We’re in the midst of a war, but you’d never know it by watching the news or listening to the White House. The JV team keeps piling up bodies and Western leaders continue pledge to stand together as the blood dries. That’s all well and good, but when “standing together” is the entirety of the strategy, winning has not become the priority.
To win a war, to defeat an enemy, you have to first admit you’re in a war and have an enemy. No terrorist attack, no matter the body count or how great the horror, has shaken Western powers into admitting radical Islam is a cancer on humanity and needs to be exterminated. It seems as though nothing will.
What happened in Nice, France, was as evil as it was expected. Where the next attack will be we’ll know soon enough, but it too will be shocking and not surprising. It’s coming because each attack leads to a response along the lines of a mild scolding.
If each time you robbed a bank and got caught you faced only a “It’s wrong that you did that and you shouldn’t do that again,” why would you not rob banks? Now add in the fanatically insane idea that being killed while robbing banks was the key Heaven, and you get Islamofascism.
Yet Western leaders, from President Obama to French President François Hollande, treat this evil as a distraction; a kid kicking your chair on a long flight. But this is one annoyance that will only grow bigger if not stopped.
Newt Gingrich took a lot of heat for comments he made Thursday night, but he was absolutely correct in his conclusion. “I am sick and tired of being told the wealthiest, most powerful civilization in history, all of Western civilization, is helpless in the face of a group of medieval barbarians who, for example, recently burned 20 young women to death, burned them to death, because they wouldn’t have sex with them. A group which beheaded recently in the Philippines two Canadian businessmen, and we’re told to be reasonable, to be passive, to not judge. I just want to tell you tonight, everybody who watches this video, this is the fault of Western elites who lack the guts to do what is right, to do what is necessary, and to tell us the truth, and that starts with Barack Obama,” he said.
Unfortunately, in the wake of every wholesale slaughter of innocent human beings, “Western elites” circle the wagons of denial and lament the prospect of “blowback” against Muslims that never materializes. It’s like lecturing Jews not to be harsh toward Nazis as they’re being rounded up for shipping to death camps. They aren’t denying reality, they’re ignoring it completely.
We aren’t without fault in this, we allow politicians to do it. We allow an unambiguous, self-declared terrorist who murdered 49 people to be spun into a homophobic “gun-nut” by a media we continue to patronize. We’re told how we’re greedy by celebrities we continue to enrich. We’re lectured on how we’re horrible racists by politicians we continue to elect.
We do this to ourselves.
It’s not going to change until we change it. Islamofascists will stop murdering people only if they’re dead. We in the civilized world should make them dead. We have the tools, we have right on our side, but those in position to lead do not have the will.
Both ISIS and President Obama want to “fundamentally transform” the world. Only ISIS is willing to destroy it in the process, but Obama simply ignores its destruction in hopes it comes out his way. He’ll use the bodies of their victims to do it when he can, and ignore them when he can’t.
We’re in a war, whether we want it or not, whether our leaders acknowledge it or not. It’s a winnable war, but not if we don’t fight it the way wars have been fought and won since time began.
Radical Islam will always exist, but we must fight to ensure it does so only in the heads of a few afraid for their discovery. We have to fight the war against it like a war; with every weapon at our disposal. Our distaste for casualties has not spared lives. It has only prolonged suffering, and it must be overcome.
That means civilian casualties, and not just on our side, as it has been. That means taking them out wherever they are, no matter who they are with. If you’re having dinner with a terrorist, you are fair game. Regardless whether they’ve engaged in terror, if you sit down with the devil you better be prepared for Hell. And Hell is what we must bring to them.
Newt is right – they are barbarians and need to be destroyed. The civilized world has to embrace a little of the incivility which allowed it to defeat evil in the past and thrive if it is to do so again. We must fight like our survival depends on it. Because they will, and it does.