LOS ANGELES, September 3, 2014 — In an act of barbarism consistent with their long, violent history, radicalized Muslims belonging to the Islamic State murdered Steven Sotloff, a Jewish journalist.
Jews had lived in the region of Samaria and Judea for millennia before Mohammed brought Islam into existence in 622 A.D. While many Muslims respect Jews as “people of the book,” radical Muslims wanted to slaughter them from the beginning.
These efforts intensified in the 1930s and 40s, when the worst of the Arabs, like the Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini conspired with Hitler during the Holocaust, and Damascus crowds chanted, “Allah’s in Heaven and Hitler’s on earth.” These genocidal aspirations reached a new level in the 1960s with the creation of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, led from 1969 by al-Husseini disciple Yassir Arafat.
In 1972, Israeli athletes were murdered at the Olympics in Munich, Germany. In 1985, Islamists murdered wheelchair-bound Jew Leon Klinghoffer by throwing him overboard from the passenger ship he was vacationing on.
Islamists took time to murder Christians and even some moderate Muslims, but the Christians were part of the Zionist conspiracy and the moderate Muslims were Zionist collaborators. It always comes down to killing the Jew.
Then came the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the 1996 and 1998 bombings of the United States embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and the 2000 bombing of the U.S.S. Cole. These acts were followed by the murder of 3,000 Americans on September 11, 2001. All of these killings were done by radical Muslims.
At this point, a man named George W. Bush stepped in and made it clear that America was finally going to start fighting back and exacting justice. The Global War on Terror was born. Anyone who harbored, sheltered or financed terrorists was just as culpable as those who committed the acts of terror themselves.
Khalid Sheik Muhammad was the mastermind of 9/11. In 2002, he murdered Wall Street Journalist writer Daniel Pearl. Pearl’s last words before KSM slit his throat were, “My mother is Jewish, my father is Jewish, I am Jewish.”
Soon after, the War on Terror began seeing successes. KSM was captured. Saddam Hussein was found in a spider hole, tried and hanged. After some bumps and bruises, Afghanistan and Iraq were won. Radical Islam was on the run.
Then came Barack Obama. For his own ideological reasons, he was determined to take the exact reverse approach of George W. Bush. And after seven years without a radical Islamist attack, the attacks would soon be numerous.
Since 2009, there have been numerous attacks, attempted and realized, against Americans: the Christmas Day underwear bomber, the shoe bomber, Fort Hood I, Fort Hood II, the Boston Marathon bombers, and others. In every case, the killers and attempted killers have been radical Islamists. Obama and his acolytes deliberately refuse to acknowledge this.
Obama withdrew from Iraq, and ISIS quickly filled the vacuum. Now come more beheadings. A couple of weeks ago brought the decapitation of James Foley; now Steven Sotloff has been butchered.
Sotloff was a Jew who attended synagogue in Miami. He held duel American and Israeli citizenship. He was the grandson of Holocaust survivors.
To radical Islamists, he was just an infidel who needed to be exterminated. Nazis used Zyklon B. Islamists use swords. The purpose has never changed. The aspirational goal of the Islamists has never wavered. The elimination of every trace of the Jew from the face of the earth is their ultimate quest.
The problem is known. For several tragic reasons, there will be no solution.
There will be no justice for Steven Sotloff in the same way there was no justice for Leon Klinghoffer or Daniel Pearl. Murdered Jews are not a priority for much of the world. For some peoples, it is an improvement.
Europe is owned by the Islamists. France in particular has surrendered to their worst foreign elements, as France often does.
Obama refuses to recognize the problem or admit any role in exacerbating the problem. Radical Islam does not exist in his world. There is no War on Terror.
Obama no longer needs the liberal Jews who were desperate to please him and to be liked. He can ignore them and focus on more pressing concerns, such as anything and everything else.
Politically liberal Jews may care about Israel and their own people being murdered, but it is not their top concern. Liberal Jews fret more about climate change, gay marriage, abortion, and other issues connected to some ethically warped world view known as social justice.
Steven Sotloff was a human being and a creature of God. He was a Jew, a link to 6,000 years of history.
Sadly, he will soon be a footnote. There will be more beheadings. Many of them will be of Jews, at the hands of radical Islamists. Obama will do nothing. The world will do nothing. Even politically liberal Jews, once the candlelight vigils have stopped, will do nothing.
The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist.
The greatest feat the radical Islamists pulled was convincing Obama — the leader of the free world — that they do not exist. They are killers, terrorists, and evildoers, but never Islamic fundamentalists.
From Hamas to Hezbollah to Boko Haram to al Qaeda to the PLO to ISIS, the common thread is radical Islam. Its goal is to kill the Jew, the non-Jewish collaborator, the infidel. That includes the whole Western world.
Until the Western world understands this, every Westerner is the next Steven Sotloff, a Jew, an infidel on the verge of being beheaded.