American cities burn and violence is rampant – all in the name of justice for one dead man: George Floyd. None can deny that his death was a tragedy and that protest against a police service that kills those it arrests is warranted, but is that what we’re really seeing?
A Dangerous Game
When we see Antifa members protesting at the gates of the White House with heavily armed men and women on the other side – trained to shoot and prepared to defend with lethal force – we should be asking ourselves a very simple question: Are these people actually trying to become martyrs?
We are used to hearing about this concept in Middle Eastern countries; the idea of martyrdom is an integral part of Islamic jihad, and the families of martyrs are honored, respected, and in many nations, given a pension as a “thank you payment.” But with that’s not the case with the members of Antifa.
The term “martyr” is originally from the Greek word “martys,” meaning witness, as in one who brings testimony. In this sense, some of the first martyrs were the Disciples of Jesus. And of course, Christians over the centuries became perhaps the most famous martyrs of all.
Under the Roman Empire, it was all too often certain death to say you were a Christian, but that didn’t stop believers. Those of the Christian faith were slaughtered, blamed for everything from fires to thefts, and made to hide their beliefs.
Let’s step back into the Islamic world for a moment. For Islam, a martyr is someone who dies in the act of jihad; this can be a “greater” or “lesser” jihad, as long as they die. Now for the individual Muslim, they believe there is a reward waiting for them. But how do we reconcile the killing of others with a term that so often means sacrifice? Something just doesn’t mesh. That is until you start to understand how much these souls are manipulated by devious, cowardly men who serve a different agenda.
When a lone man walks into a crowd, with tears running down his face and a suicide vest primed and ready to go, we don’t often think about who put him in this situation, who convinced him that this was the best possible way he could serve his God.
There are recruiters, often working out of local mosques, whose sole job is to find the lonely, the disaffected, and to turn them into weapons in a grander game of political jihad. Across Europe, with the countless terrorist attacks we’ve witnessed these last few years, how often does the culprit turn out to be a former petty criminal with a history of drug use?
It’s not a coincidence.
Using the Weak
Those who have fallen into crime or drug dependency get taken in by these men who claim divine insight and are told that if they become the weapon of Islam, then their pain in this world will be over and that they will be rewarded in the afterlife.
Let’s look again at Antifa and what’s happening in American cities. Consider what could happen. If they present a big enough danger, they will be shot, and headlines all over the world will read about how young kids have died on the lawn of the White House. It will be Donald Trump’s Tiananmen Square.
But do these Antifa rioters actually hope to die for their cause, or are they just being manipulated and used? If they are, we must ask two questions: Who is using them, and to what end?
Once again, we see lives casually disposed of for an agenda that politicians refuse to admit exists. If you want to know who the real extremists are, don’t look at the people rampaging through empty streets, expressing their oh-so-burning angst on social media platforms. Look for those who see human life as nothing more than a tool to be wielded for their own despicable game.