The War on Terror

The war on terror (a title set up by the media, the appropriate title is “Global War on Terrorism”) seems to be “ill-titled.” For one, terror is primarily defined as “a state of intense fear” (Webster), and “intense, sharp, overmastering fear” (Dictionary.com). If that is the only meaning, then this war would be fought in laboratories where psychologists (alongside others in the mental and/or behavioral analysis fields) would analyze patients under the duress of phobia, in order to develop a cure or a way for them to cope. It would be a psychological war. However, that is not the only meaning of “the war on terror”. The war is on America’s perception of terror personified—Osama Bin Laden’s brand of Islamic Jihadists.

The war’s objective is to rid the American public of terror, and it intends to do so by targeting and exterminating the agents (persons or events) that cause terror. Reflecting further…the “war on terror” is actually a vague title. It can be applied to any effort made to eradicate the cause of extreme fear. As seen in Genesis 3, the personification of supernatural terror—the terrorist known as Satan—manifested and brought extreme fear (not to mention death and destruction). Bible-believing Christians, extracting from two chapters in the Nevi’im (the prophets), trace the war further back to God’s heavenly temple (Ez. 28, Isa. 14, cf. Rev. 12).

The terrorists that Americans are fighting in this war are creatures of their own making. They are products of programs, developed and run by CIA and Special Forces, to stop the Soviets’ attempt to dominate the entire Eurasian landmass in the late 1970s. The Americans trained Islamic fighters—funded by rich Saudi families—and equipped them with intelligence in order to stop the advance of the Soviets in Afghanistan (Paulien, 14-17).

The Americans are attempting to cure the plague by cutting off funds and sending special operative forces to eradicate the evil man across the world in the mountains—Osama Bin Laden. These surgical maneuvers, though seemingly effective, will only cause the plague to lie dormant. Some may believe that if they cut the head of this snake, the body will continue to fight for a while, but eventually die. This, however, is not the case. This mystical snake will grow a new head and fight on. The dead militants will be glorified as martyrs. Their deaths will serve as adrenaline to drive the motor of the terrorist war machine.

It is hard to kick against the pricks (Acts 9:5, KJV). America is fighting a war against an enemy that anchors its sentiments in religious ideology. It is not Islam that calls for such persons; it is because such persons base their agendas on their interpretation of the Qur’an. This is a war that cannot be won because the root of it is inaccessible to American cruise missiles. Ideologies can be defeated but never extinguished; they lie in wait seeking the next charismatic figure to lure into speaking their oracles.

America will never win the war on terror because it cannot destroy the source. The source is the devil who “ has come down, having great wrath” (as if “wrath” needed an adjective [Rev. 12:12 NASB]). His roar is heard in the minds and through the voices of those who have given themselves to him; and with the thirst of a Lion, he walks around looking for someone to devour (1 Pet. 5:8). Terror is a result of the activities and influences of the devil and his angles. He is the antitypical terrorist from whom all other terrorists arise.

God has given us the promise that the terrorist will be destroyed. Satan will be thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone” (Rev. 20:10). Man is in a war that he cannot win. All our attempts are futile and don’t even bandage the wounds; but God will split the heavens and come down to wipe out terror once and for all. There will be a new world in which terror, and the agents of it, will never be seen or felt (Rev. 21).

Works Cited:

Paulien, Jon. Armageddon at the Door. Hagerstown: Autumn House Publishing, a division of Review and Herald Publishing, 2008.

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8 comments on “The War on Terror

  1. So true… The sad part is that, most of the people who are in the “war on terror”, have absolutely no clue on the end results… But Jesus saves… Thanks for sharing.

    • Hey Lydia,

      Before there was a United States, God has been conducting His own war on terror and He will see it to the end. Victory is certain. We just have to make sure that we’re on the right side. And, oh yes, Jesus saves!

      Blessings

  2. “The war on terror seems to be ‘ill-titled.'”

    Which may be why it is not properly titled “War on Terror.” “War on Terror” is a media title, used effectively as a “hook” to draw people into subscription, readership, and viewing of the media reporting and commentary by appealing to fear. Properly titled, it is called the Global War on Terrorism.

    “Americans believe that if they cut the head of this snake, the body will continue to fight for a while, but eventually die.”

    That is incorrect. Nobody in the fight believes that by capturing or killing Osama Bin Laden that the fight will be won. In fact, that goes against every bit of experience that we have with Al Qaeda and it’s subordinate and similar networks.

    Bin Laden’s role is fairly simple. He was behind the 9/11 attacks and the US desires to bring justice to him. There are no illusions that if he is killed or captured another will not take his place. Of course we know that someone else will take his place as the “brains behind the operation.” Shoot, someone probably already has, due to Bin Laden’s high profile, and he is most likely not much more than a figure head.

    “Ideologies can be defeated but never extinguished; they lie in wait seeking the next charismatic figure to lure into speaking their oracles.”

    Again, not something that is a realistic goal, and not a goal that anyone is aiming for. The attempt is to make no ground for the ideologies to go to and to kill the ideologies where they are as much as possible.

    Are you familiar with the Barbary Wars? It was the Global War on North African Islamic Piracy. Piracy that was, like today, economically and religious ideologically driven. Was Mediterranean piracy ended as a result of the success of the Barbary Wars? No. Was it ever expected to end? No. But the principle is somewhat similar. Give the pirates no where to go to ground –> Destroy their financial, political, and ideological centers of gravity –> Reduce the threat to a point where there is little to no threat.

    Granted, today’s war has not been fought very effectively. But, that has more to do with failed leadership and political and social pandering than with the desired effect of the overall operation.

    Look, the point of the fight isn’t – for most involved – an attempt to destroy all evil under the power of our might. Most of us know that that is not possible. Those of us who are Christians know (just as you try to make the point) that the victory is already won. And we are guaranteed victors in that fight. Most of us that are involved in the fight know that the reason for the fight is to better ensure some sense of security for our families and friends. We want our children to be able to lie in bed without fear of a terrorist killing mom, dad, or grandma i the tall building they work at. We want to help form a sort of tenuous peace to promote growth, and life, and industriousness, etc… We don’t want to see children in these countries under extremist stronghold to have to live in fear of their neighbor, or in fear of American bombs because of the extremism of their neighbor.

    We know the ideology will remain, but we hope that it is regulated to obscurity and to the stock of jokes and finger pointing as it’s centers of gravity become broken and/or obsolete. We hope that Islamic Extremist Ideology goes the way National Socialism by the hand of strong enemy to their cause.

    • BTW, the point I am trying to make is that you make a fine point if I understand your point (that the victory IS won, of this we are sure!)

      However, you are doing it at the expense of facts.

      • Hey Ray,

        Thanks for your comments and for bringing up certain factors that I did not consider before (i.e. the proper name of the war, what America’s objective is in it, etc.).

        This is the kind of feedback I’m looking for.

      • Concerning your comment on this:

        “Ideologies can be defeated but never extinguished; they lie in wait seeking the next charismatic figure to lure into speaking their oracles.”

        Your response was:

        “Again, not something that is a realistic goal, and not a goal that anyone is aiming for. The attempt is to make no ground for the ideologies to go to and to kill the ideologies where they are as much as possible.”

        –Your point is correct overall. However, my statement (and the paragraph in which it is found does not say that America is attempting to destroy an idealogy.Perhaps I should word it better. I’m making a point that if you want to get rid of the problem, you have to get at the source and Americans can’t get at it. And finally, even if the Americans did, they don’t have anything to kill an ideology. Why? Because they go dormant and “lie in wait seeking the next charismatic figure to lure into speaking their oracles.”

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