The West’s arrogant foreign policy and our violent imperialism in the Middle East which is often terrorism (killing innocent people) is the cause of the hostility and anger which has created the modern Middle Eastern terrorist movement against the West

The West’s arrogant foreign policy and our violent imperialism in the Middle East which is often terrorism (killing innocent people) is the cause of the hostility and anger which has created the modern Middle Eastern terrorist movement against the West. This is called reaping and sowing. We have been stirring up the hornets nest for decades. They don’t hate us because we are free and prosperous, they hate us because we have been occupying their land, stealing their oil, and killing their women and children for years.

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  1. Some say the reason was strictly following the Qur’an. I somehow agree with what you said , but that is not the only factor I guess.

    1. If the Middle East was filled with people who believed solely in the Old Testament, and the West was violently occupying their land, bombing them, stealing their oil, and killing their families, they would use the violent commands and portrayals of God in the Old Testament to wage war against the West. It’s not about the Quran or any religious text. It’s about violence reaping violence, and religion being used to fuel it. Violence is a human problem, not a religious one. Religion just helps put conviction behind human violence.

    2. From the little I understand of the Qur’an, if they were ‘strictly following’ it, there would be no killing. The Qur’an forbids the killing of innocents

    3. Jan Coates Killing is allowed only in self defense. Radicals misuse this and claim terrorist attacks on infidels, including the vast majority Muslims who don’t agree with them, is a form of self defense.

    1. ^This. Just ask the Coptic Christians. They’re getting slaughtered in the name of Allah while the West attempts to placate people that will never, EVER be happy.

    2. The entire story would probably be the whole history of the human race, especially the history of Christianity and Islams relationship. But this is a big part of the story, as far as the recent modern escalation of terrorism against the west goes

    3. When it comes to foreign policy, it’s not as simple as listing the cons. Sometimes, there’s a bigger pro coming from the policy. Sometimes, the con we have is lesser than the con we might have had.

      It isn’t a simple issue.

      Christianity isn’t a tool, a set of precepts, or a metric to be used to judge the policy of nations. It is a personal guide, not a national one.

    4. I really don’t want to cause discord. I do, however, hope to speak to the issue of the demonization of the United States in general. This would be akin to demonizing all Muslims, right?

    5. But, if all were adhering on a personal level, it would then guide the national level, with much greater results. But, it’s where the majority is on a personal level that reveals where the nation is. If Father could take out Gideon’s enemies (actually allowing them to be lead by their fears and taking each other out) without him lifting a finger (except to gather his men together), can He not do that today? I have experienced this on a personal level, His protection as a gun was fired at my face. If He can do it for one… “Two can put ten thousand”… Standing in the gap

    6. By one extreme, they’re known as ‘terrorists.’
      By the opposite extreme, they’re known as ‘freedom fighters.’

    7. Zealots, yes, but how those who are attempting to force others into submission or die could be called freedom fighters??? Freedom from what?? Their wrath??

    8. Jared Paul Barnard By that way of thinking, as long as we love our neighbors at home and in our everyday lives, we are free to wage war abroad if it progresses our country’s economic agenda. Is that what you’re saying?

    9. Jared Paul Barnard What is America if not a collection of people from many tribes,nations, tongues, faiths, and races: People, in other words. So if there is a “demonization” going on by Americans themselves, is that not self-reflection? Self-criticism? We are charged with the sins of our nation, so can’t we at least be given the courtesy to put our opinions out there on how off the course of the boat we are in is?

    10. My response exactly, Michael. A very prominent pastor in Dallas actually said that very thing. Even went as far as to say that he would vote for Trump over Jesus if they were running against each other and used the words of Jared Paul Barnard (near verbatim) as his grounds for saying so.

    11. Jared, does the “entire story” include accountability for any of the West’s war acts that Jacob describes? If so, which of the West’s acts do you believe to have been wrong? Who is accountable? How do we address the wrongdoing?

    1. Truth is not popular. People hate truth. The sharper the edge of the truth you tell, the greater the anger you evoke. Truth is light and dark things flee the light.

  2. ISIS has been proliferating videos of how they train their children into this violent culture, portraying 8 years old with better technique and tactics than grown adults I trained in the military.

    It’s all these children know. That is the tragic and frightening part. It should be a wake up call.

    If your parents were systematically targeted and destroyed because of the ideology (no matter how vile and evil) they raised you under. If the only world you knew was being violently wiped out how would that change and further motivate a child’s mind?

    Love your enemy as yourself. There is nothing in between the lines of those four words that implies it will be easy. Bombing is easy.

  3. There are also significant domestic issues within Middle East countries. This might be why there is a debate going on on whether or not these current events can be compared to the thirty years War.

  4. It was done on purpose intended so they could post radical wahabists in place as the boogie man so they can come and make foot hold for the industrialists

  5. I was thinking last night about how, as these attacks seem to come more and more frequently, we may be nearing a tipping point. No one wants to hear it, but 9/11 was blowback. It didn’t happen in a vacuum. It didn’t happen because “they hate our freedoms.” Culture and religion do play a part, but for the most part we’re seeing people who have become radicalized after centuries of Western meddling and violence. We redraw their borders, install puppet governments, drop bombs on their cities, kill their women and children, and pillage their resources — and we wonder why they’re angry. If some foreign invader did this on American soil, we’d be furious, and yes, people would lash out however they could.

