There Will Be Blood
Posted on 10 December 2015
The Long War is Here.
The days of opposing forces meeting on the battlefield face to face are long gone. For the last decade-plus we as a nation and as a coalition have experienced the most protracted counter-terrorist and counter-insurgency campaign in history. And it is far from over. In fact, it's getting worse.
The Long War is currently being fought all over the world, and it will take a broad coalition to tackle the problem. It will require people to begin viewing themselves as world citizens, rather than isolated beings of particular nations and ideologies. We must come together as citizens of the world to defeat this threat.
Radical Islam is a Cancer
Radical Islam is an ideology, it does not exist within confined borders. It is not a nation we can invade, it is not a militia we can bomb out of existence. In this way it's very much like a cancer. It targets indiscriminately. Why was San Bernardino the target of the latest terror attack in the United States? Simply because it was a target of opportunity. A soft target.
We cannot separate the ideology of our enemy from Islam. But we cannot also pre-judge all Muslims to be guilty. The national conversation we need to have has been shut down in favor of name-calling and noise-making.
Radical Islam is a cancer and our missteps handling the Iraq War have allowed it to metastasize. From L Paul Bremer's decision to disband the Iraq Army, to Barack Obama's insistence on pulling out troops fully knowing it would leave a security vacuum that insurgent groups would capitalize on. Our continued impotence in this fight will have grave consequences. The opening salvos of the Long War have been fired. Not in Iraq, or Syria; but in Belgium, in France, at Fort Hood, and at San Bernardino.
There Will Be Blood
Cancer is not fought in a vacuum and neither is the radical ideology of ISIS and other terrorist organizations. It spreads like fire throughout the disenfranchised, the ignored, those with no other place to turn. It spreads to men and women who suffer under their reign and have no choice but to serve their twisted ideologies. It has begun spreading to the loner, the active shooter, the person who hates his own society, law enforcement, and people (as we've seen in San Bernardino).
There will be blood, it will be European, it will be Russian, it will be American. Make no doubt, the long war will be fought without borders. It will not be a prolonged battle of firebombings and moving front lines--there are no front lines. Enemy attacks will be on our citizens and our children, not on our military.
The Best Way to Stop Islamophobia is to Stop Terror Attacks
Stop lecturing Americans on how misguided their fear of Islam is when we are doing nothing to slow the spread of radical ideologies and terror attacks. The administration has no battle plan for The Long War; our people have no choice but to fear continued violence as long as our foreign policy remains impotent.
We Must Become Allies With the Muslim World
This will be a long and hard fight. The terror organizations will exploit our cultural sensitivities in order to enlist the Muslim world against the West. We cannot allow this. They will try to make our refugee and immigration policies hurtful to those we could help. They will force us to utilize lengthy and intrusive security measures, the chemotherapy of security and stabilization operations.
Our enemy is not the Muslim people, but our enemy hides among them. The guidance of General Mattis is poignant here: "Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet."
Right now, vigilance is our only weapon against radical violence in our own borders. Stay frosty, and carry.
This is part one of a three-part series.