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VIOLENCE AND TERRORISM


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VIOLENCE AND TERRORISM

Violence has been around since time immemorial and will always be with us. The words of Jesus and the prophets - Old and New Testaments - however, foretold the days in which we are now living! Anyone familiar with history and eschatology (study of last things) understands that there has been a dramatic increase in the proliferation and level of sophistication of terrorism!

The recent most horrific hijacking of four US airplanes - by Arab Islamic terrorists - and their destruction, together with thousands of people and billions of dollars worth of real estate in New York and Washington, was the most daring, ruthless and devastating in the history of America! Any discerning person knows that even though violence is as old as the hills, it has taken a quantum leap forward recently, due to increased Middle Eastern Islamic fanaticism and nationalistic fervor, and almost instant communication and money transfers!

Max Solbrekken



ARAB MEDIA APPLAUDS HOLOCAUST

Yossi Klein Halevi, columnist for the left leaning Jerusalem Report, wrote the following piece for Canadian newspapers recently: "A new hit song on Egyptian radio stations proclaims, "I hate Israel." State controlled newspapers vie with each other to spread the most astonishing lies, including the medieval notion that Jews use the blood of murdered Gentile children for matzo the theme of a popular book written by Syrian Defense Minister Mustafa Talas that is about to be turned into an Egyptian film that is touted as the Arab response to Schindler's List.   

"The Arab world has become obsessed with the holocaust, and two camps have emerged. One camp, which includes the government-controlled newspapers of Syria, Lebanon and the Palestinian Authority, argues that the Holocaust never happened.

"The other, which includes at least one government newspaper in Egypt, acknowledges that the Holocaust did happen and is grateful to Hitler for implementing it. Indeed, nowhere except in the Arab world is both Holocaust denial and admiration for the Final Solution as mainstream, including among intellectuals.

"Ahmad Ragab, in his daily column in the Egyptian government sponsored newspaper, Al Akhbar, April 20 wrote:  'Thanks to Hitler, of blessed memory, who, on behalf of the Palestinians, revenged in advance against the most vile criminals on the face of the earth. Although, we do have a complaint against him for his revenge on them, was not enough'. Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi recently accused Israel and the CIA of infecting Libyan children with AIDS.Emboldened by the unrestrained Jew-hatred, Saddam Hussein ended his speech at the recent Arab summit in Amman, Jordan with the prayer: God damn the Jews."

Max Solbrekken



ARAFAT'S LONG POCKETS AND THE MONEY TRAIL!
The oil bonanza of the past three decades has done little to help the masses of poor and disadvantaged citizens of Islamic countries. While many religious imams and mullahs run rough - shod over the people and treat women like chattel, the high rolling Arab leaders blame all their troubles on Israel - 'the perpetual whipping boy of choice for all Arabs'!

     Instead of using the billions of dollars given to him by Western countries to lift Palestinians out of their misery, the treacherous Yasser Arafat has purposely kept them seething in their filth and squalor, which promotes hate in the refugee camps and boys throwing stones at Israeli soldiers! Recently, hackers have uncovered billions of dollars of assets and properties owned by Arafat - still a terrorist - and his cronies, across Europe! Even the gullible Norwegian media are now writing about "Arafat's long pockets" and the money trail!

    In a revealing Times of London article titled,  $4.5B in foreign aid to Palestinians revives concerns about corruption, Christopher Walker unveils the "corruption already endemic in Yasser Arafat's fledgling state."

Max Solbrekken



CANADIAN GOVERNMENT COMPLICIT IN FUNDING HATE FILLED PALESTINIAN SCHOOL TEXT BOOKS -$165 MILLION SINCE 1993!  

Finally, the media is letting Canadians know what I have known for years - the double standard of our
politically correct Liberal government! In spite of the many insensitive and ridiculous statements made by Heady Fry, Elinor Caplan and P.M. Jean Chretien, about the scary, hidden agenda of Her Majesty's Official Opposition and biased, bigoted western Canadians, intelligent Canadians knew- before and after Sept. 11- about Canada's reputation as being "an easy mark" for unscrupulous refugee claimants, and "a haven for terrorists".

