…for, a war is what it is, or at least it’s what is to come, no matter how the American politicians like two twist and mince words. But here on the Big Blog of Freedom and Justice, words are never minced.
13 years ago, we resolved (very hastily) that we must fight terrorism after it reared it’s ugly head on our own shores. We sent troops to the Middle East, and here at home, we restricted our own freedoms (curiously enough) in the fight against – terrorism. A stateless, vague enemy motivated by…what?
Well, we all know – Islam. But our U.S. Government, for any number of reasons, avoids admitting so, and when they have no choice but to do so, it becomes “radical” and not typical to Islam.
Some go along with this narrative, that Islam is fundementally peaceful. Others see, like myself, Islam to be fundementally hostile, and this explains the history of violence connected to this religion. And we always end up getting into this debate when we discuss this part of foreign policy but you know, it isn’t actually relevant.
Because whether or not Islam is fundementally hostile, it is still a fact that this new wave of ISIS warriors are religiously motivated. And those are the worst sort; warriors motivated by a god or an allah with nothing to loose but everything to gain. There is no amount of diplomacy or compromise which can satisfy such warriors.
We went into Iraq and part of our mission was to train and equip an American-freindly government to handle those sorts of situations from now on. And under the present administration, we decided they were capable to handle themselves.
And what happened next? After staying on the low down during the years of American occupation, a new generation of Muslim warriors, with passion and zeal never before seen, rose up and once again, terrorize the less radical populace and now are a threat to the entire world, especially the Western World which is held in contempt.
So now we’re at a Crossroads. Two options: do nothing, which is never a good option politically, even though it may be the best option; or do everything. Sending in the bare minimum of aid and troops to keep your head above political waters will just drag us into a prolonged war with an enemy that can never truly be defeated.
Islam is an established religion; it isn’t going anywhere. Not as if it will be this aspect which the U.S. will dedicate itself to fighting; it would be politically incorrect. So you fight ‘Terrorism’ or ‘Extremism’ in a region where it has been rife for thousands of years. In of themselves they are vague ideas and it would be arrogant to think we can defeat it.
The conclusion? Do everything, sending ground troops of all sorts, etc., with the intent of winning is not a reasonable goal. As soon as you leave, the problem will just flare up again (worse than it was before) bringing us back where we started. So the only thing to do is keep troops there forever; something no one is happy with.