THE BLACK KETTLE

Proverbs 21:30

The ‘War on Terror’ Is All About God

by Andrew Klavan:

Several years ago, I was speaking with a left-wing journalist who was rather hysterical about the subject of religion — although perhaps I repeat myself. In any case, she had heard that then-President George W. Bush prayed for guidance before ordering the invasion of Iraq. She was appalled.

“Bin Laden is fighting for his God and Bush is fighting for his God!” she said. “It’s a holy war!”

As happens sometimes in this tragicomical life we live, her line of reasoning was absurd but her conclusion happened to be correct. What has been fatuously called “The War on Terror,” this ongoing struggle between Islamism and the rest of the world (including some of the Islamic world) is, in fact, a holy war: a violent argument over the nature of our Creator.

Americans right and left hate this fact. Many can barely face it. Almost no one in authority or the media ever dares mention it at all (Glenn Beck is the exception). In principle, through tradition, by law and nature, most of us are repelled by the idea of killing over religion. Freedom in these matters is our watchword. I say Jesus; you say Allah; let’s call the whole thing God.

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September 12, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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