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During discussions with knowledgeable friends I have heard it stated that all conflicts go back to land and money, and not to religion. Religion is just a common excuse, they posit. Others, understandably distrustful of the media, opine that groups like the Islamic Caliphate and Hamas are surely being treated unfairly in the media. They can't really be THAT bad... beheading people? Please... (Never mind that a Jihadi Muslim just beheaded a woman in Oklahoma City and that several people have been beheaded in the UK by Muslims recently). Such opinions persist despite credible eyewitness accounts, for instance that of an Israeli soldier I know who entered one of the terror tunnels and was attacked by a Hamas terrorist literally holding a crying baby in one arm and a weapon in the other! But, Muslims don't really use human shields... Even the UN has acknowledged this.
The Sabbatical year (shmita) is again beginning in 5775: September 2014. The divine laws governing the shmita assure us that if we faithfully observe the seven year cycle and HaShem's Torah that "five of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword" (Leviticus 26:8).
Islamic taqiyya (i.e. Sharia prescribed deception) is warping our perceptions of reality! Israel has the specific authority of HaShem as well as the military might to protect and cleanse the Land of this false teaching and threat; but concerned about world opinion seems unwilling to do so. As a result, attacks are again taking place in Jerusalem and throughout the country. As a result of image concerns or perhaps a lack of emuna (active faith), Israel and the world are not benefiting from the good that HaShem has in store for us all. Jews are called to be a blessing to the world entire (Genesis 12:3) but this requires the emuna (active faith) to do what is needed. Frankly that seems to be lacking right now.
The Deen and Ummah of Islam:
Consider this:Thomas Jefferson declared the first of two foreign wars -- both against Muslim countries.
Jihad in America goes back to our origins. That wasn't Jefferson's prayer book, Jefferson had a copy of the Qur'an so that he might understand the enemy. Jefferson, in defense of America, was studying the enemy's war plan, their "Art of War." "America's First War on Terror" (Front Page Magazine):Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, then serving as American ambassadors to France and Britain, respectively, met in 1786 in London with the Tripolitan Ambassador to Britain, Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja. These future American presidents were attempting to negotiate a peace treaty which would spare the United States the ravages of jihad piracy—murder, enslavement (with ransoming for redemption), and expropriation of valuable commercial assets—emanating from the Barbary states (modern Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya, known collectively in Arabic as the Maghrib). During their discussions, they questioned Ambassador Adja as to the source of the unprovoked animus directed at the nascent United States republic. Jefferson and Adams, in their subsequent report to the Continental Congress, recorded the Tripolitan Ambassador's justification:
... that it was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise.
I disagree with the assessment that its all about money and land because I understand Islam, its intentions, and what drives it: Religion: the deen of islam (i.e. the religion of absolute submission to Muhammad's alleged revelation) and the ummah of Islam (i.e. the universal nationhood of the Muslim people). The current attempts to establish a global Islamic caliphate or government is firmly based in Al Qur'an and the other Islamic writings and traditions. These teachings are what is driving this global Muslim insanity.
In the linked piece the authors present a good explanation of the problems in the Middle East and around the world as Islam (via the terrorist networks created by Al Ikhwan, the Muslim Brotherhood) is again seeking to establish a global Sharia based caliphate. As of now they are succeeding in large part because the West is foolishly accepting the false paradigm they are creating. These conflicts are NOT based on land, wealth, greed, or even politics. They are based squarely on religion. Obama, like many others, is either duped or lying! As a man raised in Indonesian Muslims schools it is inconceivable that Obama does not know what is really taking place. The Islamic State is just as Islamic as the Crusades were Catholic.
Everything about Islam, from Al Qur'an on, is plagiarized from Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Sanatana Dharma (i.e. Hinduism), and/or Constantine's Christianity. Islam is the restored religion of Hubal-Sin, not the God of the Bible. Muslims are not worshipping the God of Avraham Avinu, they are worshipping an ancient lunar ba'al. Sadly Israel and the other civilized countries are ignoring this reality to their potential peril. Islam means "submission," not peace.
Khorasan, Boko Haram, Hamas, Hezbollah, the Islamic State, etc. ARE correctly reflecting the teachings of Islam as stated in their scriptures and in the example set by Muhammad and his followers. They are NOT "Radical Muslims" they are observant Muslims.
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