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We Are In a War

Jan 10, 2015

So, yet more dead men and women in France, because of the religion of peace. While the two jihadist brothers are also now dead, along with another one in East Paris, this is of course not the end of the matter. Since 9/11 there have been nearly 25,000 Islamic terror attacks.

That is 25,000 in just 13 years. And I have not even mentioned the Islamic genocide in Africa, where Boko Haram has just slaughtered 2,000 people in one day. On Wednesday an entire Nigerian village was attacked and burned down by these Islamic thugs. Yet the media is largely silent about this.

Islam 4Perhaps the only thing worse than being in an actual war is to not know you are in a war, and thus to lose by default to your enemies without even putting up a fight, or offering any resistance. If you are unable or unwilling to even recognise that you are in a war, then you have lost already.

And the truth is, we are in a war to the death with Islam. Back in 1993 political scientist Samuel Huntington penned an article entitled “The Clash of Civilizations?” which he turned into a book in 1996. He said the West was battling various civilisational forces, including Islam.

It is indeed a battle of civilisations, but I agree with Geert Wilders who says it is really a battle between civilisation and barbarism. Either a free, prosperous, democratic and pluralistic West survives, or an archaic, bloodthirsty, seventh-century ideology and death cult prevails.

But our clueless leaders keep insisting that the daily carnage wrought by devout Muslims screaming Allahu Akbar has nothing to do with Islam. US President Obama of course has long played down the Islam angle, and has done all he can to defend Islam. Even with the latest Islamic attacks he refuses to use the “I” word.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the terror attacks in Paris were indeed ‘criminality’ but had nothing to do with religion. French President Francois Hollande said the east Paris terror attack was clearly ‘anti-Semitic’, but also went on to claim that the ‘fanatics have nothing to do with Islam’.

With clueless wonders like this, no wonder we are losing the war. The first step in attempting to win a war is to properly and accurately identify the enemy. If we fail to do that, we are doomed from the outset. And that explains a whole lot.

Fortunately a few leaders are not so naive and sucked into dangerous dhimmitude. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper for example said that these jihadists had declared war on the rest of the world: “I don’t say this with any particular pleasure or excitement, but it is a fact. The international jihadist movement has declared war. They have declared war on anybody who does not think and act exactly as they wish they would think and act.”

And some sober voices have been willing to speak truth here. In today’s Australian a bit of sanity prevailed with someone who knows exactly what she is talking about, Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She says in part:

If there is a lesson to be drawn from such a grisly episode, it is that what we believe about Islam truly doesn’t matter. This type of violence, jihad, is what they, the Islamists, believe. There are numerous calls to violent jihad in the Koran. But the Koran is hardly alone. In too much of Islam, jihad is a thoroughly modern concept. The 20th-century jihad bible, and an animating work for many Islamist groups today, is The Quranic Concept of War, a book written in the mid-1970s by Pakistani general SK Malik. He argues that because Allah himself authored every word of the Koran, the rules of war contained in the Koran are of a higher calibre than the rules developed by mere mortals.
In Malik’s analysis of Koranic strategy, the human soul — and not any physical battlefield — is the centre of conflict. The key to victory, taught by Allah through the military campaigns of the prophet Mohammed, is to strike at the soul of your enemy. And the best way to strike at your enemy’s soul is through terror. Terror, Malik writes, is “the point where the means and the end meet”. Terror, he adds, “is not a means of imposing a decision upon the enemy; it is the decision we wish to impose”.
Those responsible for the slaughter in Paris, just like the man who killed the Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh in 2004, are seeking to impose terror. And every time we give in to their vision of justified religious violence, we are giving them exactly what they want.
In Islam, it is a grave sin to depict visually or in any way slander Mohammed. Muslims are free to believe this, but why should such a prohibition be forced on non-believers?
In the US, Mormons didn’t seek to impose the death penalty on those who wrote and produced The Book of Mormon, a satirical Broadway send-up of their faith. Islam, with 1400 years of history and about 1.6 billion adherents, should be able to withstand a few cartoons by a French satirical magazine. But, of course, deadly responses to cartoons depicting Mohammed are nothing new in the age of jihad.
Moreover, despite what the Koran may teach, not all sins can be considered equal. The West must insist that Muslims, particularly members of the Muslim diaspora, answer this question: What is more offensive to a believer — the murder, torture, enslavement and acts of war and terrorism being committed today in the name of Mohammed, or the production of drawings and films and books designed to mock the extremists and their vision of what Mohammed represents?

