TEOTWAWKI: The Long Walk Home, ch. 4 “Why Has This Happened?”
It was about 3pm, Tuesday, November 6, 2012, almost 3 hours since the first airplane crashed just southeast of our building, followed by three other plane crashes in around 10 minutes. With the smoke from the fires raging all around us still lingering, and the shock of losing all electrical power, cell phones, radios and cars that wouldn’t even start, it was a sad and desperate group of employees that the data center manager, Stan, had to address one last time.
“OK, if I could have everyone’s attention please! Before we all start walking home I wanted to say a few words and then Ryan has asked to preach a short sermon for those who might be interested.”
“First of all, I want to thank you for the job you have done in the last year that I have had the privilege of being your manager. You are a fine bunch of fanatical folks who are very professional, hard working and fun to be with. Obviously we do not know when we will be able to come back to work again. It may be just a few days or weeks, but it may be months, or even longer. We’ll see. But when we do get back up I will need every one of you to come back charged up and ready to go because, well, it’s obvious that we will have a lot of catching up to do. I do not know if this outage is affecting other parts of the country so there is no telling how many of our clients are affected directly like we are. But someday, we will be back.”
“Secondly, I want to address this present crisis we are facing. I know some of you are traumatized right now and we are all afraid of what is happening. We must take courage, stick together, and work hard to get through this tough time. I remember in the days after 9/11 how united America was. But it didn’t last did it? We came through 9/11 but then we were divided over the War on Terror. The country has been divided deeply now for 11 long years. The last several elections have divided us even further. This division has made us weak, and has led us to this point where some nation somewhere, or some terrorist group, has been able to attack us with a nuclear weapon.”
Why has this happened? Three years ago or more, there was a Republican Congressman from Maryland, Bartlett was his name, who warned a Congressional Committee on Science that if we did not spend about $200 million on hardening our power grid, that something like this would happen. Did the Democrat controlled House listen? Did the Dept. of Defense listen? Did the President listen? No. This disaster has come upon us because we were not ready and our enemies knew it.
Why has this happened? It is obvious that we did not learn the lesson of 9/11. The lesson we should have learned is that Muslim Terrorists had declared war on us, a religious war, and we did not take them seriously. Let me go over some history to help us understand the present, to understand why this has happened.”
“It seems to have been the attack on the Israeli Olympic Team in Munich in 1972 by the muslim Black September group that started a wave of terrorism. The US Ambassador to Sudan was assassinated at Khartoum by the same Black September group in 1973; in June of 1976 two US diplomats were kidnapped and executed in Beirut; also that month Palestinian terrorists seized an Air France jet and landed at Entebbe Airport, Uganda where the Israeli anti-terrorist team freed them in a courageous raid; in 1979 our Ambassador to Afghanistan, Adolph Dubs was assassinated; Nov. 4, 1979 the Iranian radicals took over the US Embassy- Pres. Carter attempted a weak rescue with a weakened military that failed miserably. Weak Presidents who weaken our military and Intelligence lead to worse conflicts than if we maintained a strong military and an active Intelligence force. This defeat led to Ronald Reagan’s election the following year and the Iranians, knowing they were dealing with a strong President, released the hostages on inauguration day. And President Reagan went on to strengthen our military and end the Cold War. Yet muslim terrorism continued under even President Reagan.”
“April 18, 1983 the bombing of the US Embassy of Beirut killed 63 and injured 120, but in October of that year the Marine Barracks in Beirut was bombed with 242 Americans killed. In 1984 another Beirut embassy official, William Buckley, was kidnapped and murdered. The TWA hijacking in June of ’85 was led by Hezbollah terrorists and resulted in their execution of a US Navy sailor who was aboard that flight. October of ’85 the Achille Lauro ship was pirated and one US citizen was executed for being a Jew by the muslim terrorists.”
“In Dec. of 1985 at Rome and Vienna, muslim terrorists attacked the airports, focusing on El Al airlines. March of 1986 a Palestinian terror group bombed TWA flight 840 coming into Athens airport killing 4 Americans. April 5th, 1986 two American GIs were killed in a Libyan muslim bombing in a Berlin disco, 79 service men were wounded. President Reagan subsequently ordered the bombing of Libya in retaliation. Feb. ’88 LTC William Higgins, USMC, was kidknapped and murdered in Lebanon by Hezbollah. Dec. 21, 1988, over Lockerbie, Scotland, Pan AM flight 103 was blown up by Libyan terrorists and one of the key muslim masterminds of that bombing was released from his life sentence in prison back in 2009 and returned home to Libya.
