The Nazi-ISIS Axis of Evil
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Re-structuring Parts of the World
The grisly idea of transforming Europe mainly on the basis of deciding who lives, who dies, has lately found an echo of sorts in how ISIS is now, beginning with Iraq and Syria, attempting to re-arrange the Middle East. Of course, the militant arm of ISIS, nearly its entire body, is no match, historically, for Nazi Germany's Armed Forces. But it has no need to duplicate its predecessor. In fact, it has advantages its superior lacked. It does not have to deal with the armies and hostile populations of Russia, Scandinavia, Poland, France, or Great Britain -- just for starters. Its foregrounding of Islamism is already an established fact. Marxism and Communism, whatever the difference, is no longer a factor, though, if the Aswan Dam is taken into account, the region in question owes the politically deceased a large debt. Like its predecessor, ISIS has not gone unchallenged, though much less than it deserves -- as was the situation with Nazi thugs in the 1930s. It is truly asking for it. With all due respect, Islam has been for long stretches of history a peaceful religion. It is sporadicaly pointed out ad infinitum. But within the last handful of years, it gave birth to a mutation, that, in comparison, makes ordinary terror organizations seem relatively tame.
With the scantiest information imaginable at my fingertips, I can only venture a guess as to what a part of the long term strategy of ISIS might consist of. In line with al-Qaeda's division between a short distance and long distance objective, ISIS has adopted the same position as well as priority. In other words, America is first, then Israel. Already, the once-insane notion that America was the softer target has returned unexpected dividends. As to what can occur without resistance or intervention, only consider the massacre of 20th century Polish Jewry. The figures available to me are not exact, nor can Wikipedia be wholly relied upon, but a reduction from 3,500,000 in 1939 to 7,300 "declared" in 2011, seems approximately correct, given about 3M killed during the war, escapees, the repatriated, and converted, in addition to emigration, and distrust of census takers. Religious affiliation is still a sensitive subject. ISIS has no such capability, but has shown, especially by world-wide internet technology, that it can make almost every, single killing felt. I somehow feel it encumbent upon me to stress the obvious, that the most malicious terrorist group thus far does not plan to negotiate the lives of the shorter target. As to the longer ranged target, its goal, however vague at this time, will likely include an element of mass demoralization and reconfiguration of citizenship qualifiers.
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Who me? Prejudiced?
We are born clean slates, but by the time we die, the slates generally exhibit a few blotches and scratches. An important election is on the horizon. The Democrats take the prize when it comes to verbal etiquette, not without significance, but my emphasis is on Realpolitik. For the length of an entire administration, it has been more the case than not to resort to speech in order to avert the agony and futility of an interminable, funereal engagement. At some point, most likely during the Russian-Afghanistan War, since Vietnam was not much of a teacher, it became apparent that the world had only two viable options left to over-heated, international disputes: (1) either talk them out, or (2) risk excessive force. Russia could have turned all Afghanistan into a deep, inaccessible crater, mountains included, though the possibility need not be acknowledged. But about prejudices -- yes, Republicans have generally had to struggle for parity. Still, neither Clinton nor Trump is apt to take up where Obama left off, that is, insofar as heightened, language-based polemics are concerned, though critics love to call attention to those ubiquitous teleprompters.
For years, neglected minorities have complained about the U.S. giving preferential treatment to Israel. Some complaints have finally been attended to. Long-standing grievances have been redressed. Domestic policies have changed. So have foreign policies. President George W. Bush fought the Iraqi Sunni, but President Barack Obama lifted sanctions against the Iranian Shi'a to win concessions. Sunni-Shi'a skirmishes are infighting ("fitna") issues that should not overly concern us, except that a cross-sectional analysis would reveal a large percentage of Final Solutionists. But how, I wonder, is ISIS, and its ilk, going to erode Israel's support from both Christian and Jew? For them, as well as others, the universal acceptance of a Global Islam is not an option. As I have reported repeatedly, many Americans have voluntarily left the country. Some went in cold anticipation of new horrors arising. These are the sort that haven taken place elsewhere, but never yet right here in Middletown, USA. Some citizens store cans of food to last them years. Yes, there was Y2K at the turn of the century, as well an announced End of the World, a few years back. But subsequently, things happened, that, added up, are unnerving. So, you say you are not prejudiced. You will probably get a chance to prove it. America is a nation at odds with itself, perhaps as never before.
