The message of Jose Ramos-Horta encapsulates the superiority of a civilization, and a spiritual energy that can overcome that of the Islamic rage for revenge, if the West only has the courage to recapture and defend it.
This will be a considerable preoccupation of my next book, tentatively entitled Why Christianity Is A Religion of Peace — And Islam Isn’t (coming next summer from Regnery Publishing), which will confront and refute the multiculturalist assumption that all religions and cultures are equal, explore Judeo-Christian civilization as the focus of the global jihad attack, and explain why it is so eminently worth defending — by Christians and non-Christians alike.
This doesn’t mean that it is likely that Osama will heed this message and lay down his arms. Nor does he mean that non-Muslims shouldn’t defend themselves against the jihadists. But it does bespeak a civilization of mercy and magnanimity, which is greater than that of the civilization of hatred and barbarism, and should be defended as such.
“Timor PM sends Xmas message to bin Laden,” from AFP, with thanks to Sr. Soph:
DILI – East Timor Prime Minister Jose Ramos-Horta said Tuesday he hoped Osama bin Laden had tuned in from his mountain hideout to hear his Christmas message of peace directed at the feared terrorist leader.
Ramos-Horta’s message to the elusive September 11 mastermind was broadcast on the BBC.
“It occurred to me that a man who is one of the most feared and detested on earth by some and admired by others, might tune into the BBC and hear my message,” he said….
“I have no illusions that my message will achieve any change, but I thought that here I had a chance that Osama bin Laden would listen and maybe, just maybe, my message would touch his conscience,” he said in explanation of his choice of recipient….
“On this occasion when we are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, my words, words of peace, are sent to my brother somewhere in the mountains, in the caves, of Afghanistan and Pakistan, Osama bin Laden. Yes, I consider you to be a brother,” he said.
Ramos-Horta said he failed to understand why bin Laden directed his resentment over the harm done to Muslims against innocent civilians.
“I come from a small country, East Timor, that was invaded by the largest Muslim country in the world.
“I lost brothers and sisters, yet I do not hate one single Muslim, I do not hate one single Indonesian. That’s the only difference between you and me, my brother Osama bin Laden,” he said.
“I beg you to re-think and extend your love, your solidarity, your friendship, the same ones you feel about Palestinians, extend to the rest of the world, extend to Europeans, to Christians. You will then win them over that way, more than through hatred and violence. I thank you, may God Almighty and Merciful bless us all.”
The Nobel Peace laureate said he hoped his words got through.
“I can only hope and pray that Osama bin Laden heard my message and accepted it in a spirit of peace,” he said.