they see fit – but their claim has been taken seriously by a number of governments and airlines who will no longer fly over the Sinai desert. The United Kingdom is the latest country to announce today a total ban on flights.
The flight was cruising at 31,000 feet when it fell apart, after two bright flashes that were picked up by satellite. It is believed that ISIS does not have the capability to launch a missile that can hit at that altitude, so the most likely explanation is that there was a bomb on board. It is even possible that this was the work of a suicide bomber.
It is also possible that ISIS does now have the capability to launch missiles that can hit a plane at 31,000 feet. If this turns out to be true, then we have just entered a new phase in the never-ending War on Terror, which the West shows no sign of winning.
The crash of the Russian flight is a terrible tragedy as all such crashes are. A little over a year ago, Russians themselves brought down a Malaysian Airlines flight over Ukraine, killing all on board, including many women and children. Politics played a big role in the aftermath of that crash – nobody has yet accepted responsibility. Politics is again playing a role in the Sinai.
The Egyptians do not want to acknowledge the possibility of terrorism for fear it will drive tourists away. Tourist numbers are still down by a third following the Arab Spring and subsequent events. They don’t want the numbers to go down even further. On the other hand, the Russians want it to be terrorism – they don’t want people to stop flying on their airlines because of technical worries. Russian airlines already have a bad flying record and reputation.
ISIS claimed responsibility almost immediately. In the absence of a free press, the Russians, the Egyptians and ISIS could all be lying. The truth may never come out.
In the West, where we supposedly have a free press, there is also a lot of lying going on. Or perhaps it’s best just to describe is as “denial” or simply an inability to connect the dots.
For when it comes to the European migrant crisis, ISIS and the myriad conflicts in the Middle East, little historical context is given.
The fact is that the Middle East has been in turmoil since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire after World War One. That’s almost a century ago. The ripple effects of imperial collapse are still with us, getting worse by the day.
There is also a deeper relevance with the Ottoman Empire. Over the course of centuries, the Ottomans tried to conquer Europe. The nations of central Europe resisted them, but not always successfully – the Ottomans ended up incorporating vast territories in Europe into their empire. The descendants of those subjugated Europeans are the ones now resisting the massive influx of Muslims from the former Ottoman Empire, which included Syria and Iraq. They see clearly the threat from the Islamic world, which many in the West fail to see.
Even before the Ottoman Empire, Islamic forces tried to conquer Europe. It began as early as the eighth century, just after the founding of the new religion. Mohammed died in 632. Exactly one hundred years later, the French stopped the Arab advance on Paris at the Battle of Poitiers. If they had lost, everybody reading this article today would be a Moslem! The history of the world would have been very different.
We are now caught up in another advance of Islam into the Western world. It may turn out to be the prelude to the prophesied “push” by the King of the South against the King of the North that we read about in Daniel, chapter 11. Certainly, Islam right now is pushing against the Western world, which is led by compromisers who are constantly yielding to that push, allowing in hundreds of thousands of Muslims who are changing the composition of western countries.
A backlash has started. In turn, this could lead to a major clash with the Islamic world. There are reports today of another PEGIDA demonstration in Dresden, Germany, where over 8,000 people marched through the streets protesting against Islamization. They were carrying crosses, to show their allegiance to Europe’s traditional religion, as against the encroachment of the new. At a football game in Poland on Sunday, crowds unfurled a huge banner that showed hordes of ISIS invaders threatening Europe and crusaders ready to resist them.
Without a doubt, what is taking place now is a major development in history. Next year could turn out to be another of those axial years that change everything. In 1848, almost every country in Europe was convulsed by revolution with democracy the end result. In 1918 disillusionment with kings led to revolutions at the end of World War One. In 1989 communists were overthrown throughout Eastern Europe. There is now a growing disillusionment with democracy, as the governments of Western Europe do nothing about the invasion that threatens everybody’s way of life. Recent elections across the continent show a significant turn to the political Right. Some countries could see violence bringing about a further turn to the right as history repeats itself.
ISIS is not the only threat from the Islamic world. All Moslems see themselves as expanding the Islamic ummah, the community of believers. Filled with zeal for their faith, this is only natural. When the West had the upper hand, Christian missionaries went all over the world and were instrumental in converting millions to their faith. In the last few decades, Christians have been on the run, mostly from persecution in Islamic lands.
The followers of Mohammed are well on the way to being numerically greater than the followers of Jesus Christ.
What we are witnessing now is a tectonic shift in international relations. The West shows every indication of giving in, just as the Western Roman Empire did in Islam’s early years.