De Mattei – Nice: The war of religion continues

Roberto de Mattei 
Il Tempo
July 16, 2016

Pope Francis was right when he said more than a year ago that “a third world war was already in progress”, fought “bit by bit”, but it’s necessary to add that it’s a war of religion, given that the motives are religious by those who have declared it, and even the homicides perpetrated in its name are ritualistic.

Francis called the Nice massacre an act of “blind violence” but the homicidal fury that pushed the driver of a truck to disseminate death along the Nice promenade isn’t an act of irrational madness: it is born of a religion which incites hate and instigates violence. The same religious motives caused the massacres at the Bataclan in Paris, at the airport in Brussels and Istanbul and in the restaurant in Dacca. All of these acts, however barbarous, are not “blind” but are part of a plan lucidly exposed by ISIS in its documents.

Abu al Adnani, spokesman for ISIS, in an audio diffused at the end of May on Twitter, urged killing in the name of Allah with these words “smash their heads with stones, butcher them with knives,  run them over with cars, throw them from high places, suffocate or poison them.” The Koran does not say any differently with regard to the infidels. By continuing to ignore this, it is indeed, a sign of blind madness.

We deceive ourselves that the war in progress is not war declared by Islam on the West, but a war that is being fought internally in the Muslim world and the only way to save ourselves is to help moderate Islam to defeat fundamentalist Islam. Except that, moderate Islam is a contradiction, in so far as Muslims become secularized or integrate themselves into modern society, they cease to be Muslims, or become non-practicing Muslims or bad Muslims. A real Muslim can renounce violence for opportune motives, but always considers it legitimate against the infidel, as this is what Mohamed teaches.

The war in progress is a war against the West, but also a war against Christianity, since Islam wants to replace Christ’s religion with that of Mohamed. For this the final objective is not Paris or New York, but the city of Rome, centre of the only religion that Islam, since its very beginning, has wanted to wipe out. The war on Rome goes back to Islam’s birth in the eighth century.  The Arabs had Rome as their objective in 830 and 846 AD, when they occupied, sacked and were eventually constrained to abandon the Eternal City. They had Rome as their target the Muslims that decapitated 800 Christians in Otranto in 1480 and those who butchered our fellow-countrymen and women in Dacca in 2016.

It’s is a religious war Isis has declared against the irreligion of the West and against its religion, which is Christianity. In so far as Christianity is secularized, it smoothes the way for its adversary, which can only be overcome by a society with a strong religious and cultural identity. As the English  historian Christopher Dawson notes, it is the religious impetus that supplies the strength of cohesion to a society and its culture.

The great civilizations do not express from within the great religions as a species of  cultural by-product; the great religions are the base upon which the great civilizations rest. A society that has lost its religion is destined sooner or later to lose its culture.”

This religious war is now a European civil war given that it is being fought inside the nations and cities of a continent invaded by millions of immigrants. We hear repeatedly that faced with this invasion we must build bridges rather than erect walls, but a fortress attacked is defended only by raising the drawbridge and not lowering it.

Someone is beginning to understand this. The French government has foreseen the outburst of a civil war destined to take place primarily inside the great urban centres, where multiculturalism has imposed the impossible cohabitation of diverse ethnic and religious groups. On June 1st 2016, a communiqué from the High Command officially announced the creation of a conventional force of the army. “A Control Command for the National Territory” (COM TN), destined to combat the jihad on French territory. The new strategic model, baptized “Au contact”, includes two divisions, under one command, for a total of 77,000 men destined to confront the threat of an Islamic insurrection.

Against this threat, physical arms which are used in every conflict to destroy the enemy are necessary, but most of all we need cultural and moral arms, which consist in the awareness of being heirs of a great Civilization, which precisely in its combating Islam, has defined its identity throughout the course of the centuries.

Respectfully and urgently, we ask Pope Francis, Vicar of Christ, to be the voice of our history and our Christian tradition against the danger which threatens us.

Translation: Contributor Francesca Romana

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4 Responses to De Mattei – Nice: The war of religion continues

  1. Roger says:

    La Salette
    The War is spiritual when will they ever learn.

  2. kathleen says:

    It would appear that only some in the French government have “foreseen the outburst of a civil war destined to take place, etc.” in the near future. Many, like Presiden François Hollande are still in denial!

    A couple of days ago on CRISIS MAGAZINE came this article entitled: “French Politicians Deny Reality in Wake of Nice Terror”:

    “As if to confirm what Bouhlel perceived of the French failure to grasp reality, French President François Hollande issued a carefully worded statement the day after the slaughter of eighty-four fellow citizens. Hollande’s understanding of the attack is dizzying: “Why Nice? Because Nice is one of the most beautiful cities on the planet. Why the 14 of July? Because it is a celebration of liberty, and to harm France, this is why this individual committed this terrorist attack.”