      For a number of years, I have read in Norwegian Lutheran newspapers of the hate-filled textbooks used against Jews in Palestinian schools. The Canadian Press has finally blown the whistle on the Canadian Government's alleged complicity and cover-up of our involvement in this nefarious and evil work!

      "According to 58 new textbooks and two teacher's guides for grades 1,2,3,6,7 and 11, published in the past two years by the Palestinian Authority, Israel does not exist - nor does the concept of peace, a U.S study has found.  Children are encouraged from the earliest school age to hate Israelis, glorify "martyrs" and seek the "liberation" of all of Palestine, including Israel.

      "The analysis of the textbooks, published this week, was carried out by the New York-based Center for Monitoring Impact of Peace, a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging tolerance and mutual respect between peoples and nations.

    "The PA curriculum does not teach the acceptance of Israel's existence and instead of working to erase hateful stereotypes, it is instilling them into the next generation's consciousness," says Yohanan Manor. "Every map in every subject - from grade 2 math to grade 7 geography - marks the West bank and Gaza as Palestine and fails to show any modern Israeli cities such as Tel-Aviv or Hadera. 

      "The new textbooks are being used throughout the Palestinian-controlled areas in the West bank and Gaza in some 1300 schools administered by the Palestinian Authority and 261 run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.

      "Since 1993, Canada has contributed $165 million in direct aid to Palestinian development programs, including education, plus $10 million annually to the U.N."

Osama bin Laden and his evil al-Qaeda network of terrorists carry out hate-filled attacks against Israel, USA, Christians and Jews, and have trained thousands of Islamic warriors in suicide bombings, hijackings, biological and chemical warfare. There are ten thousand 'madrassas' (Islamic schools) in Pakistan alone, with thousands more in Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Libya and Afghanistan, teaching the same vitriolic hate to young impressionable boys!

Max Solbrekken



SPAIN LINKS BIN LADEN TO 9/11

    The Times of London (Nov.20, 2001) reports: 'SPAIN LINKS BIN LADEN TO 9/11 - "Transcripts of coded telephone calls to a Muslim cleric living in Madrid have provided the first, chilling proof of Osama bin Laden's hand in the Sept. 11 attacks, Spanish police say.

   "Investigators say the bugged phone calls from Spain are a significant breakthrough in helping them piece together how al-Qaeda's cells across Europe are linked.

    "Sixteen days before the hijackings in the United States, an al-Qaeda agent telephoned the cleric known as Abu Dahdah in Madrid, boasting about the plot. The agent, who only calls himself "Shakur", talks about how "in our lessons, we entered the field of aviation and we cut the bird's throat."

    And on Nov. 21, 2001, President George W. Bush pledged to help the Philippines in their fight against Islamic terrorists! The Chicago Tribune reports: "The front against terrorism is not just in Afghanistan," Bush said. "We're going to fight terror wherever it exists. We will work with our allies and friends to use whatever resources we have to win the war against terror."

    President Gloria Arroya of the Philippines - on a visit to the White House - stated that there is evidence of a connection between al-Qaeda and the Abu Sayyaf up to 1995. That Muslim extremist group in the Philippines was implicated, together with al-Qaeda in the 1993 attack on the World trade Center, she said!

    Time Magazine (November 8, 2001) states: "His aims are clear - to expel the US from the Islamic world and unite Muslims in one empire." In an editorial carried by the London Telegraph recently, titled 'Why the new terrorism threatens all humanity', John Keegan writes: "Are there no limits to terrorism? The British Prime Minister.raised the prospect not only of more terrorist outrages, but also of worse.

    "He emphasized the effort that is being devoted to identifying the source of biological attacks on the public. He warned, however, that the al-Qaeda organization is certainly anxious to acquire nuclear materials and will have no hesitation in causing nuclear explosions for terrorist purposes when it learns how.

Mr. Blair spoke of "certain knowledge that if they (the Sept 11 terrorists) could have killed 60,000 or 600,000, that is what they would have done. Osama bin Laden.speaks of "killing all Americans" and "destroying the United States". The next step he forecast, "will be trying to acquire weapons of mass destruction."

