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July 14, 2006  


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Time to Acknowledge the Reality of War

By Frank Salvato

In an effort to advance a lasting peace between the Israeli and Palestinian peoples, the Israeli government relinquished the Gaza strip to the Palestinian Authority. The Palestinians reciprocated by electing a terrorist group to political power that feigned the inability to intervene as militant Hamas and Hezbollah, along with myriad other homegrown terrorist organizations, launched rockets into Israeli cities and kidnapped Israeli soldiers. Now, Israel has had enough and there is war in the Middle East.

Only the naïve can continue to argue that the conflict currently taking place in the Middle East is between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

The Syrian government, led by a known terrorist enabler, President Bashar al-Assad, is actively aiding militant Hamas in its aggression against Israel. And as progress is made deciphering documents captured during the Iraqi liberation it is looking more likely that Syria had much to do with those non-existent WMD stockpiles of Saddam Hussein’s becoming “non-existent.”

The Lebanese-based terrorist group Hezbollah is not only supported by the Iranian government, it doesn’t make a move without the malevolent nod of the Iranian mullahs. To that extent, Israel’s Foreign Ministry has reported that the terror group was actively trying to relocate the kidnapped Israeli soldiers to Iran, a move that should immediately be rejected if Iran was not fully invested in the conflict.

Further, only the interminably stupid can continue to claim that this conflict is about land or any instituted US policy in the Middle East.

It is now clearer than ever that the hostilities taking place in the Middle East are based in a conflict of ideology jockeyed by religious fanatics hell-bent on world domination. In the case of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, any provocation leading to bloody conflict is a step toward facilitating the coming of the 12th Imam, the Mahdi, Armageddon.

Recently, Ahmadinejad rejected demands by the US, the United Nations and the European Union that he respond to a proposed package of incentives and conciliations by the middle of July. He instead insisted that no statement would be forthcoming until August 22nd. Coincidentally, August 22nd corresponds to the Islamic date of Rajab 28. This is the date that Saladin, a 12th Century Islamic warrior, conquered and entered Jerusalem. Accepting this information in conjunction with Ahmadinejad’s stated goal, to see Israel “wiped from the face of the earth,” – along with the fact that many experts believe Iran will have or already has nuclear capability – and his intentions are all too clear.

Radical Islamists are continuing a centuries-long war on anything and everything that does not kow-tow to their psychotic and intolerant version of religion. One need only look as far as Osama bin Laden’s continued reference to the liberation of Andalusia, or al-Andalus, from Islamic rule in 1492 to validate this fact. For radical Islam, the conflict has never ceased.

Whereas the 15th Century jihadis were limited in the extent of the damage they could cause in their pursuit of global domination, modern-day weapons arsenals have grown substantially and are a bona fide threat to the world. From the use of terrorism – suicide bombers, car bombs and the occasional mortar round – to the proficient manipulation of the mainstream media propaganda machine, advanced conventional weapons and now, potentially, weapons of mass destruction, those who blindly follow radical Islam now stand at a point in time where they will soon have the capability to bring about a nuclear Armageddon.

Meanwhile, anti-war activists, the progressive-left and opportunistic politicians maintain their assertions that Islam is a religion of peace, even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Comparing those who were in denial of the Nazi threat in the 1930’s to those who insist that Islam is a religion of peace is not a stretch. Rationalizing the use of terrorism by depicting terrorists as “freedom fighters” and “patriots” – as has been done by the intellectually stunted Michael Moore, Susan Sarandon, Cindy Sheehan and Sean Penn – exemplifies denial and ignorance of history, exactly like the Neville Chamberlains of the Nazi Era.

The world stands on the brink of world war and the battle lines could not be more evident: The Munich Olympic Massacres of 1972; the Iranian hostage crisis; the assassination of Anwar Sadat; the bombings of the US Embassy and Marine barracks in Beirut; the 1985 hijacking of a TWA flight from Athens to Rome; the Achille Lauro hijacking; the 1985 airport attacks in Rome and Vienna; the bombing of TWA flight 840 in Greece; the kidnapping and murder of U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel W. Higgins; the 1991 assassination of Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi; the 1992 Bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Argentina; the initial 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, the 1995 bombing of the Egyptian Embassy compound in Islamabad, Pakistan; the bombing of the Khobar Towers; the 1997 Tourist Killings in Egypt; the 1998 bombing of the US Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya; the attack on the USS Cole; the September 11th 2001 attacks; the train bombings in Spain; the July 11th London train bombings; and most recently the terrorist bombings in India. All of these brutal acts of the cowardice that is unprovoked terrorism have one thing in common; they were all perpetrated in the name of Allah by radical Islamist extremists.

Now that nuclear weapons are fast becoming part of the threat, it is time to reject the idiocy of political correctness. It is time that those of the fifth column, both here in the United States and abroad, start to accept the undeniable fact that the world is facing a global conflict that pits the free world against those who embrace a radical Islamic ideology.

As Israel engages in war against Syria, Lebanon and Iran, their very existence hanging in the balance, we would be wise to understand that victory for those who champion freedom is not certain. It is possible that we could lose this war and nuclear capable Islamic regimes don’t do anything to tip the scales in our favor.



 Related Reading:

·       In Search of Saddam Hussein’s WMD: The Documents Tell the Story

·       Breaking: Captured Soldiers Heading for Iran?

·       Options for U.S. Limited As Mideast Crises Spread

·       Why August 22?

·       Andalusia

·       Significant Terrorist Incidents, 1961-2003: A Brief Chronology



Copyright © 2006 Frank Salvato


Frank Salvato is the managing editor for The New Media Journal. He serves at the Executive Director of the Basics Project, a non-profit, non-partisan, 501(C)(3) research and education initiative. His pieces are regularly featured in over 100 publications both nationally and internationally. He has appeared on The O’Reilly Factor, and is a regular guest on The Right Balance with Greg Allen on the Accent Radio Network, as well as an occasional guest on numerous radio shows coast to coast. He recently partnered in producing the first-ever symposium on the threat of radical Islamist terrorism in Washington, DC. His pieces have been recognized by the Japan Center for Conflict. He can be contacted at



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