CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 1, 2015 – In an effort to make the world feel safer, the UN held the “Leaders’ Summit on Countering ISIL and Violent Terrorism.” More talk. Less action.
Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch summed up Barack Obama’s speech as “platitudes, self-righteousness, distortions, tortured reasoning, (and) self-promotion” in his cliché-ridden remarks.
Elsewhere, Rush Limbaugh opined on his radio program that his concern lies in the fact that Americans appear to be numbed by foreign policy, international affairs and global terrorism to the extent that it is far away and cannot reach us. Limbaugh cited the sexier confrontations taking place among the Republicans in the American presidential race as one possibility for the foreign policy apathy.
Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin took the opportunity to capitalize on Obama’s weakness to strengthen his own role in the global arena.
Simply put, it’s a mess.
Even worse, it has no chance of improving for more than a year.
In his usual self-aggrandizing tone, Obama noted that ISIL has lost almost a third of the populated territory it once controlled in Iraq and that we have enjoyed great success at halting potential fighters from getting to the battlefield.
“In Syria, as I said yesterday, defeating ISIL requires — I believe — a new leader and an inclusive government that unites the Syrian people in the fight against terrorist groups,” remarked Obama. “This is going to be a complex process. And as I’ve said before, we are prepared to work with all countries, including Russia and Iran, to find a political mechanism in which it is possible to begin a transition process.”
If nothing else, Obama is consistent. He took out Osama bin Laden. Do you feel safer today? He got rid of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya. We all know how successful that was. Now the president repeats that defeating Bashar Assad in Syria is the solution to solving the ISIS crisis.
As Robert Spencer points out, the Obama strategy “is based on the assumption that ISIS is not Islamic, and is just an opposition group to Assad…if Assad is gone, the Islamic State will vanish.”
That’s like saying if Muhammad is gone, Islam will disappear or if we kill Osama bin Laden, terrorism will stop.
Spencer continued with a more rational analysis, “Putin’s view is more realistic: he knows ISIS is Islamic, and claims to be the caliphate, and has global ambitions. He knows that if Assad falls, the Islamic State will be the main beneficiary.”
And the beat goes on. La di dah di dee.
Obama added to his naïve commentary saying, “Ultimately, however, it is not going to be enough to defeat ISIL in the battlefield. We have to prevent it from radicalizing, recruiting and inspiring others to violence in the first place. And this means defeating their ideology. Ideologies are not defeated with guns, they’re defeated by better ideas — a more attractive and compelling vision.”
The Islamic State’s “ideology” is Islam as practiced 14 centuries ago by the Prophet Muhammad. It has survived quite well without “better ideas” or “more attractive and compelling visions.”
How were Hitler and Nazi Germany defeated in World War II? It certainly wasn’t through the wisdom of Neville Chamberlain. If you want “better ideas,” go to Hertz, but it won’t defeat global terrorism.
“How is Obama going to counter their ideology when he won’t even acknowledge what it is?” asks Spencer. “Three years ago, his administration banned the truth about Islam and jihad from counterterror training, bowing to the demands of Muslim, Arab and Pakistani organizations that wrote to John Brennan claiming that FBI and other agents were being imbued with ‘Islamophobia.’”
Obama continued his remarks by informing his audience that the UAE is now exposing the Islamic State as a “band of terrorists that kills innocent Muslim men, women and children.” (emphasis added) Obama then went on to describe the Islamic State ideology as “warped interpretations of Islam.”
What about the innocent Christian men, women and children ISIS is killing, Mr. Obama?
“And as for those “who are exposing the Islamic State’s ‘warped interpretation of Islam.’ Does he mean these who endorsed the concept of the caliphate?” asks Robert Spencer.
President Platitude continued with his vapid rhetoric and misdirection. In Barack Obama’s world the war on terror is a war of words, not actions. Meanwhile, the planet becomes less safe and secure with each passing day.
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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