CHARLOTTE, N.C., August 13, 2014 — When you have a hornets next growing in your back yard what do you do? You get rid of it, of course, before it gets any bigger and poses a threat to your family.
Two things are obvious about the growing crises in the Middle East where the Islamic State has gone beyond the boundaries of barbarism.
The first is that Americans and their Western allies are war weary and have no stomach for further military action if it requires sending troops in to aid Iraq.
Usually when there are threats from Islamists they have more psychological value for the terrorists than actual danger for their enemies. The Islamic State is different, however. They are growing and they have unlimited funds.
Neville Chamberlain is alive and well and living in the White House or at a nearby golf course. President Barack Obama continues to insist that we are not at war with the Islamic State. It is debatable whether that is “diplomatic mumbo-jumbo” or what Obama truly believes.
If it is, indeed, high level political correctness, the Islamic State is not listening. Global jihad has no time for such nonsense. They are, and have been, focused on one thing and one thing only since Muhammad had his first revelation in some obscure cave in what is now Saudi Arabia.
We cannot minimize the Islamic State threat with “video game” strategies. The terrorists respect only one thing and that is strength. They may reject it and resist it, but they do respect it.
If you don’t believe it, just look at how long Islam was dormant when the Ottoman Turks were halted at the gates of Vienna on September 11, 1683.
Terrorism has become too massive to completely eradicate it. But it is also impossible to negotiate or to apply diplomatic pressure upon those who prefer mass murder and torture in the name of Allah.
Former Iraq war veteran Col. Richard Kemp agrees. “They and their jihadist bedfellows, including core al-Qaeda terrorists, are the most dangerous imperialists of the 21st century. They are testing the strength of Middle Eastern governments and the West.
“If they are unchecked they will rampage far and wide, well beyond Iraq and Syria. In our wider interests, they must be stopped.
“We will not stop them by humanitarian airlifts but by attacking them with our American allies. This will have to go beyond air strikes to forces on the ground.”
It all goes back to the old adage, “Pay me now or pay me later.”
The Islamic State may not be a direct threat to the West for the moment. But they are brainwashing new recruits to return to their homes to carry out jihad for their cause. The Boston Marathon bombings are a perfect example of how that works. How quickly we forget.
Regardless of how tired we are of global unrest, the problem is that the extremists do not give up. Because of that, there is no choice but to battle them for as long as it takes, no matter how distasteful it may be.
Some say, “It’s Iraq’s problem. Let them handle it.”
All well and good, except that Iraq is incapable of doing it themselves without Western leadership. What the West does not comprehend is that the Muslim world is basically impotent when it comes to making contributions to global society.
For all of Barack Obama’s eloquence about Islamic influence in American history, the only real accomplishment they have made in 2,000 years is to bring down two massive skyscrapers in a matter of hours.
Iraqi soldiers could likely defend their country provided they have Western leadership. That will not change and until our attitude changes with it, the Islamic State will continue to thrive.
Count on it. Unless we do something drastic, the Islamic State is coming soon to a theater of war near you.
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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