Max Solbrekken


OSAMA BIN LADEN CLAIMS TO HAVE NUCLEAR WEAPONS!

    According to the Los Angeles Times, Pakistani journalist, Hamid Mir, claims that Osama bin Laden told him on Nov. 9, 2001: "We have chemical and nuclear weapons". And two days later, he confessed his guilt on a video taped message to his al-Qaeda operatives: "If avenging the killing of our people is terrorism then history should be a witness that we are terrorists. Yes, we kill their innocents and this is legal religiously and logically."

Max Solbrekken


WHEN ALLAH DICTATES THE LAW

   
In a recent Globe and Mail column titled, 'WHEN ALLAH DICTATES THE LAW', William Johnson wrote: "Allah is great. No problem. But must the Prophet Mohammed, in the name of Allah, dictate the constitution of contemporary states? The question might seem abstract to the West. But it poses a dangerous challenge to virtually every country with a Muslim majority. It is literally a matter of right and wrong, good and evil, life and death. The Koran takes it very seriously.

     "The appropriate penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and run about in the land creating disorder is that they be slain or crucified or their hands and their feet be cut off on alternate sides, or they be expelled from the land.and in the Hereafter they shall have a great punishment." (Chapter 5, Verses 34-35)

The Los Angeles Times (Nov.20, 2001) reported: "Europe not ruling out attack by 'sleeper terrorists'. There are indications that "two or three" major plots were set in motion before the hijack attacks in the United States and could be well under way."

Max Solbrekken



AFGHAN TERRORIST PILOTS' WAITING IN THE WINGS?'

 'The Times of London' warns: 'A hand picked team of 14 young Muslims who were trained to fly Boeing jets in secret at an airbase in Afghanistan are believed to be hiding in Europe and the United States using fake passports and identities.

    "Seven of the team are known to speak fluent English and left Afghanistan more than a year ago with enough flying skill to stage further suicide attacks. Security services worldwide, already overwhelmed by the hunt for "sleepers" that Osama bin Laden has in place, have been told to track down the 14 men.

   "They were trained by a senior pilot working for Ariana, the Afghan state-owned airline, who revealed how the Taliban administration ordered him and four other captains to teach the 14-strong group to handle large commercial jets. The captain, known only as Rasul Parvaz, said he did not know what became of his students after they were smuggled out of Afghanistan.

    "What has disturbed the FBI is Parvaz's description of the men as polite, well-mannered and educated but who were "dedicated Muslim fanatics" who kept telling him that they believed they were a part of a holy war. An FBI source said Sunday: 'We need to find these men for they were obviously not trained to fly holiday-makers around.'

    "British authorities knew nothing about a 27-year-old Algerian, Lofti Raissi, who lived in southern England, who for most of the past year has been visiting a number of flying schools in the U.S., allegedly to show the four pilots of the hijacked jets how to steer passenger planes into their designated targets. Raissi.first came to Great Britain eight years ago allegedly using false identity documents. He then allegedly stole the identity of a 74-year-old grandmother from New Jersey, Dorothy Hansen, and used her social security number to obtain licenses in the U.S. The FBI are further embarrassed that Hansen's grandniece was among the victims killed in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.

   "Zacarias Moussaoui, another formerly British - based pilot who lived as a student in south London for five years, is still refusing to co-operate with FBI investigators who arrested him while he was training to join the suicide mission as the 20th hijacker.

    "The 33-year-old French-Moroccan who was supposedly studying international trade is thought to have sheltered other bin laden agents at his Brixton apartment. German investigators say they intercepted a phone call from Moussaoui to an apartment used by Mohammed Atta, the leader of the Sept. 11 attacks.

    "The focus is now on the 14 missing pilots from Afghanistan. The students who either fought with Taliban or had fathers with close links to the regime, Parvaz said, and were from a number of countries in the Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan.  

