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No Imagination Necessary from Biblical Perspective

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Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Feb 4, 2015 at 13:34

Salutations to Peace: Memories of exchanges come and go and some memories might find a niche of an extended thought or two since; and the Swiss connection is, for this reader, one of many that still remain after the thaw of time. Like you; there has been a slight shift of the tactical understanding of how America has been breached in its understanding of the Islamic sensibilities while under attack; but for this reader the true subliminal read allowed for a better understanding instead of a 'changed' one.

Case in point: the war on terror from this perspective began with the toppling of the Shah of Iran and war was declared on America. In the attack on the America embassy, the United States, indeed all of the western world, was put on notice that relations with the Islamic realm would be redefined from the Islamic perspective as an extension of the revolution in things Islamic, a point many got lost in while trying to understand how the American Administrate Chief Executive of that time could not engage with the enemy in terms the enemy would understand. There was never a declared truce or cessation of hostilties.

Fundamentalist Islam at that point had not changed; only the perceptions held by a 'tolerant' attitude that could not wrap around the concept that a freedom-loving society like that in America could be hated for being free. Had the change of regime in Iran been accomplished by merely expelling the American mission from Teheran instead of the extremists dealing the first proxy blow against the western ways of peace, a different dialogue might have been derived. But this was not to be coming from the Carter Administration for the lack of true understanding. He still doesn't have it right.

Indeed, except from the time of the attacks on the towers (the first one giving a pointed clue, the second one from not understanding the first one), America has been living under a delusion that all can be resolved with certain types of diplomacy, usually underscored by a shadow of military threat. Now, after years, even decades, of diplomatic and military influences being squandered to change the dynamic of her relationship with the Islamic world, a truth is final being made generally known - Islam will not be moderated, not by might in conflicts overt or covert (proxy); nor by protracted resolve of a perceived apostate manifestation of a peace-seeking element within the fundamentalist perceptions of expressed belief.

To point – Islamic expressions of belief in its fundamentalist form has resolve in a way modern western societal norms do not have, nor appear in some instances to want to understand. Prayer expressions such as the one exhibited in your observation are elemental to such who are able to express their devotion in a way that only those Christians most devoted to their Savior might be able to comprehend. For the casual observer of Christianity, fanaticism has been used to describe such. An example of such extreme devotion is found in the deaths of the Iraqi Christian children, who declared their love for Issa (Jesus) only moments before being murdered by fundamentalist Islamists who are just as devoted to the Islamic Prophet and his cause.

Were this an isolated incident, one might acknowledge an exaggeration here; but it is not. Actually, only the fact of under reporting in mainstream media allows for the insertion of delusion of 'this can't be really happening.' Tell that to the Jordanian pilot – but I'm sorry to observe: was the pilot a moderate believer that was killed for daring to protect his people from extremists' Islamism? But all of this has been debated before; and the terminations continue, unabated for the resolve of the enemy.

The tactical attacks seen more recently around the world are nothing less than diversions, indeed, opening acts prior to the main event. Iran is not thwarted in the attempt to wrangle regional superiority with the attainment of nuclear parity, something now intriguingly closer to fruition as the American Secretary of State is 'negotiating' some new agreement, which is tantamount to saying America is no longer filled with the resolved the Japanese commander noted over seventy years ago. My how time has passed America by; and too few remember what the fear former President Roosevelt said not to fear is about. In actuality, the politically induced societal coma that has allowed confusion to mingle with fear places America in a precarious place with a defeatists' lack of comparative resolve.

When Iran does threaten to detonate its first device, the three billion (an estimated loss of life in a nuclear exchange of Islamic proportions) person response is going to be: America, what have you done? No imagination will be necessary then.


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