Even the most hawkish of pronouncements from the French have carefully focused on the tactical issue of defeating ISIS. Yes, ISIS is a problem, but the combined might of the West could dispatch it in short order. ISIS has made the elementary and existential mistake of concentrating their forces where we can see them and kill them. Whether the West has the intestinal fortitude to complete the job is a question for another day. A few bombing runs, however well-intentioned, is not going to do the job. And one of the advantages that Al Qaeda has is their distributed organization: it is almost literally all over the world. That’s tough to find and tough to kill. But even if we destroy ISIS as a fighting force, return their conquered territory to its former owners — whoever that might be — and decimate Al Qaeda, we are still left with an ascendent Islam.
And Islam as an ideology…a revolutionary political philosophy that has at its root the expansion across the entire world…cannot be destroyed. It is an idea, a political and social structure masquerading as a religion, and it is an undeniably attractive one to 1.6 billion people. But the apologists who fervently believe in a mythical “moderate Islam” are fools, and are fooling us. As the saying goes, A militant Muslim wants to kill us….a moderate Muslim wants the militant Muslim to kill us.
What we can do is tamp down its expansionist tendencies with forceful military and political action that must extend over a generation or more; constant application of overwhelming military might everywhere Islam has a foothold. That requires foresight in our leaders, something that is sorely lacking in all but a few Western politicians. It also requires the intestinal fortitude of the people of the West. We must be dedicated enough to the cause of liberty and freedom and individualism to send our sons to fight and die in foreign lands, to teach our children that freedom and liberty and Western culture is worth fighting and dying for. And most important; to exert enough force to crush the military might of Islam, and to convince them that their time is not now. Yes, they will lay in wait for a century or two or three, but that is the nature of the beast.
I see very little evidence of that. What I see is an increasingly infantile population that is more and more comfortable with the anti-freedom and anti-democratic tendencies of the Social Justice Warriors and the BlackLivesMatter and the militant feminists whose idea of Nirvana is a world with neutered men…ignoring the uncomfortable fact that the world they envision would be in short order a world ruled by Sharia law, where they would be chattel, or dead.
Some have suggested that it will take another 9/11, or something much worse to snap America and the West out of its obtuse insistence that all is well. I hope that we never find out. Perhaps France will be the first Western country to fight the long war. And perhaps America will get the leader it needs next year, and we begin to repair the damage that Islamic apologists have wreaked upon our country’s psyche.
I’m not holding my breath.