While world leaders try desperately to convince their populations that their countries are slowly but surely defeating the Islamic State, a series of bloody civilian massacres have made their claims difficult to believe. No doubt, the U.S.-led military coalition is beating back the “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq; but when it comes to carrying out terrorist attacks, ISIS has never been stronger.
In Orlando last month, clubgoers were slaughtered by a man who pledged allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi. In Istanbul, Turkey, suicide bombers murdered innocent people at one of the world’s largest airports. In Bangladesh last week, ISIS terrorists stormed a bakery, took hostages, and ultimately killed at least 22 individuals. And in Baghdad Sunday, ISIS detonated a car bomb that left more than 80 civilians dead.
When Secretary of State John Kerry referred to the Istanbul attack as “daily fare,” he wasn’t far from the truth.
Whether these massacres are “inspired by” ISIS, carried out by affiliated terrorist cells, or orchestrated by the group’s high command, they are all linked to the same root cause: Radical Islam. Not lapsed gun control. Not mental health. Not joblessness. Not Donald Trump. Not LGBT issues. These are the topics the Obama administration wants us to think about so we don’t think too much about how incompetent they have been in fighting the war on terror.
Already, the human toll these savages have taken is incalculable. Just think of the grieving families in Orlando. And then multiply that by the hundreds – thousands – of people who have lost loved ones due to ISIS militants, their sycophantic followers, and all of the other branches of this sick ideology. It doesn’t much matter if that ideology goes by the ISIS brand name, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, or something else. This is much larger than any one faction.
There will probably not be an “end” to this war in our lifetimes, if ever. Not even the largest, most powerful military in the history of the planet can defeat evil beliefs.
But it’s clear that we could be doing much more than we currently are – if only we had Western leaders willing to admit that this problem is not separate from Islam.
This November, we have a very stark choice. One presidential candidate who is just as handcuffed by political correctness as Obama and one who isn’t. The current state of the world is a result of that political correctness. Maybe it’s time to try something else.