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Letting the radical Islamist cat out of the bag

By Frank Salvato
web posted May 9, 2005

A statement posted by the purported deputy of al-Qaida in Iraq, Abu Abdel-Rahman al-Iraqi, very possibly may have completely redefined the War on Terror. It was such a slip of the tongue that one has to wonder whether or not Abu will be allowed to keep his after Abu Musab al Zarqawi gets his hands on him. Unintentional or not, the statement revealed the underlying motives of the Islamic terrorists' full-blown jihad today.

Al-Iraqi's statement, which was posted on a website sympathetic to radical Islamic terrorists, was intended as a public statement of support for Zarqawi and his efforts:

"We have taken our decision, depending on God, to fight the infidels, the hypocrites and the villains…Even if you (al Zarqawi) take us to the White House and the bastion of the Vatican; we will stick close to you until you achieve your aim."

He continued by lashing out at the Iraqi government threatening the new Prime Minister, Ibrahim al Jaafari:

"We are after you as long as we are alive."

Al-Iraqi described the Iraqi police and National Guard as "the tail of the Crusaders...the paws of the Americans and the evil Rafidah (Shiites)," saying that they would be shown "no mercy."

What is interesting to note here is that the raving threat of death wielded by these zealot lunatics has moved to include not only other Muslims – which is against Islamic law – but the Catholic Church. This, literally, leads to questions of motive.

Pope John Paul II was against the militarized liberation of Iraq. He condemned the murderous tactics used by Saddam Hussein and his regime, and although he did agree that there were "just wars," the Pope was against the actions taken by the coalition of the willing. In hindsight, that coalition had a more defined morality than that of those who would have left Hussein in place to kill an additional million of his own people. The official stance of the Catholic Church was against military intervention in Iraq.

In a plethora of communiqués from the Islamic terror groups responsible for the mindless slaughter currently being perpetrated in Iraq, it has been conveyed that those who stood against the United States and her allies in the War on Terror would not be harmed; "An enemy of my enemy is my friend" sort of mentality.

Those two things being said, why did al-Iraqi name the Vatican as a target of radical terrorist Islamic hate when Pope John Paul II condemned military action in Iraq? Perhaps the motives behind radical Islamic terrorism aren't what they appear to be.

I am not an overly religious man. In fact, I am quite sure that my mother has worn my initials into the beads of her rosary praying that I might attend church more often. But it doesn't take a devout person or theologian to put two and two together when Muslims target Catholic leadership.

Those obsessed with secularism are blinded by their narcissism. They are experts at assigning guilt and explain that the motivation behind radical Islamic aggression towards the US is our own creation. Remember, in the politically correct mind's eye of the liberal left it's all the fault of the United States. But those of us vested with clearer vision and common sense are starting to entertain the idea that there may be more in play here than meets the eye, a broader agenda and ulterior motives.

It could be intimated that the motivating factor behind radical Islam isn't about "removing the evil Satan" from Muslim nations at all. Perhaps, in their minds' eye, it is a battle in an ongoing struggle that has been in play for thousands of years, since the year 600 or so. Perhaps, just perhaps, this is about the section in the Quran – a document that didn't even exist until about the year 600 – that has to do with Islamic domination and conversion.

Has anyone taken off the 21st Century rose-colored glasses to ponder the question of whether or not the present day acts of Islamic terrorism against the United States – the home to the largest Christian population in history – are but fleeting nanoseconds in a demonic struggle that has a timeline that spans almost two centuries?

The fact that al-Iraqi included the Vatican in his terrorist crosshairs reveals quite a bit about the motive behind the madness. If 21st Century terrorism is a by-product of American culture there isn't any reason to take issue with a Catholic Church that condemned the American led intervention in the Middle East.

There is quite a bit more in play here. If we are going to fully understand the true motives behind the actions of our enemy then it is time to look well beyond recent history. It is time to examine the true history of the "Apostle of Peace," Mohammad, and Islam, from inception, through the Crusades, to the present. And it must be an examination devoid of the dangerous narcissism of the politically correct. Only then will we know just how serious the situation really is.

This war could make Hitler look like just a punk and World War II like a skirmish. My hunch is that it is a lot worse than we suspect.

Frank Salvato is a political media consultant and managing editor for TheRant.us. His pieces are regularly featured in Townhall.com. He has appeared on The O'Reilly Factor and numerous radio shows. His pieces have been recognized by the Japan Center for Conflict Prevention and are periodically featured in The Washington Times as well as other national and international publications. He can be contacted at oped@therant.us Copyright © 2005 Frank Salvato

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