    The Times of London (NOV. 20, 2001): 'NOTES REVEAL AL-QAEDA'S NUCLEAR GOAL' -  "Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network held detailed plans for nuclear devices and other terrorist bombs in one of its Kabul headquarters. The Times discovered the partly burned documents in a hastily abandoned safe house in the Karta Parvan quarter of the city. Written in Arabic, German, Urdu and English, the notes give detailed designs for missiles, bombs and nuclear weapons. There are descriptions of how the detonation of TNT compresses plutonium into a critical mass, sparking a chain reaction, and ultimately a thermonuclear reaction.

      "The discovery of the detailed bomb making instructions, along with studies into chemical and nuclear devices, confirms the West's worst fears and raises the spectre of plans for an attack that would far exceed the Sept. 11 atrocities in scale and gravity. Nuclear experts say the design suggests that bin Laden may be working on a fusion device, similar to Fat Man, the bomb dropped on Nagasaki.  Osama bin laden has stated that it is his "religious duty" to obtain a nuclear bomb!

      And a recent Canadian Press states: CSIS report warns of high-tech 'weapons of mass corruption' CYBER WAR the next threat from rogue 'info operation'. "A country such as China could be capable of mounting a crippling cyber-attack on a foreign adversary within a decade, says Canada's intelligence agency. They warned the spread of digital "weapons of mass corruption" might have devastating consequences for a world increasingly hooked on computer technology.

      "CSIS says there is a growing threat of hostile forces using inexpensive techniques - including viruses, worms and denial-of-service attacks - to disrupt or seriously damage water supplies, financial services or communication networks.

      "Although only a small number of system intrusions are reported, indications are that the level of reported incidents and vulnerabilities is doubling roughly every six months. The report, citing U.S. military and congressional sources, notes Russia, China, India and Cuba have acknowledged preparations for cyber war and are actively advancing their capabilities. North Korea, Libya, Iran, Iraq and Syria, meanwhile, have some info-war knowledge." SUICIDE

Max Solbrekken


INSTRUCTION MANUAL FOR MUSLIM SUICIDE HIJACKERS

    A rental car was left by one of the September 11, suicide hijackers at the airport, before boarding the airplane. A book of the Koran (Quran) and a religious instruction manual was left on the car seat. Here is what the training manual contained, as reported by CNN on Sept. 28, 2001.

          Know that you are doing Mohammed's will and obeying the Quran.

          Know that all who do not follow Mohammed are children of Satan and   worthy of death.

          Know that what you are doing is an act of faith.

          Today will be the last day of your life on earth. On rising this morning, you will pray.

          When you get to the airport, you will pray and you will leave on the car seat this manual, so that the infidels will know that you act on the teachings of the Quran .

          After you take control of the airplane, you will pray out loud, so the passengers will hear and know that you are an instrument of Allah.

          As you near the objective, know that you have only a few minutes to live. Remember, you are a martyr to Allah's great cause and that heaven awaits you.

          Your last words should be: "Allah is the only true God and Muhammad is his Messenger".

Max Solbrekken


TERRORIST GUIDEBOOK OF JIHAD

Roland Jacquard, who is the author of In the Name of bin Laden, and heads up the Paris-based International Observatory on Terrorism, contributed the article, 'The Guidebook of Jihad' for Time Magazine (Oct.29, 2001). Here are some excerpts:  

   "As the Sept. 11 catastrophe made tragically clear, the fanatic groups behind such terrorism will no longer content themselves with conventional lo-tech forms of attack. They aim to go further and hit harder by using biological and chemical weapons and no doubts bombs packed with radioactive materials, not to mention cyberterrorism.

    "To carry out their strikes, these groups have recruited and trained two types of terrorists. The first is psychologically and intellectually weak and is used to stage such "classic" attacks as car bombings, hijackings and kidnappings. Recruits who fit a second, stronger profile, are referred to as God's Brigade by those returning from Afghan training camps and are destined for suicide attacks or bioterrorism.

    Members of the brigade have a guidebook - the 11-volume, Arabic-language Encyclopedia of Jihad. Its 6,000 pages, prefaced by lavish praise of Osama bin Laden, detail the practices of terror and urban-guerrilla warfare.

