|Brussels Airport after bomb attack
When the 9/11 attacks occurred, my husband and I still lived in Alexandria. The Pentagon attack hit close to home -- fewer than ten miles away. And Larry worked there for years before taking a job at Quantico in Fredericksburg. He could have been among the casualties.
We talked occasionally about where we wanted to retire, but, the truth is we are slow movers, especially my husband whose family lived for several generations in one place. I expected we would stay in Alexandria forever.
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But 9/11 changed all that. Before the attack, I made several sojourns to the Shenandoah Valley with a friend looking at houses, but was more a dilettante than a serious buyer. Then Larry came home from work one day and said, "I think we should seriously plan to move to the country." And that was all I needed to hear.
Today's bombings in Brussels once again confirmed our decision to "Flee the city!" And, unlike Lot's wife, I've never looked back. And yet, despite all the evidence of Islam's hatred for Christianity and Western civilization, we continue to be fed excuses and nonsense about the "religion of peace." Our bishops call us to welcome "refugees" into our country and our homes. Obama and his enablers coddle terrorists and condemn sensible American as Islamophobes filled with hatred and bigotry.
No, the hatred and bigotry is endemic to the religious/political system of Islam!
|The "Blind Sheikh" Omar Abdel Rahman
But perhaps you still don't believe it despite what your own eyes see. Over the course of the next few weeks I'm going to call several witnesses to testify about Islam and its danger to our country. First on the stand is Andrew C. McCarthy, the attorney who led the terrorism prosecution of Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman also called "the Blind Sheikh" and his co-conspirators who committed the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and plotted to target New York City landmarks including the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels, the U.N., and the FBI's Manhattan headquarters. [Imagine the carnage if they had succeeded!] After 9/11, McCarthy also supervised the Justice Department's command post near Ground Zero. Earlier this year, McCarthy addressed Hillsdale College in a talk titled, "Islam -- Facts or Dreams." His comments here are taken from that talk.
Before prosecuting the NYC conspirators, McCarthy accepted the politically correct government contention that "we should read nothing into the fact that all the men in this terrorist cell were Muslims; that their actions were not representative of any religion or belief system; and that to the extent they were explaining their atrocities by citing Islamic scripture, they were twisting and perverting one of the world's great religions, a religion that encourages peace." But as prosecutor, McCarthy had an obligation to prepare himself for the trial and understand Islam and the men he was prosecuting. Was Rahman, the man behind the attack, an Islamic renegade as "our government was portraying him?" Was he really a "wanton killer who was lying about Islam by preaching that it summoned Muslims to jihad or holy war?" What he discovered was quite the opposite. The blind sheik was a "globally renowned scholar -- a doctor of Islamic jurisprudence" and his "area of academic expertise was sharia -- Islamic law."
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McCarthy also realized that the "Blind Sheikh" who had other multiple handicaps, was incapable of personally committing an act of terrorism, but, nevertheless was the "unquestioned leader of the terror cell." So McCarthy set out to see if the government was right. Was the sheikh "perverting Islam" as the government contended? The answer "was alarming." MacCarthy found that "whenever he quoted the Koran or other sources of Islamic scripture, he quoted them accurately....When he said the scriptures command that Muslims strike terror into the hearts of Islam's enemies, the scriptures backed him up. When he said Allah enjoined all Muslims to wage jihad until Islamic law was established throughout the world, the scriptures backed him up. When he said Islam directed Muslims not to take Jews and Christians as their friends, the scriptures backed him up....The Blind Sheikh's summons to jihad was rooted in a coherent interpretation of Islamic doctrine. He was not perverting Islam -- he was, if anything, shining a light on the need to reform it."
McCarthy makes it clear that Islam is anything but a religion of peace. "Verses such as 'Fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find the, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem of war,' are not peaceful injunctions, no matter how one contextualizes."
One of the scariest outcomes of the trial is that the character witnesses, mostly "moderate, peaceful Muslim Americans who would no more commit terrorist acts than the rest of us," all said they were not competent to respond to questions about Islamic doctrine. For that, Muslims turn to the "Islamic scholars like the Blind Sheikh." This certainly explains why the average Muslim refuses to condemn terrorist attacks on our soil. As McCarthy said, "No one was saying that they would follow the Blind Sheikh [who bragged about his deadly acts] into terrorism -- but no one was discrediting his status either." In view of this, where would one expect to find the dissemination of terrorism? At the mosques, of course, where many experts on Islamic doctrine foment jihad!
Distinguishing between Islam and Muslims, McCarthy praises those "pro-American patriots who helped us infiltrate terror cells, disrupt mass-murder plots, and gather the evidence needed to convict jihadists." At the same time, he warns about the danger of distorting Islamic doctrine which he calls "political correctness on steroids." Islamic law "rejects freedom of speech as much as freedom of religion. It rejects the idea of equal rights between men and women as much as between Muslim and non-Muslim. It brooks no separation between spiritual life and civil society. It is a comprehensive framework for human life, dictating matters of government, economy, and combat, along with personal behavior such as contact between the sexes and personal hygiene. Sharia aims to rule both believers and non-believers, and it affirmatively sanctions jihad in order to do so."
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McCarthy points out the "dangerous policy implications" of government promoting the false image of Islam as a religion of peace, policies which have "[allowed] the Muslim Brotherhood, the world's most influential Islamic supremacist organization, to infiltrate policy-making organs of the U.S. government, not to mention our schools, our prisons, and other institutions....This despite the fact that that Hamas is the Brotherhood's Palestinian branch, that the Brotherhood has a long history of terrorist violence, and that the major Brotherhood figures have gone on to play leading roles in terrorist organizations such as al Qaeda." He described Obama's false interpretation of Islam recently at a mosque in Baltimore "absurd." As ISIS was beheading journalist in Syria, "within the same time frame, the government of Saudi Arabia beheaded eight people for various violations of sharia." That is the reality of Islam!
The West, in fact, is under an attack that is fierce, relentless, and aims to put all people under the feet of the Unitarian God of Islam who will brook no opposition as ISIS so graphically illustrates. Islam's leaders will not be satisfied until all nations, under Allah, accept Sharia Law. To believe otherwise is to reject fact and live in a dream world.
Wake up, America! Do you want to trade our Constitution for Sharia Law? Islam bides its time until it is strong enough in a country to inflict terror and, ultimately, impose its bloody will. What will be our tipping point?
Let us invoke the aid of Pope St. Pius V who called the Christian West to battle Islam and begged Our Lady through her most holy rosary to champion the Holy League's fleet at the Battle of Lepanto. Intercede for us, Our Lady of the Rosary, that the West will return to your Son and be saved from Islam's terrifying god!
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!