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November 11, 2013

Column: Rand Paul right on Christian plight, but lacks plan

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That analysis turned out to be dead wrong -- and according to estimates, including a recent one by the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. more than 100,000 have been killed in the civil war to date. Iran’s rulers -- who, as Paul noted, persecute Christians at home and, as he did not note, were responsible for hundreds of American deaths in Iraq, and scrawl “Death to America!” on their missiles -- sent Assad battalions of reinforcements, including elite fighters from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. They also arranged for combatants from Hezbollah, Iran’s Lebanon-based foreign legion -- murderers of 241 American servicemen in 1983 -- to come to Assad’s rescue.

While this has been going on, al-Qaida forces, decimated during the American “surge” in Iraq, were taking advantage of America’s withdrawal from that troubled country to regroup and rebuild. They soon became strong enough to cross the border, declaring the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Paul told his audience: “Islam needs to remember and recreate the good in (its) history.” But those waging jihad, Shia and Sunni alike, believe that the best in their history was when there was an Islamic empire as extensive as Rome at its zenith, dominating, and often destroying, communities of Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians, Hindus and other “infidels.”

The presumption of radical Islam, wrote Bernard Lewis (the world’s leading scholar of the Middle East before that field of study became hopelessly politicized and compromised), is that “the duty of jihad will continue, interrupted only by truces, until all the world either adopts the Muslim faith or submits to Muslim rule.”

Paul argues: “Radical Islam will end only when Islam begins to police Islam.” He does not specify by what mechanism that could happen. “They will never accept us through force of arms. Somehow, though, they must come to understand that they must police themselves, that they must root out and destroy the sadists and killers who distort and contort religion to justify killing civilians and children.”

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