    "There is even a CD-ROM version. The tome includes instruction in using various arms as well as Semtex - one of the most popular explosives among terrorists - and TNT. Graphics help explain how to rig an envelope with C4 explosive and how to turn an apartment-building door, a radio, a cigarette pack, a television set or a couch into a deadly booby-trapped device. One of the most secret volumes of the collection, published in extremely small numbers, deals with biological and chemical terrorism.

    "For years, European anti-terror investigators have had evidence that fanatics were preparing new forms of terrorism. In May 1997, an Algerian extremist in London was arrested in possession of a scientific work on botulism. During the 1999 dismantling of a militant Islamic network in Belgium, police found on one of the leaders a document detailing the military applications of botulism toxin in aerosol form. The bin Laden operatives arrested in Brussels after Sept. 11 were known associates of some of those apprehended in the 1998 raid.

"An Egyptian source close to the bin Laden network says Midhat Mursi (alias Abu Khahab) operatives managed to stash dangerous substances in Asia and perhaps in the US and Europe, as well. Chemical terrorism is also a priority for al-Qaeda. During the Bosnia war, bin Laden agents actively recruited engineers and lab technicians who had worked in a Sarajevo factory producing chemical arms.

    "The intended use of such weapons is made clear in the 'Encyclopedia of Jihad'. The book details how to exploit building air conditioning systems in biological and chemical attacks. Operatives are urged to poison "drug and medical supplies" and to use syringes to contaminate food supplies."

Max Solbrekken



FOOD SUPPLY COULD BECOME TARGET

    James Stevensen writing for the Canadian Press (Nov. 12, 2001) stated: "The terrifying possibility of someone poisoning a stockpile of grain or a huge feedlot is reason enough to fast-track a food trace-ability program, says a US agricultural expert.

    Farm economist David Kohl says that within a few years, consumers within North America will demand to know exactly where their food originated.    "Kohl, a professor at Virginia Tech University and an advisor to agricultural groups throughout the world, including the massive U.S. Farm Credit System, says food production is another likely target for terrorists in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks."

    Kohl says that because modern agricultural production tends to cluster in highly concentrated areas, that makes it an easier target for terrorists! A recent report on CNN (Nov.19, 2001) stated that US government official's worst fear, is that terrorists could poison the 'Food Chain' with botulism, e-coli or other deadly poisons!

Max Solbrekken


 IRAN TERRORIST RISK:WHAT IS RUSSIA'S FUTURE ROLE

A report by the Associated Press (Nov. 8, 2001) states: "Iran is the biggest terrorist threat in the Middle East and receives critical support from Russia for its nuclear weapons program, an Israeli cabinet minister charged Wednesday." Although Russian President Vladimir Putin called such suspicions a "legend", or fable, Ephraim Sneh, a former Israeli general and now transportation minister, said he was certain "the central support for the Iranian nuclear project is provided by Russia."

    Sneh said that he had advised Russia that its support for Iran was damaging Israel's security. The ex-general stated that Iran has deployed thousands of missiles in southern Lebanon, across Israel's northern border, with a range of 65 to 75 kilometers.

   The report states that Hezbollah, a terrorist group, has attacked Israel from southern Lebanon, with arms provided by Iran via Syria. "Iran stands in first place as a sponsor of terrorism," he said.

    Although Russia and USA relations have warmed and Presidents Bush and Putin have joined forces to fight terrorism, Russia will still have a leading role to play in the future 'Battle of Gog and Magog'. Ezekiel prophesied more than 2500 years ago, that in the 'last days' Russia will team up with Iran (Persia), Libya, Ethiopia, Germany and Turkey to fight Israel! (Ezekiel 37 & 38)

In my opinion, Iran is biding her time and will make her move when Iraq has been sufficiently weakened through NATO air strikes. Iran must become the dominant country in the Middle East, and together with Russia will then control the oil flow in that area!    

The USA will back away from Israel, forcing that tiny nation to call upon the LORD for protection. Israel will suffer greatly, be deceived by the future Anti-Christ and in the end will be rescued by Almighty God! Russia and her Jew-hating Arab neighbours will be destroyed, as God fights for His Chosen People!

