By R.J. Godlewski
© March 12, 2013, All Rights Reserved.
Earlier this morning on the news, I heard a discussion regarding the existential threat offered by Islamic terrorists and its apparent contradiction with the demise of al-Qaeda. From my perspective, I believe that a wolf by any other name remains as unpredictable and as unforgiving as any other beast. That is, the threat from Islamists remains as valid whether the group involved holds allegiance to Osama bin Laden, Jalaluddin Haqqani, the clerics of Iran, or some, as of yet unidentified, leader. The threat, therefore, comes not by way of any particular individual or group, but from the intolerance offered by an ideology that seeks to force its way upon the global stage. This represents, perhaps, the most important aspect of the challenge; few worry about the name or the identity of the aggressor, merely that he or she bears evil within his or her heart. And this is the crux of the matter – evil exists, and it is bad for humanity.
Part of this evil manifests itself within both human ignorance and people’s natural desire to simplify matters to the point of diluting the topic at hand. Some are quick to point out, for instance, that jihad, in the context of Islam, represents, literally, “a struggle”, “a striving” or perhaps “a great effort” of the person. This is significant, for the world still suffers from the last global aspirant who spoke of a “struggle”. Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler’s record of “self-praise” and “self-pity”, also represented the fundamental basis of a personal struggle.Aggressors tend to shift attention away from their public actions, to their innermost personal beliefs as if, somehow, personal “struggles” absolve public actions. We witness this in Hollywood and the entertainment industries where the most despicable members of society often excuse his or her actions through the – voila! – personal struggles he or she suffered through. Even President Obama’s The Audacity of Hope involves more a self-promotion of personal struggle than anything else.
As “Deception is the way of War”, there is little doubt that those terroristic forces (and their supporters), targeting peaceful nations would employ great deception in their “struggle” against the world. One of my favorite examples rests with those supporters of Islam who, for various reasons and in differing methods, illuminate how many times Muhammad referenced Jesus and Mary within his books, as if sheer voluminous recitation implied allegiance and love.Adolf Hitler, it remains argued, referred to the Jews untold thousands of times and, yet, he showed absolutely no love for them. President Barack Obama often mentions the Republicans and gun owners, but he shows little consideration for them despite having acknowledging them. In this regard, the individual can rightfully assume that Muhammad – a warrior politician, whose exploits are notorious and of the historical record – merely referenced both Jesus and the Virgin Mary because he wanted to elevate himself to omnipotence amongst humanity, not honor Christ and His Mother for their rightful role in human salvation.
The first law of human thought says, “it often remains the minority which remains faithful to a particularly ideology or religion.” That is, for example, the vast majority of Roman Catholics possess absolutely no clue as to what he or she is supposed to believe in and, therefore, many “Catholics” endorse abortion, same-sex marriages, etc. Similarly, the vast majority of Muslims possess no clue as to the violent nature of Islam’s birth and that Muhammad, their prophet of merit, died a warrior and procurer of assassinations. Therefore, the so-called “radical Islamists” of today bear a stronger appreciation of their faith than does the Muslim ummah. This is not to condemn the vast majority of Muslims anymore than it chastises the greater Catholic body. Facts are facts – historical or otherwise.
Personally, I am all in favor of an individual seeking out what remains within his or her heart and judging their lives accordingly. I wish far more people would guide their lives by that individual’s conscience than their brain or other parts of his or her body. Nevertheless, an individual’s actions are judged by free will and he or she must acknowledge that his or her actions bear the potential for landing them in eternal damnation despite their best intentions.That is, how we choose to accept our personal “struggle” may land us in for one hell of a challenge. We rationalize, follow our gut instincts, and then accept our due. We cannot lay blame upon others even if Lucifer and his legions tempt us into destroying our lives.
As for me, I have made no pretense over my belief in Jesus as God, the second Person of the Holy Trinity. In this regard, Christ has given me two Commandments and one what I referred to as “pertinent advice”. The Commandments are as follows: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength” and “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The “great advice” – and when Christ speaks, I listen – is “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves.”I take this last statement as a forewarning about Muhammad, among others, who ended his life very much as a wolf, seeking – in sincerest Hitler-esque fashion – to destroy those who did not agree with him or follow his beliefs. There are far too many historical records of Muhammad ending life violent and orchestrating the murder of others to equate him with being Christ-like as others like to suggest.
Muhammad, for his role, believed that Trinitarian Christians were not worthy of Salvation. For my role, I believe that all humans, whether Roman Catholic or not, remain worthy of potential Salvation, which is why God granted even hardcore atheists a guardian angel to protect them through life. If I value loving God above all else and one another as I love myself, I cannot seek to harm innocent Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, atheists, etc. Frankly, I am too burdened trying to keep myself and other “Roman Catholics” in line to worry about whether or not Muslims criticize me or Jews believe that they remain God’s “Chosen People”. I exist to “protect the dignity and integrity of innocent human life” whether that involves Christians, Jews, Muslims, or atheists. In this regard, I am quite prepared to aid anyone within his or her life’s struggles, but when they turn into wolves – as with Adolf Hitler (quite apropos that he should have maintained a Wolf’s Lair headquarters) – I will become a hunter. Not that I fear wolves, mind you, just that I am not foolish enough to let them near me without challenge. If they rear their fangs without provocation, however, they will be put down. This is not a struggle; it is a promise.
R.J. Godlewski (GOD LESS KEY) is an independent counterterrorism consultant, the director of the private International Nuclear Emergency Response Team [INERT], and the author of several books, commentaries, and professional articles. He is currently a graduate student at American Military University where he recently completed his M.A. in Military Studies, Asymmetrical Warfare concentration (sans thesis), and is finalizing his graduate certificate in Security Management. Mr. Godlewski holds a B.A. in Intelligence Studies, Terrorism Studies concentration with a minor degree in Area Studies – Middle East with honors from American Military University. He further holds an undergraduate certificate in Explosive Ordnance Disposal and is a veteran of both the United States Navy and Navy Reserve. His most recent professional article is “Financial Counterintelligence: Fractioning the Lifeblood of Asymmetrical Warfare” in American Intelligence Journal 29 no. 2 (2011): 24-33. His latest book, Of What Price, Heaven? Encountering God Within a Highly Secularized Society (ISBN – 13: 978-1481902342) is available for order from wherever books may be purchased.
 Reza Aslan, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam (New York: Random House, 2006), 81.
 Konrad Heiden, Der Fuehrer: Hitler’s Rise to Power (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1944), 47.
 Aslan, No god, 101-106.
 R.J. Godlewski, “Latte Intelligence: The Divorce of Shock Creativity and Special Information Operations” American Intelligence Journal 29 no. 1 (2011): 77.
 R.J. Godlewski. Of What Price, Heaven? Encountering God Within a Highly Secularized Society (Charleston: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013), 137-152.
 Mark 12:30-31 New American Bible.
 Matthew 7:15 NAB.
 Aslan, No god, 21.
 Ibid., 102.
 Pascale Parente, The Angels in Catholic Teaching and Tradition (Charlotte: TAN Books, 1973), 115-129.