CHARLOTTE, NC, December 5, 2016 – One of the people on Donald Trump’s short list for secretary of state is John Bolton, who would be an excellent choice. First and foremost, the former US ambassador to the U.N. understands the Middle East and how it works.
He also possesses a lot of common sense.
Responding to the attack at Ohio State by Abdul Razak Ali Artan last week, Bolton told “Breitbart News”, “It’s important to discuss this idea of ‘lone wolf” terrorist activities – somebody’s perfectly normal one day, and then overnight, by spontaneous combustion or something, they become a terrorist.”
Bolton’s explanation is precisely why the term “radicalized” is such a misnomer when it is used by the media.
Bolton added, “…the fact that ISIS operates without a corporate organization chart shouldn’t make us relax; it should make us more concerned.”
Already there has been speculation that jihadists may attempt to do something to disrupt the inauguration of Donald Trump in January. In the not so distant past, such threats might have been dismissed as chest-beating braggadocio to stir up fears that would, at the very least, detract from the presidential celebration. Today, however, those threats could be real.
Even if the terrorist chatter is largely bluster, there is a strong chance that some type of extremist action will take place shortly after Trump takes the oath of office just to test him and to learn what their challenges they will face in the new administration.
Bolton went on to repeat the argument that the problem must first be identified and challenged, and for at least another month that scenario will not be acknowledged.
If you think about it seriously, the idea of a lone wolf terrorist makes little sense in the world of global terrorism. A lone wolf, by definition, is seeking to right the wrongs that others have perpetrated upon him as an individual.
That simply does not jive with the goals of Islamic jihad.
Jihad is all about control for Islam as a force. In order to be a success, a “lone wolf” needs to have support and acceptance by the organization at large or his efforts will go virtually unnoticed. To blow yourself up without some one or something behind you urging you to do it for the good of the cause is an exercise in futility.
Islam measures success in its never-ending sine wave of victories and defeats. September 11, 2001 was a major victory because the results far exceeded expectations. But in the Muslim world, victories and defeats are only temporary. They are like matches in the World Wrestling Federation or a daily soap opera where nothing is ever resolved.
With recent attacks in France and Germany, the European community is now turning to Israel to learn how to prepare for future violence by lone wolf attackers. All well and good in the sense that at least the Europeans are at long last waking up to the realization that there is a problem.
Unfortunately, the primary concern needs to focus upon the main event which is Islamic extremism itself.
Donald Trump says he has some big announcements coming next week. Perhaps one will answer the nagging question of who will be secretary of state. If Trump goes with Romney, it would serve him well to find another slot for Bolton where he can utilize his knowledge, expertise and understanding of radical Islam.
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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.
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