ISIS and YOU
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At this point in time, gathering facts, anecdotes, and statistics about ISIS from obtainable literature, holds few surprises. It is high profile, growing in number, recruiting from almost everywhere, making use of Twitter, You Tube, Facebook, and other online communication. It fights back when its accounts are suspended with new accounts and something called "ghost bots" -- bits of computer code. Its Tunisian fighters are securing ground in North Africa. It has a ritualistic method of acquiring "bayahs", or oaths of allegiance, specifically to Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi, not only from fellow terror groups, but limited provinces as well, called "wilayats", inside vaster territories. It offers no apologies whatsoever for anything it does, such as enslaving Yazidis, because it operates with the projection of ever-increasing strength, rather than moral restraint. But it cannot completely fend for itself. It needs help. For instance, it has stated in articles about ending the Jewish State, leaving the matter up to Allah, for the time being. Such an admission of resignation and weakness is incongruent with its usual boasting and exultation.
ISIS has reached out and won neophytes from the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, and India. It has Chechens and Pakistanis, Afghans and Africans. It is in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt, Libya, and Algeria. But, as suggested above, it will need betrayal in addition to cells to work its will upon the U.S. So far, it is not winning. Patrick Buchanan, or another commentator, has pointed out how Mexico and Latin America can gradually conquer the U.S. with demographics alone. Refugees might create an opening, just enough of a wedge, to further the quasi-cause. Watchful eyes have already glommed onto this factor; still others are all for it, salivating over the prospect of the downfall of America's hitherto favored sons and daughters. It is a subject of controversy with no easy solutions. For us, as voters, we must remain vigilant about whom we put into power. ISIS will be looking for traitors who speak with a forked tongue, one way to the East, another to the West. It has to be somebody powerful and above suspicion. Then again, an apocalyptic war, envisioned by many on both sides, may never come to pass. ISIS has its own beliefs about how the world as we know it will reach an end -- to the great benefit of Islam, of course, as well as to our everlasting despair.
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Real Bullets and Mass Hysteria
ISIS has given rise to one of the greatest talkfests in the history of news programs. Many times its destruction is called for by the famous and powerful. Videos and photographs need no captions or voice-over in English. They are the crème-de-la-crème of viewer discretion. Still, these crimes against humanity are both far away as well as in the Middle East, where fighting is, as always, almost without interruption. To the individual, I would only say, hold on, if you can, and keep a lid on personal anger -- or righteous indignation. There is very little anyone can do. According to Revelation 22:11: New International Version "Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy." In other words, maybe it was meant to be.
The primary, secular text for my article, also cannot find an adequate conclusion. Risk analysis, taken from the work of a Nobel Prize winner, merely advises one to click one's seatbelt. Chances are more likely you'll get into an accident than in the line of ISIS fire. More interesting are a list of Islamic terms, unfamiliar to most, which, as it turns out, do not necessitate belligerency. Salafism, takfir, and hijira all play a role, however twisted, to satisfy the jihadist. The Muslim Brotherhood, at its inception, united both liberal and conservative extremes. It turns out that jihad itself does not always require bloodshed. Despite their appeal, terrorist leaders lay claim to powers not truly vested in them. Saudi Arabia, for instance, has consistently asserted Osama bin Laden never had a right to declare holy war. Distinctions between jihadists, such as ISIS and al-Qaeda, are interesting, but far too academic for their intended targets and victims to dwell upon. Only yesterday the Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey was attacked without anyone taking immediate responsibility.
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