One hundred years ago, on this day, March 15th, the “ides of March,” Czar Nicholas II of Russia, under pressure, abdicated, ending the dynasty that had ruled Russia since 1613. The end result was not the liberal democracy that many hoped for, but, rather, seventy years of communism, a period far worse than anything under the czars. When the czar abdicated, nobody could have foreseen the ultimate outcome. The czar himself brought attention to the fact that the day was the “ides of March,” the day Julius Caesar was assassinated, changing the course of Roman history, ending the Roman Republic, replacing it with the Roman Empire. The term became popular through Shakespeare’s famous play, “Julius Cesar.”
Today, March 15th, The Netherlands is voting for a new government. It’s the first time ever that Holland has received this much media attention. Once again, an uncertain future awaits the country and the European Union; that is, if Geert Wilder’s ‘Party for Freedom’ makes significant gains and goes on to form a government. Mr. Wilders has been labeled Holland’s Donald Trump. He’s a populist, who wants to restore his country to what it was, ending the multiculturalism that has fundamentally changed the country. In addition, he wants to leave the EU. He also wants to ban the Koran and Islamic schools and has called for the closure of all mosques; and end the wearing of burqas and hijabs, requiring people to wear western style clothing.
The election result is likely to have a profound effect on France and Germany who hold elections later this year. If a populist government comes to power in the Netherlands, then, maybe populism will see gains in the two biggest European countries, France and Germany. This could make 2017 as significant a year as 1989 and 1848 in European history. Change is in the air. But, as with Russia a century ago, the future of change is unpredictable. Sweeping populism may sweep away the European Union, but what will replace it? Will liberal social democracy be replaced by more nationalistic forms of government? Could a swing to the right in the Netherlands lead to similar swings elsewhere on the continent? The European Union, which turns 60 in ten days, may have to go back to the drawing board.
It’s not just the election that is making news in Holland. For over four centuries the Dutch, once a great maritime power, have had a peace treaty with Turkey. But now, the two NATO members are going through a verbal conflict that could easily get out of hand. The basic problem is immigration. Millions of Turks live in Holland, Germany and other EU countries. The Turkish president wants to send members of his government to speak to these Turkish citizens, so that they will vote for Mr, Erdogan in a referendum that will grant the president more powers. Naturally, Holland does not want the Turkish election to be conducted in Holland. Allowing Ankara to do so would expose the lie that Muslims are assimilated and are, in fact, Dutch. They are not, identifying primarily with their own religion and culture, not with that of the host country.
A Turkish government minister was not allowed to address a rally in Holland. Consequently, relations have been negatively affected.
The Netherlands isn’t the only European country that’s hitting the headlines internationally. The United Kingdom is also in the news.
It’s taken nine months for the groundwork to be laid for Britain to activate Article 50 and apply to leave the European Union. It’s been a rocky road, with members of Britain’s ruling elite doing everything possible to undermine the will of the people, expressed in June’s Brexit vote. The unelected House of Lords was the final hurdle.
As if invoking Article 50 is not difficult enough, Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish National Party picked the same time to demand another referendum.
This time, she believes the Scots will vote to leave the United Kingdom as the majority of Scots voted to remain in the European Union.
In effect, what Ms. Sturgeon wants is to replace English domination with German domination. Ignorant of history (except possibly watching “Braveheart” over and over again!), Ms. Sturgeon has no problem replacing London with Berlin.
When the UK completes its negotiations with the EU settling Brexit terms, Ms. Sturgeon’s Scotland will have to act quickly and apply to use the euro. It will also need massive amounts of aid as Scotland has needed English financial support ever since it voted to join the union with England, over three centuries ago.
Scottish loyalists will have to get used to shopping with a new currency – and won’t even be able to stay home and watch the BBC!
The fuss over the executive order relating to Muslims entering the US once again highlights just how ignorant most people are of history. This is especially true of the left, who keep on repeating the mantra that discrimination is un-American.
Perhaps they have never heard of slavery, or maybe they just want to forget it as the Democrats were the party of slavery.
Anyway, discrimination has been common in American history, going right back to the first settlements in Jamestown and Massachusetts Bay. Both colonies were founded by WASPs, for WASPs (White Anglo-Saxon Protestants). The location of Jamestown was chosen to hide from Catholics intent on kidnapping Protestants. At the time of independence from Great Britain, the thirteen colonies were 98% Protestant, 1% Catholic and 1% “Other,” including Jews.
