When I came home from Iraq in 2008, friends frequently asked me what I learned "most" from the experience. That's a tough question to answer, and it depends greatly on context. I learned many things about my faith, my family, and my country, but if the question relates to the war itself, I'd tend to say something like this: "I learned the enemy is more evil than you can imagine, and I learned that a deployment is more difficult than you can imagine." But while the deployment was the hardest thing I've ever done, the chance to play a very small part (surrounded by a band of brothers) to fight this extraordinary evil made it the most meaningful year of my life.
Since I've returned — and it's been almost six years — I haven't stopped talking about the nature of the jihadist enemy. I share the stories as much as I can (when the context is appropriate), yet I continue to be discouraged by how few Americans — and especially how few of my friends on the left — truly understand (or even try to understand) what the world faces. So they react in outrage when Israel strikes at Hamas, use the collapse in Iraq to once again score political points against President Bush, and use words like "irresponsible" to describe actions like launching rockets at civilians while hiding behind civilian human shields.
Why is this the case? Why can't so many liberals understand the pure evil of Islamic jihad? I can think of three reasons: more >>
Former President Jimmy Carter, who once accused Israel of being an "apartheid state" worse than South Africa, has gone even further, rebuking the Jewish State for the way it has waged war with Hamas while actually siding with the terrorists.
Writing together with former Irish president Mary Robinson in Foreign Policy magazine, Mr. Carter stated that, "There is no humane or legal justification for the way the Israeli Defense Forces are conducting this war," calling on Israel and the West to recognize Hamas's "legitimacy as a political actor."
Mr. Carter claims that Hamas, by recently joining together with the Palestinian Authority, "pledged to adopt the three basic principles demanded by the Middle East Quartet comprised of the United Nations, the United States, the European Union, and Russia: nonviolence, recognition of Israel, and adherence to past agreements." more >>
Trans World Radio and allied broadcasting ministries say they are "nursing a spark of Gospel witness" in the Middle East and South Asia, where Christians in these regions are under heightened cultural and political pressures – some of them violent.
The director of TWR's Arabic Ministry, whose identity is withheld for security reasons, said organizations such as TWR, SAT-7, Feba are using radio, TV and new media, to cross-promote programs and share resources and content as they reach out to these troubled lands.
"What gives hope to mothers who have lost their children in war?" asked the director. "What gives hope to men who have lost their life's savings and careers? What gives hope to children who have lost their innocence as they witness the bloody war around them? Only Jesus Christ can restore their broken hearts and souls, and we believe that media is a powerful tool to remind them every day of these firm facts." more >>
Anti-Israel demonstrators targeted Jewish-owned businesses in NYC's diamond district last week chanting 'free Palestine' and were met with a spontaneous pro-Israel rally by the community that silenced them.
The protesters shouted "free, free Palestine," "free, free Gaza." Local store owners and others in the community took to the streets and countered the protests yelling "Hamas Terrorists" and cheered on the Israel Defense forces, chanting "IDF." Some even broke out into song.
Photojournalist Danielle Avel captured footage of the confrontation. more >>
The Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, is continuing its two-month-old rampage across northern Iraq's large, multi-cultural Nineveh province, intensifying religious cleansing and further consolidating its power. Nineveh's Assyrian Christians report that Sunnis from throughout Iraq – including some from Kurdistan — have joined the some 10,000 jihadists to fight under the black banner of the Islamic State.
While much attention is being given to the destruction of Nineveh's ancient monuments, the suffering of the province's religious minorities at the hands of the jihadists is being given short shrift by both the media and our political leaders. Individual lives and entire civilizations are being destroyed, not in conflict – there hasn't been much — but through the deliberate convert-or-die policies of the Islamist extremists.
To date, neither President Obama nor Secretary Kerry has mentioned the epic humanitarian and human rights catastrophe underway in this large agricultural province that for over a millennium has been home to Christians, Yazidis, and various ethnic Sunnis and Shiites. The U.S. has provided humanitarian aid in the wake of each attack, but the Islamic State's siege of Nineveh requires immediate additional measures to protect Iraq's uniquely vulnerable minorities. more >>
Here I expose another big lie from Mideast Studies professors.
Is jizya-the money non-Muslims historically paid their Muslim conquerors-meant to buy them "protection," including from outside enemies, as modern Western academics maintain? Or was it simply extortion money meant to buy non-Muslims their lives, as Islam's scriptures mandate?
The word jizya appears in Koran 9:29: "Fight those among the People of the Book [Christians and Jews] who do not believe in Allah nor the Last Day, nor forbid what Allah and his Messenger have forbidden, nor embrace the religion of truth, until they pay the jizya with willing submission and feel themselves subdued (emphasis added)." more >>