Feb.26, 1993 the World Trade Center in NY was bombed the first time by muslim terrorists at the direction of an Egyptian cleric teaching in NY. In April of 1993, former President George HW Bush was in Kuwait when an Iraqi assassination attempt failed. March of 1995 two US Diplomats were killed by muslims in Pakistan.”
“In June of 1996 a terrorist attack at the US military barracks of the Khobar Towers killed 19 and wounded 240 Americans. Feb.23, 1997 a Palestinian terrorist sniper killed 1 and wounded several at the Empire State Building in New York. August 7, 1998 two bombs went off simultaneously at two different US Embassies in Africa, Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania killing a total of 301 and wounding hundreds more. October 12, 2000 the USS Cole was bombed in Yemen killing 17 US Sailors.”
“Sept. 11, 2001 the attacks on NY and Washington DC killed over 3000. Jan. of 2002, Daniel Pearl of the Wall Street Journal was kidnapped and later beheaded by muslims in Pakistan. In the fall of 2002 there were the Beltway Sniper killings led by John Allen Muhammed which killed at least 10 people. In operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 a SGT Hasan of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) threw hand grenades and opened fire into his Commanding Officer’s tent in Kuwait. We have seen the foiled attempt of Albanian Muslims who sought to attack Ft Dix, NJ. Recently we saw a young convert to Islam named Carlos Bledsoe travel to Yemen, receive terrorist training, and return to gun down two US Soldiers at a Little Rock, Arkansas Army recruiting station in June of 2009. We thwarted another Islamic terrorist plot in North Carolina which had US Marine Corps Base, Quantico as a target. On Nov. 5, 2009 that infamous Traitor, Infiltrator and Enemy Combatant- Major Nidal Malik Hasan- killed 13 fellow troops and wounded 30 more at Fort Hood here in Texas.”
“I could go on an on here because there have been many other small attacks by muslims inside America and many efforts that failed and were broken up by good police work. But by now you get the idea. The answer to the question, “Why has this happened?” is that we have not taken the threat of Islam seriously. The one thing that all of these attacks have in common is not a nationality, not a race, not a language, not a common set of socio-economic status, not an education level. The ONE THING they all have in common is a RELIGION, ISLAM.”
“Islam teaches that muslims will, must, rule the world and either convert, enslave or kill all unbelievers. That is their stated purpose. The jihad movement is islamic to the core, it is being a good muslim. They preach in the mosques that they build here in the United States and in other western countries, that to die fighting the infidels, that would be us, is to go to heaven where the 72 virgins await their new master for eternity. Their view of heaven is one of a sexual orgy with their 72 young virgins forever. Their treatment of women today reflects that.”
“While I cannot guarantee that the attack today was by muslims, we know that Iran was allowed to develop nuclear weapons and that when Israel tried to bomb Iran, President Obama interfered, forcing the Israeli planes back. Our President’s weakness and his sympathy for muslims has led us to this point today. In all fairness to Pres. Obama, the former Presidents going all the way back to Jimmy Carter are also guilty. America just has never had the guts to admit that an entire religion was at war with us. We did not want to call it a religious war even though our enemies explicitly did call it a religious war. It goes against our principles to discriminate against someone because of their religion. It perfectly fits into THEIR principles to absolutely discriminate because of religion. WE celebrate religious freedom and diversity, they do not. But this religion wants to kill us and has used the freedom we provided as cover for their evil desires.”
“Americans have gone to war now four times in recent years to help muslim nations. In 1990 Iraq invaded Kuwait and the United States led a coalition to protect Saudi Arabia and then, in 1991, to invade Kuwait and kick the Iraqis back out. In Bosnia, the United States and NATO forces defended the Bosnian Muslims in 1994. In the Russian Chechen War, President George W. Bush chastised Russia for its actions against the muslim Chechens. In 2001 President Bush sent a small contingent of special ops forces into Afghanistan to topple the Taliban and liberate Afghanistan. We still have troops there. In 2003 we invaded Iraq and captured Sadaam Hussein. Most Iraqis thanked us for that. We have diligently tried to set up democratic governments in both countries but have failed and Iraq has descended into a civil war again and Afghanistan remains untamed. The only country we had a legitimate beef with was Iran and we never went to war with them. All of our good deeds towards muslims around the world, and they still hate us.
The last 30 years is not the first time America has fought with muslims. Back in World War I the Ottoman Turks sided with the Germans against England, Italy, France and America. In the 1930’s and early 40’s there was a lot of contact between the Nazis and the Palestinians, this is where so much of the radical hatred for the Jews came from. To this day Hitler’s Mein Kampf is a best seller in the middle east.
