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Bernard Lewis wrote in the Wall Street Journal,

For a long time, the main enemy was seen, with some plausibility, as being the West, and some Muslims were, naturally enough, willing to accept what help they could get against that enemy. This explains the widespread support in the Arab countries and in some other places first for the Third Reich and, after its collapse, for the Soviet Union. These were the main enemies of the West, and therefore natural allies.

Now the situation had changed. The more immediate, more dangerous enemy was the Soviet Union, already ruling a number of Muslim countries, and daily increasing its influence and presence in others. It was therefore natural to seek and accept American help. As Osama bin Laden explained, in this final phase of the millennial struggle, the world of the unbelievers was divided between two superpowers. The first task was to deal with the more deadly and more dangerous of the two, the Soviet Union. After that, dealing with the pampered and degenerate Americans would be easy.

We in the Western world see the defeat and collapse of the Soviet Union as a Western, more specifically an American, victory in the Cold War. For Osama bin Laden and his followers, it was a Muslim victory in a jihad, and, given the circumstances, this perception does not lack plausibility.

Will visiting of history preserve the future? (HT: AM)

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The first time I have heard of this man was a negative comment made by a professor. From then on, I have heard so much about this man. Therefore I went to read up about him. Wow! I have found that there are so much “stuff” written about him. Especially from people who hate him. The 2 biggest fight for Falwell was abortion and family. So the people who were against him were obviously feminists, homosexuals, atheists, secularists, maxists, communists, etc. They call him bigoted, intolerant, racist, narrow minded, & other names not worth mentioning. And yet, where are the tolerance they speak of? Where is the pluralism of ideas? Where is the consistent liberalism? Where are the non-judgmental people? Where are the non-narrow minded, non-bigoted and tolerant atheist, secularist, communist, feminist, homosexual, etc?

I have found this about Jerry Falwell,

1. He was faithful to his wife of 48 years.

2. He was faithful to his church since 1956.

3. He was faithful to his supporters (there was never a financial discrepancy throughout his ministry)

4. He was faithful to his Lord Jesus Christ.

Even though we disagree with some of his theological position and many controversial comments (just a few weeks ago, he call us heretics for our belief in particular atonement), we salute him as a faithful worker and brother.

Our condolences to his family.

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