President Obama swore to extirpate ISIL last night; the ‘news’ reports little else. News now means the Administrations’ loyal propagandists but for Fox News, sworn to the loyal opposition. Nothing worthy of notice is going on in Ukraine, Africa, Asia, South America or for that matter, north America except for Ferguson, MO. Hyperbolic? Sure, hardly inaccurate for that.
The Peace Prize President has declared war, as the Drudge Report headline had it. Nice when the comic in human affairs is recognized …
But what is the truth? Roman Governor Pilate didn’t know and today’s media will do no better. So we’ll muddle through ourselves, best we can.
The O-man promised to destroy ISIL; will he? Well, did he destroy al Qaeda by offing bin Laden? You decide. Consider: ISIL is just doing what Moslems have been doing since the seventh century whenever they felt strong enough. They got clear to Vienna once and the enormous mosque in Istanbul used to be St. Sophia’s in Constantinople. The present rag-tag, impoverished pre-industrials suffering under rapacious dictators around the world include quite a lot of people who miss that.
The young, rabid killers and their calculating, older leaders are but the latest in a long line and they receive sneaking approval from many non-terrorist members of the Religion of Peace. Those folk dancing in the streets in videos seen after 9/11/91 are some of them. They object when it dawns upon them that most of the victims are actually, fellow Moslems, as has been the general case.
So extirpating ISIL has no meaning; there is al – Shabab, Boko Haram, Abu Sayaf, good old al – Qaeda, the Taliban and many, many others. ISIL is just the current headliner. If you really want to destroy Islamic terrorism, you’d best be ready to destroy Islam. You can begin with Saudi Arabia and Qatar that fund these guys and with Pakistan that uses them as a matter of policy. Those are all U.s. allies, right?
So the Prez isn’t gong to “destroy” ISIL. He can at great expense, (We hear that a typical airstrike costs about $2M) kill off a lot of ISIL fighters and drive them out of the territory they, with their own brand of hubris, have claimed as theirs. But the hydra will only regrow in due time, as it has before.
President Obama will be golfing in Hawaii or California by then, though. He will let a successor worry about murderous Arabs du jour. And about how to pay for it as well… In the meantime, a lot of heavy political contributors in the war industries will be happy; they’ve been worried since Iraq and Afghanistan headed toward a shutdown. And a whole bunch more Arabs will be dead at American hands. And some Americans too, of course. But only a few, so it’s all right. Funny how that equation fails when its Israelis and Arabs …
Funny too how folks used to believe that only Congress declares war. Anyone remember the last time that happened?