A Jihad by Any Other Name

 

Another 911 anniversary has come and gone.  We’ve had the pomp and circumstance, the ceremonies, even collectors coins and stickers on the backs of vehicles, and while all of these tokens are well-intentioned, they seem shallow somehow.  I look around and I ask myself if people have truly learned anything, if they have somehow missed the big picture, if a jihad by any other name would be recognized for what it truly is…. jihad.

The great fallacy of the American people is that time and time again, they seem to be getting things wrong.  We call 911 terrorism, but that term is so large and non specific, it is like calling Christmas “a holiday” when hundreds of other days are easily described by that term.  Perhaps we should call it what Osama Bin Laden himself called it “jihad.”  Specifically, it is the jihad of murder and the jihad of money to some extent, since they attacked a world financial institution.

If you are unfamiliar with the different kinds of jihad (there are four)  please spend a moment with Dr. Bill Warner to educate yourself, because they all work in different ways to target an infidel society’s moral institutions and replace them with Sharia Law:

 

 

After the twin towers came down, Osama Bin Laden put a word out to the American people. He was very honest about why he attacked us and what he wanted from us in return : “The first thing that we are calling you to is Islam.” There was a call for all of the US to convert.  Second, he cited our constitution and the freedoms it provides as evil, stating:

“You are the nation who, rather than ruling by the Shariah of Allah in its Constitution and Laws, choose to invent your own laws as you will and desire. You separate religion from your policies, contradicting the pure nature which affirms Absolute Authority to the Lord and your Creator. You flee from the embarrassing question posed to you: How is it possible for Allah the Almighty to create His creation, grant them power over all the creatures and land, grant them all the amenities of life, and then deny them that which they are most in need of: knowledge of the laws which govern their lives?”

As horrible as 911 was, it did have a purpose, and that purpose was to bring Sharia Law into the US.  I wonder in some ways if its already happened.

I remember in the 90’s and 80’s we had many movies featuring “terrorists.”  In True Lies, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character battled an enemy who was the head of a group that called itself “Crimson Jihad,” in Back to the Future, Doc is killed by jihadists in full desert regalia.

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Remember this?  Doc was killed by Libyan jihadists in Back to the Future

Where are they today?  Now the enemies of fiction movies are Nazis (done to death in my opinion), and Russians (YAWN).  Unless films are war documentaries or dramas based on actual events such as Black Hawk Down or American Sniper, the jihadi bad guys are few and far between. Some would argue that the Sharia has already been instituted in this one example: our artistic expression has been tempered.

Now another attack, equally as shocking and almost as tragic, has occurred in Las Vegas just two nights ago.  While its not confirmed, the sheer effectiveness with which the shooter executed his mass murder and maiming is too sophisticated for an older man to have done so without counseling, training and perhaps another partner or two.   Isis has also claimed responsibility for the attack.

If this does turn out to be what Isis claims, then I am loathe to see how our mainstream media outlets will try to disguise this incident.  What garbage will they try to spoon feed us this time?  Will a jihad by any other name, time, and day be recognized for what it is?  What is it going to take for us before it is?

 

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 First Respondents Outside Mandalay Bay. Photograph by the Toronto Star

I recently helped my son out with a school assignment centering on 9/11. He asked me “What is one thing you want to tell people regarding 9/11, one thing you want them to know?”  I frankly told him “9-11 was jihad;” my son has the privilege of already knowing what jihad is, so I didn’t have to go into detail after telling him this.   He looked at me for a moment, and then asked: “Do I really have to write that?”

I told him that if he wanted to be honest with himself, his teacher, and the rest of the world, then yes he did.  Similarly, if we really want to be honest with ourselves, we have to recognize 9/11 for the Jihad of Murder that it was.  We have to go from “See no Jihad, think no jihad, speak no jihad” into full and honest research mode and then share our findings based upon what we discover, independent of who we offend.  We have to explore the statement put out by Osama Bin Laden himself and find the holy war motivation within it.  We have to look at it 9/11 for the horror that it was, not the horror that we want it to be.

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The Jihad of Murder from 911

 

Sources:

Back to the future [Motion picture]. (1985). United States: Universal.

Bin Laden (2002) The Guardian.  Full text: bin Laden’s “letter to America” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2002/nov/24/theobserve

Bump, P. (2017) Toronto Star. Retrieved from url:https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017/10/02/americas-deadliest-shooting-incidents-are-getting-much-more-deadly-analysis.html

Warner, B (2015) The Many Jihads. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiwKx6MOYu0