Islamic leaders must defend true religion
It is time for the true believers in a peaceful Islam to stand up and be heard. On so many occasions they have failed … but they must do so before it is too late. That time is drawing near.
Below you will read the videotaped statements of a man, allegedly Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, just before he used a knife to behead American contractor Eugene Armstrong. Please note the complete and total barbarity of the statements. He claims his people “love death,” “[k]illing for the sake of God is their best wish” and they are “implementing the orders of our lord.” Lest anyone think that I am taking the statements out of context or somehow exaggerating them, here is the complete link for your review: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6015597/ .
“CAIRO, Egypt – A video posted Monday on a Web site showed the gruesome beheading of a man identified as American construction contractor Eugene Armstrong, purportedly killed by key terror suspect Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and threatened to kill another hostage within 24 hours … “
Addressing Bush directly, the speaker said: “Now, you have people who love death just like you love life. Killing for the sake of God is their best wish, getting to your soldiers and allies are their happiest moments, and cutting the heads of the criminal infidels is implementing the orders of our lord.”
And if any of you wish to see what “loving death” and “implementing the Lord’s orders” means to these people, you can find many films of the beheadings of innocents on the Web. Though they are horrifying, it might be “educational” for you to check them out. They are the home movies that will take you into the hearts and minds of these people. We can do our best to pretend that this brand of violence based in Islamic fundamentalism doesn’t exist … but that is nothing more than the basest denial. The beheadings are nothing more than simple reality, played out on camera, of what these people believe. Remember, the people they are beheading are not “enemy combatants.” Eugene Armstrong was involved as a contractor in the rebuilding of Iraq … making life better for the average Iraqi. This is true of many of those who have now been beheaded on videotape for the world to see.
If you want to know more about what these people believe … ask the surviving school children in Beslan. If you want to know what these people believe … ask the parents and relatives of the children slaughtered on Israeli buses by suicide bombers. If you want to know what these people believe … ask the people who survived the carnage on the Madrid commuter trains. All you need to do is open your ears and eyes and check out the news every day … from every corner of the world.
We are on the road to a horrible Armageddon for an entire religion. When people like al-Zarqawi are allowed to represent their religion and lord in that manner, and no major Arab or Islamic leader will speak out against such an abomination, the rest of humanity is justified in harboring opinions about the entire religion and race that will lead to it’s eventual eradication as a force from the face of the earth.
Again … I insist … it is in the hands of the leaders of Islam and the Arab world to condemn such acts in the harshest tones as not representative of Islam. Without such distance, the rest of the world has no choice but to steel itself for the ultimate battle with the only possible outcome, the total annihilation of fundamental Islam. This problem is much bigger than anything taking place in Iraq today … it is a worldwide issue.
The stakes are high … and the cards are being played. What will the great and wise Islamic and Arab leaders choose to do?
Mark Meckler is a resident of Grass Valley, runs several businesses from his home, and works as a professional speaker and writer.
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