The title of that 1960s movie about a travel tour came to mind this past Tuesday when Islamic suicide bombers murdered dozens of innocent people in Brussels.
The jihadists have been on a very sick world tour of their own, with recent stops in Paris, San Bernardino, Turkey, and dozens of other places. They leave a trail of blood, dead bodies, and politicians spewing empty platitudes.
The Islamist terror spree has exposed the deep chasm between our political parties. On one side are some Republicans who advocate mass surveillance, carpet bombing, and immigration bans. Then there are the Democrats, who downplay the terror threat and wish it would just go away on its own.
Hillary Clinton, in a speech without any specifics, declared that we should ‘stand with Europe,’ whatever that means. And Bernie Sanders? He’s probably worried that the bombs will cause more global warming and income inequality. The man is simply not to be taken seriously when it comes to fighting terror.
Meanwhile, their leader responded to the Belgium slaughter with a few predictable words, then did ‘the wave’ with a Cuban butcher named Castro (can’t tell the brothers apart without a scorecard.) Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, during an appearance on The Factor Wednesday, said President Obama’s behavior ’embarrassed me as an American.’ He is not alone.
The American people, without advocating carpet bombing or monitoring of entire Michigan neighborhoods, are extremely troubled by the specter of terror. Whenever voters are polled about the issues that concern them most, terrorism and economy invariably top the list. Immigration is not a very important issue. And global warming? Well, it would require an electron microscope (solar-powered, preferably) to find it on most surveys.
It’s obvious that we in the West are facing a growing problem, namely religious fanatics with a desire to cut off our heads or blow us into tiny pieces. Mr. Obama, our enemies are not The Little Sisters of the Poor; our enemies are young Islamic men who are filled with unimaginable hatred.
And it is time for our leaders to confront the threat with brute force. Lt. Col Ralph Peters put it this way the other night: ‘This is not about winning hearts and minds, it’s about splashing their hearts and brains all over the landscape.’ But how to move from words to action?
The world’s most powerful military alliance is the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, whose lavish Brussels headquarters sits between Tuesday’s two targets. Right now NATO is issuing vapid statements, saying, ‘We condemn in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks in Brussels.’ Of course, just days ago NATO also ‘strongly condemned’ a terrorist attack in Istanbul.
Enough with the condemnations, okay? An attack on any of NATO’s 28 countries is considered an attack on all of them. So after the killings in Belgium, France, Turkey, and other member states, NATO should declare war on ISIS and the Islamic jihad.
As has been put forth many times on The Factor, NATO must attack the sites where ISIS is based. This does not mean ‘carpet bombing’ civilians, it means targeting the Islamic State’s command and control structures. NATO could also establish safe zones in Syria and Libya that would enable refugees to remain in their own familiar lands.
NATO also must challenge all Muslim nations to contribute troops and hardware. We would then see which Islamic countries are truly interested in justice. Right now a small group of savages is terrorizing the world without much fear of reprisal. ISIS believes it is winning, which leads to more recruits eager to blow themselves up in the pursuit of some fanatical religious goal.
President Obama claims time and again that ISIS is not an ‘existential threat.’ He’s right to a point, but many people in Paris and Brussels and Ankara would beg to differ. How about ISIS with a nuclear bomb or some other weapon of mass destruction? Would that count as an ‘existential threat?’
The time has come to stop all the blathering, but right now there is not a strong leader who can mobilize the world. Not Barack Obama, certainly not Angela Merkel, whose willful blindness on Muslim immigration has actually caused human death and suffering.
So let’s see what NATO can do. The organization’s Secretary General is Jens Stotenberg, former Prime Minister of Norway, who proclaims that he is ‘deeply saddened.’ Fortunately, NATO also has a military commander in the person of U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, who warns that ISIS is ‘spreading like a cancer.’
Instead of expressing our sadness, we in the West should make the ISIS beasts quiver in their caves and palaces. Gen. Breedlove’s diagnosis of a metastasizing cancer is absolutely correct. It must be removed. Let the operation begin.