WASHINGTON, November 16, 2015 – There is a choice. I’m speaking of blood. I’m talking about the blood which was so sadly and despicably spilled again this past weekend in Paris and the blood that is preordained to spill in the years to come.
As Paris was the end of life for scores of innocent victims, we can only hope it is a chance for another new beginning for the feckless leaders, including our own, to come to terms with making the choices that will lead to a disproportionate spilling of our enemy’s blood in the future, rather than more of our own.
It is a simple and utterly inescapable truth that there will be more spilled blood, on both sides, regardless of our course of action. It is then just a matter of do we want it to be here or there? Do we want it to be ours or theirs? If we choose there and theirs, we then need to come to terms with another reality that this fight will only be won with soldiers on the ground, mostly ours. We will suffer casualties. Those are the choices.
Choosing to only deal with the problem on the margins, in spurts and just from the relatively safe confines of piloted or pilotless weapon delivery platforms will insure an unsafe future for western societies including our own.
We need to also come to terms with the fact that the world no longer has borders. Even oceans won’t insulate anyone or any country. Putting America in lock down will not isolate us from the maniacal and singular determination of these killers. The only way to deal with the problem is kill the fanatics, preferably on their turf, until they are extinct. The only way to kill the fanatics is to go to war with them and to hell what is put on television. If we are to win, there will unfortunately be collateral damage so we need to dispel ourselves of the notion that we can fight an antiseptic war.
As it will pain many people to admit, George W. Bush was right, particularly in regards to this fight, “you are either with us or against us”. As we wash away the fresh blood from the streets of Paris, can it really be any other way? Do you really think you can reason with an enemy locked in a 14th century mindset that puts our annihilation above their own propagation? It would certainly be a refreshing tone as contrasted with the falling out of fashion urbane coolness of Obama who said as recently as day before this latest massacre that ISS has been “contained”.
Tell that to the families of 128 dead innocents now lying in cold storage with a tag on their big toe.
After 9/11, the world’s newspapers proclaimed that we were all Americans. In the aftermath of Paris, the world is again awash in the colors of the host country to the calamitous attacks. But rather than lighting up global landmarks proclaiming unity, defiance and fearlessness, we need to light up the terrorists as they’ve never been lit up before.
To understand what we are up against is to relinquish our own mindset that values life in diametric opposition to how radical Islam values life. In that world, contrary to anything that exists in every fiber of our being, having a death wish is an attribute. If you are a young, indoctrinated Muslim with a dead end life, joining ISIS is also an adventure, which it is when you are doing the killing. We need to dispel any notion that this “adventure” has any rewards. How do we do that? The reality, while not convenient, is undeniable. We must kill anyone intent on killing us until it is crystal clear that being a fanatic carries no rewards. Actually, it carries a harsh and emphatic punishment with which we are emotionless. It is just business. It is eat or be eaten.
Dealing with ISIS and the global threat they represent and deign to escalate will not be pretty. It will not be fun. It will not be pleasant. And it will be bloody. It will not be for the faint of heart, the timid or for leaders lacking unrelenting conviction.
When your enemy chooses to engage you with a knife, you don’t draw a pen. When your enemy’s preferred means of persuasion is suicide bombing, you don’t write another speech or grovel in uncertainty. You raise the stakes. If they deign to kill one of yours, you kill a thousand of theirs. Disproportionate retaliation, while scorned, provides the only disincentives that have a chance of ridding humanity of this reprehensible menace. To think otherwise is at your peril for it is your blood that will be what is spilled tomorrow.