FOJ Note: (Focus on Jerusalem was working on an
article entitled “They that Love Death”, but as I was working on it I ran across
this article by Jack Kinsella of the Omega Letter. I can recommend it with full
confidence in light of the following scripture.) Proverbs 8:34-36 Blessed
is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of
my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favor of the LORD.
But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me
As al Qaeda
associate Abu Musab al-Zarqawi beheaded American Nicholas Berg in Iraq, he
asked, "Is it not time for you [Muslims] to take the path of jihad and carry the
sword of the Prophet of prophets? The Prophet, the most merciful, ordered [his
army] to strike the necks of some prisoners in [the battle of] Badr and to kill
them... And he set a good example for us."
As for you, Bush, dog of the Christians, anticipate what will
harm you... And you will only get shroud after shroud and coffin after coffin
slaughtered in this manner." Chief Palestinian Authority cleric Mufti Sheikh
Ikrimeh Sabri said in an interview; "We tell them, in as much as you love life,
the Muslim loves death and martyrdom. There is a great difference between
he who loves the hereafter and he who loves this world. The Muslim loves death
and strives for martyrdom."
Hezbollah's Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah revealed in an
interview after the recent prisoner swap between Israel and his group: "We have
discovered how to hit the Jews where they are the most vulnerable. The Jews love
life, so that is what we shall take away from them. We are going to win,
because they love life and we love death."
Tunisian intellectual Al-Afif Al-Akhdar says; "Why do
expressions of tolerance, moderation, rationalism, compromise, and negotiation
horrify us Muslims, but when we hear fervent cries for vengeance, we all dance
the war dance? Why do other people love life, while we love death and violence,
slaughter and suicide, and even call it heroism and martyrdom?"
The love of death is, to the Western mind, the most
incomprehensible thing about our enemy.
The president made reference to the concept in a recent
speech in which he said: "On a tape claiming responsibility for the atrocities
in Madrid, a man is heard to say, 'We choose death, while you choose life.'...
It is a mindset that rejoices in suicide, incites murder, and celebrates every
death we mourn. And we who stand on the other side of the line must be equally
clear and certain of our convictions." President Bush summarized what it will
take to defeat an enemy who loves death, even if it fell on mainly deaf ears.
"We who stand on the other side of the line must be equally clear and certain of
Therein lays America's Achilles Heel. America's greatest
strength is also its biggest vulnerability. The enemy is coming through
crystal-clear; his intention is to kill us for no reason other than we are not
Muslims. And he is not just prepared to die to do it, but looks forward to it as
On the other hand, America's 'convictions' are nowhere nearly
so clear. Polls say America remains committed to staying the course in Iraq, but
by lesser margins. Anyone reading America's major newspapers or watching the
network news broadcasts would question America's convictions about anything.
America's goal was to free Iraqis from the brutality of Saddam, but night after
night, new pictures of American soldiers humiliating Iraqi prisoners, like a
constant drip from a leaky faucet, continue to show up, two by two, on the
nightly news. For every story of a positive development in Iraq brought about
with American assistance, there are ten stories about Iraqi resistance, American
brutality, or the frightening collapse of order in Fallujah and Najaf.
There are more than 7,000 cities in Iraq. Of them, there are
four or five trouble spots. Tikrit, Fallujah, parts of Baghdad, Najaf and the
ubiquitous 'Sunni Triangle' come to mind.
There are other cities that are somewhat less than joyful at
being under US occupation, but in the main, there are about 6,995 or so cities
where Iraqis are NOT uprising, and are actually working in concert with the
coalition while rebuilding their country. The enemy knows that. His only hope of
victory is to keep that information from the American public and convince
America that all Iraq opposes them and that Iraq will become another Vietnam.
That is a goal shared by the enemies of the Bush
administration, as well. It is a conundrum that the only way for Bush's
political enemies to achieve political victory is to join forces with the enemy
in the propaganda war. The enemy's only effective weapon against America is
propaganda. Violence is simply propaganda taken to the next level, history
I've spent considerable time and prayer examining that
conundrum. The enemy is committed to the path of jihad, following his god into
battle, not against a political enemy, but against a spiritual enemy. That this
war is spiritually-based is undeniable. The jihadists attack any manifestation
of Judaism or Christianity as the target of choice. Secondary targets, whether
secular European, or even Muslim targets like those in Saudi Arabia, are
designated based on the impact they will have on either Israel or America.
Osama bin-Laden declared war on ‘Crusader Christian America'
-- and he meant exactly what he said. If the jihadists conquered all of Europe,
that wouldn't end the war for the jihadists. They'd just use it as a weapon to
conquer America and destroy Israel -- the only real targets of the jihadists.
Just before al Zarqawi cut off Nick Berg's head, he identified the real enemy:
"Bush, dog of the Christians."
Now we come to those in America who have chosen to ally
themselves with the jihadists in the propaganda war; the politicians, the news
media executives, the liberal media establishment in general, and even those
states that sent the politicians to Washington in the first place. In the
spiritual war now ongoing, what god do they follow? There is no question that
Christianity has historically had a positive effect on American life. They owe
their freedoms to its influence in America's foundation, as well as America's
development right up to World War Two.
It would seem logical, then, to at least give Christianity
the benefit of the doubt. When was the last time you saw a positive portrayal of
Christianity in the mainstream press?
Or any of the Anybody But Bush political spectrum standing up
for Christian values? What god do they follow? Is there evidence that they have
a special hatred for the God of the Bible, Jesus Christ, and the tenets of
Scripture? (Think Kerry, Kennedy, Pelosi, Daschle, Jennings, Brokaw, Rather,
CNN, the NY Times Michael Moore and his crowd, Al Gore, Al Franken and Air
America. Where are they on issues like abortion, euthanasia, public prayer,
Now, how many gods are there? Scripture tells us there are
two. There is the God of Creation, the Creator God of Scripture, the same God
worshipped by Christians and Jews. Christians call Him 'Father' or 'Lord'
and Jews call Him 'Adonai' and 'Lord' -- both call Him by His revealed Name,
'Jehovah'. "And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the Name
of God Almighty, but by My Name JEHOVAH was I not known to them." (Exodus 6:3)
The other god identified in Scripture is "the god of this
world" that Scripture says "hath blinded the minds of them which believe
not." (2nd Corinthians 4:4) Scripture says that, "we wrestle not against flesh
and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the
darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." (Ephesians
6:12) Scripture says that the 'god of this world' is "the prince of the power of
the air" further identifying him as "the spirit that now worketh in the children
Pulling it all together, a picture begins to emerge of the
spiritual battlefield. On one side are those who follow the god of this world,
and on the other, those who follow the God of Creation.
There are no borders in the asymmetrical, spiritual war of
the last days. And not all of our enemies follow Islam, but they follow the same
god. "And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light."
(2 Corinthians 11:14)
Proverbs 8:36 says that "all they that hate Me love