My thoughts this morning as the media is once again “beating the drums” for going to war in the middle-east.
Have we not learned anything from fighting Al Qaeda all these years. ISIS, like Al Qaeda, has no state or country to focus our war and our military on. If they did then we could obviously wipe them out before breakfast one morning. But these terrorist groups, while well-funded and organized, do not have a home base. They are all over the middle-east, in amongst the common people where they can hide so we can’t attack them without killing innocents as well.
Are these terrorists dangerous? Yes. Are these terrorists brutal? Yes. Do these terrorists need to be eliminated? Yes. Are these terrorists a threat to America? No. Yes, I know they can help plan some sort of attack on American soil and kill some innocent people. But they won’t topple America.
Those countries in the middle-east where ISIS are operating, attacking innocent people and conducting ethnic cleansing, are the ones that are threatened. It is their society, their way of life, their culture, their history, their security, and their future that is at stake. Those are the countries who need to be fighting to eliminate these radical Islamic terrorists.
ISIS is not doing all this because they hate America. They are targeting ethnic minorities with the goal of wiping them out so can create their Islamic state based on their radical Islamic doctrines. And if you are not with them, then they will kill you.
Do they hate America? Of course they do. They have learned from Al Qaeda that if they can do some horrendous brutal acts like beheading innocent Americans, we will overreact and send our soldiers to fight them. That is their goal. They can use American soldiers on-the-ground in their countries to help recruit more radicals to their cause.
Once again the media and the ex-military pundits they parade in front of us on television are doing everything they can to scare everyone into overreacting and sending in the military. Of course all these ex-military pundits are on the payroll of large defense companies and contractors which will profit enormously if we go back to war. But you won’t hear that when they are on all the news shows.
I personally agree with President Obama’s strategy that he outlined. Let’s help organize and unite those countries that are threatened by ISIS to do the on-the-ground fighting. Then we can utilize our vast resources to provide them with not only with weapons and air support, but also to attack their financial funding and weapons suppliers. Choke them off and isolate them.
This sounds like the right long-term strategy for the region. Al Qaeda was beat down, but they are still around. ISIS will also get beat down, but they will still survive in pockets. After ISIS there will be another radical group to step up. We can’t allow ourselves to get caught up in this recurring cycle of “go to war” every time some radical terrorist group starts causing problems in the middle-east.
We’ve seen how well it works when we fight these country’s battles for them… We can’t leave and when we do they can’t or won’t defend themselves.