All of this anti-Muslim fear-mongering and Harper jingoism is bothering me deeply. (Apart from the very real fact that our PM Harper is stoking up the rhetoric, and thus all but inviting attacks from jihadists – doing the Bush ‘bring it on’ bullshit while hiding in the closet.)
One big truth, and one I think we should keep in mind, so as to remain rational, is that ISIS is in no way a direct threat to Western democracy, its principles, or the (gradually eroding) freedoms we enjoy. They are not the Nazis, and they are not a cohesive military with a Hitler figure, capable of launching war against democracies.
Has anyone noted that ISIS is not firing missiles at Israel, or conducting all out war with the Americans, Canadians, Brits., etc. who are in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere? That’s because Israel alone could wipe ISIS off the planet within days if it wished to. And it would, if seriously provoked – civilian casualties notwithstanding. They have never been shy about bombing the hell out of the Palestinians and bulldozing them into oblivion.
ISIS is a joke as a military force. They are terrorists, yes. And terrorism is the ubiquitous, amorphous enemy. ISIS, like the Taliban, are terrorizing their own people, as well as citizens of Western democracies when they can get their hands on them, because they are barbaric fundamentalists. They fear that their fundamentalist religious culture will die out. In that, they are no different to our own White Supremacists – with one caveat. White Supremacists do not live in their own region, which has been exploited and raped for over a century by the West, for its own economic gain, and to feed its industrial/military/consumerist complex.
For all its horrific barbarity and rabid brainlessness, ISIS is the product of Middle East rape, and the same kind of fear-mongering on their part that is going on now in Canada. I do not defend their actions. But I do understand that we, our armies, are the ones with the overwhelming power. Our world network of surveillance and global control is huge and indomitable. Even our klutzy RCMP and CSIS can apparently recognize so-called ‘potential terrorist threats’ and deal with them effectively, without our knowing a thing, and without the insane powers now given them in Bill C-51.
Enough of the fear-mongering. Put things in perspective. There is no Muslim movement akin to Hitler’s Nazi Germany, ready to destroy us because they ‘hate our freedom.’ Anyone who believes that is a simpleton, or an ostrich. We could destroy the Taliban and ISIS in days, if we used the force we truly wield. We don’t do that – and are dragged into a drawn out guerrilla-war scenario – because to do otherwise would be to declare all out war on sovereign countries, and be met with powerful, ‘legitimate’ standing armies in the Middle East. We haven’t wiped them off the face of the earth, simply because they operate in sovereign countries which we cannot cook up an excuse to directly attack. (Oh, what am I saying…. ?We did something like that in a place called Iraq. Silly me.)
Let’s get real. Muslims are not our enemies. Radical fundamentalists are, whether they fight for Islam or Jesus, wear nasty scarves or collect MPs salaries.