While our soldiers fight a daily battle against those who seek to destroy freedom throughout the world, we must never forget that evil is a real and present danger. Much of it is expressed in a radical strain of religious zealotry that most Americans do not understand.
The Prophet Mohammad prophesied about a Muslim Messiah, called the Mahdi, who will violently deliver Muslims from oppression and unite the world under Islamic rule. Even Jesus, according to the teachings, will bow his knee to this "Divinely Guided One."
Mohammad said, "A group of my Ummah [Muslim believers] will fight for the truth until near the day of judgment when Jesus, the son of Mary, will descend, and the leader of them will ask him to lead the prayer, but Jesus declines, saying, 'No, verily, among you Allah has made leaders for others and He has bestowed his bounty upon them.'" (Sahih Muslim)
Throughout history, many radical Muslim leaders have claimed this title of "Mahdi." Some of the terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay told interrogators they joined al-Qaida because they believe that Osama bin Laden is the "awaited enlightened one." In one of bin Laden's video rants he stands in front of a dry-erase board adorned with the Arabic phrase "awaited enlightened one."
But even more radical in this assumed leadership role is the current President of Iran. World leaders at the United Nations witnessed firsthand Ahmadinejad's radical spiritual beliefs when he delivered an apocalyptic account of Iran struggling against an evil West that sought to promote "state terrorism," impose "the logic of the dark ages," and divide the world into "light and dark countries."
President Ahmadinejad ended with the messianic appeal to God to "hasten the emergence of your last repository, the Promised One, that perfect and pure human being, the one that will fill this world with justice and peace."
A few months later, he was captured on television talking about a mesmerizing glow of light that surrounded him while he spoke at the U.N. "I felt that all of a sudden the atmosphere changed there. And for 27-28 minutes all the leaders did not blink," Ahmadinejad claimed. "It's not an exaggeration...they were astonished, as if a hand held them there and made them sit. It had opened their eyes and ears for the message of the Islamic Republic."
The message of this fanatical Muslim leader: An Islamic revolution is underway to usher in a period of worldwide Islamic rule. This radicalism must be recognized for what it is: evil.
When evil threatens to destroy the body of free people in this world, we must collectively act in the same way that the human body deals with life-threatening diseases. In the blood stream, white blood cells identify the virus, surround it, and neutralize it. It's a great lesson of nature and a model for success in the war against those who seek to kill us.
Terrorists, and those who aid them, cannot be coddled or tolerated. They must be identified, isolated and neutralized.
Donald Rumsfeld, who seems to have common enemies in both America and the Middle East, recently said about the war, "It is worth the effort because terrorists are against free people for behaving as free people."
Cal Thomas recently pointed to a USA Today/Gallup Poll that found that nearly half of those surveyed said the United States "should mind its own business internationally and let other countries get along as best they can on their own."
"That might have worked in another era, before terrorism and intercontinental missiles," Thomas wrote. "Today, it is unrealistic. As President Bush has repeatedly stated, if we don't defeat them over there, they will come after us over here."
President Bush has taken the fight to our enemies, rather than waiting for them to reprise the attacks of 9/11. Those who demand that we back down must understand that retreating will not create distance between us and those who seek to kill us. On the contrary, it will only allow them to creep closer.
We will be forced to draw a line against evil somewhere, whether at our own doorsteps or in the desert sands of the Middle East. For the sake of our loved ones and the sake of freedom, we must never let evil committed to destruction and domination prevail anywhere in our world.
Author: James Robison
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