CHARLOTTE, N.C., February 28, 2017 — When it comes to getting to the meat of a subject, nobody analyzes Islam and the forces that surround it better than Raymond Ibrahim.
Recently Ibrahim took Pope Francis to task for his foolish statement that “Muslim terrorism does not exist.” Now, just a few weeks later, the Pope has told the West, in particular President Donald Trump, that we should not be talking about building walls but rather building bridges.
Any rational person would say the same thing provided the world were black and white instead of layers of gray. But those gray areas make a huge difference.
Everyone understands that the pope is referring to figurative walls and bridges, and he would not be following his beliefs if he did not extend the hand of peace to everyone. That said, sometimes it is impossible to compromise, especially when one side refuses to yield. When that happens, detente is merely a pipe dream rather than a reality.
Ibrahim calls his example “irony” when he writes “every morning Francis wakes up in the Vatican and looks out his window he sees a large and concrete reminder that gives the lie to both his argument against walls and his argument in defense of Islam. I speak of the great walls surrounding Vatican City, more specifically the Leonine Walls.”
“Irony” is a good word, but far too soft when it refers more closely to “hypocrisy.”
From the time of the Prophet Muhammad’s death in 632 until the late 9th century, Ibrahim points out that:
“jihadi incursions had transformed the Mediterranean Sea into a Muslim lake; the major islands—Sicily, Crete, Rhodes, Malta, Cyprus—were conquered, and the European coast was habitually raided for booty and slaves.”
All too often this is overlooked because Christians are too busy apologizing for the Crusades. However, as Ibrahim adds to the above, “all this was done because Islam commands Muslims to subjugate and humiliate non-Muslims.”
Thus far, France, Germany, Belgium and the UK have felt the brunt of Islamic terror to the greatest degree. France, which is one of the most popular tourism destination in the world, is seeing declines in tourism as a result of several bombings over the past two years.
Sweden is also becoming a battleground because its liberal policies have allowed the country to be overrun with Middle Eastern refugees seeking asylum.
Meanwhile, Pope Francis sits comfortably behind his Vatican walls where Islamic terror has yet to strike. Make no mistake; it is only a matter of time before Italy (i.e., Rome and the Vatican) will feel the bluster of Islamic “peace.”
Throughout Christian history, there have been five apostolic sees. The word “see” comes from the Latin “sedes” which means “seat.” An “Apostolic See” refers to any “see” founded by one of the Apostles, which are Antioch, Alexandria, Constantinople, Jerusalem, and Rome.
Of those five, only Rome has never felt the wrath of Islamic subjugation. Thus, in this sense, it is easy to see where the roots of the pope’s historical background may lie.
Despite the good fortune of living in the haven of the Vatican up to now, it is no secret that a primary goal of Islamic ideology is to capture and conquer one of the holiest places in the Christian world.
Perhaps other popes who witnessed more immediate Islamic challenges to their realm, such as Pope Leo IV who was responsible for constructing the very walls that protect Pope Francis today, had a greater understanding of the reasons walls sometimes need to be built.
At some point, Pope Francis needs to realize that when the day comes that Muslims attack his Holy See, the Vatican museums filled with priceless art, tapestries, relics and other antiquities will either be destroyed or plundered by Islamists who view it as heresy.
Either way, it will not be an act perpetrated by a peaceful group of people.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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