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The war on terror is by far the longest SHTF event I've ever witnessed. Our "leaders" look on, clueless, not able to grasp the complexity of the picture fast unfolding before our eyes. For years a violent storm of rage and chaos has been brewing in the Middle East; we can bomb them to kingdom come and yet more rise up, more weapons and bombs make it into angry hands, more schemes are hatched by cold blooded killers and ruthless fanatics.
We come in peace ...Islam spreads around the globe. Millions of it's followers initially welcomed in, almost like welcoming in a cute, harmless exotic pet with unusual attire and customs, mosques and calls to prayer five times a day facing Mecca, from where ever they are in the world.
And so what is Radical Islam? Radical Islam, or better said "fundamentalist Islam", is that cute, exotic pet that grows to adult hood.
It's no longer cute, it's no longer exotic. What we have now on our hands is a deadly beast. And it hates us.
Jihad Wants to Set the World On FireWhat we need is to first understand the problem and, second, to take action to protect ourselves from it.There's no denial that 2013, 2014 and now 2015 have had staggering increases in Muslim terror attacks (source 1, source 2) but who is causing them? Who's behind these vicious murders?
The Islamic State - What It IsI'm sure you've heard about the Islamic State by now. They're the biggest threat to the west right now because they are spreading the appeal and propaganda to Jihad across the world, wherever "peaceful Islam" has made it's home in the last few decades. While this propaganda spreads and takes root, the Islamic state is doing horrible things to Christians and other non-Muslims, including planting bombs in children's dolls that can make anyone's stomach turn.
We've all heard of the countless beheadings of Christians taking place and the countless other atrocities including crucifixions. They are crucifying Christians, yes the same way that Jesus was nailed to a cross 2,000 years ago, and many have simply been exterminated in a modern day holocaust.
They are also behind the most vicious terror attacks in Europe as well as the migrant crisis, and they aren't shy in telling everyone their main target is the United States.
With all that said about the Islamic State, did you know that there are multiple terrorist groups that pose a threat to us and several other nations around the world?
Radical Islam - This is Bigger Than ISISThere are many such organizations but the focus on today's piece is on those that have to do with radical Islam, or Islamic fundamentalism as it is also known. In short, fundamentalists have a very literal interpretation of the Quran, they advocate a literal implementation of Sharia law and believe that the entire world should convert to Islam by force.
Right now there are dozens of terrorist groups on the planet, each fighting for their own cause, some bigger than others. Let's briefly talk about the ones that are the biggest and most profitable. These are the same ones that, coincidence or not, have sworn a death oath to our lifestyle, our values and our lives.
Al QaedaFirst, you've got the infamous Al-Qaeda, formed in 1989 by Osama Bin Laden and a few others. It's responsible for the September 11 attacks, the US embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania and the bombings in 2002 in Bali. Among other things. The 9/11 events were the ones that caused the U.S. to start the global "war on terror", which, so far, has been anything but successful.
TalibanThe Taliban is another fundamentalist group, also founded in the early 90s, led by Mohammed Omar and doing most of its illegal activities within Afghanistan. Though the US started a war in this country in 2001, after the 9/11 attacks, the situation is far from being peaceful.
HezbollahHezbollah is yet another feared Islamist group, though one that is more evolved. The Lebanese group has a political party, a television and radio station as well as seats in the Government. Lots of terrorist actions have been attributed to this group, including the bombings of certain embassies in Lebanon. Oh, and by the way, they are deeply in bed with Iran. In fact, the Pentagon is aware that any U.S. aggression towards Iran could be met with Hezbollah terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.
ISIS - The Islamic StateLast but not least, we have the terrorist organization of the moment, the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. Numerous videos have spread like wildfire across the Internet depicting their barbaric mass executions, the training of pre-teens to use guns and their twisted thinking and propaganda to the world.
The actions of these terror groups are not limited to the Middle East. They have factions in Africa and Indonesia, where they conduct numerous other operations. Al Shabaab, for instance, is Al-Qaeda's representative in Somalia while in Nigeria they have Boko Haram, which (in the meantime, adopted the Islamic State flag).
Dangerous for ChristiansOne thing is clear, Christians and Muslims cannot live together, despite leftists who claim that we can all get along if we pacify them. We are trying to pacify them but they aren't and the funny thing is, it's still us who are being accused of not being able to integrate with them well enough.
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Is Islam a Religion of Peace?And now for the big question: Is Islam a religion of peace? While we can agree many Muslims are great people and practice their religion in peace (like that analogy to a cute, exotic pet mentioned at the beginning of this article), some of the things written in the Quran are pretty straightforward.
