The Apocalypse

The Apocalypse by Ludwig Ferdinand Schnorr von Carolsfeld

Were I to tell you a story in which Jesus, the son of the virgin Mary, was sent by God to guide the children of Israel, perform miracles including curing blindness, raising the dead and casting out demons, was crucified and raised alive into heaven to be the God incarnate. Jesus, who is promised to come back as the Messiah on judgment day to lead God’s army against the armies of Rome led by the Antichrist to the final victory in Jerusalem. What holy book do you think that would be from?

That’s right, the Quran (aka: Qur’an or Koran). Surely by now everyone is opening up their alQuran app or is getting their copies of the Quran off their book shelf to do some fact checking.

While you are at it, check what the Bible says. That’s right. You never knew you had so much in common with your Muslim neighbors, did you?

Sure there are plenty of differences, too. Are you one of those people who looks for the differences or are you one of those people who looks for what we have in common? If you are stumped, which you should be, ask yourself, or your spouse, or your child, or your preacher, pastor, reverend, priest, chaplain, primate, teacher, elder, abbot, vicar, fire keeper, guru, godman, gymnosophist, patriarch, protopriest, dob-dob, lama, abbess, ash shaker, ayatollah, rabbi, tzadki, laminae, duster, life coach or ovate.

Now before you go all GOPresidential on me, let me state that I am not advocating anything here other than my belief that we should honor what we have in common and appreciate our differences. Since we are all brothers and sisters in evolution, everything else comes from growing up in different neighborhoods around the planet. I know you must be saying to yourself that it, “doesn’t explain Donald Trump.”

It is troubling these days to listen to conservative presidential candidates speak of closing mosques, denying Muslims entry into the United States and declaring war on a religious group.

It seems like just yesterday that the GOP came into power in the House and vigilant new members spoke so proudly of carrying the Constitution in their pockets. Some even demanded that whenever a bill was brought for a vote, the part of the Constitution which made the pending law “constitutional” would be read.

I’d like to suggest that these candidates get points off for forgetting the First Amendment, which reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Turn on any television newstainment channel and within minutes you’ll likely hear and see that the world is going crazy and we’re all going to die. That’s newstainment. The reality depends on where you live and how you define crazy. Here in the US, we haven’t had a war on our soil in 150 years (except for the war on drugs), but 33,000+ people will die by guns this year – a total that is only exceeded one place in the world – the current war in Syria.

On the other hand, we haven’t been at peace since 1979 (Carter), before that 1935-1939 (Roosevelt), before that 1897 (McKinley), but I digress. Steven Pinker and Andrew Mack wrote a great story last year at Slate titled, “The World Is Not Falling Apart.” In it, they document the decline in recent years of battle deaths, wars, genocide, civilian killings, victimization of children, rape and domestic abuse and crime. Even percentagewise, more people are dying from old age than ever before and that is a good thing.

I also suggest points off to the governors and mayors who want to keep Syrian refugees out, returning medical workers quarantined, climate change denied and poor without health insurance (vague reference to expanding Medicaid as provided by the Affordable Care Act), but that is just me. Back to the pending apocalypse.

Screen Shot of Abu Bakr al-Baghdad

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

On June 29, 2014 Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a descendant of Mohammed, declared the Islamist State as the eighth caliphate. This is important because Jesus doesn’t arrive until the 12th caliphate, but it really is in the counting. Search it and you’ll likely find a higher number, which of course, were false caliphates that didn’t enforce Sharia.

Baghdadi became the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq (aka: alQaeda in Iraq) in May 2010. He had been detained at Camp Bucca by US forces for eight months in 2004 before being released as a “low level prisoner ” (oops for the George W. Bush apologists).

So how is that ISIS is recruiting here? Imagine that you were a young, single and unemployed man living in the west (not the wild west – west as in western civilization) and Muslim. You were sick and tired of putting up with shit from people, especially infidels. You heard about the new caliphate and technically, you had to join up and pledge allegiance or you’d become apostate (that’s really bad).

You would be part of the cause of jihadism where you’d have lots of Facebook friends, get to grow a beard, have your travel paid for (one-way only), receive salvation and have a chance to drive one of those white Toyotas and use all that stuff that was swiped from the US military supplied Iraqis. Plus, you’d get free health care and free tent and board.

You would finally prove that you aren’t a loser to your mom and dad by fighting to extend the caliphate, purifying as you go by either chopping off the heads of non-Muslims (kuffar) or make them your slave or concubine (you’d finally get laid), following takfiri (basically, excommunication by death), you could help purify the world, ridding it of all those people you thought were assholes anyway.

Recapping, you’d get a woman, a gun, a pick-up truck and a purpose.

Then, there’s this higher purpose of fighting until there are just 5,000 of you left to fight the battle in Dabiq, Syria (it’s near Aleppo). It is basically a flat desert. Prefect for the Messiah vs. Antichrist (Dajjal) battle to occur that would be the beginning of the end of days.

map of areas where ISIS is operating or controls

The tiny area that ISIS actually controls (Michael Keller, Aljazeera America, CartoDB)

You can stop imagining now.

The Islamic State is a misnomer. They aren’t a government. They have no borders. They don’t offer passports. No planes. No factories. The land area under their control is small. President Obama’s characterization last year of them being JV is still accurate.

This is not something that will end with a peace treaty. Negotiating with the west is not allowed. Negotiating with other Muslims isn’t either – other Muslims either join or they are takfiri. ISIS is all in.

I’m not trying to scare anyone, but it would be really good to keep this movement out of Turkey and out of Europe.

Sunni/Shia Map Showing Shites Percentage of Muslim Populations (Credit: Pew Research

Sunni/Shia Map Showing Shites Percentage of Muslim Populations (Pew Research)

This really is an amazing moment. You see many of our allies in the region, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Egypt, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Turkey, are majority Sunni and are pro-ISIS (ISIS is a branch of Sunni). Whereas, a couple of our heretofore enemies are majority Shia (Syria and Iran). And don’t forget Pooter. Russia supports Syria.

What if our President flip-flopped and said Bashar al-Assad could stay for a while. Or, Assad agreed to leave. Either way, it becomes a moment where we and most of the western world could be allies with Russia and Iran against ISIS. Wouldn’t that be a hoot?

As someone answered during one of the debates, this isn’t our fight, but we broke the middle east in 2003 and we are in our 12th year of trying to fix it using our military. Looks as if we’ll have to wait for the next president to have peace.

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