Perception trumps reality … especially for those who are unfamiliar with reality.

For example, take the Israeli-Lebanese mini-war being played out as I write. Whose fault is it? And who are the bad guys?

The liberal media have done a masterful job of confusing the world. Read this to see the truth of “The Media War Against Israel.”

There. The distortion is even worse than you thought, isn’t it?

Just today, my friend Robert Seelye relayed a report from Israel in which a deserted building in Qana was hit by an Israeli bomb at 1 a.m., long after the Israelis had dropped warning leaflets. When the bomb hit, there was a big hue and cry that women and children had been in the place and were killed. Right on cue, here came stretcher-bearers carrying out the dead for the cameras. But someone peeked at the bodies, and they had been dead for days.

Fellow WND columnist Michelle Malkin credits these Muslim theatrics to “the Acting Guild of the Religion of Perpetual Outrage.” With her usual eloquence, she sums up, “This ongoing production utilizes the same talented field of Jew-haters and West-haters and flag-burners and machete-wielders who brought you … months of manufactured rage over the Muhammad cartoons, crazed riots in Nigeria over the Miss World pageant, Shariah-approved murders in Somalia of World Cup soccer fans, the fictional Jenin ‘massacre,’ the fable of Muhammad al-Dura, and ululating protests over the corrupting influences of ‘The Satanic Verses,’ Theo Van Gogh, Kentucky Fried Chicken and McDonald’s, the sacrilegious Burger King ice cream swirl, Valentine’s Day and Piglet from ‘Winnie the Pooh.'” [Michelle: How could you forget the megaflap of Guantanamo, in which some genius supposedly figured out a way to flush an entire Quran down the toilet?]

When your main audience is a perennially crazed horde of data-deficient martyr wannabes, it’s not hard to persuade them that they are victims of aggression. Every Islamic jihad has been whitewashed into a heroic defense of Muslim lands.

That has been the mindset of most Muslims since … oh, the time of Muhammad. In 638, four centuries before the start of the Crusades, Muslims began conquering Jerusalem, Alexandria, Antioch and Constantinople. The Crusades were in part an effort to retake the lands and protect the threatened Christian populace.

In 732, the Muslims defended themselves as far north as Tours, France, where they were finally stopped by the outnumbered but valiant forces under Charles “The Hammer” Martel.

In 1529, Suleiman the Magnificent defended Turkey – all the way to the gates of Vienna, Austria. In 1683, the Ottoman Turks tried again, but Islamic stupidity reigned, and they managed to blow a 20-1 numerical advantage. Hatred blinds the eye and fries the brain.

Alain Gresh summarizes the problem neatly:

“Put simply, they don’t like us, not because of what we do, but because they reject our love of freedom and because they have been on the losing side for 200 years. Why did Nasser nationalize the Suez Canal Company in 1956? Out of Muslim hatred of the West. What caused the fall of the shah of Iran and the revolution of 1979? Muslim hatred of the West. Why do the Palestinians constantly rise up against the occupation of their lands? Hatred of the West. Iraqi resistance? Hatred of the West. The conflicts in Kosovo and Bosnia? Muslims’ refusal to be ruled by infidels. It’s all obvious. And it explains why they hold democracy in such contempt.”

U.S. and U.N. policy rests upon the idea that there’s a vast and healthy majority of Islam out there that’s moderate and peaceful. All we have to do is energize it, and denunciations of jihad violence will rapidly resound from every mosque, while fatwas will be issued on everyone who makes noises like Osama bin Laden. Soon thereafter, democracy will bloom in the Middle East, and the Palestinians will calm down and cheerfully learn to coexist with Israel.

In other words, we are on a collision course with reality.

I applaud every successful attempt to curtail the violence in the Arab and Muslim world. Yet I know that the ultimate solution won’t be found on either the battlefield or the podiums of the U.N. The basic problem we face is a spiritual evil that creates mental darkness and physical violence. The only solution will come when Christians finally get serious, stop playing church, and unite in dedicated prayer and fasting to oppose this evil at its satanic root. Are we up for that?

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