She concludes:

We appease the Muslim heads of government who lobby us to censor our press, our universities, our history books, our school curriculums. They appeal and we oblige. We appease leaders of Muslim organisations in our societies. They ask us not to link acts of violence to the religion of Islam because they tell us that theirs is a religion of peace, and we oblige. What do we get in return? Kalashnikovs in the heart of Paris.
The more we oblige, the more we self-censor, the more we appease, the bolder the enemy gets. There can only be one answer to this hideous act of jihad against the staff of Charlie Hebdo. It is the obligation of the Western media and Western leaders, religious and lay, to protect the most basic rights of freedom of expression, whether in satire or any other form. The West must not appease, it must not be silenced. We must send a united message to the terrorists: Your violence cannot destroy our soul.

Finally, someone I have never heard of before, but who seems to have a big following, has made some real sense on this – especially in the light of brainless Christians who are utterly without a clue here: Clayton Jennings wrote this just recently:

I’m sorry.
Yesterday I posted a picture that created a lot of controversy. The picture said “What’s the difference between Jesus and Muhammad? Jesus said, ‘I died for you.’ Muhammad said, ‘Kill for me.’ I lost a lot of followers and was asked to delete the picture and make an apology. I’m here to apologize. I’m sorry… and this is why.
– I’m sorry that people are so easily offended by the truth.
– I’m sorry that we live in a society that tries to force you to be politically correct even to the point of remaining silent in the face of evil.
– I’m sorry that so many claimed I attacked Muslims when in fact I never said anything like that. I have Muslim friends. I love them. I care about them enough to tell them that the person they follow is violent and evil and that they should read the Quran instead of remaining blind to the truth. I’m sorry you’re so quick to rush to judgment and negate the facts.
– I’m sorry that many people who claim to be Christians don’t realize that Jesus came to divide, speak truth, and stand for what was right. The same Jesus you say “would never call out Muhammad” was the same Jesus who flipped tables and drove people out of the Temple – sounds loving, right?
– I’m sorry that the same people who commented about Muhammad being peaceful have never taken time to read the 100+ verses in the Quran that demand violence and murder in the name of Islam. I’m sorry.
– I’m sorry that I keep forgetting that following Jesus and being bold won’t gain you followers or friends, and I’m sorry that you’re upset that I’m not bothered by that, at all.
– I’m sorry that men, women, and children are murdered around the world because a false religion told them to do it over 100 times in the Quran. I’m sorry.
– I’m sorry I didn’t post that picture sooner than I did.
– If you’re mad that I shared LOVE by calling out HATE, I’m not sorry.
There is an “unfollow” button at the top of this page. I won’t be sorry if you press it. I don’t care about popularity or being politically correct. I care about serving Jesus, because only CHRIST loved us enough to die for us. ‪#‎TellTheWorld‬

www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/01/08/islamic-genocide-boko-haram-slaughters-2000-in-one-day/
www.cbc.ca/news/politics/jihadists-declared-war-on-those-who-disagree-stephen-harper-says-1.2894008
www.theaustralian.com.au/in-depth/terror/charlie-hebdo-west-must-stop-appeasing-islamic-purveyors-of-hatred/story-fnpdbcmu-1227180111327

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29 Responses to We Are In a War

  • Last Century that ‘religion’ of Peace, Communism proclaimed in effect “Be my brother OR I’ll knock your block off”. Islamists now go further “Be my brother OR I’ll cut your head off” Both are/were reputed by many in so-called Democracies to be ‘religions of Peace’. However the Peace sought is the ‘peace’ that follows extermination of ALL opinion/belief other that of the official line. History is repeating; & our leaders have not, indeed will not, learn from History. Indeed ‘Poor fella, my country’

  • In an interesting development, USA Today published an op-ed by Anjem Choudhary, one of the most well-known militant Islamic preachers:

    www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/01/07/islam-allah-muslims-shariah-anjem-choudary-editorials-debates/21417461/

    The article is useful in the sense of ‘know your enemy’. So now many people ought to know what militant Islam stands for.

