One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. And if that is true, then it’s clear our political leaders are “insane”.
After 9/11 the USA declared a “war on terror” – something that was a bogus concept right from the start, because you cannot have a war on a “tactic” of war. For that’s what terrorism is, a tactic of war.
But never mind the semantics, our leaders were oblivious to the sheer impossibility of winning such a war – then and now.
So here we are, 13 years later, and the threat of terrorism has grown. It has certainly not been defeated. In fact, one could easily posit that all the “war on terror” has achieved so far is to great more terrorists. Worse still, to create smarter terrorists.
For all the billions of dollars spent on this ridiculous war, there is nothing to show for it, except more terrorism – more effective terrorism
So what is the USA’s response to this latest manifestation – IS, the Islamic State? More of the same of course!
I would suggest that responding to IS’s provocations – as in well-publicised beheadings – by waging war on them, is exactly what they want us to do. They want US and its allies to put “boots on the ground”, and by all accounts they will get it, due to the inevitable “mission creep” that will occur when our leaders realise that simply firing missiles from the sky does not in fact eradicate this terrorist menace.
The trouble is, nothing will be able to eradicate IS. Why? Because it’s an ideology, belief, an idea. You cannot eradicate beliefs and ideas. You can kill people, but the ideas live on. And if the West foolishly wages a full-scale war in the Middle East in an attempt to kill off all IS members, all that will happen is what has happened already – a lot more “pissed off” and radicalised Muslims moving over to the Islamic State’s side.
A much better response would be to do nothing. Pay no attention to the beheadings. Make no attempt to attack them. Instead spend that money on ensuring such terrorism does not arrive on one’s own shores, and put up effective domestic defence.
These beheadings are for one purpose only, to inflame the passions of the West so that we feel compelled to wage war against them – something they seem eager to encourage. So the question we need to ask ourselves is this, “Why does IS provoke us? Why do they want to cause the West to start a war against them?”
I believe the answer is simple, to act as a recruiting tool for more radicalised Muslims. If the West engages in a full-on war against IS, then this can easily be interpreted as a general war against Islam, to which many young men (and women also apparently) will respond in ever-increasing numbers. And the end result of such escalation will not be the “degradation” of IS that Obama is promising, but rather, a multiplication of this hydra-headed beast to the point where the only result will be more terrorism, not less.
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