Sunday, May 17, 2015
The other reason is more calculated, and perhaps even more terrible. ISIS and groups like them are seeking a breaking point; that line in the sand where not just the West, but the world will become so repulsed that they will fully commit to military action; thereby infinitely enlarging the killing field to every nation on the planet. Again, why? Because of one word---God. These individuals believe with all their might and souls that they are the vanguard of a new "holy" global tempest; that their actions will result in the arrival of the 12 Imam, that is, their Messiah, who will then lead them of a worldwide on a "holy" Jihad of global conquest to destroy any and everything which does not conform to their interruption of Islam; Infidels, wherever found, will either convert on the spot or die on the spot.
As if that wasn't enough, this type of religious philosophy also comes complete with its very own built end escape clause; namely that anyone killed by mistake will automatically enter heaven and no blame will be assigned to the one who caused the death. Thus if a child is accidently killed by a roadside bomb, no big deal. The child's death may be mourned but there is no punishment or any stigma. Nifty huh? One is allowed to do as they please with impunity since they have a "get to heaven guilt free" card so long as their actions are in accordance with the perceived "Will of God".
Finally, as I alluded to above, the atrocities being committed in the name of Allah are purely intentional. It's designed to raise the stakes each time in order to bring about the return of the 12th Imam, whom they claim is their Messiah. He will then lead the "Chosen Ones" on a worldwide Jihad to purge the world of all its non-believers---no exceptions; no deals; no compromises. From their perspective, the barbarity of their actions will eventually force the world's hand, resulting in global conflagration and thus purging the world of its infidels.
So, what do you do? Well, first is not to give these groups the opportunity to inspire fear, and that means limiting their access to
Punishment of terrorists or those who planned terrorists acts should be swift and severe. Some might argue that severe punishment, such as the electric chair or injections is "cruel and unusual". However, bear in mind that our Founding Fathers found that "cruel and unusual" applied to torture resulting in death. Founders like George Washington were forced to stand a number of individuals "up against a tree". I have to say that since the terrorists use violent means to execute primarily as a media event designed to inspire fear and make a political statement, so must the countries affected.
The quickest way to do that is getting moderate or even liberal Imams to go public often with their disapproval. This can accomplished in any number of ways. I would suggest using all of them since militant Imams from England to contentinal Europe though the Middle East and North Africa aren't exactly bashful in encouraging individuals (especially the youth) to become martyrs and join their "Jihad". Next, we must operate as ruthlessly as they do. Finally, we must remove religious zealot of from their arsenal. This may mean re-employing a tactic first used by General John "Blackjack" Pershing during his tenure as military governor of the Philippines at the turn of the 20th century.
This had the effect of denying these terrorists entree into Moslem heaven. That's right---no 72 virgins for these boys. Any bodies found belonging to the Moslem insurgents were given the same treatment. None of the bodies were turned over to their families for reburial. This action too served to drive home the message of no tolerance for militants. While many in Washington disapproved (and some were appalled), Pershing was successful in stopping the attacks by taking the religious aspect out of the equation. Once that was removed, so too was their willingness to simply die. Of course, I'm sure that today we would have to many apologists having a virtual apoplexy over the mere suggestion that we may violated some terrorist's rights and not that lives were saved and the fighting was stopped.
The United States Government has long failed the American People by not securing the Southern border. We've also had one attempted act of terror. I have no doubt there will be many more. Like Europe, these terrorist cells come imbedded with the millions of illegal immigrants who cross our border weekly. There has also been several stories of terrorist training centers just across our Southern border; operating in essentially "No Man's Land" controlled by drug cartels, who are apparently hoping the terrorists will kill them last. Such is their Faustian bargain with ISIS and Washington's hubris.