Are We Fighting Terrorism or Are We Fighting Radical Islam?
There are all sorts of terms that have been abused both in media and on social networks: racism, war on terror, radical Islam, xenophobism…
Is Islam a Religion of Peace?
And now for the big question: Is Islam a religion of peace? While we can agree many Muslims are great people and practice their religion in peace, some of the things written in the Quran are pretty straightforward.
If we look at some of the Muslim countries around the world, we can see just how much suffering they have had to go through at the hands of their fundamentalist neighbors and leadership. Indonesia, Somalia, Nigeria, — all of these countries have large Muslim communities as well as a lack of liberties. On the other hand, countries and regions where Islam has little or no presence are enjoying a great degree of peace despite their lack of development or high corruption levels: Eastern Europe, Thailand, Mongolia.
I can hear liberals shout: But most terrorists are not Muslims!
It’s also true that the towns and neighborhoods where a heavy number of Muslims have moved into such places as Brussels. There’s places where no Christian or atheist will ever be regarded as safe. They don’t have to be terrorists in order to raise their voice when you don’t agree with them, to mock us, beat us up or even rape us, even though they’re the ones who are still living in the Middle Ages.
Terrorism is one thing but Muslims and Christians living together is the much bigger issue, especially considering they can all live in peace inside a number of Arab countries instead of flocking large European cities they have nothing in common with.
Just think about all the verbal and physical fights that are taking place every day. Forget who’s at fault for a moment. The mere act of us living together with them leads to so much pain and destruction.
It’s pretty clear to me that fundamentalist Muslims and a number of their “non-fundamentalist” brethren are the ones that are unhappy and are always looking to start a fight or mock someone.
What does the hatred between Muslims and everyone else have to do with terrorism? Well, as you know, the attackers of both the shootings in Paris as well as the shooters in November at the theater were all French citizens, born on French soil. With Muslim communities that keep growing in Western Europe (and soon in the US), like right here in San Bernardo County. I just received word this week, there are a few cities surrounding me, that has Syrian refugees. They were literally dropped off! The likely hood of terrorists increases as their propaganda and videos spread. This morning we have a viral news warning about a possible terror attack before elections. So this is what brought me here today to write and bring some knowledgeable survival information.
Unless Trump is elected, we’re looking at a long-term problem here so we need to know how to deal with it. Make no mistake about it, terrorism is here to stay. If terrorists have their way, it is going to unleash in wave after wave of attacks.
Specific Advice On survival
Unlike the steps you can take to prepare for a natural disaster or other emergency, there isn’t much you can do to prepare for a terrorist attack goes the thinking of a lot of people.
However, I’d like to challenge that thought: There are actually several things we can do to increase our chances of survival by quite a bit. Yes, more people die in car crashes every year but that doesn’t mean we should pay no attention to terrorism. If we fail to do it, we’ll be no better than our “leaders” who’ve done the same and are now watching in shock and awe the disastrous consequences of not taking appropriate action.
Maybe our leaders a few decades back should have read the Quran before welcoming Muslims into their countries to become citizens. Or maybe Obama knows the Quran and this is why they are here!
But isn’t Radical Islam (not Islam) to blame for all this terror? Ultimately, the answer to that question is no. The answer to how Radical Islam became Radical Islam is found in the Quran. A literal interpretation of the Quran reveals “Allah’s” intentions for the world and how “Allah” is going to use his people to force the nations (infidels) to convert to Islam or be killed.
That is one reason why Radical Islamic followers consider Western “peace loving” Muslims to be apostate.
These “peace loving” Muslims don’t read their Quran the way it was written! But when their kids do read the Quran, guess what? A lot of these kids are “awakened” to the idea that Islam is destined to conquer the world and other religions and non-believers and apostates should be wiped out.
ISIS recruits them to Jihad.
Tips for Surviving an ISIS Terrorist Attack
Avoid large gatherings of people, particularly those that have anything to do with religion. Now, I’m not saying you shouldn’t go to church but it’s best to avoid mega churches or churches with a large presence that also happen to be in or near a large city, especially cities with a Muslim population. Most terrorists gravitate around largely populated areas, waiting on their turn for the ultimate sacrifice.
You might say “But terrorists haven’t attacked churches. Why would I avoid church?”
Are you kidding me? Terrorists have been wiping out Christian church after church and other non-Muslims and “apostate” Muslims on a huge scale in several regions of the Middle East — all under the ISIS flag. Remember, that’s the same ISIS flag recruiting Muslims to Jihad in several western countries.
Though a U.S. church hasn’t been hit yet — several mega churches very well could be in the coming months.
#1. Avoid bad neighborhoods. The higher the crime rate, the more likely it is you’ll end up in a conflict with one of them. Whether or not you have a gun yourself, stay safe and avoid taking any chances. As peppers, we’re advised to move to the suburbs and distant smaller towns, but you have to do your homework before you actually do it.
#2. If you’re going to a concert or to the theater, be aware of all the exits and keep an eye out on who’s entering the venue. Make sure you get seats as close as possible to one or more evacuation routes. Also, make sure there’s nothing standing between you and those exit routes.
#3. When in a crowded square or city park, avoid sitting next to containers that may have bombs in them, such as trash cans, janitor carts, or laundry carts. I know this may seem a little far-fetched but it’s worth remembering in case your town or city will end up in a state of emergency.
#4. Be wary of Muslims. No, I’m not trying to be racist, I know very well there are plenty of nice people with their beliefs in Allah (though a bit misguided), I’m just trying to increase your chances of survival here. This doesn’t mean you have to start running every time you see a burka. You have to learn to read people by analyzing their facial expressions and their movements. You should also be weary of Muslims with babies strapped to their chests. Is the baby real or does it look like a doll? Remember, that might not be a baby in that baby carrier — it might be a bomb packed with shrapnel or worse.
#5. If you hear gun shots, don’t panic. There should only be one thing on your mind, escape. Run and run fast, forget everyone else except your spouse and kids. This is exactly what one of the guitarists of the Eagles of Death Metal band did the moment he heard shots. Take a look at how quickly he reacted to the terror attack in this video.
#6. If you’ve been shot and there’s no escape, prepare to “play dead.” This might be the thing that saves your life. Though some attackers have put bullets into bodies that have already been shot, there may be too much chaos going on for an attacker to notice you on the ground and not every attacker is likely to take that step. Besides, a smart attacker may not want to waste bullets on bodies that look dead when there are plenty of other live people to go for still; but if you’ve been shot, and you can still make a run for it, make that run if you see a path of escape.
#7. Learn to hide — some venues for an attack may offer a variety of possible hiding places if you’re quick on your feet. (This is something you can practice with your kids, particularly since they’re small and can hide better than you.)
#8. Practice your shooting skills — and then be mentally ready and alert to stop a terrorist in his or her tracks. This has been covered in depth in other articles and I’m not going to do it here. Even if you don’t carry or can’t have a gun, you should still practice shooting. What if you end up getting a gun out of the hands of a terrorist, would you be able to use it?
This shows just how far we are from peace as the terror from the Middle East has started spreading into Europe and other parts of the world. Will the United States be the next place for a shocking and deadly string of attacks? It’s pretty clear that this is one of ISIS’ goals — to hit the United States at home.
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Written by: Denise Ruiz/ APTA Founder