Tuesday, September 23, 2014
ISIS Outreach To Youth: Video Games And Movies Using Obama's Words
While the White House announced yesterday that some Americans who have been fighting for ISIS have returned to the U.S.--- ISIS is announcing a new Grand Theft Auto-like video game.
The ISIS video does not only encourages kids toward violence and crime as the existing game does, but "inspires them to participate in Jihad against the United States."
ISIS says the game is designed to "Raise the morale of the 'mujahedin' and to train children and youth how to battle the West and to strike terror into the hearts of those who oppose the Islamic State."
This is one of several video games and video presentations being released by ISIS directed toward youth.
In one presentation, they have dubbed in the president's words.
It appears the enemy is both without and within.
Yesterday at a White House briefing we learned that some of the Americans who have traveled to the Middle East and joined terrorist organizations like the Islamic State, have now returned to the United States.
President Obama is assuring us that federal authorities are keeping an eye on them. He is also pushing for a UN resolution that will strengthen the ability to diminish the travel of those suspected or known to be supportive of ISIS.
The president said yesterday, "Trained and battle hardened, these fighters could try to return to their home countries and carry out deadly attacks."
He also said, "Our intelligence community believes that thousands of foreigners---including Europeans and some Americans---have joined them in Syria and Iraq."
Those returning as citizens of America have been radicalized to fight for ISIS from within our own country.
This is a chilling and sobering thought.
However, there is a move by ISIS that is even more invasive than radicalized American citizens returning home to carry on the battle. And it may soon be in your home if you are uninformed.
Heads up parents and grandparents.
The media wing of ISIS has also announced the creation of a new video game very similar to the existing New Grand Theft Auto video that too many youth already have.
In the ISIS version, players can participate in Jihad against the United States.
This new video goes considerably beyond the unacceptable message of the existing video game and is intended to teach youth and strike terror in the hearts of all who oppose ISIS.
The game includes "all the organization's military tactics against its opponents."
It's believed the game itself has not yet surfaced in America, but a trailer introducing the game was on YouTube as lately as yesterday afternoon before being pulled.
Each time a sniper kills an enemy he cries, "Allahu Akbar"---"God [Allah] is Greater."
In one scene, an ISIS sniper shoots an enemy troop in the head while he is bending down to help an injured comrade.
The interactive game features drive by shootings, random killing, blowing up police cars and various sniper methods to kill, etc.
A companion video feature also being released by ISIS for recruitment purposes, is a high quality movie trailer called "Flames of War."
The trailer dubs in the voice of President Obama vowing to "degrade and ultimately destroy" ISIS. The images show American troops marching, followed by a series of explosions and a glimpse of the White House.
This is a very serious matter. Thankfully, an effort is apparently being made to address it.
About 5 years ago I heard then retiring General Jerry Boykin tell an audience, "Most people are concerned about terrorism, as we should be."
"But," he said, "terrorism will not destroy America." What will destroy us, he said, is the infiltration of radicalized jihadists and large numbers of seemingly peaceful Muslims--a stealth jihad, in our midst.
There were those who smirked, chuckled and rebuked him back then.
He spoke openly about the Muslim Brotherhood and other similar groups that have infiltrated our country and in many cases with much adulation.
That was 5 years ago. Boykin is now with FRC and is still saying the same thing with more intensity, while the chuckling and smirking has grown quiet.
Our times also remind us of another once great culture---Rome. Many have pointed out the concerning parallels between the fall of Rome and the path in which secular progressives are leading America.
Marcus Tullius Cicero is still considered to be one of Rome's brightest and best orators, lawyers and senators. He passionately spoke to the cultural issues of his times, but met resistance at most all levels. Cicero desperately wanted to see his country return to its original republican form of government.
Ultimately he was labeled as an enemy of the state and executed by Mark Antony.
Cicero said, "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague."
However, it was by most accounts the moral collapse that ultimately destroyed Rome.
There is no question in my mind that secular progressivism has set the stage for our present conditions.
The context of our present darkness is not political---it's spiritual.
A culture that was once shaped by biblical Truth and principles, is now attempting to shape the Bible into its own image, claiming God's Word actually affirms the redefinition of marriage and the practice of abortion---calling right wrong, and wrong right.
We need political restoration, but it can only come after spiritual restoration.
Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Pro-Active. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.