In 1857, the Supreme Court ruled that African-Americans could not be American citizens. Again, remember, by this time the Republicans were campaigning for the end of slavery, while the Democrats were in support; this blatantly racist decision was made by a Court that was siding with the Democrats. Right up until the 1964 Voting Rights Act, Democratic politicians in the South deprived blacks of the vote; while the whites voted for the Democrats as the party that supported the Old (pro-slavery) South.
In 1882, the Chinese Exclusion Act was passed by Congress. The law was against ethnic Chinese, as even Chinese from British territories were not allowed. The Act was renewed in 1892.
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has self-righteously announced that Canada will take in refugees America doesn’t want. Canada is another country going soft, also wallowing in ignorance of history. His predecessor, Stephen Harper, apologized in 2006 for the 1923 Act of the Canadian parliament that banned Chinese immigration. Australia had a “White Australia” policy before 1972. Muslim countries routinely discriminate – it’s impossible for whites to settle in their countries and become citizens. The same is true of most African countries.
As the first mosque was opened in the US in 1929, there were clearly few if any Muslim immigrants before that date. Non-white immigration was strictly limited before the 1965 Immigration Act, which literally changed the face of America.
It should be remembered that in 1942, a Democratic president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, issued Proclamation No. 2537 “requiring aliens from World War II-enemy countries–Italy, Germany and Japan to register with the United States Department of Justice. Registered persons were then issued a Certificate of Identification for Aliens of Enemy Nationality. A follow-up to the Alien Registration Act of 1940, Proclamation No. 2537 facilitated the beginning of full-scale internment of Japanese Americans the following month.” (History magazine)
More recently, President Jimmy Carter, a Democrat, banned Iranians (Muslims) from entering the US during the 1979-80 hostage crisis.
So, clearly, it is possible for the US president (and even Canadian and Australian governments) to put an end to Islamic immigration, if they want to.
And what about Europe?
A Muslim army tried to conquer Europe in the eighth century. It was defeated in 732 at the gates of Paris, by the grandfather of the future Emperor Charlemagne.
In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Muslim armies tried to take Vienna, at the heart of Europe. They were defeated by Catholic armies.
There is no record of Austrians demonstrating to let them in! That had to wait until 21st century liberalism, where half the population is besotted with ignorance of both history and comparative religion. The Catholics of 1683 knew that Islam was a pagan religion – they were terrified the Muslims might win and take over, ending their way of life. Not so today’s churches who are more inclined to welcome immigrants and refugees. Even the pope took in a family or two at the Vatican and has said that the building of walls is unchristian – it was walls in the Middle Ages that kept the pagans out, enabling citizens to stay safe. It was Roman Catholics who built those walls.
In 1095, Pope Urban II called on the nations of Western Europe to launch a “Crusade” against Muslims who were killing and harassing Christians on pilgrimages to the Holy Land. He called for Christian forces to retake the Holy Land. Again, there were no demonstrations in the streets in support of Muslims – everybody knew the horror stories from the Middle East. It’s true that Christians perpetrated horrendous acts against Muslims during the two centuries of the crusades, illustrating how the two religions cannot exist peacefully side by side. This is another lesson not taught in today’s public schools!
It’s sad that the issue of immigration from Muslim lands has become a political football. It would be a lot better if there were bipartisan agreement on the matter, but this is not going to happen. Consequently, the invasion will continue. The Gatestone Institute revealed this week that Muslim immigrants arriving in Italy are shouting “Allahu Akbar” when they see the coast. Why else would they be risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean Sea when they could simply walk into a neighboring Muslim country? They see themselves as part of the Muslim army that is going to conquer Europe and the West.
Unless the Church and a political populist come together to try and save Western civilization!
Could Donald Trump lead the charge? Or is it more likely that a European figure like Charlemagne will emerge to unite Europe and defeat the Muslims? The biblical Book of Revelation speaks of a final revival of the Roman Empire (Revelation 17:12-14) that will deal with the Islamic threat from the “king of the south” (Daniel 11:40-43).
Footnote: I would like to write an eye-witness report from a couple of European countries on the Muslim invasion of the continent. If you can donate frequent flyer miles (60,000) or money to cover expenses, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Clause IV of the NATO treaty stipulates that if one member country is attacked, the others are required to act militarily in aid of the attacked member.
