During the last month reports have abounded of terrorist attacks against civilian targets around the globe. A good number of them have been linked to ISIS, others have been linked to inspiration by religious leaders exhorting their followers in mosques. Numerous weapons have been used in the attacks. These include knives, fire bombs, suicide belts, and automatic weapons. In some cases the perpetrators have been willing to sacrifice their own lives to attain their evil ends. Yet in other cases, the killers fled.
During his term in office President George W. Bush argued that the United States was warring against terrorism. President Francois Holland of France did not hesitate to tell his Parliament that France was at war with ISIS and called for the eradication of the caliphate. President Vladimir Putin may have been using anti-ISIS rhetoric to attack American allies in the region at first, but with the mid-air destruction of a Russian jet over the Sinai Peninsula his focus seems to have shifted to join France in its aims. What is puzzling is that President Obama is so wary of joining the fray.
For over a decade it has been clear that an extremist Muslim fringe has been responsible for the worldwide increase of terrorism. In that time the US government seems more devoted to political correctness than to defeating an enemy and creating a new mindset among the culture within which that group has grown steadily.
While the TSA does full body searches of little old men and women of numerous religions and of multiple ethnicities, and asks every flyer to remove shoes before being allowed onto the concourse, there is hardly a person who does not know the background of perpetrators. Yet the reluctance to limit activity to the known troublemakers is prevalent. Why? Is it a sign of bigotry to pursue the people responsible who would destroy Western Civilization to establish Shariah? Of course not. President Obama is correct. Our fight is not against Islam. Only 20 per cent of Muslims are part of the radical, jihadi effort to destroy the West, Western values and the effort to bring constant turmoil. Yet failure to recognize the fringe for who it is and what it does will not help. There remains no room to be politically correct. While the majority of Muslims are devoted to a religion of peace, and live in harmony among the world’s culture, the Muslim minority is identifiable and must be defeated.
The majority of Germans in the thirties and forties did not support Hitler and his efforts, and yet eleven million were murdered by the Nazis (including six million Jews). Later in the twentieth century, during this writer’s lifetime, similar genocides were led by minorities in Cambodia and Biafra. Even if they are a fringe, a minority must be stopped.
When the minority is stopped the challenge will not have ended. A new mindset needs to be established. It is not by accident that the Japanese remain demilitarized years after the end of the World War, despite their previous effort at world conquest. American presence and influence remained in their region long after the end of battle. Similarly allied forces controlled much of Germany after the War to reset a German mindset. They are now as devoted as any at reminding the world if how evil the Nazis were in their time. The world not only must stop ISIS and other terrorists, it must find a way to switch the mindset in their region. A new means must be identified to help all of the world’s people to pursue good and be abhorred by evil. Anti-western and anti-Semitic texts must be dropped from Arab school programs. Funders from the Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia to support the jihadis should be prosecuted for their efforts. CAIR and other Muslim groups must be pressed to actively decry the evil efforts of jihadis.
This challenge is enormous, but it cannot be ignored. Jewish sources identify two kinds of wars. Optional war is permitted to extend territory and other pursuits. Self defense, though, is obligatory war. The world is under attack and the world must be defended. The individual teens and others attacking individuals, primarily in Israel but also in the United States and Europe, must be stopped, even by lethal force, as murderers stopped in the act before they can lose their places in the world to come. And when these people do kill in cold blood, they cannot be identified as deranged or a lunatic fringe when they self identify with ISIS and its ilk.
Allah Akbar. God is Great. There is no doubt about this sentiment. It is universal for believing Christians, Muslims and Jews. Yet let that thought return to what it had been long before it was transformed to a shout that immediately preceded evil attacks.
Let’s urge President Obama to support Congress’ view of reality. Let him create systems to vet Syrian refugees to be sure that a new fifth column is not admitted into the country. Let Obama change his mind so that American military can join all countries in actively fighting ISIS, Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Boko Haram and all terrorist groups. Perhaps when he does, he will be correct and Islam will again be identifiable by all as a religion of peace.