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|Destruction at the Door
by James Robison
Consider the fate of our allies, whom the radicals tested soon after the 9/11 attacks. On March 11, 2004, Muslims blew up several commuter trains in Spain's capital of Madrid, killing almost 200 innocent people and injuring about 1,500. Spain quickly moved to pull all 1,300 troops out of Iraq. Other countries soon pulled out of the coalition, too.
Great Britain, one of the strongest allies in the war on terror, suffered a terrible attack on July 7, 2005, when three trains and a double-decker bus were hit. Approximately 50 people died and hundreds were injured. Several plots have been foiled on British soil, most recently a plan to kidnap a soldier and behead him live on the internet.
Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammad, who is based in London, said, "We don't make a distinction between civilians and non-civilians, innocents and non-innocents. Only between Muslims and unbelievers. And the life of an unbeliever has no value. It has no sanctity."
In September of 2006, Pope Benedict XVI quoted a 14th Century Pope who condemned Muslim violence and Muslims responded with riots and violence, including the murder of an Italian nun in Somalia. The Mujahideen Shura Council, an umbrella group led by Iraq's branch of al Qaeda, proclaimed, "We shall break the cross and spill the wine. Allah will (help) Muslims to conquer Rome...to slit their throats and make their money and descendants the bounty of the mujahideen." Denmark, Norway and France have experienced the wrath of Islamism, too. Violence continues across the Middle East and North Africa. No place is safe in the war on terror.
In the United States, we really don't know how many acts of violence have been averted or frustrated. In 2005, Encyclopædia Britannica estimated the number of Muslims in America at 4.7 million. Given that many of these Muslims came to the United States in order to escape violence in their home countries, they have proven to be largely peaceful. However, as we saw on 9/11, it only takes a handful of radicals to kill thousands of innocent civilians.
In July of 2004, a raid on the house of an al-Qaeda leader in Pakistan uncovered 500 photographs of targets inside the U.S., complete with detailed notes on the vulnerabilities of many of the targets, including bank buildings and other non-military structures. In their volume and specificity, the discovery provided an alarming account of terrorists' determination to pull off more catastrophic acts on U.S. soil. A senior U.S. intelligence official called the information, "chilling in tone, dramatic in its detail and very professional." Such hints at future attacks on American soil are not isolated.
Make no mistake about it, if we don't fight the right fight in the right way, and this certainly includes being at the right places at the right time, we will face the same fury in our population centers. Some of our allies were tested and failed. Others continue to fight. If America proves to be weak-willed and lacking in courage, we will face an emboldened enemy. If we back down, our enemies will advance.
A Democratic presidential hopeful recently said about Iraq, "we have now spent $400 billion and seen over 3,000 lives of the bravest young Americans wasted." But Army Sgt. Daniel Dobson, currently serving a second tour in Iraq, does not view his life or the lives of his fallen brethren as "wasted." He said, "We find ourselves in a difficult, but winnable fight. We do not seek results; rather, we seek total and unequivocal victory." Too bad the political leadership back home seems to work against complete victory. "It stings me to the core to think that Americans would rather sell their honor than fight for a cause," Dobson said. "Those of us who fight for [peace] know all too well that peace has a very bloody price tag." (Dobson's quotes from Cal Thomas' article, "Putting our hand to the flame")
The countdown to reveal our character has begun. Will principle prevail or will we crumble from within? Will rationality and wisdom rule or will partisanship and sectarianism divide us until we can no longer stand against the evil extremists?
For now, the frontline of the war on terror lies in Iraq. But that line could easily move west. Our strength and character will continue to be tested. We must stand on the side of freedom and principle or we will fall at the hands of oppression and wickedness.
These days call for courageous hearts and clear minds, which can only come from Divine intervention. Evil waits at our doorstep. We need God's help and we need it now.
Author: James Robison
Word Count: 830
About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, a Christian media ministry and mission relief organization. He and his wife, Betty, host of the television program Life Today; He has authored numerous books, including The Absolutes: Freedom's Only Hope and True Prosperity.
Media Contact: Randy Robison, editor at jamesrobison.net