Obama and ISIS
As reported in the NY Times, Obama is now considering military strikes on ISIS, and is reneging on his previous policy that the United States “would not intervene militarily until Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki stepped down.” The justification is a “humanitarian crisis.”
This explains why world leaders don’t take Obama seriously. He doesn’t stick to what he says. If he previously said that United States wouldn’t do anything unless al-Maliki steps down, then we should stick to that. Even better, we should be arming the Kurds who have always been friendly to the United States and have been more effective at fighting back against ISIS than al-Maliki’s crappy army. In fact, the humanitarian crisis may exist because the Kurds were forced to retreat after they ran out of ammunition, so if we had been arming the Kurds as we should have been, there wouldn’t be a crisis. Declaring our support for an independent Kurdistan and providing them with military aid would be a fitting punishment to al-Maliki for refusing to step down.
My observation is that Shiites, Arab Sunnis, and Kurds cannot live together peacefully unless there’s a dictator with a powerful secret police like Saddan Hussein to enforce the peace. Why don’t liberals like Obama understand that obvious truth? The answer is that they are committed to the dogma of multiculturalism. They believe that Europe and the United States should let in hordes of immigrants and that they will live happily with the native population because diversity will make us better and not worse. Liberals also apply the same dogma to foreign countries like Iraq. Liberals can never admit that different peoples might be better off living separately.
Another bit of dogma that liberals believe is that Islam is a religion of peace. Evidence to the contrary, such as the existence of al-Qaeda which believes in violent jihad, is written off as being a very tiny tiny number of people who don’t understand the true meaning of the religion. Of course secular liberals in the West who have never even read the Koran understand the true meaning of Islam a lot better than Muslims from al-Qaeda who spend years studying Islam in the Madrassa.
I think that the success of ISIS demonstrates that a much higher percentage of Muslims believe in the jihadist version if Islam than liberals realize. I think it would be impossible for ISIS to successfully occupy and run such a large amount of territory if their viewpoint wasn’t supported by at least a 10% minority of the population, and maybe a lot more than 10%. Also, we see that ISIS has been attracting thousands, maybe even tens of thousands, of volunteer fighters who are willing to die for their belief in jihadist Islam.