This clause was only invoked once – immediately after 9-11. Other member nations all supported the United States, protecting the country’s air space and coastline, following up with military support in Afghanistan, the country that had given Al-Qaeda a home base.
With this in mind, it’s difficult to understand Donald Trump’s call to end NATO, as he says its now outdated and other nations are not doing enough.
It’s true that most of the other member countries are not spending enough. Everybody agreed to spend 2% of their GNP on defense, but some fall short.
This is a separate issue, which should be remedied.
But to question the existence of NATO risks the collapse of the 67-year-old alliance, which has done a great deal to maintain peace.
It has also enabled the US president to be “the leader of the free world.”
He won’t be if NATO ceases to exist.
Having said that, no alliance will last forever.
The Bible shows that an alliance of ten nations will be the dominant superpower just before Christ’s return. This union will be a revival of the Roman Empire. It will not include the United States.
Perhaps Trump’s call is leading up to a rift between Europe and America. Certainly, the Europeans are not happy about the prospect of a President Trump.
There’s an incredible disconnect in the western world right now.
A few days ago, we witnessed the Brussels bombings that killed 35 and sent hundreds to area hospitals. Many are maimed for life.
Then, on Easter Sunday, the world witnessed a deliberate bombing of Christian families in Lahore, Pakistan, that killed more than twice as many people as the bombs in Brussels. Many of the victims were children. Muslims were killed as well as Christians, but the target was a Christian gathering, with the intent to kill as many as possible, especially children. Less than 48 hours later, Sky News in England revealed that ISIS has plans to attack Jewish kindergartens in Turkey. Children have clearly become prime targets for Islamic militants.
Faced with the prospect of more terrorism in the years to come, each attack ratcheting up the intensity and the carnage, an anti-immigrant rally was held in Brussels on Sunday. The rally was quickly condemned as being made up of “hooligans,” “right wing thugs,” “racists” and “neo-Nazis.” None of their concerns was addressed.
Older people know that the West as it is now is the direct result of more than five decades of liberal and leftist thinking that has created the multicultural, mixed race, mixed religions, environment we are now living in. It’s a disaster. Yet the creators of this mess insist on more of the same.
The BBC World Service (radio) Monday broadcast an interview with Dominic Grieve, a British Conservative politician and Member of the Privy Council, therefore very much a member of the British Establishment. He was asked a number of questions relating to security in light of the Belgian attacks, in the series “HardTalk.” His position was predictable, that the vast majority of Muslims, including Syrian immigrants, are appreciative of living in the West and don’t want to cause trouble.
The news then followed with an update on the Pakistani bombing.
It is clear that there is a very anti-Christian element in Islam. The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has promised to defend British Christians against all such threats, but this will be difficult to do when over three million Muslims live in the country.
It’s glaringly obvious to a growing number of people that these two religions cannot mix. But Mr. Grieve implied there is a need for greater efforts to achieve “assimilation.” Somehow, as with everything else, the West is at fault.
The incident in Brussels inspired an article by Raheem Kassam, which appeared in the Middle East Forum. It was originally written for Breitbart, a conservative publication. The title of the article was: “Enough with Teddy Bears and Tears: It’s time to take our civilization back.”
Mr. Kassam writes: “Teddy bears, tears, candles, cartoons, murals, mosaics, flowers, flags, projections, hashtags, balloons, wreaths, lights, vigils, scarves, and more. These are the best solutions the Western world seems to come up with every few months when we are slammed by another Islamist terrorist attack. We are our own sickness.”
This is so true – because we don’t know what to do, or rather because we are afraid to take the necessary steps, we hold all-night vigils, pile up the flowers and the teddy bears, sing “We shall overcome” and promise to tell Muslims that we love them, thinking that will change everything. Even the Pope, for many the leader of the Christian West, prayed for western countries to embrace more refugees on Easter Sunday, rather than clearly condemning the persecution of Christians in Islamic countries. One day later came news that a Catholic priest was crucified on Good Friday by Islamic State.
In 1095, Pope Urban II called for a “crusade” to the Holy Land to end the persecution of Christians. Pope Urban’s reaction to reports of massacres was more understandable than Pope Francis’ reaction a thousand years later.
People in the West today, after seven decades of cultural appeasement, will do anything except fight.
