CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 19, 2016 – Alexis Brezet, editor of the French newspaper “Le Figaro,” finally asked the right question: “How many more times until we recognize what is staring us in the face?”
He asks, “How many more savage attacks, how many more maddened massacres, before our leaders become willing to admit that Islamic fanaticism is waging a war to the death against our country and our civilization? How many innocent victims before our rulers finally decide to take the ruthless measures necessary that the barbarism of Allah’s madmen demands?”
The terror of ISIS is not the product of madmen, as Alexis Brezet suggests. The ideology itself is where the madness lies. The terrorists are merely following the dictates commanded by their faith.
At long last Brezet admits, “‘We are at war.’ There, it’s said. After so much procrastination, the phrase is now on everyone’s lips. But does anyone really believe it?”
Good question, Mr. Brezet. If no one else believes it, the French should by now. Barack Obama doesn’t, but, then again, he never will.
Brezet reaches this conclusion: “Our arms are those of peace, of candles and hashtags and funeral processions and the procedural subtleties of our criminal code.”
Brezet is right. Candlelight vigils, solidarity walks and all the other kumbaya ways in which we respond to terror do nothing to eradicate it. Nothing with a capital “N.”
Such events may make us feel better, but they do not bring back innocent lives. They do not reunite families devastated by random acts of horror.
As Brezet points out, “These soldiers of the caliphate don’t wage war by halves. They come right up to us to ‘slit the throats of our sons and our women’, and in return we offer them the protection of our laws — to the very people who want to destroy us! Never before in history has an enemy benefited so much from the willingness of those he fights to accommodate him” (emphasis added).
It is time for politically correct thinking to stop living in the Land of Oz and start getting back to Kansas with Dorothy and Toto.
Alexis Brezet calls ISIS “the hydra-headed Islamic beast.” Hydra was the multi-headed water monster in Greek mythology who was slain by Hercules. In the myth, every time one of Hydra’s heads was cut off two more grew back. It is a perfect description of what has befallen the world because it describes precisely the futility of attacking Islam the way it is done in the West. Not “radical Islam,” because there IS no such thing. It is Islam, pure and simple, in its most fundamental form as created by the Prophet Muhammad himself.
Brezet has finally come to the realization that victory for the West is going to be difficult, painful and devastating. “We will undoubtedly suffer further defeats,” he writes, “which is one more reason not to lose still more time.”
Where liberal ideals are derailed is in the idea that conservatives are hawkish on war. It is the same rationale they use when talking about clean water and pollution. No rational person condones war or endorses killing. On the other hand, any rational person who cannot recognize that eliminating and defeating those who choose to kill, maim and destroy in the name of a mindless medieval ideology must eventually conclude that terror must be stopped somehow, some way, sometime.
Barack Obama’s grim determination to defend Islam at all costs almost makes him appear to prefer the perpetual crisis of terror rather than seek genuine solutions. In truth, the president has done little, if anything, to pursue realistic answers and, indeed, he has created, through his own reckless denials, to make the world less safe than it was when he took office. Oration will not resolve this issue regardless of how sincere or eloquent.
On D-Day in June of 1944 the Western allies would never have been successful if they had taken political correctness into consideration as it related to collateral damage.
The time has come for D-Day plus One, and it cannot happen soon enough.
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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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