Shortly after the unfathomable terror attacks of 9/11, U.S. politicians and pundits began a campaign to understand exactly why these extremists were targeting the United States.
Much of the mainstream media began to work under the assumption that these middle eastern terrorists were simply angry at the freedom that citizens of the United States possess, and their targeting of symbolic structures on that fateful day were a stark reminder of their opposition to western culture.
This notion, however, was far from the truth.
Then-presidential candidate Ron Paul went on record during several early republican debates to assert his belief that these attacks, and the ones that took place in the following months and years, were “blowback” for failed U.S. policy in the middle east, stemming from a covert Iranian nation-building exercise from the 1950’s. While Paul was likely correct about this being a piece of the terror puzzle, his neoconservative opponents attempted to portray him as an old kook for suggesting such things.
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Today’s middle eastern terrorism, while likely still somehow tied to these sentiments, has morphed into something much more sinister: Radical Islamic terror with an undeniable religious overtone. ISIS and other modern day caliphate organizations are far more concerned with erasing all traces of Christianity from the planet than they are 60-some years of American meddling in the middle east.
It is this shift that explains the organization’s latest threat against the world.
“Pope Francis’ top aide said a propaganda video released by Islamic State group militants in the Philippines threatening the pontiff is worrying but notes Vatican security was already at a high level.
“Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Holy See’s No. 2 official, said he has seen the video of militants desecrating Christian statues and threatening the pope by saying they’ll come to Rome, as they tear in half photos of him and his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.
“Parolin said: ‘Obviously, one cannot help but worry, above all for the senseless hatred that it is.’ But he said the Vatican has not added more measures to its already bolstered security.
“The video also features ISIS militants wrecking decorations in a church, including statues of Jesus, Mary and St. Joseph.”
This renewed religious focus of radical Islam’s jihad was also apparent earlier this year when caliphate fighters were openly targeting “worshipers of the Cross” during attacks in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
The American political left is still in unfortunate denial regarding the true intentions of these vile and reprehensible jihadists, likely due to an international effort by the globe’s liberal base to deny that radical Islam is a threat to the modern world. This mistaken malarky was on full display during former U.S. President Barack Obama’s second term in which the Commander in Chief completely refused to even utter the phrase “radical Islam” in describing the latest spate of religious terror.