I’m not talking about fighting a war, necessarily. But there’s no fight to even stand up for our ideals, our history, our values, our culture. Instead, we simply wait for the next attack.
Mr. Kassam’s article also said: “Our security services and our police, hamstrung by political correctness, are just as interested (or more?) in rounding up Twitter “hate speech” offenders than criminal, rapist, or terrorist migrants. Our borders are as porous as our brains. We refuse to realize that there are now literally millions of people amongst us who hate us. Who hate our way of life, and who will, one day, dominate our public life.”
The teddy bears that are being left at memorials to suicide bombers owe their origin to President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt, whose foreign policy was summed up in the expression “speak softly and carry a big stick!” Diplomacy, in other words, must be backed up by force. Western leaders today seem only capable of speaking softly, if at all.
Breaking news, as I write, has Hillary Clinton criticizing Donald Trump over his wanting to end Muslim immigration. She then asked: “What would that mean for a nation founded on religious freedom?” Mrs. Clinton must know that religious freedom was not extended to Muslims until 1965. Before that, immigration was strictly restricted mostly to people of European descent. It was the Clinton’s friend, Senator Edward Kennedy, who sponsored the bill that liberalized immigration in 1965.
We are building up to a major clash between the Islamic world and the post-Christian West. Today’s Western leader, seems content to do little or nothing. It’s up to the Europeans to save western civilization.
At the weekend, the McLaughlin Group on PBS discussed the Brussels attacks and the responses of US presidential candidates, who seem disillusioned with NATO (whose headquarters are in Brussels) and feel the Europeans need to do more to defend themselves. Germany specifically was mentioned as a wealthy nation that can do more. Note the following:
“On Wednesday, the German cabinet adopted a four year budget plan that would dramatically increase spending on the military, police, and intelligence services.
“German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble (Christian Democrats, CDU) did not mince words at a press conference Wednesday, declaring, “The central points of this budget and finance plan are of course the internal and external security of our country.” (World Socialist Web)
Bible prophecy shows that the reaction to the rising threat from radical Islam is going to come from a union of ten nations in Europe, a union only Germany can lead.
“At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through.” (Daniel 11:40)
Revelation 17 is a chapter about the historical revivals of the Roman Empire. One still lies ahead. “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast.” (verses 12 & 13). The “beast” is the supreme European leader of the revived Roman Empire, a European centered union of ten nations with great military power. This power is destined to fill the vacuum left by the United States.
I don’t normally agree with anything Eleanor Clift says on the McLaughlin Group, but this week I did. She told the much younger British regular, Tom Rogan, there was a very good reason why we don’t want to rearm Germany. He was the first one to suggest it. As the post-World War II generation dies off, few will think of World War II and the dire threat Germany and Japan posed to the world. Instead, they will simply say America can’t do it all, rich countries like Germany and Japan should spend more. The result is not likely to be a good one.
On 9-11, I felt for sure that this would wake Americans up to the serious threat posed by Islam.
The attacks came on a Tuesday. Three days later, the liberal Establishment had put together an inter-religious memorial service at the National Cathedral. Not an inter-denominational service, but an inter-religious service that included a Muslim imam, a Hindu priest, a Buddhist monk and a Jewish rabbi, as well as a Catholic priest.
I also remember reading, a few months later, that sales of the Koran had jumped significantly. Printing presses could not keep up with demand.
So it should not have come as a surprise that, seven years later, the country elected its first president with a Muslim name and definite Muslim connections.
The Obama Administration is staffed by a number of Muslims. Valerie Jarrett, the president’s chief adviser, is a Shi’ite Muslim from Iran; the head of the CIA, John Brennan, converted to Islam while in Saudi Arabia. There are others, too, in highly influential positions. It’s no wonder they are panicked at the thought of Donald Trump and his promise to suspend Islamic immigration.
Now, another seven years later, the same president has just declared that March every year will be Muslim History Month. Millions of dollars will be frivolously added to the national debt to pay for it. In the years to come, we will be hearing many lies, witnessing a re-write of American history, as Muslims did not contribute anything to America for the first 350 years (from 1607).
It should be noted that Muslim History Month follows Black History Month. Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam, that came to prominence in the 1960’s, would never have believed that this could happen. But it is happening, right before our eyes. The media will now follow with programs to show just how it was Islam, not protestant Europeans, that gave birth to this land and made it the most prosperous country in the world.
