The way to defeat jihadis is to offer something better

Daniel Hannan has an outstanding article up on the Telegraph yesterday. He is talking about how to defeat the young Brits that wish to be jihadis. The thing is, you never defeat something with nothing, he’s right.

British history, like its niece American history, is the story of man’s ascent from slavery to individual liberty. In great measure, it is a story that is one of the most attractive in the world. But we have allowed it to be corrupted, by those who use it for  political ends, who have convinced many that Britain, and America, are evil incarnate.  We, like the Brits, have allowed this to creep in, unnoticed, over the years until this evil nonsense is what is being taught to our children as our history.

There are things in our histories that are cringeworthy, but that is true of everyone’s history. There is also the fact that of all the peoples in the world, the Anglo-Americans have done more for the individual, than anybody else.

And in a related matter, our young people are looking for something when they join the jihad, or even when they convert to Islam. I think they look for certainty, a system that knows right from wrong, good from evil. Islam is a system that is flawed of course, It reflects the flawed nature of its founder, and is easily corrupted to evil, if it is not evil in itself.

But, one knows that there is another system in the world that does the same thing, it offers a choice, and a stark one, between good and evil, but unlike Islam, it while rooted in antiquity, has grown. The wisest men of the last 2000 years have contributed to it, and enriched it.

But it, like Anglo-American history, has been greatly maligned and diluted, both from within and without. But also like our history, the record is still there, and accessible, we merely need to read, learn and share it.

A Polish friend, an MEP of my sort of age, was telling me the other day about how his life changed when Pope John Paul II toured his home country. The papal visit set in train the events that led to the Gdansk protests and, in due course, the unravelling of the tyranny. But my friend added a detail that I had never before appreciated. “The Holy Father never directly condemned the Communist authorities,” he said. “He didn’t need to. He was offering something better”.

When you put it like that, it’s obvious, isn’t it? Offer something better. It worked during the recent Scottish referendum. For months, Unionists had warned of the horrors that would follow from separation: companies leaving, markets collapsing, Scotland left without a currency. The more frenetically they warned, the further they fell behind in the polls. Only in the closing days did the “No” campaign make the positive argument it should have made all along: the UK was doing pretty darned well, Scots were prospering within it, and it was silly to discard a precious thing. That was when the polls turned.

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And that is the thing that I find so frustrating, Anglo-American history is the story of man’s ascent from slavery to freedom, and its sharing all over the world. It is one of the most remarkable and uplifting stories ever writing, and written in blood by the common man.

And the other story that I referred to above is even greater, although the two are intimately entwined. Because the story of Christianity is also a story of free will, and enlightenment. It has justly been called The Greatest Story Ever Told, and it is. It the story of man’s civilization, from a violent past. Only Christianity has developed, and lived by a ‘Just War Theory’ . The rest still live by the rule of the most powerful, while we live by the ‘Rule under and through the law’ and apply y it not only to ourselves but even to those who presume to rule us.

That is what President Reagan, Prime Minister Thatcher, and Pope (St.) John Paul II used to defeat the Evil Empire of the Soviet Union.

It is a wonderful uplifting story. Because something always defeats nothing, and humanism, and Islam, are nothing, Simply the rule of the powerful.

Be For Something, Something Good

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11 Responses to The way to defeat jihadis is to offer something better

  1. the unit says:

    Totally agree. I’m on my way to Walmart for a Great Value ice cream sandwich that doesn’t melt. Kidding, I’ll stop at local like Qick Trip for Polar Bear or Klondike. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      Enjoy, my friend! 🙂

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  2. Sadly the “evil empire” of the Russians is NOT fully defeated! They will, with the evil Northern powers, and surely Radical Islam, attack Modern Israel in the ‘Day of the Lord’! (Ezek. 38) The “Prophetic Handwriting” is quite on the wall! And just where will be both America, and the whole Free West?

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    • And btw, our Catholic friends should see and read their Catechism, (1994, 1997, Lib. Ed. Vaticana)… #675 “Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the “mystery of iniquity” in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glories himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh.”

      And does this deception come from within the very visible church itself?

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      • And we simply cannot talk about this subject without looking at the great Gentile Apostasy today! And what of many Protestants and so-called “emergent” evangelicals, who are simply moving quickly into this apostasy!? One thinks here of Rob Bell’s book: Love Wins, etc. But what of the R. Catholic Pope “Francis”? What do our Catholic friends really think here? Especially so-called Traditional Catholics. I would love to hear what they think? And “they” are of course are not liberal Catholics, but some that are regenerate, and walking In Christ. The true Church is both Visible and Invisible, as John Paul II wrote: “The mystery of the Church”, its “invisible dimensions”, is “larger than the structure and organization of the Church”, which are “at the service of the mystery.”

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        • These are tough questions and observations, if the church cannot look very hard at the present, how can it look at the past, and then into the future? And all around us is the culture of modernity and postmodernity!

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        • the unit says:

          Sincerely Fr. Robert I don’t know. I walk visibly daily relative to my fellows in a manner as Christ would I think. But I stay invisible while out in todays situation. And I never let my guard down in case “knock out game” may come my way. Right hook over left shoulder could knock me on my apostasy. You know what a comic I (try) to be. 🙂

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        • @Unit: The whole point is the essence and depth of the pure Gospel message itself! Which of course is always both the Person and Work of Christ! It is here we can appreciate books like Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s, ‘The Cost Of Discipleship’, surely God’s grace is a costly grace!

          “For ye are bought with a “price”! (1 Cor. 6: 20)

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        • And more than ever, we live in a time of “cheap grace”!

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        • And btw just a point, but the church, and here surely The Body of Christ must be visible! But again, not just in some “churchy” way, but in the real sense of the personal Christ!

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        • True faith in Christ is attended by at least two “fruits”, Dominion over sin, and constant or consistent Peace from a sense of forgiveness! And here the doctrine/teaching of knowing that your salvation is truly present In Christ! This is the Reformed and Evangelical Gospel!

          (Watching baseball here, as I type… 🙂

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