If we look at some of the Muslim countries around the world besides the ones on the Arabic peninsula, we can see just how much suffering they have had to go through at the hands of their fundamentalist neighbors and leadership. Indonesia, Somalia, Nigeria, Eritrea -- all of these countries have large Muslim communities as well as a lack of liberties. On the other hand, countries and regions where Islam has little or no presence are enjoying a great degree of peace despite their lack of development or high corruption levels: Eastern Europe, Thailand, Mongolia.
I can hear liberals shout: But most terrorists are not Muslims!
It's also true that the towns and neighborhoods where a heavy number of Muslims have moved into such as Molenbeek from Brussels are places where no Christian or atheist will ever be regarded as safe. They don't have to be terrorists in order to raise their voice when you don't agree with them, to mock us, beat us up or even rape us, even though they're the ones who are still living in the Middle Ages.
Terrorism is one thing but Muslims and Christians living together is the much bigger issue, especially considering they can all live in peace inside a number of Arab countries instead of flocking large European cities they have nothing in common with.
Just think about all the verbal and physical fights that are taking place every day. Forget who's at fault for a moment. The mere act of us living together with them leads to so much pain and destruction.
It's pretty clear to me that fundamentalist Muslims and a number of their "non-fundamentalist" bretheren are the ones that are unhappy and are always looking to start a fight or mock someone, like they did to this old man in this video.
What does the hatred between Muslims and everyone else have to do with terrorism? Well, as you know, the attackers of both the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris as well as the shooters in November at the Bataclan theater were all French citizens, born on French soil. With Muslim communities that keep growing in Western Europe (and soon in the US), the likely hood of terrorists increases as their propaganda and videos spread.
We're looking at a long-term problem here so we need to know how to deal with it. Make no mistake about it, terrorism is here to stay. If terrorists have their way, it is going to unleash in wave after wave of attacks.
Surviving A Terrorist Attack
Specific Advice On How to Prepare for Terrorist AttacksUnlike the steps you can take to prepare for a natural disaster or other emergency, there isn't much you can do to prepare for a terrorist attack goes the thinking of a lot of people.
However, I'd like to challenge that thought: There are actually several things we can do to increase our chances of survival by quite a bit. Yes, more people die in car crashes every year but that doesn't mean we should pay no attention to terrorism. If we fail to do it, we'll be no better than our "leaders" who've done the same and are now watching in shock and awe the disastrous consequences of not taking appropriate action.
Maybe our leaders a few decades back should have read the Quran before welcoming Muslims into their countries to become citizens.
But isn't Radical Islam (not Islam) to blame for all this terror? Ultimately, the answer to that question is no. The answer to how Radical Islam became Radical Islam is found in the Quran. A literal interpretation of the Quran reveals "Allah's" intentions for the world and how "Allah" is going to use his people to force the nations (infidels) to convert to Islam or be killed.
That is one reason why Radical Islamic followers consider Western "peace loving" Muslims to be apostate.
These "peace loving" Muslims don't read their Quran the way it was written! But when their kids do read the Quran, guess what? A lot of these kids are "awakened" to the idea that Islam is destined to conquer the world and other religions and non-believers and apostates should be wiped out.
ISIS recruits them to Jihad.
Maybe Next Time We Shouldn't Be So Welcoming to Other ReligionsNot before studying their religious texts, that is.
Paris, Xinjiang, Tel Aviv, Donetsk, Istanbul, Jerusalem, Tunis, Garland TX, Cairo, Berlin, Ankara... these are just a tiny few of the cities that have seen at least one terror attack in 2015. It's impossible to know where they will hit next so always be prepared with what I'm about to teach you. Keep in mind that there are, in fact, thousands of extremists (fundamentalist Islamic followers) standing in line and waiting to die as suicide bombers for their beliefs.
Tips for Surviving an ISIS Terrorist AttackAvoid large gatherings of people, particularly those that have anything to do with religion. Now, I'm not saying you shouldn't go to church but it's best to avoid mega churches or churches with a large presence that also happen to be in or near a large city, especially cities with a Muslim population. Most terrorists gravitate around largely populated areas, waiting on their turn for the ultimate sacrifice.
But terrorists haven't attacked churches. Why would I avoid church?Are you kidding me? Terrorists have been wiping out Christian church after church and other non-Muslims and "apostate" Muslims on a huge scale in several regions of the Middle East -- all under the ISIS flag. Remember, that's the same ISIS flag recruiting Muslims to Jihad in several western countries.
Though a U.S. church hasn't been hit yet -- several mega churches very well could be in the coming months.