Fifteen years after James Town, the English settlers had less of a presence on American soil than Muslims do today, less than 15 years after 9-11.
Is there any wonder Americans are flocking to Trump?
Muslims continue to dominate the news in other parts of the world.
Saudi Arabia has announced the creation of a 34-nation alliance of Sunni Muslims to fight terrorism. Before you jump for joy, keep in mind that ISIS and Al-Qaeda are also both Sunni Muslims, the latter staging 9/11. Members were heavily influenced by the Wahabbi sect of Islam, which is the official state religion of Saudi Arabia. They are the most extreme form of Islam. When mosques are built in western countries, they are often paid for by Saudi Arabia; after completion the country will generously send a Saudi Wahabbi Imam to the mosque to spread the faith. They also provide imams to work as chaplains in American prisons. These men work at converting prisoners and are paid by the Federal government.
When the Saudis were criticized for not taking in Muslim refugees during the mass migration to western Europe last summer, they “generously” declared that they would help by building 200 mosques in Germany, once again dispatching the imams needed.
And so we see the progressive spread of Islam into western democracies. Instead of embracing freedom, they will spread their pernicious religion, which means “submission” or “surrender,” the exact opposite of what America was.
Our children and our grandchildren will never forgive us!
Some Christians get excited about all this, believing that the Saudi led alliance is the prophesied “king of the south,” mentioned in Daniel chapter 11. Verses 40-44 show that immediately prior to Christ’s return, the “king of the south” pushes at the “king of the north” and the Holy Land gets invaded.
Let’s not be too hasty here to jump to conclusions.
Firstly, we should remember that the old “king of the south,” the Ptolemaic dynasty of ancient Egypt, did not include Saudi Arabia or most of the other nations in alliance with Riyadh. The kingdom was ruled from Alexandria, the capital of ancient Egypt. Egypt is home to roughly 50% of all Arabs. Egypt is more likely to be the leader of the king of the south.
Saudi Arabia is still a prominent player in the Middle East. Another is Iran. These two countries are involved in proxy wars in both Yemen and Syria. Whereas the Saudis are mostly Sunni Muslims, the Iranians are Shi’ites. The two sects of Islam hate each other with a passion. You would have to go back to the Thirty Years War (1618 to 1648) to see anything comparable in the Christian world.
At least one church organization that emphasizes Bible prophecy has been claiming dogmatically for over twenty years that Iran is the King of the South. This is not very likely when you consider that Iran (formerly Persia) was a part of the King of the North prior to the Christian era. The biblical king of the North was ruled from Antioch to the north of Jerusalem.
The two powers, the kings of the south and of the north, both born out of the rubble of Alexander’s empire, regularly came to blows. Each time they did, Jerusalem, the epicenter of Bible prophecy, was negatively affected.
It is also highly unlikely that Shi’ite Iran will lead a Sunni alliance.
So, who are the “kings of the north” and of the “south”?
Maps give you a good idea.
The following maps are of the two powers about 200 years before Christ, a little over a century after the death of Alexander and the division of his empire.
Now look at this contemporary map, showing the worlds of Shia and Sunni Islam. The red shows Shia Islam which is basically the old King of the North plus territory to the east. Blue shows Sunni Islam which includes the territory once ruled by the King of the South.
The West has been caught up in a growing Shia-Sunni conflict. We can’t be blamed for the animosity itself, as it began in the seventh century AD, but we must bear some responsibility for the rapid acceleration toward a major war between the two. Western intervention in Iraq 13 years ago led to the downfall of Sunni ruled Iraq and its replacement with Shia Iraq. This has led to the development of an arc of Shia Islam, comprising Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Iran.
The Shi’ites are now dominated by Iran. President Assad’s Syria is also led by Shi’ites, who also dominate Lebanon. This could all have been avoided if we’d known what we were doing, but we didn’t, so now we see the threat of major war between the two branches of Islam.
We still talk about democracy, but liberal democracy is irrelevant in the Middle East. Only Israel has a real democratic system.
This conflict is only going to get worse.
So, are Shia and Sunni Islam the kings of the north and south?
That’s certainly a possibility. But, in 60 BC, the King of the North fell to the Roman Empire. 29 years later, so did the King of the South when Cleopatra killed herself. After those two conquests, Judea and Samaria were also conquered by the Romans.
