By R.J. Godlewski
© August 22, 2014, All Rights Reserved,
“And you know, through the tears and the sadness, I see an opportunity. And make no mistake about it, the nation is sad. But we’re also tough and resolute, and now’s an opportunity to do generations a favor by whipping terrorism, hunting it down, binding it and holding them accountable…This country will not relent until we have saved ourselves and others from the terrible tragedy that came upon America.” Pres. George W. Bush, September 2001.
Many political “leaders” and media personalities today remain agape over the wanton brutality of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL). Some, today, have even suggested that the apocalyptical jihadist group is morphing beyond “terrorism” into something far more sinister. This should not be surprising, however. In April of this year, Dr. George W. Grayson published a Strategic Studies Institute monograph detailing the use of sadism as the preferred method of operation by Los Zetas throughout Mexico and Central America. Nor is human barbarism necessarily a modern invention.
Two groups, in particular, within the United States should understand this reality far better than anyone else should. First, we have America’s Jewish community – many of whom settled here following the infamous Final Solution holocaust of Nazi Germany. Six million persons dying within, arguably, humanity’s first industrialization of genocide. The other group remains largely ignored: Christians. Our Savior entered the physical world during a relative period of peace and, yet, left suffering the most inhumane form of torture ever envisioned by mortal man. For approximately three and a half centuries afterwards, Christians were fed alive to lions, set afire to light the Roman Emperor’s garden, and ultimately suffered – dare I say – mini-holocausts over the centuries such as 17th century Japan (~350,000 killed) to present day Africa (~2,000,000 killed).
Beyond these two brief examples, humanity has suffered the barbaric death of untold billions of individuals from every race, culture, ethnicity, economic group, and religion imaginable. In fact, human killing appeared as soon as there was human potential to kill: Cain and Abel. What this means is that husbands and wives may quarrel, but it remains blood siblings that remain more likely to take up arms against one another. Or, in the words of Darwinian logic, the closer two species are to one another, the more likely they remain to engage within a fight to the death for survival. Could there be a better depiction of the Arab-Israeli conflict that can be traced all the way back to Isaac and Ishmael? Or of Sunni versus Shiite? Or of the Medellín clan versus its Cali neighbor?
What the world is confronted with remains Satan’s declaration to “set up a government independent and separate from Christ”, which, presumably, explains a great deal of earth’s societal problems. Even amongst our own Christian faith, we have conflict of the Darwinian sort: multidenominational sects arguing over who remains superior. And the worst of the lot remains, arguable, the “nondenominational” groups that have abandoned Apostolic succession for individual beliefs. Of what great influence remains Satan when he can grab his own seeds and declare them superior to the original planting?
For my professional peers that have cast a broad gaze upon the planet and have done so for decades – long before combating terrorism became vogue – names of particular groups do not matter. Already, the Islamic State has altered its own moniker dozens of times from even prior to its former Al-Qaeda in Iraq descriptor. Satan by any other name is still Satan and his goal is to destroy humanity – the only subject that he can “still” hold power over. If we but permit him quarter.
When Satan failed his brief opportunity to choose God or himself for eternity, Saint Michael and his army did not ask the demons to leave paradise. They did not consider sanctions or diplomacy. “The huge dragon, the ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, who deceived the whole world, was thrown down to earth, and its angels were thrown down with it.” From this passage of Revelation, we can deduce two lessons. First, Saint Michael and the good angels did not withdraw from the fight until they had won. Second, that Satan and his serpents had been tossed down to our earth hints at the incredulous insignificance of physical, materialistic worlds. That is, we humans should not worry about a paltry fifty or one hundred years of “earthly life” when a comparable trillion trillion trillion trillion years pales in consideration of eternity.
Yes, al-Qaeda, ISIS/ISIL/ Los Zetas, etc. are grave threats aligned against the human population, but they do not represent “materializing threats” catching the world off guard. Satan and his legions have been doing their best to disrupt humanity ever since he heard God’s plan for us. And he has been attacking us at every opportunity from Eden on through Iraq today (which is, incidentally, precisely where the Garden of Eden existed). Geography and history aside, the current stable of thugs from Los Zetas on through ISIS/ISIL will not disappear anytime soon. There will always be a satanic group eager to destroy Christ’s influence as best as they can. What can we do? We can pull our heads out of our large intestines and “do generations a favor by whipping terrorism, hunting it down, binding it and holding them accountable.” I am doing my part. What about you?
R.J. Godlewski (GOD LESS KEY) is the manager of Tactical Extractions, LLC, a threat resolution services company, and presently serves as the president of Roadsailor Security Corporation. He is a graduate of American Military University, holding an M.A. in Military Studies, Asymmetrical Warfare concentration and a B.A. in Intelligence Studies, Terrorism Studies concentration, both earned with academic honors. He further holds graduate and undergraduate certificates in Security Management and Explosive Ordnance Disposal, respectively. Mr. Godlewski is a veteran of both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Navy Reserve.