CHARLOTTE, NC, July 1, 2014 – The Caliphate is on the move in the Middle East and, for the moment at least, it seems there is nothing that can stop it.
Whether it is out of ignorance of the truth, lack of will or fear, or, most likely, a combination of all three, the problem is growing and the West is, without realizing it, becoming a willing accomplice.
The most amazing aspect of what we have witnessed with the growth of global jihad since 9/11/01 is how easily the extremists have infiltrated our thinking through deception, political correctness and social media. It is frightening to watch and yet it continues almost without resistance on a daily basis.
Robert Spencer of “Jihad Watch” used the example of an interview with Andreas Krieg which dramatically demonstrates the absurdity of Western thought. When interviewed about the growth of Islamic extremism, Krieg, a Middle East security analyst at King’s College London in Qatar, admitted there is a problem, but it was the end of his comment that was so revealing.
Said Krieg, “All the empirical evidence shows that it (extremism) is on the rise. You’re seeing it in all the headlines, then you’re looking at Iraq, you’re looking at Syria, you’re looking at Nigeria. However, in all three cases this has nothing to do with Islam. I think people in the West may think it is because they feel alienated by Islam. There is a lot of Islamaphobia.”
And there you have it. “Islamaphobia” is the reason ISIL is establishing a Caliphate in Syria and Iraq with a five year plan to move into Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
It was “Islamaphobia” that kidnapped and killed three Jewish youngsters in Israel.
“Islamaphobia” was the reason for the attacks in Benghazi that killed four Americans.
What does it take to wake people up? How long will we sleep before we realize we have a critical problem with Islamic jihad that is growing incrementally with our devout lack of awareness of the situation?
More to the point, as Robert Spencer puts it, “What stake does the mainstream media have in absolving Islam of responsibility for evils perpetrated in its name and in accord with its teachings? Why does the mainstream media always rush to exonerate Islam of any connection to the ever-mounting number of atrocities done in its name and inspired by its texts and teachings, instead of explaining the ideology that jihadis say motivates and inspires them?”
It’s a fair question that deserves answers.
When Ronald Reagan was president, some analysts observed that one of the key factors in bringing down the wall in Berlin was the use of FAX machines. The fax allowed the free flow of information into countries that had been previously controlled by media propaganda for decades.
People behind the Iron Curtain knew they were not getting the truth from the government, but because their sources of information were usually second, third and fourth hand, they could not determine what was real and what was not.
Fast forward into the 21st century and the use of technology has reversed. As Ryan Mauro of “The Clarion Project” notes, ISIL and its followers have become masters of social media. The fax machine is obsolete, but the jihadists have advanced their use of technology to make even greater strides in brainwashing the minds of their devotees
Add to the process the use of English as the primary language of jihadis and the problem is magnified. So adept have the extremists become that they are even able to produce online sarcasm and humor in English with devastating results.
One example by Mauro is a pro-ISIL Tweet about the national bird of Pakistan and Yemen being the drone.
Another shows a photo-shopped picture of Michelle Obama holding the sign that said “#Bring back our girls” following the Boko Haram kidnappings in Nigeria. The new sign reads, “#Bring back our humvee”.
Dark as the humor may be, the truth is even darker. This is not “Islamaphobia.” It is time to stop the nonsense and forgiveness of Islam and begin to recognize the threat of Islam for what it really is.
Western strategies are fighting terrorism with Western thinking, while the extremists are beating us at our own game by using our the same Western techniques along with Western thinking.
While Barack Obama gets his feelings hurt by multiple rebukes from the Supreme Court, the president continues to tell us the problems in the Middle East are nothing more than “bumps in the road.”
Whether he is distracted, disinterested, disengaged or just plain incompetent doesn’t really matter. Ignoring the problem will not solve it and the longer we ignore it, the worse it will get.
While the world is glued to its televisions and the excitement of the World Cup, all those Middle Eastern countries that are not participating in Brazil are somewhere in the desert making bombs, killing innocent people and creating a Caliphate.
The media and academics can call it “Islamaphobia” if they like, but rest assured they will not call it that when they are forced to put their butts in the air five times a day to pray to Allah.
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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