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Pr 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful
A friend will tell you the truth even if it wounds, but we can’t trust an enemy no matter how nice it sounds.
Ps 141:5 ¶ Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities.
A wise person will realize that sometimes he needs to be told things that he doesn’t want to hear. If it is a righteous person who is telling us it will be good for us.
Pr 9:8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
A wise person will love you for telling him the truth. He realizes that sometimes rebuke is good for him.
It is good to be reminded of these things from time to time. Those of you who follow Fortress of Faith know that what you learn here is not always pleasant, but that it needs to be learned. Who wants to hear bad news? Judgment, affliction, hardship, and the l like are not pleasant subjects. I wish I didn’t have to discus these things but God has given me a message of warning.
God is allowing an instrument of judgment to grow in this world. It is called Islam and there will be no victory until we turn back to God and until we are willing to admit that Islam, not radical Islam, is the problem. Everywhere we look, if Islam is there, there is heartache and misery.
Iraq is in the news again and I want to take a closer look at what is going on. A few days ago the news broke that the city of Mosul fell to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis), an insurgent force of just 800 fighters. They defeated an Iraqi force of 30,000 Soldiers.
Islamist insurgents have seized four cities and pillaged military bases and banks in a lightning campaign. They seem poised to fuel a cross-border insurgency endangering the entire region.
Origins of ISIS
In 2006, al Qaeda in Iraq, under the ruthless leadership of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, embarked on a seemingly arbitrary and brutal campaign against civilians as it tried to ignite a sectarian war against the majority Shia community.
The Sunni and Shia divisions of Islam have been fighting for centuries. The Sunni are the larger group, about 80-85% of the Muslims in the world. The difference between the two groups is that the Sunni believe that the succession of Muhammad does not have to come through the blood line. They believe that whoever Allah leads to be the next caliph is the proper successor to Muhammad. The Shia believe that the successor must be from Muhammad’s blood line. The Sunni group, which is an al Qaeda terrorist organization, bombed an important Shia Shrine the Al-Askariya Mosque, in the city of Samarra.
When U.S. forces left Iraq, they took much of their intelligence gathering expertise upon which the Iraqi government was relying. Two years ago, a former spokesman for the U.S. military in Iraq, Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, warned that “if the Iraqi security forces are not able to put pressure on them, they could regenerate.” That is exacly what has happened.
The new al Qaeda was re-branded in 2006 as the Islamic State in Iraq (ISI). It would add “and Syria” to its name later. The arrest of senior Sunni political figures and heavy-handed suppression of Sunni dissent by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki were the best recruiting agents ISI could have.
The goals of ISIS
It wants to establish an Islamic caliphate, or state, stretching across the region. ISIS has begun imposing Sharia law in the towns it controls. Boys and girls must be separated at school; women must wear the niqab or full veil in public. Sharia courts often dispense brutal justice, music is banned, and the fast is enforced during Ramadan. Sharia Law is the goal.
As those of you who follow Fortress of Faith know Sharia law covers both religious and non-religious aspects of life. They want full implementation of Sharia law and to remove anything westernised. The exception, of course, is our western weapons.
US / Iraq War 2002-2012
America paid dearly for the war in Iraq. Our goal was to remove the tyrant and establish a democratic republic. This was a foolish goal. We have spent close to a Trillion Dollars of the Tax Payers to try to reach this goal. That isn’t even the major part o f the cost. As of May 29, 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Defense casualty website, there were 4,487 total deaths (including both killed in action and non-hostile) and 32,223 wounded in action (WIA) as a result of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
We went to war in Iraq, but we didn’t enforce American policy there. We allowed them to continue running things the same way they had done before. They elected Islamic leaders and let them run things by the same Islamic practices that caused the problem in the first place.
We must wake up and realize that if we are going to have any real and lasting victory we must address Islam. We must understand that the problem in the Middle East is the ideology of Islam. Islam is the enemy of a democratic republic and of freedom. The only hope for peace in the Middle East is to take on Islam and crush it. Because we will never do this we will most likely lose our nation. We need leaders who are brave enough to tell the truth.
As we saw in Proverbs 27:6, a real friend will tell you the truth, even if it hurts. A real friend will tell you the truth even when you don’t want to hear it. He will be willing to risk your anger, and maybe even your friendship, to tell you what you need to hear. When you realize that what the friend is telling you is the truth and is what you really need to hear you will be glad.
We can fight Islamic terror groups like al Qaeda, the Taliban, and ISIS, and defeat any particular group, but until we address the root of what is causing these people to be at war with us we are putting a band-aide over cancer. It will not fix the problem. The real root of the problem is Islam and we must address it.
What should we do about what is happening in Iraq? I don’t think we should do anything. I hear you saying that we are going to lose Iraq. While that is true, we really have already lost it because we have never really had it. If we defeat ISIS there will just be another group to take their place. We must address the root cause, Islam!
Until we are ready to fight the real enemy and to defeat them we should not spend any more resources on the battle in Iraq. We need to protect ourselves from them and warn them that if they ever come to harm America or Americans we are going to put them back into the third world stage. We will hammer you into the ground. Don’t even think about taking us on or you will pay a price that you will never recover from. This is the only language and the only negotiation that Islam understands.
If we keep dealing with this issue the way we have in the past it will be like spitting into the wind. It will come back to bite us. It is our nation that will pay the heavy price, not theirs.
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