  • Thanks Bill, for this post.

    I was shocked by the events of 9/11. After what happened in Sydney, and now in Paris, I wonder now, just what will happen next?

    I have to agree with what Ayaan Hirsi Ali asked.

  • As I said elsewhere, islam and the left are on the same team here.

    The left wants to get rid of about 90% of the population, so do muslims.
    The left needs someone to do the depopulating, muslims are happy to oblige.
    The left is happy the muslims are doing the dirty work, because they can then sit back and cry, oh we didn’t see this coming, oh this has nothing to do with islam, oh we are shocked, we didn’t ever think this could happen here.
    The lefty media is happy to run cover for them, seeing as they have now become their propaganda machine.
    The politicians are in the pocket of the left. Do what we say or we will destroy you, and you will have no ability to recover because we will not give you any air time.

    This game has been played out since Adam and Eve left the garden of Eden. We are just seeing our little bit of the war coming to the surface. Whether this is the end game or not, remains to be seen. It could just be another of Satan’s little tantrums, perhaps he is trying to upset the apple cart because the Gospel is spreading too far too fast and he wants to slow it down a bit.

  • Clayton Jennings….don’t know him, but boy, is he spot on!

  • With sincere love we just need to get on with commending Jesus to Muslims and to everyone else. We need to reply to Muslims who say that the deity of Christ is blasphemy by saying we are only blaspheming if Mohammed is a prophet. However according to the good true Evangelical Christian religion, Jesus is the Son of God and it is therefore Mohammed who is both a false prophet and a blasphemer. Further proof is the violent response of Islam to criticism whereas Jesus and his followers love their enemies as we have nothing to lose because we have nothing to fear because we have a Saviour who has loved us and done all necessary to secure our eternal salvation and happiness.

  • Thanks Mark Wong for that link. I too saw it earlier, and felt it was most helpful to commend it to others to read.

    It clearly shows the incompatibility of the French values and those of Islam, as outlined by Anjem Choudhary.

    I now believe that for the safety of the community, and for a growing understanding that the West will not revert to sharia principles, there must be agreement – as part of citizenship, that this Islamic agenda will not be pursued, at all while in French (or Australian) society.

    Permission to promote that ideology, must be rejected.

    That link again:
    www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/01/07/islam-allah-muslims-shariah-anjem-choudary-editorials-debates/21417461/

  • Bill, I believe you were not in Victoria in 1970, so you may not know that the then Sun News Pictorial newspaper (now the Melbourne Herald-Sun), began a campaign to Declare War.

    It was a very successful campaign too, as most of the country did Declare War: on the road toll, which was then over 1000 people a year in Victoria alone.

    But now we can’t even persuade the newspaper to Declare War on a far deadlier enemy.

    What HAS this country come down to?

  • Thanks Bill,

    We are in a war. We have to know our enemy.

    As a rule we like to think that other people are the same as us. We and they want to live peaceful lives in harmony or at least without conflict. We see many Muslims living quiet lives even in the midst of our society. I’m also sure that many of the Muslim refugees from conflicts in Syria etc just want the quiet life.Surely they don’t want war with their neighbours.

    From this general observation comes the pervasive miscalculation of the nature of the enemy. The MSM and political leaders are fixed on their observation of these peaceful thousands and imagine that there is no problem with them. The “radicals” are obviously different, just see how they live!

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali, in her TV interview yesterday made a telling comment, which by the way, I believe, was missed by the interviewer. (Who could only speak about the radicals). Ayaan Hirsi Ali said that Islam is schitzophrenic.
    All of Islam is schitzophrenic.

    She says that there are two examples from Mohammed’s life. One is of peace in the early years and the other is of war in the latter years. All Muslims who want to follow the prophet must choose between the two at any one stage.
    It is fundamentally illegitimate to say that peace is the prophet’s proper or only example.

