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Preparing for the ISIS Terrorist Threat

Prepare for ISIS terrorist threats in North America and Europe.

Terrible things are happening in our world today. Terrorists have bombed Paris, Yola and Beirut, France has declared war against ISIS and people everywhere are worried about the future. So what do we do next? How do we prepare for the terrorist threat?
What can we do to prepare for the terrorist threat? World events show that no country is safe. But is there anything that we can do?
First, let me tell you a few things about ISIS that you may or may not know. Yes, there are other terrorist groups but ISIS is of the most international concern at the moment.

6 Important Facts About the ISIS Terrorists

They Have A Lot of Names

You will hear about ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) or ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria. Sometimes they are simply IS (Islamic State), which is what they call themselves.

They’re called a lot of nasty things, too, which I won’t repeat. Use your own imagination.

In Arabic, the name is Al-Dawla Al-Islamiya fi al-Iraq wa al-Sham. Translations are rarely simple, so all of the names are simply attempts to translate.

Personally, I like that the French, as well as some Canadian politicians, have started calling them Daesh, because apparently they hate that name. It comes from an acronym made from the Arabic name, and it sounds a lot like the Arabic words for “one who sows discord” and “one who crushes something underfoot”. It's insulting, and they don't like it.

They Do Not Represent Muslims

ISIS/Daesh does not represent the majority of Muslims (and I'm saying this as a Christian).

No matter your views of their religion, Muslims believe Allah to be the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of Moses, Elijah and Jesus. The 99 traits of Allah include merciful, compassionate, loving and just. A merciful, just, loving and compassionate god does not rejoice in the death and suffering of innocents.

Before anyone argues that parts of the Quran are violent, please remember that parts of the Bible are violent, misogynist and downright awful, too. We do not, for instance, stone adulterous women or disobedient children anymore. The overwhelming majority of Muslims do the same with the Quran.

In my early 20s, I lived in an area of Ottawa (Canada's capital city) that had a high Muslim population. From the wonderful lady who would babysit my firstborn to give an overwhelmed new mom a break and who taught me so much about love, relationships and life to the sweet women who attended the same parenting classes that I did, I learned to love and respect these women and to realize that, in so many ways, they were just like me.

I'll always remember the time we were talking about multiple wives, and I asked how they could stand that. Oh, we don't argue with the Quran, they insisted. Well, that was not what I was asking.

"Okay, so if your husband went to your home country for a visit and came back with a second wife, what would you do?"

With a twinkle in her eye, one lady said, "Oh, we would have to divorce him. In Canada, that is not legal." The others all smiled and nodded.

ISIS/Daesh is not even true to the religion that it claims, as is generally the case with terrorist groups. True Muslims do not support them anymore than true Christians support the terrorists who torched the mosque in Ontario, Canada recently, or the horrid little church that pickets funerals. Muslims consider terrorists to be sinners who deserve punishment in eternity.

This is a very important point that many of us are forgetting when we prepare for the dangers facing us. They do not represent the bulk of Islam, although they would like you to think that they do.

I think it would surprise many to discover the love that many Muslims have for Christians and the anger they feel toward the terrorists.

They’re Crazy

Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you probably already know this. Did you know that al-Qaeda thought they were too extreme and that their actions were alienating Muslims and hurting their cause?

Yea … that al-Qaeda.

Let’s just imagine the homicidal folks of al-Qaeda stepping slowly and carefully away from the nutjobs.

Now that’s a special type of crazy. And again, I think this is important to keep in mind. They are CUH-RAZY.

Their Goal Isn’t To Destroy the Western World

Granted, it might be a nice side benefit as far as ISIS/Daesh is concerned, but their prime focus is not the western world. They did not form after realizing that French women were voting and driving cars.

Their goal is to create an Islamic State in the middle east where sharia law is strictly enforced and where an all-powerful caliph rules. In such a caliphate, there is no separation between religion and politics and it is dangerous to be an apostate or infidel. The Islamic State has shown itself to be very fond of beheadings in those cases.

Like any sociopath, though, they will attack, hurt and kill anyone in their way, or anyone they perceive to be in their way, or anyone who might possibly be in their way later or … (at this point, see the previous point.)
Terrorism is not isolated to certain countries. No matter where you live, the threat is real. But what can we do to prepare?

They Hate Christians

Let me repeat this again – the Muslims I have known consider Christians and Jews to be People of the Book and worthy of respect. I have broken bread with some wonderful Muslims and have learned much from them. We may not agree on some major theological matters, but it is certainly possible to have mutual respect and interfaith dialogue.

ISIS/Daesh isn’t like that, though.

ISIS may not have defeat of the western world as their prime goal, but they definitely hate Christians. No Christians now reside in the city of Mosul, where Christianity has been declared illegal and worthy of death.

They Hate … Well, Everyone

Let’s keep the crazy in mind, okay?

They really hate the United States.

And the other Salafis (who are Sunnis like ISIS, just not violent).

And the oil sheikhs.

And the Shiites, whom they consider apostates.

And Iran, its government and its military.

And Iraq, its government and its military.

And Syria and … you get the idea.

Let’s not forget that they also hate and want to destroy Hamas, Hezbollah and al-Qaeda.

It should be safe to note that they feel they can execute anyone who disagrees with them. And, frankly, almost no one agrees with them.

With all of that … yes, of course they will be attacking North America.

Let's not wonder whether or not it will happen, or freak out, but let's be aware of the fact that they will be coming, and there is likely not much we can do about that. We are not going to be able to keep them out because, for one thing, they are already here. ISIS/Daesh recruits young Westerners and over 1000 of them have already gone to Syria to join as foreign fighters.

Don't for a moment think that they lack sleeper agents. They are already here. And they don't look "Muslim" (whatever that would look like). They look like you and me.

That is not intended to frighten you but to make you aware that closing borders and keeping out innocent refugees will do nothing towards making anyone safer.

So what should we do? Keep reading to find out.


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