Its Jihad Stupid
The American Center for Democracy
Statements made by U.S.
President Barack Hussein Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, after ISIS
released videos showing their beheading of photojournalist James Foley, revealed
that both seem to suffer not only from severe shortsightedness, but also from an
acute case of willful blindness. Similar afflictions beset the
All act surprised by the rapid advance of the
A cursory google search reveals similarly horrid images of jihadists beheading, stoning, stabbing, burning, lynching and other unimaginable forms of taking human lives by celebrating members of al Qaeda, al Shabab, ISIS, Hamas, and Hezbollah. ISIS’s release of the video of James Foley’s brutal murder was followed two days later with Hamas videos of summary executions in
Yet, no American, European or other Western leader dared to identify the jihadist problem by its name.
Mr. Obama declared, “There has to be a clear rejection of these kind of nihilistic ideologies.” But the
Commenting on the ISIS barbarous killing of Foley, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich, said, “America got a glimpse of exactly who they are…this is a group you need to deal with.” Why wasn’t “this group” dealt with already? Has our leadership waited until the ISIS had the opportunity to commit a heinous crime against an (American) individual that would outrage Americans, so our government would feel justified to take appropriate measures against the
Our Defense Secretary announced that the “ISIL is…beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology, a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess.”
But this is not unique to
As if Mr. Hagel’s surprise at ISIS capabilities were not enough, he seemed to admit that the
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, had this to add: “ISIS will only truly be defeated when it’s rejected by the 20 million disenfranchised Sunni that happen to reside between
On August 20, 2014, Walid Shobat posted a video “showing the ISIS training centers in
Judging by the
Incredibly, Obama said the conflict was not a “religious” one, but rather one of a shared “common security and a common set of values.”
“The ISIL speaks for no religion,” Obama said. “Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents. No just god would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day. ISIL has no ideology of any value to human beings…people like this ultimately fail. They fail because the future is won by those who build and not destroy.”
However, considering the pace at which ISIS is advancing, the growing numbers of fighters who are joining the group, the sophisticated (mostly American) weapons they have captured, their growing treasury, and the U.S. lack of will or ability to respond decisively–or even willingness to identify the jihadi ideology behind the ISIS as THE problem – the future will belong to those willing to identify jihad and its practitioners and fight it and them.