Rachel Alexander

Instead, in January, Obama joked about ISIS, analogizing it to a junior varsity basketball team. ISIS is considered the successor to al Qaeda, and it doesn’t appear to be any less bloodthirsty than al Qaeda. In fact, the opposite is true. Al Qaeda disavowed any ties with ISIS in February, citing its barbaric methods. As did al Qaeda, ISIS emerged from the Muslim Brotherhood. Its goal is to establish a totalitarian Islamic theocracy with sharia law, and remove all borders between Middle Eastern countries.

ISIS is very savvy with technology. Its social media capabilities have been described as "probably more sophisticated than [that of] most US companies." It has more assets than any jihadist group in the world, with assets worth $2 billion. About three quarters of this was reportedly seized from capturing Mosul, much of it stolen from banks. Other income comes from extorting truck drivers and threatening to blow up businesses.

ISIS continues to capture and use weapons, including surface-to-air Stinger missiles, M198 Howitzers, DShK guns mounted on trucks, anti-aircraft guns, self-propelled guns and at least one Scud missile. In Mosul, it seized UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters and nuclear materials.

Finally, on Thursday, Obama authorized air strikes. At the same time, he said U.S. combat troops will not return. "As commander in chief, I will not allow the United States to be drawn into fighting another war in Iraq," Obama said. Fortunately, several countries, including France, are allowing asylum to fleeing Christians and non-Sunni Muslims.

So much for Obama claiming he ended the war in Iraq and took out al Qaeda’s bin Laden. You can win the war thanks to your predecessors’ aggressive approach, but lose everything later by disengaging and sending the terrorists mixed messages.

This is the beginning of the end for Christians in the Middle East. Christians know it; the Bible predicts things will get worse for Christians and Jews toward the end times, not better. Andrew White, Anglican Vicar in Baghdad, said: “It looks as if the end could be very near” for Christians in Iraq.

The fact that ISIS cannot get along with Shia and some Kurdish Muslims speaks volumes. Christians get along with hundreds, if not thousands, of different denominations today without killing each other by the thousands. Radical Islam is a drastic threat today to Christians, Jews and other less radical Muslims, and until it can be contained, the brutality is just going to increase.

Where is America in all of this? Has our own moral relativism deadened us to the difference between good and evil, so that we no longer distinguish between them, and no longer respond? As it says in Lamentations 1:12, “Is it nothing to you, all you that pass by?” When Obama blithely pulled out of Iraq, refusing to give aid to the Kurds (who are now providing refuge for the “least of these” Christians), and left everything in the hands of an unpopular, weak Prime Minister Malaki, he left the minority Christians with no protection. A few air strikes will have little effect on a threat this serious. ISIS has become emboldened, and has specifically said it intends to continue conquering. Who will it torture and murder next, U.S. embassies in the Middle East? Adjoining European countries, precipitating the next World War?


Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander is the editor of the Intellectual Conservative. She also serves as senior editor of The Stream.


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