    The Associated Press (Nov. 20, 2001) released the following scary information: 'IRAQ, NORTH KOREA BUILDING BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS, US SAYS.' "The United States accused Iraq, North Korea and four other countries on Monday of building germ-warfare arsenals, and said it worried one of them might be helping Osama bin Laden in his quest for biological weapons:

    "We are concerned he could have been trying to acquire a rudimentary biological weapons capability, possibly with support from a state," said John R. Bolton, undersecretary of state for arms control. "The existence of Iraq's program is beyond dispute," he said, while stopping short of making a direct link to bin Laden.

    "Nor did he say whether any of the five other countries he cited as being at various stages of germ-warfare development - Libya, Syria, Iran, Sudan and North Korea - are suspected of trying to supply bin Laden." 

Max Solbrekken


VIRUS COULD WIPE OUT HUMANS, SAYS HAWKING

    The anthrax attacks on media, postal stations and government buildings in the U.S. following on the heels of the Sept. 11 terrorist suicide hijacking attacks, has sent waves of fear across North America! "What would happen", responsible people ask, "if the al-Qaeda terrorist network gets their hands on the dreaded smallpox virus?" This new reality is shaking up the scientific world community as never before! Now, one of the world's most respected scientists is saying the unthinkable - namely, that the human race is likely to be wiped out by a doomsday virus before the millennium is out, unless we set up colonies in space!

    In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Stephen Hawking - the world's best known cosmologist - stated that biology, rather than physics, is throwing up the biggest challenge to human survival.

    "Although September 11 was horrible, it didn't threaten the survival of the human race, like nuclear weapons do," said the Cambridge University scientist. "In the long term, I am more worried about biology. Nuclear weapons need large facilities, but genetic engineering can be done in a small lab. You can't regulate every lab in the world."

"The danger is that either by accident or design, we create a virus that destroys us. I don't think the human race will survive the next thousand years, unless we spread into space. There are too many accidents that can befall life on a single planet. But I'm an optimist, we will reach out to the stars."

Max Solbrekken


FRANKLIN GRAHAM SPEAKS OUT ABOUT ISLAM

    Speaking after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Franklin Graham commented: "I don't believe this is a wonderful, peaceful religion." The president of Samaritan's Purse, a Christian relief agency, added: "When you read the Koran and you read the verses from the Koran, it instructs the killing of the infidel, for those that are non-Muslim." According to NBC News, Graham reiterated his comments Friday, the first day of Ramadan - the holiest season of the Muslim year - calling Islam "wicked and violent." He said: "It wasn't Methodists flying into those buildings, it wasn't Lutherans. It was an attack on this country by people of the Islamic faith."

    According to NBC News, the White House disagreed with Graham's remarks, saying the President "views Islam as a religion that preaches peace," and that the terrorists do not represent what Islam teaches. "A presidential friend and supporter now finds himself at odds with both the Muslim world and the message from the White House." NBC News stated that the Bush administration "continues to be careful about what it says concerning the religion of Osama bin Laden." 

Meanwhile, London's Daily Telegraph reported that President Bush, eager to improve his reputation in the Muslim world was to meet with 50 ambassadors from Islamic countries for a traditional meal and prayer at the White House to mark Ramadan. In another unprecedented event, the Muslim chaplain of Georgetown University - a week before - officiated at the opening prayers of the House of Representatives on Capital Hill!

The son of Billy Graham and the designated successor of the evangelist's ministry, Franklin Graham is considered one of America's most powerful Christian leaders. He delivered the benediction at Bush's inauguration and his father has counselled a long list of presidents.

"But now Franklin is in trouble with political friends for comments made recently, calling the entire Islamic religion "wicked, violent and not of the same God. There is a fallout from such remarks (initially) made last month," wrote the Telegraph!

Following the NBC report, Graham stated: "It is not my primary calling to analyze Islam or any other religions, though I recognize that all religions have differences. In the past, I have expressed my concerns about the teachings of Islam regarding the treatment of women and the killing of non-Muslims, or 'infidels."