The two powers ceased to exist and are not mentioned again until “the time of the end.” Why do they suddenly appear again?
Remember that prophecy revolves around Israel. There was no Jewish nation from the time of the Roman Empire until it was restored in 1948. The lengthy prophecy in Daniel 11 is not about the kings of the north and south, so much as their impact on the Jewish people. Now that the Jewish people have been restored by God to their ancient homeland, any major threat to them from the North or South, or both, has once again become very relevant.
The principal threat right now is from Shia Islam. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has regularly warned the West about the threat from Iran. Events in Syria could also affect Israel. Shi’ite Hizbollah in Lebanon remains a constant threat.
As the US has turned against Israel, the country has been seeking closer working relationships with Sunni Islamic nations, like Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. (I wrote about this recently in a blogpost.)
The Saudi alliance is looking at getting involved in Syria, ostensibly against ISIS, but likely more against Assad. A Saudi-led intervention there would partially fulfill the prophecy about the King of the South pushing against the King of the North. But it could also be a side-war, another proxy war between the two branches of Islam.
So, again, let’s not get too excited. A lot could still happen before we see the fulfillment of Daniel 11: 40-44.
“At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through.He shall also enter the Glorious Land, and many countries shall be overthrown; but these shall escape from his hand: Edom, Moab, and the prominent people of Ammon. He shall stretch out his hand against the countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape. He shall have power over the treasures of gold and silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt; also the Libyans and Ethiopians shall follow at his heels.” But news from the east and the north shall trouble him; therefore he shall go out with great fury to destroy and annihilate many.
One thing is for sure and that is the need to watch the Middle East, as events there are often far more important than the events that get reported on our national news programs.
Yesterday (Monday) I read an article, which stated with great certainty that the US has been better at assimilating Muslims than European countries. I also read a separate article in USA Today, which quoted the Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, claiming that “New York City has the strongest, most agile, best-trained first responders in the world. They’re ready to protect us.”
These are just the latest examples of hubris, which is defined as “excessive pride, or self-confidence, arrogance.”
When it comes to assimilation, I am reminded of a conversation I witnessed on British television one Sunday morning a few years ago. People of African descent who had lived in both the United Kingdom and the United States were discussing this very issue. All the participants said they felt more comfortable and more assimilated in the UK than the US.
This may or may not be true of Muslims. My concern here is that Americans should be very careful in making such assumptions, that we cannot say for sure and that, really, it doesn’t make any difference. We are just as threatened by Islamic terrorism as the Europeans. Whether the US responders do a better job remains to be seen. FWIW, France (and Canada) are the two countries that top the World Health Organization’s list of best medical systems. The US ranks at #37. When it comes to saving lives, Paris is one of the best places to be.
When it comes to fighting ISIS, there’s a great deal of hubris right now. Once again, the entertainment industry is partly to blame – it’s not just James Bond that defeats the world’s greatest evils; Americans have been doing it for decades.
Or, have we?
More than fourteen years after 9-11, Al-Qaeda is still killing people. The hotel attack in Bamako was perpetrated by an al-Qaeda affiliate.
The US has been in Afghanistan for the same length of time (longer than the Russians were there) and there is no end in sight. In fact, the situation is worse in that ISIS now operates there, along with the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.
Iraq continues with daily conflict. The immediate goal of overthrowing Saddam Hussein was achieved by the western coalition, but the resultant mess just goes on and on. The Iraqi conflict gave birth to ISIS, another problem that seems likely to go on and on. And, if they are ever defeated, there will be other Islamic extremists to replace them.
Proverbs 16:18 says that: “Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before a fall.”
I quoted Niall Ferguson a few days ago. He showed the similarities between what is happening now and what happened to the Roman Empire in its last days – the barbarians are at the gates. Indeed, they are within the gates thanks to the West having the most myopic immigration policies in the history of mankind.
The West has lived through a period that might be called the Pax Americana, a peace guaranteed by the United States since the end of World War II.
But the US has not had a decisive victory since World War II, when the global conflict was won by the three great powers, the British Empire (which fought the war from 1939-1945), the Soviet Union (which was forced into war six months before the US) and the United States. The US could not have done it alone.
Korea ended up a stalemate, a burden still carried on the backs of the US tax-payer. Vietnam was lost. At the time, there was plenty of hubris. Who would have thought, in 1965, that the US could lose to North Vietnam?