    We have an enemy that appears peaceful by the thousands but can, will, and must be war-like if they are serious.

    BTW Jeremy Fernandez, (if I heard him correctly) said that “Some Muslims don’t believe in god.” This is an oxymoron. There would hardly be a Muslim that would give room for his statement.

    Schitzophrenia is a very difficult condition to manage or to live with. We are living with it, like it or not. Our enemy has it and it is incurable.

  • The doctrines of Islam and their enactment in Sharia law is what Islam is all about. This includes death to the infidel and other horrors.

    How can a Muslim be a religious Muslim if he/she rejects his Koran and Sharia law? It is a non-sequitur.

    Can a Christian be a Christian if he does not think and believe that Jesus is the Christ, Lord and Saviour and the Bible the word of God and the truth? I know some people do seriously try!

    The only answer I can see for Muslims is that they openly separate themselves into Secular Muslims and Religious Muslims as the Jews have done, Secular Jews and Religious Jews, and many declare openly I am a Secular Jew with the same matter of fact statement as me saying I am British.

    It does seem strange to the ears of a Christian, a secular Jew, but essentially these people adopt the culture of Judaism, but reject the belief in God and do not practice the religion. Tragic at many levels, but at least consistent and workable for an unbelieving Jewish national.
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_culture

    Islam the religion and its laws and history need to be exposed as a curse and evil false religion of enslavement on mankind. We must stop labelling it is as something else, even though it may have the attributes of a fascist ideology, it is a false religion with a corrupt oppressive evil Satanic past and origin.

    A civilised clear thinking man or woman can have no part in Islam unless they subscribe to its teachings of complete domination and enslavement of the infidel and the Muslim who does not want to submit to the totalitarian rule of its religious leaders.
    These religious Muslims can have no part in Western society or nation, simple. They must leave and go to a country where they can serve under this bondage and enjoy its oppression and create their godless hell on earth.

    Politicians are refusing to make this polarisation and expose Islam for what it is and how its values are completely in opposition to the vestiges of the general freedoms of speech, religion and enterprise we have in the West.

  • I might be getting ahead of myself here but all these atrocities make the words of Jesus in Mark Chapter 13 very prescient it seems to me.
    Talking about the destruction of the Temple Jesus is asked when it will happen. He replies: “Take heed that no-one leads you astray.Many will come in my name saying, “I am he!” and they will lead many astray. And when you hear of wars and rumours of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place.” After describing what will happen in more detail Jesus concludes by saying, “Watch therefore – for you do not know when the master of the house will come…..- lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Watch.”

  • Yes, James, but Nazism also was a religion. Islam is a similar cult. Both are idolatrous. A Muslim might be guilty of breaking the 6 of the Ten Commandments but he does this because he has broken the first Commandment which is to worship the God who reveals himself to mankind only through Jesus Christ and His Word the Bible. All Muslims, as with all pagans, are idolaters and in need of salvation through Christ alone.

    David Skinner UK

  • Thanks Bill for another excellent summary following the Paris debacle, also fine comment by Clayton Jennings.
    Also appreciated Mark Wong’s link to Anjem Choudray, and in this connection all should view and read Mark Steyn’s take on the free speech aspect on his blog and in interviews with Fox. (www.steynonline.com/),
    He strongly makes the point about the supine failure of the worlds print media to unite in showing some of the cartoons for which the French journalists died, and the same too for the crowds, instead of displaying pencils etc.
    Steyn makes the important point about Choudray, namely that he at least is up front about the aims and objectives of Islam. He asserts that Choudray does not so much proclaim that Islam means “peace” as that it means submission. That is the truth – one either has to submit – or die.
    If I may respond to James point above :
    “These religious Muslims can have no part in Western society or nation, simple. They must leave and go to a country where they can serve under this bondage”

    Surely they domicile in Western countries, not merely as economic migrants, but also because they hope to expand numerically and in political power, as they are doing, until a stage is reached when they can DEMAND certain rights, such as the operation of Sharia in their host countries.
    France has about 6 million or so Moslems. The UK less, but growing – about 2.8 million. How can your suggestion that “they must leave and go”, possibly be applied to such numbers, even if the political will in the governments concerned existed?
    Graham Wood (UK)