Since that time, Franklin Graham has been invited to the White House on several occasions for personal talks and prayers with President George W. Bush!

Max Solbrekken


WE ARE AT WAR WITH ISLAM", SAYS ARAB JOURNALIST

    "There is a real resistance on the part of western leaders to call a spade a spade," says Joseph Farah, an American of Christian Arab heritage who edits the prominent Internet news service 'WorldNetDaily'. "More accurately Islam is at war with us. Islam is an ideology rather than a religion - a scary world-view that advocates world domination.  They (Muslim fundamentalists) call U.S., 'Great Satan' and Israel 'Little Satan'.

    These are hardly labels that allow for peaceful co-existence, the journalist suggests. "Bin Laden is not a nationalist; he has no country. He is a Muslim who wants to see the world dominated by Islam", says Farah!  

    The Report (Oct.8, 2001) states: "Bernard Lewis, a professor emeritus, from Princeton University who wrote many books about Arabic history, has described the Muslim's extermination of the once - prosperous Jewish tribes. The process was initiated by the prophet Muhammed, who pronounced: "Two religions may not dwell together on the Arabian peninsula."

    "By the Muslim's own accounts, treacherous ambushes, mass murder and heavily discriminatory taxes were inflicted on the Arabian Jews, whose population vanished."

In the same issue of The Report, Ted & Virginia Byfield in a column titled, Which is the real face of Islam? chronicled this brief history of Islam:   "The Roman Empire was centered in Constantinople (now Istanbul) and was by then Christian. The entire Middle East, nearly all of it Christian, was under Roman jurisdiction, as was Christian Egypt and Christian North Africa. Constantinople also held a historic claim to western Europe, reduced by barbarian invasions some two hundred years earlier to mere subsistence level, but still Christian too.

    "Out of the desert stormed the Islamic armies to conquor and totally subdue the Persian empire. Then in a series of extraordinary victories, they crossed the intervening desert, attacked and defeated the Roman army, then swept through Egypt and North Africa. Crossing the Strait of Gibraltar, they subdued most of Spain, then invaded France. They were stopped by Charles Martell at the Battle of Tours in 732 and chased back into Spain, which they occupied for the next 700 years until the Christians finally drove them out.

   "To the people of each conquered city the Muslim commanders offered three choices: "Islam,, the Book, or the sword." First, they could become Muslim. Second, they could live in ghettos as Jews or Christians under their own biblical rules, paying heavy taxes and enduring severe restrictions on their activities. Or they could choose the sword (i.e. beheading). Since distinct privileges came with conversion to Islam, most took choice No. 1, thus did the Middle East, North Africa and medieval Spain embrace Islam.

   "The Crusades, whereby western Europe sought to regain by military conquest one of the lost Christian lands, followed. For two hundred years they succeed, but then failed. Meanwhile what is now Turkey, then still largely Christian, also fell to the Islamic Armies, which in 1453 conquered Constantinople itself, renaming it Istanbul. The Christian Balkan countries fell too, and by 1683 Islam stood at the gates of Vienna. But there the Christians blocked them. They were driven back to the bounds of modern Turkey, with a surviving presence in the Balkans (the root cause of the recent Balkans War).

Max Solbrekken




EXPERT LINKS BIN LADEN TO WORLD WIDE
PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS BY MUSLIMS

    The October 8, 2001 issue of EPNS reports on Osama bin Laden's involvement in an increasing pattern of persecution against Christian worldwide.

    "He's tied in with a lot of persecution," Paul Marshall told Assist News Service. Marshall is a senior fellow at the center for Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C. and chair of the Evangelical fellowship of Canada's Religious Liberty Commission.

    "In many settings, it's radicals within his network whom are carrying out persecution, he says. "This is going on in the Philippines, Indonesia, and to some extent Malaysia, Bangladesh, Pakistan - and of course, Afghanistan.