    We can’t keep doing this. More violence = more terrorists. We’re just escalating a problem that we created in the first place.

  6. The more we kill their children, the more terrorists will rise. We. Want. The. Oil. And. Are. Killing. Them. For. It.

  7. Thank you…we need a non violent revolution with Christians at the forefront to free Palestine and the toxic Christian Zionist worldview….the Gospel according to C I Scofield.

  8. but 9-11 didn’t happen! it was a false flag event by our own government. no airplanes were destroyed…….the “terrorists” are still alive and well in the mideast…….buildings fell that were designed to withstand multiple hits by airliners, or were not hit by airliners(building 7)…….there was NO airplane debris at the Pennsylvania site…..just a hole in the ground……or at the twin towers……some of the airplanes were still in service years later. of the 50000 people who were supposed to be in the towers, most didn’t go to work that day. beercan thick aluminum wing metal cut through steel girders like they weren’t even there. just something to make us hate innocent people so we could make ammunition makers more wealthy and kill off our healthy sons and daughters. let he who has eyes see……ivan

  9. Jacob M. Wright: Consider some facts, attested to by both Muslim and non-Muslim primary historic sources: A mere decade after the birth of Islam in the 7th century, the jihad burst out of Arabia. In just a few decades, Muslims had permanently conquered what was then two-thirds of the Christian world. The heart of the Muslim world today—nations like Egypt, Syria, all of North Africa, Turkey and more—were, in the 7th century, the heart of Christendom.

    Thereafter it was a continuous war on Christian Europe. Among other nations and territories that were attacked and/or came under Muslim domination throughout the centuries are (to give them their modern names and in no particular order): Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Sicily, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Greece, Russia, Poland, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Lithuania, Romania, Albania, Serbia, Armenia, Georgia, Crete, Cyprus, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Belarus, Malta, Sardinia, Moldova, Slovakia, and Montenegro.

    Less than three decades after the traditional date of Islam’s founding (622), three of the five original Christian centers (“sees”) founded by the apostles—in Alexandria, Antioch, and Jerusalem—were forever swallowed up by Islam; the fourth, Constantinople, valiantly resisted the Islamic onslaught for centuries, but was finally conquered in the name of Islam in 1453. Though sacked and burned by Muslims as early as 846, only distant Rome—the Vatican, fifth of the ancient Christian sees—remained unconquered.

    The few European regions that escaped direct Islamic occupation due to their northwest remoteness include Great Britain, Scandinavia, and Germany. That, of course, does not mean that they were not attacked by Islam. Indeed, in the furthest northwest of Europe, in Iceland, Christians used to pray that God save them from the “terror of the Turk.” This was not mere paranoia; as late as 1627, Muslim corsairs raided the northern Christian island seizing four hundred captives and selling them in the slave markets of Algiers. Raymond Ibrahim………..Let history speak for itself !!!!!

  10. People and their choices, regardless of circumstance, are the cause of violence against innocents in western cities and even other middle eastern cities.

    Don’t boil it down to modern US foreign policy. People do this. People make choices to act as terrorists and murderers. People do it. They are responsible. I am not. I did not choose to act like they did. Do you understand? Stop being pithy about it.

    People have been doing terrorism, terrorism under the name and strictures of Islam even, long before our country existed.

    Long before. People latched on to an ideology and used it, and any other excuse available (this nation…that policy…these people…those people…) as a reason to kill. For power. For control. For xenophobia. For the spread of an idea….

    People chose that. They chose to do it then, and different people take up the mantel and choose to do it now.

    It doesn’t matter if it’s the modern USA, England, France, or medieval Europe, or The Byzantine Empire.

    Those willing to use Islam as launching point choose to kill, all throughout it’s history. With gusto.

    People chose that, and still choose it. So don’t boil it down to our precious self important modern time…modern nation…policies…whatever.

    It’d be happening regardless, Jacob.

    History repeats itself.

  11. I don’t think many decades worth of a select few policy and military choices helped the issue, to be frank. However, if tomorrow the USA ceased to exist, violent Islamic extremism would not. If we ceased to exist after world war 2, this extremism would still abound in the world.

    The hard to accept fact is simply this… Islam was constructed as a religion of conquest, and people, some people, a relative few people, choose to use it as such to this day. Some ideas are more dangerous than others.

  12. I think all of the violence and religious container are just as Jesus, “Because iniquity shall, the love of many will grow cold.” The infection we inherited from Adam and Eve, selfishness and fear, is easily stirred. It seems to me these things are the “sorrows” He spoke about. There in no human legislation, no man-made law, no sanctions that can bring peace especially in the hearts of those in control of our respective countries. We need heart/mind change. Peace starts within. Everything else is a snow cone in the dessert.

  13. Western interference for our own benifit in the middle east has al ong and convoluted history and is undoubtedly a contributing factor in assaults upon the west. Chicken’s coming home to roost. Perhaps if we stopped stealing their eggs they might be more amenable!

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