CHARLOTTE, NC, January 13, 2015 – Significant as the unity rally in Paris was, it has no meaning unless there is follow-up.
Several analysts, not the least of which was former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, warned that if nothing is done to solve the problem of global terrorism, then size really doesn’t matter, and solidarity is of little consequence.
There is no meaning to “Je suis Charlie“ unless something is done to utilize the momentum of the moment and take the battle directly to Islamic jihad. Otherwise, such solidarity attempts will carry as much weight as Michelle Obama’s feeble attempt on social media with her “Bring Back our Girls“ sign.
Though media on both sides was quick to chastise the Obama administration for not being in Paris on Sunday, they have also gleefully reported that the president will be hosting an anti-terrorism conference in Washington in mid-February.
Given that Obama’s “terror summit“ will be the antithesis of what actually needs to be done, it will amount to nothing more than a glorified photo op. It will carry no clout. It will not be a solution.
The White House response to America’s absence in Paris was, “for once, this was not about us.“ In other words, the president of the United States found it beneath him to show solidarity when he was not the center of the attention. In that sense, Obama got it right.
Following the beheading of James Foley when the president made a statement before making a beeline to the golf course, he gave a feigned apology about having trouble with the “optics“ of being president.
The passage of time has done nothing to improve the president’s vision. He is the epitomy of an “optical illusion“ who calls himself the president. Barack Obama is so narcissistic that when four million people showed up in Paris and it was not about him, so it was unimportant.
Retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters put it another way saying, “Passivity in the face of terror is complicit.“
If, just if, the rally in Paris is a catalyst which precipitates a genuine war against terror, then the much ballyhooed “backlash“ against Islam may have finally happened.
If world leaders are at long last serious about taking the war on terror to ISIS and all the other bad apples throughout the Middle East, then how will they do it?
The first, and most obvious, suggestion is by revoking the passports of the citizens of any country who travel abroad for terrorist training thereby making them unable to return home.
Next, it is time for European countries in particular to rid themselves of so-called “No Go Zones“ which are Muslim communities that live by Sharia law and do not conform to the laws of the country in which they exist. Such areas should no longer be tolerated.
Muslims must assimilate. Political correctness must cease. The West accepts the fact that Islam regards religion and politics a singular entity, but that has become an excuse that allows Muslims to hide behind their faith so they can do whatever they want.
Do away with the “No Go Zones“ and tell Muslims they are no longer allowed to disobey the laws of land in which they live under the guise of religion.
Third, recognize there is an enemy and go after them with a vengeance. It will not be pretty, and, yes, it will go against Western morality. There will be collateral damage and innocent people will die, but if there is one thing jihadists understand it is strength and commitment to a cause.
Stop beating around the bush with Mickey Mouse attempts to ignore the problem by calling it something it is not. Get to the core of the situation and recognize it for what it is.
And finally, begin building a coalition with Muslim reformers who have recently spoken out about the need for Islam to undergo an enlightenment to bring Islam into the 21st century.
Alan Dershowitz pulled no punches recently when he blamed much of what happened in Paris on France itself. “Terrorism is rewarded. Europe is part of the problem. France is part of the problem. I feel terribly sorry for the victims, but France is part of the problem. Maybe this will give them a wake-up call and have them join the war against terrorism rather than becoming part of the problem of facilitating and rewarding terrorism.“
Terrorists have no qualms about collateral damage. Why should we?
The terror summit in February will be much ado about nothing.
Fortunately for Barack Obama, the U.S. has been relatively immune to attack during his administration. Rest assured however, that his policies are equally “complicit“ as those in Europe and that makes the U.S. all the more vulnerable.
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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