The next major conflict was the Persian Gulf War in 1990-91. The immediate goal of driving Iraq out of Kuwait was achieved, but Saddam lived to fight another day, literally. And, as I said, the mess goes on and on.
Americans are fond of saying that the US military is the best in the world and that the country spends ten times as much on its military as the next biggest spender. That may be true, but it’s misleading. In World War II, for every US soldier actually fighting, there were 60 people employed in support roles; for the British it was 45 to 1; for the Germans, 20 to 1. Efficiency varies.
Additionally, US military personnel are paid more than those of other countries, so the dollar amount spent is not saying much.
Besides, the greatest threat now is Islamic terrorism, not a professional national army. The “armies” that brought down Rome were barbaric, wild tribes, the Huns, the Vandals and, ultimately, the Arabs. We’re faced with a similar enemy, but making it worse, our enemy is also “within.” Let’s remember, the Babylonian Empire fell because two men betrayed it! It only took two men to bring down the greatest empire in the world at that time.
The analogy with Babylon is apt in another way, too. Babylon’s period of ascendancy lasted a little over seventy years, from the defeat of Assyria in 612 BC to its own defeat at the hands of the Persians in 539. Super powers have great difficulty maintaining dominance over a longer period. The Romans and the British were two exceptions, but countries simply burn out after 70 years. The US is burning out, showing great reluctance to take on the growing threats to its own dominance.
It’s predecessor as global superpower number one was Great Britain. Britain simply went broke. The US is similarly broke, with a national debt of roughly 20 trillion dollars. How much longer can the country lead the fight against anything? ISIS is the wealthiest terror group ever, while the US is now penny pinching.
There’s a third lesson, too, from ancient Assyria and Babylon. The former invaded the ten tribes of Israel, taking the people away as slaves. The latter, Babylon, more than a century later, conquered the Jews and took them as slaves to Babylon. The Old Testament prophets show that these nations were conquered because of their sins.
In a statement after the Paris terror attacks, ISIS said it attacked Paris because it’s a “sinful city, full of perversions.” This does not mean that ISIS is made up of righteous people, any more than ancient Assyria or Babylon were. But it does mean that many Muslims, appalled at the liberal values of the West, will naturally flock to ISIS.
In this sense, our own permissiveness works against us and is contributing to the violent acts being perpetrated by the terrorists.
But people in the West have hardened their hearts when it comes to God. When the Church of England prepared a cinema ad promoting the Lord’s prayer, cinemas refused to show it; when the hashtag “#pray for Paris” appeared on Twitter following the Paris attacks, one French publication told people supporting the sentiment that their prayers were not welcome; that France doesn’t want religion!
Some asked where was God when Paris was attacked? The answer can be found in Isaiah 59:2. “But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.” Isaiah was preaching to a nation that had known God, but rejected Him.
There are similarities with the western world of today. We should avoid hubris, clean up our act, and turn to the true God if we are to have any hope of defeating Islamic extremism.
Whether we like to admit it or not, what happened in Paris on Friday could happen in any western city at any time. In fact, it certainly will.
For once, we’ve been spared statements from the Presidents of France and the United States and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, to the effect that “Islam is a religion of peace.” It’s now too much to expect anybody to believe such an outrageous claim. Millions of people on social media witnessed Muslims around the globe celebrating the carnage in Paris. Noticeably absent after yesterday’s attacks was any condemnation from “moderate” Muslim clerics.
129 people were killed and 352 injured, 99 of them critically, meaning they could still die or will be maimed for life. Not all were French. This was Paris on a Friday night – a lot of tourists from different countries will be amongst the casualties. British Prime Minister David Cameron told fellow countrymen they could expect British victims.
One television news commentator observed “they are getting better at this,” listing a number of recent terrorist attacks perpetrated by ISIS — Libya, Tunisia, the Russian plane blown up over Sinai just two weeks ago, Beirut on Thursday and Paris on Friday. Not just better, more frequent, too. Mr. Cameron called a security meeting Saturday morning – London could easily be next. President Obama did the same in Washington, faced with the sobering realization that US cities could be the next target. The attacks on the French capital followed an assurance from the US president that ISIS has been contained.
The reality is that ISIS is spreading, its ability to stage terror attacks now reaching around the world. Big attacks and small ones, like the “lone wolf” who stabbed four students at a university in San Diego just a few days ago.