  • Interesting you use the word “barbarism”. Although the term “barbary pirates” originates form the word “berber”, the acts of these pirates was somewhat “barbarian” in nature. And of course its historical fact the the Barbary pirates attacked the sea trade routes through the Mediterranean and other seas to plunder the riches, stop economic trade and feed the lucrative salve markets in the Ottoman Empire. The pirates acted under the auspices of the Barbary States which were a part of the Ottoman Islamic Empire. Any wonder, Islamic extremists, in their desire to revert to the pure teachings, doing and sayings of their prophet, simply mimic the actions of these historic groups. IS/ISIS is attacking get economies of their invading countries, they are buying and selling slaves and plundering their wealth and destroying their culture and society. It is indeed a clash of civilisations- the civilised against the “barbarian”.

  • Yes, John, that campaign was so conspicuous that I still remember the slogan (which is a rhyme if you say the number in the right way): Declare war on 1034 (the road toll of the previous year).

  • This may be a start (though I won’t hold my breath); the French premier has declared ‘war’ against radical Islam:
    www.nytimes.com/2015/01/11/world/europe/paris-terrorist-attacks.html?_r=0

  • Hi Bill
    Slightly off topic (or maybe not) but what is your view of the Australian Liberty Alliance. I am considering becoming a member.

  • Thank you Bill for the comment on your blog. It is an oasis in a desert of socialist political correctness which is destroying the fabric of our society.
    I will be returning to your blog where I find agreement with my point of view. I thought I was a lone wolf. A popular expression at the moment.

  • www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/10/rupert-murdoch-muslims-must-be-held-responsible-for-france-terror-attacks

    As left as you can go, these guys are finally getting on board.

    I think you ought to do a piece on the brainless Christians holding our communities back from putting more pressure on the Islamists

  • It’s so sad to witness the end of Western civilzation: www.youtube.com/embed/6-3X5hIFXYU – but it can’t be denied any more.
    France’s birthrate:
    Native French – 1.8 children per woman
    Muslim – 8.1 children per woman

    As so many have previously said, only a spiritual revival can save the West but I can’t see it happening because the dominant culture of West pursues pleasure above all.

  • Bill. I am forwarding this excellent link for your interest and information if you have not already seen it.
    islamsfatalflaw.blogspot.gr/
    It is very enlightening and chilling, but have no reason to doubt its accuracy etc.

    On an added note. So sorry to read your report of consciousness of spiritual attacks recently, and I hope this does not lower your spirit further! It is hardly surprising since you courageously target some of the Enemy’s vitals in your daily posts, and I’m sure he does not like that sort of opposition.
    May the Lord lift your spirits as you rightly remind us that our hope, trust and future lie wholly with Him.
    Yes, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” – no matter what happens, the Psalmist seems to be saying (Ps 46).
    Wishing you every blessing for the New Year and many encouragements from Him also along the way.
    In Christ
    Graham Wood (UK)

  • I’ve been away so haven’t commented earlier. When I went to catch a plane last night 2 women in hijabs boarded our plane and the security guard was sporting the typical islamic beard. I noticed that several passengers glanced at each other in alarm. It is a war and we need to be on alert constantly.
    I have noticed in the newspapers online comments people are becoming much, much bolder in condemning islam since the latest terror attacks.

  • Hi Bill

    I posted Clayton’s original post on my Facebook page. A friend posted a comment and then I made a comment as per below:

    I know the idea that Jesus came to bring division seems controversial, but the fact of the matter is it is correct. See Luke 12:49-53

    “I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to undergo, and what constraint I am under until it is completed! Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

    Also, as Clayton said Jesus drove the moneychangers out of the temple and his harshest words were reserved for the hypocritical religious leaders of the day (Sadducee’s, Pharisees and scribes) who added so many religious burdens (in the form of man-made rules) on the backs of ordinary people, yet they ignored the important aspects of the law such as justice, mercy and compassion.

    Following that, another friend made the point:

    I’ll have ‘blessed are the peacemakers’ and ‘love your enemies’ anyday …

    Just wondered what you think?