I'm a Christian - Won't God Intervene to Protect these Churches?Are you ready for the answer to that? There are many "fundamentalist" Christians who passionately proclaim that these mega churches, with all their pomp, money, expenditures and showcase buildings are following an "apostate" version of Christianity. They have "watered-down" the Bible and made it something that appeals to a large number of people, for example by promising "prosperity" and minimizing warnings about the consequences of sin and the temptations of this world, from alcoholism to sex.
Seriously, with so much poverty in the world, would Jesus have collected tons of money to bankroll huge ministries and pastors driving luxury cars and flying private helicopters along with their own security personnel? Though not occurring in every large church, it is true for several.
The American Mega-Church -- At Odds with the BibleMaybe it's time for "Christians", and there are a lot of "evangelicals" who may be reading this, to revisit their own Bible and take to heart what is written in it. With that said, I don't think it's safe to assume that God will protect these churches. Maybe some, those truly teaching truth and reflecting it to their congregations; those giving large amounts of money to the poor; those who don't have pastors driving expensive cars and living in large, expensive houses. Read the Book of Revelation. Most churches in the last days are told by God to repent! Chapters 2 and 3 of Revelation spell this out for us.
The Muslim Next Door - Friend or Foe?Another good example is the Tomorrowland music festival which takes place every year in Belgium. As I'm writing this, the capital of this country, Brussels, is under lockdown with armed men and tanks roaming the streets, trying to find terrorists. You can probably guess I won't be attending that festival next year. Thousands of people crammed together is not my idea of safety in a country that's been recently called a terrorist hotbed.
A few days ago, after the hackers from "Anonymous" declared war on ISIS and started their cyber-attacks against them, they released a list of places where they said ISIS is planning to strike. This will give you an idea of the kinds of social events these guys are targeting:
A Women's Rights Demonstration in Paris
The WWE Survivor series (professional wrestling) in Atlanta, Georgia ...
... and the Catholic Church's Feast of Christ the King Celebrations in Rome -- and we know how a lot of Bible believing Christians think that the Catholic church and it's un-Biblical prayers to Mother Mary and elevation of the Pope is at direct odds with scripture. In other words, God may not do a thing to protect that Catholic celebration in Rome. Islam is not the only religion with apostates. Christianity has it's own, as many Christians will tell you. What is apostasy?
How to Maximize Your Chances for SurvivalWhatever public event may be taking place,if you're going to these kinds of events, read on to see how to maximize your chances to get out alive in case of a terrorist attack:
#1. Avoid bad neighborhoods. The higher the crime rate, the more likely it is you'll end up in a conflict with one of them. Whether or not you have a gun yourself, stay safe and avoid taking any chances. As preppers, we're advised to move to the suburbs and distant smaller towns, but you have to do your homework before you actually do it.
#2. If you're going to a concert or to the theater, be aware of all the exits and keep an eye out on who's entering the venue. Make sure you get seats as close as possible to one or more evacuation routes. Also, make sure there's nothing standing between you and those exit routes.
#3. When in a crowded square or city park, avoid sitting next to containers that may have bombs in them, such as trash cans, janitor carts, or laundry carts. I know this may seem a little far-fetched but it's worth remembering in case your town or city will end up in a state of emergency.
#4. Be wary of Muslims. No, I'm not trying to be racist, I know very well there are plenty of nice people with their beliefs in Allah (though a bit misguided), I'm just trying to increase your chances of survival here. This doesn't mean you have to start running every time you see a burka. You have to learn to read people by analyzing their facial expressions and their movements. You should also be weary of Muslims with babies strapped to their chests. Is the baby real or does it look like a doll? Remember, that might not be a baby in that baby carrier -- it might be a bomb packed with shrapnel or worse.
#5. If you hear gun shots, don't panic. There should only be one thing on your mind, escape. Run and run fast, forget everyone else except your spouse and kids. This is exactly what one of the guitarists of the Eagles of Death Metal band did the moment he heard shots. Take a look at how quickly he reacted to the terror attack in this video.
#6. If you've been shot and there's no escape, prepare to "play dead." This might be the thing that saves your life. Though some attackers have put bullets into bodies that have already been shot, there may be too much chaos going on for an attacker to notice you on the ground and not every attacker is likely to take that step. Besides, a smart attacker may not want to waste bullets on bodies that look dead when there are plenty of other live people to go for still; but if you've been shot, and you can still make a run for it, make that run if you see a path of escape.
#7. Learn to hide -- some venues for an attack may offer a variety of possible hiding places if you're quick on your feet. (This is something you can practice with your kids, particularly since they're small and can hide better than you.)
