Over the weekend, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) declared the establishment of a new Islamic nation, or caliphate, encompassing conquered portions of eastern Syria and northern Iraq. Demanding allegiance from Muslims worldwide, a spokesman for ISIS announced that the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was the new caliph. There’s little chance that this took place on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan by accident.
I’m not holding my breath for an apology from those who charged that articulating concerns over the advent of an caliphate was a right-wing conspiracy theory advanced to foment Islamophobia, by the way.
Other Islamic nations in the region are concerned, and they ought to be. ISIS supporters are distributing propaganda on social media indicating its next targets are Jordan and Saudi Arabia; the destruction of Israel is on the agenda as well, of course. Several graphic representations of the group’s intended areas of conquest are circulating online, one showing a region that stretches from western Africa to Indonesia, including Turkey, Iran, Pakistan and India.
While the outrage of Americans is growing over a major border crisis orchestrated by the Obama administration, a plethora of serious scandals and the unfathomable level of deceit and impudent overreach of this president, the rest of the world has to be considering the import of events in the Middle East. The snappy, new, black uniforms, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and belt-fed weapons visible in countless photos of ISIS members only underscore what I already know – and what world leaders must also know.
On Sunday, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah criticized ISIS and its Iraq campaign, calling them “a handful of terrorists” who have been “lured in by false calls.” According to The Times of Israel, the ultra-conservative Sunni Gulf kingdom is fortifying the 505 mile border it shares with Iraq. Earlier, we learned of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s willingness to work with outside enterprises – even the U.S. – to stem the tide of ISIS.
How, I wonder, is Russian President Vladimir Putin – who supports Bashar al-Assad in Syria and against whom Obama has backed neo-Nazi factions in Ukraine – interpreting events in Syria and Iraq? Or the Chinese, who have exponentially increased their economic stake on the African continent in recent years? I can’t imagine leaders in the European Union taking anything but a dim view of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons falling into the hands of Sunni Muslim fanatics who behead other Sunni Muslims for not being “militant enough.”
The world’s leaders know – even if Americans do not – that given Obama’s knowledge of Islam, the idea that he honestly believed he was arming “moderate” and “well-vetted” rebels in Syria is absurd in the extreme.
Ever since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans have asked why so-called “moderate” Muslims do not condemn the “radical” Muslims. This question comes from an ignorance of the Islamic worldview that is perpetuated by the political left, and by Muslims who are aware that Americans would rally against Islam if they knew the truth.
For those still wondering why “moderate” Muslims do not condemn “radical” Muslims, let me ask you this: Why doesn’t the regular Army condemn the Special Forces? Why doesn’t the congregation condemn the deacons?
With regard to Islam, the “moderates” know that the “radicals” are just doing their job. They do the heavy lifting to pave the way for all Islam. And if they have to cut off a few million heads to do it – well, it is the will of Allah. It’s the way they’ve been doing it for 1,400 years.
Caught quite literally in the middle of the conflagration in the Middle East is Israel. Abandoned by the Islamist Obama administration, which has consistently attempted to goad her into a vulnerable position, smarting from the heinous murder of three of its young citizens and well-aware of ISIS operatives insinuating themselves into the Palestinian territories, is it only a matter of time before she does what is necessary to preserve her safety? With trembling Arab neighbors and a rattled Iran, will the Israeli government determine that vaporizing the whole of northern Iraq might be the best way to demonstrate once and for all that they are serious about Israel’s security – as well as putting an end to the invertebrate diplomacy Obama and his rubber-faced creature John Kerry are attempting to foist upon them?
Because unlike rank-and-file American news watchers and our comatose Congress, Israel and other world leaders know that the seemingly inexplicable rise of ISIS is anything but inexplicable. The shiny new armaments and off-the-rack fatigues they possess did not fall into their hands out of the sky, and they did not steal all of them along the way.
They know that for all intents and purposes, Barack Obama is ISIS.
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