  • Bill

    As I keep seeing (in your posts & comments ) the words islam and religion in the same sentence, I thought I would pass on Ann Barnhardt’s comments

    1. Islam is a political system, NOT a religion, and unless and until humanity wakes the hell up and STOPS referring to it as a religion, there is no hope. Islam is a hyper-aggressive, militaristic, expansionist, totalitarian political system designed to create a super-rich micro-oligarchical ruling class with a massive, destitute, genetically handicapped underclass below. The paper-thin faux-religious facade was a conscious, specific con from the very beginning – much like Mormonism and Scientology – a pure racket using borrowed and piggy-backed religious motifs to lend credibility to a massive, loosely-knit network of crime syndicate cells.

    Here is a quote from Osama bin Laden that sums it all up:

    “Our talks with the infidel West and our conflict with them ultimately revolve around one issue; one that demands our total support, with power and determination, with one voice, and it is: Does Islam, or does it not, force people by the power of the sword to submit to its authority corporeally if not spiritually? Yes. There are only three choices in Islam: [1] either willing submission [conversion]; or [2] payment of the jizya, through physical, though not spiritual, submission to the authority of Islam; or [3] the sword, for it is not right to let him [an infidel] live. The matter is summed up for every person alive: Either submit, or live under the suzerainty of Islam, or die.”
    –Osama Bin Laden
    (The Al Qaeda Reader, p. 42)

    to read rest of article……www.barnhardt.biz/2015/01/08/cut-the-crap-the-problem-is-islam-and-it-has-to-be-exterminated-period/

  • While it’s true that Islam has many examples of violence, the same can be said of Christianity. The Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition are two of many examples throughout history. Before we criticize Islam, we Christians need to take responsibility for our own actions, acknowledge our own faults, so we can make sure violence never again is done in the name of Christ.

  • Thanks Sue. But there is no moral equivalence here whatsoever. When Christians abuse their faith and wrongfully kill, they are of course going against the clear teachings of the New Testament. But when Muslims kill and commit acts of jihad in the name of Allah, they are fully going with the teachings of the Koran and hadith. So we need to think much more carefully and clearly here. Indeed, I am surprised you did not throw in the witchcraft trials as well! I speak to all three of these matters here, seeking to provide some balance and nuance to these often misunderstood topics:

    billmuehlenberg.com/2015/01/20/on-the-crusades/

    billmuehlenberg.com/2015/01/20/on-the-spanish-inquisition/

    billmuehlenberg.com/2015/01/19/on-the-witchcraft-trials/

    And for some general pieces on violence in Islam and Christianity, see here:

    www.billmuehlenberg.com/2008/11/21/jesus-muhammad-and-violence/

    www.billmuehlenberg.com/2010/09/13/violence-in-the-bible-and-the-koran/

    www.billmuehlenberg.com/2004/11/25/a-closer-look-at-religion-and-violence/

  • As Bill said, there is no moral equivalence to be had between Christianity and Islam.

    While there have been very unfortunate bouts of violence, supposedly in the name of Christianity, Islam has been build upon violence, it glorifies violence, it teaches violence, it conditions violence from the earliest ages.

    If it wasn’t for the crusades, you would not have the ability to choose to be a Christian today. If it wasn’t for the crusades, your chance of finding a church would be the same as it would be finding one in Mecca or Medina.

    How many books, studies, research papers, lectures, etc, etc, etc, have been put out there on the crusades, the inquisition, any and every supposed sin the Church and Church members have committed since Christ himself.

    How much more do you want? should we all help others burn down all the Churches? How about we sit in a circle while all the worlds Bibles are burning on the BBQ and sing we are the worst, everyone else is perfect, except us? Would that be enough? Should we all line up to be beheaded, crucified, and burnt to death? would that prove we have learnt from the mistakes of the past?

    WOW, just WOW. I am hearing we must allow every sin, every depravity, all because at some stage in the past, some people who call themselves Christians did the wrong thing, sinned in massive ways. Well I say no! We learn from the past, we repent and then we move on and continue to do as best we can, following Jesus Christ.

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