#8. Practice your shooting skills -- and then be mentally ready and alert to stop a terrorist in his or her tracks. This has been covered in depth in other articles and I'm not going to do it here. Even if you don't carry or can't have a gun, you should still practice shooting. What if you end up getting a gun out of the hands of a terrorist, would you be able to use it?
That actually happened, if you recall, earlier this year when a terrorist attack took place on a train in France; three Americans in their early twenties and a Briton overpowered a terrorist carrying a machine gun. Once that terrorist was down, one of the Americans took off with the machine gun to go look for other terrorists and attempt to put a stop to any more terror. Heroes over power a terrorist and take his machine gun.
What Should We Tell Our Kids?There's this video that stuck in my mind after the Paris attacks of November 2015. A father and his son came to one of the sites of the shootings to light some candles. The boy was interviewed and, although his critical thinking was spot-on, his father coerced him into thinking that flowers and goodness can stop anything -- rather than teaching his child that true evil doesn't respond to flowers. Sickening that people can't recognize evil for what it is.
But to me, actually, that's not the sickening part. Getting your son to think that love will suddenly make these terrorists drop their weapons is bad enough, but actually bringing him to the site of a terrorist attack, that's just insane. Why would you risk your child's life? ISIS is pure and simple evil. The atrocities taking place across many Middle East regions and the beheading and crucifixion of Christians should be proof enough.
I actually have good reason to be mad, at one point, people gathered in Place de la Republique to honor the memory of the victims started running because they heard what appeared to be gun shots (source). It simply isn't wise to return to the scene of a terrorist attack to play homage, even if you've lost a loved one there -- realize that a second attacker may be waiting in the wings with an attack planned for several hours after the first.
It's like the bomber who plants two bombs. The first bomb kills several people; disaster responders and police arrive at the scene. Then a second bomb goes off and takes them out. With terrorists, we have seen that method used before.
Last But Not LeastThis shows just how far we are from peace as the terror from the Middle East has started spreading into Europe and other parts of the world. Will the United States be the next place for a shocking and deadly string of attacks? It's pretty clear that this is one of ISIS' goals -- to hit the United States at home.
It's also pretty clear that the number of terror attacks is only going to increase, so we need to figure out where they might strike next and stay away from those places, especially with our families. For example:
Any cartoon and comic book conventions (where Allah may be mocked)
Conservative and right-wing rallies (ISIS hates Christians and associates a lot of conservative and right-wing rallies with evangelicals, even if not all right-wingers are Bible believing Christians; a lot of them are not)
Colleges, High Schools, Elementary Schools (these potential targets should truly disgust us and COMPEL US TO SHOUT at our local governments and school districts to do a lot more to protect our children!!)
Hotels (a few large hotels in major cities could be easy sites for an ISIS bloodbath ... remember the 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai, India?)
Major shopping malls and major shopping events (Black Friday, for example)
Popular cafe and nightlife districts
Large concerts and festivals
Professional sporting events (football, baseball, basketball, soccer, etc)
Popular holiday resorts around Northern Africa and Europe (remember the beach shootings in Tunisia in recent months?)
Popular U.S. beaches (if it happened in Tunisia, it can happen in the U.S. also)
3 Day Weekends (in the U.S., that's Labor Day, Veterans Day, etc)
Christian holidays (Easter, Christmas)
Important U.S. holidays (4th of July)
Now, I'm not saying you need to never see a game or enjoy a local festival with your family from now on, just make sure you're aware of what's happening in your town or city and take precautionary measures.
We Are Being HuntedWe are in terrorism's cross hairs.
The beast is hunting us.
We need to get our lives right with God and repent, just like those mega churches; we need God on our side in this battle. We can then go after the beast that is hunting us! Without that repentance, without God's favor, we are facing a beast rising out of the pit of Hell and it may very well destroy a lot of us.
Though the Islamic State is using the internet to recruit on a growing scale, a lot of the people who make up the Islamic State are former military, including former soldiers and officers who served under Saddam Hussein in the Iraqi army. There are nukes in the arsenals of some of those Middle Eastern countries, even if Iraq didn't have any of it's own; Pakistan has a large stockpile of nukes. What happens if the Islamic State (or another faction of Radical Islam) has a few nukes in it's possesion? Remember, the threat we face is bigger than ISIS and includes Al Qaeda, Iran, Hezbollah, etc. The threat we face is from the entirety of Radical Islam and includes the propaganda being spewed from the mouths of the Ayatollahs in Iran and their millions of citizens who eat it up and hang on their every word.
In the end, terrorists shooting up trains, malls, stadiums, concerts and beaches is just the beginning.The worst may be still to come. Our "leaders" need to read the Quran and realize who these people are. Then they need to read their Bibles if they want to make sense out of any of this. Before it's too late.
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