CHARLOTTE, NC, August 14, 2014 – Barack Obama took to the microphone today, taking a bothersome break from his much needed vacation, to announce the success of American airstrikes in Iraq.
At the same time, there seems to be a growing consensus among grassroots America that the Islamic State, or ISIS, or ISIL is a major force to be reckoned with unlike any other terrorist group that has preceded it.
In case you haven’t been paying attention, the Islamic State is that “JV” terror organization the president referred to recently.
Now our own “JV” president is telling the American people that those insignificant terrorists in the Middle East who cut children in half, bury innocent people alive and let kids hold up severed heads for photo ops are in the process of being contained.
As Obama made his announcement, while making the turn at the golf course, the Islamic State was continuing its movement from Iraq and Syria into Lebanon while allafrica.com reported that it ISIS is also attempting to move into Libya.
Even from a distance of over 5,000 miles, the Filipino terror group known as Abu Sayyaf has sworn allegiance to the Islamic State in a YouTube video.
How’s that for containment Mr. Obama?
Even worse, it has been reported by Brigitte Gabriel on her blog that the Islamic State has recruited militants “from the U.S., Great Britain, Western Europe and just about every Islamic Nation around the globe.”
According to estimates there are approximately 20,000 fighters who have been recruited. Even if the United States only represents one percent of that number it means there are 200 new homegrown Islamists from our own country that have been trained.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the current leader of the Islamic State who is named after the Prophet Muhammad’s first caliph, has promised the United States that his organization has plans to visit us “in New York.”
Already there have been public demonstrations in The Netherlands, Austria and Indonesia supporting the Islamic State.
With news like that, Barack Obama should reconsider the strength of his masterful victory and play another 18 so he can get in 36 holes in before sunset.
The events of 9/11/2001 were the result of a complacent America. Until recently, the United States and the West were gradually slipping back into the throes of apathy and nonchalance.
With the rise of the Islamic State something has changed. The American people appear to sense that this time something is deeper and more dangerous than in the past.
Though we ignored the warnings signs and intel leading up to 9/11, there seems to be greater awareness now. There is a growing sense of urgency that somehow, someway, something needs to be done.
Whether that may be due to the barbaric images the Islamic State has presented via social media to highlight their Neanderthal brutality and disgusting disregard for humanity or the growing intensity of their presence, American ambivalence to terrorism appears to be waning.
Except in Washington, or for the moment at Martha’s Vineyard of course, where President Dudley Do-Right is hard at work honing his putting skills and ordering airstrikes. Nothing to be concerned about, Commander “Cool” has everything under control.
What Barack Obama is failing to recognize is that one day in the not too distant future, one or more of those newly brainwashed American jihadists will, as James Delingpolie of “Breitbart News” writes, “come back home and I don’t think the message they’ll be spreading will be one of peace, harmony and goodwill to all men. After all, once you’ve cut somebody’s head off in cold blood – and realized that among your peer group it’s the height of chic – there’s really no turning back, is there?”
There was a time, not so long ago, when a idea such as that would have been regarded as hair-raising.
Not any more. After all, hair doesn’t grow on severed heads.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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