   "Marshall says bin Laden is allied with terrorist groups in Algeria and Nigeria that have been killing Christians. "Bin Laden's had a lot of co-operation with Sudan - a major country in the world killing Christians. The death toll in Sudan since 1988 is two million; that is more than every war in the Middle East in this past century. Most of these victims are Christians." Even Muslim nations with no ties to bin Laden persecute Christians, says Marshall. "You get persecution in the Islamic world apart form bin Laden. Most notable is the Saudis - who are his enemy number one. They have arrested 15 Christians in the last two months."

    "America is only beginning to share the experience of nations around the world where persecutions at the hands of Islamic radicals is the norm," says Marshall. "In Kaduna, Nigeria, more than 5,000 people have been killed since the imposition of Islamic law. In Pakistan in 1997 the city of Shantinagar was leveled-razed, a city of 20,000 people. The death toll in Ambon, Indonesia is 5,000 to 6,000."

    "This is a great evil and we can fight it and reduce it," says Marshall. "But we can no more end all persecution than we can end all terrorism.It should also be a wake-up call for Christians. Be informed and pray. No congregation in America should meet without praying for the persecuted church."

Max Solbrekken


 SATAN SHOWED HIS UGLY FACE

Time Magazine
carried a picture of Satan's face appearing on one of the imploding, disintegrating World trade Center towers! This photographic phenomenon was also carried on a number of TV news channels. That was no surprise to me, because I know how evil the devil is. Jesus said: "The thief (devil) cometh not but for to steal, kill and destroy. I am come that they might have life and have it more abundantly."(John 10:10)

  There in no doubt that the suicide bombings of Sept.11 was the work of Satan. In my opinion, the '9/11 tragedy' was allowed by Almighty God, because of the increasing sinfulness of our jaded society and perverted values, which has resulted in a flood of pornography, sexual perversion, infidelities and the 'holocaust of the unborn' across North America! MAY THE LORD GOD JEHOVAH FORGIVE AND SAVE US!

    Sept.11 or 9/11 equals 911 - EMERGENCY! I believe that God was trying to get our attention on Sept. 11. The question is: "Will we listen"?   Here is a very appropriate Scripture for us ALL today!

   "And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon and in the Greek tongue has his name is Apollyon." (Rev.9: 11)

    The above Scripture speaks of the horrible things that will happen during the 'Great Tribulation'. Often, God gives us a foretaste of what is to come in the future. It is very possible that the horrendous things that happened on Sept. 11 is a harbinger, a taste and a pre-curser of what will happen during that future terrible event!

      On Sept. 14, 2001, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned of a "new wave of super terrorists' ready to be unleashed on the world". He called it "the plague of the 21st. century." I agree 100% with that statement!  

Max Solbrekken


WHAT CAN BE DONE: IS THERE ANY HOPE

   As believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, we have known for a long time that great tragedies would eventually happen, because the Bible - God's Holy Word - has so diligently and graphically forewarned of them!

    Jesus said, "And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, by ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginning of sorrows." (Mark 13:7,8)

   I believe that Sept. 11 will go down in history as the BEGINNING OF SORROWS, not only for the USA, but for the entire world! As the 'Early Church' suffered great persecution in fulfillment of the before noted prophecy, could this be the DEFINING MOMENT when this double - prophecy is being fulfilled?

    My answer: "A very definite YES! That is a distinct possibility!" That these troubled, perilous times are prophetic in nature is no doubt, and that we are inching toward the 'Second Coming of Jesus' and the end of the 'Dispensation of Grace' is a certainty!

   My counsel to every one reading these lines is to prepare NOW to meet your Maker (Amos 4:12). "Make your calling and election sure" (2 Peter 1:10); "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith" (2 Cor.13:5); "Rend your hearts and not your garments" (Joel 2:13); "Repent and believe the gospel" (Mark 1:15); "Repent and be baptized every one of you." (Acts 2:38) JESUS SAID: "Come unto Me all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest." (Matt. 11:28) He promised: "Him that cometh to Me, I will in no wise cast out." (John 6:37)

Max Solbrekken


 THERE IS NO NEED FOR FEAR ANXIETY OR DEPRESSION

    I agree with St. Paul who stated unequivocally: "Who separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

    "Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ, which is in Jesus Christ our Lord." (Rom. 8:35,37-39)

Max Solbrekken




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