In his 30-year career with the FBI, Oliver Buck Revell dealt with all manner of transnational crime and terrorism and held numerous senior positions with the bureau.
In mid-1985, he achieved the highest rank in career government service when he became the FBI's deputy director for counterterrorism and counterintelligence activities.
All manner of awards and decorations came his way. He was the go-to expert on all forms of international skullduggery both before and after his retirement, during which he continues to dispense advice in speeches, on television, in Op-Ed columns and as a consultant.
So when he e-mailed his worldwide contacts on Friday about a "subject" that said, "There are no words to describe the evil of the Islam cult," he had my undivided attention.
"The Rev. Dr. James Collins," Mr. Revell wrote, "is one of the most respected Christian ministers in the South. We were classmates in high school and in the same Scout troop where we received the Eagle award at the same time. He is a kind and loving person who has devoted his life to the betterment of mankind. His view of Islam came after years of study and direct involvement in the Holy Land."
Upon reading what Mr. Collins had to say, a prominent Republican commented privately, "This is going to prolong the 'long war' by another generation."
"If you have never studied the history of the murderer Muhammad and the evils of the cult of hatred and death that he began in the 7th century, you cannot fully understand who the Muslims are today," intoned this man of the cloth, who Mr. Revell says has devoted his life to the betterment of mankind.
"Muslims," Mr. Collins' hate-filled appraisal says, "continue the agenda of world conquest with lies, deception, terrorism, poverty, child molestation, enslavement of women, honor killings and ultimate death to all infidels who do not submit to Islam and the nonexistent moon god they call Allah." And this from "one of the most respected Christian Ministers in the South," senior pastor of the Peachtree Christian Church of Atlanta.
The vituperation from a religious Christian who seeks the betterment of mankind gets worse: "Islam offers peace to everyone who surrenders their human rights and freedom to Shariah law. Islam provides discrimination, slavery, unjust taxation, imprisonment, and death to all others who reject Muhammad and his moon god. The media and Obama claim 'Islam is a peaceful religion.' This is correct for all who are devout Muslims. Islam is a sentence of death, like Sept. 11, for everyone else. Read the history for yourself and verify this truth."
Mr. Collins' anger against one of the world's great religions is followed by a series of photos that purport to show an 8-year-old having his little arm crushed under a vehicle's tire for stealing bread. "Pass this on," Mr. Collins urges, "let the world know what's happening in the name of Islam . . . It must be sent worldwide! Even if this message is sent to you more than once, just keep on passing it on!"
The flip side of the coin of hatred was tossed in Israel by Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, spiritual head of the religious Shas Party in Israel's coalition government.
He said in his fiery sermon last week that Palestinians and their President Mahmoud Abbas should "perish from this earth."
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu quickly distanced himself from the influential 89-year-old rabbi. Mr. Netanyahu, said a statement from his office, is coming to Washington this week to start a new round of peace talks with the goal "of reaching an agreement with the Palestinians that will put an end to the conflict."
"We regret and condemn the inflammatory statements by Rabbi Yosef," said State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley, and "we note the Israeli statement that the rabbi's comments do not reflect the view of the prime minister."
Mr. Crowley did not condemn Mr. Collins' statement, presumably because he was not aware of it.
Clearly, Mr. Collins is not concerned with putting an end to the conflict, as he believes, like many fundamental Christians, that the bloodletting will continue till the end of time.
Absent from this attempt to stifle all dialogue is anything related to the sins of Christianity.
While a 15-story, $100 million Islamic cultural center and mosque two blocks from ground zero in Manhattan meets with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's approval, as well as the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission (9-0 vote), public opinion polls show 52 percent against the project and just 31 percent in favor.
A young man asked a Manhattan cab driver if he was a Muslim, and upon hearing "Yes, I am," the young man thrust a knife through the pay window and attempted to slit the driver's throat.
There is plenty of religious fanaticism lurking just below the surface. Millions buy in to Mr. Collins' religious convictions.
Mr. Bloomberg says, "Our doors are open to everyone — everyone with a dream and willingness to work hard and play by the rules. New York was built by immigrants and is sustained by immigrants, by people from more than 100 different countries speaking more than 200 different languages and professing every faith. And whether your parents were born here or you came here yesterday, you are a New Yorker."
On Sept. 11, 2001, Mr. Bloomberg said, "3,000 people were killed because some murderous fanatics didn't want us to enjoy the freedom to profess our own faiths, to speak our own minds, to follow our own dreams and to live our own lives."
The most important freedom is to worship as we wish.
Mr. Collins' paranoia sees this freedom torn asunder by murderous imams who brainwash teenagers to blow us up. But he's wrong to see radicalized fundamentalist Muslims as the majority. They are 10 percent of 1.2 billion. That's still 120 million. And those willing to undertake suicide missions — about 1 percent, or 1.2 million — are still a big number.
Arnaud de Borchgrave is editor-at-large of The Washington Times and of United Press International.
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