Terrorism: It’s Not Political, It’s Religious

I’ve often argued that Obama, and most Democrats, hold the position that the root of terrorism can be found in issues of “haves and have-nots”. If only terrorists had more money, more opportunity, more freedom, nicer cars, Air Jordans, etc., then they’d be happier people. They wouldn’t be needy, and they’d be less likely to blow people up. The U.S. policy toward terrorists should be understanding, thoughtfulness, and diplomacy. If we’d just give them more, then the world would be a happier place.

Just read this quote from President Obama today.

Obama also vowed to strike back against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria in the first apparent official confirmation that the U.S. believes the terrorist group was indeed behind the Brussels attacks.

“The notion that any political agenda would justify the killing of innocent people like this is something that’s beyond the pale,” he said.

See? It’s a “political problem”, according to Obama. ISIS wants real estate, apparently. They want to be recognized as a government. So, let’s find a way…let’s negotiate with them and see if we can’t find them a nice plot of land to put up some white picket fences to hold the women they abuse.

It’s not a political problem. It’s a Religion problem. ISIS wants to kill anyone who doesn’t adhere to Islam. And not your every day ISLAM. The Sharia Law kind of Islam. And they don’t want to stop at occupying a simple area of land they can call home. They want to occupy the world. The want to kill Americans. They want to kill Europeans. They just want to kill, period. Are you Christian? You should be dead. Jewish? Dead. Atheist? Dead.

That’s what Democrats, Obama, and all Liberals don’t want to believe. They don’t want to acknowledge the fact that a political solution to the ISIS problem is a waste of time. Well, actually, there is one Liberal who does understand the problem of Islam. Bill Maher.

I don’t agree with Maher on most of anything, but he’s dead on here. I only wish more Liberals would listen to his position. If they did, we might have a chance against ISIS.

We need to unite on the problem of radical Islam. We need to defeat it, and I mean annihilate it. Not talk with them about it. Not find them a spot in the world where they can do their thing and not bug us about our thing. There will never be a place for ISIS in our world. If our politicians really want to protect us, they should stop the tolerance talk and the Islamophobia talk and join a coalition of forces whose end game is the complete and total end of radical Islam.

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Never forget.

ISIS Has Planes, and They're Learning How to Fly

As if it’s not bad enough that ISIS is beheading people on video, and conducting mass executions of innocent Iraqis, and taking over thousands of square miles of territory.

Now they have airplanes. And they aren’t planning vacations to sandy beaches. They’re forcing detained pilots to train ISIS militants how to fly.

And what do you think they’re going to do when they know how to fly these planes?

Obama: No Strategy Yet for Combating ISIS

No plan. Nothing. Clueless.

President Obama acknowledged Thursday he doesn’t have a plan for defeating Islamist militants in Syria and backed away from imminent military action, while he also downplayed reports of a new Russian invasion in Ukraine.

“We don’t have a strategy yet,” Mr. Obama said of his plans for defeating the Islamic State in Syria. “We need to make sure that we’ve got clear plans. As our strategy develops, we will consult with Congress.”

See the video here.

This can’t be good news for the family of journalist Steven Sotloff, whose mother pleaded with the terrorist group earlier this week.

What possesses the US President to get in front of cameras and tell the world he has no plan for how to combat a terrorist group worse than Al Qaeda? Is this just a big bluff? Does he really know what he’s doing but he just wants everyone to think he doesn’t? Will we hear about a special Navy Seals mission in a few days detailing the successful rescue of Sotloff?

I saw this picture today and it brought zero confidence.

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Tony Blair: Let's Restore Gaza!

As details on the long-term truce in the Israel / Palestinian conflict continue to flow out to the public, some are rushing to put measures in place to rebuild after the destruction from the thousands of bombs that were dropped over seven weeks. The rebuilding wouldn’t necessarily be an area wide endeavor. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, now Middle East Quartet Envoy, wants to immediately focus on opening the Gaza Strip to the world. He wants nations to join in the rebuilding effort, but it should be controlled by the Palestinian Authority.

“Such a plan can allow Gaza residents to lead better lives, and Israeli citizens to live in safety and security,” Blair said.

Blair puts an amazing amount of trust in the PA to manage a process like this. I guess in Tony’s world, no corruption exists. History shows when millions (or billions) of dollars are showered on a government for infrastructure, the money gets skimmed. Sometimes it completely vanishes into government or individual coffers. What guarantees would “the world” have to ensure the PA doesn’t turn around and manufacture more bombs with money targeted to this restoration effort?

And do you think Hamas would sit by idly and not expect to grab its own portion of the cash for it’s terrorist operations?

The truth is none of this will ever happen. Am I surprised by this suggestion from Blair? No. He’s trying to be relevant. He wants his name out there in conjunction with this truce agreement. I think world leaders would see his insertion here as just that – a way for Tony to claim ownership over a grand plan, even if it has no chance of implementation.

Jihadi John: Just an Average Punk

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Wow, that didn’t take long at all.

MI5 and MI6 have identified the British fighter suspected of murdering the American journalist James Foley, senior government sources confirmed last night.

The masked man with a London accent, who is said to be known to fellow fighters as “Jihadi John”, was seen in the shocking video of Foley’s death released by the Isis extremist army last week.

While sources gave no details of the man they have identified, a key suspect is Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, 23, who left his family’s £1m home in Maida Vale, west London, last year.

Now that we know what he looks like, it’ll be much easier to find him and kill him. Let’s hope the next news we hear about Mr. Bary is that he met a cruise missile up close and personal.

Michael Foley: The US Could Have Helped Jim

You’ve got to feel for this family. Their tragedy is so public, and I’m sure there are thousands of requests for them to do interviews like this. Let’s hope the interviews they do take focus on Jim’s life, and not the politics of his murder.

8 Minutes Later…

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12:57 pm — expressing outrage over the brutal murder of reporter James Foley, and vowing to hunt down the members of ISIS that are responsible.

1:05 PM — FORE!

Bad optics, to say the least.

News Flash from the Ivory Tower

This just in…

World governments are focussing too much on fighting terrorism while obesity and other “lifestyle diseases” are killing millions more people, an international conference heard Monday. Overcoming deadly factors such as poor diet, smoking and a lack of exercise should take top priority in the fight against a growing epidemic of chronic disease, legal and health experts said. Global terrorism was a real threat but posed far less risk than obesity, type two diabetes and smoking-related illnesses, US law professor Lawrence Gostin said at the Oxford Health Alliance Summit here. “Ever since September 11 we’ve been lurching from one crisis to the next which has really frightened the public,” Gostin told AFP later.” While we’ve been focussing so much attention on that we’ve had this silent epidemic of obesity that’s killing millions of people around the world and we’re devoting very little attention to it and a negligible amount of money.”

Food, even the bad for you kind, brings a certain amount of pleasure. People spend money to obtain pleasure. Companies make billions of dollars because their product elicits a pleasurable effect with the customer. Last I looked, my double whopper with cheese wasn’t wearing the belt of a suicide bomber.

In a post 9/11 world, I can’t even believe we’re having this conversation.