    Got that? This slaughter was the work of a disgruntled “individual,” not an implacable host bent on the destruction of Western Civilization. And the “misfit”—whose ethnicity was never acknowledged by Hollande—was motivated by his disdain for “beautiful cities,” and festive occasions, sort of like a Bastille Day Grinch, stealing attention from the public fireworks by his own explosive violence. Deeply regrettable that there should be such an unhappy sociopath in lovely France, but nothing ultimately of deep concern.”

    The author goes on to explain how through that dreaded ‘political correctness’ the country’s leaders are steeped in, any mention of the word “Islam” or any derivative thereof is taboo!

    “In the same way, repeating the word “terrorism” is also a manner of avoiding reality, because “terror” is not the enemy facing France and the West. Terror is merely the preferred weapon of that enemy. To limit the discussion to terror, generically labeling those who practice it as “terrorists,” we are still in complete denial about the true nature of our enemy.” (my emphasis)

  3. “(M)oderate Islam is a contradiction….A real Muslim can renounce violence for opportune motives, but always considers it legitimate against the infidel, as this is what Mohamed teaches.”

    Here in Germany, anyway, the politicians and the security services still don’t seem to get it. Whenever there’s a terrorist incident – such as the other day when a young Afghan took an ax to passengers on a train in Bavaria – the authorities keep looking for, and talking about, a link to ISIS.

    It never occurs to them to look for a link to Islam (because that is so very politically incorrect). Unless they understand, though, that Islam is the threat, not ISIS, they can never even begin to deal with the danger of violent attacks.

    Once again, it might be useful to compare these verses from the Qu’ran and other traditional sources with a few verses from the Gospel:

    Quran (3:56) – “As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help.”

    Quran (4:74) – “Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward.”

    Quran (4:76) – “Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah…”

    Quran (4:104) – “And be not weak hearted in pursuit of the enemy; if you suffer pain, then surely they (too) suffer pain as you suffer pain…”

    Quran (5:33) – “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement”

    Quran (8:12) – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads.”

    Quran (8:15) – “O ye who believe! When ye meet those who disbelieve in battle, turn not your backs to them. (16) Whoso on that day turneth his back to them, unless maneuvering for battle or intent to join a company, he truly hath incurred wrath from Allah, and his habitation will be hell, a hapless journey’s end.”

    Quran (8:39) – “And fight with them until there is no more unbelief and religion is all for Allah”

    Quran (8:57) – “If thou comest on them in the war, deal with them so as to strike fear in those who are behind them, that haply they may remember.”

    Quran (9:5) – “So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush.”

    Quran (9:14) – “Fight against them so that Allah will punish them by your hands and disgrace them and give you victory over them and heal the breasts of a believing people.”

    Quran (9:29) – “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth.”

    Quran (9:123) – “O you who believe! fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness.”

    Quran (17:16) – “And when We wish to destroy a town, We send Our commandment to the people of it who lead easy lives, but they transgress therein; thus the word proves true against it, so We destroy it with utter destruction.”

    Quran (47:3-4) – “Those who disbelieve follow falsehood, while those who believe follow the truth from their Lord… So, when you meet (in fight Jihad in Allah’s Cause), those who disbelieve smite at their necks till when you have killed and wounded many of them.”

    Quran (61:4) – “Surely Allah loves those who fight in His cause.”

    Sahih Bukhari (52:220) – Allah’s Apostle said… ‘I have been made victorious with terror.’

    Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 484: – “Allah said, ‘A prophet must slaughter before collecting captives. A slaughtered enemy is driven from the land. Muhammad, you craved the desires of this world, its goods and the ransom captives would bring. But Allah desires killing them to manifest the religion.’”

    Compare all that to these verses from St. Matthew’s Gospel:

    Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.

    Blessed are those who mourn: for they will be comforted

    Blessed are the meek: for they will inherit the earth.

    Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness: for they will be filled.

    Blessed are the merciful: for they will be shown mercy.

    Blessed are the pure in heart: for they will see God.

    Blessed are the peacemakers: for they will be called children of God.

    Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

  4. toadspittle says:

    “It would appear that only some in the French government have “foreseen the outburst of a civil war destined to take place, etc.” in the near future. Many, like Presiden François Hollande are still in denial!”
    I doubt if Hollande’s “in denial.” He’s not silly. Politicians, particularly presidents, have to be very careful in what they publicly say. (If they’ve got any sense.) A bit like Pope Pius Xll felt obliged to – regarding Hitler.

    [Moderator: Part of this comment has been deleted for its heretical expounding of pluralism]

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