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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Fear and Intimidation

          Shock, confusion, and fear. At present, a shared universal experience.

          There is a recipe the Islamist Terrorists use in their quest to control and destroy any one individual or group. That recipe is: Fear and Intimidation.
          Yet again we have been offered the horrors of ISIS. I guess the effect of sawing a victim’s head off with a sword, all while being filmed for later viewing on Al Jazeera media network and then around the world, was losing its power. These bad guys needed to up the ante, so to speak, by moving to a newer more dastardly level of shock for a shirking, yet curious western world.
          Next on the blood sacrifice list was a young 26-year-old Jordanian pilot who had been shot down and captured by these ruthless Muslim terrorists. This news event gained more traction when it was discovered that the young pilot was from a prominent Jordanian family. These craven religionists developed an elaborate video of this man’s execution. Wearing the now ubiquitous orange jump suit, the pilot was chained inside an iron cage. His jump suit had been impregnated with a flame accelerant. With cameras rolling the pilot, also a Muslim, was set afire, and burned to death.
          Something in the world of Islam had reached a breaking point. The King of Jordan, Abdullah II, had seen enough. One of his pilots was intentionally burned alive. This outrageous act of barbarism was too much. A response was necessary to send a message to these terrorists and all terrorists now and into the future. Before ascending to the throne as King of Jordan, “Abdullah headed Jordan's special forces, a critical position in a country where the army is one of the throne's important pillars. Educated in Britain and the United States, Abdullah was seen as a bridge between traditional Arab values and the surging westernization of Jordan's younger generations.” Abdullah also spent 35 years in the Jordanian military. By all accounts he is not someone you want to mess with. As of this writing, he and his air force have flown nearly 100 bombing missions against these ISIS insurgents. The net effect of the retaliation by Jordan is the destruction of training facilities, safe havens, and supply camps. And there doesn’t seem to be any end to the bombings.
          How will other Muslim nations and leaders respond to this brazen response by Jordan, which is about the size of the state of Maine? Time will tell, but this much is certain: ISIS and their ilk have attempted to beard the lion in his den. With Jordan taking the lead, other Islamic nations and imams are expressing support for the tactics being leveled at ISIS.
It should be pointed out that the current President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, in early January took a very bold stance by meeting with Islamic clerics, calling them out concerning the ever darkening mood of the rest of the world toward Islam. Egypt’s president opened the New Year with a dramatic call for a ‘revolution’ in Islam to reform interpretations of the faith entrenched for hundreds of years, which he said have made the Muslim world a source of ‘destruction’ and pitted it against the rest of the world.”
          I am certainly not alone in believing that the Muslim world must unite if only to rid the world of these Islamic terrorists who prey on anyone who does not bow to their bastardized beliefs. The United States needs to come alongside as an ally offering whatever resources are needed to take the fight to these heartless, gutless religious pretenders. The one caveat would be that the United States is not left alone to do all the fighting. When Muslims clean up their own internal mess, then the problem terrorists pose will be vanquished for a time to come, leaving the rest of the world, and particularly the West, in peace.
          It can happen. But we must stop these murderers from majoring in their recipe of fear and intimidation. Historically, when Islamic extremists are on a rampage, they withdraw back into their holes to hide when the world pushes back.
          This is the time to stop pussy-footing around with these devils. They have absolutely no regard for anyone else’s rights and beliefs.
Push back, and push hard!

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