Understanding Islam would help resolve Middle East crisis

Know thy enemy.


CHARLOTTE, NC, February, 5, 2015 – Whenever someone analyzes the growing cancer of Islamic jihad with reasonable opinions, they make so much sense it is difficult to believe in an opposite point of view.

In an interview with Charlie Rose earlier this week, retired army general Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), simplified the debate about “ISIS not being Islam.”

Flynn’s question to Rose was so uncomplicated that it defies the imagination as to why nobody ever mentioned it before. Paraphrasing Flynn’s thoughts, he asked Rose to explain why extremists being held at Guantanmo are given Korans and prayer rugs if they do not follow Islam. Flynn then asked why the United States respectfully buried Osama bin Laden with an Islamic ritual at sea if he was not a Muslim.

In other words, if “ISIS is not Islam” then why do we treat extremists with the respect demanded by the Islamic faith?

It is a valid point. You cannot have it both ways.

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Flynn’s analysis was so simple it magnified the hypocrisy of Barack Obama’s foreign policy.

Flynn continued his message by making the point that almost no one has presented regarding Islamic jihad.

“My personal belief on this is that our failure to understand the deeply-held religious beliefs that these guys have, and how they are interpreting it, and how they are acting it out – that failure to understand this really menacing ideology has led us to a mismatch in how we are executing a strategy and how we are executing even some of our campaign plans on the military side,” said Flynn.

The West, especially Barack Obama, has always been so arrogant about our intellectual superiority that it constantly underestimates the way Islamists think.

Many years ago when Little League baseball was in the early stages of international competition, an American team was playing Mexico in the late stages of the Little League World Series. Rather than use signals, the team from Mexico decided to shout instructions from the dugout in Spanish because they knew their opponents would not understand the language.

When the American coach saw what Mexico was doing, he made the decision to do the same thing with his own team and began calling out his strategies in English. Being bilingual, the Mexican players immediately understood everything the U.S. was trying to do. Long after the game was over, and the Americans had been thoroughly embarrassed, the American coach still had no idea how Mexico was able to “anticipate” his every move.

Sound familiar?

In an appearance on the Hugh Hewitt Show, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who has been a relentless voice against Barack Obama’s Middle Eastern policies, had no misgivings in saying the president is “about to unleash hell on the Mideast” thanks to his willingness to negotiate with Iran about its nuclear program.

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When asked the question about how he would deal with Iran during his first campaign for president, Obama answered that he would try to negotiate. That may be the only true statement Obama has ever made.

Meanwhile, as the president paints the White House a lovely shade of yellow to match the stripe down his back, King Abdullah II of Jordan appears to be serious in his efforts to counter ISIS. “We are fighting this war to protect our faith and our values and our humanitarian principles, and the fight will be relentless, we will be on the lookout for the clique of criminals and hit them in their own homes.”

Early reports from observers monitoring Twitter responses appear to indicate that ISIS leaders are deeply concerned about King Abdullah’s commitment to avenge the brutal burning execution of a Jordanian pilot earlier in the week.

Jordan is a small country that seems to have been re-united by the Islamic State’s barbarism. If so, it would be a major step for David to challenge Goliath.

Once again, it all comes down to understanding. The Jordanians may be small in number, but they have one significant advantage over their Western counterparts who have used a Keystone Kops approach to fighting terror, and that advantage is that they understand their enemy.

Once the West admits that it is not the smartest person in the battle, once they willingly call their enemy by name, once they seek outside intelligence from those who do know how the game is played, only then will real progress be made toward once and for all resolving the crisis of global Islamic jihad.

Don’t count on any positive progress to be made however, until January, 2016 when Barack Obama, and his policies, finally disappear into the sunset of international misunderstanding.

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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Bob Taylor
Bob Taylor has been travel writer for more than three decades. Following a career as an award winning sports producer/anchor, Taylor’s media production business produced marketing presentations for Switzerland Tourism, Rail Europe, the Finnish Tourist Board, Japan Railways Group, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and the Swiss Travel System among others. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com) and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.