Terrorism and the NSA Controversy
by Dan Juster, Director, Tikkun Ministries International
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No doubt many of our readers are familiar with the great controversy surrounding revelations made by Edward Snowden, a computer analyst working under contract for the NSA. You are probably already asking why this subject is important to those concerned about Israel and world redemption. Please allow me to connect the dots.
The NSA Collects All the Telephone Data in the United States. Why?
Many people in the United States were stunned by the revelation that the National Security Agency, one of the two leading intelligence agencies in the United States, was gathering data on all the telephone calls being made within as well as to and from the United States. The data was used to find patterns for anticipating terrorist activity. NSA was also spying on leaders of allied foreign countries. The infrastructure to accomplish all of this is mind-boggling. Literally square blocks of storage facilities and tens of billions of dollars were needed for the whole program, and expanded facilities are now being built. Civil liberties campaigners were incensed and protested strongly. Some in Congress embraced the program as legitimate, while others disapproved and saw a real threat to civil liberties.
It is true that such NSA information in the wrong hands and used for the wrong reasons could be dangerous since someone could exploit it against political enemies. Supposedly there are safeguards, but human beings are corrupt. It is not my purpose here to deal with the justification of Edward Snowden or the civil liberties issues involved. There is a deeper issue showing the real nature of the elite culture involved.
Why are Billions of Dollars Being Wasted on this Program?
It is for the sake of political correctness. Although virtually all terrorist acts are perpetrated by radical Muslims, the cultural elite that controls USA political institutions believe that it cannot just pursue telephone data on only Muslims or Muslims who are living in areas where radicalism is fostered. This would be classed as discrimination and religious or racial profiling. After all, as we learned from President Bush, Islam is a "loving, peaceful and tolerant religion." Just ask the Christians about the wonderful freedoms they have in Muslim countries. (I am being facetious.) No Muslim country practices human rights according to the Universal Declaration on Human Rights that was adopted by the United Nations and is binding upon all UN member states. So at a fraction of the cost, the USA could just collect data on Muslims or even collect data only on Muslims who are subject to radical preaching. Monitoring Muslim sites on the internet and those who frequent the radical sites does help. This could cover nearly all the intelligence needs. One could add to this list the North Koreans who ally with radical Islamic states. What would be the response to those who cry discrimination? It is simple. The government should say, "We do not like to do this, but since your religious communities are producing virtually all terrorism today, this is something you will have to live with until you are able to change your societies and communities." Though people scream against corporate punishment, a corporate way of dealing is correct when there is a corporate problem at this level. Instead, the answer of the political elite is to punish everyone. Everyone goes through airport security hassles; everyone has their data collected and their privacy violated. It is not literal punishment, but it feels as if everyone is getting punished so that society can be fair to the Muslims. So a Swedish grandmother, who is traveling with her small grandchildren, gets put through a special random pat-down just to prove there is no discrimination.
In Israel, profiling is embraced and keeps us safe. It is the only rational way. As one security expert from Israel said of USA airport security, "You have my toothpaste, but the terrorist just got through."
Connecting the Dots:
Western Denial, Political Correctness and Israel
A central insanity in our world today is the refusal of the Western political ruling class to recognize the nature of the Islamic threat. Many government officials in the West will no longer use the words "Islamic terrorism", or "jihadism" or "radical Islam." Those few voices that speak out from among moderate Muslims do use these words. There is almost a choice to be blind in the political and media leadership. Acres of storage space to gather all the telephone data for all Americans at the cost of untold billions of dollars is the same insanity that cannot see the root of the Israel-Arab conflict.
Israel is boycotted as the occupying power of the West Bank while Muslim peoples slaughter the Christian population in their midst and kill and oppress their own women and minorities at terrible levels. Israel is said to be a violator of human rights, but the terrible Islamic records of slaughter and torture do not get nearly the proportionate attention as alleged Israel human rights violations. The Palestinian Muslims have systematically destroyed or purged what used to be a substantial Christian population in Bethlehem. No one calls for boycotting Saudi Arabia for its oppression of women, or other Muslim nations for their human rights records with the exception of Iran. Might I mention China? China is too strong for such treatment. Israel is an easier target. Anyone for boycott, disinvestment and sanction for Moscow's occupation of parts of Georgia and most recently the Crimea, China's occupation of Tibet, and Turkey's occupation of northern Cyprus?
There is a demonic blindness around us. It prevents many from seeing that Islam cannot accept any Israeli state no matter how limited its territory. Islam states that this land, having once been ruled by Muslims as part of the Dar al Islam, or the Islamic realm, cannot revert to being non-Muslim.
Israel has committed sins in its rule of the Arabs, but its human rights record is stellar in comparison to how Muslim and Arab nations treat their minorities. One of the Supreme Court Justices in Israel is an Arab, and Arabs in Israel west of the green line have full voting rights and political freedom. If they would organize and vote as a block they could have upwards of 20% of the members in the Israeli Parliament. In addition, though there are unofficial pressures or light persecutions of Messianic Jews, people really are allowed by law to share their faith, and people can change their religious convictions. Yet the world does not see, or does not want to see. To face what we are up against is too scary. So Israel is vilified and the Islamic world is given a free pass. It is said that the Muslims are only angry because of the Colonialism of the West or the abuse they have experienced. Really? I thought the Arab nations were ruled by the Turkish Ottoman Empire until after World War I, and that the Western nations prepared them for independence which many could not handle.
The deception in regard to Islam and the injustice that results from not facing the Israel-Arab reality are leading to great destruction. Hopefully the West will wake up. My primary concern, however, is that the praying Church be awakened and stand for the truth.
As Messianic Jews from Israel, we minister in the Church world with the goal that Christians might be clear-eyed and not be taken in by the spirit of the age. Our strength is in prayer and testimony according to the wisdom of God.
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