How can we grasp the psychology of the Paris terrorists? In Witness, first published in 1952, Whittaker Chambers, a Communist who became a Christian, explained what was behind the biggest 20th century threat: “Communism makes some profound appeal to the human mind. You will not find out what that is by calling Communism names. That will not help much to explain why Communism whose horrors, on a scale unparalleled in history, are now public knowledge, still recruits its thousands and holds its millions.”
What about the current 21st century “success”? ISIS has recruited thousands of foreign fighters, including 3,000 from the West. Why? Chambers wrote, “Communists are that part of mankind which has recovered the power to live or die—to bear witness—for its faith.” Chambers called Communism “man’s second oldest faith. Its promise was whispered in the first days of the Creation under the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil: ‘Ye shall be as gods.’ It is the great alternative faith of mankind. … The Communist vision is the vision of Man without God.”
That’s not the vision of radical Islam. Man without God doesn’t have staying power because every human knows, deep down, that there is a God—but we differ on what kind. Radical Islam is a vision of Man with God, but Allah is a warrior. None of the “last shall be first” ethos of Christianity, with those who attain influence urged to become servant-leaders, but FULL SPEED AHEAD, and slice the throats of those who disagree. Other kinds of Islam do include compassion as one of Allah’s attributes, but ISIS leaves that out, and for some true believers is more powerful than Communism, because they believe they have an eternal stamp of approval.
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