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Resolving the Problem of Terrorism through a 'Copernican Revolution' in Theology
By Michael Cecil
The situation in Iraq has clearly reached an impasse.
The Bush administration and its supporters insist that a rapid withdrawal of the United States military would give the 'wrong signal' to the terrorists and might very well lead to a significant deterioration in the situation; while the opponents of the Bush administration insist, on the contrary, that it is the very presence of those military forces which is exacerbating the situation; that the withdrawal of those forces might very well lead to a reduction in violence and bloodshed; and that, in any case, more effort should be expended on the 'war against terrorism' itself rather than on the 'distraction' that is Iraq.
And, certainly, anyone who is completely honest with himself or herself would have to agree that there is a modicum of truth on both sides of this argument; that neither side is completely convincing; and that it is not immediately obvious that either one of these attempted solutions would necessarily have the desired and intended results.
Inasmuch as the current state of the argument has resulted in such an impasse, however, an intelligent way of attempting to resolve this problem might very well be to question one of the initial assumptions upon which this impasse in based: the unproven assumption-relentlessly propagated by the main stream media (MSM), and both unquestioningly accepted and rigidly adhered to by both Bush as well as his most vitriolic opponents-that the problem of terrorism itself can ultimately be resolved only from within the context of an exclusively political perspective; that is, by specifically trivializing or utterly ignoring the theological dimension of the conflict altogether.
On the contrary, because the conflict between Judaeo-Christian civilization and Islamic civilization is primarily a conflict of ideas, neither violence nor an exclusively political frame of reference will be able to resolve the problem of terrorism. Rather, the use of violence against the terrorists will only increase the numbers of those who want to be terrorists; while the use of terrorist violence will only increase the violent response rather than accomplish anything beneficial. And the failure to acknowledge the crucial role played by the different theologies involved will forever keep the problem of terrorism beyond the reach of a resolution.
From a theological perspective, then-and theology is far from trivial inasmuch as it provides the necessary, 'infallible', religious 'justification' for employing violence against those who the political establishment has identified as the 'enemy'; and, contrariwise, the political establishment engages in warfare against those who the religious establishment identifies as 'evil'-the source of the conflict between Judaeo-Christian civilization and Islamic civilization is, incredibly and surprisingly, the determined misinterpretation of one particular doctrine: the interpretation of the "resurrection" as the doctrine of the physical resurrection from the grave rather than as a Doctrine of Rebirth, as implied in the Torah and conveyed in the Prophets, the Gospels and the Koran. Specifically, the theological foundation of both the problem of terrorism and the myopic obsession with an exclusively military response to the problem of terrorism can be traced very directly to the denial of the Doctrine of Rebirth by the Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious officials.
This is the one Truth about the conflict in the Middle East that the MSM--the liberals, the conservatives, and the radicals of every political stripe--categorically refuses to publicize to the extent of criminal negligence; not merely because it threatens the political establishment with irrelevancy; but because it also threatens the official monotheistic religious establishment with not merely theft-by-deception, but mass murder as 'justified' by a fatally flawed misinterpretation of the Revelations received by Isaiah, Jeremiah, Jesus and Mohammed.
For those who are determinedly obsessed with 'hacking at the branches of evil', then--and there are thousands upon thousands of you--I suggest you continue the useless pursuit of the variety of political arguments concerning what is to be done in Iraq and in the war on terrorism in a more general sense. And, the longer your arguments continue, the more lives will be lost, and the more quickly this civilization will be pushed into the ultimate horrors of Armageddon; for example, as an exacerbation of the conflict with Iran.
But, for those more concerned about 'striking at the root' of terrorism-there are very, very, few of you-I would argue the absolute necessity of a 'Copernican revolution' in the monotheistic theologies; that is, a diametric change from the theological perspective that has already resulted in the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Holocaust and the Muslim suicide/homicide bomber, to the original Teaching of Isaiah, Jesus and Mohammed on the "resurrection" as a Doctrine of Rebirth.
Moses explained to the children of Israel the "two paths"-the path which leads to a blessing vs. the path that leads to a curse.
Some three thousand years later, there are still "two paths"--a 'Copernican revolution' in Jewish, Christian and Muslim theology, or Armageddon.
The members of the MSM, by determinedly and universally censoring and suppressing research conclusively demonstrating that the Doctrine of the "resurrection" as a Doctrine of Rebirth, have decided emphatically in favor of pushing this civilization into the horrors of Armageddon. And, all things remaining the same, it looks like they may very well succeed.