Our first war with muslims as a nation came shortly after independence in the 1780s. America was a major shipbuilding and trading nation so the sea lanes were important to us. But the Barbary Pirates of North Africa, all muslims, pirated our ships, stole our goods and enslaved our sailors. The muslims required huge ransoms for the captives and bribes to leave our ships alone. The European nations paid the bribes, and America paid some, for a while. But finally we had had enough, and in 1801 President Jefferson refused to pay the $225,000 demanded by the Pasha of Tripoli and the Pasha declared war on the US by cutting down the flag at the US Consulate. President Jefferson took the muslims seriously and commissioned the building of 6 new frigates and sending some to the Mediterranean to wage war. The rally cry in those days was, “Millions for defense, not one cent for tribute!” Although Congress never voted on a formal declaration of war, they did authorize the President to instruct the commanders of armed vessels of the United States to seize all vessels and goods of the Pasha of Tripoli “and also to cause to be done all such other acts of precaution or hostility as the state of war will justify.”
“After many battles and a long blockade against Tripoli the war was won by the US Navy and Marine Corps in 1804 with a new treaty agreed to and signed in 1805. Heroes such as Commodore Edward Preble, Captain William Bainbridge, Lt. Stephen Decatur, Consul William Eaton and Lt. Presley O’Bannon of the USMC led the way in a victory that is memorialized in the Marine Corps Hymn, “From the halls of Montezeuma, to the shores of Tripoli“.”
“But long before our wars with the Barbary Pirate muslims, western civilization had been at war with them since the 7th century. Few people today realize that in 1683, during the height of the Baroque Music period, Vienna Austria was under siege by the Ottoman Turks, muslims all. Vienna, the home of great music, almost collapsed. But the allied army of Poles, Germans and Austrians, led by Jan Sobieski attacked and routed the Turks on Sept. 12, 1683. Notice that it was not Westerners invading muslim lands, it was muslims invading the west. This was not the first attempt by the muslims to capture Vienna. In 1529 Sulieman the Magnificent lay siege to Vienna but failed to capture it.”
“While many point to the Crusades of the 11th-13th centuries as the reason why muslims hate us, and therefore it is all our fault, it must be pointed out that long before the crusades, the middle east and North Africa were Christian lands. The Crusades were in many ways a horrible example of what happens when you mix political power with religious fervor and military might. The main idea of the Crusades, however, was to regain the Holy Land that had been lost by conquest to the muslims. Islam was not spread by peaceful missionaries founding hospitals and orphanages, using reasoned arguments from godly men to win hearts and minds. Islam has always been spread by the sword.”
“Does anyone know why it was the year 1492 when Columbus discovered America? In that year, Ferdinand and Isabella, King and Queen of Spain finished the “reconquista” and finally forced the Moors (muslims) from their last stronghold in Spain at Granada. The war finished, they had the funds available to outfit the three ships for Columbus to make his voyage of discovery.”
“Have you ever heard the story of Charles Martel, Charles the Hammer of France? In 732 he led a Frank army to defeat a muslim army that had crossed over into France from Spain at the Battle of Tours. If he had not won that battle, all of France would have fallen to the muslims.”
“Why am I giving you this long history lesson on a day when we have seen so much death and destruction and we have lost our jobs and so much more? Is it because I hate the muslims? No, I have had muslim friends. I can love and respect individual muslims. But I cannot love or respect a religion that clearly states it wants to convert, enslave or kill me. I gave you this history lesson because we need to know and remember why this has happened. It happened because we did not listen to our enemies. We did not learn from the battles we have fought recently. We did not learn from history. Perhaps now, in our agony of defeat, maybe we shall learn.”
“There are those out there who desire to kill us, enslave us or convert us. I am convinced that this tragedy today is the result of a muslim terrorist attack. The attack was successful because for too long the political leaders of our country, both Republican and Democrat, did not recognize the threat or treated the threat lightly, thinking that we could bow to the Saudi king, speak some arabic in Egypt, quote the Quran here and there and talk about the rich culture of this religion of peace and by our niceness it would make them love us. WRONG! And today we are paying for those mistakes.”
“As you go back to your now cold, dark homes, remember this day, remember 9/11 and all the kowtowing that has been done in between.”
“I wish you the best.”
“I have taken up much longer than I ever would have thought possible. Now I promised Ryan a chance to preach. If you don’t want to stay and hear a religious talk go ahead and leave or stand over there to the west and wait. I am not a religious man myself but I will listen to what he has to say on a day like today when who knows how many good Americans have been killed.”
Having retrieved my Bible from the desk just inside the door, I now stood before my co-workers for the last time. I needed to address the situation from a biblical viewpoint and present the Gospel for I feared that within a few weeks, many of us would be dead.
I opened my Bible and read…
***To be Continued***