Father James Farfaglia

September 11 – Ten Years Later

Ronald Reagan was able to win the Cold War without engaging the former Soviet Union in a terrible military conflict.  Regan understood the nature of the battle.  He called the former Soviet Union ‘the evil empire.” From his deep religious faith, Reagan well understood that the battle at hand was a battle between good and evil.  He also understood that the Communism of the former Soviet Union, because of its erroneous principles, would eventually collapse.

Although Communism is still a serious problem in China, North Korea,  Cuba and Venezuela;  a new, far more serious enemy is attempting to destroy our nation and our way of life. Radical Islam presents a greater threat than any other form of totalitarianism known to modern history.

Radical Islamic fundamentalism is much more dangerous than any form of Communism, precisely because Islam is a religion whereas communism, although it has religious overtones, is an ideology.  There is a difference between the two systems.

Communists organize riots and protests.  Communists engage in subversive activity.  Communists enslave nations and deny people their most fundamental rights.  Communism has armies and weapons of mass destruction.  All of this is true of the radical Muslims, except for one very important difference: Communists do not blow themselves up; Islamic terrorists do.

Reagan was able to win the Cold War precisely because Communism is an ideology.  But, how will we win the war on terror?

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