The Islamic State is not just in Syria and Iraq. They aren’t even relegated to the Middle East. They have spread their untraceable tentacles around the world in a way that the President of the United States and his advisers simply do not seem to understand or accept.
Now is not the time to politicize this issue and I have no intentions of attacking the actions or lack thereof from our Commander-in-Chief or any politician. I won’t point to what certain Republicans would do. We don’t have time to wait for the election. Regardless of political affiliation or religious doctrine, we must support the current President and guide him to the realization that the Islamic State cannot be handled the way our current policy is dictating. To get a glimpse of what that policy is, President Obama was asked about it the day before the attacks in Paris.
They are not contained, nor can the possibly be contained. Their land grabs in the Middle East are only part of the war that they’re waging. They aren’t just an army. They’re an idea, a beacon that can bring out the most extreme core of angry Muslims yearning to serve their god and his prophet. The longer that the Islamic State is allowed to exist militarily, the greater the threat will be for people around the world.
We all know about Paris. Most believe that the Russian passenger jet that crashed from Egypt was taken down by a bomb planted by Islamic State sympathizers. They have reached into Beirut, Lebanon, to fight their enemies in Hezbollah. There haven’t been attacks like these in the United States in recent years, but the FBI is actively probing nearly 1000 Islamic State cases.
The victories by the armies of the Islamic State embolden potential attackers around the world while their defeats enrage them. We cannot afford to allow the swelling of support they are receiving and the number of potential terrorists they’re recruiting to continue. The only way to stop it at this point is through absolute annihilation of the group at its heart.
It’s not about air strikes. It’s not about a few dozen special forces units. Now is the time for the United States and Russia to join forces with every other willing military in the world for the most important battle the world has seen since World War II. It would have been possible for Hitler to have been stopped and the deaths of millions of Europeans, Asians, and Americans to have been avoided if the world had been willing to act decisively before it was too late.
With the Islamic State, it’s approaching that tipping point of being too late.
Just as the military victories embolden and the defeats enrage, the actions abroad from agents of the Islamic State encourage Muslim extremists. It gives them hope that they can be successful in their ordered missions, that they can be a part of something that will, in their view, grant them eternal life with 72 virgins. They are motivated. The longer that the Islamic State is allowed to exist in its current form, the more attacks there will be everywhere in the world.
They will hit the United States at some point if they’re allowed to continue. While law enforcement has done exceptionally well at keeping us safe in recent years, there is nothing they can do to stop the influx from the shadows that will exist in perpetuity while the Islamic State continues.
This isn’t like 9/11. They learned that America would not crumble completely from a single attack. The Islamic State is not al Qaeda. They are far worse and they will only grow until they are cut off at the source.
Again, this isn’t the time to politicize things, but in case there needs to be some additional incentive, here it is. If President Obama and President Putin came together to unite for the unilateral destruction of the Islamic State, both would be solidified in the history books as the men who put their great differences aside to save the world.
We cannot wait for the forces in the Middle East to get their acts together. We cannot hope that Russia will be able to do it on their own. There is no time to wait. President Obama, you must lead this country and the world right now or all will be lost.