Western intelligence services are, understandably, overwhelmed. The French intelligence service did not see Friday’s attacks coming. Six attacks may be thwarted, maybe more, but eventually one will succeed. Little can be done if western countries are to continue to enjoy the freedoms that have been acquired over hundreds of years.
“Snowden has a lot of this blood on his hands”, said US Ambassador R. James Woolsey on Fox News Saturday. Ambassador Woolsey is a former Director of the CIA and is now Chairman of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He was talking about the damage that Edward Snowden did to western intelligence when he went public with a massive amount of intelligence. This betrayal could be fatal to western interests at a time when the very survival of the West is at stake.
A friend in another state called me recently. At some point we got onto the subject of world affairs and Bible prophecy. He made the comment that “nothing seems to be happening in Europe at this time.” This comment was made before yesterday’s events. I expressed the opinion that a great deal was happening in Europe. The massive influx of refugees and asylum-seekers is radically changing the social fabric of European countries. Nations are losing their individual unique identity, as hundreds of thousands of Muslims from the Middle East and Africa pour in.
One of these, carrying a Syrian passport, was one of Friday’s attackers. Other attackers included some who were born and raised in France and went to Syria to train with ISIS, returning to their home country to stage acts of terror. Their loyalty to their Islamic beliefs trumped everything else.
Expect more of the same. After forty years of division between East and West, Europe’s brief interlude of peace accompanied by great strides toward “an ever closer union,” has now become the battleground between North and South, between the European Union and Islam, between democracies and failed states.
Not all the refugees who arrive in Europe are Muslims. The three biggest numbers of people come from Syria, Eritrea and Afghanistan, all Muslim countries that are racked with internal sectarian divisions, corruption and despotism. Others come from democracies like Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone, seeking a better life and the welfare benefits European governments will give them.
It’s no wonder that David Cameron wants to end the system, but cannot do so within the strictures of the EU. A few days ago, he published the four demands he is making of the EU. If the EU can’t deliver, then he will recommend the United Kingdom leaves the 28-nation grouping. One of his demands is that the free movement of people within the EU be ended and that no new arrivals in Britain from the EU should be entitled to welfare benefits for the first four years. They would have to work first before they could receive anything. British papers are claiming that 43% of new European arrivals are receiving benefits. This amounts to 350 million pounds per week ($530 million), during a period of austerity imposed on the British people.
In addition, there’s the hundreds of thousands from outside the EU, from the Mideast and Africa. All these arrivals are supported financially by UK tax-payers. Inevitably, some will be agents of ISIS.
No western leaders show any sign of doing anything about this massive influx of potential terrorists.
After the January attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices, Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s President, marched arm in arm through Paris in defense of western freedoms. A few months later, Mrs. Merkel led European governments to open their doors to refugees and asylum seekers. Germany itself is taking in one million people this year.
This can only mean one thing – there will be more terrorist attacks like those yesterday.
As Daniel Pipes observed, each terrorist attack results in the common people moving to the Right politically, while the Establishment moves to the political Left. (“Why the Paris massacre will have limited impact.” Nationalreview online, November 14th). Mr. Pipes’ article also pointed out that the number of terrorist attacks by Islamists, since 9/11, is now 27, 269. The figure was compiled by an organization called “TheReligionofPeace.com.” Put another way, that’s five attacks per day.
It’s not surprising France’s President Hollande described Friday’s attacks as “an act of war” from ISIS.
All of this does not absolve the West of its responsibility. “In an official statement claiming responsibility, ISIS carefully listed its targets, couching its choice as one determined by its moral and theocratic superiority. Paris, it said, was a capital of “abominations and perversion.” (“Paris attacks: Bloody atrocity signals shift in ISIS strategy,” Financial Times, November 14th.) The Christian Holy Book, the Bible, says that “righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). In the same book, God warned the ancient Israelites that disobedience to God and His Laws would result in terror coming upon the nation (Deuteronomy 28:66): “and you shall be in terror day and night and shall be afraid of your life” (Darby Bible Translation). Western countries need to examine themselves in the light of these verses – changes can be made that would result in less hostility toward the West.
Paris is the new normal.
"Once in a while you will stumble upon the truth but most of us manage to pick ourselves up and hurry along as if nothing had happened." — Sir Winston Churchill