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Topic: Unsung Hero (12/07/06)
TITLE: Infidel Spirit
By thadd presley
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There was mention of nuclear bombs, of chemical warfare, of truckloads of weapons, but these were just phrases to us. We knew nothing of the supplies they had or the support they were receiving from around the world. We knew nothing of their “sleeper cells,” which were planted in America and Europe. We knew nothing of the sympathy they received from even our own country and we knew nothing of the real fight.
As we sat, unflinching, in front of our television, we knew nothing of what they dreamed of. We didn’t have a clue what Jihad meant. To us, it was just another phrase that never got explained exactly. To us this war was about bringing peace to Iraq and ridding the world of terrorism.
As we started our weeks and went to work, we had no clue of how long they were willing to wait, of how long they had planned their plots, or how far they were willing to go to wipe out the infidels. We had no idea of their schoolrooms and their lessons, where the children learned that we were the evil of the world. We knew nothing of the movement’s that they made in the name of a religion.
To us, who lived across the big water, the was explained as Iraq, and Saddam, and bin Laden. But, to those who knew they truth, they could see that it was about Christian, and God, and Israel. Only a few had the idea that this war was yet to come. Only a few knew that someday they would strike with all of their power. And even a smaller few, the ones that had read an old historical book, knew that the only one who could stop this war, was yet to appear in the sky.
In our churches we prayed for the ones who lived with the war, but we knew nothing about it. In our schools we talked about the fight, but were prohibited by law to talk about what the fight was about.
Those who knew, knew that the war was not against a country, it was not against a people, but a belief. This was a religious war and those things weren’t talked about on our televisions or our radios. All we heard were death tolls and the Iraqi soldiers, who had been trained to keep civil war from breaking out in Iraq.
At times, we heard about the soldiers who went to fight the enemy. Sometimes, when a fallen soldier was honored for his bravery, we heard about his fall and that he had died to save the world from terror. But, all to often, we missed the broadcast detailing Syria’s help to the enemy, and Iran’s mission to supply weapons to wipe out Zionism, and Lebanon’s attacks on Israel. I should say, we heard the news, but we missed the message.
As this war silently wages and the acts of religion grows more violent, we all know that it will end the same way: with death, and famine, and bombs dropped.
With war going on and nuclear weapons in the wings, we can’t afraid to go outside or to breath the poisoned air. Even though it looks like life as we know it is over and that the war will not end, there is hope. But you have to ask yourself: How can it end? How can it be won? If we haven’t said publicly who the real enemy is, how can the people fight it?
I ask these things because it will take all of us to win this war. We will all have to fight against the enemies and know the “sleeper cells” and see the signs of the Jihad. To all the un-sung heroes: if you are to become True Heroes and pull us out of this battle, you will have to know the enemy.
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